No. 1 Grip – Vintage Brown

5.00 out of 5
(10 customer reviews)


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Product Description

If you had boarded a train during the time period of the 1870’s to the 1940’s, your travel bag would have been called a grip.

A grip was not a bag you checked to the baggage car or entrusted to the care of someone else. It was a personal bag kept with you at all times. Likewise, the Colonel’s No. 1 Grip is designed as a carry-on-bag and not a bag to be checked.

The body of the No. 1 Grip is made of our vegetable-tanned vintage brown polished leather for strength, while the flap and ends of the bag are made of our dry-milled leather to give it character and softness. The bag has plenty of room to carry everything you need for an overnight stay, or it serves well as your personal carry-on bag for extended trips. It opens wide and packs easily. The Colonel packed his No. 1 Grip with a pair of khakis, two folded shirts, shoes, socks, two tee shirts, two boxer shorts, a bandana, a belt and his GP1 Shave Kit.

Solid brass hardware, our unique lever-action buckling mechanism, and an unusual strap arrangement make this a bag that will not be confused with all the other bags out there. It comes with “instant” heritage, because it looks as if it could have been inherited from your Grandfather.

11″H x 19″W x 10.5″D.

Adjustable shoulder strap. Each bag has a serial-numbered brass plate on the inside front of the bag. The brass oval plate on the front flap may be personalized with three initials. Made in our Col. Littleton Workshop.

Shoulder Strap Length: 36.5″-44.5″

Bag Weight: 4.3lbs.

Additional Information

Weight 8.00 lbs

10 reviews for No. 1 Grip – Vintage Brown

  1. michael
    5 out of 5


    I received this No.1 Grip as a birthday present recently, and it is now my new favorite belonging. I could go on about every stitch and gusset, but suffice to say it is impeccably made from the finest quality leather. I like to take care of my appearance and it is great to be able to carry something that so obviously was loved throughout the entire process of its creation. Many thanks to the Colonel and the leather smiths.

  2. Timothy
    5 out of 5


    I am a bit overdue in writing this – I’ve had this grip bag for a bit over two years. No matter where in the world I go the bag never, never fails to meet my needs AND to garner the most highest of praise from men and women alike. Quality is second to none I’ve seen, excellent ‘use-ability’, and simply great looking. Sure you can spend less but this surely is a case where you get what you pay for … enjoy it.. I do!

  3. wilsonclan4
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    the pictures don’t do this bag justice. you have to have it in your hands to appreciate the quality and craftsmanship. perfect size, truly a fine bag

  4. office
    5 out of 5


    I love this bag. I traded in my Swiss Army backpack to use this as my work bag. My laptop, umbrella, office cables etc. fit nicely in the bag. Coworkers always stop and comment how nice it looks and I have noticed people looking at it on the commuter train into work.

  5. CLW
    5 out of 5


    Perfect Travel Companion
    I travel 50-75% of the time because of my job. In airplanes it fits easily under the seat in front of me, so I never have to think about space in the overhead bins.

    It never leaves my side. Every time I travel I now get compliments on this bag. But I honestly get more enjoyment out of simply using it and feeling the intense workmanship that went into the creation of the bag.

    I find myself packing less just to have the pleasure of only having to carry this beautiful piece of luggage. The colonel’s pack list in the item description is a decent start you can modify to your taste.

  6. Randall
    5 out of 5


    Rugged Refinement
    This is a wonderful bag. It’s more of an overnighter than a weekender (especially with bulkier winter clothes like cords and a sweater), although I’ve forced myself to pack less just to have the pleasure of only having to carry this beautiful piece of luggage.

    I must also commend Colonel Littleton for its service. My bag didn’t arrive with the shoulder strap slide. When I called on New Years Eve afternoon, when most folks would have already shut down their computers and been planning for their evening, Lisa answered my call and arranged for the slide to be delivered in just two days—complete with a Moon Pie!

  7. Mr. Onthego
    5 out of 5


    Perfect bag
    I wanted the perfect carry-on that would offer a unique look and the perfect size… I’ve found it in this nice quality short travel bag. Very nice hide accented with brass hardware which in all makes this a bag one that you’ll want to own and other will admire!

  8. Faris
    5 out of 5


    Perfect for short travel
    I love it….

  9. Rob B
    5 out of 5


    Excellent Travel Carry Bag
    I am delighted with this bag. The quality is superlative. I very much like the overall appearance as well as the size. I am thinking of purchasing the No. 4 also. Together they will serve all my needs for Men’s Weekend Away trips.

  10. Brian Carroll
    5 out of 5


    Perfect Travel Bag
    I bought the bag this summer for a trip to South Africa as a carry on. It was perfect for a complete set of hunting clothes, boots, personal items and snacks. I now use it every week as I travel. With the use of a garment bag its great for extended business travel. I always get compliments and questions about this great looking, unsual bag. The more I use it the better it looks.

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