This is a black bead mesh kisslock bag without any indication of the name of the manufacturer.
This is a black bead mesh coin purse clutch with a silver kisslock closure and tooled sliver frame. Approx. measurements: 8" x 6" not including the fringe.
This bag is in good vintage condition. The major flaw is a separation of the beads on one spot above the fringe. See photos one, three, four and 5. However, aside from that flaw this bag is functional and ready to be used again.
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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