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The SA or Brown Shirts, were a private political formation which Adolf Hitler and the NSDAP used to maintain order at organized Party meetings and demonstrations. The group was formed in 1921, and grew to a huge force of nearly 3,000,000 men by the later 1930's. To instill esprit de corps, as well as create employment for the Blade City of Solingen, it was decided each SA man would carry a dagger with his Brown Shirt uniform. Huge quantities needed to be produced to accommodate the demand. The dagger initially was produced of hand-fitted nickel mounts with attractive finished wood grip and brown anodized (a bluing process) finished scabbard.

The blade was etched with the SA motto, Alles für Deutschland. Examples produced prior to 1935 were stamped with the German sector of the SA group on reverse lower crossguard. Later examples underwent standardization through the RZM ministry. These pieces were produced of cheaper plated zinc-base fittings and scabbards were simply painted brown.

Prior to his "unmasking" as a traitor, Ernst Röhm was the leader of the SA. In 1934, he distributed approximately 100,000 SA daggers with his personal inscription on the reverse blade. These daggers were to honor individuals who had served with the SA prior to December, 1931. Other than the inscription, these pieces were identical to the standard M1933 SA dagger. After the Röhm purge, the inscription was ordered to be removed. Many examples were returned to the factory for grinding. Others were simply ground in the field by whatever means were available. Examples will occasionally be encountered with remnants of the original inscription remaining on the blade, but mostly none will remain. Some blades exist with an intact inscription, exhibiting only the removal of the Röhm signature. Very, very rarely is an example seen with a full, untouched inscription, as the holder would have surely risked a charge of treason.



SADAGGERS #44905C Early SA Dagger - W. Beinen & Co

This bulldog dagger has the trademark of probably one of the most desirable of all SA daggers. The McSARR rating gives the bulldog trademark a rating of a 9 but I frankly think it is rarer as I have seen only less than a half a dozen of of these daggers over my career.

The crossguards are untouched and have a nice even patina. They are of solid nickel and have excellent surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut does not appear to have ever been out of this dagger. The lower reverse crossguard is marked "Nrh" with a very deep stamping.

The grip is a grainy type having vertical grain with very nice texture which maybe with a little bit of furniture polish would really come out nice. The grip remains in fine condition and fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. It has all the details to the bird's head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard is straight throughout. This scabbard appears to have 100 percent of the original anodizing and there is perhaps 30 percent of the original lacquer on the obverse and maybe about 10 percent on the reverse. The scabbard mounts nicely match the crossguards and they are in good condition. The lower ball has a very minor tap in the middle end section but it does not show from the front. The scabbard mounts are retained by the original four unturned nickel screws.

And not for the best part. The blade is still bright throughout showing just the slightest of age but nothing that really effects its rating. The blade is still easily in near full mint condition. It also has all of its grain. The motto is a very fine etch with 100 percent of the darkening in the backgrounds. On the reverse is the famous trademark of only the head of a great looking bulldog. He's staring exactly at the buyer saying why don't you save me and add me to your collection! It is my feeling that anyone collecting SA's or maker marked SA's would have to have a bulldog in his collection for it to be deemed a serious effort. This is a great mark that is admired by all collectors so it's a fun dagger to show your friends cuz I'll betcha they ain't got one. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

The bulldog trademark war produced by a company named "W. Beinen & Co". A wonderful dagger here to keep your bragging rights!

Near Mint. $2,395.00

SADAGGERS #44906C Transitional Double Proof SA Dagger - A. Everetz / RZM M7/85

This Everetz example features nickel plated crossguards which are still in nice condition retaining their brightness. There is only the most modest of age but no lifting. The tang nut is in nice condition and does not appear to have been removed.

The grip is a very fine RZM type having a prominent ridge in the center. It is a pleasing dark brown color with vertically running grain. It fits the crossguards perfectly. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. This nickel eagle has all details to its head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has 99.9 percent of the original brown paint which is still factory fresh and a chocolate brown color. There are a couple of attic crazes in the paint but hardly anything. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated steel base type and they still retain their factory brightness. The lower ball is in perfect condition. These mounts are retained by dome head screws.

The blade is still bright throughout having just the slightest bit of age staining in the surfaces of both sides but it is very very minor and possibly could be cleaned out with a little effort. The blade still grades in near mint condition. The motto etch is good and crisp having about 95 percent of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is double proofed with the factory name "A. Everetz Solingen" positioned over a double open RZM circle with their code below "M 7/85". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A seldom seen double proof here.

Mint Minus. $1,250.00

SADAGGERS #44910C Transitional Double Proof SA Dagger - Carl Böcker / RZM M7/45

The crossguards of this example are in very fine condition having excellent nickel plating. There is little age and they still remain bright throughout. The tang nut does not appear to have been removed.

The grip is a darker brown color having a very pleasing look to it and it remains in perfect condition. It fits the crossguards perfectly. The SA runes button has full enamel. The grip eagle is an aluminum example being the high necked style bird. All details are there to the bird's head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The chocolate brown paint is in perfect condition here rating at 99.9 percent. Very beautiful paint. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated steel based type and they retain their original brightness. The lower ball is in perfect condition. The mounts are retained by dome head unturned screws.

And now for the best part of this dagger. Although the blade is still bright it is not full mint as it has just a little bit of age in some of the surfaces. The original crossgraining though is still there and the blade would grade near mint. The SA motto is deeply etched and it has 100. percent of the frosted backgrounds.

But the real fun on this dagger is the double proof mark. It features the stupid looking stick bird ostrich logo used by the Carl Böcker company. This crazy looking bird is retained within double oval circles with slim distances between the oval lines. The bird is pictured with a dwarfed head and very long neck on a strange round body with three feathers sticking out the back. His legs are single long lines with the left leg being held upward with the claw featuring downward. It is really a very funny cartoon like logo and every time I see one of their early daggers it always amuses me. However this is first time in all my years that I have seen a double proof mark with this captivating ostrich. I know that this has to be the rarest of all of the transitional examples we see. So for you guys out there that collect double proofs this is an amazing find.

Beneath the ostrich is a the code and even this is done weird like at the left is a tiny etched double RZM open circle and then to the right of the circle is the Böcker code "M7/45". If anybody else has ever seen one of these trademarks I would like to hear about it. I think this dagger is a real find for the right person. It is not priced cheaply but then again I think you will have something that no one else has and that is always fun.

Near Mint. $$2,195.00

SADAGGERS #44865C Ground Röhm SA Dagger - F. Dick

The crossguards on this example are of fine nickel not having looked to be cleaned and having a appealing dull patina throughout. The tang nut does not appear to have been out in modern times. These guards have good smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The bottom of the reverse crossguard is gruppe marked "Wm"

The grip is a darker wood with some shades of grain in it which are slightly lighter here and there. The grip fits the crossguards like a glove and would be in perfect condition except for two tiny edge lifts of the wood one beneath each of the eagles wings. The runes button is in nice condition with perfect enamel. The eagle is the style with point behind the head. It shows just the most modest amount of wear to the head breast feathering and talons and also slightly to the wreath but the swastika and wing feathering is still crisp.

The scabbard is straight throughout. It has a wonderful anodized finish which is still in 100 percent condition. The original lacquer is also mostly covering the anodizing and it has some age stress to the lacquer itself but otherwise is a extremely nice scabbard shell here. The scabbard mounts are in nice condition throughout. The lower ball has two tiny dimples taps on the left and right edge but no crushing. All four screws are in place and unturned.

The dagger is complete with its original early hanger. The brown leather throughout is in fine condition to include the small retainer loop. The hardware is of all nickel. The snap clip is the style with "snout nose" having the rivet which retains the spring.

The blade of this example is in choice condition. The obverse is still mint throughout having its crossgrain and the usual runner marks. The SA motto is crisp and has 100 percent of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse blade would also be in mint condition were it not for the fact that the grinder completely ground out the Röhm inscription. He did a nice neat job with this not going on to the edges anywhere however he did not bother to try to regrain the blade. This is kind of neat to look at though as you can really see the Third Reich history reflected in this Röhm grind job. The full trademark is left completely intact. It is matching etched with the rectangle that is in the same lineup with the blade center and it has an arrow pointing down to the firm's name "F. Dick". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

An extremely nice ground Röhm here that really talks to you and has the condition to boot.

Near Mint. $1,595.00

SADAGGERS #44868C "Name Only" Ground Röhm SA Dagger - E. P. & S.

This is a classic Pack dagger having the traditional Pack style nickel crossguards. These guards are in perfect condition with smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The fine tang nut is also a beauty not appearing to have been removed in modern times. As we sometimes see on Röhm daggers there is no gruppe mark on the reverse crossguard. This is because many of the Röhm inscribed daggers did not go through the normal shipping processes as they were given to high up political leaders and the like.

The grip is a typical Pack example being in perfect condition and exactly meeting the crossguard edges. This grip has fine crisp contours and has no flaws anywhere. The runes button shows some wear and tear across the enamel surfaces but there are no chips. The nickel grip eagle is the "high necked" style and the details are still there to the bird's head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard is a typical example having the shorter upper scabbard mount. These nickel mounts are in outstanding condition throughout to include the never dropped lower ball. These mounts are retained by the four original screws. It is also interesting to see that the upper screws are not exactly parallel which is consistent with the jog used by Pack. We often see this with their product. The scabbard shell itself is hard to beat. It has 100 percent of the original anodized surface and there is about 20 percent of the lacquer on the obverse and maybe 40 to 50 percent on the reverse. A great looking shell here.

The blade obverse is as nice as you will see. It is in full mint condition with all of its crossgrain. The motto is deeply etched and has 100 percent of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. A really good looking motto here. the reverse of the blade is also a real eye catcher. it has the first three words of the inscription In hertzlinger kamaradeschaft and very neatly the Röhm signature has been removed and the area has been regrained. It was a nicely done job here and makes for a very fine collectible when we see them in this condition. The removal did not touch the logo at all and the full maker mark letters E. P. & S. appear above the hammering Siegfried. The location city of "Solingen" appears below. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contours.

A very name "name only" ground Röhm here.

Mint Minus. $2,695.00

SADAGGERS #44771 Early Ground Röhm SA Dagger - E. P. & S.

This SA is a classic example just purchased from a veteran family. It is uncleaned having a fine even dull finish throughout. The Pack crossguards are the the classic style having fine smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut does not look to have ever been taken out of this piece. The lower crossguard apparently is reversed as on the obverse it has the gruppe number "Sw".

The grip is really an attractive example here being that nice reddish orange color we often seen on Pack daggers. It is beautifully shaped being in perfect condition having rather smooth ridge contours. It fits the crossguards like a glove. The grip has a very wide almost burl like vertically running grain. This grain is very attractive and if the next owner wanted to put some furniture polish on it that would bring it out even more. The grip has a fine SA button with perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the "high necked" style still having lots of detail throughout with little wear. The bird has fine breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.

The scabbard shell is a fine example still having full anodizing although the anodizing has turned fairly dark. There is just the minor amount of age in the surfaces but all in all a nice shell here. The scabbard mounts are toned exactly matching those of the crossguards. They are in nice condition throughout to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are in place and are unturned. Accompanying the dagger is the original early short hanger. The leather is still in good condition throughout and is complete with the small retainer loop. The nickel hardware is in good condition with a snap clip which is unmarked and in the conventional design.

