Well known for it's exquisite mesh jewelry and bags, Whiting & Davis also created top quality non mesh jewelry. It's designs often included latticework, embossing and overlapping leaves. Fine metalwork puts Whiting & Davis jewelry in a class of it's own. Their jewelry was crafted to endure and much of what survives remains in excellent condition. Such is the case with the modernist 1960s vintage double leaf hinged cuff bracelet and matching earrings set. Heavily veined and striated leaves join at the center of the top side of bracelet. Beads wrap around stems. Back side of bracelet is beautifully embossed (another Whiting & Davis specialty) with diamonds, beading, foliage and double linked rings. The bracelet is hinged at side and opens via a push in box type clasp with fixed safety chain. The wonderful large matching clip earrings are comprised of a single leaf with continuous beading trailing center veins. Like many Whiting & Davis designs it's as fresh and fashionable as when created.
The bracelet's inside circumference is about 6 3/4 inches. The bracelet is approximately 1 inch at it's widest point. Leaves cover top half of bracelet. The bracelet narrows to about 1/2 at back half embossed portion. Hinge is at side and bracelet opens via a push in box type clasp. The safety chain is fixed and allows about a three inch opening. Matching clip earrings are approximately 2 inches x 1 inch. Weight of the set is about 50 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components original and intact. The set retains it's high quality lustrous silvertone plating. Beautiful patina at striations, around beading and in embossing details. The oval bracelet retains it's shape and alignment with no improper bends or dents. Clasp and safety chain secure. Hinge maintains function and strength. Earring clips secure. Soldering secure. Slight wear to earring clips finish. No damage / no repairs.
All pieces are signed. The bracelet within the unusual cartouche "WHITING & DAVIS Co." with "MESH" above and "BAGS" below. Each original earring clip signed "WHITING & DAVIS Co."
While mesh bags and mesh jewelry have always been synonymous with W & D, their non mesh jewelry is in a league of it's own. Whiting & Davis excelled in metalwork. Casting, stamping, embossing and engraving, as well as finish work were second to none. With a nod to the modernist movement, W & D and Cody's turns over a new leaf with this dramatic demi.
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