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.

Paula

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Bone Week at Horsekeeping’s Dooney & Bourke

It is Bone Week in our Dooney & Bourke store – I am listing over a dozen bone bags – all vintage AWL Made in USA – some new and some Grab Bag and everything in between. Here are the first 3

 

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Dooney & Bourke All Weather Leather ® Small Dover Drawstring Style: R08

Dooney & Bourke Over & Under - R50

Dooney & Bourke Over & Under – R50

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Vintage All Weather Leather Dooney & Bourke Equestrian Collection – Small Equestrian

From the 1994 catalog

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Equestrian Collection from 1994 Dooney & Bourke catalog

To see more specs and photos about the Small Equestrian, click on this photo

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Rare color Kelly Green Small Equestrian from the Dooney & Bourke Equestrian Collection.

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Is this eBay Dooney & Bourke authentic?

Hi Paula,
I recently purchased a “vintage” Dooney and Burke satchel on eBay auction. When it arrived everything seemed on point but there was no tag inside at all. I contacted the seeker as their post said authentic and she said there was none because it was a vintage bag and there were no counterfeits imitations back then….which to me sounds a little fishy since browsing your blog and website. The quality too good to be a counterfeit but I would like your opinion.
Thank you,  Bisseh

1 2 3 4 5 6 7Hi Bisseh,

First a bit of terminology tweaking. The term “satchel” usually refers to a bag that has handles rather than a shoulder strap. Here is an example of a satchel

642-R29-ziptop-classic-firbt-frontWhat you have is a shoulder bag called an “Over & Under” from the Equestrian and Tack Bag Collection.

The Over and Under bag was one of the first ones produced by Dooney & Bourke so there are those out there that do not have the sewn in tag and they have the old DB fob rather than the duck fob which came later.

Here is an example similar to yours, click on the photo and it will take you to details.

406-palobt-frontLater the same bag was made with the sewn in Dooney & Bourke Made in USA tag with registration number on the back and a duck fob. Here is an example of the later Over & Under bag. Click on it and you’ll see there are very few differences other than those I mentioned between the early tagless bags and the later tagged bags.

556-ou-R50-taupebt-frontBottom line? Yours looks good to me ! Paula

Palomino and British Tan All Weather Leather Pocket Binocular Bag from the Equestrian Collection

This darling little bag is unique in several ways.

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First of all, it is part of the Equestrian Collection, thus it has the trademark front closure.

It is unique for its extra front pocket, thus the “Pocket” in its name.

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It is small and square like it would be perfect for a pair of binoculars – thus “Binocular”.

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And this particular one is in the rare and beautiful Palomino color.

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This is a Palomino and British Tan Pocket Binocular Bag R124.

As always, I hope these blogs are helpful and interesting to other aficionados of vintage All Weather Leather, made in the USA, Dooney & Bourke bags.

Paula

Vintage Dooney & Bourke All Weather Leather Made in USA bags – miscellaneous Q&A

Hi Paula.

I really like this bag.  It is the AWL drawstring sling in  Navy.   It is listed as small.  Does it come in any other  sizes?

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If you look on on the Drawstring Handbag Page

you will see Small and Large bags, so yes, this does come in Large.

Dooney & Bourke often uses the word Small just to differentiate between various models of the same bag – the small bags are often quite roomy. Use the dimensions to tell you if the bag seems small or large to you !

And, when do you replenish inventory?

We replenish inventory weekly This week we will be adding backpacks. New bags show up on our “new items” page
so you can look at that every so often to see what we have just listed.

My main question is about the price. I see some bags listed for $275 when it states that it  retailed for $265 in 1996.  Why would a used bag cost more than a new  one?

The prices includes shipping to the US. These are vintage collectible bags because they are the ones made in the USA. Dooney & Bourke bags are no longer made in the USA. The vintage All Weather Leather bags that we carry were made in the USA.

What about the rating system?

Bag Condition Score Guidelines
10 Like New Just like new. Shows virtually no signs of use. All bags are pre-owned but the bags in this category do not appear to have been used.
9.5 Almost New May have faint signs of use (will be noted specifically in description) but is almost new. There might be a scratch or light wear on the brass or a tiny scuff or stain on the leather. Read the details and look at the photos.
9 Excellent No major problems. Everything is structurally in very fine shape and the bag has been very well cared for. Any slight problems will be noted in detail. There might be a scuff on the leather duck, or a very small stain inside. Read the details and look at the photos.
8 Very Good Normal wear but very good care. May have a minor issue such as one small ink mark or slight darkening of leather in a spot. All problems will be noted in detail. Read the details and look at the photos.
7 Good A bag that was used, well cared for and not abused. Will likely show some noticeable wear such as scuff marks on the bottom piping, some darkening of leather where handled such as the strap and fasteners. Read the details and look at the photos.
6 Fair Might need a cleaning, minor repair – details will note this. These bags are usually located in our Grab Bag section. Some might be in excellent shape except for one stain or blemish. Read the details and look at the photos.

We usually only try to offer bags that are 9s and 10s but sometimes when someone wants to sell us a lot, it might contain some 7s and 8s or perhaps even a 6. When we buy those lots, we put the more worn bags in our “grab bag” section.

I went to the mall today and every D&B I looked at was Made in China.  I called the Dooney & Bourke web site and they wouldn’t  tell me which purses were made where.  I  really want a Dooney made here but I don’t know if new is an option  anymore.
Please advise.  Thanks so much. Michelle

Dooney & Bourke no longer makes any bags in the US. All are made overseas, mostly China. That’s why we started our store ! Paula