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After 1936, NSKK Officers and long-term NCO's were designated with a new pattern dagger. It was a chained version of their original example. There were four upper and five lower links. The chain was to have one link marked, NSKK Musterschutz Korpsführung, on the reverse, and usually will be RZM marked with a factory code; most are M 5/8, but there are others.

Some NSKK Officers chose to only purchase the chain and center ramp, installing it accordingly on their existing early dagger. Many of these "field upgrades" will lack RZM markings on the chain, and will sometimes have only three upper links. Factory produced examples will normally have RZM markings as well as the standard stamping indicated above.



NSKK #36432C NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger with Extra-long Vertical Hanger – F. Herder

This NSKK Dagger is quite interesting, mainly due to the hanger which we'll get to further down in the description.

The dagger is an early example, having solid nickel crossguards with a dull patina. These guards and tang nut are in good condition, throughout, having crisp edges, precise accent grooves, and smooth surfaces. The reverse lower guard is Gruppe marked, “Wm”. These crossguards fit the grip perfectly.

The grip is a mahogany-style wood, having nice graining and showing only minor use. The SA runes button is placed fairly high on this grip; in fact, it is so high that the top of the button actually butts against the crossguard! We see this type of thing sometimes, and I guess it can be attributed to cottage industry construction; often people outside the factory were responsible for installing buttons and grip eagles. At any rate, the SA button is still in good condition, having excellent enamel. The nickel eagle is the style with a beak that points upward slightly. This bird shows wear to the head and breast feathering, but the remainder of the detail is intact throughout.

The scabbard is the style with nickel-plated mounts, which we do see sometimes with NSKK daggers, as rather than paint the scabbard black some members elected to purchase a new one. Apparently this is the case here. This shell is completely straight on the reverse, and on the obverse has just a tiny “BB” ding around the center area. The original paint is still in excellent condition, and is still bright.

The scabbard mounts are nickel-plated steel; they appear to be early versions and the plating is in excellent conditioned, almost having the same patina as the guards. These mounts are retained by unbuggered steel screws.

Attached to the upper portion of this scabbard via a scabbard loop is an extremely long, straight-up-and-down vertical hanger. This hanger has a belt loop built in at the top, and measures about ten inches in length. It is a basically a fold-over style hanger, riveted in the center area where is also has a retainer snap with a working snap clip to go around the grip. This is the first hanger of this type I have seen, but it is absolutely original. It is also interesting to note that the reverse area of the leather is cut in an arch on the outside piece where it is riveted to the inside piece. This cut in the leather enables the leather to bend freely without putting undue strain on the rest of the leather - very clever indeed.

The blade of this example shows some mild age in the surfaces, and some “in-and-out” marking. Some of the graining is still there, and the tip is still nice and pointed. The SA motto is deep and crisp, and has maybe 85% of the original darkening left in the letters. The reverse ricasso is marked with the crossed keys logo, which is positioned over the firm's name and location, “F. Herder AS / Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower guard contour.

An interesting NSKK EM here, especially for those fanatics out there that enjoy unusual hanging devices.

Excellent. $795.00

NSKK #36424C Early NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger with Large, Unusual Vertical Hanger – Gebr. Heller

This early NSKK Dagger is a most unusual piece. It is equipped with a huge vertical hanger which we will get to further down in the description.

The dagger is in untouched condition, having deeply toned nickel-silver crossguards. These guards show some usage and age, but overall they are still in good condition with smooth surfaces, fairly crisp edges, and fine, precise accent grooves. The lower reverse of the guard is gruppe marked “P”.

The grip is a dark mahogany, which has some graining if you try to look beneath the surfaces. The grip shows usage, but no signs of abuse and no hits anywhere. It perfectly fits the guards. The grip is equipped with a good SA runes button, that has some wear on the enamel but with no chips. The grip eagle is has a matching deep tone, being the style with the “Point Behind the Head”. It has full detail throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath, and raised mobile swastika.

The scabbard is straight throughout, and has the original black paint that was applied in 1936 after the order came through to paint these scabbards. The paint looks like it was professionally done, but it has received a lot of wear and usage over the years. It still rates at about 85%. The scabbard mounts are matching deeply toned nickel, and they in good condition. The lower ball has a minor touch to the bottom but it is really not bad and there is no splitting or bending to the sides. The original screws are all in place. They show some buggering, but this appears to have been done a long time ago, probably by the fellow who did the original paint job back in the 30's.

The really interesting thing about this dagger, though, is the huge vertical hanger. This hanger is actually over 11 inches in length. The leather is straight throughout the length, and is basically folded over to leave a belt loop at the top. At the bottom area it has a scabbard shell retaining loop, and at the area adjacent to the grip there is a grip retainer loop with a steel boss. The hanger works great. The NSKK man who originally carried this dagger must have been one of those guys that maybe had an ape-like body with long arms and torso coupled with short legs. Perhaps that is why he had the vertical made so long; he wanted to look normal when compared to his fellow comrades parading down the street during Party Day! Anyway, this hanger is really a terrific thing is you are into early accoutrements that were not RZM authorized. This one has to be way up there in the count of weird hangers! I love this kind of stuff though, and I'm sure there are other collectors out there who also enjoy these locally made accoutrements, probably churned out by tack and harness men, or perhaps even a cobbler.

The blade is a good example, still having a bright finish with about 50-60% of the original crossgrain. The Heller firm was always know for good, deep mottos and this one is no exception. About 90% of the original darkening remains in the motto letter backgrounds. When they are 100% they will be as dark as any you will see. This blade rates at about Excellent Plus.

The reverse ricasso is marked with the desirable double circles which includes the maker's name and off-the-beat location, “Gebrüber Heller / Schmalkalden”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

If you like early daggers that show period usage and well as being equipped with non-textbook accoutrements, this dagger is definitely for you. A very interesting NSKK piece here!

Excellent. $795.00

NSKK #38904C Field Upgrade Chained NSKK Officer's Dagger – JP Sauer

This NSKK Dagger is extremely nice and, in my opinion, extremely desirable. It is one of the early types that was “field” upgraded after the introduction of the standalone chained production example. We see this quite a bit with Chained NSKK pieces; some personnel were apparently unwilling to purchase an entirely new dagger, instead opting to upgrade their existing one.

This dagger has nickel crossguards. The lower guard has a distinct upward curvature, a design hallmark of Suhl-made pieces. The guards and tang nut are in good condition, with smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower guard is Gruppe marked “Mi”.

The grip of this dagger is of walnut, another indication of Suhl manufacture. This grip is a beauty, having a tight vertical wood grain throughout. It is in very fine condition, mostly owing to the hardness of the walnut. It is a hybrid Medium/Sharp Contour construction type, and perfectly fits the guards. The SA runes button is nicely placed and retains fine enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with an upward pointing beak. There is some wear to the head of the bird but the breast feathering, talon and wreathed mobile swastika are still crisply detailed.

The scabbard shell is a desirable “anodized” type. This finish covers just about 100% of the shell, showing a little age on the surfaces in the form of small discolorations here and there. The scabbard is equipped with matching nickel mounts. These mounts are in good condition to include the lower ball. There is small scratch on the reverse of the lower mount. It is not bad, however, and probably the result of period handling. The nickel-plated center ramp is fine example with crisp rolled edges. These mounts are retained with matching nickel screws, all of which are unbuggered. As we normally see on these field upgrade ramps the eyelet is larger than the eyelet of the upper scabbard mount.

Attached to the scabbard is a wonderful chain. This chain is a real beauty, being constructed of solid nickel as opposed to the cheaper plating. Every once in awhile we see a solid nickel chain on a field upgrade piece and this is one of them. The links are in very fine condition with three at the top and five at the bottom, the configuration used on a field upgrade example. The links alternate between NSKK eagles and raised sunwheel swastikas. The center link on the lower chain is marked with the triangular run used exclusively by the NSKK. The reverse of first link on the upper chain is stamped “NSKK Musterschutz Korpsführung”. There is no RZM marking as many of these field upgrades were executed outside of the purview of the RZM. The snap clip and shield are nickel plated. The shield retains excellent detail, with a fine acorn set between a pair of oak leaves. The snap clip spring works well.

The blade of this dagger is nice and bright throughout, with a fine, needle tip. Other than a few mild smudge marks this blade is in nearly mint condition. The original graining is still visible. The SA motto is in great condition and, as we see on Suhl daggers, is crisp, deep, and very darkly blackened. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the trademark of the Sauer & Sohn firm, complete with the fantastic spear-wielding warrior logo. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A terrific NSKK dagger here, of absolutely highest quality. A solid nickel chain is a very desirable feature that is rarely seen.

Excellent Plus. $3,595.00

NSKK #39317C Early NSKK Dagger – ASSO

This fine, early NSKK Dagger is equipped with outstanding nickel mounts, with a tang nut that does not appear to have ever been turned. These mounts have fine, dull patina evenly spread across their surfaces and are in choice condition, with smooth surfaces, precisely cut accent grooves, and crisp edge definition. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked “S”.

The grip is a Medium Contour example. It is in perfect condition and fit the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a slightly upturned beak. This bird retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard is nice and straight. The black paint on the scabbard is absolutely period and remains 100% intact, showing only a few minor signs of age; it is rare to see an NSKK scabbard with paint this good! The scabbard mounts nicely match the guards and are in perfect condition through to the lower ball. The four original screws are in place and unturned.

The blade is as nice as you could hope for; it is in full mint condition, having 100% crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The motto is nice and deep and very dark, with 100% of the background darkening in the letters. The reverse ricasso is marked with the desirable Hobby Horses trademark of the ASSO firm. Above these horse is the abbreviation of the firm’s name, “ASSO”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

ASSO daggers are rated a 6 on the McSARR scale. If you are looking for an NSKK Dagger to complete your collection, this piece would make a good candidate.

Near Mint. $1,295.00

NSKK #39493C Early Chained NSKK Marine Officer’s Dagger – Gebruder Heller

This early Chained NSKK Marine example is the style with three links in the upper chain. It is technically a “field upgrade” piece, but what a beauty it is!

All of the mounts are finished in a coppery gilding. The gilding has only worn on the edges of the mounts; the remainder is entirely intact. These mounts are in very fine condition throughout.

The crossguards are real beauties, as is the tang nut. Looking at the nut it does look appear to have ever been out. The lower guard is Gruppe marked “BO”.

The grip of this dagger has a fine mahogany look about it. It is of Medium Contour construction, with a good, sharp center ridge. The wood is perfect throughout, showing almost no usage. This grip fits the guards perfectly. The SA runes button is nicely placed and retains very good enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the “High Necked” style. It is set deeply in the grip so there is no wear to be seen throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika of this excellent bird.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell retains the original black paint, which shows mild traces of wear but remains 95% intact. It is a rather dull black color, which could be shined up, but I don’t see why anyone would want to do that as it looks great against the coppery mounts. The scabbard mounts are identical to the guards in terms of color. They are slightly worn on the edges but overall the gilding is at least 90% intact. The upper and lower mounts are in good condition, the ball being just slightly pushed but free of denting. The screws also have a coppery look to their heads. They are all in place and unturned. The center ramp has crisp edges and has the large eyelet seen on “field upgrade” examples. When I say larger I mean larger than the upper eyelet.

Connected to the eyelets is a fabulous NSKK chain, identical in color to the rest of the mounts. The upper chain has three links which are in choice condition, depicting the NSKK eagle and a sunwheel. The lower chain has five links, with more NSKK eagles and sunwheels as well the special NSKK triangle rune on the center link. On the reverse of the top link of the lower chain we see stamped “NSKK Musterschutz Korpsführung”. There are no RZM markings on this chain as it is an early field upgrade type.

The blade is a fabulous example in mint condition, with all of the crossgrain and a needle-like tip. Like we normally see on Heller pieces the SA motto really jumps off the blade; it is really darkly black in the backgrounds. The reverse is in the same state, marked with the famous Heller Schmakalden Anchor logo. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower guard.

This is one of the best NSKK Marine Daggers I have ever seen; it doesn’t talk to you, it yells at you when you look at it! A fabulous dagger.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $7,995.00

NSKK #39363 Chained NSKK Dagger – RZM M7/80 (Gustav Spitzer)

This Chained NSKK Dagger is a later production version, most likely dating from about 1939. It has very nice nickel-plated crossguards which remains bright and have all of the plating intact. They show only the slightest traces of age where the guards meet the grip, but that is about it. The tang nut is aldo in very nice condition.

The grip is an RZM type with High Ridge construction. It is a pleasing dark brown color and remains in perfect condition, nicely fitting the guards. The grip eagle is aluminum, and is the style with a beak that points slightly upwards. There is just a little mild wear on this bird, but in the main it is nice and crisp.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout and retains exceptional original black paint. This paint remains at about 98% intact and has the original factory sheen. It is amazing that this paint that has lasted this long, given the amount of wear that the attached chain could have inflicted on it. The mounts are of steel and they too are in fine condition, with 100% of their plating. The throat is thick style seen on daggers of this vintage. The original dome head screws are all in place and unturned.

Attached to the eyelets of the upper and center mounts is a fine NSKK chain. This chain has four top and five bottom links. The nickel plating remains in good condition throughout, having just a bit of wear on the first link of the lower chain, most likely from hand wear. The links alternate between NSKK eagles and sunwheel swastikas. The center link of the lower chain is marked with the triangular rune used by the NSKK. The snap clip at the top has a fine shield marked with an acorn set between a pair of oak leaves. The chain is also marked “RZM M5/8” and “NSKK Musterschutz Korpsführung”. The plating is also intact on the reverse of the links.

The blade is a very fine example, being nice and bright. It has some “in-an-out” marks but remains nearly mint. The motto is nice and crisp, with a finely frosted background. The reverse ricasso is marked with a shaded double RZM circle, set above the Spitzer code “M 7/80”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

If you are looking for a good, solid, text-book Chained NSKK Dagger, this one should fulfill your desires. It is a good looking example and priced fairly.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,895.00

NSKK #38653C Early NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger – Fritz Barthelmess

This early NSKK Dagger is a great example for those who are looking for a piece that straddles the change of scabbard paint from brown to black; this piece reflects both.

