Cash in the attic: Whiting & Davis handbags
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Best known for its metal-mesh handbags, Whiting & Davis was established in Massachusetts, USA, in 1876. Initial designs were hand-soldered, but by 1920 this laborious process was mechanised and designs became more complex.

Angular designs, such as the one pictured above – valued at £120-£180 – typify bags from the Twenties and Thirties.

Renowned fashion designers Elsa Schiaparellii and Paul Poiret were among those who produced designs.

The bags returned to fashion during the Seventies’ disco craze

Whiting & Davis bags fell out of fashion after the Second World War, so the company focused on jewellery.

The bags returned to fashion during the Seventies’ disco craze and are now much sought-after by collectors, particularly if they have vibrantly-coloured patterns.

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