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Whiting & Davis

Whiting & Davis (UNITED STATES)

You might not expect chain-mesh bags to predate sliced bread by three decades, but it’s true. The very first mesh purse was created by Charles Whiting (1864–1940) in 1892 while working for the jewelry manufacturer Wade Davis & Company in Plainville, Massachusetts. Whiting joined the company at the age of 16, and by 1896 he formed a partnership to purchase it, renaming it the Whiting & Davis Company.

While the original mesh purse was made entirely by hand — artisans hammered out the links and wove them together — the company developed a machine to automate fabrication in 1912. With the ability to produce more rapidly and prolifically, Whiting & Davis became a veritable mesh empire, creating handbags and purses in all shapes, styles and colors, including ones made from precious metals, painted with Art Deco designs and silk-screened with Impressionistic images. The purses became status icons for the stylish elite, particularly with the flappers of the 1920s.

Over the years, Whiting & Davis struck up partnerships with some of the most talented designers of the time, including Paul Poiret, Elsa Schiaparelli and Elsa Peretti, who used their mesh in elegant pieces for Tiffany & Co., propelling their popularity even further. After a brief hiatus during World War II, when Whiting & Davis produced radar equipment rather than handbags, the brand continued to develop an ever-expanding line of products that included clothing.

In the 1970s, Whiting & Davis accessories and clothing were the rage of the disco scene. By the early 2000s, everyone from Paris Hilton to Lady Gaga donned the brand’s mesh handbags. Recent innovations to their offerings include color mesh and fine mesh, with the brand refocusing on fashion jewelry with the launch of a new collection in 2013 featuring a revamped vintage snake-bracelet design. The company has been based in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, since 1995, also supplying its renowned chain mesh for industrial uses like work gloves and protective applications such as shark suits for divers.

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Whiting Davis Coiled Snake Bracelet
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Riverdale, NY
Whiting Davis Coiled Snake Bracelet from the 1980's. Signature mesh is used to form the coiled scales on the snakes body with detailed gilt head and tail. 1980s USA. 1.75" wide. Int...
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1980s Vintage Whiting & Davis

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Gilt Metal

Gold Chain Mesh Pouch Necklace by Whiting & Davis, 1960s
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Los Angeles, CA
- Vintage item - 34" length - Pouch measures 3.5" x 2" - Gold tone and gold plated - Kiss lock clasp - By Whiting & Davis - Circa 1960s - Estate acquired - Good vintage cond...
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1960s Modern Vintage Whiting & Davis

Mid-20th Century Whiting & Davis Gold Metal Mesh "Beggars" Purse-Evening Bag
By Whiting & Davis
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Mid-20th Century Whiting & Davis Gold Plated Metal Mesh "Beggars" Purse-Evening Bag. This gold plate metal mesh gate top "Beggars" evening bag features a enameled rose motif encased ...
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Mid-20th Century Whiting & Davis

1920"S Whiting & Davis Art Deco Silver Metal Mesh Flapper Bag-Signed
By Whiting & Davis
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1920"S Antique Whiting & Davis Art Deco Sterling and silver plate Metal Mesh Flapper Evening Bag-Signed. This coveted style features a soldered metal mesh body with coveted fringe de...
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Early 20th Century Whiting & Davis

20th Century Whiting & Davis Gold Plate Metal Mesh Coil Snake Bracelet-Signed
By Whiting & Davis
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1970'S Whiting & Davis Gold Plate Metal Mesh Coil Snake Bracelet. This piece is signed on the back of the snake head, Whiting & Davis. One size fits all.
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20th Century Art Deco Whiting & Davis

20th Century Whiting & Davis Gold Plate Metal Mesh Collar "Bib" Necklace-Signed
By Whiting & Davis
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1970'S Whiting & Davis American and like new gold plate metal mesh large size “Bib” Collar reversible necklace. This pristine piece features a hook and fob adjustable clasp. The hang...
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20th Century Modern Whiting & Davis

80'S Whiting & Davis Gold Metal Mesh & Leather Hand Bag
By Whiting & Davis
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
20th Century Whiting & Davis Gold Metal Mesh & Gold Metallic Leather Hand Bag. This unique hard sided clutch, cross boy or shoulder hand bag features a gold plate chain link shoulder...
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20th Century Whiting & Davis

1970s Whiting & Davis Gold Chainmail Metal Fringed Vintage 70s Bib Necklace
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare WHITING AND DAVOIS gold fringe metallic chain mail Egyptian style disco bib necklace ! This gem just screams STUDIO 54 ! Adjustable clasp can be worn at different lengths. Can ...
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1970s Vintage Whiting & Davis

