Since its founding in 1896, Whiting & Davis has continued to manufacture jewelry and accessories of the utmost quality and highest standard of design.
They are known worldwide for their patented metal mesh, of which this dazzling vintage handbag is an excellent example
This bag's body is made entirely from gorgeous goldtone metal mesh attached with fine wire to a rigid goldtone frame.
The frame is held securely shut with an elegant rhinestone encrusted clasp.
As you can see, the gold-tone frame is silky smooth.
It features a short length of stylish, textural chain making it easy to carry the evening bag in-hand or on the elbow.
You will find several cast-in maker's marks on the interior of the frame.
The first of these is the Whiting & Davis logo, followed by marks reading "Made in U.S.A." and the style number, "2857".
The original manufacturer's label is sewn to the peach-colored sateen lining and reads "Mesh Whiting & Davis Co. Bags, Trademark Reg., Made in U.S.A."
The lining is slightly worn and exhibits one or two light stains, while the interior of the frame shows a few areas of light verdigris.
There are other spots of verdigris on the chain, though they are barely noticeable.
While the exterior of the evening bag shows some slight darkening and wear, including one or two flea-bite scratches, this beauty remains in good vintage condition.
This bag provides a sensual, tactile experience.
It makes an ensemble instantly elegant.
This is a timeless accessory for any dressy occasion.
Measurements: Evening bag is 5 1/8" tall (9 1/4" tall to top of chain) and Approx. 3/4" deep, Base is 7" wide, Frame is 5" wide, Chain is 11" long and 6mm wide Weight: 172.8 grams (6.1 oz)