NOW SOLD – Sorry this keyring has now been sold and can no longer be ordered
You most certainly will not see many of these around !
This is the only example which we have listed over the last 10 years – an original mid 1950s Austin ‘Flying A’ keychain.
This is almost the Holy Grail as far as Austin ephemera is concerned.
Keyrings for cars only came into general use in the very late 1950s .
The very earliest car keyring which we are aware of dates from 1952 and was for a Jaguar XK120.
It was not a keyring as such – it was a keychain like this Austin keychain in this listing- leather keyrings had yet to be ‘invented’ if that is the word.
Quite a small item – from tip of badge to top of clasp is less than 4″ ( 100mm )
The badge on this keychain is in jewellery grade vitreous enamel – not surprising as it will have been made in Birmingham’s jewellery quarter at the time.
The badge is mounted onto a short ‘snakechain’ with a sprung clasp which opens so that the ignition key can be fitted.
All in excellent condition – this keychain is over 60 years old – this really is a piece of Austin history.
The keychain in the photos is the actual one which you will receive.
When it has been sold this listing will be cancelled. 59/94 01/20