Furniture and Architectural Elements: Escutcheons

Decorative plate surrounding a keyhole, usually of brass, but sometimes of ivory in the Federal era.

Also may be called a “key plate.”

The keyhole escutcheons with the plain type are either vertical ovals or are circular with small nailing holes top and bottom. The ovals are about an inch and a half high by an inch wide. The circular ones are about an inch and a half in diameter.

Bat Wing Escutcheons

With the ornate handles, the keyhole escutcheons have a scrolled outline with arched top and the face has foliage scrolling done in relief.

Ornate Escutcheon

Thanks to the Furniture Glossary for the text of this post.

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