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No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase
No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase
No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase
No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase
No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase
No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase
No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase
brown leather saddlebag briefcase

No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase

Stand out from the crowd with this handcrafted American Steerhide bag.

(51 customer reviews)


6 in stock




  • Full-grain, polished American steerhide
  • Interior and exterior pockets for easy organization
  • Solid brass hardware and personalizable plate
  • Inside dimensions: 12"H x 15"W x 4"D
  • Adjustable shoulder strap with comfort pad
  • Shoulder Strap Length: 34.5"-42.5"
  • Made in America

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No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase

“I designed the Leather Saddlebag Briefcase 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.”

– Colonel Littleton

Organization and Functionality 

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, 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.

We think of the No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase as the quintessential Col. Littleton bag. It is the first all-leather bag that Colonel designed for the line and the one he has carried virtually every day since 06/25/01 when his is dated. There’s no way he would part with it due to the rich patina it has developed over the years.

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.)

Vintage Brown polished leather with solid brass hardware. Product packaging includes a protective cotton canvas dust bag with the Col. Littleton logo. 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


51 reviews for No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase

  1. tripjones0

    Love my new No. 1 Saddlebag briefcase. Spacious interior, quality craftsmanship, timeless design. I’ve been shopping Col. Littleton leather goods since 2016 — everything I’ve bought from this outfit is, in a word… “stellar.” – Trip Jones of Andalusia, Alabama

  2. mawallfam

    This is a handsome, hand-crafted leather bag, made to last a lifetime and more. Beautiful soft natural leather is sure to age well with every day use.

  3. Vaughn (verified owner)

    Getting this bag was an adventure unto itself, but now that I’ve used it for a little while, I can finally give it the review it deserves. I had been sitting on the idea of getting the Saddlebag briefcase for just over 7 years, and this was the year that I finally decided to bite the bullet and pick one up. I was so excited that I paid extra for 2 day air shipping via FedEx, but once it was shipped out, FedEx ended up losing the package for a few days.

    However, this slight misfortune was an opportunity for the customer service at Colonel Littleton to really shine. I reached out to them to explain the situation, and Judy was very helpful in resolving the issue. She refunded me for the 2 day air delivery, contacted FedEx on my behalf, and made a note on my account so any future purchases that I make from them would no longer be shipped via FedEx.

    After about a week, my Saddlebag briefcase finally arrived. I was immediately impressed with the craftsmanship and attention to detail that was given to it during the production of this bag. The stitching was solid and precise, and the leather was soft and supple, and very comfortable to carry. I also love how the bag perfectly embodies the spirit and ruggedness of the old west, with an elegance and refinement that feels right at home in my office.

    All in all, I feel that the wait to acquire this bag was well worth it, and I can’t thank Judy enough, and the rest of the staff at Colonel Littleton for their diligence and assistance in helping me receive it.

  4. clarke

    This is a true heirloom quality bag. The leather, brass and workmanship are second to none. I am so pleased with this product. You cannot find quality like this much anymore. Get it while you can.

  5. scottkirkman


    I bought my Saddlebag brief about 4 years ago. I love it so much I bought an identical one as a gift to the fellow who recommended it to me, the writer Craig Johnson. Craig is the Father of the Longmire western mystery novels. I am a big fan of the novels and TV show feeling simpatico with the lead character Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire. I had written Craig and asked him if Craig were to work a desk job as I do what kind of brief bag would he have.. Craig wrote back with a page torn out from the Colonel Littleton catalog and circled the Saddle Bag briefcase. So I ducats, placed the order and never looked back. I loved my bag so much I bought Craig an identical one as a gift of appreciation for the recommendation. On more than one occasion I have had others say “Nice bag”. I’ve had a number of different types over the years. This one is the best for the file slots, pockets for cards, address book and such. And unlike canvas versions it stays upright when sitting next to my desk. I highly recommend it.
    In the Buffalo hide version if that’s how you roll as do I. Beyond the product the Colonel’s service department is outstanding. Whether on the phone, via e-mail or in shipping the product ya can’t go wrong with the Colonel’s bags and folks that get them to you. You will never buy another bag. P.S. I liked the Saddlebag briefcase so much I picked up a couple of the #27 pocket journals to pen thoughts, lists and just keep my thoughts together. Healthy Well Briefed Peace be with us all. SRK

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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.