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The Soldier's Cap / The Poke Bonnet
 

This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the designs known as the Soldier's Cap and the Poke Bonnet, both of which are hats made by folding just one half of a Waterbomb onto a waterbomb base. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other important information that should be added. Thank you.

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As far as I know the Soldier's Cap, which is a . first appears 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.

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A drawing of the Soldier's Cap (but not of the Waterbomb) 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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In 'The Art of Chinese Paper folding for Young and Old' by Maying Soong, which was published by Harcourt Brace and Company of New York in 1948, the Soldier's Cap is repurposed as a Poke Bonnet.

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