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An original vintage Henlys Jaguar dealership keyfob badge dating from the late 1960s .
This vitreous enamel badge is in superb condition apart from a small mark in the plating on the back of the badge which can only be seen when the badge is flipped up from the keyfob.
Most importantly the vitreous enamelling on the face of the badge is in mint condition – very unusual because almost all the badges which we see have damaged enamel particularly in the sharp corners at the edge of the badge .
Almost all original Henlys badges which have seen some use will have enamel loss at the bottom corners of the badge – this one is perfect.
We have remounted the badge onto a new keyfob in full grain black leather as can be seen in the photos.
In the early to mid 1960s Henlys generally had their keyrings made by P.R.Bradbury or Fattorini & Sons – both in Birmingham.
By the late 1960s many of their badges were being made without a maker’s mark on the back of the badge – the badge on the keyring in this listing is unmarked.
Henlys had probably found Bradburys & Fattorini becoming too expensive and had started to use another badgemaker who was not so well known and did not add his details to the back of the badges.
Henlys Jaguar/Rover dealership was founded in 1947 by Herbert Henly. The original premises gave its name to Henlys Corner on the North Circular Road in London and also Henlys Roundabout in Hounslow.
Goodness knows how many Jaguar cars will have passed through the dealership in the 1950s and 1960s.
Needless to say – Bud Marston has a section in his ‘Vintage Jaguar Keyrings’ book featured here in this website shop describing Henlys keyrings , although the example of the badge which he has in the book is not as good as this one !
Over the last few years the values of original vintage Jaguar keyrings in good condition have rocketed – it has become almost impossible for us to source original examples to list here in this website shop
On a cautionary note – we have recently been shown a ‘Henlys keyring’ bought from an online auction site. This was a very passable reproduction although the ‘St. Christopher’ lettering was not as precise as the originals and the badge had been produced in modern resin based enamel – not vitreous enamel like this badge.
We have no plans to offer a reproduction Henlys keyring – the name is subject to licensing restrictions.
Any Henlys keyring or badge which is offered by us will be an original keyring or badge dating from the period.
The keyring in the photos is the actual keyring which you will receive. When it has been sold – this listing will be cancelled.