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The Vase / The Cravat
 
This page is being used to collect information about the history of the paperfolding design known as the Vase or the Cravat. 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.

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1859

A desig titles 'Le pot fleurs'(the pot of flowers) appears in a list of designs in the 'Manuel Pratique de Jardins D'Enfants de Friedrich Froebel', which was compiled by J F Jacobs and published in Brussells and Paris in 1859. There are no illustrations but from the context this design is most probably the Vase.

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1861

There is mention of a design titled 'Blumenvase' (flower vase) in a list of 'Lebensformen' (Forms of Life) in 'Das Paradies der Kindheit' (The Paradise of Childhood) by Lina Morgenstern, which was published in Leipzig in 1861. There are no illustrations but from the context this design is most probably the Vase.

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1863

As far as I know the earliest known illustration of this design is found, as 'De bloemvaas' (the flower vase), in 'De Kleine Papierwerkers 1: Wat men van een stukje papier al maken kan: Het vouwen' (The Small Paperwork 1: What one can make from a piece of paper: Folding) by Elise Van Calcar, which was published by K H Schadd in Amsterdam in 1863.

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1869

A design called 'Einen Blumentopf', which is not illustrated, but which from the context is most probably the Vase, appears in a list of designs in 'Der Kindergarten' by Hermann Goldammer, which was published by Habel in Berlin in 1869.

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The design also appears:

In 'Paradise of Childhood' by Edward Wiebe, which was published by Milton, Bradley and Company in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1869, and is effectively a translation of Goldammer's 'Der Kindergarten', similarly includes a 'flower-pot' in its list of Forms of Life.

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1874

In the third edition of 'Der Kindergarten' by Hermann Goldammer, which was published by Carl Babel in Berlin in 1874, mentions, but does not picture, a design titled 'Den Blumentopf' (plant pot). From the context this is probably the Vase.

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1880

There is mention of a design called 'The Flower Vase' in 'The Kindergarten Principle' by Mary J Lyschinska, which was published in London in 1880 by Wm Isbister Ltd, but no illustration is given.

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1893

In 'Practical Suggestions for Kindergartners, Primary Teachers and Mothers' by Jeannette R Gregory, which was published by C B Woodward and Co in St Louis in 1893, contains an illustration of the Vase.

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As 'Cardcase' in 'Paper and Scissors in the Schoolroom' by Emily Weaver, which was published by Milton Bradley Company in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1893.

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1896

The Vase is pictured, but not named, in Eleonore Heerwart's 'Course in Paperfolding' was first published in Dutch in 1895 then in English by Charles and Dible in London and Glasgow in 1896.

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1910

As 'Krawatte' in Part 2 'Das Flechten' of 'Die Frobelschen Beschaftigungen' by Marie Muller-Wunderlich, which was published by Friedrich Brandstetter in Leipzig in 1910.

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1918

As 'Jarron' in 'Ciencia Recreativa' by Jose Estralella, which was published by Gustavo Gili in Barcelona in 1918.

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1928

'Fun with Paperfolding' by William D Murray and Francis J Rigney, which was published by the Fleming H Revell Company, New York in 1928, contains a picture of the Vase (althoiugh the design is treated only as an intermediate step and is not named) folded from a blintzed windmill base.

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1936

The design appears as 'Blumenvase' in 'Allerlei Papierarbeiten' by Hilde Wulff and Carola Babick, which was published in Leipzig and Berlin in 1936.

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1940

As 'Florero' 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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1956

The Vase is pictured as an intermediate step, but not named, in 'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956, as part of the 'Multiform' sequence.

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1964

The design also appears as the 'Seat' or 'Vase' in 'Secrets of Origami', by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne Book Company in London in 1964, as part of the Multiform sequence.

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