NOW SOLD – Sorry this keyring has now been sold and can no longer be ordered
An original vintage Jaguar E-type USA export keyring but sadly in damaged condition.
Despite the damage which we have attended to this keyring is now in a perfectly serviceable & usable condition .
This is an original 40 year old keyring which has led a life and has probably travelled many thousands of eventful miles in a 1970s E-type Jaguar .
We do know from experience that many of our customers do prefer a battle-worn keyring to match the condition of their car rather than new old stock pristine perfection !
Dealing with the condition of this keyring first ………….
The vitreous enamel badge has obviously suffered some impact damage as there is some loss of enamel between the ‘G’ & ‘U’of ‘JAGUAR on the face of the badge- ( the underlying base metal which is an alloy of copper) can be seen shining through.
The badge itself has some distortion as can be seen in the enlarged high resolution listing photos.
The keyfob itself had a small piercing through the keyfob which we have punched out and have permanently repaired with a leather plug – this can be seen in the photos.
Where the leather is doubled over to accomodate the splitring at the top of the keyfob had a slight split – so we have spliced a new thickness of leather within the fold ( you might not have noticed this had we not mentioned it )
When we carry out any repair to an original keyring we will always reveal the details of the repair here in the listing description.
Bud Marston describes and illustrates this keyring in his ‘Vintage Jaguar keyrings’ book featured at the beginning of this Jaguar section in our website shop.
His 2 examples are identical to ours and as Bud says – are in the very 1970s colour combination of ochre & black.
Produced in Birmingham in the early 1970s for cars bound for the American market- one of Bud’s examples was known to have been supplied with a Jaguar V12 E-type.
Bud carries on to say that whether these keyrings were included with cars bound for USA or whether they were simply provided to American dealerships is uncertain.
This keyring is an important historical Jaguar item and is the only original example which we have ever listed over the last 10 years – we have just had a couple of loose badges no longer connected to their original keyfobs which we have listed and sold remounted onto new leather keyfobs.
If this keyring did not have the damage which we have described then we would be listing it at a figure of at least 3 x the price listed- maybe more.
The keyring in the photos is the actual one which you will receive.
When it has been sold this listing will be cancelled. 00/521 01/20