The early nickel crossguards are in excellent condition throughout. The tang nut does not look to have been out of this dagger more than once. The reverse guard is Gruppe marked “Fr”.

The grip is a very fine, dark wood, being of Medium Contour construction and remaining in perfect condition. It fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is in nice condition, having good enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a point behind the head. This bird retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is completely straight. As mentioned above it reflects both the SA and NSKK paint. The black finish that was applied after 1936 per NSKK orders has thinned to reveal a fine brown “anodized” finish beneath. I would say the finish is about 50/50, but it gives a very fine look to the piece. I find it to be a fascinating, visual evidence of the changeover. The scabbard mounts are of fine matching nickel, in perfect condition to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by early, unturned nickel screws.

Attached to the scabbard is what appears to the be original short hanger. This brown leather hanger has matching nickel hardware and an unmarked clip. It is interesting to note that this clip is installed in reverse; the original owner must have found it easier to affix it to his belt loop in this direction. The leather throughout this hanger is still supple and complete with the original retainer loop.

The blade is a real beauty; in full mint condition, bright with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The motto is crisp and deep, retaining all of the original factory background darkening. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the trademark of Barthelmess firm; a pair of double ellipses enclose the name of the firm and a location of “Muggendorf”. In the very center is “Bavaria”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very fine NSKK Dagger here, which should have appeal to collectors looking for pieces with real interest.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

NSKK #38659C Mid-period NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger RZM M7/8 - Ed. Gembruch

This NSKK Dagger is most interesting, being made by the small producer Gembruch.

The very fine crossguards on this example are of solid nickel. The are not Gruppe marked, so they were not made early on. I suspect that Gembruch had extra nickel guards which they used up on RZM pieces, probably about 1937. These guards have an excellent patina and have not been cleaned since the war. The tang nut is also nickel and looks to have never been removed.

The grip does not show a lot of grain but is a pleasing color. Other than a tiny lift on the upper obverse right it is in perfect condition and fits the guards perfectly. The SA runes button is slightly turned and retains perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle has a patination which matches the guards. It is a “High-necked” version which retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard is absolute original to this piece. The shell is straight throughout and has nearly perfect original paint. This paint shows almost no usage and is 100% intact with a factory sheen. The scabbard mounts are nickel plated, patinated to near match they guards. Since they are plated they will never get as dark as the solid nickel. These mounts are in excellent condition, the lower ball having just a tiny ding in the bottom center. The throat is the thicker type we see on RZM daggers.

The blade is nice, bright example with all of the original crossgrain. There are minor traces of age here and there but the blade remains in nearly mint condition. The motto is crisp and dark. The reverse ricasso is marked with a double open RZM circle set above the code for Gembruch, “M 7/8”.

This is a very rare maker to see on a NSKK dagger, or a SS for that matter! A great, original NSKK dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

NSKK #38918C NSKK Chained Officer's Dagger RZM M766 1938 – Carl Eickhorn

This Eickhorn NSKK Dagger is in nice condition overall. We acquired this piece with a substandard chain assembly, so we took the liberty of replacing it with a proper example that would fully match.

The dagger has excellent nickel-plated crossguards which remains bright. There is a small amount of mild plating deterioration where the guards meet the grip, but this is a common issue. The tang nut is in good shape, looking to have been taken down only a few times.

The fine wood grip is a Sharp Contour type with a pleasing subsurface grain. This grip is very beautiful, looking almost like a piece of furniture. It shows little wear and fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is nicely placed and retains fine enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a “High Neck”; this bird retains crisp detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has good, original black paint. This paint shows some crazing on the obverse and has a little bit of wear on the lower reverse. Overall it is about 90% intact. The scabbard mounts are fine, nickel-plated examples. The retain the original factory shine and the lower ball is perfect. These mounts are retained by the original dome head screws, all of which are unbuggered. The eyelet on the ramp matches they eyelet on the upper fitting in terms of size.

The chain that we installed is a very fine nickel plated example; all of the plating is intact on this replacement chain. It has four links in the upper assembly and five in the lower. The designs on these links alternate between open-winged NSKK eagles and raised sunwheel swastikas. The center link on the lower chain is marked with the triangular run used exclusively by the NSKK. The reverse of first link on the upper chain is stamped “NSKK Musterschutz Korpsführung”, and the lower link is Assmann marked “RZM M5/8”. The snap clip and shield are nickel plated. The shield retains excellent detail, with a fine acorn set between a pair of oak leaves. The snap clip spring works well.

The blade of this dagger nice and bright, still having all of the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is crisp, having about 99% of the original background darkening. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with both a single RZM symbol positioned over the code “M 7/66/1939” and the 1925-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very fine, textbook Chained NSKK Officer's Dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $3,895.00

NSKK #38676C Early NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger with Three Piece Hanger – Wilh Wagner

This early NSKK Dagger is a really nice example. It has a very fine scabbard, not being the usual hand painted type.

The crossguards are of fine, solid nickel. These guards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked “No”. The matching tang nut does not appear to have ever been out.

The grip of this dagger is also quite fine. Some areas of the wood looks to have darkened from hand wear, while the area around the eagle and the upper portions are a lighter color. This contrast provides a really nice look. The SA runes button is nicely placed and retains perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward; this bird retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

Accenting the hilt is a three piece hanger. The short hanger is the early type with the unmarked nickel “long snout” clip with a rivet retained spring. Attached to the short hanger is a fine belt loop with a nickel “D” ring and a grip retainer loop with a good, working snap.

The scabbard is perfectly straight on the reverse. The obverse shows a few signs of carrying wear but nothing that would be called a problem. The original paint still has a fine luster with just a touch of attic crazing; if it weren't for this you probably wouldn't believe this paint was original as it nearly 100% intact. This scabbard was obviously painted by a professional when the changeover order was issued. The scabbard mounts are of outstanding matching nickel. The lower ball has a small tap at the every bottom but it is extremely minor. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.

The blade is a very fine example, being mirror-bright and with all of the original crossgraining. It shows only the most minor traces of age, with a tiny smudge on the reverse center. The obverse is perfect, with a crisp, deep, and dark SA motto. The reverse ricasso is marked with the firm's name “Wilh Wagner / Solingen-Merschied” and the two-lined “W” logo. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very fine, early NSKK Dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00

NSKK #38677C Early NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger – Chromolite

This NSKK EM Dagger is in beautiful condition, looking to have been cleaned not too long ago.

The nickel mounts are beauties, to include the tang nut which does not look to have ever been removed. The crossguards have extremely smooth surfaces, with precisely cut accent grooves and nice, crisp edge definition. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked “He”.

The grip of this dagger is constructed of fine dark wood. It doesn't show much wood grain but is very pretty nonetheless, being of Sharp Contour design. It is in nice condition overall, with just a tiny sliver missing from just above the perfectly conditioned runes button. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a slightly upturned beak. This bird retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing weather, et cetera. The is some brown detailing around the wreathed swastika; this may or may not be period, but either way it is a nice look. The grip fits the guards perfectly.

The scabbard shell is one of the best you will see. It is as straight as an arrow and has wonderful black paint. This paint is very nearly in mint condition throughout, with just a minuscule chip above the lower mount. The mounts are also extremely nice, in perfect condition throughout to include the lower ball. All four original screws are in place and are unturned.

The blade is nice and bright, with all of the original graining. It has a fine, deep motto which retains 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. Other than the usual “in-and-out” marks this blade is in mint condition. The reverse is marked “Chromolite Solingen” in a circle. Inside of the circle are the initials “CH”. On an unrelated note we believe that Chromolite was the producer of the elusive Luftwaffe Forestry bayonets, as they have a “CH” marking on the ricasso. But I digress... The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A real looker here, and if you are in the market for an exceptional NSKK dagger for your collection this one will be hard to beat. Chromolite pieces are not see too often at all and are very desirable.

Near Mint. $1,295.00

NSKK #38290 Partial Röhm NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger with Wearer's Photo

This early Partial Röhm NSKK Dagger is equipped with the typical “straight across” style E. Pack crossguards and tang. The piece has never been cleaned and is in “as found” condition.

The crossguards have a good, dull, even patination and smooth surfaces. The edges are still crisp and the accent grooves are precisely cut. The lower reverse of the guard is gruppe marked “Wf”.

The grip of the dagger is of dark wood and does have traces of black paint which may or may not be original. I would say it is the latter, though. The grip has shrunk some and does not exactly fit tightly to the guards but we often see this happen. There is a crack that extends from the bottom of the runes button down through the eagle and through to the lower guard. This crack, however, does not threaten the integrity of the grip in any way. Other than this the grip is in generally good shape, with no other chips or problems. The SA runes button has good enamel. The nickel grip eagle is a “High Neck” variety, with full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has been painted black, as per the 1936 order. This paint was fairly well done, however over the years there has been some chipping and it is easy to see the “anodized” finish in the areas where the paint has gone. Overall this paint is about 60% intact on this scabbard. The scabbard mounts are of matching dull nickel, both in good condition. The lower mount has just the tiniest ding on the left of the ball but it is nothing. These mounts are the typical Pack types and the original screws are all in place. It is interesting to note that the two upper screws are not quite parallel, a quirk we often see on Pack pieces. Apparently the jig they used produced this off-kilter placement.

Accompanying this dagger is a picture of the original NSKK wearer. He wears a NSKK shirt with a single shoulder board and black collar tabs. The left tab is blank while the right has his unit marking. He wears an armband as well as the diamond sleeve patch. His belt has an NSKK buckle and a cross strap. Attached to the belt is a belt loop and “D” ring, as well as this dagger. He has his hand over the grip but it is possible to see the top portion of the dagger, as well as a good portion of the scabbard. If you closely look at the scabbard you can see that the screws of the upper fitting are not parallel, nicely tying this dagger to the one in the photo. There is some writing on the back, as well as a date of “24.2.44”. An interesting opportunity to do some German translation here; I believe I see the word “Russland” but can't make out much else.

The blade of this dagger still has some brightness to it, but there are also age marks covering a portion of the obverse surface. There is also some scratching which doubtlessly occurred during the removal of the Röhm signature. The SA is good; it is deep and retains about 70% of the original darkening in the backgrounds of the lettering. On the reverse the full Röhm inscription remains, with matching darkening in the letters. The Röhm signature has been ground off but the top of the letter “E” in “Ernst” remains, as well as the umlaut. There is also some scratching on this side of the blade, but the inscription is all there. The trademark is also intact, showing the usual Hammering Siegfried of the Pack firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

I think that this is a really neat dagger, especially given the photo of the original owner. Even though it is not in great condition it remains in a collectible state and really has a sense of history. A great pack here and I someone else will appreciate it as much as I do.

Excellent. $1,595.00

NSKK #38189C Mid-period NSKK Dagger with Three Piece Hanger

This NSKK Dagger is in “as found” condition and does not appear to have ever been cleaned.

The fittings are the nickel-plated type; the plating appears to be pretty good under the patina. There are traces of lifting on the top guard where it meets the grip. The tang nut does not appear to have ever been turned.

The grip of this example is of High Ridge construction. It is constructed of a a very pleasing reddish wood with subtle vertical grain; it remains in pristine condition and fits the guards like a glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has fine enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original black paint shows some modest age crazing on both sides, but overall is about 90% intact. The paint also retains the original shine. The nickel-plated scabbard mounts match the grip in terms of patination. The four original screws are in place and are unturned.

Attached to the upper ring is a black leather short hanger. This hanger is equipped with nickle-plated hardware with a matching patination. The snap clip is marked “RZM M7/74” and “OLC” on the reverse. Attached to the snap clip is a belt loop and grip retainer loop. The leather on these two pieces matching the hanger and is still supple. The nickel-plated “D” has a touch of corrosion on the surfaces.

The blade of this dagger is still bright and having only a modest amount of age, most of which could be cleaned up. The SA motto is crisp and deep and retains 100% of the background frosting. The reverse is double proofed. There is a single open RZM circle over the code “M 7/66 / 1939”. Beneath this is the familiar 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark.

A very nice, untouched NSKK Dagger here. This is a great dagger for someone who wants something au natural, although I am sure if you wanted to clean the piece it would come up very nicely.

Excellent Plus. $1,295.00

NSKK #37832 Chained NSKK Marine Officer's Dagger, RZM M7/66 1940 – Carl Eickhorn

This Carl Eickhorn Chained NSKK Marine Dagger is a very rare sight; it is my pleasure to offer it to the collecting community. The dagger is not mint but most of the gilding remains throughout and this piece still has a lot of glamour to it.

The crossguards are the nickel-plated type. Unfortunately there is some lifting scattered throughout both the upper and lower guards. The gold, however, is still mostly intact throughout both the guards and the tang nut.

The grip is a standard RZM type of a medium dark color and with some subtle vertical grain. It is a High Contour Construction type, in perfect condition and nicely fitting the guards. The SA runes button retained all of the surface enamel and positioned well. The grip eagle is constructed of aluminum and is the style with a point visible behind the head of the bird. It shows mild wear across the breast feathering, talons, and a portion of the wreath. The remainder of the bird is quite crisp, however.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has the original black paint but it looks like it was touched up at some point along the line, albeit a very long time ago. There is obvious cracking in the surface of this over old paint. The shell is equipped with three scabbard mounts. The upper mount has a thick throat, typical of an Eickhorn piece. The lower mount is in excellent condition with a completely intact, never-dropped lower ball. The mounts, including the center ramp, all have excellent gilding on the surfaces which is almost 100% intact. They are retained by nickel-plated dome head screws which are all in place and are unturned. The center ramp has the fine, sharp roll on the tow edges, typical of Eickhorn, and the eyelet is the same proportion and size as the upper eyelet.

