Original Italian WWII M.V.S.N. Fascist Militia Border Guards Dagger with Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. The Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza NSDAPonale (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 under Fascist rule. Its members were distinguished by their black uniforms (modelled on those of the Arditi, Italy's elite troops of World War I) 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, following the fall of the Fascist regime, the MVSN was integrated into the Royal Italian Army and disbanded.
The dagger blade, cross guard and tang are all die struck one piece. Blade is highly polished, 18cm (7 inches) in length, while the overall dagger measures 30cm (12 inches). There are few tiny nicks on the blade, overall in extremely fine condition. The cross guard has raised letters M.S.V.N., while the reverse has horizontal Fasces; the grip is blackened wood. The scabbard is nickel plated, as are the other parts of the dagger, with most of the finish retained. There is some damage to the scabbard. There are some dents, minor rust and the scabbard itself is starting to split on both sides, but is still together. Attached to the scabbard is a leather strap, for belt attachment.
This is still a great example of an early hard to find WWII Italian “Black Shirts” dagger!
Blade length: 6 3/4”
Blade Style: Spear Point Knife
Overall length: 11 1/2”
Crossguard: 2 1/2”
Scabbard length:7 1/2" with belt loop
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