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Boxes, Trays, Bowls and Other Containers
 
This page is being used to collect information about the history of folded paper Boxes, Trays, Bowls and other containers. 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 Decameron Box - 1432

This box, which from its date may equally well have been folded from parchment as from paper, is pictured in an illustrated version of 'The Decameron' by Boccacio, page 289 verse, dedicated to the 8th day, 76th storytelling, which is held in the library of Arsenal, in Paris and dates to 1432.

As far as I know this picture was first drawn to the attention of the paperfolding world in a letter from Barbara Benson of Atlanta Georgia (aka Donna Serena de Riva) to David Lister, see https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/11546606/paper-folding-in-15th-century-europe-welcome-to-my-website-it-

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The Catherine of Cleves Box - 1440 onwards

As far as I know this box was first drawn to the attention of the paperfolding world in a letter from Barbara Benson of Atlanta Georgia (aka Donna Serena de Riva) to David Lister, see https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/11546606/paper-folding-in-15th-century-europe-welcome-to-my-website-it-

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The Sanbo - c1720 onwards

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The Star-Shaped Box - 1734 onwards

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The Sanbo on Legs - 1734 onwards

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c1730 - 1750

A box that seems to be made of folded paper appears on a trade card of La Chapelle, a Parisian merchant of luxury goods that is held in the Rothschild collection at Waddesdon Manor. (Information from Michel Grand and JosÚ Tomas Buitrago.) It can be dated, by reference to the style, to c1730 - 1750. A similar card for the tradesman Dubois is said to exist in Archives de Paris (Archives de la Seine): PublicitÚ Commerciale Ó Paris: D43Z, fol. 30. The wording on the card does not mention the box. It is not clear from the engraving how the box has been folded.

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The Collapsible Box - 1751 onwards

(A version of the Basic Box made from a 3x2 rectangle)

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There is a note in the 'Kan No Mado', usually dated to 1845, which lists a box among those designs which are already well known and which are therefore not included in the ms (in order to spare the writer's brush). Unfortunately we cannot be certain which box is being referred to here

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1804-1829

A print by Eishin Kikugawa (1787 - 1867) showing children playing various games includes two children, a boy and a girl, folding paper. The items threy have already folded are a Paper Crane, an unidentifiable box, a Paper Boat and what looks like a more complex version of the Kabuto or Samurai Helmet.

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1828

A chapter about the keeping and breeding of silkworms in 'The Boy's Own Book' by William Clarke, which was published by Vizetelly, Branston and Company in London in 1828, mentions folded paper trays made of 'fine, stout, white cartridge paper, .... doubled, into the form of a dripping pan, by turning up the edges about two inches on every side'.

An illustration at the end of the chapter shows what these trays looked like. Unfortunately the way the corners are formed is not clear from this illustration.

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The Open Box - 1859 onwards

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The Solid Box - 1859 onwards

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The Junk Box - 1859 onwards

(A version of the Basic Box made from a doubly blintzed square)

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The Basic Box - 1873 onwards

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The Blintz Box or Masu - 1874 onwards

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The Patisserie Box - 1889 onwards

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The Japanese Box - 1902 onwards

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The Incense Box - 1905 onwards

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The Long Box - 1905 onwards

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The Spanish Box - 1910 onwards

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The Bric-a-brac Box - 1914 onwards

(A version of the Basic Box made from a blintzed square.)

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The Chrysanthemum Box - 1914 onwards

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There is a design for an 'Octagonal Box', which, despite the name, is square, in 'Zhe zhi tu shuo' (Illustrated Paperfolding), compiled by Gui Shaolie, which was published by the Commercial Press in Shanghai in Ming guo 3 (1914).

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1917

There is a design for a 'Square Box' in which the two triangular flaps are pasted to the sides to secure the shape, in 'Xu Zhe zhi tu shuo' (More Illustrated Paperfolding) by Yongxiang Shi, which was published by the Commercial Press in Shanghai in 1917.

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The Cake Box - 1931 onwards

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The Box with Handles 1932

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1935

Issue 2966 of 1st December 1935 contained an article by Alber headed 'Pliage de papiers' and subheaded 'Vase ou lanterne' which explains how to make a simple fold and cut box (or vase or lantern).

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1937

This Ornamental Box appears in 'Paper Toy Making' by Margaret Campbell, which 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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1939

La chocolatera (the Chocolate Maker) appears in 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939.

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1940

'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 number of designs for boxes:

Bandeja, Bombonera o Polvera (Tray, Bonbonniere or Compact) - A simplified version of the Caja Japonesa below, made with the aid of cuts.

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Bandejo Media Cubo (Half Cube Tray) - The same design as above but configured in a different way.

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Caja Japonesa

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'At Home Tonight' by Herbert McKay, which was published by Oxford University Press in London, New York and Toronto in 1940, contains diagrams for 'Dermot's Box', of which the author says 'This is, I think, the strongest and best of the boxes that can be made by paper-folding.'

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1952

'Una Hoja de Papel', which was published in Barcelona in 1952, contained diagrams for several paper boxes / bowls:

8. Maceta

From a square divided into thirds both ways.

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23. Cesto de Fruta

Made from a square divided into thirds both ways.

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37. Cestito

From a square.

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1956

'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956, contains instructions for making several containers.

Harbin's Pouch.

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Harbin's 'Vase No 1 and No 2'

The text says, 'These are examples of things that can be created by just 'doodling'.

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Tobacco Jar (attributed to Rolf Harris)

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The 1956 Rupert Annual contains instructions for making 'Rupert's Spill Holder'.

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1963

A design for a 'Tray' appears in the second edition of 'Het Grote Vouwboek' by Aart van Breda, which was published by Uitgeverij van Breda in 1963.

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1965

'The World of Origami' by Isao Honda, which was published in the USA by Japan Publications Trading Company in 1965, contains diagrams for a 'Pencil Box' developed from a flat, Froebelian type of decoration.

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