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Dooney & Bourke Horseshoe Handbags

Dooney and Bourke Snaffle Handbag closureBefore I learned that this line of bags was officially called the "Horseshoe" bag, I referred to them as Snaffle bags.

That's because they have a characteristic front closure that looks like
a D-ring snaffle bit ring.

Original Ad from 1985

Dooney and Bourke Horseshoe Handbag advertisement from 1985

The ad reads as follows:

Dooney & Bourke Horseshoe Bag

Dooney & Bourke introduces the Horseshoe Bag - a classic new style in the All-Weather Leather Handbag Collection.
     Made of our exclusive water-repellent All Weather Leather, the Horseshoe Bag features a distinctive solid brass closure, supple glove leather trim, large outside pockets in front and back and an inside zippered pocket.
     In two sizes:

R57 Large (H 8 1/2" L 10 1/2" W 4 1/2") $360
R69 Small (H 7 1/2" L 8" W 3") $155
and sixteen colors.

Dooney & Bourke, Inc.
PO Box 841
Regent St. S.
Norwalk, CT 06856