VINTAGE LEVIS 501 BIG E REDLINE SELVAGE LEATHER TAG. PRE WWII? 38 X 27 MUST CSee original listing
May 22, 2012 18:06:51 PDT
Long Island, New York, United States
|Size:||38X27||Shade:||Dark Blue, Navy|
|Vintage Type:||True Vintage||Era:||1930-1946 (Depression, WWII)|
For Auction is an awesome pair of vintage Levis 501 jeans. Big E. Redline selvage. Leather tag.
The size on the tag states 40 x 30, but they actually measure 38 x 27. These pants
are in great condition and show almost no wear. Someone sewed buttons on the inside
of the waist so they could be worn with suspenders.
I believe they are pre WWII as opposed to post WWII. I could be mistaken, but
if any fellow ebayers out there can enlighten me, it would be appreciated.
Any questions, please contact me. Thank you.
A fellow ebayer was kind enough to give me the following information on these jeans:
I belive these are WW2 Levis due to the lack of watch pocket rivets and the fact that the back pockets painted on stitching has worn off, however they are unusual in the fact that they have the regular Levis zinc buttons as most WW2 Levis had donut hole buttons and usually the top button had a laurel leaf design, also the front rivets usully had plain steel backs to them, but during WW2 there were lots of variant's coming out of the factories, the fronts of the rivets are plain with no LS&CO stamped on them, so yes I am pretty confident that these were made somewhere between 1941 and 1946,
HISTORY OF THE LEVI’S
1853 Levi Strauss arrives in San Francisco and opens a wholesale dry
goods business, selling clothing, blankets, handkerchiefs, etc. to
small general stores throughout the American West.
1872 Jacob Davis, a Reno Nevada tailor, writes to Levi Strauss, telling him
about the process he invented to rivet the pocket corners on men’s
pants to make them stronger. He suggests the two men take out a
patent on the process together and Levi agrees.
1873 Levi Strauss & Jacob Davis are granted a patent on the process
of riveting pants by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on May 20.
It is patent number 139,121 and this is the invention of the blue jean.
The pants - called “waist overalls” - have one back pocket with the
Arcuate stitching design, a watch pocket, a cinch, suspender buttons
and a rivet in the crotch. We don’t know the origin of the Arcuate
stitching design. Stories about it representing the wingspread of a
bird are myths; the loss of our records in 1906 (see below) makes it
impossible to know why the stitching was first used. There may have
been a tradition of pocket stitching on men’s workwear but this has
not been found in any research done so far. The cinch and
suspender buttons were standard on men’s pants. Keep in mind that
we did not invent the cut or fit of the waist overalls; what we did was
take traditional men’s work pants and rivet them, creating the new
category of workwear which we today call blue jeans.
The pants are made of 9 oz. XX blue denim, which comes from the
Amoskeag Mill in Manchester, New Hampshire
They are sewn in San Francisco, probably in a combination of factory
production and home sewing. Because of the loss of historical
in the 1906 earthquake and fire we don’t yet know when the first
factories were opened. It’s also possible we leased factory space in
the 1870 and then opened our own factories in the 1880s.
1886 The Two Horse
brand leather patch is first used on the waist
overalls. Its purpose was to demonstrate the strength of the pants
and reinforce our status as the originator of patent riveted clothing.
We knew that the patent would go into the public domain around 1890
and decided to reinforce our message of originality and strength
graphically. There may also have been a tradition of some sort of
patch on men’s workwear at this time, but this has been hard to
c1927 Cone Mills develops the 10 oz. red selvage denim exclusively for the
501® jeans. The denim is woven in 29” wide looms.
1936 The red Tab is first placed onto the right back pocket of the overalls. The
is stitched in white in all capital letters on one side only.
The Tab is created to differentiate Levi’s® overalls from the many
competitors in the marketplace who were using dark denim and an
Arcuate stitch. We had not yet trademarked the Arcuate so other
companies were using it in direct imitation of us.
1937 The back pockets on the overalls are sewn so that they cover
the rivets. This is in response to consumers who complained that the
rivets scratched furniture and saddles.
