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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 Minister 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 Vintage Brown Leather and detailed with unique, sweeping, curvilinear styling, it will definitely not go unnoticed on your travel circuit.
Keeping with the Gladstone protocol, Colonel kept the hinged-frame design which allows it to open wide and pack easily, and added a shoulder strap for the convenience of today’s traveler.
Leather straps encircle the bag, culminating on top with buckle closures. Convenient carry handles. Brass feet on bottom protect the bag from wear. Fully lined in soft pigskin. 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. This bag is also available in Tobacco Brown American Buffalo
May be personalized with three block initials on brass plate.
Vintage Brown Leather Travel Grip Bag – Overall dimensions 12.5″ H x 20.5″ W x 9″ D
*Video shows No. 5 Grip in American Buffalo discontinued color.
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.
We are so delighted with this bag. It is beautiful and functional. The quality is exceptional. We look forward to using it for years.
As a long time customer of the Colonel I can say without hesitation that all of my items are beyond expectation in quality and craftsmanship. In this day and age it is rare that you find anyone who truly exceeds their customer expectations and I can say whole heartily that all the items I have been fortunate to either receive as gifts or that I purchased directly from the Colonel do just that!
My wife got me a new no. 5 grip for our 30th anniversary. MAN I can say there is no compromise on quality and craftsmanship put into my new grip bag! As with all my Colonel Littleton products, I am constantly being stopped by people I know (and complete strangers) asking to see my bag, and where did I get it? What a stunner! I expect this bag to become a family heirloom someday… yes, it’s that great,
Always wanted a Gladstone bag but the ones I found were either too worn or banged up or way too expensive so I decided to treat myself this past Christmas and purchased this bag. My first impression was “WOW!”. It came very well protected and packaged. i love the look, feel and smell of leather and this bag does not disappoint. Workmanship and quality is impressive. The bag has quite a bit of heft to it and the stitching is exquisite with double stitching along stress points. The leather itself is of a high quality and every time I pick it up or move it adds more and more character to it throughout. The brass hardware is very heavy duty and I’m sure will stand up to years of use. The leather carrying handles are equally robust and feel fantastic. The leather carrying strap is reminiscent of my sling on my M1 Garand. I have been planning cross country road trips and look forward to using this bag extensively on those. I am so enamoured with this bag that I plan on getting the buffalo hide one in the near future. Thank you Col. Littleton for a great American made product which I am sure will become a family heirloom.
I travel; a lot. I’ve been a loyal customer of the Colonel for years, but my purchases have been limited to accessories mostly. As a frequent traveler, it was time for me to upgrade to premium quality travel accoutrements. To be sure that this bag was right for me, I flew from New England to Nashville, and then drove to Lynnville just to see it. Let me tell you, this bag is everything it appears to be and much more! It’s beautifully made, delightful to look at functional, and has enough space for a 2-3 day trip, (depending on how you pack.) Other travelers have stopped me in the airport to ask about the bag, even the TSA officers who see thousands of bags have remarked on how nice it is. The bag is everything I expected it to be and then some. If you have a chance to get to Lynnville, take it. The Colonel, and his staff (Joyce & Charlene) couldn’t have been more genteel, professional, and helpful. I left the store feeling like I was visiting old friends.