501 Redline Single Stitch
Perhaps the second most popular type of Vintage Levi 501 are 'single
stitch'. These date from the mid 1970's back. Other
details have to be used in conjunction with this one in order to
properly date the item. For example:
- Jeans with a single stitch pocket and small 'e' on the red tab were
made between 1971-1976(est.)
- If the red tab is 'E', they were made before 1971.
- Top button will always have a single number or letter
stamped on it. tripple digits denote a 'double stitch' which is newer.
- 6, 2, 5, W are all common button stamps. '6'
being most common. You may see these jeans refered to as
'66's' or 'Route 66 Levis'
- '6' was also used on 'double stitch' jeans - which are the
step below these.
Picture of the 'single
stitch' located on the rear pocket
Note the placement of the stitches closer together
top bar of the rear pockets
due to the single line of stitching
it differs from the more
and 'younger' vintage Levi's.