About the Artist:
Whiting & Davis is one of the oldest costume jewelers in the United Sates according to the text Costume Jewelry: A Practical Handbook & Value Guide. The firm started as a chain company owned in 1876 by William Wade and Edward P. Davis. In 1907, C.W. Whiting became a partner, then full owner. Whiting and Davis are known as silversmiths and also for their invention of a machine that could produce fabulous mesh bags. Throughout the 20th century, the company produced costume jewelry; the most popular, besides the mesh necklaces, were their huge bangles and fabulous cameos, reproduced from antique styles. Early marks for chains include “W.C. Co.,” for Whiting Chain Company, and “W. & D.” On most of their costume jewelry, the name “WHITING DAVIS” appears in a cartouche.
Designed by Whiting & Davis in the 1940s, this fabulous floral cameo-style pendant is prong-set in silver-tone metal, of which the filigree is both delicate and eye-catching. Along with the pendant comes a 24-inch silver chain that carries the “WHITING DAVIS” signature on its clasp. This brooch, found at a local estate sale, is in great vintage condition.
This brooch would be a great accent piece for any black or darkly shaded outfit for the contrast would make the brooch shine and sparkle. It would also make a wonderful gift for a family member or friend as well as an excellent find for any costume jewelry collection.