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



Dooney & Bourke All Weather Leather ® Small Dover Drawstring Style: R08

Dooney & Bourke Over & Under - R50

Dooney & Bourke Over & Under – R50


Medium Shopper

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

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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.

Is this $3.99 thrift store bag an authentic Dooney & Bourke?

Hi Paula,

I bought this bag for $3.99 at a thrift store. I thought it looked to be in ok condition (needs a good cleaning), but was wondering about the authenticity of it. There is no tag inside, but I’m still hoping this could be authentic.

Thanks for your help!
IMG_8729[1] iphone 031 iphone 034 iphone 039Hi Andy,
This is a counterfeit bag. Some  of the tell tale signs are:
The black interior with black pocket
Vinyl trim
The handles are riveted onto the bag permanently instead of being able to be unbuckled.
The way the handles are put together, the stitching and the edges.
Here is a satchel that the counterfeiters were likely trying to copy although there are several authentic satchels that are similar in features, just different in size.  Click on the photo so you can compare the details to your bag.

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.

Is this satchel an authentic Dooney & Bourke and if so, what is it worth?

Hi Paula,
I really don’t know much about this bag, it belonged to my Aunt and I am not sure where she bought it. There are no tags, so I am thinking it is around 1981 or 1982 or it’s a fake.
The stiching on the Duck Seal looks a little uneven to me, plus there is no stiching on one of the inside flaps, so this makes me question this bag.
If it is authentic, would you be able to give an estimate on it’s value.
Thanks again
001 002 004 006 007 010 011 012Hi Brenda,
Its a fake. Here are some of the features that tell me so:
The trim is vinyl
The interior has the wrong pockets – see the bag below to see what the interior should look like
The feet on the bottom are wrong – see the bag below to see what the feet should look like
The brass duck FOB is an obvious counterfeit – very poor casting
The handles are permanently attached rather than being removeable.
Here is a satchel that the counterfeiters were probably trying to copy – click on the photo and it will take you to a page that shows all the details and specs.

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.

Dooney and Bourke – Difference between the Classic Satchel and the Shoulder Satchel

Hi Paula,

I’m loving the Norfolk Satchel!

Is the Classic Satchel the same as the Shoulder Satchel? I’m interested in buying one of them.

Thanks, Anne-Marie

Hi Anne-Marie,

The two bags you are asking about are in the same Dooney & Bourke Collection – one they call Zipper Top Cases.  They have zip tops with extended zipper, are fully lined with leather, have hand-stitched detachable handles. Also, depending on the year the bags are from, both would have detachable, adjustable shoulder straps. However, in early years the Classic Satchel did not come with a shoulder strap.

The Classic Satchel R29 is 8 inches tall x 11 3/4″ long and it is 5 1/2″ deep at the base. It has 6 brass feet on the bottom.

The Shoulder Satchel R21 is 10 inches tall x  13 long and it is  3 1/2″ deep at the base. The bottom is smooth leather, with no brass feet.

Here are some photos to show you the differences.

Classic Satchel R29

Classic Satchel R29 Bottom

Shoulder Satchel R21

Shoulder Satchel R21 Bottom