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1920s Whiting and Davis Metallic Green Mesh Bag



This quintessential accessory of the 1920s by Whiting and Davis still holds up today! Withstanding 100 years, it features a decorative exterior with multicolored flat mesh, a kiss lock with a floral motif and metal linked chain. These bags are built to last and continue to add class to any outfit! Drop:6.5" Originally Charles White developed his first mesh bag in 1892, several years later under White's guidance A.C Pratt created the first automatic machine for ring mesh fabric. Prior to this mesh bags were all made by hand and thus could not keep up with national demand. Whiting and Davis continued to develop more variety within their product lines and once the company got large enough it started to buy off many competitors that didn't have the capital to afford the same technology.


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  • Dimensions
    Width: 3.5 in. (8.89 cm)Length: 11.5 in. (29.21 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Houston, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU103211279842

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About the Designer

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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