We are not licensed by Jaguar Land Rover Ltd to reproduce any of the recent Land Rover logos and none of the keyrings listed here for sale in this website shop feature any of those logos apart from listings with this classic green oval badge which we do have a letter of authorisation to reproduce and use.
The letter dates from March 2013 and is available for inspection if required.
Customers who buy this keyring tell us that they use the keyring with a Land Rover Defender……….the vintage straw grain leather which these keyfobs are made from should last as long as those Defenders !
The classic green oval badge used on these keyrings was produced by us in 2013 under licence to be mounted onto keyrings ordered from us for an overseas Official Land Rover dealership .
That dealership did not take the large stock which it originally committed to – so we are offering the badges mounted onto leather keyfobs here in this website shop.
Superb quality vitreous enamel badges in nickel plate which are mounted onto vintage straw grain leather keyfobs in this listing.
Our other small business Bolingbroke Saddlery ( now combined with Classic Leather Fobs Ltd) used to make keyrings using this vintage straw grain leather which is the toughest leather imaginable – most appropriate for a Land Rover – particularly a Defender.
We are offering keyrings made of this leather here in the Land Rover section of our website shop but plain teardrop keyrings can also be ordered in the ‘AA Saddlery Leather keyrings’ section at the top of the alphabetical list of makes of vehicle in this website shop.
This Straw Grain leather was a mainstay of saddlers the length & breadth of The British Isles and many older saddlery businesses will still have a shoulder or two of straw grain leather gathering dust under the workbench.
The straw grain leather which we have is probably already 50 years old – and still as good & strong as the day it came out of the tannery.
Straw grain leather was one of the strongest, stiffest and toughest leathers ever produced and was used for making leather items which would receive the very hardest use such as luggage ( Doctor’s Gladstone Bags ) horse tack and support gaiters for horses with sprained ankles.
Many items for the armed forces were made using this leather in WW1 and again in WW2.
The leather was often riveted together with copper rivets to impart even more strength.
Maybe their sewing machines struggled to stitch this material ? It’s certainly a challenge for us to stitch it by hand !
The distinctive striped ( straw) grain was applied in leather presses using extreme pressure which compacted the fibres and imparted even more strength – rather like the corrugations on roofing sheets.
In use – the dark Havana finish would eventually wear from the top of the raised grain to reveal the lighter natural leather beneath .
We have cheated here and have accelerated this process by distressing the top grain of the leather to reveal the most attractive aged leather appearance which can be seen in the photos.
Embossed with our original Bolingbroke Saddlery England brand – but can be ordered plain without this if you prefer :- simply state this in the customer notes section on the online order form.
The nickel plated flat splitring which each keyring is fitted with is the strongest and best quality splitring available .
A genuine gold plated splitring can be ordered instead of nickel plated at no extra cost – please ask for this in the customer notes.
Your keyring will arrive in it’s own simple little presentation box – making it the perfect present.