This process cut the cost of a bag dramatically, so that mesh bags were available to the mass market.
By the 1920s, the bags were being decorated with enamel.
Whiting & Davis continued to produce more modern mesh handbags including all gold- or silver-tone versions with rhinestone clasps after the era of painted mesh subsided, along with other metal mesh products.
Mandalian actually patented their “Lustro Pearl Finish” used on their metal mesh purses, and the pearlized enamel was guaranteed to be chip resistant, according to Ettinger.
By 1907, Whiting was the sole owner of the company.A photo caption in by By Bob Lanpher, Dorothea Donnelly and George Cunningham reports that Mandalia’s business, Mandalian Manufacturing Company, was housed in the Manufacturers’ Building in North Attleboro, Massachusetts in 1940.This was one of the many companies that competed with Whiting & Davis during the peak of enameled mesh handbag popularity.Their patented metal mesh has been supplied to the very best of the fashion industry and has been spotted on the runway in dresses, gloves, and shoes. Whiting went to work for a chain manufacturing company owned by Edward P. By 1907 Whiting was a partner in the business, and the company was making chain mesh bags from silver, gold and gun metal.In 1912, a process for machine made mesh was developed and Whiting and Davis purchased the patent.