No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase

Rated 4.96 out of 5 based on 28 customer ratings
(28 customer reviews)


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The Leather Saddlebag Briefcase was designed in tribute to American History, the U. S. Cavalry and the Old West! Its design, reminiscent of the saddlebags carried by the U. S. Cavalry from the 1850’s, is contemporary enough for today’s busy executive who likes something different.

Front straps with workable buckles also have snap closures behind the buckles for quick access. Inside front and back canvas dividers with pockets for pen, business cards, PDA, calculator, cell phone, etc. Roomy enough for a laptop computer. Outside back pocket. Adjustable shoulder strap with pad. Brass D-ring provides a good place for attaching one of our brass luggage tags. Has a serial-numbered brass plate on the back and may be personalized with three initials on the brass oval plate under the front flap.

16″ overall height, including handle. Inside dimensions are 12″H x 15″W x 4″D. Sized to fit many laptops as well as your iPad® in its protective case.

(Please measure your laptop and compare dimensions to ensure a proper fit.)

Available in our vintage brown polished leather with solid brass hardware. Handmade in the Col. Littleton Workshop in Lynnville, TN USA.

Shoulder Strap Length: 34.5″-42.5″

Bag Weight: 3.3lbs.

iPad® is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc.

This item is also available in American Buffalo

No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase

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28 reviews for No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Got this for my husband for an Anniversary present. He absolutely loved it! He is very hard to buy for, but he was genuinely thrilled with this bag he immediately transferred everything from his old briefcase and took it to work the next day. Quality, as always, from the Colonel!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have owned the Saddlebag Briefcase for about six years. It has aged beautifully and I use it every day to carry my laptop, portfolio, and other items to and from the office. I get questions about it all the time and direct people to the Colonel’s website. would definitely buy again.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    My mother bought me this back two weeks ago as a gift for passing the bar. It is probably the nicest bag I have ever come across. I work in NYC and in a city where fashion is king, I get non-stop compliments on the bag.

    The bag is large enough to hold a MacBook, 5 legal pads and two files + a water bottle. Meaning, it is ample enough for day to day activities. It also has a great metal loop on the bag that provides for a great place to hold my keys.

    The strap is incredibly comfortable even when the bag is heavily loaded. The handle is also just perfect. I really mean that. The handle is perfectly padded and falls so nicely

    I encourage everyone to get the bag “personalized”, my initials look gorgeous in it.

    I will save my pennies for the document bag to go with it.

    To conclude: I love this bag. It is has a simple and classic look. It also holds ample amount of daily needed items.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joe Covington 4/2/17
    My wife gave me this wonderful bag about 10 years ago and it is the best!! The longer I have it the better it looks. Always having folks ask me where in the world did I get such a great bag. It will hold my dell laptop and iPad as well as a couple books and chargers for my phone, laptop and iPad. The perfect size! The folks at colonel Littleton are the best!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve had this bag for about five years, now, and it gets better every day I carry it. I carry a 13″ MacBook Pro, the Col Littleton 3 ring binder, a Moleskine planner, and a carry pouch full of miscellaneous stuffs every day for school (high school history teacher) and I frequently get stopped by people asking about the bag.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    forget about fighting over it when i’m gone…my adult children have already started and i only received it today! seriously, it is the most beautiful leather bag that this hillbilly has ever owned! looks and smells amazing! there’s no regrets with the Colonel! Merry Christmas all!!!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    I am a serious leather aficionado and collector and currently own the No. 83 Book Bag, No. 42 Courier Bag, No. 16 Document Bag, No. 1 Saddlebag, No. 1943 Navigator, No. 18 Portfolio, P 51 Aviator and the Pencil Case. I have more Colonel Littleton in my collection than any other company due to the consistently high leather quality and craftsmanship, unique and beautiful designs and unparalleled customer service department not even remotely matched by other leather companies. The only issue I have with Colonel Littleton products is how difficult it is for me to decide which bag to take on my business and personal trips and what to purchase next.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    I purchase the saddlebag briefcase over 2 years ago. I am an attorney and I know without a doubt that I own the coolest briefcase whenever I enter a courtroom. I highly recommend this product!! I own several of the Colonel’s products including the 18L and 18 portfolios. I just bought my 11 year old son his first Colonel piece, a braided bracelet. Thanks for everything Colonel and Sarah. I appreciate everything you and your employees do to make the Colonel experience so great!

