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Napkin and Serviette Folding
 
I have not created Individual Design Pages for napkin and serviette folds unless like the Bishop's Mitre (the Pipe Cap) or the Lotus they also occur as paperfolds. This Index Page, however, records where napkin and serviette designs appear in the sources so that you could, if you wish, construct the relevant chronologies for yourself.

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In Japan

1931

Several napkin folds appear in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was first published in Japan in 1931. The names appear in the original text in English as well as Japanese, suggesting that the author learned these folds during his time in the West.

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In Western Europe / USA

1629

The 'Trattato delle piegature', by Mattia Giegher, which was first published in 1629 contained a section about the folding of napkins.

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1652

'Vollständiges und von neuem vermehrtes Trincir-Buch' by Georg Philipp Harsdörffer was published in Nurnberg in 1652. It is largely a book about the carving of meat but also includes a section on the folding of tablecloths and napkins / serviettes.

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1653

Volume 3 of 'Deliciae physico mathematicae' was a follow up to Daniel Schwenter's 1636 book written by Georg Phillip Harsdorffer, and published in 1653. Pages 189 to 190 contain information about the folding of tablecloths.

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1746

'Aanhangzel volmaakte Hollandsche keuken-meid' (the perfect Dutch kitchen-maid) by Jan Willem Claus van Laar was published in Amsterdam in 1746. It contains some pages about napkin folding.

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1855

'The Practical Housewife' by Robert Kemp Philp, published by Ward and Lock in London in 1855 contains a section on napkin folding.

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1876

'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' by E Barth and W Niederley contains a section about serviette folding.

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1882

'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was first published in single volume form by E. Steiger and Company in New York in 1882, contains a short section about napkin folds. None of these folds are named.

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1884

The Napkin Mouse appears in 'Jeux et Jouets du Jeune Age' by Gaston Tissandier was published by G Masson in Paris in 1884.

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1890

'Serviettes and How to Fold Them' was published in 1890 by Robinson and Cleaver of Belfast to promote their range of household linens.

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1899

'L'Art de Plier les Serviettes de Table' by Agnes Verboom was published in 1899. I have not yet found time to add details of the contents of this book to this resource.

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1907

The 1907 edition of 'Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management' included a chapter on serviette folding.

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