Vintage Denim & Work Wear

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Sold on eBay: Authentic 1920’s Levi Strauss Denim Jacket for $3,000

Terrific buckle back Levi’s Denim jacket from the late 1920’s or early 1930’s sold on eBay back on April 20th.

From the listing:

“Very rarely does a significant piece of denim history like this becomes available for sale! Levi’s Jackets this old (PRE-Red Tab!) are rarely seen, especially in this awesome vintage condition!
Size 34, Lot #213, as marked on the label
Manufactured in the late 1920’s to early 1930’s, this would’ve been for sale in a General Store;
Pre-1936 (Big E) Levi’s Red Tab, Pre 506xx
Dark, stiff denim, Pleats down the front, left chest pocket with no flap;
Black Donut Hole Metal Buttons, stamped with Levi Strauss & Co.
Metal Waist Cinch in back, with very sharp prongs;
There is minor fading in normal spots of wear, along collar and elbow. One small hole on the right sleeve near shoulder seam ; Some faded spots on back. (see photos) Overall still in very good vintage condition on this 80+ year old piece!!
Truly a sought-after, desirable piece for any Levi’s collector! *ALL REASONABLE OFFERS* will be considered! Please contact me with any questions or for more info.”
Here are the auction details:

Super *RARE* Authentic Levi’s / Levi Strauss Denim Jacket / Jumper 1920s-30s

Seller: vtgrevival / Houston, TX
Price: $3,000 (Best Offer)
Label: Levi Strauss & Co
Condition: Above average vintage condition for the age
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Sold on eBay: Original 1940’s Wrangler Blue Bell Denim Western Shirt

This amazing Wrangler Blue Bell denim shirt sold on eBay several days back. It’s another fine example of the denim western shirts that have been killing the eBay market over the last several months. The color and the condition really set this piece off – it’s hardly worn! From the listing:

“Fantastic original vintage 1940’s Wrangler Blue Bell Denim western Cowboy Shirt
All original in excellent condition
This shirt is NOT a Reproduction
Denim still very dark, washed a couple times only
All Snaps are excellent
No stains or holes.”

Here are the auction details:

Vintage Original 1940’s WRANGLER BLUE BELL Dark DENIM Western COWBOY SHIRT

Seller: planet_archives
Price: $1,525.00 (29 bids)
Label: Wrangler Blue Bell / Sz. 14.5-33
Condition: Near Deadstock – hardly worn!

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Our New Online Store is Now Live

It’s only taken a decade but the wearekoalas online store has finally arrived. We’ve launched with a hand picked selection of top quality vintage products from our archive and a few pieces on consignment from around the country. Contact us if you have items you would be interested in selling – we’re always looking for new pieces.

Visit the new store page for a chance to add some fine quality pieces to your vintage collection. As always, feel free to make an offer on any item.

Thanks for being a part of wearekoalas.

-Matt

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Sold on eBay: Vintage Levi’s Short Horn Pearl Snap Western Shirt

One of the most iconic brands in American history is the Levi Strauss Co. In the 1940’s and 50’s they were producing products with labels known today as “Levi’s Short Horn” labels. You can see that in the pictures below. These were very well constructed pieces, adapted over time and made for the hard working Americans who donned them. We’ve seen others sell on eBay recently for quite impressive sale prices (see here & here).

But this one’s a little bit different – it brings the western plaid to the table and the western plaid is a favorite of mine. Now I hate to have to admit this, but it’s my guess that the plaid is the reason for the low sale price. Seriously, pre-auction I would have guessed this shirt would have sold for $500+. I blame retailers like American Eagle and Hollister for this sort of response. They hijacked the western plaid years ago and have diminished it’s value in the vintage industry. Either way, it’s a beautiful piece. I should have bought this.