The chain is a very fine example, being constructed of nickel plated steel. This chain also retains much of the original gilding on most of the surfaces; there is only a minor age spot here and there, and no lifting. The links alternate in design between NSKK eagles with swastikas and raised sunwheel swastikas. The center link of the lower chain has the triangular NSKK rune. The snap clip is also in good shape, with lots of gilding. The shield attached to the snap clip is decorated with a pair of oak leaves with an acorn in the center. There is good hand detail visible in this embellishment. The reverse of the chain sees the upper link connected to the snap clip stamped with the usual marks, “, NSKK Musterschutz Korpsführung”. This chain retains about 95% of the original gilded finish.

The blade of this dagger is a very fine Carl Eickhorn example, completely bright and remaining in mint condition. The blade has a needle-like tip and all of the original crossgrain. The SA motto, “ Alles für Deutschland”, is in a mint state, with crisp, deep etching and 100% of the original background darkening. This motto really stands out! The reverse of this mint blade is matching etched with a single RZM circle set above the code for the Carl Eickhorn firm, “M 7/66”. Beneath is the production date of “1940”. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.

A great NSKK example here, with some mild age and some imperfections on the scabbard. With the gilded finish, however, this dagger really has a great look. If you are looking for a Marine example to add to your collection I am sure you will be very happy with this dagger.

Excellent Plus. $5,995.00

NSKK #37807 Early Enlisted Man's NSKK Dagger – F. Dick

This early NSKK Dagger is in very choice condition throughout. At first glance the the crossguards have the look of Eickhorn pieces; I took a look inside the guards and, sure enough, both are marked “HE”. These crossguards are in excellent condition throughout. They have crisp edges, the extremely precise accent grooves typical of Eickhorn, and fine, smooth surfaces. The lower guard is gruppe marked “Sw”.

The grip is also quite beautiful, having an interesting spattering of grain on the reverse which gives an interesting look to the wood. The obverse has a more subtle horizontal grain. Overall, though, the grip is very, very beautiful and in perfect condition. The runes button is nicely placed and has perfect enamel. The grip eagle is the “High Necked” type, and has good detail remaining throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has really remarkable black paint. It retains the original shine and is easily 100% intact. It appears to be original, but whenever you encounter paint this perfect one can't help but wonder if it was professionally redone. Either way it is not a detriment to the piece as it looks great. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition, the lower ball having just a very minor tap to the left. The mounts are retain by four solid nickel screws which are unbuggered.

The blade of this dagger remains nice and bright. There are a couple of minor signs of age on the obverse, but it is otherwise perfect on both sides. The SA motto is perfectly done and retains all of the original darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse of the blade has the familiar Dick logo. A horizontal box contains an arrow and the name of the firm. Below this we see the location of “Esslingen” where these daggers were produced. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very fine NSKK Dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,395.00

NSKK #37929C Early Enlisted Man's NSKK Dagger – Hartkopf & Co.

This early NSKK EM Dagger has and excellent, uncleaned solid nickel tang nut and similarly good crossguards. Studying the tang nut it does not appear as though this dagger has ever been apart.

The guards have good smooth surfaces beneath the patina, with crisp edges and precisely cut accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked “Nm”.

The grip is a pleasing dark wood without much grain. It is of Medium Contour construction and fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has flawless enamel. The grip eagle is style with a point behind the head type, and has full detail remaining throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has excellent original black paint. The paint shows some signs of age in the surfaces, but overall it is 100% intact. The scabbard is equipped with matching nickel mounts, in perfect condition through to the lower ball. The four nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.

The blade of this example is still bright, but it does have some age smudging on both sides. It is not bad, however. The tip remains needle-like and the motto etch is crisp and deep. The background darkening to the motto is about 98% intact. On the reverse is the popular Twin Devils logo of the Hartkopf firm. We see this logo quite frequently on Hitler Youth knives, but an SA with this mark is fairly rare. In fact, it is rated 8 out of 10 on the McSAAR scale, although this is only a guide and should not be taken as gospel. The devils are set above a rectangle which encloses the name and location of the firm, “Hartkopf & Co / Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly align with the contour of the lower guard.

A good NSKK piece here, especially for those out there that love to collect rare trademarks.

Excellent. $995.00

NSKK #37531C Early NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger – Hugo Linder Deltawerk

This early NSKK EM Dagger is absolutley untouched, never having been cleaned or taken apart. The mounts, of course, are the solid nickel type. There is a dark patination across all of the surfaces, with some of that greenish residue visible where the guards meet the grip. This dagger should be of particular interest to those of you out there who love this kind of vintage look.

The crossguards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked “Ns”.

The grip looks to be a Medium Contour type, crafted from a fine mahogany. This grip absolutley fits the guards like a rubber glove, and shows little in the way of usage being nearly perfect throughout. The only problem on the grip is with the SA runes button; the enamel has taken a few hits. Luckily it is so deeply patinated that the damage is not really that visible. The grip eagle is the early “High Neck” bird, and it retains full details to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika. A nice, untouched hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. I'm sure many of you guys have been looking for an early NSKK Dagger that has a decent period black paint job. This example is one of the best. This black paint on this scabbard is absolutley original and even with a couple of really minor signs of age still rates at 100%. It is really a great looking shell.

The scabbard mounts have a matching level of patination and retain the same untouched look as the guards. The lower ball has never been dropped and is in perfect condition. The mounts are retained by four original screws with are in unbuggered condition.

Taking the blade out of the scabbard affords you a view of one of those contrasts that will raise your eyebrows as this blade is very nearly in full Mint condition. It is mirror-bright and retains all of the original cross grain. The SA motto on the blade is crisp and deep, with a 100% intact frosted background. There are a couple of in-and-out marks as well a a few very tiny nicks on the upper edge of the blade, but they do little to detract from the beauty of this untouched dagger.

The reverse ricasso of the blade is matching etched with the triangular logo of HLD. Arching above the triangle is the name of the firm, “Hugo Linder Deltawerk”, while inside is what appears to be a detailed oak leaf. Beneath the name of location city, “Solingen” can be seen. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the contour of the lower guard.

A really fine, untouched early NSKK Dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

NSKK #37365 Early NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger – Gebrüder Heller (Anchor Logo)

This Gebrüder Heller NSKK EM Dagger is a nice example, as they usually are coming from this firm.

The crossguards are fine solid nickel and in choice condition. The surfaces are completely smooth with good crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked “BO”.

The tang nut matches nicely and does not appear to have been out in modern times.

The grip is a fine fruit wood, medium brown in color and with a subtle vertical grain. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and the enamel is in good shape. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward. The bird retains full detail through the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed immobile swastika. The grip fits the guards like a glove and is in perfect condition.

The scabbard is straight throughout. It has an old black paint job that was done after the NSKK order to paint the shells. The black paint has some pitting in the upper area under the scabbard mount as well as three spots of pitting on the reverse. Not bad, though, and doesn't detract too much. The scabbard mounts are in good condition through to the lower ball which, while showing usage, has not been dropped. All of the screws are in place and appear unturned.

There is a short hanger attached to the hanging ring. The leather shows age but is still fairly supple. It is missing the retainer loop. The clip is a sword-like type, which may have been added as it was easier to hook on to a belt loop but I'm not sure; it is what it is.

The blade of this dagger is nice, bright and having most of the original grain. There are some in and out marks and just a hint of age in the surfaces, but it still rates in nearly Mint condition. The motto is deep and crisp, with a fine black background typical of Heller. The ricasso has the much admired anchor logo, along with the firm's name and location “Gebrüder Heller Schmalkalden”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

A nice, early NSKK dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $995.00(#080917)

NSKK #37277 Field Upgrade NSKK Officer's Dagger - Gebr. Heller

This NSKK Officer's Dagger is in untouched condition, equipped with the three-link top chain we see on NSKK daggers that were upgraded to officer models in the field. This work was done after the Chained NSKK Officer dagger was authorized for wear in 1938. Times being the way they were, many officers elected to have the new chain installed on the scabbard of their existing early dagger. Two years previously, in 1936, the order came from the NSKK office to repaint the scabbard black, so perhaps there was some complacency here with these daggers; why buy a new piece only for a relatively minor change? Apparently it was possible to order these chain assemblies to be delivered locally, as they have the standard "Musterschutz" marking, but since the RZM was not involved, most chain assemblies we see do not bear the RZM markings. That is the case here.

At any rate, this is a very fine dagger. The cross guards are of solid nickel, having fine smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. They reflect a desirable yellow patina. The tang nut does not appear to have been moved. The lower reverse guard has the gruppe stamping, "BO", indicating the dagger was originally distributed in the Bavaria/Austria area.

The grip is a good as they come, being a pleasing lighter brown color fruit wood. The obverse is in totally perfect condition, while the reverse has a couple of indents in the wood at the upper portion. It is nothing, however. The grip fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and is chip-free. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak that points upward slightly. All details are visible to the bird's features. This dagger was always worn in a gingerly manner. An outstanding hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has outstanding original black paint; this paint appears professional and is really great, still rating at 100%. The paint has a pleasing dull color to the surfaces. The upper and lower scabbard mounts exactly match the dull patina of the hilt guards. They are in perfect condition to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.

The "field upgrade" chain assembly included the center scabbard ramp. This ramp is of steel base, nickel-plated. Because of the plating, it is of a brighter tone than the other mounts. When cleaned, of course, these mounts would have all matched. The ramp has the eyelet that is larger than the upper eyelet on the top fitting. This is the norm for these "field upgrade" chains. You don't want to see an eyelet that is smaller than the upper eyelet, though, as this is indicative of the old Atwood chains and is no good. The ramp shows a tiny amount of freckling in the plating surface, but very minor. This ramp is also retained by matching nickel screws. The chain assembly is the nickel-plated type, having the top three-link assembly, as mentioned above. The links alternate the open-wing NSKK bird clutching swastika, with links that display a sun wheel swastika.

The center link on the bottom assembly has the unique NSKK triangle rune. The plating to the chain links shows a little age in the surfaces, but basically, the plating is still all intact. The snap clip is equipped with the shield device having the acorn placed between the twin oak leaves. The upper clip exposed surfaces show wear to the plating, probably from the original wearer's hand. The round link connector tabs all have their plating. The reverse upper link from the lower chain is stamped, "Musterchutz/NSKK/Korpsführung". There is also a matching conditioned black leather belt loop and "D" ring attached to the snap clip.

The blade remains bright, having some mild age spots, but they are minor. This blade remains in near mint condition. The SA motto is deep and crisp, having those very dark black backgrounds we all love in the letters. The reverse of the blade is in the same fine condition. The trademark is the desirable double circles which enclose the firm's name and location, "Gebru Heller/ Schmalkalden", while inside is the anchor logo. The blade shoulder's perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

I have seen a number of Gebru Heller "field upgrade" pieces in the past; in fact more than enough to make me believe that this firm must have participated in these upgrades. They all seem to have the same chain hardware and professional installation work, so I think I am safe in this assumption. In fact, I will be mentioning this observation in my upcoming SA book, which I hope to complete this year. A very fine dagger here in untouched, fine condition.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,895.00

NSKK #36629 Chained NSKK Officer's Dagger RZM M7/66 1942 - Carl Eickhorn

This Chained NSKK Officer's Dagger has superficial age here-and-there as well as patination. The dagger has typical nickel plated crossguards with steel tang nut. The tang nut shows minor age, and the crossguards still have most of the original brightness visible. The grip is a typical RZM type, having a sharp contour construction. It is in perfect condition, having a medium-brown color with vertically running grain. It fits the crossguards fairly well, but this is the way we see them on last ditch efforts. The SA runes button is well placed and does have perfect enamel. The zinc grip eagle is nicely set in from the wood recesses. This zinc grip eagle has good detail to the bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.

The scabbard shell is nice and straight. It has its original black paint. This paint shows some mild spidering and there are some flake spots but, over-all, it’s about 85% and would certainly clean up with a little work. The scabbard mounts are the typical nickel plated type. The upper example is in perfect condition with the fat throat we see with this producer. The center ramp is also in excellent condition. The lower mount has some wear to the original plating. The original screws are also all in place and they are unturned.

The chain is a typical factory type, having the 4-link top and 5-link bottom. This chain shows mild age on the surface areas of the front and back. The chain is properly marked “RZM M5/8” on the reverse of the bottom link, and “NSKK Musterschutz Korpsführung”. The snap clip also shows mild age. It has the proper positioned acorn between the oak leaves. The blade of this dagger is fairly bright throughout the surfaces. The SA motto is still fairly good, having about 90% of the original background darkening. The reverse ricasso is marked with an open RZM positioned over the Eickhorn code “M 7/66”, and underneath is date of manufacture, “1942”. This has to be one of the last mass produced daggers made in 3rd Reich Germany.

Excellent. $2,995.00

NSKK #33581C Chained NSKK Marine Officer Dagger RZM M 7/66 1940 - Carl Eickhorn

This Chained NSKK Marine Officer Dagger is showing some age throughout the gilding and also to the scabbard paint but it is what it is and it is priced accordingly. The crossguards are the standard nickel-plated type that have been factory gold washer. This gilding is probably about 40-50% on the upper crossguard and perhaps about 80-85% on the lower crossguard. The tang nut is the nickel-plated steel type and it also has about 60-70% of the gilded finish remaining. The grip is a standard RZM type having high ridge construction. It has the typical vertically running graining with a pleasing brown surface to the wood. The grip is in superb condition. It features an SA runes button which is perfectly set and has 100% of the enameled surfaces. The grip eagle is the aluminum type being the style with beak that points upward slightly. The bird still has full detail remaining to its eye, breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath and swastika. There is a little wear to the talon area and slightly on the bottom of the breast feathering. The grip adequately fits the crossguards.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It reflects original black factory paint. This paint still has some luster to it but it also has some spidering and quite a bit of age and chipping which most likely occurred from the chain being wrapped around the scabbard shell. This paint remains at approximately 80-85%. The scabbard mount are the typical nickel-plated RZM type. They have good nickel plating throughout but like the crossguards these hilt mounts are also showing wear to the gilt. The lower reverse mount has nearly all of the gilt remaining and the reverse of the center ramp has maybe 80% of it. The upper reverse mount has maybe 50% with about 90% still remaining on the throat. On the obverse the upper mount has about 50% gilt, the ramp has perhaps 30% and the lower mount is about 90%. The lower ball is still intact and has never been dropped. These mounts are retained by unturned matching dome head screws. The eyelets exactly match each other in size. The chain is the convention RZM type having four upper and five lower links. These links feature alternating NSKK eagles with swastikas and sunwheel swastika links. The lower chain has a center link featuring the RAD triangular rune. The connectors to the links are all in good shape. The links appear to have a little bit of rust here and there but not bad with fairly good plating. The gilding on these links is clinging throughout the recesses but there is not much on the high relief areas. The nickel snap clip is also the conventional type having a shield featuring an acorn placed between the recesses of two leaves which flank the acorn. The gilding is intact in the recesses of the shield and there are also remains of it here and there around the snap clip but not much. The two lower chain links which connect to the scabbard eyelets are marked. The upper example is stamped, “Musterschutz / NSKK- / Korpsfürung”.

