Fir Week at Horsekeeping’s Vintage Dooney & Bourke Store

This week I have rounded up all the fir bags we had waiting to be listed.

What says Dooney and Bourke better than a Vintage All Weather Leather Made in USA Fir and British Tan handbag??

R28 Small Satchel

R28 Small Satchel

R74 Cavalry Body Bag

R74 Cavalry Body Bag

R19 Classic Zip Top

R19 Classic Zip Top

R751 Vintage Flap Bag

R751 Vintage Flap Bag

R26 Small Essex

R26 Small Essex

R25 Medium Essex

R25 Medium Essex

That’s all the wonderful Dooney green I could find.

Paula

Bone Week Continues at Horsekeeping’s Dooney & Bourke

More newly listed Bone Week bags for spring and summer in our Dooney & Bourke store.

Here they are with their official names and numbers:

Small Carpet Bag Model R47

Small Carpet Bag
Model R47

Vintage Organizer W74

Vintage Organizer W74

 

R720 Zipper Clutch

R720 Zipper Clutch

 

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R26 – Small Essex

 

R29 - Classic Satchel

R29 – Classic Satchel

 

R04 - Small Norfolk Case

R04 – Small Norfolk Case

 

R191 Small Flap Bag

R191 Small Flap Bag

And one white one snuck in !!!

R147 Carpet Shoulder Bag

R147 Carpet Shoulder Bag

Paula

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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Medium Shopper

Is this an authentic Classic Zip Top Paula?

Hi Paula,

I’m hoping to authenticate a classic zip top satchel find that I believe to be authentic but is missing the interior red, white and blue tag. I understand that earlier bags did not have the interior tag but this bag has the brass duck fob vs the earlier DB fob. So unless the fob was replaced or the tag was removed I’m not sure of its authenticity. I would greatly appreciate your opinion! Please let me know if you are able to examine photos of the bag. Thank you!

– Cassi

2 3 4 5 6 7 imageHi Cassi,

Yes and No.

Yes it is authentic.

No it is not a Classic Zip Top.

This is a Classic Zip Top

887-R19-zipclutch-ivybt-1This is a Classic Satchel

642-R29-ziptop-classic-firbt-frontAnd this is a Shoulder Satchel which is what your bag is………

840-zipshoulder-bonebt-1You can read about the History of Dooney & Bourke on our website

Characteristics of Authentic
Dooney & Bourke Bags

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

Does the Shoulder Satchel come in green with swooped tan leather?

Hi Paula !

I was wondering, does the shoulder satchel handbag ever come in a green color with tan trim? This appears to be legit to me but I wanted to make sure. The pictures are fuzzy. I have not seen a shoulder satchel with the swooped tan leather on the top front. Thank you for your input.  Molly

495045554045ll 3661416554045ll 5546991554045ll 9792732554045llHi Molly,

First the color. Yes, Dooney and Bourke has several green colors. This one is Fir.

The trim color is British Tan.

The “swooped” tan is a design element indicative of the “Vintage” collection.

As far as the model of this bag, this is not the Shoulder Satchel. You don’t provide dimensions but I would guess it is this bag:

Vintage Satchel 729

Height 7″

Length 11 3/4:

Width 5 3/4″

Two inside pockets

Detachable handles.

Detachable, adjustable shoulder strap.

20″ Strap drop Length

Brass Feet

Retailed for $295 in 1999.

You can read more about the Vintage Satchels here.

Visit our satchel page to learn more about the various authentic Dooney & Bourke satchel models.

864-R212-buckle-choccedar-1This 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 !
You can always buy authentic Dooney & Bourke bags on our website.
http://www.horsekeeping.com/Dooney/Dooney-Bourke.htm
Paula

Paula I Just wanted to share the worst fake Dooney I’ve ever seen……..

Hi Paula, sorry to bother you,I know your busy. Just wanted to share with you probably the worst fake dooney and bourke handbag I have ever found. Ugh..
Sincerely, Jillian

 

0308141156-00 0308141157-00 0308141157-01Hi Jillian,

Thank you and never too busy to expose the fakes. And this is truly an ugh !

I always hope it helps sellers who sometimes unknowingly list a fake for sale. But mostly to help buyers so they don’t pay for a counterfeit handbag when there are authentic beauties out there waiting to be adopted !

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 !
You can always buy authentic Dooney & Bourke bags on our website.

http://www.horsekeeping.com/Dooney/Dooney-Bourke.htm

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Authentic Dooney & Bourke Satchel

 

Paula

 

 

Is this an authentic Dooney satchel?

