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Object Name Sword
Other Name Tachi/Katana
Object Number 1879.6.26
Collection Rutherford B. Hayes
Description wood handle/hilt painted black with shiny flat black material braid wrapped over hilt in a pattern whch leaves a row of lozenge-shape openings on either side, exposing the black painted wood; wood peg placed 2 3/4" from end of handle; brass pommel-cap and collar; hexagonal iron Tsuba/guard with a hole through one side; 2 brass spacers on either side of Tsuba; brass collar at top of steel blade; a 13 1/4" indentation/channel starts 7 1/2" from top of blade for balancing
Dimensions W-1.457 L-32.717 inches
Dimension Details width measurement taken at top of handle
blade measures: 3.3cm (1 1/4") wide x 63.9cm (25 3/16") long
Material metal; wood
Provenance this 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