WHITING & DAVIS Belt Vintage 1970s
By Whiting & Davis
Located in London, GB
Whiting & Davis 1970s Vintage Belt Detail -Made in the USA in the 1970s -Crafted from high quality gold coloured metal mesh Size & Fit -Length - approx 30 inches -Width - approx 0...
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1970s Whiting & Davis

1960's Whiting & Davis Gold Mesh Scarf Necklace
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Known for inventing metal mesh at the turn of the last century, this Whiting & Davis goldtone mesh scarf necklace from the 1960's is stylish, chic and an iconic piece from the infamo...
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1960s Vintage Whiting & Davis

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Gold Plate

Whiting & Davis Black Floral Print Metal Mesh Shoulder Bag W/ Black Leather Trim
By Whiting & Davis
Located in San Francisco, CA
Whiting & Davis metal mesh shoulder bag in a stylized floral pattern in black, red, blue, green and yellow with black leather trim. A wonderful example of the evolution of a signific...
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1990s Whiting & Davis

Whiting and Davis 1980s Gold Metal Chainmail Vintage Metallic 80s Belt
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Chicago, IL
Chic early 80s vintage WHITING & DAVIS gold chain mail metal belt ! Features signature chainmail in a bright metallic gold. Large gold buckle. Really makes any outfit complete. Great...
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1980s Whiting & Davis

WHITING & DAVIS Necklace Vintage 1970s
By Whiting & Davis
Located in London, GB
Whiting & Davis 1970s Vintage Necklace Incredible 1970s vintage necklace from one of the oldest costume jewellers in the world. Mint condition, unworn and still with original tags a...
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1970s Art Deco Vintage Whiting & Davis

Vintage Gold Mesh Pouch Necklace by Whiting & Davis, 1960s
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Los Angeles, CA
- Vintage item - Measures 34" in length - Pouch pendant measures 3" tall - Gold plated - Kissing clasp closure - By Whiting & Davis (unsigned) - Circa 1960s - Estate acquired ...
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1960s Modern Vintage Whiting & Davis

1920s Whiting and Davis Metallic Green Mesh Bag
By Whiting & Davis, Charles Whiting
Located in Houston, TX
This quintessential accessory of the 1920s by Whiting and Davis still holds up today! Withstanding 100 years, it features a decorative exterior with multicolored flat mesh, a kiss ...
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1920s Whiting & Davis

Whiiting & Davis Gold Mesh Purse and Key Holder in Original Boxes
By Whiting & Davis
Located in London, GB
Whiting & Davis beautiful gold mesh purse, and a gold mesh key holder in the style of Whiting & Davis. The purse is length 14cm / 5.5 inches by width 8.5cm / 3.3 inches. The peach li...
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Mid-20th Century Whiting & Davis

20th Century Gold And Carved Glass Necklace And Earrings By, Whiting & Davis S/3
By Whiting & Davis
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
20th Century Gold Plate And Reverse Carved Art Glass Pendant Necklace And Earrings By, Whiting & Davis. This finely crafted three piece set features gold plate metal with fancy prong...
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20th Century Victorian Whiting & Davis

70's Art Nouveau Style Gold & Mother Of Pearl Earrings By, Whiting & Davis
By Whiting & Davis
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1970'S Art Nouveau Style Monumental Gold Plate & Authentic Mother Of Pearl Clip Style Earrings. Mother of Pearl stone measures approximately, 1.25" inch diameter. Each Piece is signe...
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20th Century Art Nouveau Whiting & Davis

Whiting and Davis 1970s Gold Mesh Scarf
By Whiting & Davis
Located in New York, NY
Attributed to the Whiting & Davis Company famous for their mesh bags, clothes and accessories is this eye catching gold mesh scarf from the 1970s to 1980s. The scarf drapes beautifu...
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1970s Whiting & Davis

1930'S Whiting & Davis Gold Metal Mesh Wristlet Evening Bag
By Whiting & Davis
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
1930'S Whiting & Davis Coveted Gold Metal Mesh "Wristlet" Evening Bag. Features a gold brass smooth frame with a 3.5" adjustable "Wristlet" style strap and ball & snap closure. Fully...
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Mid-20th Century Whiting & Davis

Whiting and Davis Enameled Chevron Design Multi Color Top Handle Zig Zag Bag
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Whiting and Davis unique hand painted enameled mesh is a work of art. Created with hundreds of individual mesh discs composing artistic and usable bag to be worn during the day or a...
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Late 20th Century Whiting & Davis

