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Object Name Knife
Other Name Tanto
Object Number 1879.6.16
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.
Material wood; metal
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.
People Hayes, R. T.
Search Terms Japan
1879
R. T. Hayes
Hari-Kari