Escutcheons are usually shaped plates, often made from brass, that can either surround a keyhole or be inlaid into the top of the lid. Not only were they used as a form of decoration, they were sometimes also personalised by engraving them with the owner’s names, crests or initials.
Central Brass Escutcheon, Fretworked and Engraved with a Foliate and Scrollwork Design, from a French Antique Jewellery Box in Ebony by Alphonse Giroux & Cie, Paris.
French Antique Jewellery Box in Ebony with Brass Inlay by Alphonse Giroux & Cie, Paris.
Decorative Brass Escutcheon from a French Mahogany Jewellery Box.
French Mahogany Antique Jewellery Box with Brass Inlay.
Brass Escutcheon with Personalised Engraving from a Mahogany Antique Jewellery Box.
Mahogany Antique Box with Brass Edging.
Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Cantilever Mechanism.