501 - Big 'E'
Jeans known as "Big 'E'
" are generally Levis jeans that were manufactured before 1971.
They are noted by the capitalized E on the rear red tab.
This identifing feature has to be used in conjunction with
other identifying features in order to prove authenticity and
differences between orgionals and reproductions, and fakes.
The famous Big E tab.
The (R) on the tab also denotes jeans
Regular more common little e tab.
that were made after 1950 - When the ® started to appear
as Levi's red tab had became a registered trademark.
There are some more defining
points to look for.
-3 digit, 555 or J, J21 stampings on the top of the top button indicate
a reproduction jean. 501 stamping usually indicate fakes.
-Singe digit stamping on top button indicate authentic
-Offset middle belt loop, Single
Stitch Rear Pockets and Lemon colored stitching indicate Real
Big E Jeans.
- A V-stitch near the top button could indicate either
origional or fakes.