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Col. Littleton No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase

This American steer hide leather briefcase pays tribute to the saddlebags carried by the U.S. cavalry in the 1850's. Front straps feature workable buckles and snap closures for fast access. Inside, you'll find front and back canvas dividers with pockets for pens, business cards, PDA, cell phone, etc. Plenty of room for your laptop as well. Leather briefcase comes with padded, adjustable shoulder strap. Solid brass D-ring for ID or luggage tag. Each bag bears a unique serial number. Leather briefcase in brown. 16"H including handle. Interior dimensions 12"H x 15"L x 4"D. USA.
Average Customer Rating:
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8 of 9(89%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Col. Littleton No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase
Review 1 for Col. Littleton No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good but Not Great,
June 15, 2012
By: JBJB
"This is obviously quality leather. It smells great, feels great, and looks great. There isn't a ton of room inside the bag, but it's definitely manageable. My biggest complaint is that, when wearing it with the shoulder strap, it looks like a huge tote bag. As with all Col Littleton bags, the attention to detail is unparalleled. But the design, for this guy, is a bit feminine; it's a tall bag, reminiscent of a large purse."
Review 2 for Col. Littleton No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Beautiful piece of gear,
June 13, 2012
By: aesopian
from Colorado
"I've owned some leather briefcases in the past and due to their poor quality over time I transitioned to canvas. I wanted to give leather another chance. I researched for months and came down to two companies, Col. Littleton and Saddleback Leather.
Final decision came to Col. Littleton's Saddlebag Briefcase. Soft, supple leather, lighter weight, sturdy, not to big, but large enough to handle everything I carry.
The leather is amazing. The canvas interior with the limited pockets space is just right. Helps you organize your small items. The design of the carry handle works opened or closed when you carry the bag and is very comfortable to hold. The front straps with buttons are easy to manage on a daily basis and through airport security. The shoulder strap is long enough to comfortably carry in multiple positions.
The buckle on the strap lightly scraped me when I first pulled it over my head, but that was a learning experience. It is a sharp (no pun intended) addition to the bag and is not uncomfortable.
I easily carry my 13" Macbook Air, iPad, power cables (bagged), magazine, work documents, water bottle, writing notebook and head phones. It gets tight with all of these items, but it also forces me to go light.
This is my first Col. Littleton product and will not be the last. The leather quality is top-notch. I made the right decision at the end of my research!"
Review 3 for Col. Littleton No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Leather bag,
May 14, 2011
By: PStrombo
"I liked the overall design, but found the closure strap fasteners sometimes difficult to snap. The workmanship is superb, but it did not meet my needs, so I returned it for the #35 Satchel."
Review 4 for Col. Littleton No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Instant Family Heirloom,
January 28, 2011
By: Otch
from Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
Good Value: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
"This bag is an absolute work of art. I started out with the Col. Littleton phone holster, which quickly aged into a wonderfully colored, soft supple hand piece. I then purchased the Col. Littleton Portfolio. Again, an instant classic. Then I did a thorough search for a new brief case. I researched all kinds of bags, from all kinds of manufacturers, and I simply could not find anything that looked as unique and classic as this piece. I have several old, beautiful black lawyer briefcases and bags. They are all high quality, with great elements. However, neither the black bags, nor other finished brown bags I have seen, age like this bag will. Every day I use it, it becomes more supple, and slowly develops darker “highlights”. I can walk into a meeting wearing a $1,000+ suit, but the only thing people comment on is this bag. The great thing about this bag is that it says so much about you. Even though I may be wearing an Italian suit, this bag instantly reveals that I love tradition, the outdoors, and the simpler things in life – like standing in the middle of a stream. I guaranty you will love this bag, and that you will pass it down to a child or grandchild one day – it will last that long and only grow better with age."
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Review 5 for Col. Littleton No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
You will never find better.....,
April 20, 2010
By: Ihatenicknames
from Cary, NC
Good Value: 
5 / 5
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"Is this expensive....Yes. Is it REALLY expensive....Yes. BUT I am sincerely honest when I say that it is more than worth it. The leather is simply art. The brass pieces are genuine and not plated. I get more compliments from this piece than any other case I have ever used. Take care of it and it will be with you for life."
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Review 6 for Col. Littleton No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Conversation Starter,
September 9, 2009
By: Ivvy
from London, England
Good Value: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Meets Expectations: 
5 / 5
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5 / 5
"After buying the Col. Littleton leather journal through Orvis UK I decided I had to buy his saddlebag briefcase and was not disappointed. The briefcase is the perfect size to comfortably carry a 15" laptop, A4 folder, leather journal, book and a couple of plastic folders so its perfect for business, if you need anything larger than this I suggest you buy the Col. Littleton Wooden Strong Box! The quality and attention to detail is excellent, the leather is top quality, thick and strong and I had my initials on the brass plaque. It attracts everybodies attention and is a conversation starter, no mean feat because I work in the City of London where $2,000.00 brief cases are standard issue. Thanks again Col. Littleton for this Americana classic."
Review 7 for Col. Littleton No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
High Quality Beautiful Bag,
August 22, 2009
By: TheAgent
from Fairhope, Alabama
Good Value: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Meets Expectations: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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3 / 5
3 / 5
"This is a beautiful work of art, and a high quality premium leather bag. I have had the bag for nearly 3 years now and it is extremely tuff. My only complaint is that the bag was smaller than I expected it to be and does no easily hold legal size files. For the price, I expected a little more in size and capacity. It can be a little difficult pulling folders, notebooks, larger items in and out of the bag. Because of the softer style leather used, it doesn't maintain a wide opening and requires a little more effort to place things in and take things out of the bag. However, that being said, I should have looked more closely on the measurements listed on the spec sheet, that is my own fault for not looking and considering that more closely. If this was a harder leather that held a more consistent form, it would probably be fine. I own multiple Col. Littleton Products, leather journals, portfolios, key chains, and more, and have loved them all! Great customer service, they really back their products and the quality can't be beat. The only reason why I would not rate this bag as excellent in every way is because of disappointment of size VS. the cost of the bag. Otherwise, I have looked at thousands of bags and besides one other company I recently found, this is the only bag that comes close to what I was looking for. I wanted very classic, vintage, product with supreme quality leather that would last forever and only look better as time went on, and this is it. I would love to see Col. Littleton offer a larger bag similar to this one, with thicker saddle leather, i would buy it! You won't find another company that takes any more pride in their products."
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Ratings-Only Reviews for Col. Littleton No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase
Based on the average of (2) ratings-only reviews
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Would recommend? Yes 2 out of 2