The blade of this example makes up for some of the lack of gilding. This blade is still factory bright and has all of its crossgraining. The SA motto on this blade is nice and crips and appears to have 100% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. Other than the most modest of age signs this blade rates in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a single open RZM circle which is positioned over the Carl Eickhorn code, “M 7/66”. Beneath is the production date of this dagger, “1940”. The crossguard area on the lower surfaces where it was protected by the scabbard throat has nearly all of the original finish. An interesting dagger here which absolutely was a marine version of the chained NSKK officer. It is in collectible condition and although it is nowheres near mint it may be a good piece to acquire until a better example comes along. It is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $5,495.00

NSKK #35082 NSKK Partial "Name Only" Ground Röhm Dagger - Gebr. Heller

This early example is equipped with fine, patinated, solid nickel mounts throughout. The piece does not look to have been cleaned since the War. The tang nut does not appear to have been out of this piece. The guards have good, smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The lower crossguard is Gruppe marked, "Mi". The grip appears to be a mahogany wood, featuring fairly high ridge construction, and pleasing grain running vertically throughout the length. The grip remains in fine condition, with no problems, and fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is slightly turned to the left, and the enamel is still perfect. The grip eagle is the nickel type, being the style with "beak which points upwards slightly". This bird retains its details to its head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. A good hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It reflects the original, black, painted surface done in 1936, over the old, anodized type. This paint shows usage with wear along the edges. Overall, the paint is perhaps 85%. The paint still has good luster to it, and looks well with this dagger. The upper scabbard mount is in perfect condition. The lower mount has a hit to the ball, which has knocked it upwards slightly at the left side. There is no splitting, however, in the ball. The screws are all in place. There are a couple of "force" marks around the holes on the lower mount. This would have happened when the scabbard was dented. The dagger is equipped with a short hanger and belt loop connected to the carrying ring. The leather to both pieces is a matching, very dark, brown. The hanger is the early type, and is missing the little retainer loop. It is equipped with early nickel mounts, the snap clip being the "snout nosed" type, having the spring retained by a rivet. The matching belt loop is in good condition, having a nickel plated, steel "D" ring.

The obverse blade of this example is in excellent condition, still being nice and bright, and having all of its original, factory grain. The SA motto is crisp and deep, having 100% of the darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. This company is known for their dark letters, and they really jump out of this blade. Other than the mildest of age signs, the obverse blade is in mint condition. The reverse blade shows some grinding across the surfaces, which was done when the Rohm signature only was removed. The rest of the inscription is all there, and has the same black backgrounds as the SA motto. Apparently, the grinder felt that the best way to make this look reasonable was to match the rest of the blade with a slight grain. That is the reason why the blade looks gray on the reverse. It is interesting to note, the trademark is the small circles used by this company specifically for Rohm inscriptions. The two small circles contain the firm's name and location, "GEBRUDER HELLER/SCHMALKALDEN". In the center is an anchor. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A very nice, "name only" dagger here, in very collectible condition. We do not see many Gebruder Heller Rohm examples.

Excellent Plus. $2,495.00

NSKK #36376 Field-upgrade Chained NSKK Leader Dagger – F. Dick

This Chained NSKK Dagger was most likely a upgraded during the 1936 period when the approval was given for officers of the NSKK to wear the addition of a suspension chain. The dagger was most likely the original owners early dagger. He apparently did not wish to purchase an entirely new, factory-made piece, opting to have his original example upgraded instead.

The dagger has all nickel crossguards, with a fine nickel tang. This dagger does not appear to have been apart in modern times. The guards are in excellent shape, still having precise accent grooves, smooth surfaces, and crisp edges. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked, “Sw”.

The grip is a most pleasing dark, furniture-like mahogany. This grip has deep colored grains which run vertically under the surfaces. The grip also appears to still have quite a bit of the original protective coating, some variety of either varnish or lacquer. This grip is of Medium Ridge construction and remains in perfect condition, showing only normal usage. The grip fits the crossguards perfectly.

The SA runes button is one of the early copper types, still having excellent enamel surfaces. The matching nickel grip eagle is the “Point Behind the Head” style, and retains full details throughout.

The scabbard of this example is ultra-interesting and, in my opinion, has much appeal. The scabbard is straight throughout and instead of a painted black finish this example is a fine anodized type. The anodizing is still all in place, and a good part of original protective lacquer also remains. I would say the lacquer is at about 80 to 85% intact.

The upper and lower scabbard mounts are standard nickel types. They are in good condition, although the lower ball has a minor hit to it; a tiny ding, barely noticeable at the bottom. None of this is bad however. The mounts are retained by original nickel screws, which are unbuggered.

The center ramp is extremely interesting, appearing to be of all-nickel material, most likely fabricated either in a machine shop or local smithy. This ramp is of a wider proportion than the standard factory types we see, and it is also made with fine, crisp edges. The ramp is soldered together at the inner seam area, which also features a soldered eyelet. The eyelet of this ramp is the same size as the upper eyelet.

Connected to the scabbard is an outstanding, and solid nickel NSKK Chain with a silvered coating. This is the type of chain that we would see on a chained NSKK Honor Dagger. The chain is extremely well done, with fine patination throughout the surfaces. There are four upper links on this chain, and five lower links. The links feature the NSKK eagle with swastika, alternating with the sun-wheel swastika runic symbol link. The lower chain, in the center, has the triangular rune unique to the NSKK. The holes on all the links have highly defined dome shape to them. The connectors are all matching, and show no openings whatsoever. The reverse of the two links that attach to the scabbard ring are stamped. The upper link is marked with the Assmann Hardware Company code, “RZM 5/8”. The lower link has the standard stamping, “NSKK-Musterschutz/Korpsführung”. These beautiful nickel links are connected to a beautiful, all-nickel snap clip, featuring the seal on the obverse. The seal depicts a sprig of oak leaves with a acorn in the center. The oak leaves have nice detailing to the veins.

Attached to the clip assembly is a nice brown belt loop, which has good leather and an excellent “D” ring.

The blade of this dagger is a high-quality, mirror-bright example, having all of the graining and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is deep and crisp, with 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse blade is etched with the trademark of the F. Dick firm; a vertically aligned rectangle containing an arrow that points to the name of the firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard surface.

This is a really great early piece here, that no only talks to you, but is of quality and workmanship that we would never see on a later made chained NSKK dagger.

Excellent Plus. $4,995.00

NSKK #32651 Early Brigade Marked NSKK EM Dagger With Unusual Grip Eagle – Haco, Berlin

This early NSKK EM Dagger is an interesting example which I purchased directly from the family of the deceased veteran. Nothing has ever been done to the dagger and the way it is is the way it came back from the war. This dagger is covered with a deep dull patination. The nickel mounts have never been cleaned and the tang nut indicates that it has never been turned. These cross guards retain their smooth surfaces under the patina and the edges are still crisp with good, precise accent grooves. The lower cross guard is stamped with a Gruppe mark “p”. (Normally these Haco daggers are gau-marked from Berlin, so this also is quite unusual.) The grip though is by far the most unusual I think I have seen. This grip is extremely dark and looks as though it may have been pained black at one time but it is hard to tell. The grip shows some usage throughout with a small crack at the lower reverse and a slight gauge just above the bottom reverse section but if anything, it gives it character. The SA runes button shows some extra room around its perimeter as we would see on a replacement and perhaps this has occurred, but, as I said above, if it did, it was during the period. The grip eagle area, though, is the most curious of all. The original eagle appears to have been cut out of the grip and a portion of differing wood containing an open-winged copper eagle has been carefully placed into the area. It is not a job that a master craftsman did by any means but it still looks pretty good. I think this copper eagle is from one of the long service ribbon bars that were worn with the uniform. Why the original owner chose to replace his standard eagle with one like this is not known to me. This eagle, though, still has good detail throughout its copper surfaces. The head, breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath and mobile swastika are still quite crisp. This grip fits the cross guards very well.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It is one of those shells that looks like it was either a “dip job” or painted with a broom or toothbrush. It has lots of thick black paint on it and still rates at perhaps 98%. It shows lots of age throughout and is definitely a paint job per the order given to NSKK people in 1936 to paint their anodized scabbard black using whatever means possible. The scabbard mounts exactly match the hilt mounts and are in excellent condition. The lower ball has a slight flattening at the very bottom and there is a small split at the left side. All of this sounds worse than it is, as it all seems to flow nicely with the looks of this odd dagger. A very interesting thing also is a beautifully engraved brigade number which appears stamped on the reverse of the scabbard mount. The number is “Br. 16/9522”. This engraving is very nicely done and certainly was not accomplished by the same person that did the grip eagle or painted this scabbard!

The blade of this example is still mostly bright. It shows some age here and there and some in and out marks, but it still grades at excellent plus. The motto is still quite deep and crisp and it has about 95% of the original frosted backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is marked with the lifesaver style trademark of this firm with their name and city etched between the two circles, “Haco Berlin”. The blade shoulders nicely fit the cross guards, although there is a tiny space on both shoulder ends. It is not enough, though, to cause eyebrow raising. The area surrounding the blade shoulders on the lower cross guard is still bright where the cross guard seated against the scabbard throat. An interesting piece here that appeals to me and hopefully will appeal to other collectors out there.

Excellent. $1,195.00

NSKK #31027C Mid-Period NSKK Dagger – Gebrüder Heller

This mid-period NSKK Dagger is equipped with nickel cross guards and tang nut. The nickel guards are in excellent condition, still having good, smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. There are no Gruppe markings on this example. The grip is a fine lighter toned brown wood having nice vertically running graining. The grip shows only the most minor of usage signs and still remains in perfect condition. It fits the cross guards like a glove. The SA runes button is nicely installed and has 100% of the original enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with “beak which points upward slightly”. This bird shows a little minor wear to the head and breast feathering as well as the talons. The wing feathering, wreath and swastika are still all there. A good hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It is an excellent example, having good original factory done black paint. This paint is near 100% and is in almost full mint condition, showing only the most minor or crazing. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated type. They retain their brightness and are in perfect condition throughout to include the lower ball. The dome head steel screws are all in place and are unturned. Chances are, the original owner of this example purchased the scabbard separately rather than have his original example repainted. Attached to the scabbard is an early SA short hanger and belt loop. The hanger has fairly good leather and the nickel snap clip is marked “RZM M5/71 OLC”. The belt loop is an early type having fine pebbled nickel “D” ring.

The blade of this example is still nice and bright. It has nearly all of its cross graining and there is only the slightest of age on the surfaces. It would grade at near mint except there is just a little bit of an inward line from the blade shoulders which may indicate that this blade had some sharpening which was honed off in the past. I can’t be sure and maybe its nit-picking, but I want to give you full disclosure where I can. This would rate the blade at about excellent plus. The SA motto is very deeply etched into the surface, however, about only 50% of the blackening remains. What does remain, though, is a very dark color tone. The reverse of the blade has the stamping running horizontally with no logo “Gebr. Heller”. I have never really learned whether this is the same Heller Brothers that used the anchor as a logo or whether it is an entirely different company. I know many collectors feel that it is a different company. I guess it is one of those things that we will discover in the future. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the cross guard contour.

Excellent Plus Plus. $1,095.00

NSKK #30381 Early NSKK Ground Röhm EM Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This early Carl Eickhorn example has excellent nickel crossguards being the in house variety produced by Eickhorn. These guards have good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and the very deep hand done accent grooves we usually see with this maker. Additionally the guards are marked internally “H.E.”. The tang nut does not look to have been apart in awhile on this dagger. The lower reverse crossguard is gruppe marked “Ho”. The grip is a fine medium brown colored fruitwood. It shows some usage signs but overall it is still in excellent condition having a good close graining which runs vertical. The grip fits the crossguards fairly nice but Eickhorns aren’t known for always having a perfect fit. The SA runes button is in good condition and the early grip eagle is the high-necked variety having full details to the eye, breast feathering, wing feathering, legs, wreath and raised mobile swastika. Not a bad hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has old original black paint which was originally done when the NSKK ordered their SA scabbards painted. This paint has a lot of chips and also shows quite a bit of spidering in the surfaces. The anodizing underneath looks like it was fairly well worn at the time the scabbard was painted. There is also a small ding just above the point of the lower fitting on the reverse. These nickel mounts exactly match the patination of the crossguards. They are in good condition throughout to include the lower ball. The lower mount appears to have its original screws and they are unbuggered. The upper mount has a later style domehead screw on the left and a very small nonstandard screw on the right, but it seems to be in place and there a long time.

The blade of this example is still mostly bright having a few stains on the obverse as well as the reverse. These stains are not too bad and most of them probably would clean out with some work with semi-chrome. The reverse blade has a darker stain near the tip. The Röhm inscription appears to have been completely ground off of this blade. There was no attempt to regrain the area so the inscription points are fairly rough. It is possible to see the original graining though in all the areas where the grounding did not occur. The trademark is the early oval type that has a seated squirrel with serrated tail. The crossguard contours perfectly fit the blade shoulders. An original “as found” Röhm dagger.

