No. 41 Commander Briefcase – Tobacco Brown American Buffalo


Exude mental toughness and authority with this roomy, full-grain leather laptop bag.

  • Full-grain American Buffalo with American Steerhide trim. Front flap is lined in Calfskin.
  • Serial Numbered*
  • Dimensions: 13” (H) x 16 ⅞” (W) x 5” at bottom (D), 3 lbs
  • Adjustable shoulder strap: 34 ½” – 42 ½”
  • Solid brass and copper hardware with cinch buckle closure
  • May be personalized



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Handmade, Vintage Inspired Leather Briefcase

The No. 41 Commander Briefcase is unique and bold – projecting an air of authority while it carries your important gear. This attaché is more ambassador than anything – its striking personality will clear the path and demand attention wherever you venture. It will never be just another bag in the crowd.

If you are only carrying two or three file folders and a legal pad, this is not your bag. This workhorse was designed to carry lots of gear – laptop, iPad®, portfolio, notebook, tech gear, etc. It is robust and tenacious, just like you.

“The No. 41 Commander Briefcase was inspired by the restoration of my 1941 Dodge Command Car. It took me about five years to personally restore the Command Car; and about a year within that time to design the briefcase. As I was restoring straps and buckling gear I began to think about how I would interpret that into a bag, and the No. 41 Commander Briefcase came clearly into focus.”

– Colonel Littleton

Construction & Features

The Commander Briefcase is constructed in the Col. Littleton Workshop in Lynnville, TN USA in a combination of our rich, dark, wonderfully textured, polished American Buffalo for strength and durability and our dry-milled American Buffalo leather to add softness where needed. Colonel trimmed the bag in polished American Steerhide and lined the front flap in Calfskin for an upgrade in style and luxury. It is a stand-out with its unique Y-strap front and cinch buckle closure.

Fitted with solid brass hardware and a distinctive copper rod under the top flap to help evenly distribute the weight of the bag when fully loaded. A rigid bottom with brass feet keeps the briefcase upright. An inside leather divider with pockets makes business cards, pens, phone, laptop, etc. easily accessible and organized. Serial numbered pommel shield* on the back pocket denotes exclusivity of the bag.

Once again, the Colonel has pulled out all the stops with the design of this beautiful, luxury bag. A few more features of functionality and style include:

  • Overall exterior dimensions are 16 ⅞” (W) x 13” (H) x 5” (D) at bottom
  • Interior dimensions are 16 ½” (W) x 12” (H) x 5” (D) at bottom
  • Unique Y-Strap front with a cinch buckle closure
  • Adjustable shoulder strap with comfort pad: 34 ½” – 42 ½”
  • Large 13 ⅞” (W) x 6 ⅞” (H) back pocket decorated with a serial-numbered pommel shield*
  • Inside leather divider with pockets for business cards, pens, phone, etc.
  • May be personalized with three block initials on brass plate under flap
  • Product packaging includes a protective cotton canvas drawstring bag with the Col. Littleton Cameo Logo.
  • Warranted

With this bag you’ll generate a commanding presence wherever you go.

When it comes to American Buffalo, Colonel says,
“Expect a leather that is unapologetically rugged with more character, nicks, scrapes and variations in color.”

*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.

Also available in Vintage Brown Polished Steerhide. Video above shows this version.

Learn more about our American Buffalo Leather

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All orders of $1,000 or more will be shipped Signature Required.

We will email your tracking number when your package leaves our facility. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns regarding your order at customerservice@colonellittleton.com


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14 reviews for No. 41 Commander Briefcase – Tobacco Brown American Buffalo

5.0 Rating
1-3 of 14 reviews
  1. Simply nothing like it….
    I wore out a leather bag from a European manufacturer and was looking for the next level up. This is it. It stands on its own to keep accessible. The metal closure is a joy to use and brings a smile to my face every time I close it with such ease and security. The bag devours my things while still looking svelte! I don’t like to leave things at home and it doesn’t compromise. Every where I go, people comment on the uniqueness of the bag and the two tone buffalo doesn’t disappoint. Best of all, assessing the quality of construction, the stitching, the hardware…there is simply no way to wear this bag out. I look forward to some patina on the bag so it becomes my own as I share some travel memories together. Well done, Colonel…and a delightful thank you to your team for such thoughtful notes included in the packaging. There’s something special going on here.

    • Carl, thank you so much for this stellar review! Your support means so much. The No. 41 Commander Briefcase is one of Colonel’s favorite projects due to its correlation to the restoration of his 1941 Dodge Command Car. We hope it serves you well for years to come.

  2. All i can say is Wow and Amazing! Keep in mind i am replacing a “briefcase/bag” that has travelled many miles and was a throw away from my son graduating from college who was moving on leaving all traces behind. The craftmanship is stunning and the capacity is exactly what i expected. i chose this bag because it had the capacity to stand when filled and had a few compartments. I travel like i am going camping–so i will need to scale back but this No 41 is exactly what i imagined it would be. Looking forward to putting miles on this baby and watching it turn to a well worn heirloom. Oh and it came in 3 days–Thank you!!

    • Hi Bill! It sounds like the No. 41 Commander Briefcase has had some big shoes to fill. We hope it continues to do so for years and years to come! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us and leaving such a kind review.

  3. If you are looking for a classic yet unique bag that will make a statement and last longer than you will, look no further. The craftsmanship and materials are as incredible as the service. Go for it!!!

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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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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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