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 and has a sweet scalloped edge. 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, "2909". There is one tiny spot of verdigris on the inside of the frame.
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."
Two small pockets in the lining are perfect for storing cards, cash and a compact.
The lining is in remarkable condition, exhibiting only or two teeny spots.
The exterior of the evening bag shows some slight wear and a few flea-bite scratches here and there, particularly on the frame.
Despite this and a bit of light patination, this beauty remains in very good vintage condition.
This bag provides a sensual, tactile experience. It makes an ensemble instantly elegant. In excellent condition, this is a timeless accessory for any dressy occasion.
Measurements: Evening bag is 6 1/2" tall (11 5/8" tall with chain) and Approx. 13/4" deep, 9 1/2" wide (at base), 7 1/8" wide (at frame), Chain is 11" long and 6mm wide Weight: 328.2 grams (11.6 oz)