STEWARTSVILLE, N.J. – Whether you’re a modern-day forty-niner panning for gold, an old cowhand or still a young buckaroo, you’ll want to rustle up a pair of vintage Levi Strauss jeans to look the part. Dennis Auction Service will conduct an auction on Friday, Jan. 8, that offers 218 lots of Levi’s and other western wear, all from a single collection. The sale consists of both worn and new/old stock, including many group lots. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Levi collectors will recognize in the online auction catalog the nomenclature – e.g. button-fly fronts, cinch-back, selvedge, Big E, etc.) associated with the famous brand founded by Levi Strauss at his San Francisco dry goods store that opened in 1853.
Highlights include two pairs of 1930s selvedge Levi’s jeans. Both showing wear, one retains the original suspender buttons. Both carry estimates of $2,500-$5,000. (The term selvedge comes from “self-edge” and refers to the woven strip on both edges of a roll of fabric. Selvedge denim is woven using old-fashioned denim-weaving techniques.)
Another standout is a vintage Levi’s jacket that has the Big E red cloth tag and a cinch back. Assigned a conservative estimate of $50-$100, online bidding had reached $1,525 as of Wednesday.
The auction also features two dozen store mannequins, fully dressed in western wear.
“This comes from one man’s collection. He traveled and collected Levi’s from around the world,” said Colleen Dennis, wife of auctioneer Steven Dennis.
The auction will conclude with several lots of Levi’s store signs and 10 western saddles.
The sale will begin Friday, Jan. 8, at noon Eastern.
For details contact Dennis Auction Service at email@example.com or 908-859-3424.
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