The blade on the obverse is in near full mint condition being completely bright having good tip and crisp SA motto. The frosted backgrounds of the motto are still there at 100 percent. The reverse blade is also in mint condition and appears to be a factory removal of the Röhm inscription with the area completely polished out almost identically matching the obverse. Really the only clue to this is the fact that P "p" in the E. P. & S. marking at the ricasso is missing and also some of Siegfried's head and arms are missing. Otherwise one would hardly notice this was a ground Röhm example. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

A very fine untouched family acquired dagger here which has never been apart.

Mint Minus. $1,150.00

SADAGGERS #44740 Early SA Dagger - Earhard Reich, Schweina

The Earhard Reich trademark is one that we see very seldom and looking into the McSARR rating it carries a rating rating of "9". The crossguards are in nice condition throughout and studying the tang nut it does not appear it has ever been removed. These guards have a fine deep dull even patina throughout. They are in good condition with smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is marked with the gruppe "Mi".

The grip is a very pretty furniture type having a mahogany look. It remains in perfect condition with beautiful contours. It fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button is in great condition with all enamel intact. The nickel rigp eagle is the "high necked" variety. All details remain to the bird's head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. The scabbard is straight throughout. It has very fine anodizing and in fact on the reverse it is perfect with about 80% of the original protective lacquer. On the obverse there are a few age marks but this also has all of the anodizing with maybe 40 percent of the lacquer. The scabbard mounts nicely match the patina of the crossguards. These mounts are in perfect condition throughout to include the lower ball. All four screws are in place.

The blade is an outstanding example easily being in near full mint condition and remaining mirror bright. The SA motto is crisp with its etch having about 99 percent of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is marked with double ovals which contain the firm's name "Ehr. Reich Schweina". There is an old green colored blade buffer that is on the dagger. I doubt that it is original but since it appears to have been on there a long long time I will leave it in place.

A very nice rarely encountered dagger here.

Mint Minus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #44735C Early Chained SA High Leader's Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

It is always a pleasure to offer one of these beautiful and very rare early High Leader's pieces. This is an example I sold maybe twenty or twenty five years ago and it still remains in the same condition it was back then. The fittings on the dagger have not been touched and exhibit a desirable patina. The cross guards and tang nut are all silvered surfaces. The tang nut is in fine condition throughout. The upper cross guard features the Eickhorn textbook raised oak leaves and acorns. This upper guard portrays an acorn in the center area of both sides and there are three overlapping oak leaves which run out from the acorn on both sides. Each of the leaves has been heavily hand-enhanced as to the veins, and additionally, each leaf has a finished edge where it terminates at the quillion end - I always love to see this fine jeweler work on these early daggers. The center acorn also has nice checkering to the acorn cap, but not overdone, as we like to see on originals. The lower cross guard features the same fine enhancement treatment to the three outflowing oak leaves on each side, but features three acorns in the center that are grouped together. Again, the enhancing detail to the acorn caps here is nominal and correct. I took a look inside these cross guards and as we normally see on early pieces, they are numbered. And, as is often the case, the numbers do not match - a common occurrence with these daggers. The top guard is stamped, "173", and curiously, the "1" in the digits has been stamped up-side-down! Even these Eickhorn masters were not perfect! The lower guard is stamped, "222". While I was looking, I took a look at the tang, and this is stamped, "209", as well as with the Eickhorn traditional factory marking on Damascus tangs, "DAMAST", all in capital letters. Also, while I was looking, I discovered that there are three little numbers stamped into the covered upper edge of the grip which appear to be, "177 ". The grip of this example is a very appealing dark wood being quite beautiful, and having a pleasing subtle vertical-running grain. The grip fits the guards like a glove - perfect. The grip shows only the most nominal of usage, and virtually having no flaws. The SA runes button has perfect enamel and some nice patina in spots to the metal ring around the runes. The grip eagle is silvered, and is the "high-necked" variety. It is a beauty, having all details to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A really nice grip eagle here enhancing what is a really nice Honor dagger hilt!

The scabbard is also a great example. It is completely straight. It is covered with what appears to be original leather. The leather is a stunning brown color, having beautiful fine grain throughout. The leather shows a few signs of usage here and there, but no cuts, nips or wear-thru problems. On these early daggers the leather covered the entire scabbard shell and ran beneath the center ramp, whereas on later-period High Leader daggers, the leather ran up to the center ramp at top and bottom. The scabbard mounts all have a silvered surface matching the cross guards. The silvering remains in perfect condition throughout the mounts. The condition of all of the mounts is exemplary, to include the lower ball. Each mount has the recessed lines which run around the edges of both the obverse and reverse. All of the original factory blackening remains in the recesses - nice. The center ramp is the fold-over variety only seen on early version daggers. There are two rivets on the right edge of the mount that hold it in place. The four original silvered scabbard screws are in place and appear unturned.

Attached to the upper scabbard hanging ring and the center ramp is the carrying chain. The chain is of a steel base, heavily silver-plated. The chain features five links at the upper and seven links at the lower. Each link projects a raised immobile swastika. The links all have built-in loops in their edges, to which the connecting oval tabs are connected. The four ending chain links have centered holes drilled in their upper area for the connection to the scabbard tabs, as well as to the top snap clip. The clip features an applied medallion with a large SA rune. The ends of the SA letters pierce the outside rim of the medallion. The snap clip below is in good working order complete with original spring. This chain is in perfect condition with no age issues anywhere.

The blade is a most beautiful, hand-forged Damascus steel. It displays a prominent "Maiden Hair" pattern, remaining in mint condition. Raised-out in the center is the SA motto, "Alles für Deutschland". The motto is flanked by raised three-leaf oak leaf sprigs, each with one acorn at its lower. The motto and oak leaves retain their original gilded finish. The gild shows some mild age wear, but still is visible throughout. The reverse ricasso features the raised 1934-35 trademark. It portrays double ovals which contain a seated squirrel. The squirrel is the variety with a serrated tail. Within the ovals is the firm name and location, "Carl Eickhorn/ Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

An outstanding original High Leader's dagger here, offered at an affordable price. The price is firm.

Excellent Plus. $54,995.00

SADAGGERS #31577 Early SA Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This early SA is an untouched example having a good patination throughout. Studying the tang nut there is no sign that this dagger has been apart in modern times. The crossguard have good smooth surfaces and crisp edges. The accent grooves are the hand done type and are very deep. The bottom crossguard has an inspector number, “0” stamped next to the blade edge. The reverse ricasso has the gruppe marking, “Wf”. The grip is a mahogany. This mahogany has a good subtle grain in its surfaces and even has a slight burl around the center area. There is a small chip sliver just at the upper right obverse position and at the lower right obverse there is a crack that runs up about 2-inches. The reverse grip is in good condition showing a little mild usage only. Overall this grip is still in good looking condition and is still desirable. The beautiful graining makes up for a lot. The SA runes button shows a little usage across the surfaces but there are no breaks in the enamel. The grip eagle is the early high-necked eagle variety. The bird shows a little nominal wear to the head and breast feathering area but the details are still there. The wing feathering, legs, wreath and mobile swastika are still crisp. This grip fits the crossguards like a glove. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard shell shows some minor age in the surfaces and overall I would say there is about 80% of the original anodizing still remaining. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by four nickel screws all of which look unturned. The blade of this example is still nice and bright and appears to have nearly all of its crossgraining. There are some runner marks but this is normal and other than the runner marks this blade easily grades in a near mint state. The SA motto is crisp and appears to have 99% of the original background. The reverse blade is also in choice condition and is etched with the early double small ovals. The ovals trap the firm’s name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen”. In the center is a seated squirrel with serrated tail. This blade probably was once a Röhm example and was sent back to the factory for removal of the inscription. The graining on the reverse is just the slightest bit off from the obverse if you really study the two sides. These factory done jobs are very difficult to detect except for the fact that the double oval trademark normally was reserved for Rohm pieces. A nice dagger here which is not mint but has lots of features that collectors enjoy.

Excellent Plus $995.00

SADAGGERS #44581C Early SA Dagger - Carl Jul Krebs

This dagger has toned nickel fittings throughout not appearing to have ever been cleaned. The crossguards and tang nut are in fine condition and the tang nut does not appear to have ever been removed. The surfaces are still smooth with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is gruppe marked "He". The grip remains in perfect condition with a good vertical grain. it perfectly fits the crossguards. The runes button is one of the more coppery types and it has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the high nicked type. It shows just a tad of wear to head and breast feathering but the wing feathering talons wreath and swastika are still crisp. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. it appears to have all of its anodized finish although the finish is a slightly darker color. It is all there however. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition to include the lower ball and all four screws are in place. The blade is in very fine condition still being bright with needlelike tip and rating mint. It has a very fine deep and dark motto with 100 percent of the blackening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso feature double ovals which contain the firm's name and location "Carl Jul Krebs Solingen". Inside is a crown over the letter K. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

Excellent Plus. $1,150.00

SADAGGERS #44560C Early SA Dagger with Crossguard Dedication - Sud Messerfabrik Gefrees

This early dagger is produced by a not too often seen maker Sud Messerfabrik located in the small town of Gefrees. This producer is rated at a 8 on the McSARR scale. The crossguards and tang nut are of solid nickel the tang nut looks to have been removed maybe once. The surfaces are in good condition as are the edges and accent grooves. The reverse lower crossguard is gruppe marked "He". On the reverse crossguard is the dedication "in kameradeschaft standarte 83". Apparently on of the members of this standarte gave the dagger to a friend. The engraving work is very nicely done being professional and beautifully fit to the space allotted. The grip is a fine darker wood having a more rounded surface. The obverse remains in perfect condition whereas the reverse has a couple of minor indents in the ridge area of the wood but they are not bad. The grip fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button has all of the enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with point behind the head. The bird shows a little minor wear to the head breast feathering and talons but the wreathed swastika and wings are still quite crisp. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has 100% of the original anodizing and also has about 50 to 60 percent of the original protective lacquer more being on the obverse than the reverse. The nickel mounts are in very fine condition to include the lower ball and they are retained by the four original unturned nickel screws. Attached to the upper hangin ring is a period short hanger which appears to be original to the piece. The hanger still has excellent leather and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger hardware is of all nickel with the clip being of conventional style and unmarked. Attached to the clip is a fine brown belt loop which seems to match the hanger. This loop is equipped with a nickel D ring. The blade of this piece is mostly bright but there are a couple of smudges that are concentrated around the center ares of the blade on both sides. The grain is still all there but these smudges do effect the rating so this blade is only at excellent plus. The SA motto is crisp with good dark lettering. On the reverse the logo is of two ovals which enclose the firm's name and locations "Sud Messerfabrik Gefrees". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the the lower crossguard. An interesting early SA dagger.

Excellent Plus. $1,495.00

SADAGGERS #44561C Early SA Dagger with Blade Dedication - Carl Eickhorn

This SA has early nickel Eickhorn-style guards which remain in nice condition throughout, with the deep accent grooves typically produced by this company. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "Wf".

The light brown grip has some nice vertical wood grain. It remains in fine condition on the reverse, but the obverse has a small surface chip on the upper right. It also looks as if the SA runes button was pressed deeper into the wood of the grip somehow. In any event the grip perfectly fits the guards and the button has undamaged enamel. The nickel "High Necked" grip eagle shows only modest wear.

The scabbard remains straight and has a good anodized finish. It is all there but there is some mild age spotting spread evenly throughout both sides. The nickel scabbard mounts are both in good condition and are retained by the original unturned nickel screws.

The blade of this dagger has turned slightly gray and looks to have been sharpened at one time. This sharpening was apparently removed, leaving the blade slightly thinner than it should normally be. It is not immediately noticeable but the keen of eye should spot it. The SA motto is still crisp but has only about 50% of the original darkening in the letters.

