Dating vintage leather jackets
If they’re made from selvedge denim, noticeable by a visible selvedge finish on the outseam, then your 501’s would have been produced in 1985 or earlier.
According to former Levi’s XX Head Designer Miles Johnson, the Two Horse brand made use of selvedge denim up until 1985.
The following information is not based on facts, but on research carried out by myself and other collectors worldwide, sharing knowledge with each other.
As always, we’re aiming to be as accurate as possible, but bear in mind, that there are no rules without exceptions.
The jean today is, although a different piece of garment entirely to the nineteenth-century waist overall, still referred to by its Lot number: .
Due to an earthquake and fire in 1906 which destroyed the Levi Strauss & Co.
The Levi’s 501 is slowly approaching its 150th birthday.
If your non-selvedge 501’s have an orange overlock stitch, they’ll likely have been produced between 1981-84.
We invite you to take a walk down memory lane of the history of the 501, from its inception through every major variation, all the way to its current form today. I mean, it doesn’t actually – but for the sake of dating your 501’s a decipherable Two Horse brand patch will tell you a lot about when your 501’s were produced.
The Two Horse brand patch was implemented in 1886, sixteen years after Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patented the copper-riveted If you’re lucky enough (or just willing to spend the amount of money) to acquire a deadstock (old and unworn) or near mint condition pair of 501’s with the Two Horse brand patch still intact, you’ll be able to identify it from examples on the internet of almost every patch that was ever issued.
If they have a white overlock, please proceed to 1b.
If they do, they were most likely produced between 1983-86.There are also certain, heavily discussed features (like rivets and buttons) we won’t be delving into in fear of overcomplicating your search.We have, in the following guide, focused on what we think is the easiest methods of determining the age of 501’s. An easy place to start your quest is to inspect the outseam of your jeans.I’ve lovingly and carefully restored many of the images that I’ve used here and I’ve done that to share these with other spanking enthusiasts so I have no desire to take this site down.