2 quatrefoil keys

More Quatrefoils… Bringing Good Tidings To You

I think I have always wanted to visit England, perhaps even live there, and I finally made the trip
this winter during the week that set English records for cold!
No matter!  I was just where I wanted to be!
I still cannot think of one thing that I did not like about the entire adventure…
more likely, I like everything even more!
I marveled all kinds of things…one of them being the wonderful old architecture
and quatrefoils were often part of that.

In architecture the quatrefoil is a type of decorative framework consisting of
a symmetrical shape which forms the overall outline of
four partially overlapping circles of the same diameter.
It is a representation of a flower with four petals or a leaf with four leaflets.
The word is derived from the Latin “quattuor” (four) and “folium” (leaf).
In heraldry, the quatrefoil brings good tidings.

2 quatrefoil keys

Just after my return, a dear woman, customer and friend who knows I love to collect history and skeleton keys
showed me her tiny quatrefoil key, which opens a tiny lock, and wondered if I might want to make more…
just another lovely coincidence, to which I answered “of course!”
Well, my new little quatrefoil key, silver or golden bronze,
hangs next to every charm I wear… perfectly!

Here are some of the beautiful architectural quatrefoils I photographed in England…

London Bridge rail quatrefoil

London Bridge rail quatrefoil

Stonor Park country house chair quatrefoil

Stonor Park country house chair quatrefoil

Stonor Park armorial shield within a quatrefoil

Stonor Park armorial shield within a quatrefoil

Mevagissey architectural quatrefoil

Mevagissey, in Cornwall, architectural quatrefoil

inside Hampton Court quatrefoil

inside Hampton Court quatrefoil

Hampton Court brick wall quatrefoil

Hampton Court brick wall quatrefoil

Hampton Court quatrefoil

Hampton Court quatrefoil

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