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. The magic of mesh is in its fluid movement: Less really is more. The bags were made from English or Spanish leather in traditional styles. . Popular styles included cameo pendants and earrings and charm bracelets.
A sympathetic replacement can enhance the value of a bag. Enameled design is in very good condition in a pretty coral pink color. This piece-work method of manufacturing proved to be a slow and laborious process, and one that Whiting found to be unreliable. The designs were adored by women across the country, from Hollywood to the everyday woman. Maker marked inside the frame. By the end of the 19th century, mesh coin and finger purses, inspired by the trend for Medieval fashion, were in vogue; however, they were hand-made and therefore expensive.
Some of the brand's most popular handbags, still sought-after today, were introduced in this decade such as the Princess Mary, El-Sah, Picadilly, Delysia, Sunset, to name a few. Pratt of Newark, New Jersey, in 1909 to produce mesh in a fraction of the time it took by hand. See more ideas about Vintage handbags, Vintage purses and Classic handbags. Bohemian beads tend to be larger and coarser and to fade over time. The technique was very slow and laborious so by 1912, Charles Whiting was eager to improve the factory's efficiency. 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. 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.
Can't you imagine it on the arm of a 1920s flapper beauty, fringe swinging every which way? The body of the purse ends in violet, green, yellow, orange, blue, and cobalt rainbow colored zigzag cut. Pale blue beadwork réticule, with cream cotton lining and navy blue silk top and drawstring. Look for bags with minimal tarnish and little loss to the mesh or enamel. Cameos returned and statement rings, mother of pearl and colored mesh scarves were big sellers. Frame is straight and closes securely. Please check out my other items! The gold-tone clasp features an art deco design centered around a circle, with seven columns on each side, and six waves surrounding the columns.
Company growth during this period was so rapid that a branch was opened in Canada, and offices were also maintained in New York City and Chicago, Illinois. The bags that followed over the next two decades were made completely by hand. Own a piece of classic America history. This trend led to a rise in the popularity of simple hand-tooled leather bags, which continued into the Art Nouveau period. The Dresden paint is somewhat faded. It opens and closes with ease with the accordion styled opening. In 1880, an office and errand boy by the name of Charles A.
The women danced in silver and golden mesh dresses as an enormous mesh handbag hung in the background scenery. Bags may be lined in silk, and chain lengths vary. 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. Pratt, an inventor in Newark, N. This gorgeous enamel mesh purse features a pressed floral clasp painted in alternating springtime pink and white. The stainless steel mesh bikini was designed by Eve France Design of New York.
This bag features a bright and vivid silk screen painted floral design in soft hues on both sides of the bag. Their patented metal mesh has been supplied to the very best of the fashion industry and has been spotted on the runway in dresses, gloves, and shoes. By 1907 Whiting was a partner in the business, and the company was making chain mesh bags from silver, gold and gun metal. Bags were often lined with silk, which may have deteriorated far more than the exterior. Today the classic handbags are still perfect for a night out. The purse is fully lined in satin silk and has an interior pocket.
It has a kiss clasp closure that is in fine working order and closes securely. The wider, shorter unmarked bag has an Art Deco-style metal frame with brown accents and a high clasp, and the mesh portion of the bag has a zig-zag design to the mesh, with triangular points along the bottom. Enameled mesh handbag, with metal clasp in Art Nouveau design. Bags were then made of base metals, silver or gold plated brass, copper, and a form of false silver , and the frames were machine stamped rather than hand engraved. A gorgeous, luminous piece that can be worn on the wrist or framed and hung on the wall! This process cut the cost of a bag dramatically, so that mesh bags were available to the mass market.