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Hermes Constance Mini Epsom Craie Bag
By Hermès
Located in Monte Carlo, MC
Handbag métal hardware (18x14x6cm), comes with complete packaging and accessories, original invoice. Pristine, unworn condition.
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

HERMES Constance Mini Epsom Craie 18'
By Hermès
Located in Monte Carlo, MC
Handbag gold hardware (18x14x6cm), comes with complete packaging and accessories, original invoice. Pristine, unworn condition.
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Hermes vintage Constance 23 in brown crocodile
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
A gorgeous and rare Vintage Constance in Shiny Croc with Gold Hardware. Colour: Brown Colour Code: n/a Leather: Shiny Croc Hardware: Gold Stamp: F in circle (1976) Condition: Excell...
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1970s Top Handle Bags

  • Hermes vintage Constance 23 in brown crocodile
  • Hermes vintage Constance 23 in brown crocodile
  • Hermes vintage Constance 23 in brown crocodile
  • Hermes vintage Constance 23 in brown crocodile
H 5.91 in. D 3.55 in. L 9.06 in.
Hermes Constance Black Wallet
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Constance Black Wallet. Rose gold hardware. Excellent condition. Rare and hard to find. Light wear on hardware. Includes box. Guaranteed authentic.
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21st Century and Contemporary Wallets and Small Accessories

Hermes Constance Bag Epsom 18
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Minor scuffs on exterior and underneath flap, slight cracking on flap opening corner wax edges, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Box Measurements: Hand...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Hermes Constance Bag Epsom 18
  • Hermes Constance Bag Epsom 18
  • Hermes Constance Bag Epsom 18
  • Hermes Constance Bag Epsom 18
H 6 in. W 7 in. D 2 in.
Hermès Rose Scheherazade Constance Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This extremely rare, vintage crocodile Hermès Constance bag comes in a unique and extremely sought after Rose Sheherazade colour. The interior features one spacious interior compartm...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermès, Constance in blue leather
By Hermès
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: HERMÈS - Model: Constance - Condition: Very good condition. Few scratches, Scratches on hardware - Accessories: Dustbag - Measurements: Width: 18,5cm, Height: 15cm, Depth...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Hermès, Constance in blue leather
  • Hermès, Constance in blue leather
  • Hermès, Constance in blue leather
  • Hermès, Constance in blue leather
H 5.91 in. W 7.29 in. D 1.58 in.
Hermes Constance Bag Epsom 24
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Excellent. Faint scuffs on rear, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Box, Dust Bag Measurements: Handle Drop 10", Height 8", Width 9", Depth 3", Strap Drop 17" Designer: H...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Hermes Constance Bag Epsom 24
  • Hermes Constance Bag Epsom 24
  • Hermes Constance Bag Epsom 24
  • Hermes Constance Bag Epsom 24
H 8 in. W 9 in. D 3 in.
Hermès Rouge Lizard Vintage Constance
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Rouge Lizard Constance is in beautiful vintage condition with light signs of prior ownership. The Constance has simple clean lines and combines classic with mod...
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Late 20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Hermès Rouge Lizard Vintage Constance
  • Hermès Rouge Lizard Vintage Constance
  • Hermès Rouge Lizard Vintage Constance
  • Hermès Rouge Lizard Vintage Constance
H 7.75 in. W 9 in. D 2.5 in.
Hermès Constance Dark Anemone Bag
By Hermès
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
This Hermès Constance bag is featured in the Anemone color, which is a dark purple tone. This bag is made from smooth Swift leather and is accentuated by palladium hardware. This Con...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Hermès Constance Dark Anemone Bag
  • Hermès Constance Dark Anemone Bag
  • Hermès Constance Dark Anemone Bag
  • Hermès Constance Dark Anemone Bag
H 5.71 in. D 1.58 in. L 7.09 in.
Hermès Constance Mini Anemone Bag
By Hermès
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Featured in the very hot color Anemone, this bag is coveted and sought after all over the world. As an exclusive and rare bag, this Hermès Constance Mini is nearly impossible to find...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Hermès Constance Mini Anemone Bag
  • Hermès Constance Mini Anemone Bag
  • Hermès Constance Mini Anemone Bag
  • Hermès Constance Mini Anemone Bag
H 5.71 in. D 1.58 in. L 7.09 in.
Hermès Black Box Calf Mini Constance
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Black Box Calf Mini Constance in pristine unworn condition with the protective plastic intact on the hardware. The Constance has simple clean lines and combine...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Hermès Black Box Calf Mini Constance
  • Hermès Black Box Calf Mini Constance
  • Hermès Black Box Calf Mini Constance
  • Hermès Black Box Calf Mini Constance
H 6.25 in. W 7.25 in. D 2.25 in.
Hermès Constance Micro Rouge H Alligator Bag
By Hermès
Located in Kiev, UA
This exclusive Hermès Constance Micro bag is made from exotic alligator skin, which is identified by the square symbol located next to the "Hermès Paris" embossing. The red-toned c...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Hermès Rose Pink Evercolor Constance 24
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Rose Pink Evercolor Constance 24 is in pristine unworn condition. The simple clean silhouette of the Constance combines classic with modern. Vibrant rose pink ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermès Constance Matte Crocodile Palladium H/W Wallet
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Long wallet in matte patina alligator with 12 credit card slots, 2 bill pockets, zipped change purse, external pocket and palladium ’H’ tab closure. Some protective plastic still att...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wallets and Small Accessories

