|Collection||Rutherford B. Hayes|
|Description||hilt/handle made of wood covered with the white pebbled skin of a (sting) ray fish; flat black silk braid wrapped over hilt in a pattern whch leaves a row of lozenge-shape openings on either side; black end cap; a round metal ornament on each side of handle with a gold colored leaf-like design in center; wood retaining peg; iron tsuba/guard with a "D" shape hole in one side; iron end cap with etched design next to guard; 2 small gold colored ornaments (crests, perhaps) on guard; brass spacer; steel collar with falling rain design; steel blade|
|Dimensions||W-1.181 L-12.008 inches|
|Dimension Details||blade measures: 17.5cm (6 7/8") l. x 1.6cm (5/8") w.|
|Provenance||according the old records, this knife, which belongs to scabbard 1879.6.17, is a "form of knife used in self-destruction or Hari-Kari with chop stick (we don't have chop stick) - (bears crest of Micados [Termos] family - very ancient, date obstructed). It 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