What is the meaning of the furniture term Escutcheon?

Escutcheon is a term used in furniture to refer to a decorative or protective plate, typically made of metal, placed over a keyhole or a latch to surround and enhance its appearance. It serves both functional and aesthetic purposes by providing a finished look to a piece of furniture while also protecting the underlying surface around the keyhole or latch. Escutcheons can be found on various types of furniture, such as cabinets, drawers, desks, and doors. Armorial term for a shield-shaped surface bearing coat-of-arms, monogram. Fitting over a keyhole or the back plate of a handle.
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