Excellent. $895.00

NSKK #31485C Early NSKK EM Dagger - Haco, Berlin

This desirable example by Haco has a great look to it. The Haco fittings are somewhat unique in that the nickel crossguards are of different thicknesses. The upper guard is thicker than the lower guard. I personally think this gives a neat look to the dagger. This example has never been apart so I will respect that status. When I have looked in Haco guards before though it’s interesting to note that there is usually an inked assembly number inside and I have no doubt that there is probably one inside of this example also as the grip absolutely fits like a rubber glove. These guards are crisp and have smooth surfaces with good deep accent grooves. The thin lower guard is stamped with the Gruppe number “B” which of course stands for Berlin. I think just about all Haco daggers will have the Berlin designation. The grip of this example is either made of oak or walnut. It is a very hard wood and has attractive sharp contour ridges. The grip also appears to have had a factory varnish which is still mostly there with only a little bit of wear to the varnish just noticeable on the center reverse portion. This grip has very attractive graining which runs up and down. There are some signs of usage but overall there are no problems with this grip. The SA runes button is nicely fit and has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak pointing upwards slightly. This bird shows only the most nominal wear with details still there to the eye, beak, breast feathering, wing feathering, legs, wreath and mobile swastika. A fine hilt here!

The scabbard is also a great example. This shell is straight throughout and is one of the rarely seen anodized varieties. The anodizing has a rather dull appearance to it but it is definitely old and appears factory done. There is a little bit of age in a few places but overall it still rates at near 100%. It is very rare to find an anodized scabbard on an NSKK dagger. The scabbard mounts are matching early nickel having the same patination as the crossguards. The upper mount is in perfect condition having screws placed fairly low the way we see them on Pack produced examples. Haco certainly didn’t make anything so it is possible this, in fact, is a Pack scabbard. The lower mount also has low placed screws and unfortunately the ball is smashed in. I wish that this was not there but perhaps a replacement fitting could be located by the next owner. It would have to be a fitting that also has low placed screws which makes a proper mount one hundred times harder to find. Chances are you’ll have to be happy with what this is. Attached to the carrying ring is what appears to be the original short hanger. This hanger is a very dark brown or it may be black, but I think it’s brown. The hanger still has good leather and is complete with the original small retainer loop. The hardware is the unmarked solid nickel type. The clip is the early snout nose type. If you’ve never looked inside one of these they are interesting in that the spring is retained by a rivet. It is a rare case indeed to find one of these clips where the spring does not still operate or is not in place. A very good looking outside here.

The blade is also a nice example. There are a couple of age spots but overall the blade is still nice and bright having all of its crossgraining. Other than the normally seen runner marks this blade should grade in near mint condition. The SA motto is very crisp and deep having 100% of the original very dark blackening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso has the familiar logo of the double circles resembling a lifesaver. Within the circles is the name of the firm and their location, “Haco Berlin”. The blade shoulders could not fit the crossguard contour any tighter. A very desirable dagger here and whoever gets this example I am sure that it will be exciting to own as all of your collecting friends will definitely admire its appearance.

Excellent. $1,395.00

NSKK#31818 Chained NSKK Officer's Dagger Field Upgrade - Carl Eickhorn

This NSKK Chained Officer's Dagger is one of the field upgrade types where the original recipient, rather than buy a new dagger, ordered the necessary hardware to upgrade his existing NSKK. In the case of this example, his NSKK was also a Ground Roehm. It is an Eickhorn piece. The hilt mounts are the standard solid nickel crossguards and they are in excellent condition throughout, having good smooth surfaces, still crisp edges, and the very deep hand-cut accent grooves we often see with this producer. The guards have a fine dull patination that goes throughout the dagger. The tang not does not appear to have ever been off of this dagger. The grip is a tobacco-leaf looking texture, as well as color. There is no sheen to this grip. It does have some good close graining that runs mostly north-to-south. Other than the lack of finish, the grip is in perfect condition. It would be an easy job to put a little wax on this grip, which would completely wake it up. The grip nicely fits the crossguards. The fit is not terrific, but it is typical of Eickhorn daggers. The SA runes button is perfectly placed. It does have a small “hit” to the left of the “S” rune, and also a small “hit” just above the top portion of the “A” rune. These flaws, though, are not bad. The grip eagle is the high-necked style and it is in excellent condition. All details remain to the bird’s head, beak, breast feathering, wing feathering, legs, wreath, and mobile swastika. The reverse lower crossguard is Gruppe stamped, “BO”. This Gau is at the bottom of Germany on the border of Bavaria and Austria.

Usually, I go to the scabbard next with my descriptions, but this time I will break with tradition and go to the blade as it tends to be the next discussed on this dagger. This blade shows some graying to the finish. It was a Röhm inscription originally, and the inscription was totally removed. In fact, it looks like one of the removals done by the Eickhorn factory where they reapplied their trademark. The trademark in this instance is the small double oval that contains the firm’s name and location, “Carl Eickhorn, Solingen”. Inside is a seated squirrel with serrated tail. Usually when we see this trademark on an SA, it is indicative of a Röhm dagger or some other presentation type. The removal area was regrained by the factory, but the graining is slightly more coarse than the original was. Unfortunately, there is some black age that has also spotted the blade here-and-there. Eickhorn also chose to re-do the front of the blade at the same time, and this also has some of the same problems. The SA motto is still fairly good, having some depth to it and about 60% of the original darkening. This blade only grades at about good to excellent. Perhaps, with a little work someone could renew it slightly.

Now as to the scabbard. This scabbard was the original example that was always with the dagger. The shell itself was painted black after this order was made for NSKK people in 1936. The black paint job was not done too well, but at least most of it is still there. It is possible to also see the old brown anodized finish coming through on areas where the black has flaked off. The original nickel scabbard mounts are in good shape, exactly matching the patination of the crossguards. Even the lower ball has not been dropped. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws showing some turning to the bottom examples, which was no doubt done when the mount was removed to put on the center fitting. This center ramp is a typical field upgrade type, having the thinner rolled rim and the large eyelet. These eyelets on the upgrade examples are normally larger than the eyelet at the upper scabbard mount (if the ramp eyelet is smaller than the one at the top, this is an indication that the ramp is not correct). The original upper carrying ring was removed and the chain assembly was then hooked to the two remaining eyelets. In the case of the upper chain, there are 3 links and the lower chain has the standard 5 links. The links are the nickel plated steel type and they all are in excellent condition with good plating through both sides. The link that connects to the snap clip at the top is stamped in the back “NSKK Musterschütz/ Korpsführung”. There is no RZM stamping on this chain because a field upgrade was not under the guise of the RZM.

The snap clip is also a fine example. The shield contains an acorn properly positioned between two oak leaves. The veins to the oak leaves are well done. The snap clip shows a little rust toward the bottom portion of the reverse, but this is easy to clean off. The original spring is in place and works well. It is interesting to note that on the center ramp of this example, the ramp would not go up to the normal position because of the thickness of the original scabbard shell. Therefore, this ramp is down lower than we normally see them. This position, though, is frequently observed on field upgrade pieces. Apparently, this ramp was forced up as far as it would go, and there was no need to screw the mount in place as it is held in position by pressure. This is a good chance to acquire a field upgrade chained NSKK at a reasonable price. This piece is not in complete A-1 condition but it is what it is, and for someone out there that wants to do a little restoration work, I’m sure that this piece could be made much better. It is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $3,395.00

NSKK #30059 NSKK Chained Officer (RZM M7/27) - Puma

This chained NSKK dagger has a nice appearance throughout. The plated crossguards are in excellent condition being nice and bright and having no flaking or problems. There are a few normal scratches in the surfaces but overall these crossguards look very nice indeed. The tang nut is also nicely matching and looks to have been taken down maybe only once or twice. The grip is an appealing brown wood which is in medium to high ridge contour construction. This grip does have a pleasing grain running lengthwise. The grip is in perfect condition and nicely fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is in good condition with no hits or chips to the enameled surface. The early nickel grip eagle is a fine example being the high-necked variety and having perfect details throughout the bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. I noticed that the wing tips stick up a tiny bit out of the wood cut out. There are also a couple of scars in the grip above and below the right portion of the bird. This could indicate that the bird was removed sometime after the war and perhaps a replacement bird was put in. If this is the case there is no crime here as the replacement bird is a beauty and looks well in the grip.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent black paint spread over its surfaces but I do think it is most likely a repaint as there are a couple of places where there look to have been chips below and they were not sanded out properly before the new paint was put on. Other than this though the paint really does look good and adds a lot to the dagger. The scabbard mounts are the traditional type and they exactly match the plating of the crossguards. The upper and lower mount are in excellent bright condition on the obverse and on the reverse there are a couple of plating lifts that show on both fittings. The upper is a small lift and the lower has a large lift in the center area where there is also some small plating peeling. The center ramp is in good condition on the obverse and also has a small plating lift on the reverse but it is not bad. This center ramp is the style that has a larger eyelet than the eyelet at the upper mount. This is OK and is seen quite frequently. You have to watch out when the center ramp has an eyelet that is smaller than the upper eyelet.

The chain hanger is really a fine example. This hanger still has all of its plating and quite honestly is a real beauty. The plating is perfect on both the obverse and the reverse. Judging by the other plating on the dagger it is possible that this chain was either replated or may be a replacement for this dagger. It just seems that the plating is too good to be true. At any rate, the chain is 100% proper having a good four length top. The two center links have the sunwheel swastikas and the two end links have the traditional NSKK open-winged eagle clutching a swastika. The chain below has alternating links and in the center there is the special triangle style runic symbol used by the NSKK exclusively. The round connectors also have 100% plating, another reason I think that maybe the chain was redone. The shield is also a choice example. It positions an acorn between the two recesses of the oak leaves and the snap clip is in good working order. Attached to this clip is a fine black leather belt loop having a nickel-plated D-ring. The reverse of the chain has the two stampings at the top links that connect to the snap clip. On the upper link it is stamped, “NSKK Musterschütz Korpsfuhrüng”. The other link is stamped with the hardware manufacturer’s code, “RZM M5/8”. This code belongs to the Assmann Corporation. The blade of this dagger is as nice as you will see. It has mirror bright surfaces and all of its crossgraining. The SA motto is deeply etched with 100% black background. Other than the usual runner marks the blade is in mint condition. The reverse of this blade has a matching shaded RZM double circle which is positioned over the code of the producer, “M 7/27” which equates to the Pumawerke Company. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

This is a fine dagger which may have a little bit of restoration work but nothing that challenges the integrity of the piece. A very nice chained NSKK which is priced accordingly.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,895.00

NSKK #29832 NSKK E.M. Ground Röhm Dagger with Serial Number - Carl Eickhorn

This dagger has some very interesting aspects about it. It is of earliest construction, and has fine Eickhorn nickel crossguards. These guards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and they have the hand-done deep accent grooves we associate with this firm. The tang nut is also nicely in place, and has no scarring where it was taken out. The grip is a fine orange fruitwood color, having close graining on the obverse area, and on the reverse it is more red and the grain is harder to see. This grip is of medium contour construction and fits the crossguards like a glove. This grip is in perfect condition. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has a couple of taps in the enamel, but nothing serious. The nickel grip eagle is the high necked variety. This bird shows a little modest wear to the head, but the eye is still visible as is the breast feathering. The wing feathering, wreath, and raised swastika are all in excellent condition. The reverse of this lower crossguard is quite interesting. It is Gruppe marked “Nm”. In addition to this, the original owner has stamped his Ausweis number on the reverse. The number is “55657”. The numbers are stamped with individual dyes.

The scabbard shell of this example is straight throughout. It has an old black paint job, but I don’t know for sure if it is a period job. It does look good, however, and rates at about 99%. The nickel mounts nicely match the upper crossguards. The upper mount is in excellent condition. The lower mount has a tap to the ball where it has pushed it up slightly and is flat on the bottom. All of the original nickel screws are in place. There is some buggering to the upper screws, but the lower one appears in good condition.

The blade of this example shows some mild in-and-out scarring, and plus there are a couple of spots where the runners lead against the blade surfaces, and a little moisture set in. All of this sounds worse than what it really is. The blade still has some graining on the obverse if you look closely, and is mostly bright, rating at about excellent plus. The reverse of the blade once had a Röhm dedication, and the majority of this has been ground out. I can see a little bit of the original umlaut that went over the signature, and there is also traces of the “m” letter of Röhm’s name. The grinding was done horizontally, and does not look too bad, but there really was no attempt to re-polish the area. The original Eickhorn trademark is the early small double oval type, which features the firm’s name and location within the ovals, “Carl Eickhorn, Solingen”. In the center is a seated squirrel that is grasping a acorn in his paws. This squirrel has a smooth tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. An interesting dagger here, as this piece has both the Ground Röhm aspect, as well as the serial number stamping.

Excellent. $1,195.00

NSKK #35236C Late War NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger, RZM M 7/66 1942 - Carl Eickhorn

This late produced NSKK example is equipped with nickel-plated crossguards. These crossguards are in choice condition throughout still having a good bright finish. There is some extremely minor age in the surfaces but it is very negligible. The tang nut is in fine condition with perfect plating. The grip is a typical RZM type having high ridge construction and vertical graining. It does have a pleasing furniture wood look to it. The SA runes button shows no damage to the enamel. The grip eagle is a zinc type. This zinc eagle has a dull finish and is the style with “beak which points upwards slightly”. Because of its placement at the highest apex of the grip ridge there is some wear to the bird’s head, breast feathering, talons, and a little bit to the feathering. The details though to the wreath and swastika along with most of the outer wing feathering is still all there. This grip is in perfect condition and fits the crossguards like a glove.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent original black painted finish. This finish has some crazing in the surfaces and shows just the most nominal of carrying signs. It rates at least 99% however. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel type. The lower mount has some freckling at the upper portion of both sides but the plating is still there. The upper mount has excellent plating and is still factory bright. It is interesting to note that both of these mounts are retained by only one screw. The screws are also a flatter head type different from the dome head style that was used up to this point. The throat is the thicker variety we see on this late vintage however it is painted an olive drab color which indicates to me that this throat was originally to be allocated for use on NPEA scabbards. Obviously, this dagger was finished with whatever parts were around. A most interesting piece here for those out there collecting SA types.

