Italian Youth Oganization (GIL) Leader’s Knife (#28720)

Italian Youth Oganization (GIL) Leader’s Knife (#28720)

No maker; Condition: EX++; CONSIGNMENT; SOLD

$395.00

An illustration and description of this pattern knife, used by leaders of the Italian Youth Organization – Gioventu Italiana, del Littorio (GIL), appear on page 18 of ITALIAN FASCIST DAGGERS by Frederick J. Stephens.  Cast brass hilt fittings featuring a well detailed eagle head pommel with glass eyes, feather motif backstrap floral design ferrule, and plain, straight crossguard. The wooden grip is complete with tight triple brass wire wrap.  The knife is complete with a straight, plated, unfullered blade and brown leather scabbard without a metal or wooden liner. The hilt fittings with red glass eyes and black grip show minor wear with no damage and much factory lacquer remaining on the hilt fittings and no cracks to grip or damage to the wire wrap. The unmarked blade, measuring 6 ½” in length, grades EX++ wear/gray shadowing but, no nicks to the 3 ¼” long false or 4 5/8” long cutting edges and is without buffer pad. Dark brown, grained leather scabbard without metal fittings but, complete with reverse integral belt loop grades EX++ showing only minor wear with no rips or tears. EX++ (28720) Consignment SOLD