By 1907, Whiting was the sole owner of the company.
Charles Whiting made the first mesh bag for the new Whiting & Davis Company in 1892.
Charles Whiting, first hired as an errand boy by Wade, Davis & Company in 1876, worked his way into management and eventually became a partner in the firm in 1886.
The company name was changed at that time to Whiting & Davis.
Keep this in mind when attempting to precisely date Whiting & Davis handbags.
Whiting and Davis is still in operation today, making metal mesh for the fashion industry as well as other industries such as home decor and jewelry.
Whiting & Davis has been known for its high quality and striking handbags since the 1890s.
Production of metal mesh halted during WWII to assist with the war effort.
Whiting & Davis began in 1876 as Wade, Davis & Company in Plainville, Mass.
Even though the company is recognized primarily for making quality metal mesh handbags, they began by producing jewelry such as brooches, bar pins, chatelaine chains, hat pins, and cuff links, according to the Whiting & Davis website.
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.