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    Posted: 21 Jan 2016 at 4:16pm
I just scooped up 2 pairs of vintage WW2 Deadstock cinch back selvedge denim jeans. I'm hoping to find info about these... Does anyone know anything about them?

The jeans are stamped 40 & 41 waist size but they measure out to about 38 and 36ish. Both have the same NAVAL stamp inside but different 3 digit numbers. Both have "WOODS" stamped on them. The selvedge is only visible on the inner back pockets and on the cinch. The denim is beautiful! Deep dark indigo color and a wonderful unworn vintage denim smell.  The belt loops are HUGE and the waist band is very large. There are also no rivets on either pair. The only metal is the cinch.

I'm in Canada so I'm wondering if these are possibly Canadian Naval Jeans? Or Maybe US Naval Jeans? British Maybe? 

I snapped a few quick pics but will post more if requested.

I'm trying to determine the history of these Jeans and how much they might fetch on ThEbay?

Any information would be greatly appreciated!


 

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http://imgur.com/a/15YPz

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I'm also not sure if I posted this in the right area. Mods - Please feel free to move it to where it belongs!
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Hi Borlack, nice find and welcome to the forum.
I know nothing of vintage naval denim but there are some here who may drop the knowledge.
A member on here - Grant - is pretty knowledgeable on such things, maybe shoot him a pm?
 
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Those are definitely NOT US or British.  

Canadian makes the most sense as thats where you found them.  
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Those belt loops are wild, I wonder if there was a super wide belt that was issued as well.
I make things out of leather.
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Looks like they were designed to accommodate a stable belt
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Thanks for the welcome Dr_Heech! I find some obscure stuff from time to time and it's nice to know I'll have a place to go! Plus, I'm a self admitted denim nerd to boot so I've been having a great time reading through the posts and pics.

My best find ever was an authentic pair of mint condition 501XX Big E's from the early 1950's... I flipped those for some pretty good coin and only paid $16.99 for them at the local Salvation Army Last June :-)

Attackwithstones- I live in Victoria, B.C. which is home to the Canadian Navy's Pacific Fleet so it makes sense to assume they're Canadian. When I have a day off on Monday I'm taking these down to a resale shop of Military goods and also to the Naval Museum to see if anyone knows more. 

The awesome thing about these jeans is that one of the pairs *kinda* fits me... Not my style at all though. Maybe I'll post a fit pic. And yes, the belt loop is wild indeed! I've never even heard of a stable belt before today but it makes sense because Canada probably would have used them being a common wealth country and all
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Even though, as I said, the belt loops look to be made to accommodate stable belts the one thing that dissuades me is that those belts weren't particularly common in the navy. 
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Originally posted by borlack borlack wrote:

Thanks for the welcome Dr_Heech! I find some obscure stuff from time to time and it's nice to know I'll have a place to go! Plus, I'm a self admitted denim nerd to boot so I've been having a great time reading through the posts and pics.

My best find ever was an authentic pair of mint condition 501XX Big E's from the early 1950's... I flipped those for some pretty good coin and only paid $16.99 for them at the local Salvation Army Last June :-)

Attackwithstones- I live in Victoria, B.C. which is home to the Canadian Navy's Pacific Fleet so it makes sense to assume they're Canadian. When I have a day off on Monday I'm taking these down to a resale shop of Military goods and also to the Naval Museum to see if anyone knows more. 

The awesome thing about these jeans is that one of the pairs *kinda* fits me... Not my style at all though. Maybe I'll post a fit pic. And yes, the belt loop is wild indeed! I've never even heard of a stable belt before today but it makes sense because Canada probably would have used them being a common wealth country and all

Hope you made / make a donation of some of your profit back to the Salvation Army...

This shop in London could potentially help with identification - they published a book I bought on vintage menswear and it includes a large section on militaria.

http://www.thevintageshowroom.com/blog/?page_id=2874


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Rackajack - I sure did make a donation back and have made many since.... The Salvation Army's up here are a gold mine and I make a lot of cash from them so I'm sure to give some back! And thank you for the tip about the Vintage Showroom. I love the look of their shop and will send them an e-mail.

Here are pics of the 501XX Big E's I thrifted if anyone cares to take a look- (Hopefully the pics don't de-rail the thread)
http://imgur.com/a/qBNRx
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