The blade is a choice example still being in mint condition with needlelike tip and having full grain. The SA motto is crisp and has fine dark background lettering which is nearly 100% intact. The reverse blade ricasso is matching etched with an open single RZM circle positioned over the Carl Eickhorn code, “M 7/66/1942”. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the crossguard contour. A good candidate here for the SA “type” collectors out there.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

NSKK #35350 Early NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger with Serial Number – August Bickel

This early NSKK EM Dagger is equipped with all nickel mounts. The crossguards are in excellent condition having a fine even patina. These guards have smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut appears to have been removed a few times but is not buggered. The grip is a high ridged early variety. It has a small chip which has come off the wood surface at the upper left obverse and also a small example on the lower left obverse. The bare wood below does not show as apparently these chips have been here for many, many years. The rest of the grip is in perfect condition showing little usage. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The grip eagle is the nickel type being the style with “beak which points upwards slightly”. The details to this bird are all there throughout his head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The reverse lower crossguard is Gruppe marked, “Mn”. Just to the left of the Gruppe marking is a serial number stamping, “6025”. Assumedely this number represented the SA serial number of the dagger’s original carrier.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has been period painted black as per the NSKK orders of 1936. This black paint is still in quite a good condition showing some scratches, chips and age but overall is at least about 95%. The scabbard mounts are the nickel variety in overall good condition. The lower ball does have a small tap to the bottom but there is no crushing or splitting. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws and they are unbuggered.

There is an original to the piece short hanger. This hanger has dark brown leather and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger hardware is the solid nickel type with the snap clip being the early snout nose variety having its spring retained by a rivet.

The blade of this example is still fairly bright but I have a feeling it has been buffed that way as there is no darkening left in the etch backgrounds of this SA motto. Normally on a dagger by Bickel we see fairly dark mottos so this is a sign that the blade has been cleaned fairly severely. The reverse also shows some signs of some old pits along the edges. This blade still grades at about excellent. The reverse ricasso is etched with the fine Bickel logo which consists of a diamond on its side. The upper portion of the diamond is split off and has the firm’s initials, “AB”. Below this the firm’s full name and location are in capital letters in two lines, “August Bickel / Steinbach. Hallenberg”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

An interesting NSKK dagger here with the serial number stamping.

Excellent. $895.00

NSKK #27001 Field Upgrade NSKK Chained Officer Dagger with Period Leather Covered Scabbard - Wilhelm Kober

This NSKK Chained Officer Dagger is a most interesting piece. It is not for someone who is buying their first chained NSKK, but it is rather for the seasoned collector that understands some of the many variations we see in this hobby. This example began its life as an early SA dagger produced by the Wilhelm Kober Company in Suhl. The NSKK in 1938 decided to add a chain hanger to their existing daggers for officers. As collectors know, these pieces were available through factories such as Carl Eickhorn or WKC with complete chain assemblies and new matching parts. Some of the NSKK people chose to add the new chain to their existing early dagger. In many cases, this early dagger was an SA type which had the scabbard painted black per the orders of 1936. In the case of the owner of this example, he elected to not paint his scabbard, but cover it with leather. In addition, he chose to purchase his own NSKK chain and have it added to the dagger. Also, in order to make all of the fittings look the same, this original NSKK officer had all of the metal fittings period chrome plated. Knowing all of this information, now we will go ahead with the description of the dagger.

The hilt of this example is a typical Suhl made piece, having the distinctive curvature to the lower cross guard. As indicated previously, the cross guards and the tang nut have been chrome plated. The chrome shows minor age, but is still all intact and is in good condition. These cross guards have good accent grooves and still have crisp edges. The reverse lower cross guard is Gau. stamped “Th”. The grip of this piece is a fine-looking example which appears to be walnut. The Suhl manufacturers generally used walnut to produce their grips, as there was plenty on hand that normally would be used for gun stocks. This grip is a medium to sharp contoured construction type and it shows normal usage signs throughout, but there are no problems at all. The wood has a beautiful orange tone and also has fine graining which runs lengthwise. It is quite pretty and appears to have a fine coat of varnish, probably done when the guards were chrome plated. The runes button is in good condition, having perfect enameled surfaces. The nickel grip eagle still looks to be in good shape, being the style with beak pointing upward. There is quite a bit of patination around the bird, but you can still see the definition to the bird's head, breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath and raised out swastika. The grip fits these cross guards absolutely like a rubber glove.

As mentioned above, the shell has been period covered with a black fine grain leather. In fact, the leather very much looks like the type we see on honor daggers with the exception that the seam is placed just off of center on the reverse. Other than this, though, the leather is done quite well and does meet the upper and lower fitting, as opposed to going underneath. This leather shows age and some usage signs but, for the most part, it is still in good condition, having no nips that go through its surfaces.

The center ramp, which was purchased along with the field upgrade chain, has been installed over the leather. Since this center ramp was originally desired to be slid over the basic steel shell, the result of the leather installation is that the ramp would not go to the center position of the scabbard shell. Therefore, this ramp is positioned only up about three inches from the lower fitting. Apparently, this must have been okay with the original wearer, as it obviously has always been in this position and the dagger hangs quite nicely when extended from the chain. The center ramp, as we usually see with field upgrade chains, has an eyelet which is larger than the eyelet of the upper fitting. The chain assembly is a three-link top and a five-link bottom. This is the normal number of links seen with field upgrades. The upper chain assembly features a center link of a raised sun wheel swastika and the two end links are the NSKK style eagle with swastika. The detail is outstanding to these links.

The lower chain is the standard five-link type having two each of the above-mentioned links with the center being the triangle runic symbol used exclusively by the NSKK. The two chain assemblies are connected to a fine snap clip with the shield device applied. The shield device depicts two outstanding detailed oak leaves with the acorn and cap positioned at the proper recess point. This snap clip and chain assembly exactly matches the chrome plate finish of the other fittings. The reverse of the top lower link is stamped with the traditional markings “NSKK Musterschutz Korpsführung”. Attached to the snap clip is a black leather belt loop. This belt loop is equipped with a good-conditioned “D” ring. This dagger is quite a sight here, and will be extremely interesting for those who like to think a little bit in this hobby.

To add to the fun of this example, the early blade on the obverse is just terrific. It is nice and bright, and still has all of its cross graining. Other than runner marks and just the slightest amount of staining towards the bottom, this blade is in mint condition. The SA motto is deeply etched and has about 98% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse of the blade has a little bit of smudge in some of the areas, but also still has all of the cross graining and rates in near mint condition. This blade is etched with the double ovals which trap the firm’s name and location “Wilh. Kober & Co. Suhl”. Inside of the ovals is the centaur creature consisting of half man and half horse. The creature is standing above the start up date of this company “gegr. 1884". The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower cross guard contour.

A magnificent example here of an upgraded dagger done locally and fixed up with all the bells and whistles available at the time. An absolute genuine, guaranteed original example.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,995.00

NSKK #28689 Early NSKK EM Dagger – ASSO (Arthur Schüttlehofer)

This early dagger is in good collectible condition and is a good historical testimony to the NSKK paint application ordered for the scabbards of SA daggers in 1936. First off though, the hilt has nickel crossguards which are in good condition throughout having smooth surfaces, sharp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut appears to possibly be a later example as it is a steel one with nickel plating versus the solid nickel type. At any rate though, it looks like its been there a long time and possibly it was installed at the same time as the scabbard paint. The lower crossguard is stamped with the gau marking, “Ns”. The grip is a fine mahogany being a beautiful reddish color and having subtle vertical graining running beneath the surfaces. This grip is in perfect condition throughout and it is of medium to sharp construction. It fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has fine enameled surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the point-behind-the-head variety bird. This eagle though, has full details remaining to his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons and mobile swastika. A pretty nice hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It reflects some very thick black paint that appears to have been sprayed on. This paint has some age to it but it still is good and bright and rates at about 98%. This paint job would have been one of the ones that were ordered in 1936 for the NSKK branch of the SA. Up to this point these NSKK people were wearing the exact same dagger as the SA and this black paint was a way to distinguish these people who ran the motor pools for the SA. This scabbard is equipped with matching nickel mounts. These mounts are in excellent condition throughout to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by four nickel screws all having unbuggered heads.

The blade of this example is nice and bright and has 100% of the original crossgraining. It is interesting to note that the SA motto etch is slightly lower than the position they are usually seen. When one looks on the reverse it is also interesting to note that the manufacturer’s logo is slightly higher than it is normally seen to be. The collector will see this once in awhile where the etch template was perhaps placed a little bit off center with this type of result. Some times the etches will also run slightly diagonal for the same reasons. The SA etch on this example though is outstanding. It is still in mint condition and has 100% of the dark backgrounding. The same is true of the interesting maker’s logo on the opposite ricasso. It features the dual set of hobby horses with the firm’s abbreviated name above, “Asso” and below being the location city of, “Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours. This is a very fine NSKK dagger here and if you have looked for a nicely done early example you know they are difficult to find. This one should satisfy most of the “knit-pickers” out there. A nice overall dagger.

Near Mint. $1295.00

NSKK #35049C Early NSKK with Period Painted Scabbard and Sign of Black Grip Paint - Otto Stover

This early NSKK dagger has all nickel mounts throughout. The mounts appear as though they were cleaned perhaps a decade ago. The tang nut looks good, and does not show signs of being out. The crossguards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise, accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked, "Nrh". The grip of this example appears to be a darker mahogany, or fruitwood. It is interesting to note, the surfaces of the grip have definite traces of black paint throughout. There is only maybe five percent, but it surely indicates that this grip was most likely painted at the same time its original owner painted his scabbard. This was per the orders in 1936 for NSKK people. In some instances, probably by overzealous NSKK members, or by those who do not listen to orders, the grips themselves were also painted black. In the case of this dagger, I feel that there is nothing else significant about the fact that the grip was painted. The SA runes button is a copper type, and positioned properly. The enamel shows some traces of usage, but appears to still be all there. The grip eagle is the style with "point behind the head". This bird has full details to its head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. This grip is of medium contour construction, and it is in fine condition throughout, and fits the crossguards like a rubber glove.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard shell, as mentioned above, has received a coat of black paint during the period. Most of the paint has worn off on the obverse of the scabbard, remaining at perhaps ten percent, and on the reverse, there is about 80% of the original, black paint. Where the paint has worn off, the scabbard anodizing is still quite good, having a fine, coppery look to the surfaces. The scabbard mounts are in good condition, with the lower ball having a hit to the very bottom, which has flattened this area. There is also a small split at the right side of the ball, but overall, it really doesn't look too bad when looked at from straight on. The original screws are all in place, and are unbuggered.

The blade is still mostly bright, and having most of its original crossgrain in its surfaces. It shows some moderate age, and the SA motto does not have any darkening in the letters, but may have been a frosted background. The blade grades at excellent to excellent plus. The reverse blade is in the same condition. The trademark on the ricasso is a very rarely seen maker. It features a double diamond, which is on its horizontal side. Inside the diamond is the firm's name, in capital letters, "OTTO STOVER". Beneath the diamond is the location city of, "SOLINGEN". The Stover trademark is rated at an 8, on a scale of 1-10, according to the "Mc Sarr" rating sheet. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. Quite an interesting dagger here, with some seldom seen traits, along with a very rare maker.

Excellent Plus. $1,395.00

NSKK #34065C Early NSKK “Unofficial” Officer Conversion with Personalization and Dedicated Blade – Wilh. Kober

This early dagger is a real anomaly here but absolutely a period piece and should be of much interest to those of you out there that like “one-off” pieces. The dagger started life as an early SA example. Probably after the NSKK was ordered to paint their scabbards black this conversion may have occurred. The scabbard shell shows signs of once being a brown anodized type however it was painted black in a rather crude form. It is my belief that many times some of the NSKK people also painted their grips black. This is the case here and the grip appears to have been painted the same time as the scabbard and by the same individual. The paint to the grip shows wear in places and the original brown color wood does show through. The crossguards and tang nut do not look to have been removed in modern times. These all nickel mounts have a very dull patination and do not appear to have been cleaned since the period. The mounts are the typical Suhl type. They have good smooth crossguards, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard has the gruppe mark, “Th”. In addition, on either side of the gruppe stamping are the original owner’s initials, “R.S.”. This engraving has been professionally done with double scribed letters. The grip is still in fairly good condition having no chips or problems. The paint was extremely rough the way it was applied and some of it has cracked and wrinkled some probably by heat in an attic. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has all of its enameled surfaces. The early grip eagle is the high-necked variety. This eagle still has all of its details to include the bird’s eye, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A most interesting hilt here!

The scabbard shell as indicated above has been painted black over the original brown anodizing. The scabbard surfaces are a little rough here and there but they are still basically straight. The nickel mounts are in place and are the early type exactly matching the patination of the crossguards. The upper mount is still in good condition whereas the lower mount has had the ball hit at about the center of the bottom where it is pushed in. There is no splitting however. There appears to be a replacement screw at the lower right portion of the mount. The other three screws are original and are unbuggered. There has been a center ramp added to this scabbard. This ramp appears to have been locally made and it is by no means “official”. It is cut in the same design as the official style ramps but it has no turning to the edges. The borders are only straight metal cut in the normally seen arch design along the borders. There is an eyelet that has been added along with a smaller style brass ring. There is no screw holding this ramp in place and assumedly it is pushed up to the point where the expanding portions of the scabbard shell hold it in place. Attached to the upper and center eyelet is an early Luftwaffe chain. This nickel chain has eight ringlets at the top and ten ringlets at the bottom. The clip is the standard unmarked Luftwaffe nickel type. It is interesting to note that the chain is attached in the same way that we see NPEA leader chains attached to their scabbards. Two strips of brass were cut and made into attaching tabs. The connecting points were soldered on the reverse. Also interesting to note is that the reverse of the upper scabbard mount has more personalization with the owner’s initial and portion of his last name, “R.Sch.”. More than likely this man’s name was Schultz or something to that nature. This engraving was professionally done and has attractive engraving between the double scribed letters.

