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Object Name Sword
Other Name Tachi
Object Number 1879.6.19
Collection Rutherford B. Hayes
Description elaborately carved ivory handle with some of the carvings colored in with black; scene depicts 6 Oriental people, flowers and a stone bridge; metal retaining peg (nail) on one side and a hole on the opposite side; guard (Tsuba) also made of carved ivory with some black coloring; 2 ivory spacers; brass collar; steel blade; handle appears to be in two sections - they join together 7.5cm from end of handle; handle is hollow with an open end
Dimensions W-1.378 L-24.803 inches
Dimension Details blade measures: 41.7cm (16 7/16") long x 2.5cm (1 15/16") wide
Material metal; ivory
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