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Hermès Vintage Automobile Valise Suitcase Travel Luggage, circa 1972.



Extremely Rare Hermès Vintage Automobile Valise Suitcase Travel Luggage, circa 1972. Originally introduced in the Early 20th Century by grandson Émile-Maurice Hermès, Hermes luggage was an early contender for travel wear amongst the worlds elite market. With the success of the brands hand stitched saddle wear, the natural progression to luxury luggage coupled with the rise of the use of the automobile resulted in instant success. This highly sought after piece of Hermès history was handcrafted in France in 1972 to the highest luxury standards and is constructed from a supple gold saddle calfskin and canvas material exterior. Adorned with two signature "H" brass snap closure locks baring the iconic "Hermes Paris" engraving to underside as well as a flip push closure lock. This suitcase also has a date stamp of “B” in circle for the year made (1972) located above left lock, small "B 6" heat stamp that indicates the section of the Paris atelier where the suitcase was constructed and initial engraving of "CPD" to underside of front carrier handle. Luggage opens to a beige cloth lined interior with three accordion slip pockets, two adjustable leather straps and plenty of internal storage. Also comes with the hanging luggage tag. Don't miss this rare opportunity to add this piece of Hermès history to your collection. In great vintage used condition with wear consistent with age and use. Full specifications and condition listed below: Measures: 31” L x 19” H x 9” D / Strap Drop: 2" Condition: GRADE: 3. Great vintage condition with wear concentrated to carrier handle and leather above closure. Light scratching and small indents along leather border from a lifetime of storage and moving around. Brass hardware is in good condition with light signs of use. Oxidation to some brass studs along exterior and two small oxidation marks to interior straps. Canvas and interior lining is in perfect condition. Year Made: 1972 Authenticity Details: Stamped B in Circle – Date Mark 1972. "B6" - atelier. Material(s): Saddle Leather, Canvas, Brass Hardware Grading: GRADE 1: This item exhibits no signs of use or wear and could be considered as new. There are no flaws. GRADE 2: This item exhibits minor flaws and could be considered nearly new. It may never have been used or may have been used a few times. There are only minor condition notes, which can be found in the item’s specific condition report. GRADE 3: This item exhibits visible signs of use. Any signs of use or wear are minor. This item is in good condition. GRADE 4: This item exhibits wear from frequent use. This item either has light overall wear or small areas of heavy wear. The item is considered to be in fair condition. GRADE 5: This item exhibits normal wear and tear from regular or heavy use. The item is in good, usable condition but it does have condition notes.


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  • Dimensions
    Height: 19 in. (48.26 cm)Depth: 9 in. (22.86 cm)Length: 31.5 in. (80.01 cm)
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  • Material Notes
    Saddle leather, canvas and brass hardware.
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Banner Elk, NC
  • Reference Number
    Seller: HA0520/58193 - WEEX1stDibs: LU1912212333432

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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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