WHITING & DAVIS enameled mesh purse, with Marion Davies portrait. Stars series, from 1976 Commemorative Heritage Collection.
This enameled chainmail mesh purse, bearing the likeness of Hollywood actress Marion Davies in a particularly fetching pose, was one of four in the Heritage Collection "Stars" series, issued by Whiting & Davis in 1976 to commemorate the illustrious company's 100th anniversary. For each of her two teenage daughters, as she remembers it. Well, they didn't much care for them. It wasn't long before these bags came to be highly prized, partly due to their surprising rarity.
Long forgotten about, my mom recently found the purses in an attic closet, wrapped in tissue paper, in a blue Whiting & Davis box. Unlike the Gable bag, which still has a branded price tag hanging from the carry chain, this purse may have been trotted out for an occasion. My younger sister graduated high school in 1977.
Did this accompany her to her senior year prom? Whatever the case, the white moire lining shows a couple of light brownish flecks in one particular spot (see upper portion of the 6th photo, just right of center). In all other respects, the bag is pristine.
Measuring 3.75" x 6", the purse suspends from a silver-toned, braided mesh carry chain, with a 14 drop. The predominant tile colors constituting the portrait are medium purple, light blue, cream & black, with mustard yellow & red accents; the reverse side is solid purple. The bag also features a scalloped bottom edge, an ornamented, silver-toned deco metal frame with a double ball pinch clasp, and a finely ribbed, ivory white moire lining.The inside corners of the frame are engraved WHITING & DAVIS and MADE IN U. And a brand tag sewn within the lining reads MESH WHITING & DAVIS CO. The enamel tile pieces are in mint, pristine condition. The whitish spots shown in the pictures are merely reflections: the bag sparkles quietly, as the tiles catch the light. Excluded countries are those that cannot. Feel free to ask any questions.
I'd be happy to supply additional photos upon request. The item "Near Mint Rare WHITING & DAVIS Marion Davies Enameled Mesh Purse / Evening Bag" is in sale since Tuesday, September 12, 2017. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Women's Handbags & Bags\Handbags & Purses". The seller is "ny*71" and is located in New York, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.