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COLLECTING    MESH PURSES
While mesh bags were hand made in the 1800's, the invention of the mesh making machine in 1909 made them more readily available. There are many types of mesh, some of which are ring mesh, Dresden mesh, baby mesh, fish scale mesh, and enameled mesh. Mesh bags are still made and used today, but the ones shown here are circa 1890-1930s. Prominent makers include Mandalian and Whiting Davis.

TO SEE this wonderful vintage purse catalogue, click 1932 Denver Jeweler's Buying Guide.
 

 

 WHITING DAVIS Deco framed colorful baby mesh purse with pointed mesh bottom, 5" by 7-1/2".   View   View   #Pwin 

WHITING DAVIS mesh bags from a 1932 catalogue, "hand in hand with fashion."
1932 Denver Jeweler's Buying Guide

  WHITING DAVIS baby mesh purse, yellow blue and gray, 4" by 6-1/4", with original mirror.   View   #P25406

 

   WHITING DAVIS mesh purses.
1932 Denver Jeweler's Buying Guide

    WHITING DAVIS baby mesh purse with pink roses design, 5" by 9-1/2" with a 15" handle.   View   View   #P27810

 WHITING DAVIS mesh purses.
1932 Denver Jeweler's Buying Guide

 

  WHITING DAVIS baby mesh purse, 4" by 5" in soft lovely colors, and includes a small round mirror inside.  View    View   #P21231

   WHITING DAVIS mesh bag, "Dresden  enamel soldered mesh bag, silk lining and mirror, 4" wide."
1932 Denver Jeweler's Buying Guide

 WHITING DAVIS  baby mesh purse in gray, blue, rose, blue and green, 4" by 6-1/2". the gold tone frame is stylized flowers and scrolls in a Deco style, circa 1930. There are 4 stitches dropped beside one hinge. Wonderful color illustrations of these mesh bags can be seen in the 1932 Denver Jeweler's Buying Guide.   View     #P24760

 

 

 

   WHITING DAVIS "Dresden enamel soldered mesh bag, silk lining and mirror, enamel frame and chain, 4" wide".
1932 Denver Jeweler's Buying Guide

  WHITING DAVIS baby mesh purse in gold, crimson, blue and black, 7" by 5" body.   View   View   #P22625

   WHITING DAVIS "Dresden enamel soldered mesh bag, silk lining and mirror, enamel frame and chain, 5" wide".
1932 Denver Jeweler's Buying Guide

 

   WHITING DAVIS mesh purses.
Denver Jewelers Buying Guide, 1932

  WHITING DAVIS baby mesh purse with Deco style gold tone frame, circa 1930, 4" by 6" with enclosed matching 2-1/4" round mirror. A catalogue purses like this can be seen in the 1932 Denver Jewelers Buying Guide.   View   View   #P26657

 WHITING DAVIS mesh purses.
Denver Jewelers Buying Guide, 1932

 

  WHITING DAVIS baby mesh purse, 4" by 5" in soft lovely colors, and includes a small round mirror inside.  View    View   #P21231

   WHITING DAVIS mesh bag, "Dresden  enamel soldered mesh bag, silk lining and mirror, 4" wide."
Denver Jewelers Buying Guide, 1932

   WHITING DAVIS baby mesh purse, rose, burnt melon, blue on gray background, lined, 4" by 5-1/2". View #P26049

 

    WHITING DAVIS mesh bag, "Dresden  enamel soldered mesh bag, silk lining and mirror, 5" wide."
Denver Jewelers Buying Guide, 1932

    WHITING DAVIS  baby mesh purse in gray, blue, rose, blue and green, 4" by 6-1/2". the gold tone frame is stylized flowers and scrolls in a Deco style, circa 1930. There are 4 stitches dropped beside one hinge. Wonderful color illustrations of these mesh bags can be seen in the 1932 Denver Jeweler's Buying Guide.   View   View     #P24760

   WHITING DAVIS Dresden mesh purse in soft grayed colors, 4" by 6-3/4".  View   #P24990    

 

   
  WHITING DAVIS mesh purse, 6-3/4" by 5", handle 12".   View   View   View   View    #P32564    

 


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