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Object Name Baton
Object Number 1879.6.31
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
Dimension Details width measurement taken by guard
blade measures: 3cm (1 3/16") wide x 27.4cm (10 13/16") long
Material metal; wood
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.
People Hayes, R. T.
Alferes, Gerald
Search Terms Japan
R. T. Hayes
helmet breaker