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Object Name Knife
Other Name Tanto
Object Number 1879.6.13
Collection Rutherford B. Hayes
Description small steel blade; wood handle wrapped with brown cord; a brass end cap on handle; metal ornament on both sides, middle of handle; metal retaining peg; markings on one side of blade: see black & white photograph #4899
Dimensions W-1.26 L-4.173 inches
Dimension Details blade measures: 7.4cm (2 7/8") long x 1.1cm (7/16") wide
Material wood; metal
Made by Kanekado
Provenance this miniature knife/tanto, which belongs to scabbard 1879.6.14-14, appears to be a miniature dagger made from a kozuka blade (the small knife in a sword scabbard). In the old records it is referred to as a "Gents pocket knife". It 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.
Search Terms Japan
1879
R. T. Hayes
tanto
kozuka blade
steel blade