  9. Rated 4 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Well designed and thoughtfully engineered! I’ve wanted this bag since I retired from the Army in 2009. I parlayed to a cheaper variety and wish I would’ve never waivered. This is ONE VERY nice briefcase! I get nothing but compliments and everyone is always asking where they can get it. Perfect for the amount of work related items you need for your business needs!!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have used my Saddlebag Briefcase for several years now and it is my “go to” case when have lots of items to carry. It has room for my 15″ laptop and all of its accessories, my iPad, chargers, notebook, travel umbrella and other items. The shoulder strap makes carrying a big load easy and the leather trim always gets compliments. The Colonel is right that these cases just get better with age.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve had my Col. Littleton No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase for over 5 years now. Every day, when I go to pick it up, I’m always struck by how good it looks and feels. It’s a beautiful case and it looks right, whether you’re wearing a suit or jeans. I’m always getting compliments on it—waiting in line at a coffee shop or by a receptionist at one of my clients—folks love hearing that it was inspired by an old
    Cavalry saddlebag. It’s a classic design that looks great today and will still look great 50 years from now. There is nothing that I’d change about it.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Finally took delivery of my Colonel. LITTLETON No.1 saddle briefcase…vintage brown…with my 3 block initials engraved on oval plate KJY. Each one comes with its own serial no. I’m the PROUD owner of Serial No. 1676. It’s something that will surely pass from me to another generation and even to another. You will see more of this in my coming photos especially on my instagram …I recommend it for you. By the way the women can also have a look. When I ordered it my friend stopped me saying “Alhaji don’t you think this is too expensive considering the economic situation back home”. But when I remember it’s what I’ve always wanted I went for it. Did I mention I got a free Colonel Coffee-Medium Roast? The smell and taste have been competing for my endorsement. The Colonel is proud to have a fabulous staff as Rebecca H.…her patience and time really helped in getting this because when I first made my order I was still in London but her email guiding me on “out of country credit card” rule made it all happen. Now I’m thinking a good travel bag. Checking the #3. By the way, Check @colonellittleton if you’re on Instagram.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Serial No. 1475. A great bag. Enough dividers to help organize the contents without being restrictive. Hangs nicely off the shoulder. Wonderful leather that looks better with use. Always draws comments.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Just received my No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase (Christmas present from my wife) very happy …this is a very nice bag and will probably last for ever. The Customer Service is the best I have ever seen. Thanks Colonel….very satisfied and will definably order again.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have owned this briefcase now for several years! It was a Christmas present to myself! I have had numerous compliments on it and one person wants it left to him in my will. It is sturdy, has great compartments, cleans up easily and I love the pouch on the back for papers or iPad that I want to get to easily! Great briefcase!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    I purchased the #1 Saddlebag (serial number 558)10 years or so ago after I fell in love with it at the Greenbriar resort in West Virginia. I use it every day and it’s been all over the world with me. The leather and craftsmanship are simply outstanding.I get compliments on it all the time. This bag will be in our family long after I’m gone and will still look amazing!

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    What a usable piece of art!
    Friends, I’ve been a Colonel Littleton devotee for a couple of years now. I’d acquired a number of smaller pieces, but really wanted one of the Colonel’s many business bags for most of that time. When my last case began showing severe signs of wear in December, it wasn’t a hard decision to buy from the Colonel’s collection—except which bag to buy!

    After reviewing the many options and what my normal load looks like on an average trip, I opted for the Colonel’s original and one of his favorites, the Saddlebag Briefcase. When this gem arrived, I was absolutely floored with the quality of the leather and workmanship, as well as the seemingly unlimited capacity of this bag! I don’t think I’ve even come close to filling it completely in the three months I’ve had it, and, believe me, I’ve tried! I get loads of compliments (mostly from ladies, who are often far more observant than us fellas) and a lot of “where did you get that?” inquiries from admirers.

    The only thing I wish now is that I hadn’t waited so long to invest in this bag, which clearly will be something my grandsons will both want!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase vs Saddleback Briefcase
    I own both the Saddleback Briefcase and the No.1 Saddlebag Briefcase (ser. no. 1436). I bought the Saddleback briefcase first because it was a little less expensive and I believed it was well made. The Saddleback briefcase is very well made, and will probably last a lifetime, yet it is rather crudely made. All of the edges are left raw and unfinished, and the feel of the leather is rather hard with an almost synthetic cardboard like feel and flat color. It lacks all refinement and character and reminds me of a military item, you know, be though-last forever-who care what it looks or feels like! The No.1 Saddlebag Briefcase on the other hand is also very well made and looks and feels like it will last a lifetime. The stitching is very refined compared to the Saddleback briefcase, both are over-stitched for reinforcement at the edges, but the Saddlebag stitching blends in with the leather and looks less cartoonish and seems tighter. The richness of color, and feel of the Saddlebag Briefcase is far and away better! You just want to touch it all the time. The leather is thick yet supple, with a good hand (feel). The edges are all dressed and finished properly, giving the bag a real high quality look and presence. The brass hardware is all first rate. The snaps that are hidden under the three straps are tough enough to last forever. They are not flimsy or lightweight, they are more like the snaps on your favorite pair of jeans. I thought it might not work so great if I had to always be lifting the flap to access items while at the office, as it is a big thick flap, but to my delight, I found that the large front flap will just fold completely over and down the back of the bag, leaving the bag completely open on top with easy access to everything while on the floor next to my desk. The Saddleback briefcase does not do this. The design of the Saddlebag Briefcase really stands out after you get it, and use it. When I carry it with the shoulder strap, the bag stays close to the body and won’t fall off my shoulder. The Saddleback bag was always falling off my shoulder because the center of gravity is father out. That drove me crazy as the Saddleback bag was alway slipping down my arm when I would bend over slightly to put my key in the cardoor, or just walking along, what a bother! The Saddlebag Briefcase is tough enough to last forever, yet the quality of the leather, the beautiful rich deep color, and very well thought out design, makes this by far the nicer of the two! Now I am a real “form follows function” kind of guy, but after getting my Saddlebag Briefcase, I can see that “form equals function” with Col. Littleton’s designs, and am I happy with the combination! Now off to Ebay to sell my Saddleback bag, I simply don’t need it or want it anymore.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Quality Americana
    I am the proud owner of no. 1537 and I can say after only a few weeks that I am thrilled with the look, feel, quality and craftsmanship of this bag. I have owned quite a few leather satchels and this bag is in a league of its own. Thanks Colonel!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent Product!!
    Absolutely love this product! Looks better today than it did the day I bought it. Top quality and very functional!