The blade is an early type and appears to be a ground Röhm on the reverse. The obverse still has much of the original crossgraining but does show some in and out usage and there is also a very minor nick at the upper edge. The motto is crisp however most of the original background darkening has gone to time. This blade only grades at about excellent. On the reverse the crossgraining indicates that there must have been a Röhm inscription that was removed. What is really interesting is that an additional inscription has been added on the reverse. It is etched in two lines, “In Treüe / Franz Fischer”. This of course would mean, “In Loyalty Franz Fischer”. Apparently Fischer may have had this crazy dagger put together for R. Schultz. The original factory logo is on the reverse ricasso. It is a double oval type which traps the firm’s name and location inside, “Wilh. Kober & Co. Suhl”. Inside is the half man half horse animal known as a centaur. The animal is positioned over the start up date of this factory, “Gegr. 1874”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contours.

Obviously this is a most interesting dagger especially for those who like to study original variations and contemplate why they were done and who wore them. Since there were many millions of officers and men wearing daggers during the Third Reich time it is inevitable that we are going to see pieces that we don’t thoroughly understand. I believe that this is a real gem here if you are the type of guy that does not have to collect “cookie cutter” style pieces. As the hobby becomes more and more advanced pieces of this nature become more and more important to the collecting community. An outstanding opportunity here to expand your collection into a piece that currently may have more questions than answers but that certainly will be an eye catcher and a piece to discuss with your like thinking friends. Absolutely a totally original dagger of the period.

Excellent. $2,895.00

NSKK #34081C Early Denazified NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger - Haastert and Bull

This early NSKK EM Dagger is not in good condition, but it is a somewhat interesting piece, for the method in which it was denazified. I would think that this dagger was probably liberated by a vet and brought back to use as a hunting knife or as something similar. The crossguards and scabbard mounts are all solid nickel, and have a very dark patination. The tang nut shows no signs of being out with a wrench, but there are some vague signs that perhaps a pair of pliers was used way back when. At any rate, it is still in good condition. The crossguards despite their deep patination, still have smooth surfaces, with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower guard is gruppe marked "He". The grip is a smooth contour constructed type. It appears to be mahogany wood. There are a couple of minor cracks that appear on the reverse and also some signs that the dagger has been thrown around here and there. On the obverse the SA runes button is in position, but does show some scratches across its surfaces. The enamel still appears to be there however. On the center of the obverse grip it can be assumed that the veteran cut out a piece of metal in the shape of a diamond and attached it over the eagle and swastika in the center. The diamond is held in place by two brass screws which appear untouched. I don't know whether the eagle itself was removed or not. I feel quite certain that this denazification was done by a veteran as if it were done in Germany; I would have thought that the SA runes button would have been removed also. To a returning veteran, the runes button did not mean anything. The grip nicely fits the crossguards.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has period black paint which appears to be very old and probably done at the time early SA scabbards were ordered to be painted black by NSKK rules. This paint has substantial scratching and usage and remains at about 60 to 70%. The scabbard mounts have matching patination. The upper mount is still in decent condition and the lower ball does have a couple of hits and is bent slightly to the left. The screws that were in the scabbard are long gone to time.

The blade of this example has unfortunately turned gray with age. The Motto is still there, and has about 85% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. There are some signs of sharpening in the edges of the blade. The reverse ricasso has a good trademark still in place. It consists of a large standing rabbit who is holding an even larger butcher knife. The rabbit is positioned over the firm’s name, “R. Haastert and Bull/Solingen-Wald”. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the cross guard contours. I know that this is not a nice dagger, but it does have interest in the way that it was denazified.

$500.00

NSKK #34117C Transitional Enlisted Man's NSKK Dagger RMZ 7/8 - Ed. Gembruch

This NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger is an interesting piece, as it clearly shows the use of mixed parts with a small manufacturer. Ed Gembruch did not make a lot of SA daggers, and they even made fewer SS daggers. They more than likely purchased parts in quantities, like any manufacturer would, and when things changed due to the RZM cheapening of materials, they certainly were not going to throw out the parts inventories they had on hand. This dagger is a really excellent example of this type of occurrence. The crossguards on this piece are of solid nickel construction, as is the tang nut. The tang nut does not look as though it's ever been taken down. The crossguards have toned to a fine dull patination. They still have good smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. There is no Gruppe marking on these guards.

It is interesting to note that the upper scabbard fitting is a standard nickel plated type, however, the throat is a nickel example matching the crossguard. It is also interesting in that the carrying ring is nickel, not plated steel, as you would think to see on an upper scabbard mount of this vintage. Adding further to the curiosity factor is the fact that the lower scabbard mount is nickel having matching patination. So, we have a dagger with all nickel mounts, except for the upper scabbard fitting which is plated. For what it's worth, the screws also are early nickel types, and they are in good, unbuggered condition. This dagger simply represents a clear fact of using up of existing parts prior to taking on the plating fittings which would have been used after the nickel mounts were exhausted. Going back to the grip, unfortunately the grip is not in very good condition, but it is also reflective of the transitional period. The grip is a fruitwood type, of medium brown color. It has surface chipping at the upper obverse and reverse, as well as a couple of surface chips on the bottom right obverse and left reverse. They are only surface though. The rest of the grip is in good shape and fits the crossguards absolutely perfect. The runes button has turned to about 4 o'clock, but the enamel still looks to be 100%. A nickel eagle was used in this grip, being the style with "beak which points upward slightly". This bird still has good detail to its head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, and has excellent original black factory paint. This paint shows some minor spidering on both sides, but overall, it is nearly 100%. The blade is still mostly bright throughout, having all of its crossgraining. There are a few scratches here and there, and on the reverse upper edge, there are some signs that someone might have wanted to sharpen the blade, but gave up very quickly. There is no sharpening to the blade, just the scratches. Overall though, the blade is not bad, and certainly grades at excellent plus. The SA motto is deep and crisp, and has 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso has a double open RZM circle, positioned over the code for Ed Gembruch, "M. 7/8". This is a rarely seen RZM mark, by the way. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour. An interesting dagger here, that should prove to all of your friends who disbelieve that parts can be mixed and the dagger still be original.

Excellent. $895.00

NSKK #34329C “Last Ditch” NSKK EM Dagger – WKC

This NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger must have been one of the last examples produced during the period. It reflects many of the short cuts taken at the end of the blade period when there lacked skill to produce the daggers as well as materials to assemble them. This example has nickel-plated crossguards. The crossguard shows some minor age in the surfaces but they look as though they would easily clean up to near mint. The same is true of the tang nut. The grip is a typical RZM type having a high ridge construction. Apparently there was no one left in the factories to inset the insignia into the grip so this dagger’s SA button has its center pin pushed into the wood with the rest of the insignia remaining outward on the grip’s surface. The same is true of the grip eagle. This eagle is one of the late zinc types and it is pushed in by its pins into the grip’s surface but the entire insignia lies on the upper wood. It is also interesting to note that the person who made this installation installed the eagle at the center bulbous area instead of right below the center bulbous where the insignia should be. This grip does not fit the crossguards very good but we do see some RZM pieces in with these kind of gaps. An interesting hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has outstanding original factory black paint. This paint is near 100% and still has its original luster. The scabbard fittings are the usual nickel-plated over steel. It is interesting to note that the upper scabbard fitting has only one screw in the left edge. The other side of the mount has never been drilled for screw placement. It is also interesting to note that the left screw was put in a little bit off of center. The lower mount does have both of the screws in place. Adding further to the enigma of last ditch production is the fact that the blade in this example is not an SA blade. Actually it is an RLB enlisted man’s blade. The W.K.C. firm also made RLB enlisted man’s daggers and apparently they had some of these blades left over whereas the SA blades were long since used up. The blade is of course plain on the obverse and has beautiful mirror finish with 100% crossgraining. This blade is easily in mint condition. The reverse ricasso has the trademarks that we see on only the RLB pieces being a knighthead trademark positioned over the firm’s bold etched initials, “W.K.C.”, and below this the words for weapon’s factory, “Waffenfabrik / Solingen”. The blade shoulders fit fairly well onto the crossguard. An interesting last ditch attempt here and a good one for collectors that are interested in following the history of Third Reich blade production through their collection.

Near Mint. $795.00

NSKK 34116C Late NSKK Dagger with Period-added Center Ramp RZM M7/33 1940 - F.W. Höller

This unusual NSKK Dagger was originally produced as an enlisted man's piece, and most likely due to the demands of the war, an officer's example would have been desired by the original wearer. Apparently the mounts or chain hanger was not available, so the wearer took it on his own to have a center ramp put on to this scabbard. We'll talk about this addition a little bit later in the description. The nickel plated crossguards are typical late examples. Studying the tang nut, it appears as though the dagger may have been apart once, but there is little evidence of a wrench. The crossguards have a little bit of minor freckling, but it is not bad, and the nickeling still covers completely. The grip is an RZM type, being a rather nice quality wood, having a pleasing vertical running grain. The grip is in perfect condition, and it perfectly fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is placed a little bit deeper in the grip than most. It also has perfect enameled surfaces. Instead of a zinc or aluminum eagle, there is an early nickel eagle in the grip. It is the style with "upward pointing beak". The bird still has full detail to his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and swastika. The eagle is also placed slightly higher in the grip than we normally would see. (As we know, the eagle was placed just below the most bulbous section of the grip). The fact that the runes button is installed slightly different, as well as the fact an early eagle is used in a slightly higher position, lends me to believe that this dagger was produced well into the war when shortages of materials as well as personnel were prevalent.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has a coat of black paint, but the paint appears to be done slightly less than we would expect under normal factory conditions. The scabbard upper and lower mounts are the typical nickel plated steel type, and both are in perfect condition. There has been a center ramp added. The ramp appears to have been constructed out of sheet metal and then soddered at the left edge. The construction of the ramp is slightly haphazard. Again, this points to non-factory assembly. The ramp also has a rather crudely soldered eyelet at the right edge, with a fairly small carrying ring. The standard carrying ring that should be at the upper mount, is now replaced with a ring which is approximately the same diameter as the center ramp ring. Because of the smallness of these rings, there is no question that a hanger using some sort of snap devices was utilized. All of this points to an NSKK man who was appointed an officer, and was not able to get the proper dagger, so he took measures in his own hand, and did what he could to get a reasonable facsimile. The workmanship throughout though, is less than we would see during normal operating times, as most likely there were no available personnel due to the war. I believe all of this to be true, as this type of altertion was certainly not done by some GI or some collector after the war. These mounts, paint, et cetera, are very, very old.

The blade of this example is a fine RZM type, still being bright, and having all of its crossgraining. It has a few very minor signs of age in the surface here and there, but a lot of this might clean out, and even still, the blade grades in a near mint condition. The SA motto is deeply etched, and has near 100% of its original letter backgrounding. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a double RZM open circle. The circle is positioned over the code of the F.W. Höller firm "M 7/33". Below is the date "1940". The date 1940 is not the earliest date we see on political daggers as some are even dated 1942. This however, does not mean that dagger parts were plentiful at the Holler firm. This blade very well may have been a shelf item that could have been utilized in 1942. Daggers like this are very interesting, and hopefully, thought provoking. This is not the kind of dagger you want to buy as your first NSKK. It is however, a provocative addition for those out there that are interested in collecting political daggers and all of the nuances that prevailed.

Excellent. $1,195.00

NSKK #34719C Unissued NSKK Dagger with Riveted Paper Tag

This unissued NSKK Dagger was not officially worn by an NSKK man, but it does appear as though it got some usage once it arrived back in America. Unfortunately, the returning veteran did not take very good care of the dagger, but it is interesting that the original NSKK paper tag did withstand the usage shown to the dagger. This dagger is equipped with Boker style nickel plated crossguards. These guards are the type that have the large hole drilled in the top for the tang nut, and the tang nut is a descending shape. I can't tell this for sure, as I have not removed the tang nut to look. These guards show some mild age in their surfaces, especially in the areas where they meet the wood grip, but all in all, they still have nearly 100% of their original plated finish. The grip is a typical RZM type, being of a medium brown hue wood, and having vertical grains. The SA runes button is nicely placed, and it is in perfect enamel condition. The aluminum grip eagle below, is the style with "high neck". All details are still available to this bird's head, breast feathering, wing feathering, legs, wreath, and mobile swastika.

Attached to the upper grip via a rivet, is an original NSKK issue tag. The issue tag has turned an off-white, brown color, and has black printing. There is an NSKK eagle with swastika printed on the tag, having the banner above the bird. Below is printed "NSKK.-DIENSTDOLCH". Below this is the series of numbers where the producer stamps his RZM code. The rubber stamping is there, but it is difficult to read. On the reverse of the tag, it is also printed in black with a large RZM circle, and the full name of the RZM Ministry "REICHSZEUGMEISTERIE". Below this is the run number, "072945". A tag like this is a rarely seen item, and has great value to collectors of unissued things.

The scabbbard shell is straight throughout, and has fairly nice, original black paint. The paint though, shows some chips and age here and there, but still grades at about 90-95%. As I said above, the veteran may have shown this dagger off quite a bit after it returned home. The scabbard shell is equipped with fine, nickel plated, steel based mounts. These mounts are in perfect condition, still being nice and bright, and are retained by dome head screws which still appear to have their nickel plated surfaces.

The blade of this example is in mint condition, having all grain on the surfaces. It is etched with the SA motto, having 99% of the darkening in the background letters. The reverse ricasso is etched with an open double RZM circle over the code for the firm Arthur Schuttlehöfer, "M 7/13". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A good, unissued dagger here, not in mint condition, but priced accordingly.

