A paperfolding paradise
The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell
page attempts to record what is known about the origin
and history of the origami design known as the Wallet.
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 the Wallet, which is folded from a 3x2 rectangle, in the historical record is in 'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' by E Barth and W Niederley was first published in Bielefeld and Leipzig. The foreword is dated October 1876.
The design also appears as 'The Stamp Case' 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.