SPECIAL DOUBLE PROOF SA & NSKK DAGGER SECTION
The below section contains a number of very rare double proof SA and NSKK daggers. These daggers are all in fine condition and I have recently had all of them professionally photographed in order to use them in my upcoming SA book. Now that I have the photography and have documented each piece, it is now time to put them up on the collector market. This is a great opportunity to acquire SA daggers seldom seen. Many collectors are after double proof SAs, so these daggers should be of prime interest. As a side note, any of the collector’s who purchase the daggers will be noted as the owners in my upcoming SA book.
2XPROOF #33110C SA Double Proof Dagger RZM M 7/51 1941 With Little Knight Logo - Anton Wingen
This last-ditch effort by Anton Wingen amazingly still incorporates the little knight logo along with the RZM stamping. Most of the producers had long ago given up putting their logo on the blade, but somehow Wingen managed to do this throughout the period. The same is true on the Wingen Hitler Youth knives. At any rate, this example shows some age to the cross guards and the tang nut. The nickel plating shows some freckling in the surfaces but there is really not any lifting. There are a couple of wear spots in the cross guard finish but nothing abnormal. The tang nut is a nickel plated steel type which is beginning to turn gray. The grip is a smooth contour example, being of mahogany color wood and having vertical graining. The SA runes button is nicely placed and does have a little bit of usage evident over the top of the enamel, but no chipping per se. The grip eagle on this example is a copper style. It looks as though it may have had a silvered finish at one time, but this is mostly worn off. The grip nicely fits the cross guards and shows some overall usage but no problems. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell is painted with a lighter chocolate brown color. The original paint shows some usage as well as some spidering in the surfaces. Overall, it is about 98% and does not look too bad. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated steel type. Like the cross guards, they show some age in the surfaces but not bad. The throat is the thicker type that we often see on pictures of this later vintage. The scabbard mounts are retained by dome head steel screws, all of which have most of their plating remaining. The blade of this example is still mostly bright but does have some evenly spaces smudge in the surfaces of both sides. The blade grades about excellent. The cross graining is visible in a few places where the smudge has not covered it. The SA motto is crisp and also has some wear to the background darkening. This motto darkening rates at maybe 50% - 60%. The reverse ricasso has a double shaded RZM circle. The shading is also worn about the same as the motto background. The circle is placed over the Anton Wingen, Jr. code “M 7/51” and the date of production “1941”. The little knight logo is beneath the production date. The blade shoulders nicely fit the lower cross guard contour. This dagger is a good example of one of the last pieces made before production stopped in favor of the war.
2XPROOF #33101C SA Double Proof Dagger RZM M 7/104 - Ludwig Zeitler Wien
This rarely seen maker mark is one of the few producers that was based in Vienna. Although their name is not on the piece, this RZM marking of M7/104 is known to me. The hilt shows some minor age throughout. The cross guards are the conventional nickel plated type. These guards show some minor wear to the plating as well as a little bit of freckling here and there. The tang nut is the conventional steel variety showing just a hilt of plier marks. The grip is a mahogany looking wood having a vertical grain. There is a small gauge to the left side of the lower obverse and the grip overall shows a little bit of mild wear. This grip is of medium contour construction. The SA runes button is in perfect condition. The grip eagle is a nickel type being the style with “beak pointed upward slightly.” This bird shows a little wear to the head and breast feathering, but details are still there. The wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika are still quite crisp. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has all of the original dark chocolate brown color and there is some mild spidering which runs across both surfaces. Still, though, the paint looks fairly good. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated steel type. The upper is in excellent condition whereas the lower mount does have a crushed ball with a small split on the right side. The original nickel plated dome head screws have the majority of their plating remaining. The blade shows a little bit of graying and some mild age in the surfaces. It is not too bad though, and still grades at least at excellent to excellent plus. The SA motto is still crisp and shows maybe about 50% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse of the blade has the interesting double proof mark of this seldom seen producer. The upper depiction consists of a shield having a set of crossed hammers at the top and at the lower part of the shield there is a set of crossed swords. Below this is the code, consisting of a single open RZM circle with the maker code to the right “M 7/104”. As mentioned above, this rare code belongs to Ludwig Zeitler of Vienna. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower cross guard contour. A rare dagger here.