Hermes 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
Condition: Excellent

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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.

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