Mesh handbags became quite popular by the end of the 19th century. These mesh bags and coin purses were expensive because the metal rings or plates had to be linked by hand to form a criss-cross pattern. Besides silver mesh, there were silver plated and other metallic versions of these mesh purses.
In 1909 the American A.C. Pratt introduced a process of manufacturing mesh purses by machine, thus rendering them much less expensive. The American firm of Whiting & Davis commissioned famous fashion designers such as Paul Poiret and Elsa Schiaparelli to design mesh purses.
In spite of all the new materials, leather continued to be popular among purse designers.
Silver vinaigrette with raised image decoration, possible personifications of different themes, Cornelis van Hoek
The Netherlands, 1788
Silver vinaigrette decorated with cartouches with star-shaped motifs, B. Lobensteijn
The Netherlands, 1835
Silver purse with raised floral Art-Nouveau-style decoration, with silver chain handle with finger ring
Silver matchbox engraved with scrollwork and the initials 'J.L.T.R.'
The Netherlands, 1840-1860
Silver vinaigrette embossed with the appearance of Christ to Mary Magdalene
The Netherlands, 1781
Beaded bag with silver frame, hook and chain, maker: Van Wijk, Amsterdam (bag and chain 19th c)
The Netherlands, 1771.
Beaded purse with silver frame decorated with goddess Diana, H. Fliringa
The Netherlands, 1843
Gold tone resin box purse with braided cord handle and black tassels, Yves Saint Laurent
Biscuit tin in shape of a handbag with painted design of lizard, butterflies, Huntley & Palmers
Drawstring purse with painted porcelain miniature in metal and enamel frame
Mesh purse with coloured painted design, and gold metal frame, Whiting & Davis
Silver cigarette case engraved as an envelope with 'Herrn L. Smit Haag' and enamel postage stamp, George Adam Scheid
Pocket mirror with silver frame decorated with flowers, Crisford & Norris, Birmingham
Silver metal armor mesh purse with openwork Art Nouveau-style silver metal frame
Silver frame with hook and ring, with raised classical decoration, Derk Beeldemaker from Zwolle
The Netherlands, 1697-1719
Velvet bag with silver frame and hook. On hook a picture of stadholder Willem V, maker: Van Gelderen, Schoonhoven
The Netherlands, 1773-1779
Jugendstil ornament botanical vasculum with lid illustrated two people driving an automobile
The Netherlands, 1910-1920
Round white enamel powder compact with glass stone decoration, Sohni, Heubach &. Co
Bag handcrafted in Turkish silver ‘Telkari’ work, given by the First Lady of Turkey Mrs. Gül
Chain-link clutch, Paco Rabanne. This bag is a remake from the original design in 1969.
Metal "La Sera bag" purse with leather gussets and silver metal top handles, Wendy Stevens