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Fascist Italian Officer Brocade Belt and Sword Hangers

Fascist Italian Officer Brocade Belt and Sword Hangers


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Directory: Popular Collectibles: Militaria: Uniforms: Pre 1940: Item # 1238948
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 $499 
Absolutely stunning set. Fascist Italian Brocade officer belt with sword hangers in original box. I believe this rig is for Public Safety Police which is probably one of those innocuous names for a sketchy organization. The buckle itself is a lovely gold gilt example featuring an eagle beneath a crown gripping a fasces and with a nicely rendered enamel House of Savoy crest on his belly. The spot in the middle of this crest is not a chip but a spot of green residue that with a gentle rub slides right off. Beyond this test I will leave it for the next guy to deal with as he sees fit. The rubs to the gold gilt finish in the photos is exaggerated by my heavy flash photography and overall the buckle is easily a 9+ out of 10. The red and gold brocade of the belt itself has no damage and just gentle age toning as well as a bit of greening in spots from the metal composition of the brocade itself. This is almost all behind the buckle and not really distracting at all. I prefer to leave things as I find them but I am sure this could be cleaned right off. The reverse of the belt is a nice clean red velvet with a terrific smooth pile. The keeper is a correct match for the finish of the buckle. The hangers, of course, are made of the same high quality red and gold bullion with the same degree of gentle toning and lack of any kind of damage. The metal buckles, clips, belt hook, chain and swivel hook also all match the gold gilt finish of the belt buckle and keeper. The final kicker for this lovely set is the original box. Just the right length for the belt and in matching red color. While it does have shelf wear it is in remarkable condition as well considering it is a thin cardboard type material. Sides have a paper liner attached to the top edge of the box bottom. The end of the lid has a label reading: "Cinturone di Gala per Funzionari di P. S." which identifies it as a belt for an official of the Public Safety Police. The inside of the lid is marked by a firm from Naples which was either the maker or the distributor. Absolutely smashing set with all the bells and whistles; Would be a great addition to even an advanced collection.