Whiting was hired for 9 cents an hour. Within a short ten-year span, he progressed through the ranks, serving as artisan, salesman foreman, and by 1890 was serving as the company representative for the New York office. In 1892, Charles Whiting wove by hand the first Whiting & Davis handbag, transforming the ancient art of chainmail into an exquisite fabric. The small purse was crafted in plated ring mesh, roughly three inches square and featured a delicate twist closure and a simple leaf motif on the frame.The brand's iconic snake is estimated to have made its first appearance in the late 1890s - a delicate bracelet crafted in sterling silver. Throughout the years, Whiting & Davis continued to design the snake motif into their fine and fashion jewelry with earrings, bracelets and necklaces. One of Whiting & Davis' most rare designs is a circa 1910, double-headed snake bracelet that had been hand enameled by the skilled craftsmen at the company. By 1896, Charles Whiting partnered with Edward Davis and the name Whiting & Davis was born.
With the same drive that transformed metal mesh into fashion, Charles Whiting led the brand into the Twentieth Century - handbags introduced anywhere from 1896 to 1935 continue to be highly sought after styles today by collectors and fans alike. These treasures are often discovered in consignment or antique shops and are distinguished by their intricate craftsmanship and delicate patterns. Throughout the decades, Whiting & Davis grew a name for the brand as leaders in innovation, developing and reinventing technology for the finest mesh, handbag and jewelry designs.An example of this was in 1903 when Edward Davis patented new technology to improve the hinged bracelet, using two hinges on each side so a woman could open and close with ease. The bracelet featured seamless hinges and a spring, rather than a clasp which was popular at the time. Until 1909, ring mesh was crafted entirely by hand, traditionally by skilled goldsmiths. As the demand grew, many New England families began bringing the mesh home after hours, weaving the links and rings by hand in their spare time. The technique was very slow and laborious so by 1912, Charles Whiting was eager to improve the factory's efficiency.
Pratt, an inventor in Newark, N. And introduced the world's first automatic machines for making mesh.
At the speed of 400 rings per minute, these machines were able to perform the cutting, splitting and joining - all tasks formerly done by hand. The technology was patented and Whiting & Davis' dedication to improving upon the machinery quickly increased; other mesh companies slowly began to disappear and with eight years, Whiting & Davis grew from 12 machines to 500 - making Whiting & Davis a powerhouse for mesh fashion and jewelry. The item "Vintage Whiting and Davis mesh purse with blue bead tipped clamp" is in sale since Saturday, October 15, 2016. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Vintage\Vintage Accessories\Bags, Handbags & Cases".
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