An antique silver mesh coin purse with a blue stone set into the clasp and unwoven mesh chain detailing hanging from the bottom.

These slinky purses are made out of the same sort of metal links used in suits of 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. 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 late 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 and were identified by the blue semi-precious stone set in the clasp.

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