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Whiting & Davis is one of the oldest costume jewelers in the U.S. According to Fred Rezazadeh, author of COSTUME JEWELRY A Practical Handbook & Value Guide, the firm started as a chain company owned in by William Wade and Edward P. Davis. In 1907 C.W. Whiting became a partner, then full owner. They are known as silversmiths and also for their invention of a machine that could produce the fabulous mesh bags. Throughout the 20th century they produced costume jewelry, the most popular, besides the mesh necklaces, being their huge bangles and fabulous cameos, reproduced from antique styles. Early marks for chains include W.C. Co, for Whiting chain company; also W. & D. On most of their costume jewelry you will find Whiting & Davis Mesh Bags or Whiting & Davis in a cartouche.

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This piece by Whiting & Davis is forever immortalized in the book Costume Jewelry 202 by Julia Carol, seen in red on page 475.

Whiting and Davis hinged bangle bracelet

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Whiting & Davis Hand Painted Porcelain Portrait Bangle Bracelet

Circa 1960. No costume luxury was spared when Whiting and Davis made their famous hinged bangles. Here's a fantastic Victorian Revival piece, a porcelain painting imported from Limoges France, the famous Lady in Blue. The lady is hand painted over a transfer, giving an essential pearled look to her hair decoration and collar. How beautiful. The oval porcelain is encased in a silvertone bezel among intricate silvertone leaves, bows, and other openwork folderol which extends to the side of the bangle. This bracelet is signed Whiting & Davis Mesh Bags over the inside hinge, and you also get the Limoges signature in gold on the back of the porcelain.

The bracelet measures 1 1/2" wide at the portrait and 1/2" in back. The jewel fits a small to small-medium wrist without pinching; it's just a bit too tight on my regular medium wrist. Inner diameter is 2" x 2 1/4". Comes complete with safety chain. Excellent condition. Such a Highly collectible can become an heirloom in your family. $125


Whiting & Davis Olivine Thermoset Earrings

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Vintage Whiting and Davis Olive Green Thermoset Earrings

Clip on earrings. As a redhead, this is one of my best colors, olivine, or olive green. In this case, we have two dome shaped thermoset cabs that have a darker olive brown color in the middle. They remind me a little operculum shells popular in Victorian times and said to be charms against the "evil eye." I just think they're pretty. The ovals are coronet set openback in light gold tone findings and measure 1 1/4" x 7/8". Signed on the clips, Whiting & Davis Co. Excellent condition. $24


Whiting & Davis Lily Intaglio Pendant

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Whiting & Davis Black Lily Intaglio Pendant  

Beautiful, graceful lilies, perhaps Lilies of the Valley, are carved into the mirrored surface of this thick jet black hematite-like pendant, which has beveled edges and is coronet set into the raised shining silvertone openwork setting. Hanging from a thick, fancy 24" silvertone chain. The back of the pendant is silver mirror; you can check how pretty you are while wearing it! The pendant is 2 1/2" x 2" and rises about 2/3" from the surface; this is a heavy, quality piece. The ornate openwork bale adds an extra inch to the drop. Excellent condition.$38

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Whiting Davis Black Lily Intaglio Bracelet

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Whiting & Davis Black Lily Intaglio Hinged Bangle Set

Here's more from the extremely cool black intaglio lilies from Whiting & Davis. The earrings are shown  in Costume Jewelry: A Practical Handbook & Value Guide, by Fred Rezazadeh. Both hinged bangle and earrings offer thick jet black hematite-like beveled oval stones with highly polished or mirrored surfaces, all carved with graceful lily motifs. Each is coronet set into silvertone findings. The bangle is also decorated with an undulating Nouveau-esque openwork design and along the bands more metalwork, classic and geometrical designs. Inner circumference is 7 1/2", for a medium to medium/large wrist. The matching clip on earrings  are 1". All pieces are signed and in Excellent condition, with minimal use and clasps and clips working. Wear this when you're feeling mysterious or gothic.  $90

 

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