A rare Victorian Jack-in-the-box 19th century, the square timber box with internal pop up character of papier mache face and cloth attire, 8 cm square. Illustrated in Cummins, Dr G., Antique Boxes: Inside and Out, Antique Collector's Club, Suffolk, colour plate 442, p. 243
The history of the block is based on the child's toy, dating back to the Middle Ages, known as Devil-in-the-box (my thought exactly!). With popularity of the toy the devil was replaced by jesters and clowns. Today you can find almost any character in the center of these jack-in-the-box toys. So as you create this quilt block, whether you see a bow or a jack, put a surprise fabric in the center to make it pop!