A good friend has offered the First White House a wonderful portable lap desk that is said to have belonged to the President, and was given by Mrs. Davis to our friend’s great-grandmother. This is very exciting because we are now only accepting items that either belonged to the Davis family, or things that are original to the House and this is a rare find indeed.
The outside is leather over wood and needs a bit of conservation, but until that is undertaken we will put it in a locked cabinet in the Relic Room, so that people can see it, but can’t “travel” with it! I wish it could talk, because I can just imagine the stories it could tell, can’t you?
We are very grateful to our generous friends for donating this fine piece of history to our Museum.