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This is an original vintage keyring dating from the 1950s .
We are also currently offering another original example of this keyring in used condition ( 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 keyrings over the years and this particular one is in mint condition .
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 badge ( which we understand is plated in electroless nickel ) is mounted onto a keyfob in genuine goatskin leather with the characteristic ‘pebbly’ appearance of goatskin.
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 and also the only manufacturer using goatskin.
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.