Department of Commerce E for export excellence. The suit was later featured in on the cover of National Geographic in 1981 and in OceansQuest, an underwater expedition series with the then-Miss Universe Shawn Weatherly in 1985. They were all decorated, according to Holiner, through silk screening accomplished over several days — one color dried for 24 hours before another color was applied. The bags produced in the 1930s were of such high quality that they often appear much newer than they are, so a book like Handbags by Roseann Ettinger for Schiffer Publishing can help collectors aptly date them. In 1912, a process for machine made mesh was developed and Whiting and Davis purchased the patent. Fringe was often utilized as a bag decoration — from rings, beads, and loops, to filigree in double rows or layers. Popular styles included cameo pendants and earrings and charm bracelets.
Dear Whiting and Davis Customer, We look forward to addressing any questions you might have for either the care or repair of your Whiting and Davis items. The flat mesh bags made during this period were painted with vivid patterns, while the fine mesh bags, also known as Dresden mesh like the example shown here , had softer hues and a more muted appearance. Avoid exposing mesh to any solvent-based products, such as perfume, hair spray, nail polish, alcohol, etc. By 1907 Whiting was a partner in the business, and the company was making chain mesh bags from silver, gold and gun metal. The age of disco glam brought new fashion opportunities for the slinky metal mesh material.
Mesh bags continue to pop up as a fashion feature focus in magazines as diversely directed as Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, and Seventeen. The drops came in assorted shapes round, flat, teardrop, ovoid, and bullet and could be coupled with fringe, or used by themselves. Those expecting a material cold and metallic to the touch are pleasantly surprised by the smooth silkiness and sparkling fluidity of finely woven mesh. Store at room temperature in a ventilated mesh or plastic bag in a dry area. Until 1909, ring mesh was crafted entirely by hand, traditionally by skilled goldsmiths. Charles Whiting and Edward Davis formed Whiting and Davis in 1876.
Examine the quality of the bag. The company started producing more affordable purses made with base metals and screenprinting them with art deco designs. The mesh snake is estimated to have appeared as far back as the 1890s! This is an example of one of the earlier hand made purses. The most resilient competitor, Mandalian Mfg. The bracelet featured seamless hinges and a spring, rather than a clasp which was popular at the time.
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 technique was very slow and laborious so by 1912, Charles Whiting was eager to improve the factory's efficiency. The purses were created of the finest available materials — from precious metals to gemstones — and sported designs by such fashion mavens as Elsa Schiaparelli and Paul Poiret. The mesh was attached to a hinged or accordion-fold metal frame, often embossed with a decorative pattern and suspended from a flat-link chain. By 1920, the company expanded from 12 mesh production machines to 500. Their mesh has unlimited uses, besides just fashion. Whiting was hired for 9 cents an hour.
The bags that followed over the next two decades were made completely by hand. Working with a young inventor named A. These unique items caught the eye of Hollywood costume designers of yesteryear and are still favorites with fashion designers and stylists of today. Some have an or Victorian revival feel to them, and the hinged cuff was used in a big way. With the same drive that transformed metal mesh into fashion, Charles Whiting led the brand into the Twentieth Century - handbags introduced anywhere from 1896 to 1935 continue to be highly sought after styles today by collectors and fans alike.
If the materials seem false, or the product is not put together well, then it is not a genuine Whiting and Davis bag. The stainless steel mesh bikini was designed by Eve France Design of New York. For example, mesh costumes were worn in Cecil B. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program This amount includes applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees. These gloves are still being used in industry today, along with metal mesh body protection.
Even were they not the accepted thing among modish women, I confess to the fear that I would possess one simply to revel secretly in the fascination of its gleaming silken-textured mesh. 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. The intimate collection celebrated their rich heritage and founding as silversmiths, as each piece was crafted in sterling silver or 18-karat gold exquisite fine mesh. On my shopping trip to Brimfield Antique Show this summer I came across a bunch of Whiting and Davis mesh bags sitting in the bottom of a box full of other vintage purses. Mesh handbags should be buffed periodically with soft, dry cloth to remove any surface dirt and to enhance and restore original brilliance. Designers including Anna Sui, Richard Tyler, Anthony Ferrara, and Inge Hendromartono have explored its possibilities.