Vintage Victorian Sterling Silver Chain Mail Mesh Purse Bag 123 Grams or 4.3 oz

$222.18 $261.39

Vintage Sterling Silver French Chatelaine Mesh Chainmail Purse - Victorian

Amazing condition, beautifully made.

123 grams (4.3 oz)
Dimensions 6.5" x 4.5"

Mesh bags are slinky—and deceptively tough—purses made out of the same sort of metal links used in armor. In the late 1800s, the medieval look was all the rage, so chainmail-like coin purses that attached to a chatelaine were stylish accessories for Victorian ladies. Affluent ladies of this era carried their purse to a Party or an evening out . Features tiny solid Sterling Silver chain rings woven beautifully into an elegant purse.

It wasn't until the early 20th century that a mesh machine was patented and these metal handbags weren't such an incredible luxury. By the 1910s, the American company Whiting and Davis was producing wildly popular spins on the concept. Its bags, often made of German silver, gunmetal, or sterling, featured hand-etched frames and graceful silhouettes. For nearly a century, the company dominated this market, and Paul Poiret and Elsa Schiaparelli both designed for them.

Flappers went crazy over mesh bags in the 1920s, especially those with screen-printing or enamel zigzag patterns. During the Depression, designers switched to base metals like copper, and the style all but disappeared during the rations of World War II. But the mesh bags made a comeback in the '50s as stars like Ingrid Bergman and Jane Russell sported them in the movies. In the '70s, mesh was even used in halter tops with matching disco bags.

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