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,
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 !!
Hello Ms Paula! Hope you are Healthy&Happy today. Thank you ever so much for the wealth of knowledge you are willing to share w/ us AWL D&B ladies out here! I so appreciate you. Question-Would 1981-1982 purses be of more or less valuable than the years following? I do believe both of these are 1981-82. I got the one for my 16th birthday and the other I acquired later. Would these be of more or less value than other years? Thank you in advance. Joy
If there were three authentic Dooney & Bourke bags in a row and they were all in the same condition…….I’d say from the most valuable to the least valuable would be:
Early pre-tag DB Fob bag (such as yours) (made in USA)
Red, White and Blue, Made in USA bag
Contemporary reissue bag from the AWL collection (NOT made in USA)
That is if they were all in the same condition.
So yes an early pristine bag would be worth more than a later pristine bag and both would be worth more than the new AWL releases.
Your first bag, the white one looks nice !! The interior is clean and the British Tan is bright !!
But the taupe bag, with its soiled interior and darkened British Tan would have a greatly reduced value. So value is a combination of vintage and condition.
You can always buy authentic Dooney & Bourke bags on our website.