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1943 Navigator Briefcase in Vintage Brown Steerhide
1943 Navigator Briefcase in Vintage Brown Steerhide
Man carrying No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase in Vintage Brown Steerhide Leather
Man holding No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase in Vintage Brown Steerhide Leather
No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase in Vintage Brown American Steerhide
Back view of No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase in Vintage Brown with strap
No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase
No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase in Vintage Brown brass closure
No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase
No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase
No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase
No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase

No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase

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

(48 customer reviews)


2 in stock




  • Full-grain, polished American Steerhide leather
  • Interior dimensions: 15.5” W x 10.5” H x 4” D (expanded), 4.3 lbs
  • Solid brass custom closure, hardware and personalizable plate 
  • Adjustable shoulder strap: 39” - 57”
  • Convenient interior dividers and pockets fit all necessities
  • Made in America

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Leather Navigator Briefcase

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 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. Available in vintage brown, this executive leather briefcase will only look better with regular use. This item is also available in American Buffalo

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: 15.5” W x 10.5” H x 4” D(expanded)
  • 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
  • Personalizable solid brass oval plate on the lower front
  • Product packaging includes a protective cotton canvas dust bag with Colonel Cameo logo
  • Warranted

iPad® is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc.

The Black/Brown version of this bag shown at the end of video is no longer available.


48 reviews for No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase

  1. michael-5175 (verified owner)

    I’ve been searching for the perfect briefcase bag to fit my lifestyle and personality for a long time. One look at this bag and I knew it would be the last bag I ever purchased. It’s perfect for work and travel, especially if you work light! The design is so unique and pleasing it’s hard not to stare at my bag as it’s it’s on my chair literally begging me to carry it. Amazing quality unmatched anywhere else. The bag just feels amazing. It’s a pleasure to open and close the bag removing or adding items. You never get tired of it! What’s great is I will have something meaningful to pass down, I take it almost everywhere since I work from my laptop so the kids will have a lot of memories of me and this bag. Thanks for making this briefcase! No one has gotten it this perfect since you!

  2. ddurbin (verified owner)

    My only regret is that this wasn’t made with the option for no strap. While a strap is a necessity in the current market, this is truly an elite ca. 1943 style briefcase. Beautifully made with outstanding materials. Without the strap, it gives the look and feel of a period piece. Great piece.

  3. sechurnock (verified owner)

    When my father died 5 months ago, there was just enough money in his “estate” to pay final expenses with a few dollars leftover. Not wanting to fritter away the remaining money on mundane daily expenses or items that would soon wear out and be thrown away, I decided to purchase something that would always remind me of him; something I could also pass on to a future generation. I had been eyeing the 1943 Navigator Briefcase for several years and decided that it would be a fitting tribute to, and reminder of my father who had grown up during WWII.

    I received the briefcase yesterday (2 days from online order to receipt…. amazing customer service!). The bag is outstanding in every way. The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was the smell of fine leather. It wasn’t that waxy chemical smell of so many “genuine leather” products on the market today. This was the rich, deep, friendly smell of rich, well-tanned leather. It was like coming home to an old saddle or a favorite pair of boots you’ve owned for years. The craftsmanship and style of the briefcase are stellar in every way. There are enough features (pockets, dividers, etc.) to make this an extremely useful bag without being “over the top” with hidden pockets, water bottle holders, RFID blocking, and all the other doo-dads that are found on modern brief bags. The Navigator Briefcase has the elegance of simplicity with a timeless, classic style. It is a joy to behold!

    My only concern when ordering it was that it appears to be a tan color on the website. I was wonderfully pleased to find it to be a rich, deep chestnut color that will only darken over the years with the patina of a quality leather product.

    Well done Colonel! This briefcase exceeds my greatest hopes and expectations. It will be a constant reminder of my father and a testimony to the fact that quality workmanship, classic style, and superior service are never out of date. Thank you.

  4. Christopher

    When I was a child, my grandfather would tell stories of his time in the US Army Air Forces as a navigator in the Pacific during WWII. He dropped out of school to follow his brother to war, and had his parents sign his enlistment papers. Needless to say, these stories stuck with me over the years.

    You can imagine, as a follower of Colonel Littleton, the joy I felt when the Navigator briefcase was first launched. I wasn’t making a lot at the time, but when I got a promotion at work, I realized that I had to have this piece to remind me of my grandfather every day. As a note, I chose the American Buffalo, and have not regretted that decision once.

    This item is made beautifully, and represents that man and era to me in such a perfect way. I’ve carried it to work every day, much like I imagined he did.

    There is plenty of room for my notebook, a laptop, and paperwork. It’s more beautiful now than the day I got it over five years ago. This is certainly heirloom quality. Now, the big question is, with two children, will I have to get a second briefcase so that I have one to pass on to both of them?

    Thank you Colonel for keeping me in touch with such an important part of my family history. I’m so grateful for such a wonderful piece. It brings me joy every day!

  5. fcoetzee

    No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase: GROUND CONTROL TO ELON MUSK…

    Prior to Texas saying YES, word on the street was that Elon Musk originally wanted to relocate to Lynnville, Tenn, to harness some of that magical elixir that launches Colonel Littleton products. That’s why each new Tesla owner now gets a Mars Bar in their glove compartment.

    Every American warrior knows that “shoot, move, and communicate” is how you take care of business, but that movin’ bit requires some extra energies….

    Before GPS and all those other fancy, modern do-dads and what-evers took over our lives, cartography and maps were the coin of the realm. And NAVIGATORS enjoyed a special status as those entrusted to get you where you needed to be.

    The ’43 Navigator pays homage to that analog world where anything of consequence was done at the hands of true masters….

    By definition, there is no “finest” in the CL realm of offerings, but the ’43 is my favorite business bag and, by my reckoning, ought to be sitting next to Athena in Nashville’s Parthenon. Of course, museum officials can’t do it because it would out-radiate their main attraction.
    Speaking of complimentary celestial Mars Bars and Moon Pies . . . with the recent Presidential announcement of a Space Force manned by a legion of GUARDIANS, rumors are running rampant!

    Here’s what we know:

    -YES, there will be a base on Mars in our lifetimes!

    -YES, there will be a Colonel Littleton franchise on Mars to accessorize our American service people!

    NEVER underestimate Colonel and his team. Elon Musk wanted in on what the Colonel knows…. “Made in America” is a UNIVERSAL truth!

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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.