A very few of the antique figural napkin rings featured mythical creatures and this is one of them. A griffin sits proudly on the napkin holder. Under the napkin holder is a ball and it rests on an unusual domed open base. The napkin ring is pictured and discussed on page 255 of Gottschalk and Whitson's Figural Napkin Rings book. The height is 4.5 inches so this is a tall and impressive napkin ring. On the bottom is the mark of Meriden and the number 264. This is not an easy figural napkin ring to find.