|Other Name||Hachiwara (Helmet Breaker)|
|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|
|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