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Object Name Sword
Other Name Tanto/Wakizashi
Object Number 1879.6.28
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
Dimension Details width measurement taken at top of handle
blade measures: 2cm (13/16") wide (at widest point) x 23.5cm (9 1/4") long
Material metal; wood
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
R. T. Hayes