On the reverse there is a three line dedication which reads, "In treuer kampfverbundenheit! / Weihnachten 1934 / Hager Brigadeführer. This literally translates to something like, "In true battle-belongingness! / Christmas 1934 / Hager Brigade Leader". A very interesting dedication here, with an expression used by almost exclusively men who had fought together during the early days of the Party and the Great War.

It is interesting to note the Eickhorn trademark is the "small double ovals" type, presumably used to free up space on the blade for the dedication. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very interesting dagger here; it is a shame about the condition issues but it is what it is.

Good Plus. $1,995.00

SADAGGERS #30533C Early Ground Röhm SA Dagger - Gebruder Heller

This early ground Röhm is not in the best of condition but it is still collectible. The nickel fittings of the hilt are in good condition throughout and the tang nut looks to have only been out a couple of times. The nickel mounts have a nice mild patination and they have smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked "Mi".

The grip is very pretty being a reddish color wood and on the reverse center area having a nice swirl to the grain giving it a burl look. The obverse grain is also quite nice throughout. This grip is of medium contour construction and other than some normal sigs of wear it is in first rate condition. The grip perfectly fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is in good shape having one minor hit below the "S" letter. The matching nickel eagle is the style with "beak which points upward slightly". The bird shows little wear and has most of the detail remaining to the head, breast feathering, wing feathering, legs and wreathed swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It appears as though the original owner of this dagger decided to give the scabbard a coat of paint when the anodized finish started to wear a little. He painted it with a brush so it doesn't look very good. The next collector might want to experiment a little bit and perhaps rubbing some compound across this old paint may not only make it look a lot nicer but it may also reveal the condition of the anodizing below. If work like this is done gradually a good result can occur. The scabbard mounts are in good condition throughout to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws all of which look unturned.

The blade of this example has a slightly gray look to it and there is some overlap on the obverse edges where the person that ground off the Röhm inscription also hit the obverse just a little bit. In addition one of the owners along the line has painted in the SA motto to make it nice and black. The paint though is fairly obvious and I'm not sure it really helps make the blade any better looking. The reverse of the blade is ground pretty good but there still are some traces of the original inscription and the original signature. They are just portions at the very top and do not amount to much. Overall this blade grades at only about excellent. The reverse ricasso has the small logo that was used by Heller for their Röhm inscribed daggers. Some of the inscription is rubbed out but there is enough there to see that is it a Geb. Heller piece. Only a little bit of the anchor in the center remains in the trademark. The blade shoulders nicely fit the curvature of the lower crossguard mount.

Not too bad of an example here and it could be made a little better with a little work.

Excellent Plus $795.00

SADAGGERS #44564C Early SA Dagger with Crossguard Dedication - Gebr. Heller

This early SA Dagger has finely tone nickel mounts. The tang nut appears to have been off perhaps once, and the guards remain in fine condition throughout. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "Th".

Engraved on the obverse crossguard is a two line dedication which reads, "Unserem Res Truppf. i. Dankeb. Anerk / v. St. 12/M43". This appears to translate to, "With sincere thanks to our reserve troop leader / from Group 12 M43". The "M" most likely indicated a motorized group.

The scabbard shell is nice and straight. The anodized finish is fairly good, intact but showing age on both sides. The scabbard mounts are in good condition, including the lower ball. The four original screws are in place.

The blade of this dagger is as nice as you will see. It remains bright and only has a few extremely mild surface spots. The SA motto is deeply etched and retains 100% of the original darkening. The reverse ricasso has the seldom seen Heller trademark that is not horizontally stamped; this version is etched and aligned vertically. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower guard.

A nice dagger here, with a very fine period dedication.

Excellent Plus. $1,695.00

SADAGGERS #44565C Early SA Dagger - Carl Wüsthof

This Wüsthof SA Dagger is in pristine condition throughout. The tang nut does not appear to have ever been removed and the nickel crossguards are very choice. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "Nm".

The grip is a very pleasing brown color with vertical wood grain and a sharp center ridge. It fits the guards like a glove. The SA runes button has perfect enamel, and the nickel, "High Neck" grip eagle retain full, crisp detailing throughout the bird.

The scabbard is outstanding, with 100% of the original anodized finish as well as much of the original lacquer. The nickel scabbard mounts are also in choice condition, to include the lower ball. They are complete with all four of the original unturned screws.

The blade is an incredible, new-like mint example, being mirror-bright and with full crossgrain. The SA motto is very dark. The reverse ricasso is marked with the famous Carl Wüsthof Solingen Canal Jumper trademark, and the blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

If you are looking for a pristine, early SA and only want to buy one for your collection, look no further.

Mint. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #35483 Early SA Dagger - C.G. Haenel

This Suhl-produced dagger is in nice, uncleaned condition. The nickel crossguards are in fine condition as is the unturned, nickel tang nut. The surfaces are smooth throughout, with excellent, crisp edges, and precise, accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked "Th". The grip is one of the gunstock walnut types. It has medium to high ridge construction with nice, pleasing, grain running vertically throughout. The grip is in perfect condition, and fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed. The enamel appears to have a small rub, just next to the "a Sigrunne". The grip eagle is the "beak pointing upward" type. This bird shows a little minor wear to the head and talons, but the wings, wreath, and mobile swastika still appear to be crisp.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has excellent, anodized finish. There is very little age in the finish, and there portions of the original lacquer covering remaining in the protected areas. This is a fine, anodized shell. The scabbard mounts have nice, matching patina, and they too are in perfect condition to include the lower ball. The early nickel screws are all in place and appear to be unturned. There is also an original-to-the-piece short hanger. This hanger has still fairly good leather, but the little retainer loop has gone to time. The hardware is the early nickel type, with the snapclip being the "snout nose" type, having the rivet which retains the spring.

The blade of this example, although still being bright, does show some wear, and some age to its surfaces. I don't see a lot of crossgraining on this blade, and also most of the darkening is worn out of the backs of the SA motto letters. The tip is still needle like, however. This blade rates at about excellent. Perhaps it would clean up some with a little work. The reverse ricasso is etched with the arrow logo, containing the firm's name "HAENEL" within the arrow. Beneath the arrow is the firm's name and location, and the fact that they made weapons, as well as bicycles. A portion of this wording is worn on the center area. It is marked, "C.G. HAENEL/SUHL WAFFEN FAHRRAD" The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour. A good dagger here with a better outside than blade. It is priced accordingly though, and is a good starter piece, and possibly if a better blade could be found in the future, it would not hurt the looks of this dagger.

Excellent. $995.00

SADAGGERS #44470 Early SA Dagger - Gustav Wirth

This SA Dagger is equipped with a very fine nickel tang nut and crossguards The dagger looks to hav been taken down perhaps once but the hilt fittings remain in very fine condition throughout. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "P", for Pomerania.

The grip is made of dark mahogany, with subtle vertical wood grain. The dark color of this grip is striking and it will certainly stand out in a collection. The grip is in perfect condition and fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes has all of the enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the type with a slightly upturned beak; this bird retains crisp detail throughout, with just a hint of wear to the right talon.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The anodized finish is intact, with just traces of age evenly spread on both facings. The mounts are in nice condition, although the lower mount has a small crease above the ball. It is not bad, however, and the ball itself has only a tiny divot. The original screws are all in place.

Although the blade is bright is does show signs of light sharpening on both sides. It is not too bad but it is visible and does detract somewhat from the dagger. In light of this piece has been priced accordingly. The SA motto is a frosted type and remains about 50% intact. The Wirth trademark on the reverse is one we don't see too often. It consists of a serifed capital "W" enclosed in a ring of closely spaced dots which decrease in size as they run out from the equator. Above the dotted ring is the name of the firm, "Gustav Wirth", and below we see "Solingen Grafrath". The Wirth firm is rated a 9 on the McSARR scale, so you aren't like to see many more of these floating around. The blade shoulders are a perfect fit to the contour of the lower guard.

A nice SA dagger here, from a very, very rare maker. It would sell for a lot more were it not for the sharpening.

Excellent. $795.00

SADAGGER #44150C Early Full Röhm Inscription SA Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This fine example is textbook throughout and remains in very nice condition. The nickel cross guards are the "H.E" internally-marked variety and reflect all of the nice features the Eickhorn firm was noted for. The surfaces are smooth throughout, with fine crisp edges. The accent grooves are very deep, being the beautifully rendered variety that only Eickhorn produced. The tang nut remains nice and crisp, being only hand-tight, so no one has used a tool on this piece. The reverse lower guard is Gruppe-marked, "Fr", stranding for Franconia, being the area around Nürnberg, land of the lovable Gauleiter Julius Streicher. The grip is an impressive lighter color wood having an appealing prominent grain pattern that runs lengthwise. This grip fits the guards like a rubber glove. The grip is in totally perfect condition, but for a small surface hit to the wood area just above the right section where it meets the lower obverse guard. (I don't find the flaw detrimental at all and if anything, it gives the dagger its own character). The runes button is perfectly set and has excellent enamel showing usage but no chips or missing areas. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety. It is a beauty with full detail to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. This eagle shows no wear. A really nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is completely straight, and has 100% of the original "anodized" finish - a nice coppery color. There are lacquer remains just visible at the scabbard mount edges. The nickel scabbard mounts are in perfect condition, to include the ball at the lower mount. The original nickel screws are all in place and are untouched. Attached to the hanging ring is a good-conditioned early hanger. The leather is still excellent, although the little retainer loop is gone to time. The hardware is the early nickel type, with the snap clip being the "snout-nosed" variety having the rivet which retains the spring to the clip. Nice scabbard here.

The blade is completely bright and has all of its original cross grain. There are a couple of very vague smudges around the :"Deutschland" word in the motto and a little around the signature on the other side. However, they hardly noticeable, and in my opinion, this blade still grades at almost full mint - nice. The motto is crisp throughout and has 100% of the factory frosting in the backgrounds. The inscription on the reverse, "In herzlicher Komradship Ernst Röhm", is a nice as you will see. Its etching depth and background frosting exactly match the obverse. A quality inscription on this fine blade. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the small 1933-34 double ovals. They contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn/ Solingen". Inside, is the smooth-tail version squirrel.The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contours.

This is a very fine Röhm example, and judging by its appearance, I would venture to say that its original owner probably put it away after the game-changing "Night of the Long Knives" and perhaps purchased another dagger. Everybody likes Eickhorn's, so now is your chance to acquire a worthwhile dagger, and something you can enjoy for many years to come.

Mint Minus. $7,995.00

SADAGGERS #43831C Early SA Dagger with Hanger - J. P. Sauer

This Suhl piece has a nice, dull patina on its solid nickel mounts. The mounts are typical Suhl examples, with the lower guard having slightly upturned ends. The reverse of the lower reverse is Gruppe marked "Fr." The tang nut is in nice condition and does not look to have been turned.

The grip is a fine walnut Suhl example. It has a nice, subtle wood grain and a little bit of burl in the reverse center. The grip is in completely perfect condition throughout and fits the guards like a glove. The SA runes button is in good condition, and the nickel grip eagle is the type with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird shows only the most minor wear.

The scabbard is straight and has a very fine anodized finish that is nearly 100% intact. There are only the most minor traces of surface age. The nickel scabbard mounts have a fine matching patina and are in choice condition to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are in place and unturned.

Attached to the hanging ring is what appears to be the original short hanger. This hanger has outstanding brown leather, an intact retainer loop, and choice, solid nickel hardware.

