In the late 1790s, George Washington gave this diminutive trunk to the infant child of his eldest granddaughter, Eliza Parke Custis. According to an inscription on the inside of the trunk, Eliza retained the keepsake to preserve it for when her daughter could appreciate its significance. A second inscription relates that Eliza once again took stewardship after her daughter's untimely death, and subsequently passed the trunk on to her grandchild, Elizabeth Parke Custis Rogers.






Leather, wood, paper, brass, fire gilding, iron


Overall: 3 3/4 in. x 8 in. x 4 3/8 in. (9.53 cm x 20.32 cm x 11.13 cm)


Purchased with funds donated by Mrs. David Garth Holdsworth, Vice Regent for New Jersey, and Mr. Holdsworth, in honor of Emily Whitesides Hammond and Magdalena Crowninshield Hammond, 2008

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