Miniature Medals Vintage
The dagger measures 13.5 inches in length with scabbard. The blade has semi-sharp edges, a dull tip, with light contact and surface wear in the plating. The blade measures 7.5 inches in length and rating better than very fine. The cross guard has ball on either end, stamped in its center “E 608 on the front and MVSN on the reverse, with bronze embedded fascio on both sides. The handle spine is nickel plated with some plating issues, steel scabbard with a ball tip, and an integral belt loop, with surface wear.
Footnote: The Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale (MVSN = Voluntary Militia for National Security), commonly called the Blackshirts was originally the paramilitary wing of the National Fascist Party and, after 1923, an all-volunteer militia of the Kingdom of Italy. Its members were distinguished by their black uniforms (modelled on those of the Arditi, Italy’s elite troops of the First World War) and their loyalty to Benito Mussolini, the Duce (leader) of Fascism, to whom they swore an oath. The founders of the paramilitary groups were nationalist intellectuals, former army officers and young landowners opposing peasants’ and country laborers’ unions. Their methods became harsher as Mussolini’s power grew, and they used violence and intimidation against Mussolini’s opponents. In 1943, the MVSN was integrated into the Italian armed forces. The dagger is in great original vintage condition.