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Hermès Ephemera

For Hermès, what began as a maker of leather equestrian goods for European noblemen would eventually grow into one of the most storied fashion labels in the world. In 1837, German-born French entrepreneur Thierry Hermès opened a saddle and harness purveyor in Paris. Gradually, the house extended into accessories and luggage for its riders, and today, in paying homage to its origins, the family-run luxury brand resurfaces horse motifs in everything from clothing and modernist jewelry to pillows and handbags.

The first top-handled bag ever produced by Hermès was the Haut à courroies, which made its debut in 1892. A tall bag secured with a folded leather flap (fastened with bridle-inspired straps), it was designed to transport riding boots and a harness. As the world made the switch from horse to automobile, the bag adapted, becoming a multifunctional travel satchel instead of a designated saddlebag. Today, 120 years later, the HAC remains in Hermès’s line — and its distinctive flap and clasping straps have laid the groundwork for some of the house’s other iconic bags.

In the 1930s, Robert Dumas (son-in-law to Émile-Maurice Hermès, Thierry’s grandson) designed a smaller, trapezoidal take on the flap bag with a handle and two side straps. Later, actress Grace Kelly, then engaged to Prince Rainier of Monaco, is said to have used one of these bags to conceal her pregnancy during the 1950s. Because she was photographed constantly, the coverage catapulted her handbag to international popularity. In 1977, Hermès officially renamed the model for her, and the Kelly bag was born. Each Kelly bag takes between 18 and 25 hours to produce, and its 680 hand stitches owe solely to one Hermès artisan.

Robert Dumas was also responsible for another one of the brand’s most iconic offerings: the launch of its first silk scarf on the occasion of Hermès’s 100th anniversary in 1937. Based on a woodblock designed by Dumas and printed on Chinese silk, the accessory was an immediate hit.

Today, vintage Hermès scarves, typically adorned in rich colors and elaborate patterns, serve many functions, just as they did back then. Well-heeled women wear it on their heads, around their necks and, in a genius piece of cross-promotion, tied to the straps of their Hermès bags. Kelly even once used one as a sling for her broken arm.

In 1981, Robert Dumas’s son Jean-Louis Dumas, then Hermès chairman, found himself sitting next to French actress and musician Jane Birkin on a plane, where she was complaining about finding a suitable carryall for the necessary accoutrements of motherhood. After the two travelers were properly introduced, Birkin helped design Jean-Louis’s most famous contribution to the Hermès canon: the Birkin bag, a roomy, square catchall with the HAC’s trademark leather flap top and the addition of a lock and key. Owing to the brand’s legendary commitment to deft, handcrafted construction, the Birkin is an investment that is coveted by collectors everywhere.

While the Kelly and Birkin may be standouts, gracing the arms of everyone from royal heiresses to hip-hop stars in the past few decades, the handbags are but a small part of Hermès’s fashion offerings. Since the 1920s, the brand has produced some of the most desirable leather goods in the world. There’s the Constance bag, a favorite of Jacqueline Kennedy, the recently relaunched 1970s-era Evelyne and, on the vintage market, a slew of designs dating back to the 1920s.

Good design never goes out of style. Find a variety of vintage Hermès handbags, day dresses, shoes and more on 1stDibs.

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Ecru & Gris Clair Cashmere-Blend Avalon Pillow Small Model
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermes Ecru & Gris Clair Cashmere-Blend Avalon Pillow Small Model - Small model of the iconic Avalon pillow featuring a geometric tone-on-tone pattern, with house H in each order - ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès Ephemera

Hermés Sable / Blanc Yachting Tatoo Savana Dance Beach Towel
By Hermès
Located in Nicosia, CY
Beach towel in terry cloth (100% cotton) Woven in Germany and screen printed in France An iconic drawing is revealed thanks to a depigmentation technique that consists in depigmenti...
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2010s Hermès Ephemera

Rare Hermès Smocking Pipe In Wood Number 17 Original Set Collector
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
Stunning and beautiful Authentic Hermès Pipe Rare item ! Original set and shapes Vintage Item Made of Wood and Resin "HERMES PARIS" and number "17" engraved in the wooden part ...
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Late 20th Century Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Flying Fish Porcelain Ashtray
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Hermes signature ashtray with fish design in celesteand gold. Suede stamped bottom. Minor wear on it. Made in France. Minor chip on one corner.
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Anis Outremer Pegase change tray
By Hermès
Located in Nicosia, CY
Change tray in printed porcelain with velvet goatskin base
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2010s Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Hippomobile Mugs Set of Three (3)
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers an Hermes Hippomobile set of three (3) coffee mugs. Designed by Gianpaolo Pagni and decorated using chromolithography. Depicts a whimsical "limousine horse". Comes ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès Ephemera

