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Object Name Sword
Other Name Tachi
Object Number 1879.6.34
Collection Rutherford B. Hayes
Description steel blade; wood handle covered with the white pebbled skin of a ray fish; brass end cap with fancy scroll design; round brass ornament near end of handle and near blade end; 3 small ornaments and 3 jade heart shaped ornaments on handle; brass collar; brass ring on one side of handle near end cap with a green cord attached to it; Hamon (heat-treating) visible on blade and appears to be the large waves variation; under the handle on the Tang is a 16 petal flower/crest caled a Kiku (see black & white photographs #4906 and #4907)
Dimensions W-1.575 L-40.551 inches
Dimension Details blade measures: 3.8cm (1 1/2") x 72.4 (28 1/2")
Material metal; fish skin; rope
Made by Iga-No-Fujiwara-Kinmichi
Provenance this sword, usually displayed on sword stand, 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. See "A" file for documentation letters from both R. T. Hayes (dated June 1, July 31, and September 2, 1879) and President Hayes (dated August 21, 1879). According to the documentation found in the "A" file it was made in in August of 1678.
People Hayes, R. T.
Alferes, Gerald
Search Terms Japan
R. T. Hayes