No. 5 Grip Bag – Tobacco Brown American Buffalo

Travel in style with this leather Gladstone inspired duffel bag in American Buffalo.

  • Full-grain American Buffalo with American Steerhide trim, fully lined in soft Calfskin
  • Serial numbered
  • Dimensions: 12 ½” (H) x 20 ½” (W) x 9” (D)
  • Adjustable shoulder strap with comfort pad
  • Hidden interior pocket under removable panel
  • Solid brass hardware, feet, and personalizable plate



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Gladstone-Style Inspired Travel Bag

“While rummaging through my collection of vintage travel grip bags, I came upon an old Gladstone Bag which rekindled my long-standing desire to make one.  Named after four-time Prime Minster of the UK, William Gladstone, the bag was prevalent in the late 1800s/early 1900s.  I had always shied away from making it due to the complexity of the design; however, I loved the look so much I decided to muster up some turn-of-the-century British fortitude and go for it.”

– Colonel Littleton

Functionality and Design 

Made in the Col. Littleton Workshop of wonderfully textured, full-grain, Tobacco Brown American Buffalo and detailed with unique, sweeping, curvilinear styling, it will definitely not go unnoticed on your travel circuit.  The No. 5 Grip is trimmed in our Vintage Brown American Steerhide, which shows off the curvilinear styling to perfection.  It’s just as nice on the inside since Colonel has fully lined it in soft Calfskin.

Keeping with the Gladstone protocol, Colonel kept the hinged-frame design which allows it to open wide and pack easily, and added an adjustable shoulder strap with comfort pad for the convenience of today’s traveler.

Leather straps encircle the bag, culminating on top with buckle closures.  Convenient carry handles.  Brass feet on the bottom protect the bag from wear.  Solid brass hardware.  Hidden 7 ¾”H x 9 ⅝”W pocket under bottom inside, removable panel has space for recording your name and the year you purchased or received the bag for future generations. Product packaging includes a protective cotton canvas drawstring bag with the Col. Littleton Cameo Logo.

May be personalized with three block initials on brass plate.  For extra distinction, the bag is serial numbered on a brass plate on top of the bag.  There’s no way you’ll be able to carry this bag through the airport without someone commenting on it.  This bag is stunning in beauty and quality and definitely stands out in a crowd.

Tobacco Brown American Buffalo Leather Travel Grip Bag – Overall dimensions: 12 ½” (H) x 20 ½” (W) x 9” (D)

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

Also available in American Steerhide. Video above shows this version.

Learn more about our American Buffalo Leather.

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16 reviews for No. 5 Grip Bag – Tobacco Brown American Buffalo

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  1. This bag is absolutely beautiful! I view it as a work of art. The quality of the bag is better than anything I have ever seen and I have preference for top of the line merchandise. This one is over the top beautiful! Worth every dollar I paid for it.

    • Thank you so much for your kind review and support! We hope that your No. 5 Grip is cherished for years to come.

  2. Looked very carefully and diligently at the No. 5 grip bag. Was initially hesitant to make on online purchase at $2,000 plus without viewing the bag for size and quality. I was so intrigued by its good looks that I decided to take a trip to Lynnville, Tennessee to see it in person, I was not disappointed. The 4 hour trip was well worth the travel time. I was nearby in No. Carolina on a golf trip from NJ. The bag is superb in its construction and quality. Details are impeccable and the bag is exquisite. The Colonel’s shop is also a delight to see. Filled with the scent of newly made leather bags and accessories it was hard to leave without picking up a few other ideas for gifts or purchases. So looking forward to “wearing” it in. My grandson has his eye on it, but I have asked for his patience. Based on the durable looks of the bag he will have to get by on anticipation or a future college graduation gift.

  3. Out of ten stars I’d give it one hundred. Never have I thought the build quality of something can be so great to the point that it completely creates a whole new standard on its own. To be in detail, every stitch is perfect and I’ve tried to look to find a flaw, it’s almost not even human. The leather is thick and will need a real long break in. It reminds me of a old well made baseball glove but a bag. Even all the brass parts are real brass and is stamped “solid brass” no fake color coating. Inside calfskin is incredible and soft yet very durable. You can really tell, from even the box it’s sent in, the dust bag, the yarn used to stitch to even the smallest detail, it is to the highest standard I have ever seen or owned anything in. I own some nice things. But this really makes all things I have ever felt seen, or touch look cheap. Now, keep in mind it is very heavy and yes it’s expensive. But you will have this for your entire life even if you tried to mess it up. The shoulder strap is so comfortable and is so old school. It’s really overbuilt and made to last. Worth every penny. It is a head turner and it makes a lot of people wonder what in the hell is America doing not making things like this, like it used to be. Support this company. The customer service was so respectful and kind. I have no words. Yes it’s just bag, but at this level it becomes a family piece for many others after you. I also own a belt and a luggage tag and it’s worth it. You get this and you’ll never have to get another. It makes me proud to see a made in the USA stamp on this. This, is how it’s supposed to be done. With rugged class and quality all. It’s like old well made german things. It’s just another type of level. This company is another in its own league. So glad I purchased this. The price being 1800 is actually very fair.

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Colonel sitting on steps, holding Tobacco Brown American Buffalo No. 3 Grip Bag, looking directly at viewer

Our Warranty

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.

Three kinds of full-grain leather hides overlapping. In order left to right: Vintage Brown American Steerhide, Brown American Alligator, and Tobacco Brown American Buffalo
Man working with hand leather tools on an antique wood stump work station

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.

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