Mallet bag and keys, Hermès

  • Hermès

  • Engraved label on the golden metal clasp of the jewellery compartment: "HERMES PARIS" and on the golden metal clasp inside the main compartment: "HERMES - PARIS"
  • Circa 1963
  • Black crocodile; burgundy red leather lining (goat?) and ottoman in the same tone for the jewellery compartment glued on the wooden frame; gold-plated metal (brass?) rings and fasteners. Silver plated metal, black crocodile lined with black leather.
  • GAL2020.2.13.1-2
  • Acquisition, Vogue Paris Foundation 2019
  • Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

The black varnished Hermes crocodile bag belonged to Oona Chaplin (1925-1991, née Oona O'Neill, daughter of the author Eugene O'Neill and fourth and last wife of Charlie Chaplin). She married Charlin Chaplin on 16 June 1943 and had 8 children with him.

This is a very fine example of a Hermès jewellery case. Its prestigious provenance makes it a unique specimen. In the photograph transmitted by Patricia Chaplin, one can see Oona Chaplin holding this bag in her hand. In 2016, the Vogue Paris Foundation has already enabled the acquisition of a Delphos dress by Mariano Fortuny that was worn by Oona Chaplin.

Notice's author : Alexandre Samson