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        Antiques Roadshow | Eliza Law Custis Lap Desk, ca. 1795

        A lady's lap desk once belonging to the granddaughter of Martha Washington is the subject of this video from Antiques Roadshow. A gift from the Marquis de Lafayette, an ally of the Americans during the Revolutionary War, the French desk, still holds original papers from the 1820s written by the Washingtons' granddaughter, Eliza Parke Custis. An inscribed plaque confirms that Eliza Custis gave this piece to her daughter, Eliza Law, in 1823. The appraiser is decorative arts expert, C. Wesley Cowan.

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