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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 #46175C Late NSKK with Early Brown Vertical Hanger RZM M7/81/40

This later produced NSKK still has good plating to the crossguards. There is some minor freckling here and there but for the most part the guards are in good condition as is the tang nut.

The grip is a typical RZM type having fine grain running vertically. It has a sharp center ridge. The grip fits the crossguards perfectly. The SA runes button has fine enamel. The grip eagle is down to the copper color or it may have never plated. The grip eagle is the high necked variety and all details remain are there to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight and has good original black paint. The paint shows some attic crazing on both sides and some usage signs but all in all this paint is still at about 98 percent. Attached to the scabbard is what I feel is an early brown vertical hanger. It is a very fine hanger and worth a good deal on its own. The brown coffin shape on the reverse is still in very choice condition and is equipped with an early solid nickel buckle marked “A” and “DRGM”. The retainer strapping at the bottom is in good condition and the strap with buckle and retainer loop is also in good condition.

Attached to the grip is a retainer loop with buckle as well as a belt loop with D ring. So the person purchasing this dagger can get some really nice parts in addition to a decent dagger. The hanger mounts are in good condition being the nickel plated steel type. All of the screws are in place.

As I say a good conditioned NSKK dagger here with some very interesting parts included.

Excellent Plus. $1,295.00

NSKK #46126 Early NSKK by Anton Wingen

The nickel crossguards and tang nut of this example are in nice condition throughout. They have good crisp edges and precise grooves. The lower crossguard is gruppe marked on the reverse “No”.

The grip is a fine example being of a pleasing brown wood and in perfect condition. It meets the crossguards perfectly. The SA runes button has fine enamel. The grip eagle is the style with point behind the head. The details are still good to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.

The scabbard is also in nice condition. This shell shows a few carrying signs but nothing bad and the paint on it is in outstanding condition and appears original. This paint is still bright and is about 99 percent.The scabbard mounts are the nickel type and they are in good condition. The lower ball just has a couple of small little dimples in the bottom of it. All of the early screws are in place.

Attached to the carrying ring is a short hanger. The short hanger appears to be of a later vintage than the dagger. It has good leather and is complete with small retainer loop. There is some wear to the plating of the buckle and the snap clip has some minor age also. The clip is marked “M5/25 RZM”.

The blade is a beauty being in full mint condition. It has all of its crossgrain and very fine SA motto with 100 percent of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse of the blade is just as nice featuring the small knight logo above which is the firm’s name Anton Wingen Jr and below the location of Solingen. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A nice NSKK dagger here.

Excellent Plus Plus. $1,295.00

NSKK #45875 Late NSKK EM RZM M7/27 (Puma)

This late NSKK dagger is in about the best condition you will see. It has very fine nickel plated crossguards which are still bright throughout and show little to no age. The tang nut is also in nice condition.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has perfect original black paint. This paint still retains its original factory shine and is the best you will see. The nickel plated steel scabbard mounts are also perfect throughout and have their original dome head screws which still have some plating on them.

Attached to the dagger is a black short hanger. The hanger has good leather and is complete with the retainer loop. The snap clip is one of the later types that were done in the gray style plating. It is marked RZM M5-8.

The beautiful blade is in factory new full mint condition. It has full crossgrain and a fine motto with 100 percent of the darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is marked with an open RZM circle over the Puma code M 7/27. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

A very fine NSKK here that appears unissued.

Mint. $1,195.00

NSKK #45876 Transitional NSKK EM Double Proof Eickhorn and RZM M7/66 1939

This transitional dagger is in nice condition throughout. The crossguards still have 100 percent of their original plated finish and show just the slightest bit of age in the area where they butt the grip. Other than this they are fine. The tang nut is in good condition and does not to have been disassembled.

