The teardrop is to our own design and has been produced for several years in response to customers asking for this shape.
It is our best selling keyfob shape and has already become a classic in its own right.
Slimline teardrops are based on a classic shape which was commonly used in England in the early 1960’s.
‘Keyflix’ were one keyring manufacturer which used it.
Our classic rectangular range – with the hinged enamel badge attached to the leather keyfob by means of a leather loop – is the main design which was commonly used for car keyrings years ago. Manhattan Windsor of Birmingham – who were the most prolific keyring manufacturer of all – used it almost exclusively.
This closely follows the lines of some very rarely found examples from the early days of key rings although Porsche used a modified form of the shield for its keyrings for decades.
The torpedo shape was the very first generally available shape in which keyrings were produced in any number between the mid 1950’s and the early 1960’s. We only offer it where it was originally used with that particular badge. Original examples are now very scarce and can command high prices when they come on the market – particularly if for prestige marques such as Jaguar. The split ring is positioned at 90 degrees to the keyfob itself – which can result in the keyring not always hanging flat to the vehicle dashboard when in use.
The hinged torpedo soon arrived in the early 1960’s and addressed the problem of the standard torpedo not hanging flat against the dashboard.
Having said that – it was rarely used as it it was almost immediately replaced by the classic rectangular design .
This is a shape which was used by Ferrari and was bonded rather than being stitched.
It mimics the classic shape of a champagne bottle.
Very attractive & quite contemporary – Porsche & BMW customers do sometimes specify it.
An interesting shape which was very occasionally used in the late 1950’s.
We have come across it being used with Bristol & Armstrong Siddeley keyrings.