NOW SOLD – all these keyrings with these badges have now been sold and can no longer be ordered
We have just a few of these rare original vitreous enamel on gilt Porsche keyfob badges to offer .
These are being offered remounted onto new keyfobs in full grain black leather as shown in the photos.
The vitreous enamel on gilt badges are in superb condition ( unused new old stock )
The badges were made in the very late 1960s or very early 1970s by Raydek of Birmingham.
Very little can be found out about Raydek – but we think that they replaced Melsom Products Ltd for a very short time when Melsom closed abruptly in the late 1960s.
We have seen very few other badges made by Raydek – odd BMW badges sometimes crop up – so it may be that they aspired to produce keyrings just for prestige marques and disappeared without trace when the ‘salad days’ of leather keyrings with vitreous enamel badges finished in the early 1970s as fashions changed.
The badge is identical to the badge which Melsom produced at that time so it is reasonable to assume that Raydek came into possession of Melsom’s badge dies.
More may come to light in the future as a young lady whose grandfather had a leather business in Walsall and mounted Melsom’s badges onto their famous ‘keyflix’ leather keyfobs has recently made contact with us.
In the late 1960s most automotive keyrings for British & European cars were made in England by just a few manufacturers – of which Melsom Products had become the largest with the demise of Castles Unit Development Co ( CUD ) .
Porsche motor cars were still relatively rare on UK roads at that time with the result that very few keyrings were made for Porsche at the time ( Porsche themselves did not have their own keyrings made until much later )
CUD had made a few Porsche torpedo keyrings in the mid 1960s and then it seems that Melsom Products of Birmingham made a batch in the late 1960s.
Maybe these Raydek badges were the very last of the Porsche badges produced in England – these do have the top bar in white enamel which is correct for Porsche cars up until the advent of the impact bumper cars in 1973.
Interestingly Raydek’s Birmingham ‘phone no. appears on the back of the badges – the 021 Birmingham telephone code began in 1966.
If you would prefer one of these badges mounted onto a different leather keyfob – just place the order and let us know in the order notes section ( or by separate email ) which keyfob shape & leather colour you would prefer – no extra charge ! 00/57 12/20