Hermès Parchemin Ostrich Constance 18 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Parchemin Ostrich Constance 18 PHW SKU: 110050 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Faint marks to back exterior. Scratching to hardware. Bra...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermès Yellow Mimosa Alligator Constance Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This extremely rare, vintage crocodile Hermès Constance bag comes in a unique and extremely sought after Yellow Mimosa colour. The interior features one spacious interior compartment...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermès Constance Matte Crocodile Palladium H/W Wallet
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Long wallet in matte patina alligator in light green with 12 credit card slots, 2 bill pockets, zipped change purse, external pocket and palladium ’H’ tab closure. Some protective pl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wallets and Small Accessories

Hermes Mini Constance 18 Purple Bag
By Hermès
Located in Athens, GA
Hermes Constance Purple Mini 18 Bag. Dark purple color swift leather. Palladium hardware. Rare hard to find Constance especially in this mini size. Color is rare too. Good condition....
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Hermes Mini Constance 18 Purple Bag
  • Hermes Mini Constance 18 Purple Bag
  • Hermes Mini Constance 18 Purple Bag
  • Hermes Mini Constance 18 Purple Bag
H 6 in. D 1.5 in. L 7 in.
Hermès Constance 18 Black Swift Marble Lock
By Hermès
Located in Antwerp, BE
A real collector piece, this stunning and hard to find Hermès Constance 18cm black swift with marble lock. The bag is brand new and never used, Comes with full set including origin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Hermès Orange Epsom Constance Long Wallet PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Orange Epsom Constance Long Wallet PHW SKU: 110961 MSRP: Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Cond...
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2010s Wallets

Hermès Bleu Zanzibar Evercolor Constance 24 GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Bleu Zanzibar Evercolor Constance 24 GHW SKU: 111508 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Scratching to hardware. Faint scuffing to interior....
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermès Bleu Saphir Swift Constance 18 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Bleu Saphir Swift Constance 18 PHW SKU: 109540 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Faint scuffing between buckle and inner flap. Brand: Herm...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermès Rose Extreme Swift Constance 18 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Rose Extreme Swift Constance 18 PHW SKU: 109541 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Plastic on hardware. Faint indentations to leather. Bran...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

HERMÈS Constance Shoulder bag in Brown Leather
By Hermès
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: HERMÈS - Model: Constance - Condition: Good condition. Scratches on the clasp, Sign of wear on base corners, Sign of wear on Leather - Accessories: None - Measurements: W...
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1960s Shoulder Bags

