1920s Gold Mesh Compact Flapper Bag
There are no markings that I can find on this bag but it very well may be a very early Whiting and Davis piece. The mesh that tops the front and the back looks to have been done by hand and they were making bags as early as 1907. The photos do not convey the fluidity of the mesh - holding this bag is an experience in itself - the metal almost feels alive under the hand. Inside is everything a flapper would have needed - a tiny tube of lipstick sits in its own special slot and the remnants of a bright peach color still remain. A hinged gold compact opens to reveal pink talc powder - again still there after all this time and a money clip and mirror finish that side. The other hinges side opens to reveal a more open area that a girl would have tucked her cards into and perhaps a lovers note and picture. What more does a girl need? A modern girl will add a credit card and go! A terrific little evening bag that is in remarkable condition and an amazing glimpse into the past!
3" W x .75" D x 5.5" H. The strap adds 5.5"
There is one gold casing missing over a hinge along the back and perhaps a slight tarnishing/fading to the gold color on the strap in some areas - but it is very slight and this is natural patina - it is after all almost 100 years old!
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