Vintage Dooney & Bourke Handbags
Vintage Dooney & Bourke Handbags are highly collectible bags produced by the American company of the same name in the late 20th century.
History & Description
Dooney & Bourke is an American company that specialises in fashion accessories, such as handbags, briefcases, watches, bracelets, luggage and iPod cases.
The company was established in 1975 in South Norwalk, Connecticut, by Peter Dooney and Frederic Bourke. Originally, the partners only produced two products; classic suspenders and brightly coloured surcingle belts. However, by the early-1980s, Dooney & Bourke branched out into the handbag business and produced a number of designs that were instantly successful.
Their most popular brands included the Tack Case and Equestrian handbags, which were both manufactured in bridle leather.
Today, the company produces a limited clothing line and while the majority of products are made for women, there are some products, such as wallets, belts, sweaters and shoes that are made specifically for men.
Guide for collectors
Whilst vintage Dooney & Bourke handbags are occasionally sold through national auction houses, collectors are much more likely to purchase these items from eBay, which regularly advertises a larger and more varied section of vintage products.
Collectors should take caution when purchasing supposedly vintage items from eBay as an items’ authenticity cannot always be verified.
More information on vintage Dooney & Bourke handbags can be found on the company’s official website.
Notable auction sales
On May 16th 2012, a vintage brown and black leather handbag, circa 1980s, was sold on eBay for $155.
On May 19th 2012, a vintage black leather Norfolk handbag, circa 1980s, was sold on eBay for $152.50.
On May 22nd 2012, a vintage blue and brown leather handbag, circa 1980s, was sold on eBay for $139.
On May 27th 2012, a vintage black AWL leather handbag, circa 1980s, was sold on eBay for $133.49.
On September 28th 2008 at Mathesons’ AA Auction in Melbourne, Florida, a vintage red leather handbag realised a price of $100.
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