Mount Vernon Classic Griffin Snuffer
Candle snuffers were used in the 18th-century in many households. The Washington Family coat-of-arms is surmounted by a "flying griffin", a mythological creature that was featured on the family crest for generations. George Washington placed the griffin, a winged lion's body with a bird's head, on many of his most important possessions including his bookplate, silver plate, and presidential coach. In 1757 Washington acquired a mahogany version of his coat-of-arms which he placed in the front parlor at Mount Vernon, "the best room in the house".
The rigid handle on the classic pewter snuffer is marked with "MV". The snuffer is approximately 5 ½" long and the griffin measures 1 ¾".
Made in the USA by Salisbury Pewter.