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Object Name Sword
Other Name Wakizashi
Object Number 1879.6.2
Collection Rutherford B. Hayes
Description wood handle/hilt covered with the white pebbled skin of a ray fish; flat blue silk braid wrapped over hilt in a pattern whch leaves a row of lozenge-shape openings on either side, exposing the white ray skin; small brass ornament in center of hilt under silk braid on both sides; this ornament appears to be a vase with flowers in it; decorative high relief flower pattern on end cap of hilt and next to the guard (Tusba); the round brass frame of the decorative guard has wood open-work which was painted a gold color; copper sleeve collar; steel blade with tempering marks visible
Dimensions L-29.528 D-1.772 inches
Dimension Details blade measures: 56.5cm (22 1/4") long x 2.8cm (1 1/8") wide
Material metal; fish skin; cloth
Provenance this sword 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
1879
R. T. Hayes
2nd generation Tadatsuna