Vintage Levis


Want a pair of really vintage jeans? These Levis are over 100 years old!
This old pair of LEVI'S were found in a mine in the Rand Mining District, on the Mojave Desert,. California. They are covered in candlewax from the candle's the miner was using to light the tunnel he was working in. They were found with and old paper bag with the name of a mercantile store which operated between 1895 and 1898 in the town or Randsburg. Their was also a gunny sack with the initials A.P.K. and Randsburg marked on it. A.P.K. is through to be Adam P. Kuffel who was a partner in the mercantile store.

With less than a day to go on the eBay auction, the bidding is over $15,000. In case you are wondering, the size is W34 x L33. You can assume they are prewashed, but they aren't all that clean. Link -via YesButNoButYes

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i retract the statement about the cinch back. the ebay picture shows them. oh and also that pair only has one back pocket, typical from that era.
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it seems somewhat legit. it has the buttons for suspenders, no belt loops (those didnt come till a few decades later), from what you can see there are studs for buttons on the back waist also which means it predates the cinch back, the left leg shows some twisting (which usually happened to earlier makes of levis), one of the earliest surviving pair of 501s are from 1901 and this is found in cali nonetheless. they actually did have sizes back then but fit smaller by todays standards. eg a pair of 501s from 1947 that are w32 l34 would translate to a w30 l33 today (i have a pair of deadstock repo 1947s). referring to the coin pocket, its not actually a coin pocket but a watch pocket. having that said it's either these are very very good repos from that time period or its the real deal.
levis is actually know for buying back vintage capital E era jeans so they can display them in their museum.
i used to work for levis, that's how i know all this needless info. it does seem legit
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The pocket in the front right was not a "coin pocket", but a watch pocket - a place to put your pocket watch.

Miners went without pants all the time in the mines - like steel workers, they worked hard and they played hard.

I doubt the story. They may have "found" them in the mine, but that doesn't mean they didn't place them there themselves.
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