  • HERMÈS Constance Shoulder bag in Brown Leather
  • HERMÈS Constance Shoulder bag in Brown Leather
  • HERMÈS Constance Shoulder bag in Brown Leather
  • HERMÈS Constance Shoulder bag in Brown Leather
H 7.09 in. W 9.06 in. D 1.58 in.
Hermès Rose Azalee Evercolor Constance 18 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Rose Azalee Evercolor Constance 18 PHW SKU: 109539 Handbag Condition: Excellent Condition Comments: Excellent Condition. Light fraying to stitching on strap. Brand: Hermès M...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermès Constance 24 Au Bout du Monde
By Hermès
Located in Antwerp, BE
Hermès Constance 24 Au Bout du Monde The Constance by Hermès bag was introduced by Catherine Chaillet in 1959. It became quite soon one the house's must-have bags! But this very ra...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Hermès Constance 24 Au Bout du Monde
  • Hermès Constance 24 Au Bout du Monde
  • Hermès Constance 24 Au Bout du Monde
  • Hermès Constance 24 Au Bout du Monde
H 6.89 in. W 9.45 in. D 1.97 in.
Hermès 2019 Constance Epsom Leather Long Wallet
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Made in France, this beautiful 2019 Hermès ‘Bearn Compact’ wallet has been made from textured Epsom leather exterior in ‘Rouge de Coeur’ and soft leather interior, it is decorated wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Hermès Rose Tyrien Ostrich Constance 18 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Hermès Rose Tyrien Ostrich Constance 18 PHW SKU: 108890 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Excellent Condition Comments: Excellent Condition. Plastic on so...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Hermes Noir Epsom Leather Constance Compact Wallet
By Hermès
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Constance wallet from Hermes is nothing less than a wondrous work of art. It is crafted with Noir Epsom leather and is secured by a gold-tone 'H' tab closure. It has undergone th...
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2010s Wallets

Hermès Miel 23cm Crocodile Constance Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
This extremely rare, vintage crocodile Hermès Constance bag comes in a unique and extremely sought after Miel Brown colour. The interior features one spacious interior compartment, c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermès 2014 Constance Elan Epsom Leather Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Made in France, this beautiful 2014 Hermès ‘Constance Elan’ handbag has been made from textured Epsom leather exterior in a teal/turquoise hue and soft leather interior, it is decora...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Swift Leather Blue Frida Constance 18 PHW
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermes Constance 18cm Blue Frida Swift Leather Bag with Palladium Hardware - Brand new - Y Stamp - 18 - 14.5 x 4 cm - Includes Box, dust bag and receipt - Swift Leather
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Hermes Swift Leather Blue Frida Constance 18 PHW
  • Hermes Swift Leather Blue Frida Constance 18 PHW
  • Hermes Swift Leather Blue Frida Constance 18 PHW
  • Hermes Swift Leather Blue Frida Constance 18 PHW
H 5.71 in. D 1.58 in. L 7.09 in.
Hermès Black Monsieur & Salvator Lizard Constance 18 PHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermès Black Monsieur & Salvator Lizard Constance 18 PHW SKU: 111505 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Light scuffing throughout leather. Please ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

HERMES Constance Bag in Rouge Casaque Swift Leather
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
HERMES Constance Bag in Rouge Casaque swift Leather. It has a double bellows. In very good condition, only the golden H has micro scratches. It is made of Swift leather. It has a t...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Hermes Constance Cartable Bag Limited Edition Rouge H Sombrero
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Limited Edition Hermes Constance Cartable 29 features deep rich Rouge H Sombrero leather. Stunning inlaid leather logo clasp and shorter strap. Carried by hand ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Mini Constance 18cm Electric Blue Bag
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Hermes mini constance cross body 18cm in electric blue swift leather and gold tone hardware. Brand new in box with dust cover, booklet, box, ribbon and shopping bag.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermes Constance Compact Wallet Rose Confetti Epsom Palladium
By Hermès
Located in Long Island City, NY
Rare, beautiful, store-fresh Hermes Constance compact wallet in Rose Confetti Epsom leather with palladium hardware. The wallet features pink stitching, the iconic "H" snap...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wallets

