No. 83 Leather Book Bag – American Buffalo



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    • Full-grain, dry-milled American Buffalo
    • Dimensions: exterior (with handle)  20.5” x 16.25”, interior 17.5” x 12” x 4”, 4.65 lbs
    • Solid brass and copper hardware with personalizable plate
    • Adjustable shoulder strap: 34.5” – 42.5”
    • Interior divider for laptop, separate iPad®/tablet pocket
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Book Bag American Buffalo

Our traditional laptop/brief bag/ book bag American Buffalo goes way back in time when crafted in vegetable tanned buffalo leather. This rugged leather gives the military-inspired business bag even more vintage appeal as if a military officer actually carried it in WWII.

Made in the Col. Littleton Workshop of American Buffalo leather. Adjusting strap at the inside top enables you to adjust side panels in or out. Working buckle front closure can also be snapped for convenience. Solid brass hardware. Copper tube spine on top equally distributes the weight of the bag while accommodating the adjustable, removable shoulder strap and carrying handle.

Inside divider separates laptop from other contents. Special pocket for iPad®. Book Bag American Buffalo inside dimensions are 12″H x 17.5″W x 4″D. Solid brass serial-numbered I.D. plate under front flap. May be personalized on brass oval plate. Shoulder Strap Length: 34.5″-42.5″Bag Weight: 4.65lbs. Product packaging includes protective cotton canvas bag.

(U.S. Patent D646054)

iPad® is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc.

American Buffalo – “Expect a leather that is unapologetically rugged with more character, nicks, scrapes and variations in color.” ~ Colonel (Read more about American Buffalo Leather here)


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  1. Super nice bag. I am a convert. All of the Colonel’s items are top-notch.


  2. Patty was very helpful, knowledgeable and even delayed shipping for me so that I didn’t have to hide it overly long…..a surprise for a 65th birthday. The quality and workmanship overly exceeded my expectations. The leather, buffalo, is so beautifully rugged and broken in. Size is perfect for a lap top, kindle and a number of books and pads. Thank you for such a wonderful gift. Also, the last two digits of the serial number……same year as his birth year. Amazing coincidence (if you believe in coincidences).


  3. Simply: PERFECTION.
    The quality is superb and timeless.
    Thank you for an ‘old school” company.

    Magnolia (verified owner)

  4. If you’re a road warrior like me, briefcases don’t last long and are always stuffed to capacity. My old briefcase was dark inside, messy, and never big enough. As I walked through an airport with my old briefcase, I had to lean to keep it on my shoulder. The No. 83 Book Bag has the capacity to handle my needs, the ruggedness to absorb the miles, and the canvas interior is light enough to make it easy to see the contents. It also stays positioned on my shoulder thanks to the copper rod. Frankly, I was reluctant to buy it because of the cost; however, after using it I’m confident it was a wise investment and not a purchase. I’ve had other products from the Colonel over the years and they are all still holding up wonderfully. After a brief time with this new book bag, I’m sure I’ll be carrying it for years to come. Thanks to all the helpful folks in Lynville. Keep “Striving to bestellar.” It seems to be working.


  5. My no 83 was delivered today and WOW! First let me say that I’m not the kind of guy that would usually spend this kind of money on a bag, but some good fortune allowed me a treat and again, WOW! This bag holds a lot more than I thought it would. The pictures on the website do not do it justice. The attention to detail and quality craftsmanship are unequaled. I have no doubt that I will pass this bag to my grandchildren. Thanks Col

    evans.raymondk (verified owner)

  6. This was my first purchase from Col. Littleton- I am now a convert. This bag is very functional with the internal pockets and carries a surprising amount of cargo. This is now my every day carry.


  7. No. 83 was given to me as a gift from my parents who are living in Europe. They called Col. Littleton to arrange the shipping and the personalizing. The next day, they decided to have the bag overnighted and the gals in the shop were very happy to accommodate.

    Since the bag was a surprise gift, you can imagine the audible jaw-dropping when I pulled the bag from the careful packaging, linen bag, etc. The buffalo hide was incredible! Absolutely beautiful. The hardware, personalizing and overall quality was top-notch! I have been using the bag for two months and continue to get compliments on the quality and look.

    I love the copper rod. It distributes the weight of the bag evenly which allows it to hang on my shoulder without sliding off.

    The bag can deceptively carry more than you would think from outside appearance. I carry: laptop, electronic accessory bag, iPad, notebook and 40 oz. Hydroflask.

