NOW SOLD – sorry this keyring has now been sold and can no longer be ordered
We have just this one example of this very early Fiat keyring to offer.
Keyrings for cars only came into general use in the very late 1950s and this is the earliest Fiat keyring which we have ever seen.
The keyring is in virtually mint condition and was made in England ( probably in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham ) at the time.
The Jewellery Quarter had some of the best vitreous enamellers and it was here that the tradition of keyrings with vitreous enamel badges like this one started.
Within a few years quite an industry had sprung up with keyrings for British, European & American makes of cars being made and sent all over the world.
We may never know who the unknown badgemaker was who made this particular keyring :-
We say ‘unknown’ because we do recognize the badgemaker’s marks on the back of the badge – these can be seen in the photo.
These marks are identical to marks which we see on some very early Jaguar keyfob badges which are easy to date from the appearance of the Jaguar ‘Growler’ mask.
A Mr.Bud Marston in Virginia USA has just finished writing an important work on Jaguar keyrings which will be published in book form in Spring 2018.
So many different keyrings were produced for Jaguar cars that it was only time before someone took the initiative to catalogue & photograph them & tell their diverse and fascinating International story.
Bud’s book has taken several years in the writing & researching and he has painstakingly researched each & every keyfob badge maker – but even he has failed to turn anything up for this particular maker.
The keyring in the photos is the actual one which you will receive.
When it has been sold this listing will cancel. 59/96 11/20