Is this old Zip Top a rare Dooney & Bourke model?

Hi Paula,

I have a request about an early model DB top zip purse. It has a green label inside and a round DB brass tag hanging outside. It is made of part leather and canvas or wool. Vintage Safari looking. A fall 1982 or 1983 model from your descriptions. Is this a rare make, it has no other labels outside. What would it be worth?

Best regards,

Michael from Norway

1 2 3 4Hi Michael,

I’ve never seen a bag like this.

The green tag looks like an authentic early tag.

It is possible that this is a prototype bag from the early 1980s. I have never seen any green tag bags made of out fabric. Which doesn’t mean they didn’t exist or that a few were made to test the waters. Of course this was not an AWL bag since it is not made from leather so should not have a duck seal or AWL strip on the outside.

Although the fob is the correct vintage type for that era, it, and its leather thong, look in far too good condition for their age.

Can you send photos of the two ends showing the strap attachment, the strap buckle and the bottom of the bag? Perhaps a better one of the interior too.


Maroon Dooney & Bourke bag with green label inside

Hi Paula,
I have a maroon with tan trim all weather bag but I can’t find one exactly like it on your site. One is close the R 51 Marble except mine has the green patch inside the same as you have shown but no red white & blue tag. Mine also is bigger 10″ wide x 6 1/2″ tall and 3 3/4″ deep. Also on my over & under the leather stripe down the front is not there just the leather and metal fastener. The inside looks exactly like the ones you have posted and it is maroon inside also. Any information you can give me would be helpful.
vintage d&b 002 vintage d&b 004 vintage d&b 006 vintage d&b 007 vintage d&b 014Hi Dana,
This looks like it was a very early model due to:
the green label
the double adjustable shoulder strap
the flat duck
and the unusual fastening tab on the front. It almost looks like a prototype. In the early days it seems like they tried many different shapes, closures, hardware, straps, snaps and interior pockets.
Back in the days this bag was made, there were no catalogs, or at least I have never seen any. So I can’t really tell you much about this bag except that it is a cousin to these two bags, one of which you might have already seen on our website. You can click on the photos to see more about them. They have some similar features to your bag but I’ve never seen one with the closure your bag has.
693-R50-rouge-brown-front 693-R50-rouge-brown-label eq150-front eq150-label
Maybe another reader of this blog will have more information.

Vintage Bridle Leather Dooney & Bourke Equestrian Bag

Vintage Bridle Leather Dooney & Bourke Equestrian Bag

August 18, 2011 by Native American Jewelry Tips | Edit

Hi Paula,

I have this 1983 Bridle leather Equestrian bag and was wondering if you could provide me with some information about it. One question I do have is whether or not these bags had “R#’s” as do the other bags.

 Thank you in advance.


Hi Christine,

Prior to Dooney & Bourke releasing the All Weather Leather collection, they made some bags from bridle leather like yours which is an early Equestrian.

They did not have registration numbers. You can read more about identifying characteristics of vintage Dooney & Bourke handbags here.