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Very unusual and rare complete set of silver mesh accessories, for the girl who has everything. The set was made by Whiting & Davis in the 1920s. It no longer has any tags bearing the name, but the set was identified by a representative of the company as being made by them. This set was part of a large West Virginia estate. Incredible collection of colorful high Deco evening clothes and accessories made by Woodward & Lothrop of Washington, DC in the 1920s. Some flapper's trousseau, I'd imagine, because nothing looked as though it had been worn much since the party ended, and everything was very well preserved.

The set consists of a tam or beret style hat, a belt, and a pair of gauntlet-like cuffs. They are all made of a silver metal mesh which is enameled on the back. I can't tell if it's steel, brass, or aluminum, but it's too lightweight to be sterling.
The hat has an inner lining of ivory silk with grosgrain ribbon around the edge, sewn onto the mesh. The shape is like a skullcap, but because of the nature of the mesh, can be worn loose as a tam or beret. Hat measures about 22" around the edge and is about 11.5" across.
The cuffs are designed to be very tight at the wrists, and then slouch over the hands, leaving only the fingers exposed. You could probably wear them reversed, but the look is not as graceful. They are about 5" long, with half fitting tight around the wrist, closing with 2 snaps, and the other half hanging loose. The fitted portion is about 6" around, but snapped the circumference would be 5.5", so they will only fit someone with a small frame. The loose part is about 8.5" around.
The belt is just shy of 31" long, and 1.5" wide, but buckled would fit a 25" - 27" waist. It's pretty much a straight up belt, with a square buckle. There is clear celluloid reinforcing the end where the grommets/holes are and it is yellowed and has cracked halfway across. It is not visible from the front. This does not affect the wearability of the piece much, but would probably break down more if it was repeatedly buckled and unbuckled. It might be more functional to remove it.

The set is in remarkable condition, even for its age, and could easily be worn without any restoration. The mesh is still very shiny, with no oxidation, discoloration, or wear. The lining of the hat has some very minor discoloration from age but it is not visible when worn. The silk is still strong, lustrous, and flexible. I think this was worn only a few times and then locked away in a drawer for most of the last century.

I've provided high-resolution zooms so you can examine these closely, but feel free to contact me with any further questions or for photos.

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20s DECO Silver FLAPPER Chain Mesh Cuffs, Tam and Belt - Complete Set by Whiting & Davis

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Materials: silk, brass, nickel, aluminum, metal mesh, grosgrain, mesh, celluloid, metal, ribbon, mail, silver, chain
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
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