Hermes Bag Date Stamp Reference Guide

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Hermes Bag Date Stamp - Square
Hermes date stamp on my Hermes Coin Case Leather Necklace.

Hermes date stamp, also known as date code, serial code, blind stamp or H stamp, is a tiny embossing mark found on Hermes bag, wallet and other leather goods/accessories such as bracelet, choker, watch strap and clochette holder. The date stamp which consists of an alphabet, either with or without a framing shape (circle or square), indicates age of an item. This post provides you a quick reference on Hermes date stamp and the corresponding year of production.

Hermes did not frame its date stamp from year 1945 to 1970. Subsequently, there were three changes to the presentation format of date stamp which happened in 1971, 1997 and 2014. The first and second changes in 1971 and 1997 respectively were systematic cyclical changes after the 26 alphabets, A to Z, were fully used up. The reason for Hermes to randomized the alphabetical order since late 2014 is to fight against counterfeits, see table below.

All of the images here were taken from my own sources that are either available-for-sale or sold. Due to the very limited number of item that I have, I was not able to provide all forms of date stamp and neither I can share every single image that I have taken here. Some date stamps can be very difficult to read and hence the blurry images. If you are intending to purchase high value Hermes handbags or accessories, protect yourselves by engaging an independent authenticator. Lollipuff does provide authentication services at a very affordable price, so check it out.

Hermes Bag Date Stamp - Circle
Hermes encircled date stamp on my sold Hermes Kelly Watch in red/gold (left) and two bags.

 

Hermes Bag Date Stamp - Square
I have more samples on Hermes squared date stamp compare to the encircled ones. Images taken from my leather accessories, bags and wallets.

Not all Hermes leather goods are come with a date stamp because some leather parts are too small to have embossment. Click at the links below to see Hermes fashion accessories that do not have a date stamp.

I hope this table provides you a clear look on how Hermes date stamp on bag and leather goods has evolved throughout the last eight decades. I will be updating this post from time to time.

No shapeCircleSquareNo shapeAlphabet
1945197119972017A
194619721998-B
1947197319992018C
1948197420002019D
194919752001-E
195019762002-F
195119772003-G
195219782004-H
195319792005-I
195419802006-J
195519812007-K
195619822008-L
195719832009-M
195819842010-N
195919852011-O
196019862012-P
196119872013-Q
19621988Early 2014Late 2014R
19631989--S
19641990-2015T
19651991--U
19661992--V
19671993--W
19681994-2016X
19691995-2020Y
19701996--Z

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