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This is a Whiting and Davis gold tone mesh bag.

This is a gold mesh coin purse clutch with a metal clip closure and an open work frame. Approx. measurements: 6" x 5".

This bag is in very good vintage condition. All original, authentic, genuine, functional and ready to be used again.


This mesh bag was manufactured by Whiting and Davis [ see history below] It has the authenticating Whiting and Davis cloth tag sewn inside.

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 Whiting and Davis Gold Tone Mesh Coin Purse Clutch- Made In the United States-VGC

$58.50

Only 1 available


Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Materials: Gold mesh construction, Open work frame, Gold tone clasp
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 194 reviews
  • Favorited by: 3 people