The blade is in perfect, mint condition, with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is very, very dark, a hallmark of Suhl manufacture. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the club-wielding Hercules trademark of the Sauer firm, complete with his loincloth. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard

A choice Suhl SA Dagger.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #43868 Early SA Dagger - J. E. Dittert & Co.

This early SA Dagger has excellent nickel crossguards. The tang nut is in nice condition, looking to have been off perhaps once or twice. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked, "Sa".

The grip is quite attractive, having some subtle burl and a bit darker than the usual woods used on SA grips. It remains in perfect condition and fits the guards like a glove. The SA runes button has excellent enamel, and the nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird shows only slight wear to the beast and talons.

The scabbard shell is in choice condition. It is straight throughout and looks to have 100% of the coppery-brown anodized finish. I don't see any of the original lacquer but it may not have ever had any. The nickel mounts nicely match the hilt fittings and remain in perfect condition, including the lower ball. The four original nickel screws are in place and unturned.

The blade remains bright but there are some minor age stains on both sides. The SA motto is crisp and deep, with good, dark lettering. The reverse ricasso is etched with the trademark of the J. A. Dittert firm; the name and location of the firm, "Neustadt i SA", are arranged in an ellipse, with a bisected triangle in the center. This maker is not one we see very often and is rated a 6 on the McSARR scale. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A scarce SA Dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #43737C Early SA Dagger - August Merten

This early SA Dagger remains in very nice condition throughout. The crossguards are in fine condition and do not look have been cleaned, having desirable even patination. The tang nut appears to have never been off the dagger. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "S".

The grip is in choice condition and perfectly fits the guard. The SA runes button retains perfect enamel and the nickel grip eagle is the type with a point behind its head. This bird retains crisp detailing throughout.

The scabbard is straight and retains 100% of the original anodized finish. There is some light age on the surfaces but nothing too bad. The scabbard mounts match the hilt perfectly and remain in good condition. The lower ball has a very minor ding. All of the original screws are in place and unturned.

The blade of this example is as nice as they come. It is still bright, has 100% of the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is very deep with completely intact frosting in the letters. The reverse ricasso is marked with the M trademark of the Merten firm, with the initial set atop a pair of oak leaves. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower guards.

The Merten firm is fairly common, rating a 5 on the McSARR scale. This example has noteworthy condition.

Near Mint. $995.00

SADAGGERS #43712C Personalized Early SA Dagger - August Merten

This early SA Dagger remains in nice condition. The tang nut does not appear to have been removed and the guards are in very good shape throughout. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "S".

Neatly scratched on the obverse of the guard is the name of the original owner, "RAYDT". This personalization was not professionally done but still looks quite good.

The grip is a very fine example, showing little to no wear and fitting the guards like a rubber glove. The SA roundel is a nice example, with 100% of the original enamel, and the nickel grip eagle is the style with a point behind the head. This bird retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The anodized finish is darker and looks to be all there, with a muted color. The nickel scabbard mounts are good although the lower mount has a small ding in the center. There is also a ding on the right side of the ball, but there is no crushing or problems. The original nickel screws are in place and unturned.

The blade remains bright and retains all of the crossgrain. There are some mild traces of wear but they do not really detract. The tip is needle-like and the SA motto is crisp and dark. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with "M" and oak leaves trademark of the Merten firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #43628C Mid-period Double Proof SA Dagger - RZM M7/27 / Puma

This SA Dagger is one of the desirable double proof types. These daggers represent the apparently reluctant transition from manufacturer trademarks to RZM codes. By 1939 RZM markings had pushed many of the interesting trademarks, making these double proof examples very interesting.

This example has outstanding nickel plated crossguards which remain in bright, mint condition. The tang nut is in the same condition and does not appear to have been turned.

The grip is a very fine RZM type with a high center ridge. The SA runes button retains perfect enamel. The grip eagle is a "High Necked" copper type, with full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is completely straight and has very fine original brown paint. This paint remains bright and is 100% intact. The scabbard mounts are plated and remain in perfect condition, to include the lower ball. The original dome head screws are in place and unturned.

Attached to the hanging ring is a fine short hanger. This hanger has perfect leather and a good retainer loop. The nickel plated hardware also is in perfect condition, being bright and free of rust. The snap clip is marked "A", "DRGM", RZM M5/8" on the reverse.

The blade of this example is a beauty, with full crossgrain, a dark SA motto, and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with an RZM circle atop the code "M7/27" and a fine Puma Cat Head trademark in a diamond. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower guard.

An exceptional Double Proof SA Dagger here.

Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #43723C Late SA Dagger - RZM M7/66 1941 (Carl Eickhorn)

This late production SA Dagger is a quality piece made by the famous Carl Eickhorn firm. The guards are brightly nickel plated, with 100% of the original plating. The tang nut does not look to have ever been off the dagger.

The grip is an RZM type with a high center ridge. This grip some no evidence of use and is in perfect condition, nicely fitting the guards. The SA runes button has 100% intact enamel. The grip eagle is right in the center of the grip. This bird is a patinated copper color; usually these copper birds where once nickel plated but the plating did not hold up. This eagle appears to have never been plated and was produced with this copper finish. It is a "High Neck" example and retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is also a beauty. It is totally straight and has good brown paint which remains in nearly mint condition, with only a few minor rubs at the lower obverse edge. The mounts are nickel plated. The plating remains 100% intact and is factory bright. The lower ball is perfect and the throat is the thicker type used on late war Eickhorn examples.

The blade is as nice as they come, being fully mint, with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is crisp and dark. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with an RZM circle atop the Eickhorn code, "M7/66 / 1941". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

A good, solid Eickhorn piece here that does not look to have been issued.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #43718C Early SA Dagger - Karl Malsch Spitzer

The Karl Malsch Spitzer firm is one we don't see too frequently, rated a 9 on the McSARR Scale. This dagger has good nickel crossguards that remain in excellent condition throughout, and the tang nut does not appear to have been turned in modern times. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "Mi".

The grip remains in perfect condition, fitting the guards like a glove and showing little to no wear. The enamel on the SA runes button is also in perfect condition. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked' type, and retains complete detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The "anodized" finish looks to be completely intact, with only some modest age staining in a few places. The scabbard mounts are in good condition, however the lower ball is bent slightly backward, although it remains unbroken. The original nickel screws are all in place.

The blade is nice and bright, having just a couple of extremely light smudges. The SA motto is crisp and dark, with all of the original blacking in the recesses. The reverse ricasso is marked with the name and location of the firm, "Karl Malsch Spitzer Steinbach Kr. M.", as well as with the ASM trademark. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very nice looking SA Dagger here, from a rarely seen maker.

Excellent Plus. $1,395.00

SADAGGERS #43720C Early SA Dagger - Carl Bender

Daggers from the Carl Bender firm are very hard to find, rating a 9 on the McSARR scale. The dagger has fine nickel crossguards that remain crisp throughout, and the tang nut does not appear to have been turned. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "Ho", all the way off to right.

The grip remains in nice condition and shows little wear. The SA runes button has good enamel, showing some wear but without any breaks. The grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward; this bird retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight and has an excellent, 100% intact. "anodized" finish. There are a few light age spots in the finish but nothing bad at all. The scabbard mounts are in good condition, to include the lower ball, and all four of the original screws are in place and unturned.

The blade is a beauty, still bright and with all of the original grain. The SA motto is crisp and dark. The interesting trademark of the Bender firm is one the reverse, in the form of a pair of coffee pots sitting next to each other. They rest atop the name and location of the firm, "Carl Bender Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A fine SA Dagger here, from a rare maker.

Excellent Plus. $1,395.00

SADAGGERS #43617 Early SA Dagger with Scabbard Dedication - SMF

This SMF SA Dagger remains in very fine condition overall, with a scabbard dedication to boot. The nickel guards and tang nut remain in perfect condition, the latter looking to have been out maybe once in the past. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "Wf".

The grip is a fine, rounded type and in totally perfect condition, fitting the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button retains perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the type with a beak that points slightly upward; this bird retains full detail throughout.

The scabbard shell is completely straight and has a wonderful "anodized" finish which is 100% intact, along with some lacquer residue. The upper scabbard mount is in fine condition although the lower mount looks to have been dropped on the left side of the ball, resulting in a split. This could most likely be repaired if so desired. The obverse upper mount has a four line dedication which reads, "IN TREUE KAMARADESCHAFT / GW. v. SA TRUPP 7 / 105 / TANNENBERGSTAHL / 8.6.35". The dedication is professionally done and means the dagger was a gift from SA Troop 7 / 105 for "true comradeship". A very nice dedication here.

The blade remains nearly mint, showing no age and with full crossgrain. The SA motto is deep and dark, with 99% of the original blacking. The reverse ricasso is marked with the familiar Seated King trademark of the SMF firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

A very nice SA Dagger here with a desirable dedication.

Near Mint. $1,595.00

SADAGGERS #35008C Ground Röhm SA Dagger - Anton Wingen, Jr.

This early Ground Röhm SA Dagger does not appear to have been cleaned since the period, and it has a nice, even, patination built up throughout all of the nickel mounts. The crossguards are in excellent condition throughout, having good, smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The tang nut does not appear to have ever been out. The reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked, "Wm". The grip is a fine, medium brown color, being of smooth to medium contour ridge construction. There are some subtle grains which run below the surfaces, and the grip is in very fine condition, showing little wearing time. The SA runes button is perfectly placed, having fine, enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle was the style with "beak which points slightly upward". This bird has some slight wear to the head, breast feathering, and talons, but the wing feathering, wreath, and swastika are still mostly crisp.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has the purple style anodizing, and is still quite good throughout. The anodizing appears to all be there on the obverse, and on the reverse, there is still quite a bit of lacquer, however there are also some age marks. A nice scabbard, however. The upper nickel mount is in good condition, the lower mount has a hit to the ball on the left side. These mounts are retained by the original, unturned screws. There is a fine short hanger, which appears original-to-the-piece. The leather to this hanger is still nice and supple, and is complete with a small retainer loop. The hardware is the nickel type, and the snapclip is the "snout nose" style.

The obverse blade is in fine, bright, mint condition, having needle-like tip. The crossgraining is all there, and the SA motto is crisp, and deep, with 100% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. Turning the blade over, it is interesting to see that it once has a Röhm inscription. The man who did the grinding just took the script out of the center of the blade, just leaving the rest of the blade with its still polished edges, and nice finish, exactly matching the obverse. There was no attempt to regrain the grinding, and it gives it kind of an interesting look. It is a nice, neat job, if we can say it that way. The reverse ricasso is complete, with the original trademark, featuring the standing small knight in the center, and the firm's name and location above and below the knight, respectively, "Anton Wingen, Jr / Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A good Röhm dagger here, that would be nice to put next to a partial example, or a full example by the same producer.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #42858C Early SA Dagger with Late Scabbard - C. Eppenstein Söhne

This early SA Dagger has a good nickel tang nut and crossguards, which nicely match the scabbard mounts. The lower mount is Gruppe marked "Ho", far off to the right and upside down which is typical of Hochland markings.

The grip is in nice condition and fits the guards fairly well. The SA runes button has good enamel, and the nickel grip eagle retains good detailing. This bird is the type with a beak that points slightly upward.

The scabbard is a later production type. This doesn't mean that the scabbard was replaced in modern times; the original owner most likely replaced it during the period. The steel shell is completely straight and has excellent chocolate brown paint which is 100% intact and shows only traces of wear. The scabbards are nickel plated and the throat is the thick, late production RZM type. The four original dome head screws retaining the mounts are in place and unturned.

