White Glove Wednesday – Herring Collection

On June 10, 1940 Italy declared war on France and Great Britain. One of the American members of the National Fascist Party was hypnotist-turned-Tokalon cosmetics baron E. Virgil Neal. The Marshall Museum Collection contains Neal’s Mussolini-signed Fascist Italy Safe Conduct Pass (dated 1930), a small ivory bust of the dictator, an enameled brass National Fascist Party lapel button, and an 18K mounted silk moire wallet. All were purchased at a New Orleans antique shop in 1999 and donated by Dr. John Herring.