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The Soldier's Cap

This page is being used to collect information about the history of the design known as the Soldier's Cap, which is made by folding just one half of a Waterbomb onto a waterbomb base. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other important information that should be added. Thank you.



As far as I know the Soldier's Cap first appears in part two of 'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was probably first published by E. Steiger and Company in New York in 1882.



The design also appears, as 'General's Hat', in 'Paper and Scissors in the Schoolroom' by Emily Weaver, which was published by Milton Bradley Company in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1893.



A drawing of the Soldier's Cap (but not of the Waterbomb) appears in Eleonore Heerwart's 'Course in Paperfolding', which was first published in Dutch in 1895 then in English by Charles and Dible in London and Glasgow in 1896.



As 'Admiral's Hat' in 'Educational Handwork' by T B Kidner, which was published by The Educational Book Company Limited in Toronto in 1910.



In 'The Art of Chinese Paper folding for Young and Old' by Maying Soong, which was published by Harcourt Brace and Company of New York in 1948, the Soldier's Cap is repurposed as a Poke Bonnet.