A Tale of Two Taupes – Vintage AWL Dooney & Bourke

One of the most popular All Weather Leather colors in the vintage Dooney & Bourke (Made in USA) line of handbags and wallets was Taupe.

Look how these two bags in taupe look so different with their respective trims.

If your eyes are like mine, the taupe in the bag with the Burnt Cedar trim looks very brown !

While the taupe with the British Tan trim almost looks a little brighter and rosier!

They are both the same taupe – Its a trim trick !

Vintage Belt Bag Style B700 Taupe with Burnt Cedar trim

Vintage Belt Bag
Style B700 Taupe with Burnt Cedar trim

Vintage Belt Bag Style R700 Taupe with British Tan trim

Vintage Belt Bag
Style R700 Taupe with British Tan trim

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Accessory Week at Horsekeeping’s Dooney & Bourke Store

This week I gathered all those precious accessories that we used INSIDE our favorite Dooney & Bourke handbags.

Vintage All Weather Leather Dooney & Bourke accessories have a embossed label on the inside that says “Dooney & Bourke Made in USA”

embossed-dooney-mark-150wIf the Made in USA portion is missing, well that tells you it was not Made in the USA ! Whether it is an authentic Dooney & Bourke item, will depend case by case.

Here are a few examples of some authentic vintage Dooney & Bourke All Weather Leather, Made in USA accessories with the item number and official name indicated.

W09 Organizer

W09 Organizer

W21 Checkbook Cover

W21 Checkbook Cover

G03 - Secretary

G03 – Secretary

WB 77 - Eyeglasses Case

WB 77 – Eyeglasses Case

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Mini Week at Horsekeeping’s Dooney & Bourke Store

I rounded up all the cute small bags we had not yet listed, so dubbed this MINI WEEK at our Dooney & Bourke store.

Here are three examples of the R 134 Mini Drawstring Bag

R134 Mini Drawstring

R134 Mini Drawstring

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B134 Mini Drawstring

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R134 Mini Drawstring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although the Small, Medium and large drawstring bags appear in the earliest catalog I have, 1987

Summer 1987 Dooney & Bourke catalog

Summer 1987 Dooney & Bourke catalog

It isn’t until the Fall/Winter 1994 catalog where I spotted the Mini Drawstring but it was only available in the Teton.

1994 Fall Winter Dooney & Bourke Catalog

1994 Fall Winter Dooney & Bourke Catalog

The first time I spotted the R134 Mini Drawstring was in the Fall 1997 catalog.

1997 Fall Dooney & Bourke Catalog

1997 Fall Dooney & Bourke Catalog

There it is described as available as :

R134 Tan Trim

P134 Matching Trim

B134 Burnt Cedar Trim

8″ Height

6.5″ Length (or side to side)

3.75″ Width (or depth at base)

It has an adjustable strap but the strap is affixed permanently to the bag, unlike its Small, Medium and Large cousins which have buckle-on shoulder straps.

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The strap drop length is 20″

There are no pockets inside the bag.

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The drawstring runs through holes that are reinforced with metal grommets.

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The bag sold at retail for $98 in 1997.

If any of you fellow Dooney enthusiasts have an earlier catalog where the mini appears, please let me know. Thank you !

Paula

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Vintage Dooney & Bourke F31 Large Madison Clutch

Authentic Dooney & Bourke Wallet with Equestrian Style Closure

Authentic Dooney & Bourke Wallet with Equestrian Style Closure

For years I called this wallet an Equestrian Wallet because it has the same closure as the famous Equestrian Hand bag.

Authentic Vintage Dooney & Bourke Equestrian Handbag Closure

Example of Authentic Vintage Dooney & Bourke Equestrian Handbag Closure

But I finally got my hands on a 1992 Dooney & Bourke catalog that showed the actual model name and number.

Style F 31

Large Madison Clutch

Length 7 1/4 inches

Height 4 1/2 inches

Thickness 3/4 inch

F31 Large Madison Clutch

F31 Large Madison Clutch

The interior has

– 1 slip pocket for vertical tablet or organizer
– 5 credit card slots
– 3 Bill compartments
– 5 full-length slip pockets
– checkbook holder with pen loops (and pen when new)

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Interior of F31 Large Madison Clutch

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Interior of Large Madison Clutch


– ID slot with clear window

ID Window

ID Window

The exterior has one full length slip pocket

Exterior Slip Pocket

Exterior Slip Pocket

It retailed for $165 in 1992.

Vintage Dooney & Bourke Made in USA

Vintage Dooney & Bourke Made in USA

There are others in the Madison collection and I’ll list those when they come in over the transom.

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Dooney & Bourke Leather Colors from a vintage catalog

This is the oldest Dooney & Bourke catalog that I have. There is no date on it but it does say Volume IV on the front.

