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Object Name Baton
Other Name Hachiwara (Helmet Breaker)
Object Number 1879.6.7
Collection Rutherford B. Hayes
Description wood handle covered with a rust (or dull red) colored lacquer and highly carved; small metal end cap at top of handle; black round screw (Mekugi) through handle; black wood end cap next to black wood guard; steel,square, 4-sided blunt striking implement slightly curved on end; has a small hook-like projection near the guard; marking on the tang: see black & white photographs #4892-4895
Dimensions W-1.772 L-18.11 inches
Dimension Details striking blade measures: 29.2cm (11 1/2") long x 2.6cm (1") wide including hook
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