Dooney & Bourke – Authenticity

I recently purchased 2ea D & B handbags at a thrift store.  They were all dirty and I paid 10.00 for each.  I brought them home and cleaned them with a soft cloth with just soap and water.  They dont have any tears only some slightly little scratches on one of them.  One of the bags I think, is an authentic D & B, I can tell because all the rivets say Dooney and Bourke, it has the red white blue tag and it looks authentic to me.  The other bag, I can’t seem to find a picture of it anywhere online!  Its a double strap shoulder bag, it has 5 little feet at the bottom and inside where the feet are they say Dooney Bourke.  The straps dont come off, they are sewn onto the outer side of the bag, it does have a red white and blue tag with serial number, it has a top zipper opening and a pocket on front and back along the length or width of the bag.  They both have the duck seal in the front in good condition that says All Weather Leather. Do you think this might be a fake D & B?  I love D & B and thought this was a good buy since they are the vintage all weather leather bags.  I own authentic D & B bags so I’m not sure what to think on these 2. Can you help me on this?
Thank You, Maria

Hi Maria,

First I want to be sure you know about our pages that list the authenticity factors of Dooney & Bourke handbags and accessories.
Bag #1

Usually if the rivets say Dooney & Bourke on them, the bag is authentic. That coupled with the fact that it has the “Dooney & Bourke Made in USA” red, white and blue tag sewn inside with a serial number on the back makes it almost positive the bag is authentic.

Bag #2

Since you say it does have the RWB tag with serial number, that should be enough to authenticate it. But as I read your note I wonder if you meant to say “it does not have…..”?

From what you write, they both seem authentic and at $10 each, if the condition is good without soiling, odors or damage to leather or stitching, you got a great buy.

I’m sending you my email address so you can send me photos if you like.

Authentic AWL Dooney & Bourke Wheat and British Tan Equestrian Handbag

14 thoughts on “Dooney & Bourke – Authenticity

  1. I too have a “new D&B” that I bought on ebay. Would you please look at pictures of it and, if so, can I send the pictures in my personal email to you. RWB D&B, Inc. Made in USA tag inside with serial number on back of tag. Bottom of grommets all have Dooney & Bourke. Solid Brass on belt buckle. Purse appears to be as described, except that the shoulder strap and bottom border of purse appear to be in a vinly-like material. Only oddity is wording “ROMAG USA Patent No. _________” on underside of front flap that holds the D&B insignia in place.
    Thank you!!


  2. I just recently purchased a purse from a yard sale I was told it was an authentic D & B but after looking it over I am not so sure…It appears to be made out of canvas, the D & B logo is sewn on the front but it does NOT have the duck it simpy has D & B ..there is a RWB label sewn on the inside of the purse it does NOT state made in USA the numbers on the back are H10101967..I would love for you to tell me that it is real but I have a feeling you are going to state it is a fake..


  3. I have a similar question as to where I send photos in order to find out if my used D&B bag is authentic or not. I also have a question able removing a stain. Thank you.


  4. Hello, I Purchased a blue D & B FROM GW and dont know if it is authentic. its missing the strap and it looks as it was not ever used. it does not have any attached tags. its a 6″x8″x3″ 1/2. the clasp is detachable and has a pattent serial number PAT 97021 Orient M1023181. The stiching looks even. Thanks!


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