I must be slipping in my dodderage! What's to become of me?
Well, I hope this little tidbit will whet your appetite for continuing your genealogy, and perhaps archealogy!, dig!
I received a message from Dick Eastman this morning with this info. Apparently an old mine in Nevada was opened and a pair of Levi's from the 1890's was found! And now they are being auctioned off on eBay! [The auction is open until tomorrow, so if you're interested, I'll link the photo to the eBay site, or you can click here.]
According to the listing on eBay:
"This old pair of LEVI'S were found in a mine in the Rand Mining District, on the Mojave Desert,. California. They are covered in candlewax from the candle's the miner was using to light the tunnel he was working in. They were found with and old paper bag with the name of a mercantile store which operated between 1895 and 1898 in the town or Randsburg. Their was also a gunny sack with the initials A.P.K. and Randsburg marked on it. A.P.K. is through to be Adam P. Kuffel who was a partner in the mercantile store.
These pants have the cloth label vice the leather label. The label (pictured) indicates that they are size W34 x L33, They are copper riveted with the rivets marked L.S. & Co. S.F. They are buckle back (pictured) with suspender buttons. Buttons are silver in color and are all marked LEVI STRAUSS & CO. S.F.CAL. Tthe pants were made with just one back pocket on the right hand side.
The pants are in excellent condition with two small flaws. One hole just above where the left hand back pocket would be, which can be covered by a Quarter and one missing piece of cloth measuring approximatley 1/2 "by !/2" on the band just to the right hand side of the fly."
Oh... of only these pants could talk!
Hurry, as I post this, the bid is up to $8,700!
Have a GR8 Day!