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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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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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

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

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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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Medium Shopper

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

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 https://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

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