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Object Name Baton
Other Name Hachiwara (Helmet Breaker)
Object Number 1879.6.24
Collection Rutherford B. Hayes
Description metal handle; plain metal pommel-cap at top of handle; etched black metal collar next to black metal guard; another etched metal band on handle between pommel-cap and collar; round hole near end of handle; steel, square, 3-sided blunt striking implement slightly curved; blunt end; has a small hook-like projection near the guard; round hole with brass ring above this projection; markings on the striking portion: see black & white photographs #4903
Dimensions W-0.591 L-21.85 inches
Dimension Details width measurement taken at end of handle
striking blade measures: 35.6cm (14 1/16") long x 3.5cm (1 3/8") wide including hook
Material metal; wood
Provenance this copy of a helmet breaker 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
helmet breaker