Hermès 2013 Constance 23cm Epsom Leather Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Made in France, this beautiful 2013 Hermès ‘Constance’ 23cm shoulder bag has been made from textured Epsom leather exterior in ‘Soufre’ yellow hue and soft leather interior, it is de...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Hermes Constance 24 Rose Tyrien Pink Epsom Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miramar, FL
Hermes Constance 24 Rose Tyrien Pink Epsom Palladium Hardware. Excellent Pristine condition with plastic on hardware. T Stamp 2015. Shop with Confidence from Lux Addicts. Authentic...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermès Constance 24 Blue Marine Alligator Mississippi Matte PHW
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
An exquisite Hermès Blue Marine Constance 24 cm of exotic matte Mississippi Alligator leather with palladium hardware. Prized for its durability, this Matte Alligator will get more b...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Hermès 2020 Constance 19cm Epsom Leather Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Made in France, this beautiful 2020 Hermès ‘Constance’ 19cm shoulder bag has been made from textured Epsom leather exterior in ‘Noir’ and soft leather interior, it is decorated with ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Vintage Brown Box Calf Leather Hermès Constance 23cm
By Hermès
Located in Annapolis, MD
Made with brown box calf leather and gold plated hardware. Produced in 1985. Condition: Good used condition. Exterior: One exterior pocket, light scratching on hardware and leather...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

NIB Hermès Vert Rousseau Matte Alligator Constance 24 GHW
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
NIB Hermès Vert Rousseau Matte Alligator Constance 24 GHW SKU: 111444 Handbag Condition: Mint Condition Comments: NIB. Mint Condition. Plastic on hardware. No visible signs of wear....
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermès Constance Long Wallet Ficelle Shiny Alligator Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
Brand: Hermès Style: Constance Wallet Size: 20.5 L x 13 H x 2 D cm Color: Ficelle Leather: Shiny Alligator Hardware: Gold Stamp: 2020 Y Other: 12 credit card slots, 2 bill pockets...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Vintage Hermes Black Crocodile Constance 23 GHW Shoulder Bag
By Hermès
Located in Philadelphia, PA
AUTHENTIC HERMES black crocodile constance bag in excellent vintage condition. Black crocodile leather exterior trimmed with shining gold hardware. Lift latch single flap style closu...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermès Constance Long Wallet Bubblegum Matte Alligator Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
Brand: Hermès Style: Constance Wallet Size: 20.5 L x 13 H x 2 D cm Color: Bubblegum Leather: Matte Alligator Hardware: Palladium Stamp: 2020 D Other: 12 credit card slots, 2 bill ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermès Constance Long Wallet Abricot Matte Alligator Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
Brand: Hermès Style: Constance Wallet Size: 20.5 L x 13 H x 2 D cm Color: Abricot Leather: Matte Alligator Hardware: Gold Stamp: 2018 C Other: 12 credit card slots, 2 bill pockets...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Blue Atoll Swift Leather & Lizard Constance Compact Wallet
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Hermes Blue Atoll Swift Leather & Lizard Constance Compact Wallet T - 2015 - Flap opening - Natural Lizard Skin "H" clasp fastening - Silver metal finishes - Zip fastened pocket in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wallets