The blade of this dagger is slightly gray and dull, and the motto is slightly thinned. I'd say about 80% of the darkened backgrounds remain in the motto. The reverse has some scratching and is also a little gray. The ricasso is marked with the name and location of the firm, "C. Eppenstein & Söhne Solingen", and has a trademark that looks to be a hat with four feather sticking out the top. This is not a commonly seen producer. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A decent SA Dagger here, from a scarce maker.

Excellent. $695.00

SADAGGERS #42571C Late SA Dagger - RZM M7/2 (Emil Voos)

This late production SA Dagger is a real beauty. It has plated crossguards in the distinct Böker style. This plating remains in nearly perfect condition, showing only the slightest of age where it meets the grip. There is no loss of plating, however. The tang nut is in fine condition and does not look to have ever been out.

The grip is a nice, RZM example, with high ridges and fitting the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button retains all of the original enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward; this bird retains good detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has outstanding original brown paint. This paint is 99% intact and in remarkable condition. The scabbard mounts are nickel plated steel and are factory bright. There is just the slightest bit of age on the reverse of the lower fitting but it is nothing and the ball is totally untouched. The throat is the thick type we often see on later daggers. The dome head steel screws are unturned.

The mint blade is as nice as they come. It is mirror-bright, with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is very bold, with 100% of the background darkening in the backgrounds of the lettering. The reverse ricasso is etched with a shaded RZM circle positioned over the Voos code "M7/2". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

A very fine Voos SA Dagger here.

Mint. $1,095.00

SADAGGERS #42562C Personalized Early SA Dagger - Max Weyersberg

This early SA Dagger is in very nice condition overall. The crossguards are nickel, with good smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The tang nut appears unturned, and the lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "No".

The grip is a dark wood, with a subtle grain. It shows only modest wear and perfectly fits the guards. The SA runes button is slightly to the right, but the enamel is in fine condition. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that is slightly upturned. The bird shows only modest wear and retains generally good detailing.

The scabbard is a tremendous item, with one of the best "anodized" finishes I've ever seen. The rich brown color is very bold and 100% intact. It is interesting to note that, on the reverse of the scabbard, is the personalization of the original owner. It has been scratched into the surface and reads "Carl Salomon / Nachr", with a lightning bolt rune and the number "166". Apparently we has in the Signals group, given the use of the lightning bolt. There might be enough information here to trace this man, if someone was so inclined. The scabbard mounts are perfect solid nickel example, in perfect condition down through the lower ball. All of the original screws are in place.

Attached to the carrying ring is what appears to the original short hanger. It is an early type, with good leather and nickel hardware. The little retainer loop, however, has been lost to time.

The blade of this dagger is just about perfect on the obverse, with only a little smudge around the ricasso. The SA motto is deep and looks to have 100% of the original darkening. The reverse of the blade has more smudging, but not much more. The Max Weyersberg Solingen trademark is clearly marked on the ricasso, and the blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

A very, very nice SA Dagger here, with a fantastic personalization that really sets it apart.

Mint Minus. $1,395.00

SADAGGERS #42566C Early SA Dagger - Haco Berlin

This Haco SA Dagger is really nice, with a dull, uncleaned patina throughout. The fittings are all nickel, and despite the patina remain in very fine condition. Looking at the tang nut I can see there is no way it was ever turned. The lower reverse guard is marked with the usual Berlin "B" stamping typically seen on Haco daggers. These Haco daggers have special guards which are numbered inside, but I did not take this dagger down to see what they are.

The grip is one of this "gunstock" types made of walnut. It remains in very fine condition and perfectly fits the guards. It has pleasing vertical wood grain and shows hardly any trace of use. The SA runes button has patinated to match the guards but the enamel is obviously sound. The nickel grip eagle with the style with a slightly upturned beak and remains crisply detailed throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow. About 99% of the original "anodized" finish remains, along with some original lacquer here and there. The scabbard mounts have a matching, deeply patinated surface and remain in very choice condition, with only a very tiny, tiny split on one side of the lower ball. The original screws are in place and unturned.

The blade is a real beauty, in full mint condition and bright as a mirror. The SA motto is deep and dark. The reverse ricasso is marked with the "Lifesaver" trademark of the Haco Berlin firm. Other than some NPEA daggers this is the only mark coming from Berlin. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.

An extremely nice, untouched early SA Dagger here, from a premier maker.

Mint Minus. $1,395.00

SADAGGERS #42572C Early SA Dagger - F. Herder

This early SA Dagger is in fine condition throughout. The crossguards are perfect and the tang nut does not look to have been turned. The reverse of the lower guard is Grippe marked "Wf".

The grip is in perfect condition, fitting the guards like a glove. The SA runes button is in perfect condition. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a point behind the head; this bird shows only modest wear.

The scabbard shell is a fine example and straight throughout, with a few very minor dings on the lower reverse. The "anodized" finish is 100% intact, with about 70% of the the factory lacquer. The scabbard mounts are in very nice condition, with a good lower ball. The four original nickel screws are in place and unturned.

Attached to the carrying ring is the original short hanger. It is an early example with nickel hardware and an unmarked conventional snap clip.

The blade is mint, with full crossgrain and nice deep, dark SA motto. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the famous Crossed Keys trademark of the Herder firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A fine Herder SA Dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #42573C Early SA Dagger - Puma

This Puma SA Dagger has very fine tang nut and crossguards. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "No".

The grip is a deep cherry color, having more of a rounded surface than we normally see, and some subtle wood grain that is visible if you look closely. This fine grip is sure to stand out in a SA collection, and fits the guards perfectly. The SA runes button retains perfect enamel, and the nickel grip eagle is the type with slightly upturned beak. This bird retains good detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is an excellent example, being straight throughout and with a 100% intact anodized finish. There is about 30% of the original lacquer remaining, spread throughout both sides. The mounts are in generally good condition, with the exception of the lower ball which is slightly squashed. The next owner might like to look into finding an early scabbard mount to replace it as it would help the dagger immensely. The for original nickel screws are in place.

The original short hanger is attached to this piece. The dark brown leather remains supple and the retainer loop is intact. The nickel clip is marked "A" and "DRGM".

The blade is an extremely nice example. It remains bright throughout, with full crossgrain. The SA motto is deeply etched and retains 100 of the darkening. The reverse ricasso is etched with the familiar Cat Head logo of the Puma firm.

A fine Puma piece here.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #42191C Late SA Dagger with Gilded Crossguards - RZM M7/51 1938 (Wingen)

This SA Dagger is a late production example and quite odd in that it has gilded crossguards. It is possible that these guards are original as they do show appropriate age and craftsmanship. We do see daggers that were made by Atwood by in the late 60's and early 70's, so it is hard to tell the difference.

The tang nut on this example is a standard type, showing age and without the original plating. The grip is a fine RZM type that remains in perfect condition, fitting the guards perfectly. It has a pleasing vertical subsurface grain. The SA runes button retains good enamel, and the aluminum grip eagle is the "High Necked" type. It is interesting to note that there is some residual gilding left on this bird, so it is very possible this dagger was meant for Marine use but I don't know for sure.

The scabbard has standard nickel plated steel mounts, showing some minor age. The lower ball has a hit to the center and a split on the right side. The shell, however, remains straight and has good chocolate brown paint with only minor wear.

The blade, unfortunately, has tuned gray over the years. The motto also shows wear and only has about 50% of the original darkening. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with an RZM circle set atop the Anton Wingen Jr code, "M7/51 1938". Below the RZM coding the the Little Knight trademark of the Wingen firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A pretty neat dagger for those of you that like unusual pieces. It is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $695.00

SADAGGERS #41058C Early SA Dagger - Anton Wingen Jr.

This early SA Dagger has very fine nickel fittings. The look as those they may have been cleaned a few years ago, but are starting to repatinate. The tang nut does not look to have been removed from the dagger, and the crossguards are in fine condition throughout. The reverse lower guard is Gruppe marked "He".

The grip is a very fine example which perfectly fits the guards. It shows only traces of minor wear and is free of flaws. The SA runes button has perfect enamel, and the nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is a beauty, being straight and with 100% of the original "anodized" finish. There is also perhaps 50% of the original factory lacquer clinging to the obverse, and about 30% on the reverse. The scabbard mounts are in choice condition, to include the never-dropped lower ball. The four original screws are all in place and unbuggered.

The blade is a good as they come, with a mirror finish and a needle-like tip. The motto is crisp and dark. The reverse of this mint blade is marked with the Little Knight trademark of the Anton Wingen Jr firm, and blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very fine early SA Dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #41021 Mid-period SA Dagger - RZM M7/101 / Fritz Weber, Wein

This mid-period SA Dagger have good nickel plating and remain in nice condition, with some minor lifting at the point where the grip meets the lower guard. The tang nut is in good condition, looking to have been turned maybe once or twice.

The grip is a fine example and perfectly fits the guards. This grip has a pleasing vertical wood grain and shows little to no wear. It is a darker shade of brown than we normally see, and has much eye appeal. The SA runes button is in place, with perfect enamel. The grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward; this bird retains fine detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, with perfect, 100% intact chocolate brown paint. The nickel plated scabbard mounts are in nice condition, although the lower ball has a slight dimple ding on the very bottom. This does not show from the front, however. The plated dome head screws are in place and unturned.

The original short hanger is attached to the scabbard, along with another thin hanger I've ever seen before. The conventional hanger is in the usual brown leather and has no retainer strap. The hardware is the nickel plated and the clip is marked "A" and "DRGM".

The small mystery strap also has a miniature buckle which looks really neat. I am not sure how it was used but it looks to have been with the hanger since day one, as the leather matches that of the short hanger. Quite an interesting anomaly here!

The blade is a fine example. It is bright and has good crossgrain, with a slightly raised center section. The SA motto is a bit lighter than we normally see but the backgrounds look to have about 95% of the original darkening. The reverse ricasso is marked with a double open RZM circle set atop the Wein code, "M7/101". The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.

A nice dagger here, from a very rarely seen producer.

Near Mint. $995.00

SADAGGERS #41062C Early SA Dagger - Gebr. Gafrath

This Gafrath SA Dagger is a very fine example, with a solid nickel tang nut and crossguards. The nut does not appears to have ever been off and the guards are in good condition, with a slight patination. The reverse lower guard is Gruppe marked "Nm".

The grip is in perfect condition, showing only modest traces of wear and fitting the guards like a glove. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" type, and retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is as straight as an arrow. it retains 100% of the original "anodized" finish and about 85% of the factory lacquer. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in perfect condition, including the never-dropped lower ball. The four original nickel screws are in place and unturned.

The mint blade of this example remains bright, with 100% of the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is deep, dark and crisp. The reverse is marked with the Gebruder Grafrath trademark, and the blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A finely conditioned SA Dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #41065C Early SA Dagger - Anton Wingen

This SA Dagger does not appear to have been cleaned since the war. It has a nice, dull, even patination throughout and the tang nut does not look to ever been removed. The guards remain in fine condition, with smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Wm".

The grip is in nice condition, showing modest wear and nicely fitting the guards. The SA runes button retains perfect enamel, and the nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is nice and straight. The finish looks to be paint, not "anodizing". This is something we see from time to time and nothing to be concerned about. This paint remains in good condition, with some surface age but 100% intact. The scabbard mounts have patinated to match the hilt and remain in good condition. There is a very small dimple in the lower ball. The four original screws remain intact.

