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The Fold and Slit Cage / Fold and Slit Fishing Net / Fold and Slit Trellis
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the closely related designs known as the Fold and Slit Trellis, the Fold and Slit Cage and the Fold and Slit Fishing Net. 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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The Fold and Slit Cage Fold and Fold and Slit Fishing Net

The only difference between these two designs is that the Cage is made using straight cuts and the Fishing Net using curved cuts.

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As far as I know these designs both first appear as 'Het vogelkoo' (the bird cage) and 'Het vischnet' (the fishing net) in 'De Kleine Papierwerkers: Volume 4: Het Knippen en plakken' (Cutting and Pasting), written by Elise Van Calcar and published by K H Schadd in Amsterdam in 1863.

This passage seems to be a description of how to make the Paper Cage.

This passage says, roughly, 'Then take another square of paper, fold it diagonally as fig 7. Now bring your two sharp corners to your right corner (fig 8 and 9) until you have a square. Fold this in the middle until you have another triangle (fig 10). Now we cut it from the side with slits ... Now carefully unfold ... put a pin through the middle and carefully draw down the four corners ... We glue the four bottom edges on a sheet of stiff paper of equal size and you have a lovely bird cage.'

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And this as to how to make the Fishing Net

This passage, which follows directly on from the one above, says, roughly, 'The fishing net is created in the same way with the difference thatthe cuts are rounded ... If we fold a square in four and cut off the corners we get a (rounded) edge ... and finally a beautiful fishing net is cut.'

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The Cage also appears in 'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' by E Barth and W Niederley, which was first published in Bielefeld and Leipzig, and the foreword of which is dated October 1876.

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A simpler version of the cage design, called the Birdcage, can be found in 'Jeux et Jouet du Jeune Age' by Gaston Tissandier, which was published by G Masson in Paris in 1884.

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The Cage also appears:

In 'Pleasant Work for Busy Fingers' by Maggie Browne, which was published by Cassell and Company in London in 1891. This book is an English version of 'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' enhanced by the addition of a few extra designs.

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As 'L'Encensoir' (The Censer) in .Le Livre des Amusettes' by Toto was published in Paris by Charles Mendel in 1899.

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In 'Guia Practica del Trabajo Manual Educativo' by Ezequiel Solana, which was published by Editorial Magisterio Español in Madrid in 1904.

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As 'The Basket' in 'Paper Toy Making' by Margaret Campbell was first published by Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons Ltd in London, probably in 1937, although both the Foreword and Preface are dated 1936, which argues that the book was complete at that date.

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The extended version of 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1951, also contains this effect under the title 'El Farol, Cesta, Jaula o Paracaidas' (Lantern, Basket, Cage or Parachute).

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As 'Simple Lampion Decoratif' in 'Au Pays des Mains Agiles', which was published by Editions Fleurus in Paris in 1949.

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The Fold and Slit Trellis

As far as I know this design first appeared in 'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' by E Barth and W Niederley, which was first published in Bielefeld and Leipzig, and the foreword of which is dated October 1876.

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The Fold and Slit Trellis also appears:

In 'Pleasant Work for Busy Fingers' by Maggie Browne, which was published by Cassell and Company in London in 1891. This book is an English version of 'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' enhanced by the addition of a few extra designs.

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In 'La Nature' Issue 1093 of 12th May 1894 in an article by 'Dr Z...' headed 'Recreations scientifiques' and subheaded 'Papier decoupe formant un filet'.

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In 'Paper Magic' by Will Blyth, which was first published by C Arthur Pearson in London in 1920.

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