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This is an original vintage keyring dating from the 1950s .
We are also currently offering a mint condition example of this keyring ( unless now sold )
and we are also currently offering another similar original Bristol keyring with the same badge but with a different shaped keyfob ( unless now sold )
The keyring in this listing has a particular ‘triangulated’ keyfob shape which Bristol used for it’s keyrings in the 1950s.
We have seen & listed several examples of these over the years and have sold them all at rather higher prices than the price which this keyring is listed at.
This keyring is in very well used condition ( although still perfectly serviceable ) but cannot command the price of a mint condition example.
Having said that – many customers now seem to appreciate keyrings which ‘have had a life ‘ and do not look for mint condition perfection.
This example certainly qualifies in that regard !
The keyring in this listing is an original vintage Bristol keyring dating from the mid to late 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.
The keyring is still in perfectly serviceable condition – but shows all the signs of having covered many, many thousands of miles during it’s long life.
The badge ( which we understand is plated in electroless nickel ) is actually in mint condition- quite remarkable considering the wear evident on the leather keyfob.
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 some 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.