Step across its threshold (beneath the royal escutcheon of Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain) and you brush against a time when these colonnades shaded both piety and intrigue.
As weaponry began to render body armor obsolete, coats of arms were scaled down and used on tunics and caps, still in the form of the escutcheon or shield.
Although apparently executed largely by Veronese's workshop, this picture bears in the central foreground an escutcheon placed on an imperial eagle, which might help identify the original patron.
Above the doorway of the old hall was a carved escutcheon with a lion rampant, the Arms of the De Lacys.
Each chest has graduated drawers with solid, mahogany drawer fronts and original elaborate cast-brass pulls and escutcheons .
There followed the imperial, French, Venetian, and Portuguese ambassadors, the clergy, and a small army of mourners carrying banners and escutcheons decorated with gold and silver.
An escutcheon of pretence was used only when the wife had no brothers, and could transmit the right to use her familial coat of arms to a man who would act as her family's representative - in this case, her husband.
Over the years chairs have lost casters or the casters have lost their leather wraps; chests are without pulls, escutcheons , and decorative mounts; and the hinges of secretary doors have vanished.
Lockey makes the same point by transferring the family escutcheons to the yellow curtain on the left, where they become, in effect, emblems of folly.
The present locks and escutcheons are not original.