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This is a Coach Colebrooke Briefcase which is not often found in Red. It's a perfect for the Holiday or for a power lunch. The bag is in very good condition. The Creed has orderly creed registration number M4C-5181.

A Coach Colebrooke is difficult to find in the vintage bag market. If you search for a similar styled bag you are more likely to find the more common Coach Metropolitan briefcase. Both have the full length gusseted pocket under a front flap, turn lock closure, adjustable detachable strap and top leather handle. However, the Metropolitan is a 'legal' as opposed to a 'letter' sized briefcase and the primary difference is the Colebrooke is only 13 inches long while the Metropolitan is 16 inches long. I think the reason for the introduction of a 'letter sized' briefcase is because back in the day (1976) when I started practicing law court documents had to be 'legal' sized which meant they had to be on paper 14" by 8.5". The court's would reject documents if they were presented on 8.5" by 11" 'letter' sized paper. So most of the briefcases were designed to fit the legal sized documents. Most court systems changed their rules in the 80's and early 90's to drop the 'legal' size document requirement in favor of the 'letter' sized requirement.

The size difference means this bag is lighter than other briefcases. However, it also means that a larger laptop will not fit in this bag. However, it will fit most 14 and 15 inch laptops. According to a major producer of laptop sleeves, most 14" & 15" laptops are 12.5" long and 9.5" wide and will fit easily into this bag. ( Here is a link to a site that has measurements for some of the more popular brand laptops http://www.skinit.com/device-skins/laptop-skins ) However, laptops 15.4 inches and above may be too long to fit in the Colebrooke and you may want to look at larger bags if you own a larger laptop.

This Colebrooke case has creed style number: M4C- 5181. The 1994 Coach Catalog shows this red Colebrooke and states:


No. 5181 $294. Letter-size briefcase. Full-length open back pocket. Full-length gusseted front pocket under flap. Inside zipper pocket. Top leather handle. 45 inch adjustable shoulder strap with shoulder pad detaches. 13 ½” x 11" x 3". Red shown. Black, Bottle Green, British Tan, Mahogany. (see listing in the Collage photo number 5 above showing this listing and another listing worn by a model with the strap fully extended)

Condition of case:

This case is in very good condition. It has no rips, tears or holes. It is very clean inside and out. However, like most bags this age it has some scuffs and scratches but very few. Scuffing is primarily found on the beading. A leather cleaner and conditioner known as 'Leather CPR' will reduce these scuffs.

If you would like some other style or size please visit our shop. We have acquired a wide variety of briefcases and attaches from Coach, Hartmann and other manufacturers. Please visit my shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ProVintageGear for similar products from high end manufacturers.

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  • Vintage item
  • Materials: Supple red glove tanned leather, Solid brass hardware, solid brass turn lock, detachable adjustable leather strap, solid brass lobster claw strap clips, light weight letter size briefcase, Laptop IPad Case, gusseted compartment under flap, Rear full length leather slip pocket, Interior zipper pocket, 13 and a half by 11 and a half by 3 inches
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