We have just a few of these original Norton keyfob badges which we have mounted onto new keyfobs in full grain black leather as can be seen in the photos.
These are brand new original old stock items dating from the 1960s which came to us from the leatherworks of Heath Machin & Co. of Walsall who ( as well as making their own keyrings ) mounted keyfob badges onto leather keyfobs for Melsom Products Ltd of Birmingham whose name appears on the back of the badges.
Melsom Products Ltd were the most famous and prolific of British car & motorcycle keyring manufacturers during the 1960s and very early 1970s – taking over when Castles Unit Developments (CUD ) who made the torpedo shaped keyrings disappeared.
Melsoms themselves then closed in the early 1970s making way for Manhattan Windsor of Birmingham who continued making automotive keyrings into the early 21st Century before closing themselves.
We had always assumed that Melsoms mounted their badges onto their own leather keyfobs – and it has taken us 10 years to discover that this was not always the case.
Heath Machin & Co. were bought out by new owners in the very early 1970s ( coinciding with Melsom’s demise ) and continued making small leather goods into the 1990s.
When all the keyrings with these badges have been sold then this listing will be cancelled.