The purse has a metal cast frame with a simple but elegant raised design on both sides. The two sides of the frame have a clocking mechanism (clasp) consisting of a reticulated shape (I would call it a peacock tail) with a round central opening on one side and a twisted metal lock with a ball at its end on the other side. The ball is inserted into the central round opening of the peacock tail by bringing the two halves of the frame together and thus locking the purse.
The purse has a chain handle secured to the frame through metal loops one on each half of the frame. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description. Date: Early 20th Century, probably 1920s. Size: The purse measures 7 7/8" long from the top of the clasp to the bottom of the fringe and is 5" at its widest point in the bottom.
The entire piece is 12 1/2 long with the chain handle fully extended. The piece weighs almost 5 ounces. Maker: Whiting and Davis Co. Marks: Has the Whiting Davis mark on the inside of the frame consisting of what I would characterize as a bow tie with the words Mesh; Whiting & Davis Co. Bags which we try to show in the last photo.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: Very beautiful and old quality purse in relatively very good condition , which would make a great addition to any collection. Condition: The purse is in good condition given its age. The enameling is intact with vivid colors and minimum losses, it is just gorgeous. In general, mesh is well connected to the frame; however there is a few spots where a loop is not connected to the mesh (see last photo under the mark for an example). In addition the mesh is not well connected at the hinges of the frames (see seventh and eighth photo) thus leaving a small gap at each hinge.It is not lined and the chain handle has a small defect near the frame (see first, second and sixth photo to the left) but is intact. The frame is in great shape, feels heavy and closes well. This is a great true antique worthy of a spot in your collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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Failure to follow these simple terms will be construed as your desire not to complete the sale. Thank You for Shopping Giamer A&C! The item "1920 Antique Colorful Yellow Enameled Mesh Purse Floral Decoration Whiting Davis" is in sale since Saturday, September 03, 2016. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Vintage\Vintage Accessories\Bags, Handbags & Cases".
The seller is "giamer" and is located in Skippack, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped worldwide.