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No. 83 Leather Messenger Book Bag

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

(38 customer reviews)


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  • Full-grain Vintage Brown dry-milled American Steerhide leather
  • Exterior dimensions (including handle): 20 1/2” W x 16 1/4” H
  • Interior dimensions: 17 1/2” W x 12″ H x 4″ D
  • Solid brass and copper hardware with plate that may be personalized
  • Adjustable shoulder strap: 34 1/2" - 42 1/2"
  • Interior divider for laptop, separate iPad/tablet pocket
  • Weight: 4.65 lbs
  • 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.


38 reviews for No. 83 Leather Messenger Book Bag

1-5 of 38 reviews
  1. Being a connoisseur of fine leather products, I find myself going back to the Colonel’s beautifully designed and quality products. By now I must own about 4-5 of the Colonel’s bags along with many other accessories. Not only are the products excellent in quality and design, but they also arrive in such an elegant packaging that brings a smile to my face that someone still cares so much to be sure that the delivery is also an excellent experience. For almost 10 years I’ve been a customer and the quality and delivery has been consistent, even down to the “Moon Pie” treat. So impressed with the product line that on a Nashville visit, I made an effort to visit the store. If you like fine leather products, made in the USA, with great personal customer service, give the Colonel and staff a try. I have no dog in this race, but just a satisfied customer that appreciates an excellent product, a company’s earnest effort in quality and made in the USA! Wishing all a safe and happy 4th of July and God Bless America!

  2. Just bought this bag. I am speechless! unique styling. top notch materials. expert craftsmanship. A true heirloom piece. thank you! Do not hesitate if you are on the bubble about purchasing. All you are doing is delaying your enjoyment.

  3. Saw a similar bag in a storefront window in Hong Kong 30 years ago and have been looking for something “American Made” and high quality ever since. I now think I’ve found it as I own several pieces from Colonel Littleton.

    On a recent trip to Nashville, I decided to visit the shop in Lynnville to pick out a new “statement” briefcase. There were several equally appealing options to choose from and after asking my adult son (who was with me at the time) which one he’d like to inherit some day – I chose the No. 83 Messenger Book Bag.

    I love the look, durability and craftsmanship of all of their products! Value for money – they can’t be beat!

    I have two sons – so expect to see me back in the store some day for another bag, so that when they read out my last will & testament, There will be two Colonel Littleton briefcases in the inheritance! Proud to own a piece of truly stellar American Craftsmanship.

  4. I purchased this for my husband as a Christmas gift. He was so excited because he knew how excellent these handcrafted products were. I was concerned about the price, and he said you can’t put a price on quality, not to mention this will be a great heirloom to pass down.

  5. This purchase was a treat to myself, an absolutely beautiful bag. You will 100% stand out in a crowd carrying this bag. Only downside is that the shoulder strap is too short, 42 inches is not nearly long enough.

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Our Story

Colonel sitting on steps, holding Tobacco Brown American Buffalo No. 3 Grip Bag, looking directly at viewer

Our Warranty

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 steerhide 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.

Three kinds of full-grain leather hides overlapping. In order left to right: Vintage Brown American Steerhide, Brown American Alligator, and Tobacco Brown American Buffalo
Man working with hand leather tools on an antique wood stump work station

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.