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Whiting & Davis Art Deco Enamel Baby Fine Dresden Mesh Purse Handbag w/ Enamel Frame
Whiting & Davis Art Deco Enamel Baby Fine Dresden Mesh Purse Handbag w/ Enamel Frame
Whiting & Davis Art Deco Enamel Baby Fine Dresden Mesh Purse Handbag w/ Enamel Frame
Whiting & Davis Art Deco Enamel Baby Fine Dresden Mesh Purse Handbag w/ Enamel Frame
Whiting & Davis Art Deco Enamel Baby Fine Dresden Mesh Purse Handbag w/ Enamel Frame

Maker:  Whiting & Davis

Material:  Baby-Fine Enameled Dresden Mesh

Size:  Frame Width ~ 4 inches,  Length ~ Clasp to Bottom  6 inches,
         Chain ~ apx. 13 inches overall w/ 6 & ¼ inch drop
         Overall Length Purse & Chain ~ apx. 12 inches
Quantity:  1

A really attractive vintage Whiting and Davis purse, featuring baby fine Dresden mesh with fancy Van Dyke fringe, enameled in an Art Deco motif using bright red, purple, green and brown, c. 1920's.

The silver frame, which has a kiss style closure, is decorated in a complimentary reddish brown enamel, with attached fancy link chain.

Inside frame is hallmarked with the W & D logo.

There is also a charming, fancy period hand engraved inscription;  CH from GD

Interior is lined in a silky cream colored fabric.

The high quality mesh is extremely fine and smooth.

This purse has been used, but remains in good estate condition.   I examined the links with a magnifying glass and believe that every single link remains securely in place around entire frame perimeter.  Links are also quite close up near the hinges.  There is definitely no overly large gap between hinge and links, as is commonly seen on old mesh bags.  Additionally, I see no loose or missing links to body, or to the very fine, fancy Vandyke style fringe.

Enamel to both body and frame remains quite bright.  There are a few very tiny scratches to frame enamel, as well as one small area, along with  a couple of specks of wear to silver frame.

Lining is intact, but has come unstitched from frame on one side, so needs to be whip stitched back into place.  There are no large stains to lining, just some slight overall darkening to cream fabric that would resolve with a quick soak.

Hinges operate very well, as does clasp, which aligns well and snaps securely shut.  All parts appear to be original.

According to my reference material as well as online sources, several companies imitated Whiting and Davis mesh bags, a few actually improving on their concepts, however no other company ever even came close to the quality of W & D baby fine mesh handbags, either in the mesh itself, or the enamel.   This fine handbag certainly seems to validate the historians’ consensus.

Whiting & Davis Art Deco Enamel Baby Fine Dresden Mesh Purse Handbag w/ Enamel Frame

$ 295.00

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