Hermes Vintage Constance Bag in Brown Chocolate Crocodile Leather
By Hermès
Located in Paris, FR
Hermès vintage 'Constance' bag in brown chocolate crocodile leather. Gold plated hardware. The interior is in smooth lamb leather. Worn shoulder. Dimensions : Length 23 cm, height...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Hermes Rose Jaipur Epsom Leather 24cm Constance Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Sleek, subtle and sophisticated, this unique 24cm Constance bag from Hermès features Epsom leather - a favoured hide, popular for its finely-grained embossed texture and ability to r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermès 18cm Crocodile Rose Gold H/W Constance Mini Bag
By Hermès
Located in London, GB
Black crocodile leather exterior trimmed with shining rose gold hardware. Lift latch single flap style closure opens to a black leather lined interior that holds 2 slit and 1 zippere...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Hermes Constance Mini 18 Bag Etoupe Gold Hardware Epsom Leather
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic Hermes Constance 18 mini bag featured in neutral Etoupe. Rich with gold hardware. HERMES MADE IN FRANCE is stamped on front under flap. Comes...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Hermès Black Epsom 18 cm Constance with Rose Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Hermès Black Epsom 18 cm Constance is in pristine unworn condition. The most coveted size, the 18 cm Constance is especially hard to find with rose gold hardware. ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Constance Slim Wallet Waist Belt Bag Biscuit Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic Hermes Constance Slim Wallet Belt bag featured in warm Biscuit. This Hermes wallet is stunning with coveted Gold hardware in epsom leather. I...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Vintage Black Box Calf Leather Hermès Constance 23cm Bag
By Hermès
Located in Annapolis, MD
A beautifully structured bag that has aged gracefully, made with black box calf leather, and brushed gold plated hardware. Produced in 1985. Condition: Good used condition. Exterior...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

New in Box Hermes Rose Ete' Mini Constance 18 Bag
By Hermès
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Hermes mini constance cross body 18cm in rose ete' evercolor leather and palladium hardware. Date stamp Y for 2020. Brand new in box with dust cover, booklet, box, ribbon and shoppin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Hermès Constance Long Wallet Gris Tourterelle Shiny Alligator Gold Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Sydney, New South Wales
Brand: Hermès Style: Constance Wallet Size: 20.5 L x 13 H x 2 D cm Color: Gris Tourterelle Leather: Shiny Alligator Hardware: Gold Stamp: 2017 A Other: 12 credit card slots, 2 bi...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Hermes Constance Bag Rose Lipstick Pink Mini III Veau Tadelakt
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guarantted authentic exquisitely chic pink Rose Lipstick Hermes Constance 18 bag in Veau Tadelakt. Fresh with Palladium hardware. HERMES PARIS MADE IN FRANCE is s...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Hermes Constance Bag 24 Limited Edition Marble Silk Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic limited edition Hermes Constance 24 spectacular Marble Silk bag. Accentuated with Rose Extreme Swift leather. This rare technique creates exq...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

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Hermes Constance Bags For Sale on 1stDibs

Browse a vast assortment of hermes constance bags for sale on 1stDibs. For hermes constance bags, Black is a pretty popular color, but we also have Brown, Red, Blue and more in stock now. If you’re looking for accessories from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find some that date back to the 20th Century while other versions may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. Finding accessories for sale for women should be easy, but there are 157 pieces available to browse for men as well as unisex, too.

How Much are Hermes Constance Bags?

On average, hermes constance bags on 1stDibs sell for $12,391, while they’re typically $1,415 on the low end and $72,000 for the highest priced versions of these items.

Hermès Biography and Important Works

For Hermès, what began as a maker of leather equestrian goods for European noblemen would eventually grow into one of the most storied fashion labels in the world. In 1837, German-born French entrepreneur Thierry Hermès opened a saddle and harness purveyor in Paris. Gradually, the house extended into accessories and luggage for its riders, and today, in paying homage to its origins, the family-run luxury brand resurfaces horse motifs in everything from clothing and modernist jewelry to pillows and handbags.

The first top-handled bag ever produced by Hermès was the Haut à courroies, which made its debut in 1892. A tall bag secured with a folded leather flap (fastened with bridle-inspired straps), it was designed to transport riding boots and a harness. As the world made the switch from horse to automobile, the bag adapted, becoming a multifunctional travel satchel instead of a designated saddlebag. Today, 120 years later, the HAC remains in Hermès’s line — and its distinctive flap and clasping straps have laid the groundwork for some of the house’s other iconic bags.

In the 1930s, Robert Dumas (son-in-law to Émile-Maurice Hermès, Thierry’s grandson) designed a smaller, trapezoidal take on the flap bag with a handle and two side straps. Later, actress Grace Kelly, then engaged to Prince Rainier of Monaco, is said to have used one of these bags to conceal her pregnancy during the 1950s. Because she was photographed constantly, the coverage catapulted her handbag to international popularity. In 1977, Hermès officially renamed the model for her, and the Kelly bag was born. Each Kelly bag takes between 18 and 25 hours to produce, and its 680 hand stitches owe solely to one Hermès artisan.

