Dating whiting and davis mesh bags
Metal mesh dates back to the Middle Ages, when chain mail was first invented.
Thin strips of iron and precious metals were cut and hammered into interlocking rings, then soldered together.
Prices for vintage items range from 0 to ,000 at auction, depending on the design and the condition of the mesh and frame.
Collectors prize bags made during the late 1920s and ’30s, although you’ll find good examples into the 1950s. Most are marked inside with the Whiting & Davis logo, often engraved on a cartouche secured to the mesh.
Look for bags with minimal tarnish and little loss to the mesh or enamel. Store your bag in a cool, dry place and don’t wrap it in plastic (plastic can tarnish the metal over time).
Above all, don’t follow my example — pack your bags sparingly.
SHIPPING FREE SHIPPING on orders totaling 0 or more, WORLDWIDE. DOMESTIC US Domestic shipments are sent via USPS Priority Mail, typically arriving within 2-4 business days.Select jewelry pieces are offered in new metal mesh, also exclusively Whiting & Davis, which is still produced on the company's original machines dating back to the 1930s.Works are detailed with sterling silver, 14 karat gold fill, and vintage brass.CARE / MAINTENANCE / STORAGE Even if you love a rustic patina as much as we do, it's best to remove the mesh jewelry before sleeping, swimming, or bathing, and apply lotions or perfumes before jewelry.While metal mesh is not particularly fragile, some of the older worn enamel finishes will continue to weather over time. PAYMENT This shop accepts Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover, or regular account payments - all through Pay Pal, which automatically encrypts your confidential information.