The blade is in choice condition. completely bright and with all of the crossgrain. The SA motto is crisp and dark and the reverse ricasso is marked with the Little Knight trademark of the Wingen firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A fine example here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #41060C Early SA Dagger - Aug. Merten

This early SA Dagger is in an untouched state, looking to have never been cleaned since the war. The tang nut does not appear to have ever been off.

The crossguards are in good condition. The lower guard is Gruppe marked "Ho" off to the right and upside down. We always see this storage placement on pieces stamped in Hochland, which leads me to believe these daggers were not marked in the factory, but rather after they were distributed.

The grip is a fine example, with nice subsurface wood grain. It remains in perfect condition and fits the guards like a glove. The SA runes button is a coppery type, showing some wear to the enamel but without and chips or breakage. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" type; this bird shows quite a bit of wear but is in basically good condition.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has a good "anodized" finish and much of the original lacquer can see seen on the surface. The matching scabbard mounts have a nice patina and remain in good condition. The lower ball has a little tap on the left, but beyond this is intact. The original nickel screws are all in place.

The blade is completely bright, mint condition, with a needle-like tip and all of the original crossgrain. The SA motto is deep, dark, and crisp. The reverse ricasso is marked with the trademark of the August Merten firm; an "M" set atop a pair of oak leaf sprigs. Beneath is the firm's name and location of "Solingen-GR". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A nice, early SA Dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,095.00

SADAGGERS #40998C Early Ground Röhm SA Dagger with Scabbard Dedication - E. P. & S.

The outside of this dagger is completely untouched, with a desirable dull, even finish throughout. The crossguards are the typical Pack type, with the "straight across" look to the lower guard. These guards, despite the patina, have good smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The tang nut matches and is in nice condition. The lower guard on this dagger is unmarked, something we frequently see on original Röhm daggers as many of them were distributed without going through the normal system.

The grip is a typical Pack example, with a nice color and good wood grain. The SA runes button is a copper example, nicely placed and with only minor chipping on the enamel. The nickel grip eagle is a "High Necked" type, which shows modest wear.

The scabbard shell is completely straight. The "anodized" finish has darkened over the years and there is some minor age spotting, but overall it is not too bad. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition throughout. These mounts are retained by the four original screws.

The upper obverse mount has been professionally engraved with a four line dedication. It reads "Truppef Roth / gewidmet von / den Kameraden des / Trupp 11 Sturm 4 / R 171". This basically translates to something like "Given to Troop Leader Roth from his comrades in Troop 11 Storm (detachment) 4, Reverse 171". A nicely done dedication here that I sure could be researched further.

The carrying ring is equipped with a fine short hanger which look to be original to the piece. The leather remains sound and supple and it is complete with the original retainer loop. The hardware is the early nickel style, with a conventional, unmarked clip.

When we received this dagger about an inch of the the tip was broken off. It is possible this was done on purpose after the Röhm purge, but this seems unlikely as the reverse of the blade has a fully ground inscription with little effort taken to restore the surface. We tried to match the new tip to the grinding. The obverse of the blade is in nice condition, still bright and with a good, crisp, dark SA motto. The new tip blends well on the obverse. The E. Pack trademark is almost entirely intact, with only the "P" missing.

An interesting Röhm dagger here, with lots of research potential and reasonably priced for what it is.

Good Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #41055C Late SA Dagger - RZM M7/68 1941 / Tiger

This Beautiful SA Dagger is in top condition; it is doubtful that it was ever issued. The crossguards are nickel plated, still factory bright and with hardly any noticeable age. The tang nut is also in the same fine condition.

The grip is a typical RZM example, with a high center ridge. It remains in new-like condition and fits the crossguards perfectly. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The aluminum grip eagle is the "High Necked" type and retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is as straight as an arrow. It has light chocolate brown paint that is nearly 100% intact, with only a few slight traces of age. The matching nickel plated scabbard mounts look factory new and the lower ball has never been dropped. The original dome head screws are in all in place and unturned. The throat is the thick style often seen on late pieces.

Attached to the upper carrying ring is an outstanding short hanger. The leather of this hanger remains supple and it has the small retainer loop. This hanger is marked "L2 / 371 / 41". The hardware is also in full mint condition, with a fine snap clip marked "M5 / 25 RZM" on the reverse.

The blade is as nice as you will see. It is factory bright, with 100% of the factory crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is dark and very impressive, with 100% of the original blacking in the letters. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a shaded RZM circle set atop the Tiger code, RZM M7/68 1941". The blade shoulders perfectly fit the crossguard contours.

If you are looking for a choice, late production SA Dagger this would make an outstanding purchase.

Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #40907C Late SA Dagger RZM M7/42 - WKC

This late production SA Dagger is in nice condition overall. The crossguards remain bright, showing some wear in the surfaces but with no flaking whatsoever. The tang nut is also in good condition.

The grip had a couple of fractures on the upper area but we successfully restored it. It now looks very good and fits the guards like a glove. The initials of the original owner, "RB", are carved into the grip just above the eagle. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has good enamel, showing only a small amount of wear. The aluminum grip eagle is the "High Necked" type; this bird remains in perfect condition, with full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is completely straight on the reverse and has just a minor ripple on the lower obverse. The chocolate brown paint remains in mint condition. The steel scabbard mounts retain 100% of their nickel plating. These mounts are in perfect condition down through the lower ball. The four original dome head screws are in place.

The blade remains nice and bright, showing only the most modest amounts of age. The SA motto is outstanding, deeply etched and with 100% of the original darkening. The reverse ricasso is etched with a double open RZM circle set atop the WKC code "M7/42". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A good late production piece here.

Excellent. $795.00

SADAGGERS #40908C Early SA Dagger - J. P. Sauer

This early Sauer SA Dagger has fine solid nickel crossguards. The lower guard has the unique upturned ends that identify it as a Suhl example. The lower guard is Gruppe marked "Fr". The tang nut is in nice condition and does not look to have been removed.

There were some problems on the upper portions of the grip. We opted to restore it and the job came out very nicely. This grip is the walnut "gunstock" Suhl type and perfectly fits the guards. The SA runes button is in good condition, showing some minor wear to the enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the type with a beak that points slightly upward. The head of the bird shows some slight wear but the rest of the detailing remains quite crisp.

The scabbard shell is in good condition, being straight throughout. It has an excellent "anodized" finish which remains completely intact. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition. The lower mount shows some wear but the ball is free of crushing. The four original nickel screws are in place.

The blade of the dagger remains bright but it is slightly short, having been re-tipped. The crossgrain remains intact on the blade and the motto is deep and dark. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Sauer Hercules trademark, complete with massive club. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A good Suhl SA Dagger here, priced accordingly given the re-tip.

Good Plus. $795.00

SADAGGERS #34105C Early SA with Scabbard Dedication - F. Herder

This early SA Dagger does not appear to have been cleaned and has good patination throughout its all nickel mounts. The tang nut does not appear to have been removed from the dagger. These hilt mounts have good smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked "Wf".

The grip is an even, dark brown wood which appears to be mahogany. This wood is of a Medium to Sharp Contour construction. The grip fits the nickel mounts like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has fine enameled surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the type with "point behind the head". Most of the details are still there to the bird's head and breast feathering with full details to the wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell is one of the seldom seen types that is painted instead of having an anodized finish. The paint is a dark brown purple color. There is quite a bit of chipping and wear across this scabbard paint. Maybe 50% remains. It is interesting to note that since the dedication of this dagger is dated a late 1936, that perhaps this was a period when the changeover time to paint rather than anodizing took place. The upper nickel mount is in excellent condition, and the lower mount unfortunately has a pushed up ball. There is some splitting on the left side of the ball, but none on the right. The screws are all in place, and show some turning, especially on the lower ones. The upper screws are still in unbuggered condition.

The reverse of the upper scabbard mount has a five-line dedication. The dedication is beautifully done in tiny Gothic style lettering. It reads "Unseren/Korporalschaftsfuhrer/Zur Erinnerug/Hans Eck/25.12.36". This dedication appears to read "Given to Hans Eck in memory of the corporal leader staff December 25th, 1936." Perhaps this was a Christmas gift to Eck who was probably the leader of this group. The blade shows a little bit of in and out work as well as some age, but the surfaces still remain bright. There is not a lot of crossgraining on this blade, and the backgrounds of the letters in the SA motto only have about 50% of the factory darkening remaining. The reverse ricasso is etched with a set of crossed keys positioned over the firm's name and location "F. Herder A.S./Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A fine Herder SA Dagger here.

Excellent. $1,495.00

SADAGGERS #34058C Mid-Period SA Dagger with Crossguard Dedication RZM M 7/70 - F & A Helbig

This Helbig produced SA dagger has all of the normal characteristics we see with this producer. The Helbig daggers were the only examples to be equipped with steel crossguards having chromed surfaces. The same was true of the scabbard mounts. The steel crossguards were only produced by the Helbig firm. This example has a tang nut which appears to have been turned at least once as there are some small rounded scratches below it on the crossguard surface.

The crossguards, despite their chrome finish, have quite a bit of patination which is probably attributable to nicotine. The guards are slightly larger than normally seen nickel examples. The obverse guard is professionally engraved, "1939 DEM SIEGER". This dedication of course means, "To the 1939 Winner".

The grip is a fine mahogany type and it shows some usage but is still in good condition with no chips or flaws. The SA runes button is nicely placed and is turned to about five o'clock. The enamel is still in excellent condition. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "beak pointing upwards slightly". This eagle shows only modest wear to the surfaces but the beak, eye, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika are still in good condition. It is also interesting to note that the grip eagles on Helbig daggers are placed higher on the grip than the norm. As we know grip eagles were to be placed just below the center line of the bulbous portion of the grip, not in the center.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has good chocolate brown paint showing a few scratches here and there but it still has its original brightness and rates at about 98%. The chrome plated scabbard mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. These mounts also have matching patination. The mounts are secured by dome head steel screws which are unturned. The blade of this example remains in a bright condition still having all of its crossgraining. As is typical of the Helbig firm the etching to the SA motto is extremely light. Despite this the motto still remains quite clear. The reverse of the blade is matching lightly etched with a double RZM circle having a shaded center. Below the circle is the code, "M 7/70". It is also interesting to note that the shoulder to crossguard contour fit is not very good but again this is yet another Helbig trait.

Not a high quality dagger here but it is what it is.

Excellent $895.00

SADAGGERS #34064C SA/NSKK Officer's Dagger Conversion, RZM 7/13 - Schüttlehöfer

This most unusual dagger represents a period conversion that looks to have once been an SA dagger and perhaps the original owner joined the NSKK as an officer. Since the wearer may have been unable to order an officer's dagger because of the demands of the war it appears as though he chose to convert his existing SA to an NSKK with a chained suspension. The dagger has the standard nickel-plated crossguards with steel tang nut. The crossguards show a little bit of mild freckling in the surfaces but the plating is still all there and mostly bright.

