NOW SOLD – sorry this keyring has now been sold to a customer in Australia but has been left on view as the only Indian motocycle keyring which we have ever listed.
What a sensational original badge !!
This is the only one which we have ever seen apart from one which Alan Forbes had at Motolux in Edinburgh in the late 1990s.
So far as we know it was only the late Indian Chiefs which actually had an ignition key which needed a keyring and the last of those bikes was produced in 1952.
Automotive keyrings did not come into general use until the late 1950s and we would think that this badge dates from then – at that time there were still plenty of Chiefs on the highways of USA and also a few around the world – and keyrings would have been purchased by owners for use with those bikes.
This badge was made by the famous Bastian Bros. located in Rochester New York.
Founded in 1895, Bastian Bros. were renowned for producing top quality jewellery and medallions.
The quality and craftsmanship of their products is legendary – and they are still around today doing exactly what they have been good at for over 100 years.
This is quite a large badge measuring 2″ ( 50mm ) from top to bottom and is made of bronze – consequently this is quite a large keyring ( like the bikes !)
Condition of the badge is superb as can be seen from the photos.
So special is this badge that we have remounted it onto a new keyfob in genuine vintage red pigskin .
We have just one hide of this material which is probably as old as the badge itself and reserved for special keyfobs like this one.
The fact that it is almost identical in colour to Indian Red is entirely coincidental.
One of the rarest keyfob badges of all time – and quite a bargain if compared with the prices which vintage Jaguar keyfob badges have risen to over the last few years – many of which now changing hands for well over £1000.00 .
Those Jaguar keyrings are relatively commonplace compared with this one.
The keyring in the photos is the actual one which you will receive and we are almost sure that we will never see another. 00/573 06/20