No1943 Leather Navigators Briefcase in Brown Made in the USA Front view
No1943 Leather Navigators Briefcase in Brown Made in the USA Front view

No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase

4.92 out of 5 based on 25 customer ratings
(25 customer reviews)

$995.00

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Leather Navigator Briefcase

My office is inundated with relics from the past, and I’m probably chief among them. Military artifacts especially seem to find a home with me. I’ve been looking at an old, official Army-issue World War II Navigator’s Bag (circa 1943) in my office for years. The design seemed timeless; and with all the compartments inside, I thought it would be a perfect fit for today’s busy executive.

Made in the Col. Littleton Workshop of our polished leather. Expanding body with adjustable side gussets accommodates your necessities. Straps with workable buckles wrap around the bag and also have snap closures for easy access. I added an adjustable, detachable shoulder strap to go with the handle, which I’m sure those World War II navigators would have appreciated.

Two dividers inside give you a total of three deep pockets. A leather pocket on the front of the first divider holds your iPad®, pen, stylus, business cards, etc. I designed the unique solid brass closure especially for the bag. Brass pommel shield on the back is serial numbered; and the brass oval plate on the lower front may be personalized with three initials, adding to the exclusivity of the bag.

Inside dimensions: 10.5”H x 15.5”W x 4”D (expanded).

Shoulder Strap Length: 39″-57″

Bag Weight: 4.3lbs.

iPad® is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc.

This item is also available in American Buffalo


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25 reviews for No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase

  1. 5 out of 5

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    Really like this bag. I’ve had it for over 4 years now, and it’s perfect for my daily commute, or, when I bring a #1 grip, a one or two night trip. I really like the authentic feel, and the fact that there aren’t any zippers or any other “modern” fasteners.

    After a lot of use (back and forth to work every day, and 4 years of diamond-level travel) the brass fasteners on the strap wore out. Col Littleton fixed the strap super fast, no issues. It’s great to know that not only the bag is high quality, but also the organization that stands behind it! Keep up the great work, guys!

  2. 5 out of 5

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    I purchased this briefcase about 4 months ago and couldn’t be happier. I’m a young professional and was looking for something nicer and more professional to carry every day. I finally made the decision to take the plunge and purchase this investment after researching other briefcases, going to look some in stores, etc. I had the No. 18 padfolio so I knew their products were quality. I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. I’m able to carry a mouse, a full-size laptop, charger, and No. 18 padfolio in it every day. I’m constantly getting compliments and inquiries about the bag. For those on the edge, 100% make the purchase. I’ll be using mine for many more years to come!

  3. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I received this as a gift after passing the Kentucky State Bar examination. The construction is sturdy, yet beautifully done. After three years of practice, my briefcase doesn’t fail to get noticed and complimented on at least once per week. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to “buy it for life.”

  4. 5 out of 5

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    This was my first Littleton purchase and admittedly wasn’t my last.
    To plagiarize the past: my tastes are simple; I’m always satisfied with the best.
    This bag is an outstanding example of old school workmanship and truly embodies American tradition.
    I have carried mine every day for the last two years and it looks better than new. Well constructed inside as well. Handy as can be.
    Still garners notice and compliments with clients and at HQ.
    Its a beauty; no regrets. Get one and enjoy.
    Thanks again, Colonel.

  5. 5 out of 5

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    Perfect for the business casual professional, this bag is beautifully crafted, expertly designed, and brings to mind the romance and America of the past. Buy it now for your pre-school children – it will be broken in and perfect for another generation of use once you are done with it. Thank you for a wonderful product and great customer service.

  6. 5 out of 5

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    I have been a long time admirer of Colonel Littleton’s wares, but there has always been one of his items that I have desired above all others: it is this bag, the 1943 Navigator Briefcase. I am proud to say it is now leaning against my suitcase as I get ready to take a trip across the world.
    This bag is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and looks even better in real life than it does on the website. It is simply the most well made bag I have ever seen. There is a durability to it that you just don’t see in modern products; it is of heirloom quality and constructed in a thoughtful way that manages to be understated while still being an object of beauty and practicality. The thickness and smell of the leather, the satisfying weight, the just perfect amount of brass bling, all speak to a piece of American craftsmanship that thankfully is still with us.
    I am a merchant mariner and first started going to sea 20 years ago, working my way up from the bottom to the rank of captain. Part of the reason I started going to sea was because of the romance of it. The Navigator is one of those rare objects that manages to encapsulate this romance.

