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The Pentagonal Knot and the See-Through Pentagram
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Pentagonal Knot and its derivation, the See-Through Pentagram. 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.

This design appears to have been known at an early date in both Western Europe and Japan. Early information has not yet been added to this page.

In Japan

In Western Europe

The Pentagonal Knot was published in L'Illustration 2527 of 1st August 1891 and subsequently included in the second volume of 'La Science Amusante' by Tom Tit (real name Arthur Good), which was published in Paris by Librairie Larousse in 1892.

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The Ring of Five Pentagonal Knots was published in L'Illustration 2613 of 26th March 1893 and subsequently included in the third volume of 'La Science Amusante' by Tom Tit (real name Arthur Good), which was published in Paris by Librairie Larousse in 1893.

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'Winter Nights Entertainments' by R M Abraham, which was first published by Constable and Constable in London in 1932, contains diagrams for the Pentagonal Knot under the title 'Here Is Another Method'. This title refers to the previous design in the book which was introduced with the words 'Here is one of the ways our grandmothers folded their love-letters ...'

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R M Abraham's follow up book, 'Diversions and Pastimes', which was first published by Constable and Constable in London in 1933 included the See-Through Pentagram under the title of 'Five-Pointed Star'.

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