Original Hermès Horse Shoe and Leather Photo Frame, France 1940s
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Rare and Beautiful ** Original Hermès Horse Shoe and Leather Photo Frame, France 1940s **
Hermès design is particularly noted for its equestrian themes... And for good reason.. Originally founded as purveyors of Harnesses and bridles to European nobility," the equestrian lifestyle" and the Hermès name - accross the decades and centuries have grown to become synonymous.,
This very fine Hermès photo frame, beautifully crafted in metal and leather, is a true classic. Further, it has been exceptionally well kept and well cared for, both mechanically as well as visually.
Dimensions: 24 mm wide x 31 mm long
Case and Buckle: Vermeil (18K gold over solid silver)… fully hallmarked and signed
Movement: Cartier Mechanical Movement… Swiss Made
Bracelet: New, Cartier Hand-stitched Crocodile
Condition: Excellent, in working order, serviced by a Swiss master watchmaker.
For European Buyers I will ship from inside the EEC
“Leather, sport, and a tradition of refined elegance”: The Hermès History
In 1837 Thiery Hermès established, in Paris, his harness and bridles shop purveying to the needs of European nobility. By creating truly “the finest wrought harnesses and bridles for the carriage trade” it quickly became an international success. Indeed, the company soon was earning accolades, notably winning first prize at the 1855 Paris Exposition and First Class Medal at the 1867 Exposition Universelle. In fact, coronations are said to have been postponed until Hermès could fashion original carriage designs for them.
Hermès son, Charles-Emile Hermes, succeeded his father and, in 1880, moved the shop to a location by the Elysée Palace at 24 Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré. There he also introduced saddle-making as well as began retail sales. With the aid of his sons, Adolphe and Émile-Maurice Hermès, the company became purveyors not only to the elite of Europe, but also North Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
Following Charles-Emile Hermes’ retirement, his sons renamed the company Hermès Frères and soon thereafter, under the leadership of Emile-Maurice, Hermès was named court purveyor of saddles to the Czar of Russia. Hermès also obtained exclusive rights to use the Zipper for leather goods and clothing. Consequently, the first leather golf jacket with zipper was made by Hermès in 1918… for the Prince of Wales.
Throughout the 1920s Hermès introduced new accessories collections: In 1922 the first leather handbags… after Émile-Maurice's wife complained of not finding any suitable to her needs. Then, in 1929, the first Hermès women's couture apparel collection previewed in Paris with acclaim. So that designers throughout the Company's history would go on to include Lola Prusac, Jacques Delahaye, Catherine de Karolyi, Monsieur Levaillant, Nicole de Vesian, Eric Bergere, Claude Brouet, Tan Giudicelli, Marc Audibet, Veronique Nichanian and Mariot Chane.
During the 1930s, Hermès introduced what would become some of their most iconic objects: In 1935 the leather “Sac à Dépêches” (later to be renamed the "Kelly Bag" when, in 1956, a photo of Grace Kelly - newly crowned Princess of Monaco - appeared in Life Magazine with it), in 1937 the “Hermès Carré” scarf; in 1938 the “Chaîne d’Ancre” bracelet as well as the riding jacket and outfit joined the classic collection.
1946 saw the launch of the Hermès silk ties. Three years later, in 1949, their first perfume was produced, “Eau d'Hermès”.
By the 1950s the windows of the Hermès store on Faubourg Saint-Honoré had become a theatre of enchantment and a Parisian meeting-place for international celebrities. Indeed, throughout Hermès’ history, those outfitted by the Company notably include: the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, John F. Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy, Sammy Davis Jr., Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Romy Schneider, Catherine Deneuve, and Grace Kelly. Recognized clientele also include: Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Elle McPherson, Elizabeth Hurley, and Madonna.
To the present, the Hermès brand… and Hermès objects… both are synonymous with the pinnacle of elegance and luxury.
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