A paperfolding paradise
The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell
|The Witch's Ladder / Devil's Staircase|
page attempts to record what is known about the origin
and history of the origami design known in English as the
Witch's Ladder or the Devil's Staircase, in German as
Hexentreppe or Zeiharmonika and in Dutch as the
Muizentrapje. 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.
As far as I know the first appearance of this design in the historical record is in 'Jeux et Jouet du Jeune Age' by Gaston Tissandier, which was published by G Masson in Paris in 1884.
The design also appears in 'Die Frobelschen Beschaftigungen: Das Falten' by Marie Muller-Wunderlich was published by Friedrich Brandstetter in Leipzig in 1900.