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tobacco brown american buffalo navigator briefcase on chair
tobacco brown american buffalo navigator briefcase on chair
american buffalo navigator briefcase on table
american buffalo navigator briefcase on table
american buffalo navigator briefcase on table
american buffalo navigator briefcase on table
american buffalo navigator briefcase on table
american buffalo navigator briefcase
american buffalo navigator briefcase on table

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.

(3 customer reviews)





  • Full-grain, polished American Buffalo leather – American Steerhide trim
  • Interior dimensions: 15.5”W x 10.5”H x 4”D (expanded)
  • Solid brass custom closure, hardware and personalizable plate
  • Serial-numbered brass pommel shield* on back
  • Adjustable (39” – 57”) shoulder strap with comfort pad
  • Convenient interior leather dividers and pockets fit all necessities
  • Made in America

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Leather No. 1943 Navigator Briefcase

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 Littleton

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: 15.5”W x 10.5”H x 4”D (expanded)
  • 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 dust bag with Colonel Cameo logo
  • Warranted

*Pommel Shield is seen in image #3. Historically, the pommel shield was used on U.S. Cavalry saddles to identify the seat size and, many times, the arsenal that supplied them.

Also available in Vintage Brown American Steerhide.

**Video shows steerhide model

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)

iPad® is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc.


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


    Great bag overall. It is on the small side. Don’t think you can fit a ton of stuff into it. Also the one that I received was much darker than the pictures show, more of a black color almost. Very classy and very well constructed.

  2. aguilarr040 (verified owner)

    I have been searching for a high quality, classic and rugged briefcase that could thrive in the boardroom and survive the hardships of everyday life and still provide me the opportunity to pass this down to my future grand children. The Navigator briefcase bot only checks all those boxes but also carries a phenomenal level of heritage and classic Americana pedigree. I look forward to using this for the next several decades and passing it down to kids kids generations beyond that. The grain and texture of the American Buffalo hide is a sight to see. Because I knew this is an heirloom quality brief case, I went ahead and had it engraved with my initials and could not be happier!!

  3. lescarpenito (verified owner)

    This briefcase, in and of itself, is a product that displays quality design and workmanship. This briefcase in the tobacco brown buffalo leather takes it over the top. The attention to detail and the sturdiness of the design makes this an heirloom piece that can be handed down. For now, it does comfortably hold my 17″ MacBook Pro, my iPad 12.9″ and my leather portfolio quite nicely.

  4. james.m.priest

    I just unboxed this little beauty and I can tell you it looks and feels even better now than it did when I first saw it in the store: no sacrifices in design or durability, form or function.

    If you want a briefcase that will look great and work great, something you can hand down to the generation after you, I would strongly encourage you to consider the Navigator.

  5. andre.jn.hinds (verified owner)

    I love this briefcase! The color is amazing and I have already been stopped and asked multiple times about my briefcase in the first few days of use. The quality of the leather is remarkable and the briefcase itself is very adjustable. I can carry my laptop, portable monitor, headphones and other work items with ease. Truly the perfect bag. Worth every penny.

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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 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.

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.