The grip appears to have been an SA example as despite the fact that it has been painted black there is still quite a bit of brown original color which shows where the paint has worn or flaked off. There is also a chip in the surface of the right hand obverse and the right hand reverse section of the grip. The SA runes button is in place with perfect enamel surfaces. The grip eagle is an aluminum type. The eagle appears to be the type with "beak which points upwards slightly". There is some wear to the head and breast feathering area or it may be a rub from something along the way. The same is true of the swastika within the wreath. The top portion of the swastika is also rubbed. The rest of the bird still appears OK to include the open wings and the wreath.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell also shows traces of being brown underneath and having a rather crude black painted surface. The paint job appears to have been done with a brush and no doubt was accomplished by the same individual who painted the grip. There are traces of black paint still on the edges of the scabbard mount so apparently the painter did not bother to remove these mounts prior to the new finish. In addition to the paint job there has also been a center ramp added to the scabbard. This ramp appears to have been made locally as it is not anywhere near what a "standard" example would be. It is only about º-inch wide with high center and rounded edges. It is retained by a steel dome head screw which is slightly larger than the normal scabbard screws. There is an eyelet on the right end with a carrying ring being smaller in dimension than the norm. The scabbard mounts are the standard nickel-plated type and they still retain their original brightness. The four dome head screws are all in place and they are unbuggered.

The blade is a typical RZM type having a high center ridge and lightly etched motto. The motto has most of its original factory darkening gone to time. The blade shows some of the original crossgraining but most of it is gone and the surfaces are beginning to turn gray. This blade only grades at excellent. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a double open RZM circle positioned over the Schüttlehöfer code "M 7/13". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

An interesting dagger here for those that are prone to collecting oddities. An absolute period conversion here that probably had some sort of a chain hanger. The hanger of course is now missing.

Excellent $750.00

SADAGGERS #34071C Early SA with Period Leather-covered Scabbard - C.G. Haenel

This early SA Dagger is quite interesting to collectors as it has a period leather-covered scabbard. We will get to this further down in the description. The dagger has the standard Suhl nickel mounts. The upper cross guard is slighter wider than the lower cross guard, which has the distinctive curvature seen on daggers from this area. These mounts have a fine, dull patination and do not look like they have ever been cleaned. When studying the tang nut, there is no evidence that this dagger has been opened in modern times. The lower reverse cross guard is Gruppe marked "Sa".

The grip is a fine, High Ridged walnut which was the standard wood used for Suhl daggers. Walnut, of course, was the wood used to make gunstocks, so it was readily available for build SA Daggers. This grip still has its original varnished finish, and has some fine vertical grain running throughout its length. The grip shows some minor usage, but overall is in near perfect condition. The SA Runes Button is one of the copper types. It is slightly outward from its corresponding hole, and this has caused most of the enamel to have been broken out from around the runes. The enamel is still intact within the "A" rune. The nickel grip is of the "beak which points upward" style. This eagle is in excellent condition, having full details to the eye, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The grip fits the cross like a rubber glove. A nice hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. As indicated above was been period covered in fine, dark brown leather. This leather has excellent, fine graining, and other than a little bit of under the surface lifting is still in perfect condition. The leather appears to have been run beneath both of the scabbard mounts. The upper mount is in fine condition. The lower mount is in good condition to the ball, and also fairly good condition to the obverse area. The reverse area of this lower mount has some bumps and scratches. The original nickel screws are in place and appear unturned.

The blade of this example is a fine one, being bright and having all of its cross graining. It has a little bit of "in-and-out" marking at the lower area, but overall this blade still grades in near Full Mint condition. The motto etch is deep and crisp and appears to have about 95% of the original background darkening intact. The reverse ricasso is etched with an arrow running across the blade, having the firm's name in capital letters, "HAENEL". Beneath this is the firm's full name and location, "C.G. Haenel/Suhl/Waffen/u. Fahrrad/Fabrik". The meaning of the words indicates that Haenel was both a weapons and a bicycle factory. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower cross guard contour.

I have no reason to give why this scabbard was leather covered. I do not think it was any kind of an acknowledgement of rank, rather it was just a whim done by the original carrier. Although there were rules against changed the appearance of a dagger, when there are 3 million people wearing them there is always someone who does follow those rules. Either way, this is an absolute period job and done in an excellent, professional manner.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,350.00

SADAGGERS #33489C Early SA Dagger - Axt und Hauerfabrik

This Early SA Dagger has a very rare trademark that we seldom see. The Axt und Hauerfabrik company did make quite a few RAD daggers and RAD hewers, and once in a while we see their name on RAD Officer's too, but it is quite rare to see the name on a SA dagger. For those who collect Army's, I'm sure that you will agree that this name is the premier army dagger as far as the rarest of the rare. On the army dagger, though, they used a different trademark.

At any rate, this fine SA has good solid nickel mounts throughout. These mounts look as though they may have been cleaned a decade or so. They are starting to dull to a nice even tone. The mounts have good crisp edges, smooth surfaces, and precise accent grooves. The reverse ricasso is Gruppe marked "Wf".

The grip is a darker brown wood which may be mahogany, but doesn't have the usual reddish tones in it that mahogany seems to always have. Either way, though, the grip is extremely nice not having any obvious grain, but some under the surfaces. This grip is of Medium Contour construction, and it is in perfect condition throughout. It fits the crossguard fairly well, but there is a little bit of even shrinkage throughout. The SA runes button is in good condition with perfect enamel, and there is just the tiniest of surface flaking gone from the top of the button. The grip eagle is the "High-necked" version, having complete details to the birds' head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has the coppery color anodizing and most of it is all present on the obverse. The reverse has a little bit of age in the surfaces and some thinning, but not bad. The scabbard mounts are in choice condition throughout, to include the lower ball. They have all of the original screws, which are in place and unbuggered.

The blade is an outstanding example, having only runner marks. This blade still remains in mint condition, having all of its original crossgraining. The crisp SA motto has very dark backgrounds and really looks great. There is a slight bit of "pimpling" that can be seen in the motto, but the black coating covers it. The reverse of the blade, just where it meets the crossguard contour, has a slightly dark line running across that could be a little age, or it could clean off. Either way, it is not much and does not really affect the blade's mint rating. The reverse ricasso has the double circles that contain the firm's name and location, "Solinger Axt - und Hauerfabrik". Inside is the head of a horse looking to the viewer's left.

A great dagger here if you are collecting SA trademarks.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #33609C Early SA Dagger - Wilhelm Wagner

This early SA Dagger doesn't appear to have ever been apart or cleaned. The all nickel mounts have a good, dull patination over their surfaces. The crossguard have smooth surfaces, with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The SA Runes button is nicely pressed into the grip, being slightly countersunk, and its enamel still in perfect condition. The matching nickel grip eagle is the type with the beak which points upward slightly. This bird still retains full detailing throughout. The reverse crossguard is stamped on the right with the Hochland Gruppe mark, "Ho". As is frequently seen from Gruppe Hochland, the mark is also upside down.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has excellent darker anodizing, which appears to all be there. There is some extremely mild age apparent in the surfaces but it is hardly anything. The scabbard mounts are in fairly good condition. The lower mount show a little bit of carrying time in the obverse surface, and there is also a flattened ball ball with a split on the right side. The two upper screws and the right lower screw are the original nickel examples. The screw at the left of the bottom mount has been replaced, as the shock of the dagger being dropped surely popped the original screw out of its hole.

The blade of this example is still nice and bright, having just a little bit of smudge on the surfaces of both sides. The blade still has most of its crossgraining and the tip is needle-like. The SA Motto is crisp, having about 90% of its original darkening intact. The reverse ricasso is etched a little darker as it did not receive the wear of the motto, and features a double lined "W" in its center. Around the letter in a circular fashion is the name of the producer, "Wilhelm Wagner/ Solingen-Merscheid". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contours.

A good, basic SA Dagger here, perfect for the new collector.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

SADAGGERS #30433 Early SA Dagger - Josef Münche, Brotterode

This is a fine early SA Dagger which does not look to have ever been cleaned or taken apart. It has desirable dull patination throughout the fittings. The crossguards have excellent smooth surfaces, with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut matches in perfectly and shows no breaks in the patination between the upper guard and the wrench cut section. The lower reverse crossguard is gruppe marked, "BO".

The grip is an outstanding brown color fruitwood. This wood has attractive grain running vertically throughout. It is in perfect condition, showing little usage and it fits the crossguards literally like a glove. The SA runes button is in good position and has perfect enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the "point behind the head" type and details are still visible to the head, breast feathering, wing feathering, legs, wreath and raised mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is also straight throughout. This shell has good anodizing which is still all there. There is a little bit of age in the surfaces but not much and there are still faint traces of original lacquer in the areas protected by the mounts. The scabbard mounts exactly match the dull patination of the hilt. The ball has not been dropped but there is a little ding in the obverse of it where something may have fallen on it. It is not bad though, and is just one of those things that we as collectors have to put up with. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws and all appear unturned.

There is a short hanger on this example however it is a later type not having solid nickel mounts. The leather though is good and it is complete with the original retainer loop. The snap clip is bright as is the buckle. The grip is marked, "RZM M5/8".

The blade of this example is really a fine one. It has all of its crossgraining and other than the normal "in-and-out" markings is in mint condition. The SA motto is crisp and deep and appears to have 100% of its original darkening. The reverse of the blade is quite interesting as it appears to have been originally a Rohm inscribed dagger. I did not know that Josef M¸nch made Rohm inscribed daggers but he certainly could have. This example was definitely a factory grind as the inscription is totally removed and the dagger has the same graining as the obverse. A beautiful job here and would be completely undetectable were it not for the fact that about 25% of the Münch logo is missing. The logo consists of double ovals which trap the firm's name and location, "Josef M¸nch Brotterode" and inside the area is blank. Most of the last name is missing from the inscription. The letters "Jos" are still there so it is easy to tell who the maker is. This mint blade is fitted perfectly to the crossguard contour.

A really nice dagger here by a rarely seen producer.

Excellent Plus, Plus $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #36429C Early SA Dagger with Scabbard Dedication - Gustav Weyersburg

This early SA piece has excellent nickel mounts which have a nice, dull tone throughout. There is no dirt anywhere on this dagger; it has only desirable patination.

The crossguards and and tang nut are in fine condition, with no signs of being apart in modern times. These guards have smooth surfaces, with fine, precise accent grooves and very crisp edges. The furniture-like grip is a Smooth Contour type, in perfect condition and having a very fine close grain running throughout, nicely fitting the guards. The SA runes button is positioned properly, and has perfect enamel. The matching nickel grip eagle is the type with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird has full, clear detail remaining throughout. The reverse guard is Gruppe marked, "No".

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has absolutely perfect, purplish anodized surfaces. It also has a lot of the original lacquer still clinging to the surfaces, at about 50 to 60% intact. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel, having an identical degree of patination. The mounts are in perfect condition, to include the never-dropped lower ball. Theses mounts are retained by four unturned nickel screws.

Engraved on the upper obverse mount is a two line dedication, "In treuer Kameradschaft / Der Sturm 1 / R 171". Obviously this is a dedication from the loyal comrades of Sturm 1 R 171. The "R" would stand for Reserve SA Standarte 171.

Attached to the carrying ring is the original SA Short Hanger. The leather is still good on this example, showing some wear to the surfaces. It is also complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger hardware is the early nickel type, with a "snout nosed" unmarked clip.

Unfortunately the blade of this example shows some signs of old water marking. It is not bad, but it is just slightly visible on both sides. The SA motto also is lacking in background darkening, rating at maybe in the neighborhood of 70%. This blade grades at about Excellent. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the seldom-seen producer, having the name and location in circular capitals, "Gust. Weyersburg Solingen". Within the circle the the word, "Nachf." which is positioned over a large, stylized "W", with the initial "G" on the left leg, a "S" on the lower area, and a "N" on the right leg. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crosssguard contour.

