Whiting & Davis Evening Bags and Minaudières. From our unique collection of Evening Bags and Minaudières, this piece is offered for sale online by Post Script. Global shipping is available. Whiting & Davis: The Whiting & Davis Company is best known for making mesh chains and mesh purses, but they also introduced a popular and successful jewelry line. Founder C. W. Whiting worked for a local chain manufacturing company which was founded in 1876 by William Wade and Edward P. Davis. The company began making fashion accessories to complement their other offerings, and they became quite well known for their silver and gold mesh handbags and purse accessories. As Whiting's talents and expertise grew, he soon became a partner and owner in the business in 1907. When the company introduced their jewelry line, they utilized their technical expertise making mesh to create typically sterling silver or silver plated metalwork as the foundation for their pieces. In contrast to most costume jewelry of the day, Whiting & Davis introduced applied transfer porcelain jewelry and cameos as well as a line of iridescent glass jewelry. Whiting & Davis still produces mesh purses and accessories in Attleboro, Massachusetts, but they stopped making jewelry in 1983. Metal mesh purse with chain handle, fully lined. Never used.