Vintage Whiting & Davis Mesh Bags



2015-06-26 10:34:32

Vintage Whiting & Davis Mesh Bags are an iconic style of bag produced by the company Whiting & Davis.

Brief history and description

Although Whiting & Davis was founded in 1876, their signature-style metal mesh purses, wallets and coin purses didn't become popular until the early 1900s.

Whiting and Davis mesh bags are easily recognizable because they have elaborate and colourful floral patterns and sometimes have fringes hanging from the bottoms of the bags as well.

Throughout history, Whiting and Davis' mesh bags have been highly sought after by not only collectors, but celebrities and fashionistas as well.

Guide for collectors

Vintage Whiting and Davis mesh bags that are sold with matching coin bags and/or wallets are considered to be the most rare and valuable.

Restoration of a vintage Whiting and David mesh bag is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring a vintage Whiting and Davis mesh bag may decrease its value.

For more information regarding vintage Whiting and David mesh bags, visit Whiting and Davis' official website.


Whiting and Davis mesh bags

Burchard Galleries Inc in St. Petersburg, Florida sold a lot of nine Whiting and Davis mesh purses including a goldtone jewellery box, a clutch purse with a chain shoulder strap, one billfold, one white enamel clasp purse with a snak chain, one cell phone case, three zipper bags, and a silver-stoned bag for $350 in November of 2010.

Whiting and Davis enamel mesh purses

Myers Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Florida sold:

  • A Whiting and Davis enamel mesh purse featuring a purple, pink and gold floral pattern on the front and fringes (circa 1920s) for $400 in January of 2004.
  • A pastel blue and green Whiting and Davis enamel mesh purse (circa 1920) for $300 in January of 2004.

Whiting and Davis gold-tone mesh purses

Austin Auction Gallery in Austin, Texas sold a lot of four vintage Whiting and Davis gold-toned mesh purses as well as one matching gold-toned mesh wallet for $300 in December of 2011.

Whiting and Davis geometric enamelled mesh bags

Belhorn Auction Services, LLC in Columbus, Ohio sold a pink, blue, yellow and red Whiting and Davis geometric enameled mesh bag for $300 in March of 2005.

(All values based on auction results from

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