No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase in American Alligator Serial No. 001
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 originally designed this briefcase/business bag after a World War II Navigator’s Bag (circa 1943) that I’ve owned 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. It has proved to be popular with our customers in both our full-grain leather and American buffalo models.
Due to the popularity of the design, I decided to up the ante a bit and offer it in luxurious American Alligator. I personally chose the hides that were used and supervised every step of the construction at the hands of our master leathersmith, Lana Owens. There is an art to planning an alligator bag like this, but the end result is well worth the time it takes. This is truly a custom, handcrafted bag of superior quality and incredible beauty. You’ll think you’re a celebrity when you walk through the airport with it or bring it to a business meeting. There’s absolutely no way this bag won’t be noticed.
Expanding body with adjustable side gussets accommodates your necessities. Straps with workable buckles wrap around the bag and also have snap closures for easy access. I added an adjustable, detachable shoulder strap to go with the handle, which I’m sure those World War II navigators would have appreciated.
Two dividers inside give you a total of three deep pockets. A leather pocket on the front of the first divider holds your iPad, pen, business cards, etc. I designed the unique solid brass closure especially for the bag. Brass pommel shield on the back is serial numbered. Made in our Workshop in Lynnville, TN USA.
Inside dimensions: 10.5”H x 15.5”W x 4”D (expanded).
Shoulder Strap Length: 39” – 57”
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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.
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.