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levi's older than your grandparents.

July 29th, 2008 · No Comments

These dirt-tossed Levi’s could be adorning your body in less than 24 hours — if you’re willing to sell your life’s possessions (they’re going for $15,000 plus at the moment on eBay) for them. Why so high you ask? Well it’s because they’re really vintage, like from the 19th century vintage — totally reasonable for an artifact from the 1890s.


I checked out the auction. It was impressive; the seller’s neighbor found the denim duds in an abandoned mining cave in the Mojave Desert. However, it wasn’t the genuinely vintage dungarees that kept me lingering on the page. Rather, it was the members’ questions to the seller, which ranged from normal queries (i.e., how did you come across this golden ticket) to strangely comical, theoretical interrogations (perhaps even fake) about their authenticity, that intrigued me. Here are some of my favorites:

question no. 1:

I know that this may sound odd, but would you consider selling the dirt that was found in the pockets of the jeans?

Sorry, but when I turned the pockets inside out to see if their was a stamp inside the pocket as requested by a previous question, the dirt spilled out and was vacummed up. 

question no. 2:

if the miner was holding a candle that was dripping on the jeans, wouldn’t the wax droplets be long in shape unlike the round drops pictured that would indicate that the jeans were laid out flat and a candle dripped from over top? Just a question.

I am not a Forensic expert so I cannot speculate on how the candle wax would look. or whether the miner was standing or sitting down to eat his lunch when the candle dripped on him. All I know is the drips look like those I find on powder boxes, candle stick boxes and other old clothing brought out of the mines. Nor can I awnser why these men left their pants in the mine. 

question no. 3:

What is the name of the mercantile store?

Sack reads — W. C. WILSON & CO. GENERAL MERCHANDISE AND MINER’S SUPPLIES, RANDSBURG, CAL. Kuffel & Wilson — W. C. Wilson & Co. –Wilson, Mullen & Bracewell Clyde and Adam Kuffel were mining in Goler when the strike was made in Randsburg. William C. Wilson had been doing business in Mojave for twelve years prior to the discovery of gold in Randsburg. It is not definitely clear which one of the Kuffels was involved in this store. It was the Father Adam P. Kuffel who was listed as merchant in the 1896 and 1898 Great Register of Voters. However, in the journal ledger for Rand Mining Co. in July through December of 1896, there are listings for payment to Wilson & Kuffel, W. C. Wilson and D. C. Kuffel & Co. The Kuffel and Wilson Store was being built in May of 1896 and was up and running by June of that year. The first official post office was located in a corner of the store, which was presided over by Mr. Moores. This store is thought to have been located in “Pioneer Town” up closer to the mine. The store was later relocated down to the present day location of Randsburg and was lost in the January 1898 fire; they soon however moved a building up from Garlock where they also had been doing business. Mr. Wilson realized the need for communication and built the first telephone line into Randsburg. How long Mr. Kuffel remained associated with the firm is not definitely known. However, by July of 1898 according to a letterhead in the collection of the author, it appears the firms name had been changed to Wilson, Mullen & Bracewell.

Peeped at nymag.com

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  • 1 D // Aug 24, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Interesting…I wonder if they really are authentic. This post reminds me of something my mom told me years ago: she used to burry her jeans in the backyard to break them in.
    Love the blog…found it by way of redjetwhistle.