Dating whiting davis purses
Keep this in mind when attempting to precisely date Whiting & Davis handbags.
Whiting and Davis is still in operation today, making metal mesh for the fashion industry as well as other industries such as home decor and jewelry.
Its bags, often made of German silver, gunmetal, or sterling, featured hand-etched frames and graceful silhouettes.
For nearly a century, the company dominated this market, and Paul Poiret and Elsa Schiaparelli both designed for them.
Whiting & Davis actually started in 1876 as Wade, Davis and Company as a maker of jewelry.
In 1880, a 16 year old Charles Whiting was hired as an errand boy, but he rose up through the company to management by 1890, and in 1892 he made the first mesh handbag for the company.
Mesh bags are slinky—and deceptively tough—purses made out of the same sort of metal links used in armor.