1940s Whiting & Davis metal mesh bag ivory Alumesh

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7.5” wide at base (5” wide at frame).
4.5” tall (not including strap).
Chain strap is 13” long.
Label: Whiting & Davis Co. Mesh Bags, Made in USA

This “Alumesh” style 1940s or early 1950s Whiting & Davis handbag is made of fine metal mesh covered with ivory enamel. The perfect mesh handbag for spring and summer! Each tiny mesh link has a raised dot in its center, and, because of their relatively small size, the bag is quite pliable to the touch. Whiting & Davis is well known for their high quality mesh accessories, jewelry and clothing. This Alumesh bag probably dates to a few years after WWII (during which the company focused their manufacturing on the war effort, not fashion). The ivory-enameled mesh body of the bag is attached to a gold metal frame that fastens with a kiss clasp, and hangs from a thick snake chain strap, also enameled. The bag is lined with dark purple taffeta (that was probably navy blue, originally). Other than this possible fading to the lining fabric, the only issue with the bag is some wear to the gold metal at the top edges of the frame, and to the metal caps at each end of the chain itself. In very good condition, this lovely 1940s-50s Whiting & Davis mesh purse has all of the original ivory enamel present, which is rather amazing!