Escutcheons have been used on furniture since Medieval times. They protect the finished surface surrounding the lock from key scratches and were originally created from iron. Their appearance evolved until they became an intrinsic part of commissioned furniture, and served a decorative purpose even when the keyhole was ornamental rather than functional.
At Theodore Alexander we take great care to ensure that our hardware is historically correct in our styles that reflect earlier ages. Our metal workers use age-old techniques to hand craft decorative hardware, including escutcheons, providing accurate and evocative historic designs.