Robert Dumas was also responsible for another one of the brand’s most iconic offerings: the launch of its first silk scarf on the occasion of Hermès’s 100th anniversary in 1937. Based on a woodblock designed by Dumas and printed on Chinese silk, the accessory was an immediate hit.

Today, vintage Hermès scarves, typically adorned in rich colors and elaborate patterns, serve many functions, just as they did back then. Well-heeled women wear it on their heads, around their necks and, in a genius piece of cross-promotion, tied to the straps of their Hermès bags. Kelly even once used one as a sling for her broken arm.

In 1981, Robert Dumas’s son Jean-Louis Dumas, then Hermès chairman, found himself sitting next to French actress and musician Jane Birkin on a plane, where she was complaining about finding a suitable carryall for the necessary accoutrements of motherhood. After the two travelers were properly introduced, Birkin helped design Jean-Louis’s most famous contribution to the Hermès canon: the Birkin bag, a roomy, square catchall with the HAC’s trademark leather flap top and the addition of a lock and key. Owing to the brand’s legendary commitment to deft, handcrafted construction, the Birkin is an investment that is coveted by collectors everywhere.

While the Kelly and Birkin may be standouts, gracing the arms of everyone from royal heiresses to hip-hop stars in the past few decades, the handbags are but a small part of Hermès’s fashion offerings. Since the 1920s, the brand has produced some of the most desirable leather goods in the world. There’s the Constance bag, a favorite of Jacqueline Kennedy, the recently relaunched 1970s-era Evelyne and, on the vintage market, a slew of designs dating back to the 1920s.

Good design never goes out of style. Find a variety of vintage Hermès handbags, day dresses, shoes and more on 1stDibs.

Hermès Biography and Important Works

Hermès Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of ceramics and are designed with extraordinary care. In our Hermès furniture collection there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 8 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Hermès' original furniture was created in the Romantic style in Europe during the 20th century. Prices for Hermès furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $145 and tops out at $2,899, while pieces like these can sell for $815 on average..
Questions About Hermes Constance Bags
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 29, 2020

    No, vintage Hermès Constance bags do not have serial numbers. 

  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 29, 2020

    On the front of your Hermès Constance bag, the metal “H” doubles as both an insignia for the high fashion goods manufacturer and a clasp to keep your bag snapped shut. To open your Hermès Constance handbag, grab the metal “H” — position your fingers directly around the horizontal middle bar of the letter, so that your fingers are curled underneath it, and pull out toward you. The key to opening the clasp without scratching the accessory’s leather is to pull only at the horizontal bar. The bag opens and closes with the help of a spring-loaded mechanism that is concealed on each of the bar’s ends fixed to the flap.

  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 29, 2020

    When you’re trying to authenticate your Hermès Constance bag, there are a few things to remember. For one, there is no “authenticity card” — Hermès doesn’t accompany its Constance bags with any such certificate. There is a label stamp inside any authentic Hermès Constance handbag that reads “Hermès Paris Made in France” — the lettering will be clear and it won’t appear blocky or oversized. Lettering on this label that looks anything other than professionally set and lightly pressed into the leather may mean that your Hermès Constance bag is a fake.

    Stitching is a good metric to consider because each Hermès Constance handbag is hand-sewn by Hermès artisans (spotting a fake Birkin bag requires similar inspections) according to Hermès’s celebrated saddle-stitching technique, so while the sew lines will have some inconsistencies, the work will be demonstrative of the company’s commitment to quality, and the stitching will indicate as much.

    Hardware on your authentic Hermès Constance bag is always made of a genuine precious metal — the metal is typically brass that is hand-polished and plated with fine gold, palladium or permabrass, while the H-shaped clasp has been silvered, lacquered, set with diamonds, and more over the years. This metal will feel substantial, and it will not tarnish over time.