The RZM style grip has a fine high rise ridge in the center and is a most attractive dark brown with subtle grain running throughout. The SA runes button has 100 percent enamel. The grip eagle is the type with a beak that points slightly upward. The grip eagle shows some wear throughout due to the high rise of the grip as well as the placement of the bird at the apex of this ridge. The grip exactly fits the crossguards.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has original black paint which shows some usage signs which are even on both sides. The original paint is about 80 percent. The scabbard mounts are in perfect condition being the nickel plated steel type. The ball has never been hit. The original dome head screws are in place.

The blade is a real beauty being in full mint condition. It has all of its crossgrain and the darkening of the letter backgrounds of the motto is 100 percent. On the reverse the blade is marked with an open RZM circle over the code and date M7/66 1939. Beneath this is the 1935 through 41 Eickhorn squirrel. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contours.

A very nice transitional NSKK here.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

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. $3,495.00

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. Placing an '8' on the McSaar scale. 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 #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. $4,495.00

NSKK #45508C Transitional NSKK Double Proof Robert Klaas / RZM M7/31

This transitional dagger is in nice condition throughout. The crossguards have good nickel plating. The reverse crossguard is nearly in perfect condition whereas the upper crossguards still has all of its plating but there is some minor freckling in the surfaces. The tang nut does not appear to have been out and has good plating.

The grip is a fine RZM style example having sharp center ridge and good fourmation. It has a very subtle grain in the surfaces and exactly meets the crossguards. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The grip eagle is a nickel example being the style with beak which points upward slightly. The bird has all details remaining to its head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has mint conditioned original black paint. This paint shows only the minor slightest signs of being around and still retains its good bright sheen. The crossguard mounts are the nickel plated steel variety. They both are in very nice condition to include the lower ball. The throat is the somewhat thicker type we start to see with later issue pieces. The four dome head screws are all in place and are untouched.

The blade is a real beauty. It is in perfect condition with all of its crossgrain. The SA motto is crisp and has 100 percent of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is double proofed having the kissing cranes logo with the firm’s name and location around them “Robert Klass Solingen”. Beneath is the code RZM M7/37. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

A very fine transitional double proof example here.

Mint Minus. $1,250.00(#051021)

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 #43643C Field Upgrade Chained NSKK Officer's Dagger - Tiger

This NSKK Officer's Dagger is a very high quality. When NSKK Chained Daggers were first offered in 1938 there were some officers who decided to retain their daggers and simply add the new chain. This example is one of those field upgrades.

The dagger itself is a beauty. The nickel guards remain in choice condition, with the reverse of the lower guard Gruppe marked "He". The tang nut is in perfect condition and may have been out once but not in a long time.

The grip is very fine, with pleasing, high quality wood with subtle grain. It remains in perfect condition, fitting the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button has excellent enamel, and the nickel, "High Neck" grip eagle retains new-like detailing throughout.

The scabbard is original to the dagger and has been painted black during the period. The paint remains in very fine condition and is 100% intact. Added to the scabbard is a center ramp and an NSKK chain. The center ramp is one of the early types, with good, crisp edges and a matching eyelet. The fittings throughout the scabbard remain in good condition, including the lower ball. The upgrade screws which replaced the originals are all in place and unturned.

The chain is a conventional type, with four upper and five lower links. The links alternate between NSKK eagles and raised sun-wheel swastikas. The center link on the lower chain has the triangular rune used by the NSKK. Each of these links remains in perfect condition, with no rust whatsoever. The connecting rings also have a fine, original finish with no rust. The two chains are connected to a fine snap clip. This clip has a shield on the front with a pair of oak leaves and acorns. The snap works well. The two links that connect to the snap clip are marked, one with "RZM M5/8" and other with the NSKK "Korpsührung Musterschutz".

The blade is a beauty in mint condition, with a needle-like tip and all of the original crossgrain. The obverse blade is etched with a dark SA motto. The reverse is marked with the eponymous cat trademark of the Tiger firm, and the blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very high quality NSKK Dagger here.

