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. Candle snuffers were used in the 18th-century in many households. 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 handle on the hinged pewter snuffer is approximately 8" long and the griffin which pivots on the end of the snuffer measures 1 ¾".
Made in the USA by Salisbury Pewter.