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Escutcheons – How Did They Get Their Name?

March 31, 2010

written by Martin Foley

How did key hole covers get their name?


How did key hole covers get their name?

Well, firstly, you have to admit that “escutcheon” has a rather more elegant ring to it than “key hole cover”.

Escutcheon is an old French word derived from the Latin word SCUTUM – a shield. It is a term widely used in heraldry to signify a shield with armorial bearings, and also a shield used to decorate a tomb. As well as a key hole cover, the word escutcheon also describes an ornamental plate from which door rings or knockers are suspended.

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