Vintage Tan Leather Bag

April 18, 2019
Visconti Annabella Vintage Tan
  • Very early bags (1981-1982) have no sewn in cloth tags. Instead, they have an embossed DB logo.
  • Some of the very early bags have a solid brass rectangle with a stylized DB logo.
  • The first sewn-in tags (1983-1984) were fairly large green rectangles sewn flat into the bag and said:

stylized DB

  • The round stylized DB brass fob appeared with the green tag bags and also later in a period when bags had no sewn-in labels at all.
  • Since the mid to late 1980s red, white and blue tags were sewn inside the bag in conjunction with trim or a seam. They say:

Made in U.S.A.

  • They have a registration number on the back.See further notes about this tag below.

Handbags in the AWL collection (1983-1990s)
usually will have:

  • Oval leather duck logo glued and sewn on the front or back of the bag depending on style.
  • Solid brass hardware including all buckles, rivets, D-rings and latches. Rivets are usually stamped with Dooney & Bourke.
  • Solid brass Duck fob hanging from a leather thong. The fob has:

Dooney & Bourke
a duck
All-Weather Leather (with a registered trademark symbol)

  • Authentic duck fobs show a sharp, detailed eye, some space between the duck's bill and his body and has a textured background.
  • In the late 1990s, some collections had Solid Nickel or Nickel Plated Duck fobs.
  • Label of red, white and blue fabric sewn inside the purse that says

Made in U.S.A.

on one side . . .

  • Wallets and such that do not have sewn in tags will have a stamp embossed into the leather or a leather tag sewn inside that says

Dooney &
Made in USA"

on the inside or the back.

  • Leather seal found on items in the Glove Leather Collection:

Dooney & Bourke
Norwalk Conn. Made in USA
Fine American Leathergoods

Dooney & Bourke Bag Trim Designation

There are 3 main trim colors on original AWL Dooney & Bourke handbags.

  • British Tan trim is designated by R in front of the bag's number.
  • This includes British Tan with British Tan trim.


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