Snipped or Cut tag in vintage Dooney & Bourke handbag – What Does it Mean?

Hi Paula,

 Is the value of a vintage Dooney & Bourke bag reduced if the label inside is cut?  I have a large navy kilty with tags still attached that has never been used, but the label inside has been cut.



Hi Carmen,

Tags removed or snipped? Often we will see tags that are snipped or partially or completely torn out of the bags. If a tag is snipped but is mostly still there, and you can see the registration number on the back, it probably indicates that the bag was sold at an outlet store – it is likely authentic but might have been an overstock or slightly imperfect bag.
outlet store = less value
overstock = less value
imperfect bag = less value

Yes, less value for the above than if it was a perfect bag with unsnipped tag.

If a tag has been completely cut out, then we get suspicious because we can no longer see the registration number. Counterfeit bag makers are crafty – they sew a similar label in and then rip it out so it looks like a real tag might have been in there. But there are usually many other details that will tell us that a bag is a fake.


Hi Paula,

I recently purchased a beautiful Crossbody AWL Big Duck Bag (Bone and British Tan) . Everything looks authentic, it has nice stitching, Solid Brass rivets, Duck Fob, Blue and Red tag sewn inside. BUT, the tag is cut under “Dooney” on the other side you can see part of a registration number. I can make out what looks like A5 7204..

I would like to know if this could be authenticated, what your opinion is, and about how much a bag like this could sell for. It looks like it was used only a few times. suede inside is almost perfect. It looks way better than a lot of other bags described as “mint”. Thank You for your help.

Thank You


!cid_ii_140322f0b2bf2f4c!cid_ii_140322f41ec115c3Hi Tara,

These highly prized Big Duck bags are tempting for counterfeiters – and a torn tag is a favorite trick. BUT yours has all the signs of being an authentic Dooney & Bourke bag that was either a second or sold in an outlet store. See the answer above. Best of luck enjoying or selling !


4 thoughts on “Snipped or Cut tag in vintage Dooney & Bourke handbag – What Does it Mean?

  1. Gloria Rolley on March 29, 2013 at 10:03 pm said:

    But, as I understand it, there was a short period of time in early 1983 when Dooney & Bourke produced the first AWL handbags, that they had not started using the tags on the inside. That, as I understand it, came sometime in 1983, but some handbags produced during that short period of time will not have a tag but do have the “All weather leather” on the leather oval with the duck on the front and on the brass fob. There are a few of those out there like this and they are authentic.

    Native American Jewelry Tips on March 30, 2013 at 8:58 am said:

    Hi Gloria,
    First, I’d like to invite you to visit my new blog devoted entirely to vintage Dooney & Bourke bags.
    Yes, you are correct, there were two times when there were no tags:
    Before the original green tags
    Between the original green tags and the red, white and blue tags with a serial number.
    You can read all about it on our website
    Please visit my new blog which I just started this past week.


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  3. Hi Paula,

    I was hoping you could help me authenticate this Dooney and Bourke handbag that I purchased at a thrift store. I’ve gone through all of the parts of it and truly think it is authentic however I want to be sure before I move forward with possibly selling it. I have many pictures I could send you if that would help.


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