  7. 5 out of 5

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    I purchased this bag after receiving a portfolio as a gift and enjoying it immensely for several months. It has that WWII nostalgic feel to it. I travel all of the time and I invariably receive at least one compliment on the bag every time that I do. It is extremely well built and durable. Every so often I rub a little Fiebing’s in it to keep it treated and hydrated and to smooth out the blemishes and nicks. It continues to age like fine wine. Already eyeing a few more purchases this year. -John

  8. 3 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Beautiful and of high quality. However, several hardware elements while stylish, are thorns in my side. 1) The length of the strap is adjusted by inserting a small brass knob or button in holes in the strap. The brass constantly pops out of the holes. I’m on my second strap– same problem. 2) There is a decorative brass shield that has 3 upward-facing points. Because the decoration is on the rear of the briefcase (so against your body when you carry it using the shoulder strap), it invariably catches on your clothing. Wool slacks, sweaters, tweed jackets, etc. 3) the flap of the briefcase is secured by a circular piece of metal that turns at a single contact point. It resembles a keyhole cover. As the metal is turned, it rubs against the beautiful leather, creating a circular abrasion.

    In all of these issues, style was chosen over function. In my opinion, to the detriment of the overall product. The strap issue is particularly problematic.

    Note from Col. Littleton: We appreciate all product reviews. We have reached out to this customer concerning these points to help make his briefcase more functional for his uses.

  9. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Over the last few months, I have bought a few products from Colonel Littleton, including a No. 1 Grip (which is truly gorgeous). But, given that the Navigator Bag was my first purchase, I thought I would leave a comment here. With the possible exception of Apple, I’ve never been so impressed with a U.S. vendor’s products AND customer service. The quality of all the leather bags I have bought from Colonel Littleton has been consistently terrific. And, the heirloom-quality Navigator Bag is truly special. For someone like me, who is not accustomed to splurging on myself, this bag is particularly satisfying. While it’s distinctly conservative (perfect for a lawyer), it gets compliments EVERYWHERE and bespeaks excellent taste wherever you go with it. Colonel Littleton is rightly proud of this product, and they back it up with customer service (Sarah and Naleta are tremendously helpful) that is committed to making sure you’re happy with your purchase. Bravo Zulu Colonel Littleton!! You secured a loyal customer with me!

  10. 5 out of 5

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    This was my first purchase from ColonelLittleton and what a purchase it was! It was going to be a Christmas present for my husband, but two days after receiving it in the mail he talked me into giving it to him early. This is truly an amazing piece of workmanship. He just loves it.

    I will definitely be making more purchases!

  11. 5 out of 5

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    This is seriously fabulous!! Just one hold on the handle and you’ll be hooked. The people at Colonel Littleton stand by their work too. I had a small problem with my bag when I dropped it. One of the metal clasps broke. I called them up to see if I could get is fixed and they took care of that one and all the others like on the top of the briefcase. Great service, fabulous product.

  12. 5 out of 5

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    I love it!
    Thank you.
    You are a true master.
    This bag is perfection at its very best!

  13. 5 out of 5

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    Could be the best bag I’ve ever seen.
    Understated is the rule. Remove the metal plaques for the initials on the front and the triangular metal piece on the back. Then permit the buyer to have his initials embossed in the leather. I can live with or without the open pocket, as this is a briefcase not an overnighter. If these changes were made, I’d buy it. It could be the best bag I’ve ever seen.

  14. 5 out of 5

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    If you are on the fence, buy this briefcase!
    I have owned this bag long enough to know that my love for it at first sight is to be an enduring love affair. I would bet a lot of folks who find themselves here (reading the reviews) are like me in that they are here to keep selling themselves on this bag over all others. At least for myself, as a true test I would leave this site and try to forget about this bag. Until I would see someone else who found themselves happy with a bag I secretly felt was inferior. Then, I would race back here, lust for this bag, and repeat the process enough times to know this was the one. Earlier this year I finally bought the Navigator.

    I immediately received compliments. I travel a lot and this bag goes with me everywhere. It is very durable and is seasoning well. It is difficult to say more positive than has already been said.

    I would like to comment on concerns and thoughts that others have raised regarding a back pocket. At first I thought this was a good idea, too. I have carrier many bags with pockets and understand the value of immediate functional utility. Perhaps someday there will be a version with such a pocket, but if there was such a version when I bought mine, If I had to do it again, I would be glad I have one without the pocket.

    This bag matches and complements my style and personality. While I am a professional with an attention to detail, I also tend to be a packrat–if I could fit something in a bag, I would take it, regardless whether I really needed it. This bag is more that roomy enough as designed for what I have learned that I need. It has taught me to discriminate between what I really, really need– and what I want with me. This bag expands and the leather is flexible enough that it can bulge to swallow items that are irregular (like a carefully bundled computer power cord that by nature devolves into a wadded tangle). This can be good and bad. Good if you really need that item, but bad in that you can end up looking less elegant in style carrying an oddly bulging bag. I am afraid that an external pocket would make it too easy for me to succumb to the temptation to pack items that I really should not and compromise the style and elegance that this bag has worked hard to teach me.

    Some suggest that it would be nice to have a pocket for immediate access to travel documents; for air travel as an example. I fly frequently and have never felt that the lack of an easy access pocket on this bag is even a minor design flaw, much less a deal breaker . I still need to access my wallet or passport for my ID, which I would never carry either in a easy access (read easy to steal or drop out) pocket. I usually check in on line and have electronic documents on my phone. Or I print boarding passes just before going through security, in which case I still have to open my bag to either add items off my person or remove my laptop.

