Escutcheon

Project details

  • Object number –
  • Material – Iron
  • Place of Origin – Likely England
  • Date – Early 17th century
  • Context – 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.