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This is an original vintage keyring dating from the 1950s .
The keyring in this listing is an original vintage Bristol keyring dating from the 1950s .
Automotive keyrings only came into general use in the mid to late 1950s – so this keyring will be one of the earliest car keyrings made.
This keyring is in well used condition – we do know from long experience that it is not every customer who appreciates a keyring in new, mint condition !
Many actually prefer a keyring which has had a life – which this one obviously has had .
The keyring is still in serviceable condition – but shows all the signs of having covered many, many thousands of miles during it’s long life.
The badge would originally have been bright & shiny nickel plated but this has worn through to reveal the underlying brass base metal beneath – this has given the badge a rather pleasing and aged appearance which would be impossible to replicate by artificial methods.
A few vestiges of the original plating are still evident on the back of the badge.
The badge is still securely mounted to the genuine leather keyfob which is very well worn and supple with many years of use – rather like leather horse harness becomes after years of use .
We cannot be certain who made these keyrings for Bristol – but the maker is most likely to have been Castles Unit Development Co. of Castle Gate, Leicester . They were the only concern making keyrings of this quality at that time.
The keyring has one of the smallest keyfob badges ever – with a diameter of just 16mm.
Our standard vitreous enamel badges have a diameter of 27mm- for comparison.
If Castles did not make this keyring then Bristol must have had the badges made independently and then commissioned a leather workshop to mount the badges onto these keyfobs.
This is entirely feasible as Bristol commissioned us to make some special keyrings for them five years ago- rather than have them mass produced in the Far East as most other manufacturers now do.
This keyring is original & correct for use with any 1950s or early 1960s Bristol motor car and is a very rare item.
The keyring in the photos is the actual one which you will receive.
When it has been sold then this listing will be cancelled.