NOW SOLD – sorry this keyring has now been sold and can no longer be ordered
An original vintage Jaguar ‘Red Growler’ keychain which will date from the late 1950s in our opinion.
The nickel plating and hand laid vitreous enamelling is virtually perfect & flawless ( apart from one tiny enamel chip which can hardly be seen at 9 0’clock on the face of the badge and a dark patch in the enamel above the growler’s left ear which will have been there since the badge was made )
This enamelling could never be confused with modern enamelling ……….it has that particular period look which cannot be replicated by modern means.
A couple of the examples which we have seen had ‘elongated B’ markings on the back which did not reveal the identity of the maker – this particular example is not marked.
Similar examples are shown and described in Bud Marston’s ‘Vintage Jaguar Keyrings’ book featured at the beginning of our Jaguar section in this website shop.
One of Bud’s examples was provided by us for the photos in his book and we are credited on the page accordingly.
Bud shows a photo of a similar keychain in his book and describes it as an elusive elongated ‘B’ red Growler key fob.
Bud’s example has a clasp for the key and a linked chain whilst ours has a diamond cut ( chamfer edged ) split ring and jointed ‘snake chain’.
These diamond cut splitrings went out of use in the 1960s and we have moved heaven & earth to have them replicated for our own keyrings but with no success.
On a cautionary note – we have seen similar badges which, whilst not being replicas as such, would probably have been produced in the 1960s.
They were not marked either but the standard of plating and vitreous enamelling was not to the standard of the example offered in this listing and they are generally slightly smaller in diameter- this example measures just over one inch ( 28mm ) in diameter .
We would think that these slightly later examples were the result of the original badge manufacturer having gone out of business ( there were dozens of small badgemakers operating in London & Birmingham in the 1950s and 1960s) and the die having been acquired by another badgemaker who may have made some badges from it but with a lesser quality of enamelling.
We have seen several examples of these keychains and badges over the years and they are usually damaged.
In 2019 we listed and sold a pristine example of this keychain ( the best one which we had ever seen ) which had the elongated B marking on the back .
That keychain was sold at a significantly higher price than the listed price of this example due to it’s exceptional condition and the fact that it was marked.
We would think that it is unlikely that such an example will ever come to market again.
These keychains are examples of one of the rarest and most enigmatic keyrings ever produced for use with Jaguar motor cars and the example in the photos is the actual one which you will receive.
When it has been sold this listing will be cancelled. 00/574 05/20