|Collection||Rutherford B. Hayes|
|Description||wood handle wrapped with a fine cord; it appears the cord was originally a natural color but over time it has darken to a dark gray color from dirt, oil, etc.; copper pommel cap decorated with the figure of an octopus; matching copper octopus ornamnet on one side of handle; peg hole (no peg); copper guard; copper collar; steel blade has a blunt edge on one side and on the tip and a sharp edge on opposite side; two thirs of the blade has a deep etched pattern; tempering marks visible on blade|
|Dimensions||W-1.496 L-16.142 inches|
width measurement taken by guard
blade measures: 3cm (1 3/16") wide x 27.4cm (10 13/16") long
|Provenance||this 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.|
Hayes, R. T.
R. T. Hayes