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.


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.


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………………….

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………..

colors 1colors 2

I hope this is of interest and is helpful.


Fir and British Tan Kilty – All Weather Leather Dooney & Bourke Handbag

The Kilty is a real cutie !


Fir and British Tan Large Kilty

A combination of a wallet and a purse, the Kilty has a place for everything and everything in its place.

One of its signature design elements is the kilty on each end of the bag. A kilty is a small kilt and is sometimes seen on shoes or boots.


The kilty design feature

When it was sold new in the 1980s, the Large Kilty came with a coin purse, a removable checkbook cover, and a sliding shoulder pad.


The Large Kilty with all its parts, the coin purse and removable checkbook cover.


The Kilty’s sliding shoulder pad.

Often one or more of these items are missing in a used bag.

The Large Kilty is model number 45 and when the bag has British Tan trim, the designation is R in front of the number.


So this Fir Green and British Tan Large Kilty is a R45.

Fir and British Tan Small Essex Dooney & Bourke All Weather Leather Handbag

The Essex handbag is a classic.

The Small Essex has the number 26 and when the bag has British Tan trim, the designation is R in front of the number.

So this Fir (green) bag is a Small Essex R26.


Small Fir Essex