This brass griffin ornament representing the Washington family crest once adorned the leather harness of one of George Washington's draft horses. It was excavated in 1936 from the site of the blacksmith shop at Mount Vernon, suggesting that the ornament may have been brought there for repairs. This small ornament is all that remains of Washington's elaborate travelling equipage that would have included a carriage displaying his coat-of-arms, liveried servants, and well-groomed horses.


Cast brass harness ornament in the form of a griffin head; on the reverse are the shanks of five tangs located at the top, the beak, the center, and the lower corners.





Copper alloy


Overall: 2 1/4 in. x 2 1/8 in. x 9/16 in. (5.72 cm x 5.41 cm x 1.42 cm)

Credit Line

Mount Vernon Archaeology Collection (found at the site of the Blacksmith's shop)

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Colors (Beta)

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