Excellent Plus. $1,795.00

NSKK #33509C Early NSKK EM Dagger with Anodized Scabbard – Geb. Heller

This Enlisted Man's NSKK Dagger does not appear to have ever been apart. It has very deep patina throughout all mounts. The tang nut and crossguards all have good, smooth surfaces with crisp edges. The accent grooves are precisely rendered. The grip is a lighter brown fruit wood, having a High Ridge construction and pleasing vertical grains. This grip is in totally perfect condition and nicely fits the crossguards. The SA Runes button is nicely places, being the more copper colored type. The button shows some patination across the silvered areas of the surface, but the enamel still looks fine. The early nickel grip eagle is the High Neck type. Full detailing remains throughout the entirety of this bird. A fine hilt here!

The scabbard is straight throughout. This scabbard has a good gray anodized surface. Although the anodizing is all still there, there is some age that is evenly spread across both sides. This rust could be removed by some rubbing with an oily rag. The scabbard, however, still looks pretty good the way it is. The scabbard mounts have matching patination. The top example is good, but unfortunately the lower example has taken a hit which has smashed the ball, opening the sides of it. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.

The blade of this example is a real beauty. It is in Mint condition, having all of its cross graining as well as a needle-like tip. The very darkly etched SA Motto looks great, having 100% of the blackening it the letters. The reverse of the blade has a most interesting maker mark. Instead of the small stamping in block letters of this makers name, it is etched in larger, capital letters. It reads “GEBR. HELLER”. Heller daggers with the etched name are quite rare. The lower crossguard is still nice and bright on the oval area where it was protected by the in place scabbard throat. The reverse lower crossguard is Gruppe marked “Th”. A good, early, untouched NSKK Dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $1,395.00

NSKK #33581C Chained NSKK Marine Officer Dagger RZM M 7/66 1940 - Carl Eickhorn

This Chained NSKK Marine Officer Dagger is showing some age throughout the gilding and also to the scabbard paint but it is what it is and it is priced accordingly. The crossguards are the standard nickel-plated type that have been factory gold washer. This gilding is probably about 40-50% on the upper crossguard and perhaps about 80-85% on the lower crossguard. The tang nut is the nickel-plated steel type and it also has about 60-70% of the gilded finish remaining. The grip is a standard RZM type having high ridge construction. It has the typical vertically running graining with a pleasing brown surface to the wood. The grip is in superb condition. It features an SA runes button which is perfectly set and has 100% of the enameled surfaces. The grip eagle is the aluminum type being the style with beak that points upward slightly. The bird still has full detail remaining to its eye, breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath and swastika. There is a little wear to the talon area and slightly on the bottom of the breast feathering. The grip adequately fits the crossguards.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It reflects original black factory paint. This paint still has some luster to it but it also has some spidering and quite a bit of age and chipping which most likely occurred from the chain being wrapped around the scabbard shell. This paint remains at approximately 80-85%. The scabbard mount are the typical nickel-plated RZM type. They have good nickel plating throughout but like the crossguards these hilt mounts are also showing wear to the gilt. The lower reverse mount has nearly all of the gilt remaining and the reverse of the center ramp has maybe 80% of it. The upper reverse mount has maybe 50% with about 90% still remaining on the throat. On the obverse the upper mount has about 50% gilt, the ramp has perhaps 30% and the lower mount is about 90%. The lower ball is still intact and has never been dropped. These mounts are retained by unturned matching dome head screws. The eyelets exactly match each other in size. The chain is the convention RZM type having four upper and five lower links. These links feature alternating NSKK eagles with swastikas and sunwheel swastika links. The lower chain has a center link featuring the RAD triangular rune. The connectors to the links are all in good shape. The links appear to have a little bit of rust here and there but not bad with fairly good plating. The gilding on these links is clinging throughout the recesses but there is not much on the high relief areas. The nickel snap clip is also the conventional type having a shield featuring an acorn placed between the recesses of two leaves which flank the acorn. The gilding is intact in the recesses of the shield and there are also remains of it here and there around the snap clip but not much. The two lower chain links which connect to the scabbard eyelets are marked. The upper example is stamped, “Musterschutz / NSKK- / Korpsfürung”.

The blade of this example makes up for some of the lack of gilding. This blade is still factory bright and has all of its crossgraining. The SA motto on this blade is nice and crips and appears to have 100% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. Other than the most modest of age signs this blade rates in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a single open RZM circle which is positioned over the Carl Eickhorn code, “M 7/66”. Beneath is the production date of this dagger, “1940”. The crossguard area on the lower surfaces where it was protected by the scabbard throat has nearly all of the original finish. An interesting dagger here which absolutely was a marine version of the chained NSKK officer. It is in collectible condition and although it is nowheres near mint it may be a good piece to acquire until a better example comes along. It is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $5,495.00

NSKK #33261 Late NSKK EM Dagger RZM M 7/13 - Arthur Schuttlehöfer

This NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger is in fine condition overall having been a slight victim of the materials used during the later periods of construction. The crossguards are the nickel-plated type. The upper crossguard is in excellent mint condition being nice and bright. The tang nut for some reason is a solid nickel example, probably a reserve of using up of existing inventory. The lower crossguard nicely matches the shape and workmanship of the upper one however a majority of the nickel plating has worn from the surfaces revealing a polished metal beneath that resembles aluminum but I’m not sure. Both crossguards have fine precision accent grooves. The grip is a typical RZM type being of a darker color wood. It has medium to high ridge construction with vertically running grain. This grip is in perfect condition and nicely fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is placed fairly low in the grip and it has perfect enameled surfaces. The grip eagle is an aluminum type and it is the “high-necked” variety. This bird is in choice crisp condition having full details to its head, breast feathering, wing feathering, legs, wreath and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has outstanding original black paint. On the obverse this paint is nearly in full mint condition and on the reverse it has just a couple of mild wear signs. A very fine shell here. The scabbard mounts are outstanding nickel-plated type having full factory brightness still all there. These mounts are in perfect condition to include the never dropped ball. The mounts are retained by steel dome head screws which are unbuggered. The throat is the thicker style we frequently see on RZM pieces of this vintage.

The blade is nice and bright having good needle tip and 100% of the original crossgraining. Other than the standard runner marks this blade is in mint condition. The SA motto is crisp and deep having fine 100% background darkening. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a double open style RZM circle. The circle is positioned over the Arthur Schuttlehöfer code, “M 7/13”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A nice NSKK dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

NSKK #33502C Early Ground Röhm NSKK EM Dagger – J.A. Henckels

This early NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger is in nice overall condition and is an interesting dagger. The crossguards are the standard solid nickel type and they were cleaned not too long ago and present a good shiny state. The tang nut appears to have been out a few times but it is still fairly crisp. These crossguards have smooth surfaces with crisp edges and good precise accent grooves. It is interesting to note that the gruppe mark on the reverse lower crossguard is stamped way over on the right, “B.O”. (Usually when we see this it is the “H.o.” marking so this is somewhat of an anomaly.) The grip is a fine mahogany having a good subtle grain in the surfaces. The obverse grip is in choice condition throughout while the reverse shows a couple of hits towards the upper areas. The grip is of medium to high ridge construction and it absolutely fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has fine enameled surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the “point-behind-the-head” style. This bird is extremely crisp having full details to the head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has received a black coat of paint which was definitely done during the period. The paint shows wear and usage but it still retains its brightness having a little bit of spidering but still rating at about 85-90%. On the areas where the paint is scraped it is possible to see the original anodized surface below the paint. As we collectors know, in 1936 NSKK men were ordered to paint their scabbards black as a way to designate the difference between the SA and the NSKK dagger. The scabbard mounts are all nickel matching the crossguard. These mounts are in excellent condition throughout, the lower ball just having the smallest tap to the left in the center. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are unbuggered. A nice rarely seen scabbard here.

The obverse of this blade is in choice mint condition, having all cross grain and deep etched motto. The motto has all of the dark background. There a couple of extremely minor age marks at the ricasso area, but not enough to take away from a mint rating here. The reverse blade has had the Röhm inscription neatly ground from the etched area only. There was new grain applied, but it is a far-cry from the original factory type and the viewer will easily see where the Röhm autograph and his pronunciation of his affection to his early fighters once was placed. The areas of the blade after and before the inscription, still retain the original brightness and grain on their surfaces - a fine ground blade here that really gives a feel for this exciting time in German history. The logo is still all there, having just a small "rub" of grinding at the very top of the oval logo. The double ovals contain the firm's name and location, "J. A. Henckels, Zwillingswerk, Solingen". Inside, is the traditional symbol still used today by this fine blade company, the conjoined twins in an Egyptian-like pose. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour. A fine example here!

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

NSKK #32439 Early NSKK EM Dagger – Johanniswerk, Bayreuth

This is a fine early NSKK EM Dagger. It is an outstanding example which is in an untouched state. There are some minor scars at the top cross guard, but looking at the tang nut it is one of those types that has the very thin wrench area and it does not appear that the person originally trying to disassemble this dagger succeeded. By the looks of the marks, this also probably goes back to the war. This dagger definitely has not been opened, at least in recent times. The cross guards and tang nut are the early nickel type. These guards have excellent, smooth surfaces with good, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. They feature a nice, dull, even patina throughout. The lower reverse cross guard is Gruppe marked “Fr”. The grip is a nice example which appears thinner in the center area than most other grips. That is probably because this dagger was made in Bavaria, not Solingen. The grip has a nice under-the-surface vertical grain. The reverse is absolutely perfect, showing little to no wear. The obverse shows a little bit of scraping around the upper part of the eagle and also below the wings and wreath, but these appear to be done possibly when the eagle was originally set. This grip is in medium to high-ridge construction. The grip fits the cross guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has perfect enamel surfaces. The grip eagle exactly matches the patination of the other nickel parts. It is the style with the “beak that points upward slightly” and the detail is still excellent throughout the bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A nice hilt here. The scabbard shell is completely straight throughout. This shell reflects outstanding black paint. As we know, these daggers were ordered to be painted black by the NSKK hierarchy and normally, the paint jobs leave a lot to be desired. That is not the case with this original paint. It is extremely well done and still retains its original factory brightness. It shows a normal amount of wearing signs and a few chips but, overall, the paint is at least 95% and grades at excellent plus plus on the obverse and near full mint on the reverse. A nice shell here. The scabbard mounts are matching patina nickel types and they are in perfect condition to include the lower ball. The original low head screws are in place and are unbuggered. Attached to the upper scabbard ring is what appears to be the original short hanger. The leather shows some mild age across the surfaces and some scuffing, but it is still very sound and is not age fragile. The leather hanger is complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware consists of all nickel components and the conventional shaped snap clip is unmarked. I would think a little bit of Meltonian shoe cream would bring this leather back to a near mint state. The blade of this example is also very nice. It has a little bit of in-and-out scratching but overall it still retains its original brightness and grades in near mint condition. The SA motto is crisp and deep and has about 95% of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. The cross graining looks to be at about 80% - 85%. The reverse ricasso has a fine logo etch, being double ovals. The ovals contain the firm’s name and location “Johanniswerk, Bayreuth”. Inside, there is a seal-like figure which has something similar to an arrow inside being tipped slightly to the left. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour. If you are looking for a nice-conditioned early NSKK, this is an outstanding example and I must say it is very difficult to find an NSKK with this nice of an original scabbard paint and overall condition.

Excellent Plus Plus. $1,195.00

NSKK #28120 Transitional NSKK EM Dagger (RZM M7/66) - Carl Eickhorn

This fine dagger appears to be a transitional example probably produced about late 1936 or 1937. It is really a fine example still having the quality that we see on early pieces. This dagger does not look to have been cleaned in many years if at all. It also does not appear to have been apart. The crossguards are the early nickel variety. They are very crisp and have excellent smooth surfaces with good deep accent grooves. There is no Gruppe mark on these crossguards because this dagger was made after the time that these stampings were included. Interestingly the tang nut is a nickel-plated type the first sign that this is a transitional dagger. The grip is a choice example. It is a red color mahogany wood having a smooth contour ridge finish. There is not a lot of grain in the grip but there are some subtle areas where the wood is slightly darker than other areas. This grip perfectly fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has flawless enamel surfaces. The grip eagle is a nickel type. It is the type with the beak which points upward slightly. This bird shows only the most modest signs of wear on the head, breast feathering and legs. The eye though is still all there as are most of the breast feathers. The wing feathers, wreath and mobile swastika are still crisp. A very fine hilt here! The scabbard shell is also a fine example. It is the earlier heavy steel base which is completely straight. This scabbard reflects outstanding original black paint. This paint still retains its factory luster and is in a near full mint condition on both sides. The obverse has only one minor scratch around the center area but it appears to be done long ago and the inner areas have turned black so that the scratch is hardly noticeable. This scabbard is equipped with nickel mounts. These mounts are exactly matching those of the hilt. They are in totally perfect condition to include the lower ball. Interestingly these mounts are retained by steel style screws but they are the earlier type with lower-to-the-surface than the type we see used later on. These screws are unturned and they are all there. The blade of this example is a real killer. This fine blade is nice and bright with needlelike tip and easily has all of its crossgraining. It has a good crisp SA etch which still retains 100% of its original darkening. This blade is easily in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is double proofed. It has the open RZM circle placed over the code, “M 7/66”. Beneath this is the logo used by the Eickhorn firm from 1935-1941. It consists of a seated squirrel holding a downward pointing sword. Above the squirrel is the word “original” which means the same in German as it does in English for those of you out there that are confused by this. Below the squirrel is the name of the firm, “Eickhorn / Solingen”. The blade shoulders do not fit as well as we would like them to be but with Eickhorn we see a lot of blades that are not quite perfect. This one though is still close enough for me. I have seen Himmler daggers that don’t fit as well as this one. For those out there that do not believe that a blade fit like this would have come from Eickhorn then please do not buy this dagger. I believe this blade to be original to this dagger. If you have been looking for an earlier version NSKK with good mounts and good paint you should consider this example. There are none out there that look any better. A very nice piece here of investment quality.

Near Mint. $1495.00 #010311