Hi Paula, I just lucked upon your website about the DB bags and was trying to find out if the satchel I have is a real one or fake.  It was given to me by my Mother who purchased it at an estate sale about 5 years ago.
What puzzles me is that it has the workmanship of the actual bag but there is no tag inside showing a registration number.  the only tag is one that says  assembled in Mexico.  I will describe what I see of the bag.
It is a black leather satchel with the tan trim and stitching, you can feel the stitching on the inside of the bag.  the inside is not lined and you just feel the leather it is soft.  the duck logo is stitched to the bag. all the grommets buckles are the gold brass. It has the duck logo on a leather strap that hangs from the handle.   The Zipper has Three Star printed on it, so that and it not having a tag with a registration has got me wondering if it is real or fake.
any help with this is surely appreciated!
Kimberly
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8Hi Kimberly,
This is a counterfeit bag. What they were probably trying to copy is one of the most coveted satchels – the Gladstone. If you click on this photo, it will take you to a page that shows all the features of an authentic Gladstone in new condition.
656-R90-gladstone-sm-blbt-frontAnd here is another one in Taupe that is used.
918-R90-gladstone-sm-taupebt-1Paula

What is my Dooney & Bourke satchel worth if the zipper is busted?

Hi, Paula!
I have purchased a vintage mini satchel similar to what you have in a post from july 16, 2013 in the taupe and brown from another site.  I, unfortunately, did not read the description closely as this bag’s zipper doesn’t work.   Can you tell me the bag’s worth since the zipper is busted?  I have tried some tricks to fix it myself, but to no avail.

Thanks!

Alyson

D&B 1 D&B 3 D&B2Hi Alyson,

You don’t mention if the broken zipper is the main zipper which closes the bag or an interior zipper. Since most of the bags like this have one or two interior zipper pouches, I wasn’t sure which was broken on yours.

If it is the main zipper, I’m afraid it devalues the bag by quite a bit. If two similar satchels were in about an 8 out of 10 condition and the one with the functional zipper was worth $150 retail the one with the broken zipper would be worth $25 or less. That’s because few people want to take the time and effort and invest the money to send the bag back to Dooney & Bourke for repair.  If you tried to sell that bag on eBay, for example, you’d likely not even get a bid.

If, however, it is one of the interior zippers, it might not devalue the bag quite as much as some people might not mind using the zipper pouch as just a slip pouch, leaving the zipper permanently open.

The main value of a  vintage Dooney & Bourke bag is the condition: cleanliness, no damage to stitching, no broken or missing parts, no odors.

From a quick view of the bag you sent, I see that there is also a missing shoulder strap, missing leather thongs on at least one end of the bag, and quite a bit of wear to the exterior of the bag.  That coupled with a broken zipper really puts the value of this bag quite low.

You can always buy authentic Dooney & Bourke bags on our website.

837-R212-buckle-navybt-1Paula

Can you tell me if this Dooney & Bourke bag on etsy is authentic?

Hello my new dooney and Bourke guru 🙂

I am a new danish fan of Dooney and Bourke Vintage AWL and hoping to own my first one soon. I have seen a Norfolk satchel on etsy (like ebay but without bidding) that I am wanting to buy maybe, but there are no measurements in the description of the bag. I have asked the seller, but think she is away right now. There is no info about the size, if it’s a mini Norfolk or..? How many sizes of Norfolk was made? How can you tell the difference from only a picture, any signs? I am only really interested in the Large size, the larger the better. I could refer you to the add with a link, so you don’t have to receive a picture?
Also I think the bag is authentic, what do you think? (no shoulder strap but I can replace that, because of the navy color I can use a strap from another bag that I have)
It is totally up to you if you want to take a look at the add or like to answer of course.
Thanks for a great blog!
Best regards, Rina, Denmark

Hi Rina,

We don’t comment on or authenticate bags that are being sold on eBay or etsy or other internet stores.
Therefore, don’t send me photos or a link as I won’t answer your query specifically since you are asking advice about something you want to purchase on etsy.
I suggest you write the seller with your questions and wait until she answers.
But maybe you can also find the answers to some of your questions from OUR store !!!
The top section shows the bags we have for sale and there are a few Norfolks there.
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The bottom section of that page shows those we have recently sold – again there are Norfolks there……..scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and you’ll see this in a dark blue bar
“See More SOLD Satchels and Totes”
Click on that and you’ll go to satchels we have sold a year or so ago.
You could also visit our Grab Bag section (where we list bags that have more wear) doing the same drill. Look at items for sale, recently sold and more sold – you might see some Norfolks there for your reference.
Paula

Is this $10 flea market purchase an authentic Dooney & Bourke?

Hi Paula,

First of all I wanted to say that I love your blog! it is very informative and helpful. Well let me tell you my short story. I purchased a Dooney and Bourke handbag at my local flea market for $10 dollars. The women that sold it to me mentioned that it was an authentic bag that she owned but did not need anymore. I’ve been reading the blog articles that you wrote as well as other informative websites to see if my bag is real. The bag looks authentic but it might not be. Could you please help me. 😀

Thank you so much,

Zandy

1image 2image 3image 5image 6image 8imageHi Zandy,

Yes it is authentic and it is likely a Classic Satchel R29 or R110. You don’t give dimensions so I can’t say for sure but you can compare yours to these two bags.

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R110 Classic Satchel Dooney & Bourke

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R29 Classic Satchel Dooney & Bourke

You can always buy authentic Dooney & Bourke bags on our website.

Paula