S 382 Art Deco Silver Mesh Bag – London 1923
SKU : S 382
The history of mesh bags actually dates back to the Middle Ages, when Knights wore outfits made of chain mail mesh to protect them in battle.
The earliest mesh bags were handmade in the 1700’ s and it could take weeks to complete just one purse, however the popularity of the mesh bag did not start growing until the 1800´ s. The handbag manufacturers subcontracted for the mesh to be made by workers in their homes and they would be paid upon completion.
The most famous maker of mesh bags is the Whiting and Davis Company. A faster method other than hand work needed to be used in order to keep up with the growing demand for mesh bags. In 1912, the first automatic mesh machine was invented and Whiting and Davis purchased the patent.
This sterling silver mesh bag has a solid silver top and clasp. Attached to the top are two silver carrying rings and a silver-carrying strap.
The bag measures around 95 mm wide, 75 mm high and weighing in at 66 gram.
There is a full British hallmark from the London assay office with the assay mark for sterling silver, the date letter for 1923 and the maker mark KB.
In excellent condition the bag is ready to use or join a collection.
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