Help Identifying this very Vintage Dooney & Bourke Handbag

Hi Paula,
You have a great blog!
I like to pick up AWL bags at thrift stores when I can find a good deal.  I just got a red bag with tan trim in decent shape.  It has the look at feel of an authentic bag, but there is no tag inside nor can I find a similar bag online.  It has two buckles on the front (each which can be released quickly with the round rivet connecting the buckle to the top flap) and the leather duck oval on the back.  It has the same interior pocket setup as several of my other authentic AWL purses.  Each rivet says Dooney Bourke on the interior, the buckles are stamped “solid brass”, and the fob is the older one with the B and backwards D.  I would like to know what style of bag it is.
Thank you for your time,

IMG_3362 IMG_3363 IMG_3366 IMG_3369 IMG_3370Hi Alexandra,

My gut feeling is that it is 100% authentic very vintage Dooney & Bourke but I do not know the exact model name or number. I’d call it a “school bag” !

It is not in any of my catalogs but some of the features are, such as the removable buckle straps. That is very “Dooney” idea which allows the owner to replace the straps when they become soiled or damaged. I see a few bags in my vintage catalogs that have front buckle straps like that.

I’m posting this in the hopes that another reader might have older catalogs than I do or that have seen a bag like this and can provide you with the number and/or name.

Great find !!


2 thoughts on “Help Identifying this very Vintage Dooney & Bourke Handbag

  1. I have a beautiful blue one of these that I found at goodwill. It has all the same characteristic you mentioned. Because of the high quality of the craftsmanship of mine. I do believe it’s real. I can find a lot of the other vintage Dooneys I have online, but this is the first time I have ever seen another one of the same style online. Would love more info if anyone has any!


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