It has a built-in sensuality, a wonderful feel. The suit was later featured in on the cover of National Geographic in 1981 and in OceansQuest, an underwater expedition series with the then-Miss Universe Shawn Weatherly in 1985. Excellent condition, small to average wrist. As orders came in, employees were afforded the opportunity to assemble handbags in their spare time for small bonuses. From there, the first glove was made of the same brass ring mesh used for the handbags and due to its success, quickly grew in regard within the food industries.
But rather than using metal mesh, most of these pieces are comprised of heavy metal work, and many are set with large, interesting glass stones or glass cameos. Comes complete with safety chain. Each is coronet set into silvertone findings. The brand continued to grow throughout this decade, with 275 people employed at the factory and showrooms in New York, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Cocktail parties were a growing trend and with it, brought bold, showy designs known as cocktail jewelry. Many pieces display Victorian or Art Nouveau influences.
The company became famous for their mesh metal handbags but also made accessories and costume jewelry. It's believed that the jewelry line began in the 1950's. The Mesh spiral snake bracelets are considered to be highly collectible. These treasures are often discovered in consignment or antique shops and are distinguished by their intricate craftsmanship and delicate patterns. Popular styles included cameo pendants and earrings and charm bracelets. The collection was introduced through a dramatic full-page ad in The Jewelers Circular, announcing the colorful, painted handbags featuring Dresden, flat and Beadlite mesh.
The intimate collection celebrated their rich heritage and founding as silversmiths, as each piece was crafted in sterling silver or 18-karat gold exquisite fine mesh. The cuff is hinged on one side and will fit a small to medium wrist with ease and comfort. 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. Even were they not the accepted thing among modish women, I confess to the fear that I would possess one simply to revel secretly in the fascination of its gleaming silken-textured mesh. Mesh scarves and collars became popular styles, worn around the neck, head, shoulders or waist, and Art Deco influences continued into this decade with bright reds, oranges, blues, black and white often on geometric and zig-zag patterns.
Since metals were sparse, jewelry and handbag styles were often designed with alternative materials such as Bakelite. Ingrid Bergman wore aluminum to lessen the weight mesh costumes in Joan of Arc in 1948. The lady is hand painted over a transfer, giving an essential pearled look to her hair decoration and collar. Whiting was hired for 9 cents an hour. Push-in hidden clasp, safety chain.
Charles Whiting reminisced in the company newsletter, It was no unusual sight in the summer to ride through the country and see groups of women and girls sitting under the trees in their yards making bags just as you would see them spending an afternoon sewing. Heavy and beautifully conceived and crafted, this silvertone piece also has the original tag. Cameos returned and statement rings, mother of pearl and colored mesh scarves were big sellers. They opened doors in August of that year and debuted with a collection of sterling silver jewelry and popular designs of the Late Victorian era, including stickpins, bracelets, earrings and bar pins. For instance, the Flat Creek Mink farm solicited a metal mesh glove to protect workers from being bitten by its animals. The company also made small mesh fashion accessories such as cigarette cases, lipstick cases, keychains, belts and even clothing, mostly tops and dresses. 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.
They called it the famous Whiting soldered mesh. Here's a fantastic Victorian Revival piece, a porcelain painting imported from Limoges France, the famous Lady in Blue. Some have an or Victorian revival feel to them, and the hinged cuff was used in a big way. Whiting became a partner, then full owner. The women danced in silver and golden mesh dresses as an enormous mesh handbag hung in the background scenery. Unworn condition, this is a substantial, quality piece.
Description: Whiting and Davis Faux? Some slight scratching to the back of the pendant, which looks much worse in the enlargement than in person. The styles inspired by Cleopatra's dramatic accessories, in serpent bracelets, earrings, necklaces and a stunning collection of jeweled pins with real stone representatives of the Egyptian period. Excellent condition with minimal wear. The stainless steel mesh bikini was designed by Eve France Design of New York. The Twenties brought in Art Deco and geometric designs.