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We have just this one example of this very rare Bugatti torpedo keyring to offer – this is only the 2nd original example which we have ever seen.
It was a similar keyring to this one ( but not in this mint condition ) which was used as the basis of our own reproduction Bugatti torpedo keyring which is listed here in this section for sale.
This keyring is new old stock and will have been in store for the last 50 years.
Almost certainly made by Castles Unit Developments Ltd of Castle Gate, Leicester although the badge has ‘CRAFTSMAN’ cast into the back of it.
It is said that CUD changed their name to Craftsman possibly in the late 1960s – and an American connection has been rumoured but never substantiated.
CUD were the only manufacturers of torpedo keyrings and were famous in the late 1950s and right through the 1960s for the quality of their products which were exported worldwide.
At that time keyrings for the world’s motor cars were made in England – it was quite an industry.
The badge is in vitreous enamel – there are very few badgemakers prepared to make badges using vitreous enamel nowadays. Production has now moved onto resin based enamel which is just not the same quality or the same product.
The badge is mounted onto a torpedo keyfob in genuine hide embossed ‘REAL MOROCCO – Made in England’.
Morocco leather was a term for goatskin – and the pebbly grain of the leather used suggests that this torpedo keyfob is in genuine goatskin.
The keyring in the photos is the actual one which you will receive.
When it has been sold this listing will cancel.