Around the turn of the century, Hermes developed an unusual dyeing process which they applied to buffalo leather for a wholly new and exciting effect. Through a special treatment, they were able to dye the naturally pebbled leather twice in succession, with white and a contrasting color creating a spotted pattern along the grain. Absolutely covered in spots, the bags created from this material were called Dalmatian bags, or Dalmatien in French. Hermes produced a few of their handbag styles in this material, which came with contrasting black, orange, red, and green spots. This is a rare example of a 35cm Dalmatian Birkin in the white and black colorway. It features gold hardware which is unusual for Dalmatian bags, and handles that have been freshly replaced by Hermes. The interior matches with the spots, black Chevre leather, and houses the brand stamp, which Hermes moved inside the bag as it would disrupt the spotting pattern on the front. Hermes produced their last Dalmatian bags in 2008, after numbers had been dwindling for years. Today, these bags are highly sought after by collectors looking for truly unusual pieces.
35cm: 14" W x 7.5" D x 10.75" H
Material: Buffalo Leather
Condition: Very Good
Where used in this sale the term "hardware" refers to the metallic parts of the bag, such as the buckle hardware, base studs, lock and keys and/or strap, which are plated with a coloured finish (e.g. gold, silver, palladium). The terms "Gold Hardware", "Silver Hardware", "Palladium Hardware" etc. refer to the tone or colour of the hardware and not the actual material used. If the bag incorporates solid metal hardware this will be referenced in the lot description.
Store Fresh - No indication of wear, all plastic on hardware, never worn, essentially as new.
Pristine - Little to no indication of handling, usually with all plastic on hardware and most likely never worn.
Excellent - Very minor evidence of handling.
Very Good - Evidence of wear and handling, with no major flaws.
Good - Moderate wear and is fully functional.
Fair - Moderate wear and has condition issues that may or may not be repairable.