Maxi Week at Horsekeeping’s Dooney & Bourke Store

This week we rounded up all the big boys or girls as it were – everything from totes to briefcases to shoppers – the big daddies that hold tons of stuff. So here they are:

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R 41 Shopping Tote

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R12 Legal Brief British Tan

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P 12 Legal Brief Black

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P 307 Small Bucket Bag from the Metro Collection

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Gladstone Questions

Paula,

A friend gave me a vintage Gladstone for my birthday, but since she knows little to nothing about an authentic vintage Dooney and Bourke handbag I thought I would contact you for the characteristics of the R90 Gladstone.  I have searched your site and found a duffel and the lovely one you sold but it’s so hard to always tell and I cannot find a catalog.  I will try to form my questions so you can answer most in a yes or no  or short answer response to save you time.

  1. Approximate year DB started making the R90 Gladstone
  2. Were any made during the pretag timeframe of the early 80”s
  3. Was the duck on the logo always very rounded (meaning his belly) or were some a little more flat
  4. Was Dooney and Bourke imprinted on all zipper pulls  or hardware or
  5. Was zipper pulls with “YKK” ever used
  6. On the inside did all Gladstone’s have a strap that snap across the pockets

 Best,  Carolyn

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Hi Carolyn,

Your birthday gift is indeed an authentic vintage Dooney & Bourke Gladstone. As far as what model it is, I can’t say for sure since you did not send any measurements. But it appears to be the Small Gladstone R90.

On to your questions.

  1. Approximate year DB started making the R90 Gladstone –

    The oldest catalog I have is 1992 and the Gladstones in that catalog have the duck FOB so yours was made prior to that.

  2. Were any made during the pretag timeframe of the early 80”s –

    Yes, we currently have one in the store from that era (see photo below)

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Pre-tag authentic Dooney & Bourke Small Gladstone R 90

3. Was the duck on the logo always very rounded (meaning his belly) or were some a little more flat –

Many of the older ones are flat

4. Was Dooney and Bourke imprinted on all zipper pulls  or hardware  –

No

5. Was zipper pulls with “YKK” ever used –

Yes

6 On the inside did all Gladstone’s have a strap that snap across the pockets  –

No, there have been a variety of pockets over the years, some with snap, zip, slip and some with the overstrap with tab.

Paula

This blog is a labor of love of vintage All Weather Leather Dooneys and I am always glad to help with identifying and authenticating bags free of charge. It is my way of contributing to the knowledge base out there in hopes it helps prevent fraudulent sales from occurring.
Many of the answers are already on our website or this blog, so enjoy your browsing !
To ask a question, follow the instructions here
http://www.horsekeeping.com/Dooney/Dooney-Bourke-tips.htm
If you are selling your Dooneys, the process is outlined here

http://www.horsekeeping.com/Dooney/Dooney-Bourke-buying.htm
You can always buy authentic Dooney & Bourke bags on our website.
http://www.horsekeeping.com/Dooney/Dooney-Bourke.htm

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All British Tan authentic Dooney & Bourke Gladstone satchel

Paula Can you Help Me Choose a Purse?

Hi Paula,

I would like your assistance in assessing purse sizes. I know you have all the dimensions written down on your website, I am a very visual person and my brain is getting boggled comparing the numbers. You have hands on experience with the bags.

Will you name a couple of bags that are the largest overall, while being narrowest at the base? I do not care for a purse that sticks out from my body a great deal and a 6″ base it too much for me. It is hard to choose a purse without being able to put it on so to speak. It has to “fit”/carry in a way that I like and be comfortable.

I so love the look of the vintage Dooney’s and am looking to purchase one eventually.

Thank-you!

Cheri

Hi Cheri

Really the best way to find what would work for you is to go to a dept store and find a bag that is the perfect size for you and measure it. It is hard for me to know what is comfortable for you as far as fit and carry.
But here is a style that is large, roomy and 3” deep, you can also carry it with a handle.
Bone and British Tan Carrier

Bone and British Tan Carrier

There are many other color combos

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Fir and British Tan Carrier

This is a larger purse, one of our most popular, 3 1/2 inches at the base, other colors available
Black and British Tan Shoulder Satchel

Black and British Tan Shoulder Satchel

And here is another to look at
Bone and British Tan Cavalry Saddle Bag

Bone and British Tan Cavalry Saddle Bag

And if you really want big, we have totes and briefcases !!
All British Tan Legal Brief

All British Tan Legal Brief

Happy browsing.
Paula
Thank-you Paula! This information is very helpful. I think the shoulder satchel would be the best fit for me. Are the handles actually long enough to wear the purse on the shoulder with the purse tucked under the arm? The handle drop measurement on your website lists 6″. That may be to short for carrying it like that??
Thanks!
Cheri
Hello Cheri,
I just got out 3 of the shoulder satchels and yes they all measure a 6” drop from the inside top of the handle to the zipper. I am a 5’7” average sized woman wearing summer clothes and the bag slips on my shoulder fine and tucks under my arm. However for a larger person or with winter clothes, it might be less quick and easy to slip on and off but it would be secure once it got there !!
That’s what Dooney & Bourke designed these to be – that’s why the handles on the Shoulder Satchels are  longer than their normal satchels which are intended to be carried by hand.
Paula

All British Tan Dooney & Bourke Vintage Carrier All Weather Leather Handbag

Some people call Dooney & Bourke Carriers mini-briefcases because of the cool handle on top. The versatility of this bag makes it very popular. You can carry it, hang it on your shoulder or wear it cross body.

The Carrier number is 701 and when a bag has British Tan trim, the designation is R in front of the number.

So this all British Tan Carrier is R701.

 

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Vintage British Tan Carrier

 

All weather leather bags are vintage, that is, they were made 20 years ago or more. But this bag is also Vintage for another reason. The design element on the front flap designates a design style within Dooney & Bourke called “Vintage”. So this is truly a Vintage Dooney & Bourke with a capital V.  You will see the Vintage design element on other handbags as well as on wallets.

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Dooney & Bourke Vintage design element