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Object Name Sword
Other Name Ken
Object Number 1879.6.11
Collection Rutherford B. Hayes
Description wood handle carved into 4 panels - 2 flat and 2 rounded; there is a band of lighter colored wood around tip of handle; double edge short sword; ridge down length of blade; 9 small holes puched in blade, 4 sets of 2 and 1 near the tip; all are evenly spaced along blade; wood collar; markings on tang: see black & white photograph #4897 and #4898
Dimensions W-1.575 L-16.535 inches
Dimension Details blade measures: 2.6cm (1") wide x 29.15cm (11 1/2") long
Material wood; metal
Made by Tsugusada
Provenance this double edge short sword, which belongs to scabbard 1879.6.12, 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
double edge short sword