escutcheon - [ih-SKUHCH-uhn] - noun
1. a shield decorated with a coat of arms
2. the protective metal plate around a keyhole and lock, drawer handle or pull, light switch, etc.
3. the panel on a ship's stern bearing her name
Now I know that the metal thingey around a drawer handle is called an escutcheon.
*Yeah, lame sentence. Perhaps you can come up with a better one?