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The Pyramidal Hat
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the Pyramidal Hat. 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 is usually folded from a rectangle (being developed from the Newspaper Hat) but can also be folded directly from a square.

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The earliest diagrams that I am aware of for the Pyramidal (or possibly Pyramidical) Hat occur in The Boy's Own Toymaker' by Ebenezer Landells which was published in 1859 by Griffin and Farran in London and Shephard, Clark and Brown in Boston.

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The design also appears:

As 'The Pyramidical Hat' in 'The Popular Recreator', which was published by Cassell and Co in London in 1873. The author notes that 'The hat may be finished off by affixing to the top a plume formed of strips of coloured paper'.

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As 'Le Chapeau du Gendarme' in 'Un million de jeux et de plaisirs' by T de Moulidars, which was first published in 1880 and subsequently republished under the title 'Grande encyclopédie méthodique, universelle, illustrée, des jeux et des divertissements de l'esprit et du corps'.

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In 'Cassell's Book of Indoor Amusements, Card Games and Fireside Fun', which was published by Cassell and Co in London in 1881.

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In a satirical cartoon of General Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, on page 202 of the magazine Punch Vol. 85 of 27 October 1883. (Information from Juan Gimeno)

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As a 'Bonnet de Police' 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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In 'Die Frobelschen Beschaftigungen: Das Falten' by Marie Muller-Wunderlich, which was published by Friedrich Brandstetter in Leipzig in 1900.

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As 'Montera' in Guia Practica del Trabajo Manual Educativo' by Ezequiel Solana, which was published by Editorial Magisterio Español in Madrid in 1904. The author says 'There are several forms of monteras: We are going to explain a well-known one.'

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As 'Sombrero apuntado' (Pointed hat) and 'Sombrero de general' (General's hat) in an article titled 'El trabajo manual escolar' by Vicente Casto Legua in the January 1907 issue of the Spanish magazine 'La Escuela Moderna' which was published in Madrid by Los Sucesores de Hernando. In this case, somewhat unusually, the design is folded from a square.

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In 'Paper Toy Making' by Margaret Campbell, which was first published by Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons Ltd in London, probably in 1937, although both the Foreword and Preface are dated 1936, which argues that the book was complete at that date.

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In the guise of 'La pila del agua bendita' (The holy water font) in 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939.

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As 'Gorro de Policia' in 'El Plegado y Cartonaje en la Escuela Primaria' by Antonio M Luchia and Corina Luciani de Luchia, which was published by Editorial Kapelusz in Buenos Aires in 1940.

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'At Home Tonight' by Herbert McKay, which was published by Oxford University Press in London, New York and Toronto in 1940, contains diagrams for 'A Cocked Hat', a Pyramidal Hat folded from a square.

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