How To Authenticate Hermes Bags by Reading the Date Stamp

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How To Authenticate Hermes Bags by Reading the Date Stamp

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Updated as of November 2016

Authentication of purses requires some effort, here is the guide to identifying the correct bag stamp on your Hermes bag.  Hermes Date Stamps are marked in an Hermes bag along with a craftsman ID stamp.  To identify if a bag or other item is authentic, the date stamp reference should correspond to the year that the bag was purchased.  A singular letter represents the year the item was made. From 1945, Hermes stamped their bags without a shape. By 1971, Hermes started encasing the letter in a shape. Special markings are included for more expensive materials such as crocodile and alligator identified below. In 2015 to present, the letter does not have a shape again. For information on the Official Hermes names of leathers and characteristics, see this post.

Here is the list of Hermes Date Stamps:

From 1945 to 1970, no shape:

1945 – A
1946 – B
1947 – C
1948 – D
1949 – E
1950 – F
1951 – G
1952 – H
1953 – I
1954 – J
1955 – K
1956 – L
1957 – M
1958 – N
1959 – O
1960 – P
1961 – Q
1962 – R
1963 – S
1964 – T
1965 – U
1966 – V
1967 – W
1968 – X
1969 – Y
1970 – Z

By 1971 until 1996, the letter has been encased in a circle.

1971 – A
1972 – B
1973 – C
1974 – D
1975 – E
1976 – F
1977 – G
1978 – H
1979 – I
1980 – J
1981 – K
1982 – L
1983 – M
1984 – N
1985 – O
1986 – P
1987 – Q
1988 – R
1989 – S
1990 – T
1991 – U
1992 – V
1993 – W
1994 – X
1995 – Y
1996 – Z

From 1997 up to the present year, letter is now encased in a square.

1997 – A
1998 – B
1999 – C
2000 – D
2001 – E
2002 – F
2003 – G
2004 – H
2005 – I
2006 – J
2007 – K
2008 – L
2009 – M
2010 – N
2011 – O
2012 – P
2013 – Q
2014 – R

From 2015 up to the present year, letter does not have a shape.

2015 – T
2016 – X

Exotic materials have special stamps as follows:

  • A square represents alligator skin.
  • Double dots (..) represents Niloticus Crocodile.
  • Caret (^) represents Porosus Crocodile.
  • Hyphen () represents lizard skin.

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