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Rare Whiting & Davis Compact Mesh Enameled Purse

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This, very hard to acquire condition, Whiting & Davis compact mesh purse will arrive with an Art Deco black and white enamel covered pattern.

Whiting Davis compact purse 1920's mesh handbag

The bright and clean compact top is accentuated with the full figured silhouettes of a couple dressed in what appears as colonial clothing.



The black and white enameled design is a classic from the Deco era when Whiting & Davis produced several  high-end quality compact mesh purses, for which they have become well known for and have led the industry for many decades. This example is in exceptionally fine condition with very little wear or signs of usage to speak of, obviously well cared for since the 1920's. The enamel is intact for the most part and the mesh is well attached to all points and at the frame line. Enamel colors are strong with minimal or minute loss, I really don't see anything much at all to mention.

Vintage Whiting Davis compact mesh purse 1930's  

The bright and polished silver plated compact top is the crown jewel for this mesh purse. The center arena has a raised oval disc that is decorated in black enamel, depicting a colonial couple in period clothing. The silver plate is in very fine condition with only the very slightest rub in the very center, as shown, in person, you can barely see it. The metal is in fine condition, no dents or damages, just a few light scratches, certainly nothing distracting. The rear hinge is secure and the blue tipped cabochon clasp has a snug closure.

Vintage Art Deco Whiting Davis 1920's mesh compact purse  

The interior is silver toned and very clean as well. The original oval mirror shows a perfectly clear image and amazingly, the little golden, marbleized celluloid comb remains intact, in it's swing out arm, which is signed with the Whiting & Davis logo, as shown above. Both the rough and powder wells maintain the original make-up and puff applicators, as shown. The rough is still partially covered with some of the original foil. Clearly, this compact mesh purse has only been admired from a distance and barely used.


The interior compact top lifts up to reveal the unlined mesh purse. The original carry black cord handle with adjustable metal slide is in fine gently aged vintage condition and securely attached. This awesome compact mesh enameled purse measures 7 & 3/4 in length by 4 at it's widest. The compact is about 3 inches by 2 by 1/2 inch in depth. I am showing you lots of photos so you can see how really fabulous this purse is. First time I offer this one, I'm  thrilled about the condition and you will be too. This purse is also listed in our mesh purse category.


Item  7-818 N         $1195.00   Now $845.00      Place Order via Email

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