Whiting & Davis Co. 1970s Mesh Handkerchief Disco Necklace
By Whiting & Davis
Located in New York, NY
Perfect for twirling the night away at the disco. Whiting & Davis gold mesh handkerchief necklaces was often seen adorning the necks of celebrities at Studio 54 and chic parties in L...
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1970s Vintage Whiting & Davis

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Gold Plate

Avant Garde 1970s Whiting & Davis Red + Black + Silver Chainmail Metal Mesh Top
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Chicago, IL
Avant Garde vintage 70s WHITING & DAVIS red, black and silver chainmail metal mesh top / blouse! I have had quite a few W&D pieces over the years, but I have never seen one so unique...
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1970s Whiting & Davis

A Whiting & Davis Gold and White Mesh Hand Bag circa 1960
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A mesh bag by Whiting & Davis in very good conditions
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Mid-20th Century Whiting & Davis

Vintage Whiting & Davis Hematite Clamper Cuffs, Necklace & Earrings Set, Signed
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Los Angeles, CA
- Parure includes two hinged clamper cuff bracelets, pendant necklace and clip on earrings - Silver tone - Faux hematite - Clamper bracelets measures 2.5" across, 2.75" tall and open...
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1960s Modern Vintage Whiting & Davis

Whiting & Davis Mesh and Candy Apple Red Enamel Statement Earrings, circa 1980s
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These stunning 1980s Whiting & Davis candy apple red enamel clip-on earrings feature the distinctive metal mesh that made the iconic brand a success. Extra large in size, these vibr...
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1980s Modern Vintage Whiting & Davis

4 Paul Poiret 1920's Purses for Whiting and Davis
By Whiting & Davis, Paul Poiret
Located in New York, NY
Extraordinary discovery of 4 Paul Poiret mesh bags designed in 1925 for Whiting and Davis, each enameled metal with cloth interiors, all in fine condition with minor losses and some ...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Whiting & Davis

Whiting & Davis 1970s Gold Metal Mesh Bib Scarf Necklace
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Elevate your holiday looks in our incredible 1970s Whiting & Davis scarf necklace! Made of super fine draped gold metal mesh, gathers elegantly around the neck. Hook and eye clasp fo...
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1970s Vintage Whiting & Davis

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Gold Plate

Whiting & Davis 1970s Metal Mesh Leopard Print Clutch
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Attract all the attention with this Whiting & Davis clutch! Circa 1990s, this clutch features gold toned hardware and Whiting & Davis's signature metal mesh material in a red, orange...
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1970s Whiting & Davis

1920s Whiting and Davis Blue Enamel Art Deco Clasp Mesh Bag
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Houston, TX
Elegant 1920s Whiting and Davis evening purse! This gorgeous mesh purse features a pressed art deco geometric triangular clasp featuring accents of bright blue enamel. The mesh body ...
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1920s Whiting & Davis

1970s Whiting & Davis Egyptian Revival Pharaoh Bracelet and Earrings
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Houston, TX
Striking Egyptian revival bracelet and earrings set by Whiting & Davis. The bracelet features the classic Whiting & Davis chainmail coil - present in many of their designs, most famo...
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1970s Egyptian Revival Vintage Whiting & Davis

WHITING and DAVIS Plastron in Gilt Mesh
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Paris, FR
Superb Whiting and Davis plastron in golden mesh made with great finesse and precision, it dresses all outfits. Wearing a white t-shirt, it gives a very rock look, even on the skin o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Whiting & Davis

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Gilt Metal

Whiting and Davis Mesh Necklace
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Riverdale, NY
Striking and unusual tie form Whiting and Davis Metal Mesh Necklace from the 1980's. Chrome plated mesh ties are anchored by a leaf form station in front. Clasp closure on back of ne...
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1980s Vintage Whiting & Davis

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Silver Plate, Base Metal

Whiting & Davis Fully Lined Gilded Gold Hardware Mesh Drawstring Evening Bag
By Whiting & Davis
Located in New York, NY
Whiting & Davis wonderfully elegant gilded gold hardware drawstring evening bag is fully lined with matching gold satin accented with metallic gold lambskin "Snap-Closing" alo...
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1970s Whiting & Davis

Whiting & Davis Gilded Gold Hardware Mesh Evening Bag
By Whiting & Davis
Located in New York, NY
Whiting & Davis wonderfully elegant gilded gold hardware mesh evening bag is accented with a matching gilded gold hardware chain strap which measures 5 inches in height. The l...
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1970s Whiting & Davis

