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:


R 41 Shopping Tote


R12 Legal Brief British Tan


P 12 Legal Brief Black


P 307 Small Bucket Bag from the Metro Collection



Bought a box of name brand bags at an auction – is this one authentic?

Hi Paula,

I recently bought this bag at an auction for $30.00, it was in a box with 7 other name brand bags. It is a beautiful bag, great for going away on the weekend. It is in perfect condition. I am curious if it is an authentic bag. Mostly because my husband could not believe I paid $30.00 for a box of bags and I would love to tell him it is worth something.

The zipper tag says Dooney Bourke
Zipper might be plastic

It is approx 20 in long 11 inches wide 9 inch high. The tag is red white blue with a cut down the middle and the number is AO 563368.

thanks for your help. tara

1 3image 4image 5image 6image 7image 8image 10image 11image 12image 13photoTara,

You tell your husband you did good. REAL good.

This is an authentic Dooney & Bourke R43 Duffel Bag in all British Tan with padded shoulder strap. It’s official measurements are 12″ tall x 22″ long x 9″ deep.

It sold for $495 in 1994.

Read my article about snipped tags so you know what that means and how it affects value. 

Whoo-hoo !! Enjoy.


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.



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


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.
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??
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.

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.


British Tan Carrier

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.


Dooney & Bourke Vintage design element