Hermès Mosaique Au 24 Set of 2 Platinum Porcelain Coffee Cup and Saucer
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Set of 2 platinum, grey and white porcelain Hermès Mosaïque Au 24 coffee cup and matching saucer with tile design throughout, gilt accents and brand stamp on the bottom. Does not com...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès Ephemera

Hermès Blue Chevre Mini Note Cards with 925 Silver Pencil 1012h27
By Hermès
Located in Dix hills, NY
Date Code/Serial Number: H in a Square Made In: France Measurements: Length: 2" Width: .2" Height: 3" OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION ( 8/10 or AB ) Signs of Wear: Exterior Leather...
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20th Century Hermès Ephemera

Hermès Horse Motif Ashtray 2her824
By Hermès
Located in Dix hills, NY
Made In: France Measurements: Length: 3" Width: .6" Height: 2.2" OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION ( 9/10 or A ) Accessories: Box Signs of Wear: Exterior: Excellent Edges: Excellent
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20th Century Hermès Ephemera

Hermès Yellow Lemon Fruit Charm Pendant 233799
By Hermès
Located in Dix hills, NY
Measurements: Length: 1.5" Height: 2.25" OVERALL GOOD CONDITION ( 7/10 or B ) Includes Box Signs of Wear: Lemon made from leather. It has light stains.
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20th Century Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Avalon III Signature H Blanket Camel and Ecru Throw New
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers an Hermes iconic Avalon III signature H blanket Ecru and Camel. Created from 90% Merino Wool and 10% cashmere and has whip stitch edges. Comes with Hermes signature...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Porcelain Bleu / Or Les Jardins D'Armenie Ashtray
By Hermès
Located in Nicosia, CY
Made in France
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2010s Hermès Ephemera

Hermes White Porcelain Passifolia Tray N°2, Small Model
By Hermès
Located in Nicosia, CY
Tray in porcelain.
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2010s Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Camelia Flower Porcelaine Ashtray
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Hermès rectangular camelia design porcelain ashtray. Red, white and green combination. Excellent condition.
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès Ephemera

Hermés 1960s Cordage Bottle Opener
By Hermès
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Elevate your bar cart with this amazing Hermés bottle opener! Circa 1960s, this bottle opener is crafted from silvered brass and features a braided rope design with a pebble textured...
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1960s Hermès Ephemera

Vintage Hermès Pink Parrots Beach Towel
By Hermès
Located in Bilbao, ES
1990's Vintage Hermès Beach Towel 100% cotton Fair Condition Measure: 150x90 cm or 59x35 inches Paris, Made In France Since 1984, when he met Jean-Louis Dumas, Robert Dallet has...
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1980s Hermès Ephemera

HERMES Notebook Cover Small Model in Black Grained Calf Leather
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
HERMES notebook cover, small model, in black grained calf leather. Letter F in a square. Delivered in a HERMES pouch
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Early 2000s Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Neobain Waves Case Colvert Medium Model New
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic Hermes Neobain Waves case featured in Colvert. Perforated "vagues" detail forms 2 waves. This Medium model has Hermes Bain Paris embossed in ...
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2010s Hermès Ephemera

Adorable Hermès Set of 2 Mini Card Games Monarch De Poret Pattern
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
Super Cute Authentic Hermès Mini Card Games Set of 2 Back Pattern: "Monarch" designed by Xavier de Poret Made in France "HERMES PARIS" written on the first card Golden edges Co...
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Late 20th Century Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Jardin d'Osier Silk Blend Set of Two Cushions
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermes Jardin d'Osier Silk Blend Set of Two Cushions Inspired by an Indian garden with its flowers, its shrubs and its fountains, this unpublished drawing by Pierre Marie describes ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Orange Wool Sundries Tray in very good condition !
By Hermès
Located in Paris, IDF
Hermes Green Wool Sundries Tray in very good condition Dimensions: 25 * 25 cm (9.84 * 9.84 In.) Reference: 51025101234 General condition: 7.5/10 In very good general condition
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès Ephemera

Exceptional Hermès Horseshoe Horse Leg Shaped Bottle Opener
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
Rare and Beautiful Authentic Hermès Bottle Opener Shaped like a horse's leg, ending in a horseshoe bottle opener Made in France Vintage Item Made of silver-tone Metal "HERMES PA...
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20th Century Hermès Ephemera

Hermès Horse Shaped Bottle Opener Ravinet d'Enfert
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
Exceptional Authentic Hermès Bottle Opener Horse Shaped Made by Ravinet d'Enfert for Hermès Made in France Made of silver-tone Metal "HERMES PARIS", "MADE IN FRANCE" and Ravinet...
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20th Century Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Croquis De Tigre Blanket Gris Cashmere New w/ Box
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic Hermes Croquis De Tigre blanket featured in Gris. Impossibly soft Cashmere, this gorgeous Robert Dallet print is created with five screens fo...
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2010s Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Passifolia Teapot Limoges Porcelain New w/Box
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers an Hermes Teapot featured in the classic Hermes Passifolia pattern. A beautiful hommage to the peace and power of flora. Decorated using Chromolithography. Hand-pai...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Black H Deco Change Tray
By Hermès
Located in Nicosia, CY
Change tray in porcelain.
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2010s Hermès Ephemera