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From the models inside and the pricing note on the order form, it seems like it was printed in July 1987.

These are the colors and their names from 1987 – as you read the color names, note that the second photo should be next to the first one………..so………….

In the first photo the top two are Ivy and Rouge

then in the second photo, the top two are Wheat and Olive Brown.

And so on………..

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I hope this is of interest and is helpful.

Paula

We have no connection with eBay – please help

I would like to thank very warmly the various readers of this blog and customers who visit our Horsekeeping website who have written us when they see sellers on eBay pretending to be us or mentioning an association with us.

I am asking for your help – if you see our Dooney store used or mentioned on eBay, please let us know.

We do no selling whatsoever on eBay nor do we have any connection with eBay.

Here is the type of things that has been reported to us.

Someone will copy and paste entire pages from our website to list their bags. In some cases they even use our photos !!!!  All of the material and photos on our website are copyrighted so it is illegal to do this and fraudulent of a seller to use our description and/or photos to list a bag.  Here is what it looks like on an eBay listing when someone steals from our website.

©  2014 Horsekeeping LLC    © Copyright Information
SIZE:
Length (left to right)
7 1/2 inches
Height
8 inches
Width (depth at base)
2 1/2 inches
COLOR:
Base
Black

Trim

British tan
TAG: Red, white and blue
“Made in USA” sewn inside?
Yes
SERIAL NUMBER
B2 885577
ALL-WEATHER SEAL: DUCK ?
Not applicable to this style.
REGISTERED TRADEMARK STRIP?
Yes
BRASS FOB; TYPE
Yes, Duck
©  2014 Horsekeeping LLC    © Copyright Information
STRAP:
Drop length
Read about drop length
22 inches at longest
20 inches at shortest
Adjustable?
Yes
Removable?
Yes

©  2014 Horsekeeping LLC    © Copyright Information
POCKETS

Inside
– 1 slip pocket
– 1 zipper pocket
– 1snap pocket
Outside
1 back slip pocket with post and tab closure
FASTENER, Front, type
Brass keyhole latch; stamped on leather: “Dooney & Bourke USA”
BRASS FEET
4
CONDITION
Score (see chart below)
9
©  2014 Horsekeeping LLC    © Copyright Information
ATTRIBUTES:
  • Pebbled All-Weather Leather®
  • 100% Brass Hardware
  • Hand fitted base
  • Original paper sticker inside behind pockets
  • Exceptionally clean inside and out
  • Red, white and blue “Dooney & Bourke Made in USA” sewn-in cloth tag with serial number on the back
  • No smoke or pet odors
  • No tears, damage, stains, missing or broken parts except as noted below.
SIGNS OF USE
Normal wear may include lightening or darkening of leather, light scuffing on corners, light scratches and tarnish on brass fittings.

– Less than normal wear

ORIGINAL RETAIL PRICE
$185 in 1994

So if you see our characteristic table, especially with the unique light turquoise and our copyright line ©  2014 Horsekeeping LLC    © Copyright Information
  ((how bad is that – like stealing in broad daylight ??)) on an eBay listing, please contact me !! I would be very grateful.
Here is how to contact me – click Paula

Another thing people do is say something like this which was on a recent listing that was called to our attention:

“Please check out the Horsekeeping site which has become a recognized expert in Dooney and Bourke bags. This exact satchel is featured for $250.”

Thanks but the bag they were listing was so fake it reeked.

So if you see any mention of our website in association with Dooneys on eBay, please know we do not sell or have any association with eBay  – PLEASE  send me a note. I’d really appreciate it !!

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This blog is a labor of love of vintage All Weather Leather Dooneys.

Much information is on our website or this blog, so enjoy your browsing !

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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The Porthole Clutch from the Dooney & Bourke Horseshoe Collection

If you are an avid Dooney & Bourke Collector, you have come across bags like this and, like me, might have called them Small Horseshoe bags.

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Authentic Porthole Clutch from the Dooney & Bourke Horseshoe Collection

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Authentic Porthole Clutch from the Dooney & Bourke Horseshoe Collection

However that is wrong. The Small Horseshoe is a different bag which I will cover in a future post.

While these bags are indeed in the Horseshoe Collection, their official name is The Porthole Clutch. Here is the page from the 1980s catalog, the only catalog I have that shows this particular bag.

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Porthole Clutch in Horseshoe Collection from 1980s Dooney & Bourke catalog. Note the original DB fob. This is pre-tag era.

catalog descriptionIt is kind of odd that they are named a clutch:

“A clutch handbag is a narrow, handheld bag with no strap”

Click on any of the photos below to take you to a page that shows more photos and specs.

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paula-best-sigThis blog is a labor of love of vintage All Weather Leather Dooneys.
Much information is on our website or this blog, so enjoy your browsing !

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