The teardrop is a classic keyfob shape which has been in use for many years . We use it for our range of plain saddlery hide keyrings because it is a pleasing shape to hold in the hand .
The slimline teardrop is the classic leather keyfob shape which was commonly used for British made automotive keyrings in the 1960s and early 1970s . Our slimline teardrop keyfob shape is based on this shape .
Melsom Products Ltd of Birmingham who were one of the main British keyring producers in the 1960s used this shape almost exclusively.
The classic rectangular shape was used in the 1960s and 1970s through to the 1980s by many of the main British automotive keyring manufacturers . It is particularly relevant for use with a square or rectangular keyfob badge .
Manhattan Windsor of Birmingham who were the main British keyring producer in the 1970s & 1980s used this shape extensively .
Some late 1950s & early 1960s automotive keyrings were produced with a shield shaped keyfob like this one which is in a vinyl material ( not leather )
The torpedo keyfob shape was one of the first shapes which was used for automotive keyrings between the mid 1950s and early 1960s . 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- which is probably why this keyfob shape went out of favour and it was very rarely used after the late 1960s.
Many original Jaguar keyrings produced by Castles Unit Development Co. of Leicester ( the famous CUD Co. ) were produced as torpedo shaped keyrings . These can be very valuable nowadays if they are still in good condition .