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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Mini Week at Horsekeeping’s Dooney & Bourke Store

I rounded up all the cute small bags we had not yet listed, so dubbed this MINI WEEK at our Dooney & Bourke store.

Here are three examples of the R 134 Mini Drawstring Bag

R134 Mini Drawstring

R134 Mini Drawstring

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B134 Mini Drawstring

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R134 Mini Drawstring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although the Small, Medium and large drawstring bags appear in the earliest catalog I have, 1987

Summer 1987 Dooney & Bourke catalog

Summer 1987 Dooney & Bourke catalog

It isn’t until the Fall/Winter 1994 catalog where I spotted the Mini Drawstring but it was only available in the Teton.

1994 Fall Winter Dooney & Bourke Catalog

1994 Fall Winter Dooney & Bourke Catalog

The first time I spotted the R134 Mini Drawstring was in the Fall 1997 catalog.

1997 Fall Dooney & Bourke Catalog

1997 Fall Dooney & Bourke Catalog

There it is described as available as :

R134 Tan Trim

P134 Matching Trim

B134 Burnt Cedar Trim

8″ Height

6.5″ Length (or side to side)

3.75″ Width (or depth at base)

It has an adjustable strap but the strap is affixed permanently to the bag, unlike its Small, Medium and Large cousins which have buckle-on shoulder straps.

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The strap drop length is 20″

There are no pockets inside the bag.

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The drawstring runs through holes that are reinforced with metal grommets.

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The bag sold at retail for $98 in 1997.

If any of you fellow Dooney enthusiasts have an earlier catalog where the mini appears, please let me know. Thank you !

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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

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

Would you verify the authenticity of my friend’s Dooney please?

Hey Paula,
 
I love your website so much. It is really informative and I thank you in advance for all your help.
My friend is trying to list a Dooney that she’s thrifted but she wants to make sure its authentic BEFORE selling it. Could you help her check?
 
Thank you so so much and have a great weekend!
 
Warmest Regards,
Rachelle
 
$_57 $_57-2 $_57-3 $_57-4 $_57-5Hi Rachelle,
Thank you – this blog is a labor of love of vintage All Weather Leather Dooneys and I am always glad to help with 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.
Kudos to you and your friend for taking the time to verify before you sell !!
 
Oh yes, this is a very nice authentic Dooney & Bourke All Weather Leather Vintage Carrier R701. You can read more about this bag in a previous post which explains why it specifically has the word “Vintage” in its name.

All British Tan Dooney & Bourke Vintage Carrier All Weather Leather Handbag

You can always buy authentic Dooney & Bourke bags on our website.

Click the photo below to go to the Carrier section in our store where you can see the variations in colors and sizes.

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Is this Briefcase an Authentic Dooney & Bourke?

Hi Paula,

I have a Dooney & Bourke AWL briefcase that I’m not sure if it’s authentic.  I looked at your website and didn’t see anything exactly like it.

Thank you,   Christine

Counterfeit Shopping Tote

Counterfeit Shopping Tote

Counterfeit Shopping Tote

Counterfeit Shopping Tote

Counterfeit Shopping Tote

Counterfeit Shopping Tote

Counterfeit Shopping Tote

Counterfeit Shopping Tote

Counterfeit Shopping Tote

Counterfeit Shopping Tote

Hi Christine,

It is counterfeit. We did have one on our site but if you were  looking in briefcases, it was not there because it is a tote so was in the tote section.  The counterfeiters were trying to copy the R41 Shopping Tote. Here is a photo of an authentic tote and if you click on the photo, it will take you to a page that shows more photos and provide details.

Authentic Shopping Tote

Authentic Shopping Tote

Some of the telltale signs that your bag is a fake – compare with the authentic one:

Overall quality of materials and workmanship

The handles should be two toned

The handles should be removable

The interior should not be lined

The interior should have a number of pockets.

Remember, you can always buy authentic Dooney & Bourke bags on our website.

Paula

I’ve had hundreds of Dooneys and and have never seen this one – what is it?

Hi Paula, 

I found a vintage Dooney today, but I can’t figure out the style.  I know it’s authentic and will attach a pic of the front, the other side just has the Dooney duck on it.  The shoulder strap starts out under the flap and weaves through the sides, (like a drawstring type bag) and come out back, up as a strap and connects at a buckle.  Inside has a matching, snap close pocket that is suspended inside the purse by the shoulder strap (where it weaves inside the bag!).  Super CUTE and unique!  I have had hundreds of Dooneys in and out of my house, but have never seen this one!!  Of course it has the RWB USA tag inside and normal brass duck fob.

Thanks for your help, Michelle

DSCN1117Hi Michelle,

From one photo, hard to tell, but if it has the Red, White and Blue fabric tag sewn inside that says Dooney & Bourke, Made in US, then

you have a R 46 Bicycle Bag from the Carpet Bag Collection.

It is 7 1/2″ tall and 10″ wide and 5″ deep at the bottom

It has an inside pocket, adjustable gusset, and adjustable shoulder strap with 20″ drop length.

It sold for $185 in 1992.

However, subsequent photos you sent, did not show the tag you said it did have, so I will have to say “jury is still out” on this one unless you send me a photo of the inside and showing the tag.

You can always buy authentic Dooney & Bourke bags on our website.

Paula