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I picked up a nice Italian Navy Officer sword at a local Kansas City Military Collectors Club (KCMCC) militaria show on Saturday that I thought I would show. This Fascist period Naval Officer sword was complete with all the proper accouterments shown. The excellent plated straight blade is extensively etched with naval motifs including a fouled anchor but has no maker markings. The undamaged black leather scabbard has a rear sewn seam with gilt brass fittings. The top throat fitting has a single suspension ring on the edge and an applied fouled anchor on the obverse. The reverse has a stud that engages a hole in the folding guard on the back of the hilt to secure the blade in the scabbard. The center fitting is etched and embossed with another edge mounted suspension ring for the hangers. The bottom gilt brass fitting is similarly etched and embossed and has another small fouled anchor on the obverse. There is a rudimentary drag.
The sword hilt has a white sharkskin grip that has six rows of wrapped brass wire. The pommel is a rendition of a crowned lion with his mane forming decoration for the back strap. The gilt D shaped guard has a fouled anchor as its central motif which in turn is surrounded by waves. The end of the guard is a rendition of an eagle head and the back of the guard has a swivel section with a hole to engage the stud on the scabbard throat.
The hangers are typical Italian adjustable officer sword hangers rendered in gold bullion with blue accent stripes. The ends of the straps have gilt brass buckles that secure a loop for the snap ring that attaches to the suspension rings on the scabbard. This bullion hanger attaches to the belt with another snap ring. Hanging from this snap ring is a regain hook at the end of an open three section chain hanger, each containing a square knot. The sword knot is again a typical gilt wire Italian sword knot with blue highlights. The sword knot has a round strap with two slides in the middle of the strap and a bullion stem and crown. The ball is gilt bullion work without blue highlights.
I was happy to find this complete Naval sword at this small show.
Yes they did. They are some of the most elusive lids to find. I may have one in the works. Had some slip through my fingers through the years. I’ll keep you posted. This was my first Camo and only to date. I have all “textbooks” but I love these!
I got this piece in a Japanese grouping of items that I found in Japan. The back is made from a thick, rubberized canvas similar to late-war cartridge boxes, belts, etc. The rest is made from a heavy canvas, with a leather belt loop on the rear and what appears to be a missing leather loop of some kind on the front. Any help in ID-ing it would be great. It measures approximately 6-7 inches high by about 5.5 inches wide.
I'm glad you posted this helmet. I just picked up one this week; I'll post it once it arrives. One of the first Nazi helmets I ever saw as a kid in the late 1960's was a single decal LW in nice bring-back condition. The vet was willing to sell it to me, but I first had to figure out how to come up with $50.00 to buy it. I had a lawn mowing business at the time, and figured I would have to cut grass from sun up to sun down in order to get enough money for it. Added to that, I had no idea whether the price was reasonable or not. In the end, I passed....