Art Deco 1920's Whiting & Davis Silver Mesh Chain Mail Flapper Handbag
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Atlanta, GA
Whiting & Davis has been producing fashionable handbags since the late 1800’s and perfected mesh designs in the 1900's that originally were hand formed. This 1920's version is simil...
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1920s Whiting & Davis

Whiting & Davis Silver Mesh Metal Top
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
Whiting and Davis metal mesh top in silver features ruched sides and a back zipper closure. Top is labeled a size M and is made in USA. Bust- 42'' Length- 27''
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1980s Whiting & Davis

1960s Whiting and Davis Silvertone Snake Choker, Earrings, and Belt
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Houston, TX
Wonderful Whiting and Davis Snake coil choker, earrings, and belt are magnificent. Thick, round, weighted silver mesh. The body is gleaming in silver. The snake head is engraved ...
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1960s Vintage Whiting & Davis

Whiting & Davis Silver and Amber Rhinestone Earrings
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Palm Beach, FL
These Whiting & Davis earrings are silver with an amber colored rhinestone in the center. They have an oval shape and are in fair vintage condition with some tarnishing mainly on...
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1950s Vintage Whiting & Davis

WHITING AND DAVIS Gold Mesh Dress or Skirt with Tassel
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Whiting and Davis design is composed of a gold mesh. This item can be fashioned as a draped halter dress or skirt. Features a zipper closure with drawstring tassel detail. In ex...
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20th Century Whiting & Davis

1920s Whiting and Davis Floral Enamel Mesh Purse
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Houston, TX
Delicate and dainty 1920s Whiting and Davis evening purse! This gorgeous enamel mesh purse features a pressed floral clasp painted in alternating springtime pink and white. The mes...
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1920s Whiting & Davis

1930s Whiting and Davis Art Deco Dresden Multi-Color Mesh Bag
By Whiting & Davis, Charles Whiting
Located in Houston, TX
Highly collectible Whiting and Davis mesh hand bag. This particular bag features wonderfully designed and painted mesh with an Art Deco frame and a mustard colored silk lining. The A...
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1930s Whiting & Davis

Edwardian Whiting and Davis Dresden Multi-Color Mesh Bag
By Whiting & Davis, Charles Whiting
Located in Houston, TX
Highly collectible Whiting and Davis mesh purse. This hand bag features painted mesh with an Edwardian/Art Deco frame and a yellow silk satin lining with inside pocket and round gold...
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Early 20th Century Whiting & Davis

30s Red Whiting and Davis Mesh Purse
By Whiting & Davis
Located in San Francisco, CA
1930s Whiting and Davis iridescent red mesh purse. Metal zip closure and interior pocket.
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1930s Whiting & Davis

Edwardian Vintage Whiting & Davis Dresden Multi-Color Mesh Bag
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Edwardian Vintage Whiting & Davis Dresden Multi-Color Mesh Bag. This bag is in excellent vintage condition with a fringe-look on the bottom. The hardware is starting to show minor da...
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Early 20th Century Whiting & Davis

Whiting & Davis White & Gold Mesh with Textured Gold Hardware Handbag
By Whiting & Davis
Located in New York, NY
This wonderfully petite Whiting & Davis white & gold hardware mesh handbag is accented with a textured "basket-weave" pattern engraved along the top frame of the handbag. The interio...
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1960s Whiting & Davis

Whiting & Davis Silver Hardware Link 'Snake" with Red Eyes Accent Chain Belt
By Whiting & Davis
Located in New York, NY
Whiting & Davis silver hardware link "Snake" with red eyes accent chain belt measures 38" in length.
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1970s Whiting & Davis

Whiting & Davis Gold Mesh Bag
By Whiting & Davis
Located in Alford, MA
Petite gold mesh bag by Whiting & Davis with wrist strap and curved gold metal frame itch engraved initials "WMF".
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1950s Whiting & Davis

Whiting & Davis silver mesh clutch with matching change purse
By Whiting & Davis
Located in New York, NY
Whiting & Davis silver mesh evening clutch has detailed rhinestone clasp closure. The evening clutch comes with a matching silver mesh change purse. Both items have the signature "Wh...
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1970s Whiting & Davis

Whiting & Davis Silver Mesh clutch
By Whiting & Davis
Located in New York, NY
The Whiting & Davis Evening clutch has a starburst multiple Rhinestones clasp closing at front center. The clutch has slight gathering along the front and back two inches from the to...
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1950s Whiting & Davis