restored and original vintage leather keyrings
for classic cars and motorcycles

About Classic Leather Fobs


Classic Leather Fobs Limited came into being over 10 years ago and now sends original vintage automotive keyrings and original vintage automotive enamel badges which have been remounted onto new leather keyfobs all over the world.

This is a micro-business with just one craftsman who works on his own in a leather workshop in a small village in the Lincolnshire Wolds on the East Coast of England. There will have been a saddlery here in this village for over a thousand years making important leather goods for working men and working horses.

Now all that is made here are leather keyrings for the classic vehicles which replaced those horses and have now been replaced themselves by modern high tech vehicles which are no longer used with leather keyrings.

The keyrings produced are of the very highest quality and are greatly appreciated by those who remember the standards of workmanship which were commonplace all those years ago before techniques of mass production took over the world.

Apart from the original vintage unrestored keyrings which are on offer in the website shop almost all of the keyrings have original vintage badges which are between 30 and 60 years old which have been remounted onto new leather keyfobs so that the keyring can continue to be used .

In a very few cases the keyrings have new vitreous enamel badges which will have been made here in England within the last few years – just as they always were.

In both cases the leather keyfob which the badge is attached to is individually handmade from the best saddlery hide and stitched by hand with linen thread.

Repair of customer’s keyrings

Keyrings which customers or their family members have owned and used for many years may eventually need a new leather keyfob fitting .

Those keyrings have often become trusted talismans which have travelled everywhere with their owner on their journeys through life .

A major part of our work is repairing these original keyrings for their owners where the original leather keyfob has quite simply worn out just like an old pair of leather shoes .

Brand new handmade bespoke keyrings are also made for business customers who appreciate the quality that is on offer .

Original vintage keyrings and original vintage keyfob badges which have been remounted onto new leather keyfobs.

A very good range of original vintage keyrings can be found for sale in the website shop.

Many of these can be 50 years old or even older and whilst some have never been used and are in mint ‘new old stock’ condition – others have ‘had a life’ and are showing signs of wear.

If the original leather keyfob is no longer in a serviceable condition then the badge is remounted onto a new leather keyfob and listed in the website shop described as an original badge which has been remounted onto a new leather keyfob.

This is the road across the High Wold which leads to the workshop.

Kings and Queens passed along here in former days when Lincolnshire was an important place.

Leading down the hill towards the workshop which is just at the foot of the hill.

King Henry IV of England ( son of John of Gaunt ) was born at The Castle here in 1367.

Oliver Cromwell and his Parliamentarian troops came down these hills in 1643 during the English Civil War to lay siege to The Castle which was garrisoned by Royalist forces.

On 11th October 1643 Cromwell and his troops ascended the hill in the background and met with Royalist reinforcements at Winceby Field just over the brow of the hill.

The ensuing Battle of Winceby resulted in the deaths of over 750 Royalist troops and Cromwell won the day despite famously having his own horse shot from beneath him.

East Kirkby Heritage Centre is now visited by many thousands of visitors from all over Europe and the rest of the world each year. It serves as a place of remembrance for aircrew of all nations who sacrificed their lives during those dark days of World War II. Photograph by kind permission of Lee Ballard
Just over a mile away from the workshop is East Kirkby Airfield which was home to 57 Squadron and 630 Squadron ( Bomber Command ) during World War II.

212 operations were flown from this airfield resulting in the loss of 121 Lancaster bombers together with the lives of over a thousand young men.