Hermès Red H Porcelain Panthera Deco Ashtray
By Hermès
Located in Nicosia, CY
Ashtray with hand-painted trim and stamped base. Designed by Tristan Bonnemain.
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2010s Hermès Ephemera

Hermès Malta Blue Sapodilla/Cassia Wood Samarcande Mini Chess Set
By Hermès
Located in Nicosia, CY
Magnetic mini chess set with hand-sculpted pawns and engraved stainless steel weights. It has a smart closing mechanism with a removable strap: once the strap is removed, the lid can...
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2010s Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Orange Geranium Terry Cloth Large Model Yachting Beach Towel
By Hermès
Located in Nicosia, CY
Beach towel with embroidery.
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2010s Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Rodeo Pegasus Leather Flying Horse Bag Charm
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermes Rodeo Pegasus Leather Flying Horse Bag Charm - Playful and bright all-leather bag charm in the shape of Pegasus the flying horse - Pistachio green body, with powder blue ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès Ephemera

Hermes La Siesta Breakfast Cup and Saucer Porcelain Set of 2 New w/Box
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers an Hermes La Siesta Breakfast Cup and Saucer set of two. Treat yourself to a quiet moment to experience the beauty and joy of La Siesta porcelain. Beautiful floral,...
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2010s Hermès Ephemera

Hermès Large Sailboat Cigar Ashtray 240256
By Hermès
Located in Dix hills, NY
Made In: France Measurements: Length: 7.75" Width: .1" Height: 1.75" OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION ( 8/10 or AB ) Signs of Wear: Exterior: Minor Markings Interior: Minor Marking...
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20th Century Hermès Ephemera

Hermès Marqueterie Plate Dish 57her723
By Hermès
Located in Dix hills, NY
Measurements: Length: 7" Width: .1" Height: 1.4" OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION ( 8/10 or AB ) Signs of Wear: Exterior: Very Minor Scratching Interior: Very Minor Scratching Edges:...
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20th Century Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Grand Theatre Nouveau Porcelain Change Tray New w/Box
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers an Hermes Grand Theatre Nouveau Change Tray. Rouge / Vert colorway. Hand painted gold trim. Porcelain decorated using chromolithography. Designed by Gianpaolo Pagni...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès Ephemera

Cathy Latham, Tahiti Hermes Scarf
By Hermès
Located in Bilbao, ES
HERMES Scarf Silk Scarf 100% Paris, Made In France Beautiful Caty Latham's Tahiti is a lovely Hermes silk scarf here in a pretty colorway and from either the original or early iss...
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1970s Hermès Ephemera

Hermès Ultra Rare Logo Post It Memo Pad 3HER0
By Hermès
Located in Dix hills, NY
Made In: France Measurements: Length: 3.5" Width: 3.5" Height: 3.3" OVERALL NEW CONDITION ( 10/10 or N ) Accessories: Box Signs of Wear: Exterior: New Interior: New Corners: New
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20th Century Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Tohubohu Pouch Rose Jaipur Small PM Model New
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers an Hermes Tohubohu Pouch PM Small model featured in Rose Jaipur pink. A multifunctional piece in butter soft Milo Lambskin. Top zip has a Rose Sakura lambskin leath...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès Ephemera

Hermes e-Zip iPad Notebook Cover Blue Glacier Epsom New
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offes a guaranteed authentic Hermes e-Zip iPad Notebook Cover featured in Blue Glacier and Epsom leather. Case has leather lined hard center sleeve to hold iPad. 2 long sl...
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2010s Hermès Ephemera

Hermes A Sporting Life Jumping Rope
By Hermès
Located in Nice, FR
HERMES Paris wood handle and leather jumping rope. Marked HERMES 2013 Made in France. Embossed Chic, le sport ! A sporting life. Indicative measurements : from each side of the han...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès Ephemera

Hermès Set of Pencil Case and Sticky Notes Cover Blue Yellow Leather
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
Rare and Beautiful Authentic Hermès Set 2 pieces: 1 pencil case and 1 sticky notes cover Vintage / Stamp T in circle (1990) in the pencil case Made of Courchevel (ex Epsom) Leathe...
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1990s Hermès Ephemera

