Vintage Whiting & Davis 1950s gold mesh bag
This stunning vintage Whiting & Davis 1950s gold mesh bag was made by the highly collectable US bag manufacturers, Whiting & Davis – and it’s an absolute eye-catching beauty (and a rare find). It shimmers and glistens today every bit as much as it would have for its original stylish and discerning owner, almost six decades ago. The mesh evening purse is topped with a decorative gold frame with Art Deco style detailing. The kiss lock clasp and gold metal chain are in perfect condition. Inside, the bag is lined in a peach-coloured fabric with a Whiting & Davis co Mesh Bags tag stitched into the lining. The gold metal frame is stamped with the serial number 2898. If preferred, the bag can be carried as a purse by tucking the gold chain into the inside of the pouch. The mesh is all in place with no missing pieces, only some slight tarnish to just a few of the small pieces – as one would expect with a piece of this age. This is not simply a bag… this is a piece of dazzling fashion history that will bring decades of further joy to its next owner.
About the designer: Whiting & Davis
Founded in 1876 in Massachusetts by three men named Louis Heckman, William Wade and Edward Davis, the company originally made sterling silver Victorian jewellery. A company employee, Charles Whiting, created the company’s first mesh bag in 1892 using the ancient technique of chainmail. Davis partnered with Whiting in 1896 forming the ‘Whiting & Davis Co’. The earliest bags of the 1900s through the 1910s were made of sterling silver, gold or vermeil (gold plating over silver) and were all hand-made. By 1912, the company had acquired an automated mesh machine that allowed for greater production quantities. During the Art Deco period of the 1920s, their bags were highly fashionable and the company collaborated with Paul Poiret and Elsa Schiaparelli on limited collections. In 1963 the company introduced their Cleopatra Collection after partnering with Vogue magazine and 20th Century Fox to promote the film starring Elizabeth Taylor
Era: late 1940s or early 1950s
Measurements: 17cm long x 14cm wide (approx. 6.5’ x 5.5’)