    Finally, regarding an external pocket, there is something to be said for the purposeful need to slow down, open the bag, and retrieve an item. I look organized and thoughtful and implicitly people surrender control and offer patience for a calm professional taking the time to share a morsel that was contained in this beautiful bag!

    Buy this bag so that I can identify you in my travels and we can share our stories. You will not regret it.

  15. 5 out of 5

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    Just a few nits
    The overall design of this bag is fantastic, but there are a couple of nits that just make it impossible to purchase for me. I completely agree with Bob about the embossing and the brass plaque. The one on the back is especially a deal killer – having that rub against a suit or jacket every day is just a complete no-go for professionals. I understand wanting the brand out there, but it definitely needs to be more subtle (like the small marks on the brass). If these issues were fixed, I would’ve already purchased this bag.

    I also agree that an open back pocket would be a great addition – even better would be a pocket with a zippered bottom or some other mechanism that would allow the bottom to be opened so the bag can be easily hung on the handle of a rolling travel bag.

  16. 5 out of 5

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    Wonderful
    Historic, well-made, American icon.

  17. 5 out of 5

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    Outstanding
    Everything I have purchased from the Colonel has been of superlative design and workmanship. This bag is just absolutely perfect- elegant, rugged and practical. I have to admit I have well over a dozen now-discarded briefcases that were expensive and well made, but they didn’t quite have what I wanted. This bag is it! This is something you will be proud to have in the boardroom on the 50th floor as well as on vacation way in the country and you will get compliments on it in both places. This is really a piece of American art- congrats and thanks.

  18. 5 out of 5

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    One thing missing
    Anyone who travels by plane will ask for a open back pocket. A place to stick the boarding pass and put the iPad so you can grab it easily before putting the bag in the overhead. Regrettably I bought a Mullholland for this reason but will gladly purchase one of the Col’s bags when this feature comes. This comment applies to several of these great bags.

  19. 5 out of 5

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    Wished it had a back pocket
    Absolutely gorgeous craftsmanship. The only thing lacking is a back pocket.

  20. 5 out of 5

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    A Wonderful Solution
    I received my #1943 Navigator briefcase yesterday for my birthday. It is a very understated yet impressive quality solution to keeping me organized. I travel a lot in my job and do not take on new travel solutions lightly. This bag is a simple yet elegant traditional briefcase which I will be proud to use for many years to come. The attention to detail, the quality of construction, the innovative touches are all well executed. I am very well pleased with this purchase. Thanks to all the craftsmen and women who are part of Colonel Littleton (and thanks to the Colonel himself). I could not be happier with the quality or appearance of this item or recommend it with more enthusiasm. If you are on the fence considering the value of this item go ahead and purchase it. You will be a happy camper indeed!

  21. 5 out of 5

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    Awesome bag !!! Wished it had a back pocket
    I have been using the Original Saddle briefcase for some years now and thought the Navigator could be a great upgrade but just had to wait to see what Col has to offer next year since this great piece doesn’t have a back pocket !
    Since I travel a lot , having a back pocket in a briefcase saves a lot of hassle and is a must for me !! I trust a lot of Littleton fans will agree with my view on the missing back pocket ..
    Quality wise I don’t think anyone can ever come close to Col.littleton’s products…
    Just fix this issue and I’m sure to buy one !

  22. 5 out of 5

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    The best
    Colonel

    Had this bag about a month now and all I can say is that it is simply the best. I have had multiple compliments about the beauty and quality of the bag. There really is nothing like at any price. Frankly for the quality of the workmanship,the quality of the leather and quality of the unique brass hardware it is really a steal ! Bags at 3X or 4X don’t even come close. I am sold on Colonel Littleton products; they are the finest.

  23. 5 out of 5

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    AAAAAAA+
    I am a lawyer and thought long and hard before buying this case. You get what you pay for. If you are a lawyer you are a winner even before entering the courthouse. Workmanship is outstanding and it was exactly what I was looking for.

  24. 5 out of 5

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    UNBELIEVABLE.
    I opened the bag. I was completely shocked at the attention to detail and I checked this bag to the “T” Nothing was not left checked ..military style. I am totally impressed with the Colonel’s products, truly the best I have encountered. I really enjoy his videos and excellent customer service. The bag is perfect, I tested it, stuffed books and a lap top, ipad…can fit all kinds of stuff, not just papers and documents…you can fit about 2 medium books, a lap top, pens pencils, calculator, ipad…etc……it fits perfect, not a monster bag, perfect and precise. The leather smell is unbelievable. very strong but smells great ! I can’t believe I found this piece.

  25. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Magnificent!!!
    Colonel,
    You have outdone yourself!! This bag is magnificent!!. I have been searching for this style for over 20 years. Your bag has ended my search. Everything I need for the classes I teach fit perfectly into this wonderful case. You have truly outdone
    yourself. I love your newly designed closure, it makes the bag even more unique. The workmanship is superb, the styling perfect, and the leather smell intoxicating. Thank you

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