Jaeger LeCoutre for Hermes Vintage Round Gold Metal Desk Clock
By Hermès
Located in Rome, Rome
Jaeger LeCoutre for Hermes Vintage gold metal Desk Clock from the mid-century. Round-shaped. Mechanical movement- Swiss Made. Date indicator at 3. It is marked 'Hermes Paris' and 'Ja...
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1960s Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Balcon Red & White Porcelain Dish
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Hermès Limoges porcelain square plate in the Balcon du Guadalquivir pattern. Comes with original box.
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès Ephemera

RARE 1980's Hermes Picnic / Grooming Box Wicker Basket
By Hermès
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
1980's wicker basket by Hermes featuring leather trimming and top handle with gold-tone stamped grommets. Originally a Grooming Box but would make a lovely gathering or picnic basket...
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1980s Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Passifolia Large Salad Bowl New w/Box
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers an Hermes Large Salad Bowl featured in the classic Hermes Passifolia pattern. A beautiful hommage to the peace and power of flora. Decorated using Chromolithograph...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès Ephemera

Hermès Lions Brown Porcelain Ashtray
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Hermès brown, gold, and white porcelain ashtray with lions design. Minor wear on bottom suede, please refer to photos.
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès Ephemera

Hermès Set of 6 Stirrup Shaped Prix De Diane Aluminium Sign Plates 1987 to 1992
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
Set of 6 Collectible Authentic Hermès Plates These plates were made to celebrate the equestrian "Prix de Diane" from 1987 to 1992. This events takes place at Chantilly Racecourse "...
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Late 20th Century Hermès Ephemera

New Hermès Navy Brides de Gala Silk Notebook
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Hermès blue Brides de Gala silk notebook. Never used. Comes with original box, ribbon, and gift bag.
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Passifolia Tart Platter New w/Box
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers an Hermes Tart Platter featured in the classic Hermes Passifolia pattern. A beautiful hommage to the peace and power of flora. Decorated using Chromolithography. Ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Mosaique Au 24 Soup Plate Gold Set of 2 New w/Box
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers an Hermes Mosaique Au 24 Soup Plate Set of 2 featured in porcelain and Gold. The mosaic motif reflects the mosaic floor at the entrance of the 24 Faubourg St. Honor...
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2010s Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Trousse de Toilette Bride a Brac Large Model Black / Navy
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers an Hermes Trousse de Toilette case featured in Black H Plume canvas. Blue embroidered H on the front. Top strap, inspired by a Gianpaolo Pagni drawing, features an ...
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2010s Hermès Ephemera

Hermès Mirror
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
Authentic Hermès Mirror The mirror part is not made of glass but of plexiglass, covered with a film with mirror effect Base if made of wood "HERMES" in silver metal letters on top...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Bain Neobain Case Rose Blogger Large Model New w/Box
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic Hermes Neobain case featured in the large model. Beautiful spring Rose Blogger pink is richly saturated with Hermes Bain Paris embossed in fr...
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2010s Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Volt'H Maxi Power Bank Orange New w/ Box
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers an Hermes Volt'H Maxi Power Bank featured in Orange. Swift leather and aluminum. Cable free energy boost for your devices. Place your Qi-enabled onto the charging s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Change Tray Mises Et Relances Mini Bi-Color Orange / Fauve Mini Model
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic Hermes Mises et Relances Orange and Fauve bi-colour mini change tray. Beautifully crafted in Clemence and Swift leather. Palladium clou de se...
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2010s Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Mediterranean Blue Yachting beach towel, large model
By Hermès
Located in Nicosia, CY
Terrycloth beach towel Designed by Studio Hermès
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2010s Hermès Ephemera

Hermes Etriviere Dog Collar Large Model New
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Hermes Etriviere dog collar featured in Natural Sable natural bridle leather. Buckle is stirrup shape. D ring for a leash. 2cm silver plated stainless steel me...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hermès Ephemera

Hermès Ravinet d'Enfert Vintage Letter Opener Paper Cutter Horse Shaped RARE
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
Exceptional Authentic Hermès Letter Opener Absolutely stunning, a rare collector item Horse Shaped Made in France Vintage Item, made by Ravienet d'Enfert for Hermès Made of silv...
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20th Century Hermès Ephemera

Hermès Change Tray Ashtray Le Pegase Pegasus Winged Horse In Porcelain
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
Beautiful Authentic Hermès Change Tray Pattern: "Le Pégase" (Winged Horse) Made in France in 2014, "Les Métamorphoses de l'Objet" Year Made of Printed Porcelain Colorways: White,...
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2010s Hermès Ephemera

Hermès ephemera for sale on 1stDibs

Find an extraordinary range of authentic Hermès ephemera on 1stDibs. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of orange, red, blue and other tones. Customers interested in this designer might also find the work of Chanel, Jay Strongwater and Christian Dior appealing. On 1stDibs, find designer, vintage and Haute Couture ephemera from top boutiques around the world. The price for these items starts at $130 and tops out at $63,996, while the average work can sell for $949.

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