No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase – Tobacco Brown American Buffalo

Stand out with this timeless WWII-inspired full-grain American Buffalo leather briefcase. Meticulously handcrafted in America.

  • Full-grain, polished American Buffalo leather with American Steerhide trim
  • Serial-numbered brass pommel shield on back
  • Interior dimensions: 15 ½” (W) x 10 ½” (H) x 4” expanded (D)
  • Adjustable shoulder strap: 39” – 57”
  • Solid brass custom closure, hardware and personalizable plate



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WWII-inspired, Made in America

This Leather Navigator Briefcase exudes confidence. With its unmatched craftsmanship, superior construction, quality materials and timeless design, you’ll never want or need another bag. Roomy, expandable, WWII-inspired with the functionality you need for everyday carry. There’s no way this bag will be overlooked – watch heads turn as you carry the Navigator to and from the office, meetings, airport, and everywhere your travels carry you.

Personalize the brass oval plate on the lower front, and make it undeniably yours.

“My office is inundated with relics from the past, and I’m probably chief among them. Military artifacts especially seem to find a home with me. I’d been looking at an old, official Army-issue World War II Navigator’s Bag (circa 1943) in my office for years. The design seemed timeless; and with all the compartments inside, I thought it would be a perfect fit for today’s busy executive.”

– Colonel

Construction & Features

Handmade and individually inspected at the Col. Littleton Workshop in Lynnville TN, USA. Features Colonel’s beautifully-textured, full-grain, polished American Buffalo in rich Tobacco Brown with polished American Steerhide trim. Minimal processing allows the bag’s natural leather to develop its own character and patina. This executive leather briefcase will only look better with time and regular use.

The Navigator anticipates your every need. The body of the briefcase expands with adjustable side gussets to accommodate necessities. Straps with workable buckles securely wrap around the bag and also have snap closures for easy access. Two interior leather dividers give you a total of three deep pockets. A leather pocket on the front of the first divider holds your iPad®, pen, business cards and other necessities. The adjustable, detachable shoulder strap with comfort pad is an upgrade to this bag’s ancestors – WWII navigators would surely have appreciated this convenience in addition to the handle for longer treks.

Perhaps the most exclusive feature of this incredible leather briefcase is the custom designed, solid brass closure – designed and manufactured by Colonel Littleton himself on a kick press from the 1800s.

  • Interior dimensions: 15 ½” (W) x 10 ½” (H) x 4” expanded (D)
  • Adjustable shoulder strap: 39” – 57”
  • Unique solid brass closure, designed by Colonel especially for the No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase
  • Serial numbered brass pommel shield* on the back denotes its exclusivity
  • Personalizable solid brass oval plate on the lower front
  • Product packaging includes a protective cotton canvas drawstring bag with the Col. Littleton Cameo Logo.
  • Warranted

*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.

Read more about the History of the Navigator Briefcase. Also available in American Alligator or Vintage Brown American Steerhide.

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

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8 reviews for No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase – Tobacco Brown American Buffalo

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  1. Where else can you own a product that makes you think of your WWII Navigator father every time you see it or use it & you want to tell everyone about it?!!! Own it! You will be very happy!!!

  2. The product is stellar! No doubt about it – you’ll be happy with this bag if you get one. If you can make it to Giles County, TN, do that too. Stop next door and try the burgers. Colonel Littleton is the best! Just picked up my bag today. It’s first rate. Love it!

  3. Absolutely Phenomenal! Ordered on Friday and my Buffalo Briefcase arrived today. It is gorgeous; better than I expected. The craftsmanship is superb! I’ll be able to pass this down to my kids/grandkids when I’m fully retired.

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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
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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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