Original 1960s Norton keyrings in good condition are relatively rare items as the keyrings received hard use on open motorcycles in all weathers and rarely survived.
Over the last 10 years we have always struggled to find good examples of original Norton keyrings – those that we did find generally sold very quickly.
After all those years we have now received these incredible time-warp new old stock Norton keyrings which were produced in Walsall England in the 1960s !
The condition is absolutely mint even though these keyrings have been in store for over 50 years.
The nickel plated vitreous enamel badges are mounted onto keyfobs in genuine leather with natural fibre stitching in white thread.
These keyrings have rather eclipsed everything which we have listed in the past and it would be very difficult if not impossible to improve on these as examples of genuine original vintage 1960s Norton keyrings.
Anyone with an interest in classic Norton motorcycles would be strongly recommended to buy one of these whilst we have stock ( particularly at this price !) – as this could well be the very last ‘cache’ of original Norton keyrings which will ever come to light.
The keyrings are available in 5 leather colours ( while we have stock ) – red, royal blue, tan. green & conker brown- which can be selected on the drop down menu in the listing.
These keyrings were made in Walsall, England by Heath Machin & Co 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.