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The Spanish Box
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the paperfolding design commonly known as the Spanish Box. 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 a description, but without illustration, of how to fold this design first appears, under the title 'Another May Basket', in 'Studies in Invalid Occupation' by Susan E Tracy, which was published by Whitcomb and Barrows in Boston in 1910.



'El Plegado y Cartonaje en la Escuela Primaria' by Antonio M Luchia and Corina Luciani de Luchia was published by Editorial Kapelusz in Buenos Aires in 1940 contains a two designs called 'Bandeja' and 'Canastilla' (Tray and Layette) which are both versions of the Spanish Box design which have not been fully three-dimensionalised.



A more decorative version of the same design appears as 'Fancy Box' in 'Secrets of Origami', by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne Book Company in London in 1964. The basic box is said to be Japanese and the pleating Argentinian.



A slightly less decorative version appears in 'The World of Origami' by Isao Honda, which was published in the USA by Japan Publications Trading Company in 1965, where it is called the 'Flower-shaped Candy Cup'.



This pleated version appears, as 'Spanish Box', in 'Teach Yourself Origami: The Art of Paperfolding' by Robert Harbin, which was published by The English Universities Press in 1968, where it is said to be Spanish, originally Japanese.