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The Mitre / The Pencil Case / The Turban
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design I call the Mitre and its various variations and developments including the Pencil Case. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

The Mitre is also found as one of the constituent parts of The Doll.

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1873

A design called 'La mitre persane' appears in a list of designs in 'Exercices et Travaux pour les Enfants Selon la Méthode et les Procédés de Pestalozzi et de Froebel' by Fanny and Charles Delon, which was published by Librairie Hachette in Paris in 1873. There is no illustration to aid with identification but it is possible that the design referred to is the Mitre, since the name 'Mitre Persane' is similarly used for the Mitre design in 'L'Annee Preparatoire de Travail Manuel' by M P Martin. This latter book, however, was not published until 1893.

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1876

The first indusoutable reference to this design that I know of occurs in 'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' by E Barth and W Niederley, which was first published in Bielefeld and Leipzig, and the foreword of which is dated October 1876.

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1882

Both designs also appear in part two of 'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was probably first published by E. Steiger and Company in New York in 1882. The Mitre is called 'The Purse' in this book.

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1887

'Exercises de Travaux Manuels d'apres le journal 'L'Instruction Primaire', a book of folded examples of classwork produced by L'ecole Louis Vauquelin de Rouen in 1886-1887, includes actual examples of Mitres and Pencil Cases folded by pupils at the school. In this instance, one end of the Pencil Cases is closed with a folded lock rather than by using a second Mitre.

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1891

Th e Mitre and the Doll both also appear in 'Pleasant Work for Busy Fingers' by Maggie Browne, which was published by Cassell and Company in London in 1891. This book is an English version of 'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' enhanced by the addition of a few extra designs.

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1893

The design also appears, as 'Mitre Persane' (Persian Hat) in 'L'Annee Preparatoire de Travail Manuel'by M P Martin, which was published by Armand Collin & Cie in Paris in 1893.

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1895

The Pencil Case also appears in Eleonore Heerwart's 'Course in Paperfolding', which was first published in Dutch in 1895 then in English by Charles and Dible in London and Glasgow in 1896.

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Both designs appear in 'Der Kindergarten' by A S Fischer, which was published by Alfred Holder in Wien in 1895, the Mitre as 'Einen Generalshut' (a General's hat) and the Pencil Case as 'Ein Bennal'.

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1900

The Pencil Case also appears in 'Die Frobelschen Beschaftigungen: Das Falten' by Marie Muller-Wunderlich, which was published by Friedrich Brandstetter in Leipzig in 1900.

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1904

Both the Mitre and the Pencil case appear in 'Guia Practica del Trabajo Manual Educativo' by Ezequiel Solana, which was published by Editorial Magisterio Español in Madrid in 1904.

Mitre

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Estuche para Portaplumas y Lapiceros (Pen and Pencil Case)

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1928

Fun with Paperfolding by Murray and Rigney, which was first published by the Fleming H Revell Company, New York in 1928, uses the Mitre design as a weight for the nose of the Dart.

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1939

'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939, contains a version of the Mitre (in which both flaps are tucked into the central slit on the front) and the Pencil Case.

La mitra

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El estuche de lapiceros

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1956

The Mitre also appears in 'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956, where it is used as a Nose Cap to weight the tip of the Paper Dart.

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