February 11, 2010
Doll's trunk. England. Leather, wood, paper, copper alloy, fire gilding, iron, ca. 1797-1799. An inscription inside this toy trunk states that George Washington gave it to Eliza Law's daughter who was born in 1797. Eliza kept the gift for safekeeping until her child grew up. A second inscription records that Eliza again took stewardship of the keepsake after her daughter's untimely death in 1821. She subsequently passed the gift on to her grandchild, Elizabeth Parke Custis Rogers, whose miniature descended with it.
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