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

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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

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 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

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 green bag and wallet authentic Dooney & Bourke?

April 27, 2014

Dear Paula,

I recently found a very nice vintage-ish Dooney & Bourke crossbody bag with a matching wallet at a thrift store for $12.50.  The bag is very well made, but it does not have a “made in” label inside.  I can’t tell if it was removed or never there at all.  The wallet does have a white cloth label that says “Made in China”, but nothing in the bag.  The bag is green and tan with a combination of leather and suede and has black interior with 3 compartments.  I’d love for you to take a look at it and tell me what you think of the pair.  Did I do good for $12.50 or did I just throw money away?

Thanks,
Scott
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Hi Scott,

Thank you for your patience. As you can see, due to the volume of questions we receive, it takes about two months for a question to work its way to the top of the queue.

Sorry Scott but you have two fake items.
Telltale signs include these features that Dooney & Bourke has never used on their bags:
The leather covered buckle
Braided trim
Suede exterior flap
Snap on back flap
Vinyl trim
A two tone strap like the one on this bag
Interior shot – all non-Dooney
Bottom of bag – never made like this
Interior of wallet (see photo at end of this article to see what an authentic interior should look like)
Made in China tag in wallet
I’m not sure which bag the counterfeiters were trying to copy as I haven’t ever seen anything like that but the wallet is a knock off of the Teton wallet. Click on this photo to see details.
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Interior of authentic Dooney & Bourke wallet.

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 !
To ask a question, follow the instructions here
http://www.horsekeeping.com/Dooney/Dooney-Bourke-tips.htm
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
Paula

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Authentic Vintage Dooney & Bourke Small Explorer Bag in Wheat and British Tan

Paula – I didn’t know you were the Dooney & Bourke police !!

Paula, I have four Donney & Bourke Sherpa Style packs. The reason I am contacting you is because I am putting them on EBay and came across your web site. Seeing the quality of what’s there I thought I would offer the whole lot to you. if you have any interest I could send pictures. All four of the packs are 13/14/51/4. I have had them for about 12-13 years. M

Hi M,

Here is the info on how we purchase bags

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

Paula

Dooney and Bourke All-Weather Hand Bag

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jjjjeeeezzz guys I just wanted a little direction, I didn’t know you were the DB police. i put one bag up on ebay and you gutted me!!

I went to the blog and see you guys take this real serious. Tell Paula I may have bought these bags a few years ago in good faith, but now I can rest easier knowing the ebay police are all over me. I guess a leg up from you guys is out of the question!!!

I remain, with a since of trepidation.  M

Dear M.

We do not visit eBay nor do we do any business there.

If photos of a bag like yours appeared on our blog it was because a potential buyer sent them to us asking for our opinion. We receive many requests every day.

Yes, we do take authenticating vintage Dooney & Bourke All Weather Leather bags very seriously. The blog is to help both buyers and sellers know what is authentic and what is not.

We would be happy to look at your bags before you list them. It is a free service. We do it just as a means to help.  So yes, we would give you a “leg up” as you say !!  That is the purpose of the blog.

We do not go to eBay looking for fake bags. If someone sends us photos, we do not know where they come from. The photos are usually of someone’s personal bag or the photos could be from any number of sites including eBay, Goodwill, etsy and other auction and selling sites.

Best of luck !!

Paula

((Never got a reply))

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

Dooney and Bourke All-Weather Vintage Flap Bag with coin purse

 

 

Did the Dooney & Bourke Calvary [sic] Bag come with a flat strap?

Paula – did the Calvary [sic] Body Bag ever come with a flat strap – not rolled? I have seen several bags that look authentic but the strap is a flat strap not the rolled strap?
Kind Regards
Debra
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HI Debra,
You ask about a Calvary Bag so I’ll take this opportunity to clarify Calvary vs Cavalry, a common word mix up.
According to the bible, Calvary refers to a hill outside Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified.
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Cavalry refers to soldiers on horseback. They usually carried a cartridge pouch on their belt. It is this item that the Dooney & Bourke Cavalry Body bag was modeled after. Here are some old US Cavalry cartridge pouches and a miniature model of a soldier with one on his belt.
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Cavalry Soldier

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Vintage Cavalry Pouch

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Cavalry Pouch reproduction

 

As far as your question, although you don’t provide measurements, the photos do appear to have the features and be of the scale of a Cavalry Body Bag.

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4 3/4″ x 6 1/4″ x 2″

With one inside pocket and a back loop for belt attachment.

From the 1996 catalog:

“The Cavalry Collection was originally drawn from a diagram of an ammunition pouch discovered in the archives of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Its classic lines, brass closure, and embossed USA still carry an air of authority. Cavalry Bags have detachable, adjustable shoulder straps and outside back pockets (except the Pochette and Body Bag, which have non-adjustable straps and no outer pocket.)”

In all the photos in this and all other Dooney & Bourke catalogs, the Cavalry Body Bag is shown with a non-adjustable rolled leather shoulder strop with trigger snaps.

The strap on your bag is the one that is usually seen on some other Dooney & Bourke models.

Because your bag has a snipped tag, that could indicate the wrong strap was put on the factory, thus the bag was sold as a “second” or as “imperfect” at an outlet store.

Or the previous owner could have just swapped straps from another bag.

Nevertheless, the strap shown with your bag is not the appropriate one.

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Authentic Cavalry Body Bag

Paula

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 Cavalry Spectator