Hermès HAC Birkin 55 Toile & Rouge H Box with Gold Hardware - 1981, K Circle
Sometimes referred to as ‘the original Birkin’ the HAC (meaning Haut a Courroies or High Belt in French) was originally designed to carry a saddle and has been in production for nearly a century. This example from the early 1980’s features a Toile canvas body and a vintage Hermes branded lining that is only found in bags from this period. The iconic bits are done in Rouge H Box leather with patinated gold hardware. Though lacking the original lock, considering the age of the piece, and its whopping 55cm size, its condition is exceptional. A truly special and exceedingly rare travel Birkin that will stand out in any crowd.
The oldest member of the family.
The Haut à courroies was Hermès’ firstborn, before the automobile and the taste for travel, at the beginning of the 20th century. Designed by Hermès to protect and transport saddles and riding boots, this ingenious and practical bag made life easier for riders and offered them an early expression of elegance. Its rigid flap folded flat against the rear of the bag creating a wide opening. The two saddle flaps were thus held in place by the straps, as if absorbed by the bag, like a sleight of hand.
Collection: 1981, K Circle
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 colored finish (e.g. gold, silver, palladium). The terms refer to the tone or color of the hardware and not the actual material used. If hardware is composed of precious solid metals this will be referenced in the description.
No indication of wear, all plastic on hardware, never worn, essentially as new.
Little to no indication of handling, usually with all plastic on hardware and most likely never worn.
Very minor evidence of handling.
Evidence of wear and handling, with no major flaws.
Moderate wear and is fully functional.
Moderate wear and has condition issues that may or may not be repairable.