Escutcheon

Project details

  • Date

     March 11, 2015

  • Task

     Study Collection

  • Category

     Households, Iron

  • Object number –
  • Material – Iron
  • Place of Origin – Likely England
  • Date – Early 17th century
  • Context – James Fort, Pit 1
  • Location – Archaearium
  • Category – Household

Escutcheons are primarily decorative accents around a keyhole but can also be used to protect the lock mechanism and the locked object from wear.
This ornamental plate from Pit 1 would have surrounded the keyhole on a piece of furniture that arrived in the fort by 1610.