For knob and lever handle mortice lock door furniture where a large backplate is not specified, an escutcheon will be required to trim the keyhole opening and guide the key into the hole, thereby preventing damage to the face of the door. The shape of the keyhole escutcheon should suit the type of lock being used. Most common is the conventional lever key shaped hole but for cylinder locks the shape maybe to suit either an oval or euro profile cylinder.
Escutcheons will also be required for mortice dead locks and as these are often specified for front doors the escutcheon should be of a design to compliment the other front door furniture.
The finish and style of keyhole escutcheons should of course match other door furniture being used. ‘Locks & Handles’, Architectural Components Ltd’s London showroom close to Fulham Broadway station stocks the widest selection of escutcheons. Traditional & contemporary designs manufactured from bronze, stainless steel, china, glass and of course brass, in a wide variety of plated finishes such as chrome & nickel, are available.
Covered escutcheons give more privacy and some protection against draughts.
Cabinet & cupboard locks will require smaller keyhole escutcheons. These are detailed in the cabinet & furniture hardware section of the website doorhandles.co.uk
Discreet inset escutcheons provide a bearing for the key but require more time and skill to fit.