What is this little Dooney & Bourke bag called?

Hi Paula,

I recently picked up an AWL Dooney & Bourke purse in what I think is pretty good shape. It caught my eye at the thrift store on half price day, plus it has all of the identifiers of a legitimate D&B AWL. You seem like a very knowledgeable person and I’d love it if I could send you some pictures so that you could take a look and maybe tell me some more about it? At any rate, your website already helped me to know what to look for when I was deciding whether or not to buy it.


picture128 picture160 picture161 picture164 Hi Kate,

Your cute little Dooney & Bourke bag is called “The Little Bag” R133 and is indeed authentic.

6 1/2″ tall by 6 1/2″ wide and 2 1/5″ deep at the base.

Although the shoulder strap is adjustable, it is not removable like most other Dooney & Bourke vintage All Weather Leather bags.

It has one slip pocket on the inside and one on the outside on the back.

Brass arrowhead push button closure on the front.

The original retail price of this bag was $98.

Made in the USA – yeah !!!

Yours looks in good condition and has a nice FOB and unsnipped tag. Way to go girl !


I bought this Dooney & Bourke bag at a thrift store – how much is it worth?


I just bought a Dooney and Bourke all weather leather handbag today at a thriftstore. I browsed your site and everything seems legit. I was wondering if you could tell me how much its worth. The serial number is a4 308883.
I attached some pictures.

Thank you and have a great day.


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The bag you bought is a P81 Mini Rectangular Surrey like this one.

609-surrey-minirect-bt-frontIt is 8 1/2 x 6 x 3 inches.

It cost $195 when new.

As far as current value, condition is everything. I didn’t see the condition of the shoulder strap and whether your bag had the brass duck FOB both of which would affect value. Since your bag has the stain on the front left corner and pen marks inside, if it were in our store, it would be rated a 6 and be put in the Grab Bag section. I’d expect your bag would bring about $20-30 on eBay if it had no odors of smoke, perfume or mustiness.

What is the Grab Bag section at www.horsekeeping.com ?

The Grab Bag is our Bargain Bin.

Some Grab Bags have all the Dooney & Bourke authenticating factors, others might be missing a FOB or a sewn in tag with serial number. To the best of our knowledge, each and every bag in this section is an authentic Dooney & Bourke handbag except, of course, for the other bags that are in our “NOT Dooney & Bourke” section.

In some cases, the red, white and blue interior tag has been snipped or cut out. We have been told that some outlet stores must do this to sell the purses at a greatly reduced price.

We also put bags here that have more wear or darkening than normal, but we point out all the defects and list them at a very low price. We hope you might find one for a refurbishing project or one that will work as an extra bag for the tack room of your horse trailer or for transporting those special bits or spurs to the show.

Although we have vacuumed the interiors of each bag, aired them, and given them a preliminary cleaning, Grab Bags sometimes need a thorough cleaning, which we will leave up to you.

But getting back to yours Cheyenne, it is a 100% authentic Dooney & Bourke All Weather Leather bag, Made in USA and with many years of good service left in it. Its value lies in its durability and usefulness.  And I’ll bet you got it at a bargain price.


Is this tote an authentic Dooney & Bourke handbag?

Hi Paula!

My mother purchased a what she thought was Dooney and Bourke hand bag some time ago for me. I have no idea if it is real and just want to see what you think about it. I know it said to not attach pictures without you asking for them, so if you would like to see pictures that would be great. After looking at your website I believe it fits in with handbags made in another country. The tag has Dooney & Bourke, INC. but no tag saying where it was made.

It would be great to find out if it is real!



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Hi Courtney,

We contacted Dooney & Bourke about similar bags we have had in the store and here is what they told us.

“These are exclusive bags released to outlet stores such as Marshall’s and TJ Maxx and the bags ARE made in the USA. The leather label sewn on the back of the bag does say “MADE IN USA and if your bag still has a sticker on the back of the inside pocket, it will say Made in USA.”

Here is an example of a back pack we have in the store at this time.

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Would you check to see if there is a sticker on the back of the inside pocket? And tell me what it says……..also, if you could send a photo showing the entire inside of the bag. Just open it up empty and shoot an overhead photo. Thanks !


Added notes from Paula:

Courtney wrote to tell me that the rivets used on this bag are stamped Dooney & Bourke and sent me a photo of the inside pocket.

!cid_3AD03956-06CA-4A38-BEB5-AB94D69E8275So I looked through all of my catalogs and although I found that the Small and Medium Totes look a lot like this bag, there are a few things that don’t look the same.

Courtney’s bag is much narrower at the bottom that it is at the top. The totes in the Dooney catalogs are the same width top to bottom.

Also, I am not familiar with this style of inside pocket.

Courtney’s bag looks like it is made from a type of pebbled leather but the only totes that were similar to Courtney’s were made of smooth glove leather.

So I can not give a definite answer on this bag although my gut feeling is that it is made by Dooney & Bourke for a certain outlet such as mentioned in the beginning of this post.

If it is an authentic bag, it would likely be one of these:

Small Tote: 8″ tall x 7″ long x 4 1/2″ deep and sold for $135 in the early 2000s.

Medium Tote: 11″ tall x 10 1/2″ long x 6″ deep and sold for $175 in the early 2000s.

The closest we have had in our store is the Small Shopper in All Weather Leather. It does have some things in common with Courtney’s bag but it has many features that are different.

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Any thoughts about authenticity and worth of this Organizer?

Hi Paula,
I have an AWL Dooney planner with never used planner and address pages. Snap closure has “cherry” and a star. Has an area for business or credits cards. Also has a zippered side with pockets, like a wallet. Has a crossover adjustable strap never used. Has trim that looks braided and pinking shear cut. I would call this a 9.5 rating. There is no red and white tag in the inside, but has the duck logo on the outside. Colors black and beige with tan trim and inside. It is a beautiful
Any thoughts about authenticity and worth?
Thanks, Ina
Hello Ina,
This is not an authentic Dooney & Bourke item. It is fake. It is a knock off.  In terms of value as a Dooney & Bourke item, its value would be zero  $0.00
What is worse, is that it is not even close to being anything like Dooney & Bourke has ever made. It is an entirely fabricated design. The only thing remotely like an authentic Dooney & Bourke All Weather Leather item is that the counterfeiters put a poor facsimile leather duck seal on it  – similar to the one used by Dooney and Bourke.
Here are some specific tell tale signs:
Dooney & Bourke has never made an item like this.
Braided trim has never appeared on vintage AWL items.
The shoulder strap design is not like any that have appeared on authentic Dooney & Bourke items.
The hardware is wrong.
The snaps are wrong.
It has a nylon zipper rather than a heavy metal zipper.
The interior and some of the exterior appear to be made from vinyl not leather.
The duck seal is not sharp and crisp, the duck is incorrect and the text around the duck is incorrect.
The duck seal is glued on, not sewn on.
If this was an authentic Dooney & Bourke AWL wallet, it would have a leather plate stamped on the inside or stamped and sewn inside that would say
Dooney & Bourke
Made in USA like this
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564-ccwallet-W06-navy-windowHere are a couple of organizers that are authentic Dooney & Bourke. Click on them to see more details.
Thank you for asking the questions and sending photos. I hope this helps you and others determine whether the item you might be trying to sell on eBay, for example,  is authentic or fake.
Best of luck and enjoy the authentic Dooney & Bourke, Made in USA All Weather Leather handbags !