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By , Whiting was the sole owner of the company. The bags that followed over the next two decades were made completely by hand. This piece-work method of manufacturing proved to be a slow and laborious process, and one that Whiting found to be unreliable. The solution? Working with a young inventor named A. Pratt, Whiting developed an automated mesh machine in

The Whiting and Davis Mesh Bag Company apparently started as just that, a mesh handbag company, that bought up its competitor, Mandalian, and eventually went on to make both mesh and non-mesh fashion jewelry. The company also made small mesh fashion accessories such as cigarette cases, lipstick cases, keychains, belts and even clothing, mostly tops and dresses. While most well known for their goldtone and silvertone mesh, the mesh pieces were also made in a variety of colors, including white, black, red and blue. The non-mesh jewelry tends to be more tailored or perhaps dating whiting and davis jewelry "feminine" in that the stones tend to be opaque art glass rather than rhinestone, colors tend to be darker, styles are more heavy looking and are usually larger. Mesh jewelry pieces include the well known and sought after snake bracelets and "kerchief" necklaces. Very reflective, as you can see in the photos, in pristine condition.

Share best practices, tips, and insights. Meet other eBay community members who share your passions. Here's a lovely mesh bag by Whiting Davis. It seems to be in excellent condition. It shows very minor surface wear and the inside smells like baby powder.
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The story began in when three men - William H. Wade, Edward P. They opened doors in August of that year and debuted with a collection of sterling silver jewelry and popular designs of the Late Victorian era, including stickpins, bracelets, earrings and bar pins. In , an office and errand boy by the name of Charles A. Whiting was hired for 9 cents an hour. Within a short ten-year span, he progressed through the ranks, serving as artisan, salesman foreman, and by was serving as the company representative for the New York office. The small purse was crafted in plated ring mesh, roughly three inches square and featured a delicate twist closure and a simple leaf motif on the frame. The brand's iconic snake is estimated to have made its first appearance in the late s - a delicate bracelet crafted in sterling silver.

Vintage Whiting Davis Jewelry. No cracks or breaks. It has a 13" goldtone chain possibly gold plated and a lovely black stone pendant. It could be glass or a semi-precious stone. Jewelry production ceased in so this piece is likely from the Our philosophy is to simply create beautiful jewelry that will be treasured and worn with love. Lovely lady has delicate features and very detailed hair dressed in a waved up-sweep and flowers on her gown. The Victorian style mount is finished in rich gold tone plate as is the matching chain.

The mid-century tide turned when they began making costume jewelry en masse once again. But rather than using metal mesh, most of these pieces are comprised of heavy metal work, and many are set with large, interesting glass stones or glass cameos. Some have an Art Nouveau or Victorian revival feel to them, and the hinged cuff was used in a big way. Some of the company's costume jewelry styles appear to have been made over a number of decades. For instance, the popular coiled snake bracelets made of rigid metal mesh have been found in s wholesale catalogs and also documented in fashion magazine advertising in the s. These were produced in flat linked gold- and silver-tone mesh.