Most people carry their smartphones with them when they go vintage shopping anyway, and assuming you don’t have the interest or the photographic memory to store every single Two Horse patch inside your head you can always look it up.However, using The Two Horse brand patch to date your 501’s will seldom be relevant as most vintage jeans are worn and washed countless times which in most cases have resulted in the patch having come off or simply being undecipherable.
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.
To indicate their rarity (and value), Levi’s themselves bought a pair of c1890 501’s in 1997 which cost them approximately 25,000 dollars!
It’s safe to assume that today, nearly twenty years later, this value would have almost doubled.
The oldest non-selvedge 501s made use of a copper-orange overlock stitch, which was subsequently replaced with a white overlock stitch which was then custom up until 1993.