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Man carrying brown leather No. 83 Book Bag briefcase by handle
Man carrying brown leather No. 83 Book Bag briefcase by handle
Man carrying No. 83 Book Bag in Vintage Brown
No. 83 Leather Messenger Book Bag
brown leather messenger book bag on table
brown leather messenger book bag on table
brown leather messenger book bag
brown leather messenger book bag
brown leather messenger book bag on table
brown leather messenger book bag on table
brown leather messenger book bag
brown leather messenger book bag on table
brown leather messenger book bag on table
brown leather messenger book bag on table
brown leather messenger book bag
No. 83 Leather Messenger Book Bag

No. 83 Leather Messenger Book Bag

Carry your laptop, tablet, gear and more in this WWII inspired, American made leather briefcase.

(28 customer reviews)


3 in stock




  • Vintage brown, gull-grain, dry-milled American Steerhide leather
  • Dimensions: exterior (including handle) 20.5” W x 16.25” H, interior 17.5” W x 12″ H x 4″ D, and 4.65 lbs
  • Solid brass and copper hardware with plate that may be personalized
  • Adjustable shoulder strap: 34.5" - 42.5"
  • Interior divider for laptop, separate iPad/tablet pocket
  • Made in America

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Vintage Brown Leather Laptop Messenger Bag

Sure, you can use this full-grain leather bag like a traditional briefcase, but it’s so much more. This WWII inspired messenger bag is designed to accommodate your laptop, accessories, iPad®/tablet and all the other stuff you haul around. This bag is only for discerning individuals accustomed to standing out from the crowd. 

Its even weight distribution makes the No. 83 Messenger Book Bag perfect for executives, attorneys, grad students  – anyone who needs to carry files, books, paperwork and wants to look good doing it. This bag is so attractive and functional, we had to patent it (U.S. Patent D646054)!

Personalize the solid brass plate on the front flap and make sure your descendants remember you – this bag is designed to last a lifetime.

I naturally tend to gravitate toward items with a military history, as I am an ardent admirer of their precision, rugged good looks and adaptability for the task at hand. When a WWII military officer carried the antique military briefcase in my personal collection, I’m sure he wasn’t thinking ‘laptop.’ However, if you fast forward 70 years you’ll find me inspired to make a leather laptop book bag with a definite nod to this piece of military history.

– Colonel Littleton

Construction & Extras

The No. 83 Leather Messenger Book Bag is handmade in the Col. Littleton Workshop in Lynnville TN, USA with full-grain, dry-milled steerhide and polished leather trim. This special leather has been vegetable-tanned, then tumbled in wooden barrels to achieve a soft, lived-in look.

The Colonel thought of everything when it comes to the convenience and customization of this beautiful leather bag. An adjustable strap at the inside top enables you to adjust side panels in or out. The working buckle front closure can also be snapped for added convenience. A copper tube spine on top equally distributes the weight of the bag while accommodating the adjustable, removable shoulder strap and carrying handle. An inside divider separates your laptop from other contents, and there’s a special pocket for your iPad® or other tablet.

  • Exterior dimensions (including handle): 20.5” W x 16.25” H, 4.65 lbs
  • Interior dimensions: 17.5” W x 12″ H x 4″ D
  • Interior tablet pocket: 16.5” W x 9.5” H
  • Adjustable shoulder strap: 34.5″ – 42.5″
  • Solid brass hardware, including serial-numbered ID plate under front flap 
  • May be personalized on brass oval plate
  • Product packaging includes a protective cotton canvas dust bag
  • Warranted

U.S. Patent D646054
iPad® is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc.


28 reviews for No. 83 Leather Messenger Book Bag

  1. dorindastephens73 (verified owner)

    My husband purchased the #83 Leather Messenger Book Bag for me for our 30th anniversary. To say I am pleased is an understatement…
    The actual item FAR EXCEEDED my expectations! I knew that it was a nice bag, but in person, it’s so much more! Opening that box was like having Christmas all over again…we found all kinds of goodies hidden in there…:)
    I can now go out and promote my business with a nice bag on my shoulder and have more confidence meeting with my clients. This will last me until retirement and beyond.
    Thank you Colonel Littleton for creating such amazing products…I look forward to purchasing more in the future.

