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The Vase / The Cravat
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami 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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As far as I know the Vase first appears as 'Le pot fleurs' 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.

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As far as I know the earliest known illustration of this design is found in 'De Kleine Papierwerkers', written by Elise Van Calcar and published by K H Schadd in Amsterdam in 1863.

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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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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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'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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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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The Cravat

The Cravat appears in 'Die Frobelschen Beschaftigungen: Das Falten' by Marie Muller-Wunderlich, which was published by Friedrich Brandstetter in Leipzig in 1900. It is the same design as the Vase but interpreted in a different way.

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