    It is a bag that will transcend my career and will be passed down to another generation.

    Absolutely love this bag!


  8. I recently purchased the No. 83 Book Bag in American Buffalo, post graduation, prior to entering the workforce. I went into the store and asked them to hold one that I particularly liked until I got paid at the end of the month. Needless to say, they honored their word and worked with me until I was ready to purchase the bag – this leads me to commend their incredibly polite, helpful and hospitable customer service. Further, I compared the regular no.83 book bag side-by-side to the American buffalo and there was no question in my mind that the American buffalo bag was worth the extra $50. The buffalo leather grain is much more pronounced and impressive than the regular cow leather; the fibers are much thicker and more widely spaced. To conclude this, rather wordy, review, the craftsmanship on this bag is impeccable. It is undeniable that meticulous care and effort goes into each and every major and minor detail of the bag. The end result is a beautiful bag, with premium brass and copper accents. The two big pockets can easily fit a laptop 15″ or smaller and three small pockets can fit a phone, pencils, calculator or whatever you need for a day at the office. The spacious main compartment can fit many books, a rain jacket, small umbrella or anything you can think of, within reason. Not to mention the many compliments I receive on the bag anywhere I go. 10/10, Colonel Littleton, I would highly recommend to any friend or bystander.


  9. The quality and strength of this bag is second to none. I looked at a lot of different bags from various manufacturers but the No. 83 stood out. There is ample space inside and the dividers are just right for keeping items separate and in place. I expected to get a quality bag but I was still amazed when I opened the box. The smell of leather, the texture and feel, the hardware, and the stitching are, well, perfect! I purchased the No. 83 in American Buffalo because I wanted a bag no one else had. When I took it to work the first time, two people commented about how great the bag looked, and this was during the walk from my car to the office. This isn’t one of those sissy New York bags, this is a man’s bag.

    gwilmot (verified owner)

  10. What do you buy for the man who has everything ? Thank you Col. Littleton my husband is in love with this bag. The gift was a big hit. The quality is exceptional. It has a rich and vintage style that stands out compared to the other bags I was looking at. Your making the right choice if your considering this bag.

    suesanoconnor (verified owner)

  11. This is the Col. Littleton product that I rely on, use and love the most. The size is great and it really has become my mobile office.I have all the files, computer, books, etc. right at hand, everywhere I go. I picked mine out at the store in Lynnville and went with the Buffalo hide because…why not? Though I know several others have the same bag from the Colonel, it feels and truly is, “one-of-a-kind.” I’ll have it for as long I’m alive. The strap, on one end, has stretched a little more than the other due to the weight I’ve placed in the bag but it functions perfectly. No complaints from me. Great product and especially if you have a small office/no office; you can definitely justify the value to invest in this bag. DJ


  12. I’ve been looking at this bag for almost a year. I finally decided to go for it and order. It arrived today and I am more than pleased. I immediately put all my stuff in it (laptop, iPad, cords, binder) and it fits perfectly. The leather looks and feels great. Great addition to my collection of the iPad cover and portfolio. Customer service is above and beyond. They know what they are doing and it is well worth the money spent for something that will last a lifetime.

    ronmorton17111 (verified owner)

  13. Simply an outstanding bag. It has enough space to handle a full days worth of items, yet still manages to avoid being a “bulky” bag for carry. The build quality is second to none. I get complements on the unique design and appearance of the bag all of the time.


  14. I have wanted one of these bags for a long time, and finally purchased one recently. I love the bag; plenty big enough for my 15″ laptop several file folders and all of the extras that you need to take along with your laptop (external disk drive, power supply, etc.) I catch people staring at the bag all the time in the airport. So far, now questions about it, but that will come; I’m certain of it. I’ll be glad to tell them where they can get one too.

    Rodger (verified owner)

  15. Well it took almost a lifetime but I now own my dream bag for sure!! Because of my situation, I saved for a long while to be able to get this bag. I am sitting here watching gunsmoke holding my bag and dreaming that I live in Dodge City . I am happy as I can be for sure!!!

    sruppel (verified owner)

  16. This is a great everyday back for anyone who uses a laptop on a day to day basis. Upon reviewing the bag, you can tell that they put great thought into the design of the back and the quality of materials that they used in designing and building the bag. The straps and buckles are in the ideal spots and the flap covers the opening completely. The bag’s leather is durable and will be a bag that I will use for years to come. My only thought suggestion would be to add a few more sizable pockets for power adapters and other computer accessories.


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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.

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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.

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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.