FLECHTSCHULE (cover title).
n. p., N.P. ca. 1880. A handsome and skillfully made German leporello paper braiding album with 20 original pattern plates from the late 19th century. Often identified as a Biedermeier-style pastime activity for women, paper-braiding (with specifically made glossy paper slips) gained educational status as one of Froebel's gifts - No. 14. For children, it could be considered an exercise in "spatial reasoning"; adults would find mathematical challenges in working out the designs. (see Introduction: Froebel's Gifts. archive . bridgesmathart.org/2011bridges 2011). Both the cover and the interior offer attractive designs for display. Leporello album, 24.4 x 20.2 cm; with 20 leaves with 20 mounted plates.
Original paper boards; old and slight damp (or glue?) staining, faint on upper cover, a bit more visible on lower cover; upper cover with braiding design bordering gilt title and author/creator's name; enclosing 20 stiff mounted cardboard sheets with constructed woven paper patterns, 2 patterns or variations of a pattern to one sheet on most examples, in brown and cream paper slips. Very good.
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