I was showing a client houses this past Saturday and I ran into something I had never encountered in my 5 years as a Realtor…a covered keyhole.

And, the funny thing is, I not only saw it at one house, I found one at two different houses.

Now, both homes were built in the 1920’s, so that may have something to do with it, but what are the odds?

Anyway, I found it a rather charming front door accent and decided to do a little research.

It seems that years ago, covered keyholes were used on interior doors to give the room’s occupant privacy. No keyhole peeping when there’s a cover!

For an external door though, it seems to be a protector from rain and other weather events from coming into the home.

Today, preventing rain from entering a lock is not necessary given modern lock design and those covered locks that remain are more of a decorative statement than anything else.

Either way, I really found them quite charming.

Here are a few examples…

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pinterest covered keyholeSource – Pinterest

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bungalow blueSource – Bungalow Blue Interiors

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beehiveSource – Jane Knapp

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urban remainsSource – Urban Remains

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Antique Run of Hammered Brass Keyhole Covers KC310Source – Below Stairs of Hungerford

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Keyhole-Cover-Wooden-Ebonised-Beehive-Small-ESBKSource – Leonminster Reclamation

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pineapple key coverSource – Renovator’s Supply

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brass keyhole coverSource – Renovator’s Supply

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