The suspender buttons are removed from the overalls. Consumers are
given snap-on buttons in case they still want to wear suspenders.
World Changes are made to the overalls in order to conform to rules
War II set by the War Production Board for the conservation of raw materials.
The crotch rivet, watch pocket rivets and back cinch are removed to save
fabric and metal. The Arcuate stitching design is removed as the thread is
decorative only and not vital to the usefulness of the garment. In order to
keep the design on the pants, LS&CO. sewing machine operators paint it
on each pair.
1943 The Arcuate stitching design is registered as a trademark.
c1947 The post-war version of the 501® jeans starts coming off the production
line. The cinch is gone forever, the rivets are put back on the watch
pocket and the Arcuate is now stitched with a double-needle machine
which gives it the “diamond” shape at the point where the two lines
of stitching meet. This creates the uniform look of the Arcuate, which
is in contrast to previous years, when the single needle application
gave each Arcuate design a unique appearance, depending on the skill
of the operator.
Early 1950s The word LEVI’S is now stitched on both sides of the red Tab. We are
not sure why this was done.
1954 A zippered version of the overalls is introduced and named 501Z. This
was introduced as we had begun selling our products on the East Coast
of the United States and many people were unfamiliar with the button
Late 1950s The leather patch is replaced by a Two Horse patch made of heavy-duty
card stock, known as the “leather like.” This is due to the fact that the
company was selling products nationally, and it was becoming more
expensive to use real leather. Also, the newer automatic washing
machines were very hard on the real thing.
1960 The word “overalls” is replaced by the word “jeans” in advertising and on
packaging. We had made other products in the past which we called
“jeans” (specifically, denim pants for boys in the 1930s) but our top of the
line “overalls” – 501® jeans – did not get this name until teenagers began
calling the product “jeans” in the 1950s. No one really knows why the
word became associated with the men’s overalls, but teenagers adopted
the phrase and it became the term used by all manufacturers.
c1961 Pre-shrunk Levi’s
jeans are introduced.
1964 The jeans become part of the permanent collections of the Smithsonian
Institution in Washington, D.C.
1966 The first television commercial for Levi’s
jeans is aired.
The rivets are removed from the back pockets and replaced with
bar tacking. This is due to the fact that the strong rivets eventually wore
through the denim, exposing them and causing the problems that led to
their being covered back in 1937: scratching furniture.
1971 The word “Levi’s
on the red Tab device is now stitched in white
with a capital “L” only; the “E” looks like it changed, leading to the vintage
clothing concept of “Big E” and “little e.” This was done to
conform to the company’s new housemark – the “batwing” – which was
adopted in 1967 and in which the word “Levi’s” is meant to be the proper
name of our founder, Levi Strauss.
jeans for women are introduced, with the airing of the famous
“Travis” television commercial.
1983 Cone Mills begins to introduce XXX denim through the use of 60” wide
1984 The renowned “501 Blues” television advertising campaign is launched at
the summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
1985 LS&CO. wins the Governor’s Committee Media/Advertising Award
from the New York State Office of Advocates for the Disabled, for
its positive portrayals of disabled people in the “501 Blues” television
1986 The first in a series of innovative television commercials for the 501
jeans airs in Europe. These commercials feature classic American rock
music mixed with nostalgia and romance.
1992 Due to the interest in “vintage” Levi’s
jeans on the part of consumers
worldwide, LS&CO. introduces the “Capital E” jean in the United States.
This also follows on the success of the vintage model created earlier by
Levi Strauss Japan.
1993 Levi Strauss & Co. sponsors the “Send Them Home Search,” a contest to
find the oldest pair of Levi’s
jeans in the United States. The winning
pair dates to the late 1920s.
1996 Building on the success of the Capital E product, a new series of vintage
reproductions - called the Levi’s
Vintage Clothing line - is introduced in
1997 LS&CO. buys a pair of c1890 501® jeans for $25,000.
1998 The Levi’s
501 jeans celebrate 125 years of originality.
2003 LS&CO. celebrates the 130th
anniversary of the invention of the blue jean