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Antique Whiting & Davis Mesh Purse Bag
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Mount Kisco, NY
New, in its original box with tags, Antique Whiting & Davis Mesh Purse / Bag. Includes original care instructions from the maker. Popular in the 1920s & early 1930s. Made of nickel o...
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Early 20th Century Vanity Items

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Other

1950s Whiting and Davis Gold Mesh Jewel Closure Evening Clutch with Coin Purse
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Philadelphia, PA
From the mid-late 1950s, a gold mesh evening clutch made by Whiting and Davis, the company who invented superior quality metallic mesh design and fashion, from the late 1890s into th...
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Mid-20th Century American International Style Collectible Jewelry

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Crystal, Metal

1920s Whiting and Davis Sterling Silver Mesh Art Deco Evening Bags, Group of 3
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Philadelphia, PA
From the 1920s Art Deco era, a collection of three Sterling Silver mesh evening bags made by Whiting and Davis, the company who invented superior quality metallic mesh design and fas...
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20th Century American Art Deco Collectible Jewelry

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Sterling Silver

Antique Whiting Davis Art Deco Enamel Mesh Bag Purse Ming Clasp Flapper Boho
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique whiting Davis enamel mesh coin purse or handbag with a fountain design in orange, blue and turquoise and a silver tone Chinese/Ming inspired clasp. Measures: Chain length ...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Collectible Jewelry

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Metal, Enamel

Whiting & Davis Sterling Choker
By Whiting & Davis
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Sterling silver mesh choker attributed to Whiting and Davis with applied faceted garnets. The choker is approximately 11" in length plus a 5.5" extender chain. It is 2" wide in the...
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20th Century American Collectible Jewelry

Materials

Sterling Silver

Whiting and Davis Metal Mesh Choker Disco Necklace
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1970's metal mesh choker necklace by Whiting & Davis. Necklace measures 16" long and retains its original Whiting & Davis tag at the clasp. In very good vintage condition.
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Vintage 1970s Retro More Necklaces

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Base Metal

Whiting Mixed Metal Sterling And Copper Hammered Bowl
By Whiting & Davis
Located in New York, NY
Excellent Whiting mixed metal applied bowl. The bowl is applied in 3 places around the outside of the bowl. One area has a large bird perched on a tree branch with 11 copper berries ...
Whiting Imperial Queen Sterling Silver Tea Tray 1909
By Whiting & Davis
Located in New York, NY
Sterling silver tea tray in Imperial Queen pattern. Made by Whiting in New York in 1909. Rectangular with curved corners and 2 side bracket handles. Plain well surrounded by applied ...
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20th Century Edwardian Platters and Trays

Materials

Sterling Silver

Whiting Asparagus Tongs - Mixed Metal & Sterling Silver - Japonesque - C 1890
By Whiting & Davis
Located in New York, NY
Mixed metal asparagus tongs. Made by Whiting in New York, ca 1890. Sterling silver with allover honeycomb hammering and applied silver and copper ornament. Ornament includes tree and...
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Antique Late 19th Century Victorian Flatware and Serving Pieces

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Copper, Sterling Silver

Arts & Crafts Water Pitcher - Hand-Hammered Sterling Silver - 1912
By Whiting & Davis
Located in New York, NY
Arts & Crafts sterling silver water jug. Made by Whiting in 1912. Ovoid body, scroll handle, and flared rim with shaped curved spout. Allover hammering. A fine piece in the Arts & Cr...
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20th Century Edwardian Pitchers and Decanters

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Sterling Silver

Whiting and Davis "Gold" Snake Bracelet
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Stamford, CT
Exotic Whiting and Davis "gold" mesh snake bracelet. Will bend to fit upper or lower arm.
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Vintage 1960s Cuff Bracelets

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Whiting & Davis Gold Metal Mesh Fringe Handbag
By Whiting & Davis
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Mid-Century gold metal mesh hard frame and fringe detail Whiting & Davis handbag. Bag features a peach satin fully lined interior, gold chain link shoulder strap. Original Whitin...
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Mid-20th Century American Collectible Jewelry

Materials

Gilt Metal

Whiting & Davis Metal Mesh Flapper Evening Bag
By Whiting & Davis
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1960s metal mesh enamel flapper evening bag by, Whiting & Davis. Gold plate brushed metal frame with deep red and black geometric shaped links. Original Whiting & Davis Co. Made In U...
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20th Century American Art Deco Collectible Jewelry

