WWII Italian Fascist Militia Black Shirts Dagger
WWII Italian Fascist Militia Black Shirts Dagger - "Milizia Volontaria Per La Sicurezza Nationale". This dagger was brought back by a veteran from the Italian theatre. Measuring 340 mm with the scabbard on, this dagger features a 198 mm nickel-plated steel blade, magnetic, with a sharp edge, remaining bright and crisp, and a semi-sharp tip. The blade exhibits light wear and minor pitting, in addition to scratches overall, common to extraction and return to the scabbard, and a natural shine, measuring 308 mm in length, the blade rating better than very fine. The handle is fabricated from aluminum, designed with a quillon, complemented by black synthetic plates embedded on either side and held in place by a single brass screw. The obverse of the handle has a bronze fasces insignia, while the pommel is fashioned in the form of an eagle's head. Accompanied by its black painted metal scabbard, magnetic, brass open-ended chape, the throat plate held in place by two brass screws on the topside, dual dagger hanger bands are embedded into the scabbard's body with rings attached, the scabbard measuring 230 mm in length. The black finished well-stitched dagger hangers each have brass clips, the top junction of the hangers with a black leather tab riveted in place with a brass "M" (M Legion) insignia attached, suspended from a large brass belt clip with a bronze gilt eagle sitting upon a fasces insignia affixed to the front. The pommel exhibits two distinct contact marks on the end, the scabbard with light contact throughout on the body, the leather straps showing wear and cracking, the hanger hardware with light contact overall. Very fine.