White unriveted denim
trousers. The fabric is supple and strong. This pair was not bleached
out to its present white color, but was manufactured this way.
No belt loops or
evidence of any belt loops.
Suspender buttons are
all present and measure .679 inches in diameter. Buttons marked "LEVI
STRAUSS & CO * S. F. Cal".
Remnants of leather
label (nothing legible) sewn to the INTERIOR of the right rear
|WORLDS' OLDEST LEVI'S?
Well... this pair of trousers is definitely a
contender. Levi's are not my collecting specialty, but from what Lynn Downey at Levi's said, this style trouser was
discontinued around 1917. That would make this pair that old at least.
Levi's started sewing labels to the outsides of its trousers in the
1880's. The badly
deteriorated leather label on this pair is sewn to the inside
of the waistband rather than the outside. Thus, it may be that this pair predates the
$46,700 pair that Levi's bought in 2003, which sports a label sewn to
the outside of the waistband. The provenance of these trousers is that
they were the property of a U.S. Army cavalry musician. The pants
accompanied a mint, unused summer white canvas U.S. Army
tunic of the 1880-1900 era. Both pieces came out of the same military
trunk. This article is in exceptional condition. Serious inquiries
- Interior selvage
edge of fabric in trouser legs has some limited fraying damage.
- Slight staining of
the trousers in scattered locations. Some rust stains from buttons.
- One 1/4 inch hole
in left front of waistband. The hole only penetrates the outside layer
of waistband and does not continue through the inside layer (only hole
Single hip pocket,
located on the right side. Stitching to one side seam of the rear
pocket has come out.
Adjusting buckle is intact with some rust. Single rear pocket on
Button fly. Fly
buttons .550 inches in diameter. Fly buttons not marked. Button holes
are machine sewn.