No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase – Vintage Brown

Stand out with this timeless WWII-inspired full-grain leather briefcase. Meticulously handcrafted in America.

  • Full-grain, polished American Steerhide leather
  • Serial-numbered brass pommel shield on back
  • Interior dimensions: 15 ½” (W) x 10 ½” (H) x 4” expanded (D), 4.3 lbs
  • Adjustable shoulder strap: 39” – 57”
  • Solid brass custom closure, hardware and personalizable plate 



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Confidence in Every Carry

This leather executive briefcase exudes confidence. With unmatched construction, materials, and functionality, you’ll never need another bag. Roomy, expandable, WWII-inspired, and sleek enough for everyday carry. There’s no missing this bag – watch heads turn as you carry the Navigator to and from the office, meetings, airport, and everywhere your travels takes you.

Personalize the brass oval plate on the lower front, adding to the exclusivity of the bag.

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. 

– Colonel Littleton

Construction & Features

Handmade and individually inspected at the Col. Littleton Workshop in Lynnville TN, USA with full-grain, polished American steerhide. This leather has been vegetable-tanned and hand-tanned to a smooth finish. Minimal processing allows the bag’s natural leather to develop its own character and patina. This executive leather briefcase will only look better with regular use.

This bag anticipates your every need. The body of the briefcase expands with adjustable side gussets to accommodate necessities. Straps with workable buckles securely wrap around the bag and also have snap closures for easy access. Two interior dividers 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. The adjustable, detachable shoulder strap is an upgrade to this bag’s ancestors – WWII navigators would surely have appreciated this convenience in addition to the handle for longer treks.

Perhaps the most exclusive feature of this incredible leather briefcase is the custom designed, solid brass closure – designed and manufactured by Colonel Littleton himself on a kick press from the 1800’s.

  • Briefcase weight: 4.3 lbs
  • Interior dimensions: 15 ½” (W) x 10 ½” (H) x 4” expanded (D)
  • Adjustable shoulder strap length: 39″ – 57″
  • Unique solid brass closure, designed for the No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase 
  • Serial numbered brass pommel shield* on the back
  • Convenient interior dividers and pockets fit all necessities
  • Personalizable solid brass oval plate on the lower front
  • Product packaging includes a protective cotton canvas drawstring bag with Colonel Cameo logo
  • Warranted

*Historically, the pommel shield was used on U.S. Cavalry saddles to identify the seat size and, many times, the arsenal that supplied them.

iPad® is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc. 

Read more about the History of the Navigator Briefcase. Also available in American Alligator or Tobacco Brown American Buffalo.


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56 reviews for No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase – Vintage Brown

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  1. My JW Hulme briefcase broke after many years and they are now out of business. I wanted a new bag made in the USA and found Col. Littleton. The briefcase is much smaller than my old one but much sturdier and my MacBook, iPad, etc. all fit inside perfectly. I love how the bag can stand when put down and the fit and finish are fantastic. This is my first Col. Littleton product but won’t be my last.

    • Hi Tim! We are so grateful that you discovered Col. Littleton and decided to give us a shot! We hope your No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase serves you well for years to come. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful review!

  2. Beautiful product. I’m a multiple repeat customer and love the Colonel Littleton brand. I use this bag to carry my laptop and its perfect. Rarely a week goes by that I don’t receive a compliment. Thanks guys!

    • Thank you for your support and review Michael! We hope your Navigator serves you well for years to come!

  3. One life and only two briefcases for an old aviator. My family has always inspired me that if you were going to do something, do it right and do it with passion – lean into it. You have to use the right tools for the right job. After a few years of working on and flying aircraft, working for a large aviation manufacturer, I was promoted into my first executive role. Enter the first briefcase. As a gift, my wife purchased me this beautiful leather briefcase, that was very nice and very classic looking, the right tool for the job! As a young executive, I carried that briefcase all around the world. In fact, that briefcase made several around the world trips and carried me into meetings with some very amazing people in so many fabulous places. I carried that briefcase for over 35 years. every place I went, people often commented that that briefcase has seen some miles, can I buy it. Of course, my answer was always no. Unfortunately, a criminal did not ask, and the briefcase was stolen earlier this year. I could care less about the stuff in it, it was all that time we spent together that the briefcase was the heartbreaking loss after traveling with me for over 35 years. Enter briefcase two. My family friends, family and coworkers all felt the loss and not just any bag was going to replace the old briefcase. The search was on and then my daughter sent me a picture of this Navigator Briefcase and we all said that this was it. It would be the briefcase that would finish out this amazing journey of my career. We showed the team, and everyone agreed. Then I researched you guys and love your culture of service at your company. It aligns itself with our company. It has the customer care of each of you in the building of this briefcase. It is going to take some long trips and I am going to put some miles on this briefcase. I am looking forward to having this Navigator at my side for a long time. Thank you for building your companies culture in the fashion that you have and thank you for my navigator. Sincerely – Gary

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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 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.

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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.

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