Near Mint. $3,695.00

NSKK #41928 Early Enlisted Man's NSKK Dagger with Blade Dedication - August Merten

The crossguards of this example do not appear to have been cleaned. They are in good condition, with smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The tang nut does not appear to have been out of this example. The lower reverse crossguard is marked with the Gruppe "S". It is also interesting that scratched into the crossguard as well as the upper scabbard reverse scabbard mount is a brigade marking with serial number which appears to be "16-10971". The work is done rather crudely but I am sure that this is a period scratching made by the original owner of this dagger.

The grip is a rounded type having a darker color wood. It is in good condition except for a chip which is out just about the grip eagle. This grip fits absolutely like a rubber glove. The SA runes button has good enamel. The grip eagle is the style with point behind the head and it has excellent detail to the bird's head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and mobile swastika. The scabbard mounts are also nickel matching the patina of the hilt. These mounts are in excellent condition throughout to include the lower ball. They are retained by the four original nickel screws.

The scabbard shell appears to be an old repaint. The paint job was done using a thick coating of paint and it is possible that this is a period job.

The blade is also a very interesting example. This blade is basically still in mint condition having a very fine motto. The motto has all of the blackening in the backgrounds of the letters. On the reverse side there is a two line dedication "Sportkampftag 1936 / Standarte 187". Apparently this dagger was awarded as a trophy prize in 1936 for a sports competition day that was held by this particular standarte. The etching is extremely well done and appears to be professional in all ways. The reverse ricasso is marked with an "M" over two oak leaves and below this the name of the firm and location "Aug Merten Ww. / Solingen Gr.". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

Avery interesting dagger here that would be a good candidate for research into the event that occurred back in 1936.

Excellent Plus. $2,195.00

NSKK #40544C Early NSKK Dagger with Crossguard Number & Ultra Rare Maker - Gebr. Bohme, Brotterode

This early NSKk Dagger has never been cleaned nor been taken apart. The crossguards and tang have a very fine dull, even patination throughout.

The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "Th". It is interesting to note that there is also a number stamped on the obverse guard, "0635", which looks to have been struck upside down. The "5" digit was inadvertently stamped partly into the grip; it looks like the stamper then sobered up and did better on his second attempt. This could be either an Ausweiss or SA number, but there is no way for me to sure. It does make for an very interesting dagger, however!

The grip is a fine, early example, being constructed from what looks like cherry. It has some subtle subsurface wood grain and remains in perfect condition, fitting the guards like a glove. The SA runes button is the type with a copper background and has perfect enamel. The grip eagle is the style with a visible point behind the head. This bird retains fine detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell was painted black as per the 1936 NSKK directive. The paint is about 60% intact on the obverse and only about 10-15% on the reverse. The parts were the paint has gone reveal the original "anodized" finish. Is anyone still needs proof that the "anodized" scabbards were indeed ordered to be slapped with black paint, they need only look at this piece to have their bell rung.

The scabbard is equipped with fine early nickel mounts with matching patination. They remain in perfect condition through to the never dropped lower ball. These mounts are retained by early nickel screws which are unturned.

The original short hanger remains with the dagger. The hanger is the early type and has fairly good leather. The small retainer loop is intact but the two threads on the reverse have come undone; it is still hanging in there, however. The hardware is solid nickel, the clip being marked "A" and "DRGM".

After enduring the rather grungy exterior of this dagger the collector will be very pleased when the blade is drawn. This blade is in mirror bright, mint condition, with all of the crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SA motto retains 100% of the original darkening and really looks great against the bright metal.

The reverse of the blade is marked with the trademark of a very rarely seen producer. Ovals contain the firm's name and location, "Gebr. Bšhme Nacht Fl. Brotterode". It is interesting to note that this maker is apparently so rare they do not even appear on the McSARR rating scale. I guess when this rating was complied none of these Bšhme daggers were on hand.

A great dagger here, appealing to those who like the untouched, pieces with numbers, rare makers, or that just talk to you. This dagger has it all.

Excellent Plus. $1,295.00

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 #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#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 #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 #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 #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