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent Business Case
    I purchased this used and amazed by the quality and functionality. It fits my 14″ wide-screen corporate Dell laptop, portable umbrella, power cable, LAN cable, docs, and other assorted stuff. It looks great and ages beautifully. The snaps work well, allowing quick access.

    Although I purchased used, I was still able to send it back to have my Initials engraved on a custom replacement plate for a minimal charge. It was done quickly and professionally.

    Great product, great service.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very, very happy
    I’ve owned some leather briefcases in the past and due to their poor quality over time I transitioned to canvas. I wanted to give leather another chance. I researched for months and came down to two companies, Col. Littleton and Saddleback Leather.

    Final decision came to Col. Littleton’s Saddlebag Briefcase. Soft, supple leather, lighter weight, sturdy, not to big, but large enough to handle everything I carry.

    The leather is amazing. The canvas interior with the limited pockets space is just right. Helps you organize your small items. The design of the carry handle works opened or closed when you carry the bag and is very comfortable to hold. The front straps with buttons are easy to manage on a daily basis and through airport security. The shoulder strap is long enough to comfortably carry in multiple positions.

    The buckle on the strap lightly scraped me when I first pulled it over my head, but that was a learning experience. It is a sharp (no pun intended) addition to the bag and is not uncomfortable.

    I easily carry my 13″ Macbook Air, iPad, power cables (bagged), magazine, work documents, water bottle, writing notebook and head phones. It gets tight with all of these items, but it also forces me to go light.

    This is my first Col. Littleton product and will not be the last. The leather quality is top-notch. I made the right decision at the end of my research!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Best bag ever
    My husband has used this for 6+ years and it still looks great. He works in a hospital and this thing gets dragged all over it. . .every day. I would definitely buy it again!

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    This bag gets better and better. I carry my saddlebag ever where I go. Thanks Colonel for another great product.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is absolutely a unique piece. WOW. I am truly impressed with this oustanding piece. I had thought it was a bit to smalll but HECK NO!! i STUFFED IT WITH ALL KINDS OF STUFF ! laptop, 4 books, ipad……pens pencils….fits perfect. and not to big at all, a lot of these bags can be monstrous…………and the snaps make it quick open which I need to do, the buckles and such can be very time consuming. These bags are serialized and made in the USA (another reason why I purchased) plus the Colonel’s Southern hospitality and his personal military experience was another reason I purchased. I heard about the company in magazines and such, excellent reviews from other people and even the magazines give an oustanding overview of the bags and such. I ordered I think 5 bags in total but worth it…..will never have to buy a bag again…… time and the Colonel’s guarantee made it a done deal……thanks for providing great service and true Americana pieces……… should be called the Admiral…….lol ! Admiral Littleton………

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Fine craftsmanship, Heirloom quality
    My wife gave me my Saddlebag Briefcase in 2008 for Christmas. I love the way the leather looks better with age. Always a conversation piece. The saddlebag has however created a problem; I have 2 sons-they both want it.

    Guess I’ll have to get another bag in a different style.
    Colonel keep up the good work.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase
    Another fantastic Colonel Littleton piece. Just received it today, along with my personalized tags. Love at first sight. American craftsmanship at its finest. My personal shopping habits have gravitated toward high quality, American made products. The delivery date for my latest Colonel Littleton product has quickly become one of the high points of my month. Keep it up folks, you will have a customer for life.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Superior Quality, Lifetime Treasure
    I have now owned my Saddlebag Briefcase for over 6 years and many miles of wear. I was initially very cautious about spending this much money on a bag that I couldn’t touch or feel first, however once it arrived….I immediatly fell in love! I have really put my bag to the test, whether it was on an outdoor adventure, camping, fishing trips, or the everyday work at the office with shirt and tie, this bag has stood up to the challenge. The more miles and years that go by, the more beautiful the soft leather becomes.
    Since I first purchased this bag, I have gone on to purchase over 15 additional items from the Colonel and have been more than pleased with every purchase. The quality by itself is exceptional but the people who stand behind these products are even more amazing. Whether its a phone call with a simple question or some type of service need, they treat you like family and you feel as if you are just calling a good friend from down the street. True Southern Hospitality and good old fashion quality and service. Thanks Colonel! I’m a customer for life.

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