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Probably one of the rarest keyrings which we have ever offered – try to find another !
This is an original Sun keyring dating from the late 1950s with a nickel plated badge with red vitreous enamel detail.
It is the only complete original Sun keyring which we have ever listed over the last 10 years ( apart from the new old stock melsom keyrings recently listed ) the only other one of this winged badge design which we have ever seen was simply a loose badge which we remounted onto a new leather keyfob and was bought by a regular collector customer of ours based in Slovakia.
The badge is mounted onto an ostrich skin keyfob !
This sounds ridiculous – but actually ostrich skin (was very occasionally used for small leather goods in the 1950s and we have seen examples of it having been used for keyrings before.
Ostrich skin is quite similar to pigskin which was used relatively commonly for keyfobs.
The keyring is in good condition for it’s age.
Viewed at life size with the naked eye the badge appears fine apart from one small area of nickel plating being missing.
The enlarged high resolution photos reveal what the naked eye does not see – many tiny pin-pricks in the plating with the underlying copper base metal showing through………..this keyring is already 60 years old and has had a life !
Unless you plan to use the keyring on an open motorcycle in all weathers the badge condition is unlikely to alter in the future and the condition of the ostrich skin keyfob is quite good – perfectly serviceable.
The keyring was made at the time by Sculthorp badgemakers of Blackfriars House London .
Very few of these keyrings will have been made as production of motorcycles by Sun Cycles & Fittings Ltd in Aston, Birminham ceased in the early 1960s.
The keyring is original & correct for use with any late Sun motorcycle.
The keyring in the photos is the actual one which you will receive and this listing will cancel when the keyring has been sold.