Historic unique handmade distinctive keyrings made using original relic metal salvaged from Battle of Britain Spitfires.

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RAF Spitfire number P9469 of 222 Squadron was shot down at 4.50 pm on the 7th October 1940. The Spitfire was in combat during an attack on enemy bombers and the Spitfire crashed and was burnt out at Baileys Reed Farm, Hurst Green, Salehurst. At the time of it’s shooting down the Squadron was participating in the Battle of Britain.

The Pilot at the time was Pilot Officer John William Broadhurst. He bailed out but fell dead at Longhurst. He is buried in Hornchurch cemetery, Essex.

The metal used in the keyring comes from the Spitfires armoured plate. It s very rusty and we have treated the rust to contain it and preserve it’s character. The keyring comes with a letter on handmade paper describing the details of this fine commemorative piece. The body of the keyring from the top of the nut to the bottom of the base excluding the brass belt hanger and key ring is about 2 3/4 inches.

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We have tried to preserve the rusting and corrosion on each piece as much as possible to preserve both it’s character and the authenticity of the item. Each piece is unique and gives a rugged appearance and we have treated to metal to curb further oxidation. It’s nearer to a work of art than to a mass produced keyring. It’s an amazing Battle of Brtain Spitfire relic with genuine authenticity and think we have managed to get about nineteen out of the metal. The metal has been coated to stabilise the rust. To preserve and enhance the ambiance of the piece we have a welded a nut to the top edge as the fastener to the keyring part of the piece. The nut is not original to the Spitfire. With the keyring as in the pictures comes a solid brass belt hanger. This can be discarded if you just want a keyring without the belt attachment. Look carefully at the size of this product before buying. The widths of each piece vary but the lengths are much the same. Remember each one is different and the patterns of pitting and associated colours from the oxidation of the metal will be different. It’s a rugged item and we have tried to preserve the authenticity of it in making it. It’s not been ground to remove the pitting we have tried to preserve those features. It’s an inspirational keyring with a direct link to epic events in British history. Other aviation themed keyrings will come along from time to time all of which will utilise historic metal. The letter accompanying each limited edition keyring is individually numbered from one to nineteen.

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The price inclusive of UK postage and the brass belt hanger is 62 Spitfire keyring 1

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The price without the brass belt hanger is 57 Spitfire keyring 2


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