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    Sale 5385

    Jewels at South Kensington Including Fine Hermès Handbags

    9 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 179

    A VERY RARE DARK RED CROCODILE HAUT À COURROIES

    HERMÈS, 1972

    Price Realised  

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    A VERY RARE DARK RED CROCODILE HAUT À COURROIES
    HERMÈS, 1972
    polished brass hardware, with dustbag, keyfob and padlock
    Crocodylus porosus
    45cm
    Blindstamp B


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    The Haut à Courroies was first designed by Hermès circa 1900, originally to carry equestrian kit, including saddles. It quickly became popular as a travel bag, and ultimately inspired the Birkin. It is the oldest travel bag still in production at Hermès.

    This example is extraordinarily rare. Hermès produce no more than 5 crocodile bags of this size a year, and fewer in such a rich colour.

    This item may be subject to export and/or import restrictions. It is the sole responsibility of the purchaser to obtain any necessary permissions.

    Sold with a letter of origin from Hermès. See department for details.

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    Saleroom Notice

    This item may be subject to export restrictions. It is the sole responsibility of the purchaser to obtain any necessary permissions.