In the 1910s and 1920s, manufacturers used Venetian or Bohemian beads. Pale blue beadwork réticule, with cream cotton lining and navy blue silk top and drawstring. A gorgeous, luminous piece that can be worn on the wrist or framed and hung on the wall! Pratt of Newark, New Jersey patented a mesh machine, enabling people to make affordable, mass-produced bags and, by 1912, mesh bags were all the rage. Richly detailed Art Nouveau beaded bag, with celluloid clasp. Working with a young inventor named A. The Dresden paint is somewhat faded. The design features leaves and seven flowers -roses and daises- in blue, pink, violet, and cream.
The purse is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no tears in the linings and no unpleasant odors. Department of Commerce E for export excellence. The mesh is in like new condition. . The bags were made from English or Spanish leather in traditional styles. The inside lining doesn't have any stains or tears. Until 1909, ring mesh was crafted entirely by hand, traditionally by skilled goldsmiths.
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. The purse has a figure eight infinity chain, and sharp scalloped bottom. Look for bags with minimal tarnish and little loss to the mesh or enamel. French cut steel handbag with fringe, and with gilt metal clasp and handles. You can put a piece over your open palm and see your hand - not many materials can do that. Materials: Metal Age: Vintage Condition - to poor; multiple holes and breaks in the mesh of both bags; tarnish and wear throughout; wider bag has chips and wear to material on the frame, extensive tarnish throughout and mesh bag portion has detached from the frame at one side; discoloration and wear to the mesh and frame on the longer bag Dimensions.
Enameled mesh handbag, with metal clasp in Art Nouveau design. Popular styles included cameo pendants and earrings and charm bracelets. For more things vintage—from mesh purses to jewelry—check out these related articles:. The stainless steel mesh bikini was designed by Eve France Design of New York. Venetian beads are very small, slightly iridescent, and with a pure color that does not fade. Enamel hot pink and green art deco detail on the frame scream 1930s here I come! The handbags featured Art Deco frames and were lined with a structured silk fabric, giving them a more pouch-like shape.
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. Any other appearance of color is due to lighting and shadows. The collection was introduced through a dramatic full-page ad in The Jewelers Circular, announcing the colorful, painted handbags featuring Dresden, flat and Beadlite mesh. Thin strips of iron and precious metals were cut and hammered into interlocking rings, then soldered together. However, the bags became popular again during the disco craze of the 1970s. Description Glitzy and glamorous 1920s Whiting and Davis evening purse! Pratt of Newark, New Jersey, in 1909 to produce mesh in a fraction of the time it took by hand.
Bags were often lined with silk, which may have deteriorated far more than the exterior. In 2010 the original company, which still produces metal mesh fabric, was acquired by Darrin Cutler. The intricate metal mesh on this beautiful antique bag looks so fine and delicate yet here it is, still going strong nearly a century later! The bag features a striking pattern of two black semicircles and dark red flowers. The company was founded when Charles W. This gorgeous enamel mesh purse features an art deco clasp painted in alternating white and green. 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. This one is colorful and could compliment the tribal and colorblocking styles today.
Enameled design is in very good condition in a pretty coral pink color. In 1912, a process for machine made mesh was developed and Whiting and Davis purchased the patent. By 1920, the company expanded from 12 mesh production machines to 500. Pratt, an inventor in Newark, N. A sympathetic replacement can enhance the value of a bag. The styles were pouch-shaped finely crafted in flat and beadlite mesh, featuring rhinestone clasps with finishes in gold, studded silver and iridescent pearl white. This bag features a bright and vivid silk screen painted floral design in soft hues on both sides of the bag.
In 1912, it acquired the patent for a machine invented by A. It opens and closes with ease with the accordion styled opening. Valerie Taylor donned the suit, jumped into the ocean with blue sharks and successfully demonstrated the ability of stainless steel mesh to protect from shark bites. Whiting was hired for 9 cents an hour. Many of the frames were set with genuine sapphires and other colorful gemstones. Cameos returned and statement rings, mother of pearl and colored mesh scarves were big sellers.
See more ideas about Vintage handbags, Vintage purses and Classic handbags. The idea was conceived by shark experts Ron and Valerie Taylor in 1967 but wasn't created until 1979. Handbag styles were pouch-shaped often featuring jeweled frames with long shoulder straps. The hinge and clasp should work smoothly. This process cut the cost of a bag dramatically, so that mesh bags were available to the mass market. An example of this was in 1903 when Edward Davis patented new technology to improve the hinged bracelet, using two hinges on each side so a woman could open and close with ease.