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Whiting & Davis Gold Mesh Purse and Key Holder in Original Boxes

$130.91

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Whiting & Davis beautiful gold mesh purse, and a gold mesh key holder in the style of Whiting & Davis. The purse is length 14cm / 5.5 inches by width 8.5cm / 3.3 inches. The peach lining is in very good condition. The metal fittings have some scratching, and the mesh has minor wear. The purse has the original plastic bag and box. The key holder is in very good condition, and is in the style of Whiting & Davis. It is possibly by Whiting & Davis, but is not stamped as such. Measuring length 9cm / 3.5 inches by width 5.2cm / 2 inches. It comes in an original Whiting & Davis plastic bag and box. This is a fine quality vintage gold mesh bag and key holder.

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  • Brand
  • Dimensions
    Width: 3.3 in. (8.39 cm)Length: 5.5 in. (13.97 cm)
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU855311144882

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
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About the Manufacturer

Whiting & Davis

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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