This Griffin image, adapted from George Wythe's family coat of arms, has been selected as a symbol of the ancient heritage of the College of William & Mary. By request of his student Thomas Jefferson, Wythe established the nation's first law school at William & Mary and led it brilliantly for a decade. This tie, designed by Kate Ackerly of Peter-Blair Ltd. features an elegant variation of the William & Mary athletic mascot.
"This griffin incorporates an eagle symbolizing our new nation - in whose creation Williamsburg and William & Mary people played large roles - and a lion reflecting our royal British roots," says William & Mary President Taylor Reveley. "It combines the vision of an eagle and the courage of a lion. Griffins are ancient like William & Mary, and griffins have always been guardian of precious treasure - and what more precious treasure than William & Mary."
Tie in a lush dark green featuring a golden griffin with blood red accents for it's talons and tongue.