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Whiting and Davis Off-White Enamel Mesh Handbag, Bakelite Frame and Link Chain Handle, 8" Wide, 7" Long


This 1940’s era off-white beadline enamel mesh bag features a bold purse frame and chain link handle made of celluloid, an early plastic.   The handbag is 8" inches wide and 7" inches long across the bottom.    The purse frame is 9 1/4" inches across and the chain link handle is 9” inches long.   The interior fabric lining is intact but shows its age.  The lining is browning a bit but it has no tears in the fabric.    The interior is 6" inches deep and opens 5” wide by 5 1/2" inches across.   This handbag is in good overall condition.

The label is missing but it is my opinion that this handbag was manufactured by Whiting & Davis, designed by Schiaparelli.   Their advertising ads with the slogan "Hand in Hand with Fashion." in Harper's Bazaar Magazine between 1937 and 1939 shows bags similar to this one.

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