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This is a vintage Gold Mesh Gated Beggar's Handbag. It was likely manufactured in the 20's or 30's and very well could have been used by a roaring 20's Flapper dancing to the Charleston.

This bag is all metal. The cap of the bag is about 1.25 inches in diameter. Uncapped the bag opens up to 5 1/2 inches in diameter. The bag is 6 1/4 inches from top to bottom. This bag has a gold chain strap with a 3 inch drop.

The bag is in very good condition is wonderful. There is very little wear. The interior is a tan gold color. It is clean. and it opens and shuts easily.

I am not certain who manufactured this bag. It is probably made by Whiting and Davis [ see history below] but I can't say for sure. There is no Whiting and Davis cloth tag like you see with most of their bags. However, those tags can be removed and in the course of 85 to 95 years it is a wonder that the tags still remain on any of them.

History of Mesh Bags

Collector's Weekly is an email publication that provides information about items in the vintage marketplace. According to Collectors Weekly, in the late 1800s, the medieval look was all the rage, so chainmail-like coin purses that attached to a chatelaine were stylish accessories for Victorian ladies.

However, in the early 20th century a mesh machine was patented and these metal handbags weren't such an incredible luxury. By the 1910s, the American company Whiting and Davis was producing wildly popular spins on the concept. Its bags, often made of German silver, gunmetal, or sterling, featured hand-etched frames and graceful silhouettes. For nearly a century, the company dominated this market, and Paul Poiret and Elsa Schiaparelli both designed for them.

Flappers went crazy over mesh bags in the 1920s, especially those with screen-printing or enamel zigzag patterns. During the Depression, designers switched to base metals like copper, and the style all but disappeared during the rations of World War II. But the mesh bags made a comeback in the '50s as stars like Ingrid Bergman and Jane Russell sported them in the movies. In the '70s, mesh was even used in halter tops with matching disco bags.

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Football Days Sale Vintage Gold Mesh Gated Beggar's Handbag - Suitable For Flappers


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  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Materials: Flexible gold tone chainmail mesh, metal closure over adjustable opening, Variable opening from 1 to 5 inches, 6 and a quarter inches High by 5 inches Wide
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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