Surprise Find in the attic! Is this Vintage Ostrich Kelly Worth Anything?

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Worth anything as in you want to sell it?
 
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Worth anything as in you want to sell it?
Sorry I didn’t clarify on that- I was curious to know what this bag would be worth on the market. I know that the ostrich leather bags sells for high prices but because it’s in such a sad state, I wonder of it is worth any monetary value at all.
 

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The bag is amazing. I can’t speak as to the bag’s market value.

I would consider it priceless if it could be spa’d back into usable condition. My grandmother had an early 90s MCM bag bought from Berlin on a trip with my mother and sister. After she died a few years ago, I had hoped it could be restored. Unfortunately, the canvas was too far gone after a few decades of poor storage. I would carry the heck out of your grandmother’s bag.

ETA. I am older than you, but I have seen many women around your age on tpf who enjoy vintage bags and shoes from many designers—much less Hermes.
 
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The bag is amazing. I can’t speak as to the bag’s market value.

I would consider it priceless if it could be spa’d back into usable condition. My grandmother had an early 90s MCM bag bought from Berlin on a trip with my mother and sister. After she died a few years ago, I had hoped it could be restored. Unfortunately, the canvas was too far gone after a few decades of poor storage. I would carry the heck out of your grandmother’s bag.

I’m sorry for your loss :sad:
But thanks for the advice! My grandma did say that I could try popping in to Hermès and see if they can to “repair” it. But if that doesn’t work, I’m just gonna send it to a bag spa and hope they can throughly clean it up and restore it to its former glory. Fingers crossed!
 

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I would take it to Hermès to see what they can do... If those are real cracks in the leather on the main body of the bag (can't tell from the photos), it might be limited in terms of what you can expect. Good luck!
 
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I would reach out to Docride to get her thoughts on this bag. I think it has serious damage and would be expensive to bring back to a usable condition. But, I could be wrong.
 
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First get authentication from a paid for service (fakes and copies go way back). If irs H get it repaired and spaed by H, don't try this yourself, the bag needs alot of work including edging, re-etitching and conditioning. Vintage ostrich in shades of brown isn't woth a huge deal in the current market but it will worth more than the repairs (just about) and you'll have a great bag to carry.
 

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First get authentication from a paid for service (fakes and copies go way back). If irs H get it repaired and spaed by H, don't try this yourself, the bag needs alot of work including edging, re-etitching and conditioning. Vintage ostrich in shades of brown isn't woth a huge deal in the current market but it will worth more than the repairs (just about) and you'll have a great bag to carry.
I second this... I would be very curious what the spa quote would be.
 

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Frankly speaking, it looks fake, though very aged fake, to me.
 
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I would not take this bag to anyone but Hermès. Authenticate it first since they will destroy counterfeit bags, but if you have it repaired anywhere else 1) they will not know how to restitch it and b) you'll never be able to service the bag at Hermès again.
It's entirely possible the bag could reach a usable vintage look.