[n.p. n.d., ca. 1910]. With over two hundred skillfully executed samples of six Froebel Gifts: parquetry, sewing, interlacing (with both wood and paper strips), paper-weaving, paper-folding, and paper-cutting. Also with six fabric samples (to demonstrate weaving) and a one-page collage. Samples are mounted on both sides of leaves. Manuscript section labels in black ink throughout, plus a teacher’s grading notes in red ink. Paper-cutting makes up the majority of the samples (about a hundred), many of which are extremely complex and are labeled in black as original designs. Wear to joints and rubbing to cloth, as is usually seen with albums of this type. Original ties at fore-edge detached from upper board (still attached at lower board). Gray stiff card pages interleaved with protective tissue. A remarkably thorough example of a unique Froebel Gift album. Very good. Original black cloth album. 10 in. x 9 in.  ff., fifteen of which are blank. Item #17312
Froebel Gift sample albums of this kind are rarely found with examples of more than two or three Gifts, and most albums focus on just one. In addition, gift seventeen (interlacing) with actual wooden strips is rarely included in Gift albums, and its appearance here is notable. The present album was clearly completed by an older student (or perhaps even a teacher in training) with a particular mastery of paper-folding and sewing. The instructor’s notes in red are also an interesting facet, as they offer some insight into the process of teaching the Gifts and grading their execution.