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Object Name Sword
Other Name Katana
Object Number 1879.6.5
Collection Rutherford B. Hayes
Description wood handle covered with white pebbled skin of a (sting) ray fish; flat dark green with bluish tint silk wrapping over handle in a pattern which leaves a row of lozenge-shape openings on either side, exposing the white ray skin; small bird-like metal ornament (Menuki) with some gold coloring in center of handle under wrapping on each side; wood peg 9 7/16" (24cm) from end of handle; decorative wood end cap on handle and a an iron end cap next to guard (Tsuba); plain round iron guard; iron collar with Falling Rain design; steel blade with two 9" grooves (for balancing); decorative engraving in center of blade on one side - looks like a bug with 3 wavy lines; tempering marks visible but not real clear
Dimensions W-1.772 L-39.961 inches
Dimension Details blade measures: 74.3cm (29 1/4") long
Material metal; fish skin; cloth
Provenance this two-handed sword is part of a collection given to (and later purchased by) President Hayes in 1879 by a distant cousin, R. T. Hayes, of Los Angeles. This cousin was seeking an appointment to serve in some capacity in Japan.
People Hayes, R. T.
Alferes, Gerald
Search Terms Japan
R. T. Hayes