Escutcheon (furniture)

Definition and Origin of Escutcheon
– Escutcheon is a decorative plate used to conceal non-architectural items.
– The term ‘escutcheon’ comes from the Old Norman word derived from Latin meaning a shield.
– Escutcheons are commonly used with mechanical, electrical, and plumbing components.
– They bridge the gap between the pipe and the opening in a surface.
– The purpose of an escutcheon is to provide a decorative cover and protect the surrounding area.

Escutcheon for Door Furniture
– Escutcheons can also refer to items of door furniture.
– They surround a keyhole or lock cylinder and are part of a lockset.
– Escutcheons protect the lock cylinder from drilling or snapping.
– They also prevent damage and wear from the key missing the keyhole.
– Some escutcheons come in pairs with a rotating cover on the inside for added security.

Functionality of Escutcheons
– Escutcheons prevent insects and dust from entering the house or room.
– They help maintain the cleanliness and hygiene of the interior.
– The rotating cover on some escutcheons prevents prying eyes from seeing the keyhole.
– Escutcheons provide a seamless and aesthetically pleasing transition between the pipe and the surface.
– They enhance the overall appearance of the component or fixture.

– ‘A Treatise on Fire and Thief-proof Depositories, and Locks and Keys’ by Simpkin, Marshall and Company (1856) provides information on escutcheons.
– Wikimedia Commons has media related to escutcheon plates.
– The Wikipedia page on Escutcheon (furniture) contains additional information.
– This article is categorized under door furniture and architectural element stubs.
– The Commons category link is available on Wikidata.

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