Closing date extended in vintage handbag auction

IOLA, Wis. – By popular demand, bidding has been extended in Auctions’ presentation of 487 lots of the Dennis & Terri LaMothe metal mesh collection, plus additions. This Internet, absentee and phone auction closing Dec. 16 is the largest assortment of metal mesh – mostly produced by Massachusetts’ famous Whiting & Davis Co. – ever to come to auction. It includes classic mesh handbags and iconic celebrity memorabilia from Cher and Lisa Hartman Black.
It was the LaMothes who the Whiting & Davis Co. contacted to create a 110-year retrospective on the firm’s best examples for its anniversary celebration. The company gave the couple exclusive and unfettered access to archives. As such, the sale contains more than 250 lots of stunning mesh handbags.

The LaMothes took special pride in collecting unique pieces such the Whiting & Davis handbag decorated with enameled metal mesh in a shimmering likeness of Clark Gable (estimate $2,500-$3,000). Other specialty handbags include Mickey Mouse ($500-$1,000), Charlie Chaplin ($2,500-$3,000) and a special commemorative produced for the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair ($1,000-$1,200).

The auction will feature a comprehensive selection of Whiting & Davis’ highly desirable “El Sah” mesh handbags, including a circa 1920s example still retaining its delicate compact built into its gold tone metal frame (estimate $250-$350). The auction also features classic plain, enameled and colored Mandalian Handbag lines such as a stunning Gloria purse. In addition to being the most complete collection of Whiting & Davis handbags, the collection is a shimmering cross-section of American vintage couture, including celebrity memorabilia including a pair of mesh gloves worn by Cher during the height of her late 1980s comeback tour.

A fully illustrated catalog for Auction’s Dec. 16 sale of the Dennis & Terri LaMothe Collection, plus additions, is viewable through or by calling 888-463-3063.
All absentee forms of bidding are available through Auctions or by calling 888-463-3063, fax 715-445-4087 or e-mail at The Dec. 16 auction carries a 17 percent buyer’s premium.


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