The equestrian heritage of Hermes is well known to collectors, and the material that connects most strongly to these roots is Barenia: a supple, smooth, warm tan leather that patinas like nothing else, and shows off the House’s quality of craft and materials to the highest degree. Always pushing to make their products as luxurious as possible, the Barenia effect is given to this 35cm Birkin, but here in Porosus Crocodile, the most luxurious and valuable skin used, and a particularly rare showing of matte porosus, a finish usually reserved for alligator.. As the ultimate example of equine inspired luxury, this Birkin features the contrasting cream colored stitching used on Barenia leather bags, and warm gold hardware. Kept in very good condition for over ten years, this extremely rare bag is an exquisite example of Hermes at its finest.
Condition: Very Good
Collection: 2008, L Square
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.