|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|
width measurement taken at top of handle
blade measures: 3.3cm (1 1/4") wide x 63.9cm (25 3/16") long
|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.|
Hayes, R. T.
R. T. Hayes