|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.|
Hayes, R. T.
R. T. Hayes