Medaglione ferma Fazzoletto dell'Opera Nazionale Balilla
Medallion closing the Scarf of the Opera Nazionale Balilla
These medallions, issued in different versions, were part of the uniform of the Opera Nazionale Balilla and had the function of closing the blue Scarf which had to be carried around the neck according to regulations.
Ieri ho visto Il Duce. Triologia dell'iconografia mussoliniana. 2. Autografi Medaglie-Distintivi; Terzo Maffei, Alessandro Raspagni, Fausto Sparacino
This is a version dated between 1932 and 1937 which is produced by F.M. Lorioli & Castelli in Milan.
Front: The profile of Benito Mussolini with the text: "SE AVANZO SEGUITEMI" (If I attack follow me. This is part of a saying of Mussolini, which in full states: "Se avanzo seguitemi, se indietreggio uccidetemi, se mi uccidono vendicatemi"; If I attack follow me, if I retreat kill me, if they kill me avenge me). Furthermore the text: "OPERA BALILLA".
Reverse: Under the closure an image of a Fasces surrounded by the text "F.M. LORIOLI & CASTELLI” and “V. BRONZETTI 25 MILANO”.
All around the text "MODELLO DEPOSITATO” (Registered Model) and “RIPRODUZIONE INTERDETTA" (Reproduction Prohibited).