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The Fold and Slit Trellis and Cage
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the design known as the Fold and Cut Paper Cage. 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.


As far as I know this both these designs first appear 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.

The Fold and Slit Trellis

The Fold and Slit Cage


A simpler version of the cage design, called the Birdcage, can be found in 'Jeux et Jouet du Jeune Age' by Gaston Tissandier, which was published by G Masson in Paris in 1884.


Both the Trellis and Cage 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.


The Cage appears, as 'L'Encensoir' (The Censer) in .Le Livre des Amusettes' by Toto was published in Paris by Charles Mendel in 1899.


The Trellis appears in 'Paper Magic' by Will Blyth, which was first published by C Arthur Pearson in London in 1920.