501XX

TAGS


1.

S501XX

Pre 1945

S501xx- Covers models made during WWII when Levi complied with government regulations concerning the cotton/thread use, copper use, & number of buttons used. Our information covers post WWII Levis 501xx.

2.

501XX

1947-1955

501xx- This is the first post war model produced from 1944-55 with the leather "jerky" tag. Early models from 1944-50 have a centered back belt loop. Later variations of pants with this tag will show an offset mid-back belt loop as well as a red pocket tab that has levi on both sides. An "R" mark two-sided tag appears after 1951. This is the classic 501xx & the model that can bring in $10,000.00+ for a dead stock pair. Of course most are found in much less than mint condition & are evaluated accordingly. When no jerky tag is present look for the pocket tab variants/offset loop, also look for lettering & a number "stamped" on the back of the pocket reinforcing rivets.

3.

501XX

1954-1960

501xx 1954-60- This model is also the iconic 1950ís 501xx with paper "leather" tag which contains the same information as itís predecessor the leather jerky tag with "Every Garment Guaranteed" in bold lettering.

4.

501XX

1960-1965

501xx 1960-65- This model retains the hidden rivets on the back pockets. The tag no longer has the "Every Garment Guaranteed" slogan of earlier Levis. As with all previous models, 1960-66 501xx has a V-stitch on the waist button flap.

5.

501XX

1964-1966

501xx 1965-66- The next tag covers the 501xx model which first eliminated the back pocket rivets. From this point forward 501 had no "hidden" rivets, but instead a black bar tac, or "black flag". This model was made for only two years & is quite rare. All previous Levi 501xx models have rivets & an offset belt loop in back. This model has a centered belt loop & no rivets, two important aspects in determining a 501xx (last model). From this point on the xx designation was dropped until the late 1980ís when the 501xx was re-introduced to designate the hard vintage style denim.

6.

501XX501

1966-1968

501xx 501 1966-68- This is the transition tag from 501xx to 501 & is numbered as such. Also a rare model, it was only produced for two years. If no waist tag remains look for the V-stitch on the waist button flap. As with a few of the following models, this stitch is definitive in dating the pants as pre 1969.

7a.

501-501

1966-1968

501- The first model with a tag without the xx designation. This tag was issued for only two years, 1966-68 & is rare. This model also has a chain stitch at the waistband that is a distinctive yellow color.

7b.

501-501-0177

1966-1968

501-501-117 - Another transitional model, the 501-0117 was in circulation for two years. This model has an additional identifying feature- the selvedge edge inside the coin pocket. This is a quality design element that brings a retro touch to the pants & could be considered one of the last elements linking this model to the 1946-50 501xx.

8a.

501-A

1967-1969

The A, S, F series ĖThis series appeared in 1968 & was a short- lived attempt to market factory second pants at a reduced price. F=Failure, factory seconds that did not pass inspection & have material/construction flaws. S=Satisfactory, these were passable in every inspection category, but with some borderline "faults", like a few stitches unevenly spaced, etc. A=Excellent, overall quality denim, construction details, no flaws. This A, S, F series is easily recognized when the label is gone as two colors of cotton thread are used, orange & yellow. This is the final 501 model to use the waist button V-stitch.

8b-8c.

501-F 501-S

1967-1969

Same as 8a

9.

501"E"

1968-1970

1968-70 Levi 501"E"- These are easily identified when the paper tag is missing as there is a number on the back of the waist button. Any E jean with a number other than 6 is of this period

10a.

501"E" 66

1969-1971

501 "E"- This tag is used on the 501E model with the 6 on the waist button back.

10b.

501"e" 66

1971-1975

#10B. 501 "e"- Tag on first model "e" 72-78. The washing instructions on this model were added to a rectangular cloth tag inside at the waist, which gives the date information as well.