|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; metal flower ornament under silk blade on each side; no retaining peg (hole for it is visible); black metal decorative pommel-cap with gold painted flower pattern; matching black metal collar near Tsuba; round iron Tsuba has two holes; 1 brass and 1 copper spacer on either side of Tsuba; copper collar next to Tsuba around blade; three sided steel blade has 2 sharp edges; blade is thicker near handle end; 4 3/8" long groove/indentation on flat side of blade and is painted red|
|Dimensions||W-1.339 L-15.984 inches|
width measurement taken at top of handle
blade measures: 2cm (13/16") wide (at widest point) x 23.5cm (9 1/4") long
|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.|
Hayes, R. T.
R. T. Hayes