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Art Deco 1920's Whiting & Davis Silver Mesh Chain Mail Flapper Handbag



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 similar in style to the early Whiting & Davis handbags with the introduction of unadorned clean lines representing an Art Deco aesthetic. The kiss lock closure is decorated with amethyst glass cabochons and opens to reveal two compartments separated by an additional layer of mesh. The deceivingly delicate chain handle is strong and effectively holds the body of the bag while the three suspended balls at the bottom are not only decorative but provide 'weights' to maintain form. The sensuous feel of the chain mail makes this bag not only great to look at but also fun to touch. Though it is in beautiful condition considering the age, there are a couple of issues worth mentioning. The kiss lock closure snaps closed but there is some movement between the compartment layers at the top frame making it a little 'loosey-goosey'. There are three separations on one side of the bag shown in photograph 14 which is difficult to see when in use. Lastly, there is a chip in one of the glass cabochons as shown in photograph 9. MEASUREMENTS The body of the handbag measures 7" tall x 3.5" wide. The chain link handle measures 13" from end to end providing for a 5" drop.


  • Designer
  • Brand
  • Dimensions
    Height: 7 in. (17.78 cm)Width: 3.5 in. (8.89 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (In the Style Of)
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Material Notes
    Whiting & Davis creates a 1920's soldered silver mesh handbag with chain mail qualities and a streamlined Art Deco aesthetic.
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Beautiful considering the age though there are some issues. Please see description and cross referenced photographs.
  • Seller Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU48734530931

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    $30 Standard Shipping
    to Continental US, arrives in 6-8 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Atlanta, GA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 1 day of delivery.

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