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“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
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 7.75”H x 9.63”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 dust bag with the Colonel 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 12.5”H x 20.5”W x 9”D.
This item is also available in American Steerhide. Video above shows this version.
When it comes to American Buffalo, Colonel says,
“Expect a leather that is unapologetically rugged with more character, nicks, scrapes and variations in color.”
(Read more about American Buffalo Leather here)
*Video shows discontinued American Buffalo color for the No. 5 Grip.
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.
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.
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.
I received this as a gift from my wife and all I can say is WOW! This is the Rolex of bags! The quality is mind blowing, the attention to the small details that are on this art piece are amazing! I will definitely be adding more products to my Col Littleton collection.
Premium product. Heirloom quality.
Serial number 114. I was hesitant about dropping $1800 on a leather bag but when I did and I opened the packaged I knew I made the right choice. The bag is literally beautifully crafted. Each stick placed with precision and artistry. The bag is beautiful and can surpassingly fit a lot of stuff in it. Enough for a 4 day trip. Can’t wait to see it age and last my lifetime.
So, on the surface this may not seem to start out as a great review; stay with me, as it absolutely is a STELLAR one!
Let me share a story about a trip that started out….well…”ugh”. I recently purchased the No. 5 “Gladstone” grip in Tobacco. As a normal rule, I NEVER check bags in when traveling by air. However, whilst heading overseas on a recent excursion, I REALLY wanted to bring my new No. 5 grip and my No. 41 Commander Briefcase in Tobacco plus my No. 2 Leather Shaving Kit and my No. 33 Notepad with me. Thus, I took a spinner to check under with my suits and carried the other bags myself.
Even though I was traveling First Class, I lost 37 mins of my life that I’ll never get back waiting in line to check the spinner. And then I was told that I had missed the checked-baggage window by three minutes, so my spinner might be delayed. Having lost time there (and possibly my spinner), I now had to rush to the flight through airport security, customs, et al.
So here is where it gets better.
I always dress for the occasion and do my best to be presentable. In this instance, I wore a black turtleneck with dark jeans, dress shoes, and a charcoal gentleman’s overcoat. I’d loaded up both the No. 5 and the No. 41 just in case of luggage delay, so they were not light. That said, I don’t mind the exercise. It just so happens that I did not need to worry about that because…..
– The TSA Inspector saw my bags, complimented me on them and my dress stating “It’s atypical to see a ‘gentleman’ like you flying nowadays; you look very nice, and that bag is amazing! Thanks for reminding me why I do this line of work!”, and he passed me through security rapidly.
– Whilst walking with the bags, a Porter actually stopped me saying “Sir, is that a Gladstone? I haven’t seen those in a spell! Can I help Sir carry his bags to his flight?”. I wanted to say no as I could do it myself, but clearly he wanted to help and thus we chatted about all the great gear I get from the Colonel.
– Aboard the first leg of the flight, I learned with horror that the No. 5 clearly would not fit in the small commuter plane overhead. However, upon seeing the bag, the Flight Attendant quickly said “Yeah, No: We are soooo not checking that under! If you are ok with it, I’ll store it with our bags up front. Would you care for a Mimosa while we handle that for you, Sir?”
– Upon my arrival in the UK, I was met at my hotel by a Porter who said something I shall never forget: “Sir, when an American honors British tradition like this (acknowledging the No. 5), it’s a fine day indeed.” And I found myself taken care of my entire stay to include a suite upgrade.
Will the same happen to you should you get this bag? Who am I to say. Everyone’s story will be unique, and this is mine. What I can say is that I absolutely adore this (and every other Col Littleton) bag! Is it heavy when loaded? Yes. Could I travel lighter with a spinner? Probably. Are there less expensive choices available in the marketplace. Sure. But….I DON’T CARE. As with most of the Colonel’s wares, they satisfy “wants” verses “needs”. What I want is to carry a piece of history that is reminiscent of simpler and nobler times. Each item of my personal Col Littleton collection tells its own story about me, how I choose to live, and the impeccable essence of appreciating quality at its finest. As I write this, I have my No. 33 notepad open for drafting some business To-Dos, my No. 5 grip is open wide ready to be unloaded, my No. 2 Shaving Kit is hanging smartly in the restroom ready for my straight razor shave before dinner, and my No. 41 Commander’s Bag is by my desk awaiting my next ask of the evening.
Life, my friends, is good. Be brave, be bold, and be blessed.