From the listing:

“- FOUND IN A BARN PACKED AWAY IN TRUNK FOR 50+ YEARS
- AWAY FROM LIGHT / MOISTURE
- RARE 1940S – 50S LEVIS / LEVI’S SHORT HORN WESTERN LABEL
- BEAUTIFUL PATINA
- FABRIC IS IN GREAT SHAPE – MINOR WEAR BUT READY TO WEAR
- INSIDE AND AROUND NECK CLEAN!
- PEARL SNAPS / HARDWARE IS PERFECT – NOTHING BROKEN NOR MISSING
- SAWTOOTH WESTERN PEARL SNAP FRONT POCKETS”

 

Here are the auction details:

Seller: eddymerckx14 / Brooklyn, NY

Price: $192.50

Label: Levi’s Short Horn

Condition: “Found in a barn packed in trunk for 50+ years”

 

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Sold on eBay: Vintage Levi’s Short Horn Denim Shirt from the 1950s

This Levi’s Short Horn denim shirt from the 1950’s is one of my absolute favorite pearl snap western shirts. It’s a classic piece from the iconic American brand Levi Strauss. eBay seller “rman57″ has a history of moving top quality vintage products – this shirt is no exception. The wear and tear and excellent fading of the denim brings lots of character to this piece. I know that Levi’s is now remaking this model of shirt (and it can be found rather easily) but I don’t believe they will capture the excellence and quality of this 1950’s piece ever again.

Here are the details:

Seller: rman57 / Overland Park, KS

Price: $565.55

Label: Levi’s Short Horn / Large

Condition: “A well worn but solid shirt with some missing and some cracked pearl (snaps), a couple of small holes, a neckline fold tear and overall fading.”

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Sold on eBay: Vintage Motorcycle Club Vest – Ghost Riders Tennessee!

It’s Friday and the conclusion of our look at the vintage Motorcycle Club vests that have been popping on eBay for the last few months. If you missed any, click this link for more!

This one comes from a seller named “budel” out of Greenville, TN. The vest is showing plenty of wear and tear from years of riding. The “Ghost Riders” cut on the back looks to be intact along with a smaller Harley Davidson patch. The front features another HD patch, an “Airborne” patch and a crude drawing of a…. flower??? The vest also features some excellent stud work around the waist. It’s another great example of top notch vintage motorcycle club vest.

Here are the details:

Vintage Harley Davidson Denim Bikers Vest – Ghost Riders Tennessee

Seller: budel / Greeneville, TN

Price: $845.00

Label: none

Condition: “its good and tatherd with holes, tears and dirt”

 

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Sold on eBay: Vintage Motorcycle Club Vest Worth Checking Out

Here’s another vintage motorcycle club vest from user “allamericanhero!” that sold on eBay back on Christmas day.

From the listing:

“Submitted for your approval is an original 557 Levi jacket cut into a vest with 1% outlaw patches & rockers. Grimy & gritty. My competitor up here had this vest listed for me last week with lots of interest. This is from my counter culture collection I am selling off presently. Serious authentic vintage piece indeed. About the best outlaw vest I’ve seen in a long while online would you not agree? This is a private listing & 10 day auction. Your best offer will win it. Name of obsolete club withheld for obvious reasons. As always I sell quality not quantity. Thanks for looking!”

Here are the details:

Vintage Biker Motorcycle 557 Levi Jacket Vest with 1% Outlaw Patch Rockers

Seller: allamericanhero! / Lone Pine, CA

Price: $1000.00

Label: Levi’s

Condition: “Used”

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Sold on eBay: Vintage Motorcycle Club Vest w/ Outlaw Patch

It’s Tuesday and time for another entry into the vintage motorcycle club vest category. This one comes from Lone Pine, California by way of seller “allamericanhero!”  It sold on eBay back in early January and somehow I just missed it… better late than never!

From the listing:

“Submitted for your approval is a original Big E Levi jacket cut into a vest with 1% outlaw patches & rockers. Grimy & gritty. Vest has been slashed in places. Recent consignment piece from an antique store up here. Serious authentic vintage piece indeed. As always 100% REAL. One of the best outlaw vest I’ve seen in a long while online would you not agree? This is a private listing & 10 day auction. Your best offer will win it. Name of obsolete club withheld for obvious reasons. As always I sell quality not quantity. Thanks for looking!”

Here are the detail:

Vintage Biker Motorcycle Big E Levi Jacket Vest with 1% Outlaw Patch Rockers

Seller: allamericanhero! / Lone Pine, CA

Price: $1,499.50

Condition: “Used”

Label: Levi’s Big E size 36

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