  2. walterhays7

    In anticipation of my May 6 birthday, my family presented me with this splendid leather messenger book bag that I have been looking at online for the past 6 months. It is the perfect addition to my other Colonel Littleton products acquired one-at-a-time over the past several years. Suddenly, they took the opportunity to surprise me with an early birthday gift. I was overwhelmed with their generosity. This bag, like all the other products I have, is not only a beautiful, unique, and amazingly useful bag to have and use and take with you to meetings of all kinds, but it is also a unique treasure, especially when it is a gift from your family or from colleagues, or your church or corporate organization.

  3. hal.moore.wizard

    Tonight, on the eve of my 61st birthday, my lovely bride has gifted me with yet another masterpiece from the Colonel’s magical workshop; the No. 83 Bookbag. Not only is it an exquisite work of art, but the functionality of the bag fits my life as an absurdly busy engineer – I carry a lot of stuff around, and this will certainly last me the rest of my life. All of the best lessons in life I learned from my grandfather, who taught me to obtain the best things I could afford, take care of them, and they’d last me the rest of my life. Fenwick flyrods, Purdy shotguns, Gerstner tool chests, and fine American made leather were all part of his makeup. All of the goods I have from y’all certainly take their place among the best of the best. Thank you so much! And I’d also like to give my compliments to Jillian Walls, who has (twice) been your excellent advocate whenever my wife endulges my love for your products.

  4. picofsky

    I just received the No. 83 bag today, and it looks even better in person. I bought it because I am an army officer. Col. Littleton sold me on it after he mentioned it was intended for army officers during World War 2. His strap looks like a WW2 rifle sling, and I just thought it would look great slung over my uniform. I served in Iraq, Kosovo, Korea, Airport, Border, and I plan to take this bag on my future deployments so it can tell a story. My next purchase will be his tobacco leather journal. I want to write each day about my next deployment and pass it on to my family. Who knows, it might wind up in a museum one day.

  5. schankem

    Having recently visited the Lynnville area from out of state, our hosts took us for a burger in town and we headed for the Colonel Littleton shop after a short history lesson. The shop was on my short list of “to do’s”. Once in the shop, I quickly found myself making up reasons why I need this or that piece. I settled on a book bag and a portfolio. The No. 83 is outstanding in all respects and I will carry it for many years to come. The folks at the shop were very helpful and thoughtful in answering my questions. High quality for a fair price, well done!

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We are committed to producing quality, handcrafted products that showcase our time-honored standards of excellence and deep respect for the Americana tradition. Col. Littleton products go through rigorous testing and numerous quality inspections before being shipped to our customers. Should you receive a Col. Littleton product that is defective in materials or workmanship, you can count on us to make it right. Our guarantee is limited to the cost of the product itself. It also does not cover normal wear and tear. We feel if you just plain “wore it out,” you got your money’s worth. Also, we cannot be responsible for an item which has suffered through alteration, damage due to improper cleaning, improper use, mishandling or accident. If we made a mistake in personalizing your product or if the product is defective in materials or workmanship, of course we’ll replace it. Otherwise, personalized products are not returnable.

Our Leather

Leather is a passion for me. There are more kinds of leather and leather processing out there than you can shake a stick at. You can mold leather into just about any shape or form. You can make every hide look just alike. You can dye it green, blue or even pink. You can apply a finish, coat it, spray it or make it look slick and shiny. That’s not what we’re about at Col. Littleton. To me the beauty is in the naturalness of the leather. People always comment to me about the special “feel” of our leather and how it becomes even more beautiful after it has some wear on it. It’s all about our leather process. When you buy Col. Littleton leather goods, you’re buying, for the most part, full-grain American vegetable-tanned steer hide that has received a minimum of alteration. We don’t apply a finish to hide character markings. The way I see it, every marking tells a story and covering them robs the piece of its life and character.

Our Craftsmanship

I see a real resurgence in the country today for products made in America. Our focus is to design and create products that speak to the time-honored traditions that have made this country great such as handmade craftsmanship, authentic rich leathers and quality workmanship. There’s a nostalgic feel about the products we make . . . most of them could have been made 100 years ago and many are made using turn-of-the-20th-century methodology and machinery. Our products are true Americana; forged as our forefathers intended by people who care and take pride in making a beautiful product.