Chain maile Mesh Scarf Belt Silver 2 inches width 60 length
Vintage 1980s mesh scarf, Belt, or wear around the neck silver color back is more bronze color by Whiting & Davis. Weighs: 6.4 ozs Length : 60 inches Width : 2 inches The scarf is silver tone one side and bronze tone on the reverse side as shown in the images. I have displayed it on my female mannequin and perhaps not as one might wear it.
One end end of the scarf has a small piece of chain hanging / break link and do not know what would have been attached – if anything. Perhaps it was the tiny logo Whiting Davis tag. . This is the only issue with this beautiful piece and most likely can easily be repaired.
The images of it lying flat show the contrast in the color on the scarf. It is in excellent condition. The scarf is not marked Whiting Davis and I did contact them. their response was it most likely is one of their pieces - but really needed to have it in hand to touch feel . I had contacted Whiting Davis for verification and their was was it appeared it may have likely been theirs but without it in hand they could not. It still is a wonderful statement piece- no matter who produced it.
Whiting & Davis' first Ready-Wear designs were seen in the early 1930s. Mesh scarves and collars became popular styles, worn around the neck, head, shoulders or waist, and Art Deco influences continued into this decade with bright reds, oranges, blues, black and white often on geometric and zig-zag patterns.
As the disco era approached, Whiting & Davis enamored women across the country with brightly polished gold and sterling silver mesh accessories and jewelry. Cameos returned and statement rings, mother of pearl and colored mesh scarves were big sellers. The brand continued to grow throughout this decade, with 275 people employed at the factory and showrooms in New York, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Whiting & Davis also began intensifying the export business and in 1976, was one of the few U.S. companies to be award the U.S. Department of Commerce "E" for export excellence.
The Eighties adored Whiting & Davis - mesh cowl necklaces, halter tops and other Ready-Wear apparel became every woman's must-have for an evening out. Handbag styles were pouch-shaped often featuring jeweled frames with long shoulder straps.