Is it Griffin, Gryphon or Griffon?

With deep roots in heraldry and family crests at Dempsey & Carroll – almost 135 years to be exact – we are very familiar with a common element of the crest, the griffin. Originally spelled gryphon, this traditionally mystical creature stands tall with the head, wings, and claws of an eagle on the form of a lion. In classical heraldry, he stands for courage, strength, bravery, military service, and divine protection. 

Here at Dempsey & Carroll, we have our very own modern-day griffin ready to serve and protect.  Meet Chief – a fine specimen of a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Look at that face!

Our second favorite use of gryphon is GRYPHON New York – stunning must-haves for the fall season.

Emily K. Melton of Dempsey and Carroll

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