We have just two of these keyrings to offer at this special price – these were made some time ago for an exhibition ( in the days when we attended exhibitions in the UK ) using our own ‘antique gold’ finish inlaid badges which we may no longer be able to have made.
The badges are inlaid into teardrop keyfobs in red leather as shown in the photos.
The vitreous enamel badges inlaid into these Jaguar keyrings are a faithful reproduction of an original gilt keyfob badge from the early 1960s – which can be seen on the ‘examples of original keyrings’ page of the GALLERY on this website.
The face of the Jaguar on the badge is known as a growler. This was the image which Jaguar used in several guises from the 1950s up to the 1960s – the particular one which we have used being possibly the most iconic of them all.
The particular badge used in this keyring is produced in an ‘antique gold’ or ‘gilt’ finish which is very close to the finish used for these badges in the 1960s. In those days the badges received a ‘whiff’ of cellulose lacquer to prevent them from becoming tarnished.
Over time this wore off & the badge then took on an ‘antiqued’ look. Ours are treated just the same.
This reproduction captures the wonderful fresh vibrant colour of the translucent red vitreous enamel ground of the original in our reference collection.
We are justifiably proud of this keyring and a customer has already described them as ‘Jaguar Jewellery’ !
The vitreous enamel badges which we use for this keyring were produced for us 8 years ago and we have very limited supplies left. We have very recently managed to have another small batch of the hinged version of this badge made in vitreous enamel.
Having the badges made in modern resin based enamel does not give the same jewel-like appearance and the growler just does not look the same .