Materials

Metal, Enamel

Whiting & Davis Mesh Sterling Vermeil and Sapphire Fringe Evening Bag
By Whiting & Davis
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Early 1900s signed Whiting & Davis gold vermeil soldered mesh evening bag signed. This rare collectors bag features a blue sapphire embellished clasp, a mesh adjustable wristlet ...
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Early 20th Century American Art Deco Collectible Jewelry

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Vermeil, Sterling Silver

1970s Whiting and Davis Golden Metal Mesh Disco Necklace
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Metal gold mesh necklace by Whiting & Davis circa 1970's. Necklace measures 20" in neck length by 13" by 13". Signed on metal hang tag, Whiting & Davis, Co. In very good vintage c...
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Vintage 1970s Modernist Drop Necklaces

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Base Metal

Art Deco Whiting & Davis Persian Carpet Flapper Bag
By Whiting & Davis
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1920s Art Deco gold, silver and turquoise Persian carpet pattern gold mesh metal and enamel flapper bag by Whiting & Davis signed on the Interior frame. Width without chain strap, 7"...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Collectible Jewelry

Materials

Metal, Enamel

Vintage Rare Whiting and Davis Snake Coil Gold Mesh Evening Bag
By Whiting & Davis
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Coveted and rare gold mesh evening bag with a coil snake handle by, Whiting & Davis Co. Clasp is decorated with two crystal topaz stones. Peach silk lining with Whiting & Davis Co. t...
Category

Late 20th Century American Collectible Jewelry

Materials

Crystal, Metal, Metallic Thread

Whiting and Davis Vintage Disco Metal Mesh Earrings, 1970s
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage 1970's Whiting & Davis disco chain mail clipback earrings. Earrings measure 2.5" in length and are unsigned. In very good vintage condition.
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Vintage 1970s Art Deco Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Base Metal

Vintage Whiting $ Davis Gold Metal Mesh Bib Choker Necklace
By Whiting & Davis
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This shimmering coveted and reversible "hot now" gold metal mesh Bib choker necklace by, Whiting & Davis is a must have fashion staple! Dress it up or dress it down, th...
Category

20th Century American Collectible Jewelry

Materials

Metal, Gold

Vintage Whiting & Davis Silver High Relief Art Nouveau Style Bracelet
By Whiting & Davis
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Mid-Century silver tone high relief Art Nouveau Whiting & Davis mesh vase with flowers pattern bangle bracelet. Signed on the hinge clasp, Mesh Whiting & Davis Co, Bags. Has ...
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Mid-20th Century American Collectible Jewelry

Materials

Metal

whiting-and-davis Biography and Important Works

You might not expect chain-mesh bags to predate sliced bread by three decades, but it’s true. The very first mesh purse was created by Charles Whiting (1864–1940) in 1892 while working for the jewelry manufacturer Wade Davis & Company in Plainville, Massachusetts. Whiting joined the company at the age of 16, and by 1896 he formed a partnership to purchase it, renaming it the Whiting & Davis Company.

While the original mesh purse was made entirely by hand — artisans hammered out the links and wove them together — the company developed a machine to automate fabrication in 1912. With the ability to produce more rapidly and prolifically, Whiting & Davis became a veritable mesh empire, creating handbags and purses in all shapes, styles and colors, including ones made from precious metals, painted with Art Deco designs and silk-screened with Impressionistic images. The purses became status icons for the stylish elite, particularly with the flappers of the 1920s.

Over the years, Whiting & Davis struck up partnerships with some of the most talented designers of the time, including Paul Poiret, Elsa Schiaparelli and Elsa Peretti, who used their mesh in elegant pieces for Tiffany & Co., propelling their popularity even further. After a brief hiatus during World War II, when Whiting & Davis produced radar equipment rather than handbags, the brand continued to develop an ever-expanding line of products that included clothing.

In the 1970s, Whiting & Davis accessories and clothing were the rage of the disco scene. By the early 2000s, everyone from Paris Hilton to Lady Gaga donned the brand’s mesh handbags. Recent innovations to their offerings include color mesh and fine mesh, with the brand refocusing on fashion jewelry with the launch of a new collection in 2013 featuring a revamped vintage snake-bracelet design. The company has been based in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, since 1995, also supplying its renowned chain mesh for industrial uses like work gloves and protective applications such as shark suits for divers.

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