An interesting dagger here, with a very fine outside and a captivating dedication.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #39678C Early SA Dagger with Period Scabbard Enhancement - Aesculap

This SA Dagger is in untouched condition and does not look to have ever been cleaned. The nickel mounts have a fine, dull, even patina. The tang nut looks to have been out once or twice, but very little evidence of any other handling.

The guards have precise accent grooves, nice edge definition, and fine, smooth surfaces. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Sw".

The grip of the dagger is a typical Aesculap type, which retains about 90% of the original varnish that was a hallmark of the firm. This grip is in nearly perfect condition, showing some minor traces of hand wear but with no problems anywhere, and fitting the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button shows some traces of wear but it free of chips in the enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Neck" version and retains crisp detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is the really interesting part of this example. The shell is completely straight and has had period decoration applied to both sides. This decoration has kind of an Art Deco look, with the painted portions at the top resembling the initials "EB". Further down are a couple of symbols, one that resembles a cane and another reminiscent of a fleur-de-lis. These patterns are the same on both faces, and look to be hand rendered in some kind of gold paint. These embellishments are absolutely original and show the same level of wear as the rest of the piece. Decorations of this nature would have technically against the rules. Given the fact, however, that we see more than a few of these customizations it proves that the common misconception of German soldiers rigidly adhering to every Party regulation at all times is just so much hyper-idealized mythology.

The upper scabbard mount is in good condition, while the lower mount has some crushing to the ball and a little split on one side. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws, which are all in place and unturned.

Attached to the carrying ring is what appears to be the original short hanger. It is a fine, early example with very good leather and complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is the early nickel style, with an unmarked "snout nosed" snap clip.

The blade is a nice example, showing only modest "in-and-out" marks and having most of the crossgrain. The SA motto is deep and crisp, retaining about 98% of the original darkening. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Aesculap Caduceus logo, and the blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very interesting dagger here, and a great example to add interest to a fleshed out SA collection.

Excellent Plus. $1,595.00

SADAGGERS #39310C Early SA Dagger - F. A. Kirschbaum

This early SA Dagger is in very nice condition throughout. The mounts have a fine, dull patina but remain clean and good looking, with precisely cut accent grooves, crisp edge definition, and fine, smooth surfaces. The lower guard is Gruppe marked "Nrh" on the reverse.

The grip is in perfect condition, fitting the guards like a rubber glove. It is a Medium Contour example of fine, light brown wood with a subtle subsurface grain. The SA runes button is nicely set and retains perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a point behind its head. This fine looking bird retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has 100% of the original copper-brown "anodized" finish. In addition there is quite a bit of lacquer remaining, particularly on the lower reaches of the shell. I'd say about 50% remain. The scabbard mounts are in nice condition, the lower ball having just a tiny ding in the center. It is nothing, however. The mounts are retained by the four original nickel screws.

The original hanger is still in place. It has good leather although the small retainer loop is missing. The hanger is complete with nickel hardware, including a conventional snap clip tht is marked "A" and "DRGM" on the reverse.

The blade is in beautiful, mint condition, with all of the crossgrain and a needle-like tip The SA motto is quite dark, with 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is marked with a pair of ovals which enclose the name and location of the firm, "F. A. Kirschbaum Solingen". Inside the ovals we see "& Co". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

The Kirschbaum firm rates an 8 on the McSARR scale, making this dagger very scarce and desirable.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #39311C Early SA Dagger - Herbeck & Meyer

This early SA Dagger is in very nice condition. The nickel crossguards are in very fine shape, with good, smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Nrh".

It is interesting to note that the overly-aggressive stamper hit the "Nrh" just on the edge of the guard where it meets the handle. It resulted in an interesting look we don't normally see, but was obviously still passable the guard did not get bent. It also goes to show that, as we know from looking at many of these, that Gruppe stampings were all done by hand, with a hammer and a die.

The grip is a Smooth Contour type, being a little thinner than most and with a subtle vertical grain. It is in perfect condition, fitting the guards like a glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed, with good enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" type and is in perfect condition throughout.

The scabbard shell is basically straight throughout, with only a couple of very modest traces of wear. The "anodized" finish is intact, just at the point it would thin if the dagger were worn again. It retains a nice coppery-brown tone. The nickel scabbard mounts are all in good shape, including the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and unturned.

The blade is remarkable, fully mint with all of the crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is crisp with dark background lettering. The reverse of the blade is marked with the seldom seen maker, "Herbeck & Meyer / Solingen - Höhschied". This maker is rated an 8 on the McSARR scale, so you won't see one often, if at all. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A nice dagger here, scarcely seen and priced to sell.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,095.00

SADAGGERS #38665C Transitional SA Dagger - RZM M7/34 (Rudolf Jacobs)

This SA Dagger is quite interesting, coming from one of the more rarely seen producers and with some transitional traits. At first glance someone might say, "Oh, that dagger has nickel fittings and plated scabbard mounts so it MUST be a mismatch!". This is not the case here, however.

This dagger has nickel guards with no Gruppe mark on the reverse. These guards were left over from earlier pieces made by Jacobs; they were used up in typically practical German fashion. These guards have good, smooth surfaces, crisp edge definition and precisely cut accent grooves. The tang nut is the standard nickel-plated steel type, again a transitional trait.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has a dark, almost purplish paint which is still 100% intact. This nice looking paint retains the original shine and only a few age spiders here and there. The nickel-plated scabbard mounts are in good condition throughout, the lower ball having just a tiny ding at the left bottom. The mounts are retained by dome head steel screws which retain most of their plating.

Attached to the scabbard is a fine, original hanger. This hanger is constructed of dark brown leather and is complete with a small retainer loop. The leather is outstanding condition, as is the nickel-plated hardware. The snap clip is marked "A" and "DRGM" and "RZM M5-8". On the reverse.

The blade of this dagger is still nice and bright, with all of the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip. There is only the most modest traces of age on this near mint blade. The SA motto is nice, crisp and dark. The reverse ricasso is marked with a double shaded RZM circle, set atop the Jacob's code "M 7/43".

This is the first example like this I have remember having. Jacobs is listed as an 8 on the McSARR scale.

B>Near Mint. $995.00

SADAGGERS #38332C Early SA Dagger - Axt und Hauerfabrik

This early SA Dagger is equipped with early nickel mounts. These mounts are in excellent condition throughout. The tang nut appears to have been out perhaps once. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Wf".

The grip is a Medium Contour type and shows very little in the way of usage. It fits the guards perfectly. The SA runes button is in good condition with perfect enamel, and very good detailing remains throughout the nickel grip eagle. This bird is the type with a slightly upturned beak.

The scabbard shell is a fine example. The reverse is completely straight while the obverse has just a small "BB" ding at the lower left. The "anodized" finish is still all there on this scabbard, showing only the most modest of age. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition, with just a tiny ding to the right side of the lower ball. The four original screws are present and unturned.

The blade of this dagger is quite good, showing just a hint of graying on the obverse, but not bad. It has a very dark SA motto which really jumps off the blade. The reverse facing shows a bit of smudging spread here and there. The ricasso is etched with the larger Axt und Hauerfabrik trademark, featuring the Horse Head set within double circles. Within the circular border we see the words "SOLINGER AXT - UND HAUERFABRIK". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A good, strong SA example here.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

SADAGGERS #38159C Double Proof SA Dagger - H. & F. Lauterjung

This Lauterjung SA Dagger is rarely seen and is a key piece for those out there who are collecting SA types or double proofs.

The crossguards are the nickel-plated type. The guards have just a touch of wear on the quillon ends, but the rest of the surface is in good condition. The plating remains nice and bright. The tang nut shows no sign of ever being apart from the dagger.

The grip is a RZM type, with High Ridge construction. The grip has a rich brown color and a nice grain running lengthwise; it is in perfect condition, fitting the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has good enamel. The grip eagle is one of the zinc examples that we seen used late in the period. This eagle is the still with a slightly upward pointing beak, and retains good detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has light chocolate brown paint which is 100% intact, having only a few minor traces of wear. The nickel-plated steel scabbard mounts are in bright, perfect condition through to the lower ball. These mounts are retained by steel dome head screws which are qll present and unbuggered.

The blade of this example is still nice and bright and retains most of the crossgraining. There are a couple of age smudges located on and around the SA motto as well as on the back. Overall, though, the blade is in very nice condition. The SA motto is the style with a frosted background. This frosting is about 95% intact. The matching reverse ricasso is etched with a shaded double RZM circle set above the code "M 7/6". Below this is the name and location of the firm, "H & F Lauterjung Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A fairly rare double proof SA Dagger here that should make for a good investment.

Near Mint. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #38177AG Early SA Dagger - Gebr Becker

This Gebruder Becker SA Dagger is in an untouched state, recently coming form a veteran family. This dagger has a fine, dull, even patination throughout, and studying the tang nut it looks to have never been taken apart in modern times.

The crossguards are nice and smooth throughout, with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "No".

The grip of this dagger is a fine, reddish color and is in perfect condition, fitting the guards like a rubber glove. This grip has some pleasing wood grain under the surfaces. The SA runes button is perfectly placed on the grip, with good enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Neck" type, with good detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout the obverse. The reverse has a couple of very minor "BB" dings, but they are superficial at best. The "anodized" finish is all there, with much of the original lacquer coating intact. The nickel mounts have matching patination, and they are in good condition with just a small hit to the left center to the lower ball. There is no splitting, however. The original screws are all in place and unturned.

The original short hanger and belt loop are in good condition. There leather is still quite supple and the small retainer loop is intact. The hanger hardware has matching patination. The snap clip is the early "snout nose" type with a built-in rivet retaining the spring. The belt loop is of matching brown leather and has an interesting metal loop on the end that is not in the normal "D" shape; we see this type of variation once in a while.

The blade of this dagger is nice and bright throughout, showing only the most minor signs of age in the surfaces. Most of the crossgraining remains visible. The SA motto is deep and crisp, retaining about 98% of the original darkening in the backgrounds of the lettering. The reverse ricasso is marked with the desirable logo of the Gebruder Becker firm; a wry-looking chef, complete with hat, wielding a large knife and fork. Obviously the firm was in the cutlery business at one time. Beneath the chef is the name and location of the firm, "Gebr. Becker / Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A very fine SA Dagger here, in excellent condition.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #38170C Early SA Dagger - Paul A. Henckels

The Paul A. Henckels firm must be an offshoot of the C. A. Henckels business; it seems like too much of a coincidence to see another maker with this name. This maker rates as an 8 on the McSARR scale, so it is quite scarce.

This dagger does not appear to have ever been cleaned; it has a fine dark, dull coloration to the mounts. The mounts are in very good shape throughout. The tang nut looks to have been out perhaps once in modern times. The lower reverse guard has been Gruppe marked "Wf".

The grip of this dagger is a beautiful coffee color, with fine, subtle graining below the surfaces. It is a High Ridge type and in perfect condition throughout, fitting the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is a good example with perfect enamel, and the nickel grip eagle is the "High Neck" variety. This bird retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell appears to have all of the coppery "anodized" finish, although there are traces of age here and there. Some of the original lacquer remains in the areas protected by the mounts. The scabbard mounts exactly match the toning of the hilt. These mounts are in good condition, the lower ball being pushed upward very slightly. It is not squashed or broken, however. The original nickel screws are all in place.

The blade of this dagger is quite nice, approaching mint condition. It is still bright and retains all of the original crossgraining. The SA motto is very good; it is crisp and deep with dark lettering. The reverse ricasso has a very simple maker marking, consisting of just the name and location of the firm, "Paul A Henckels / Solingen" in two lines. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A fine SA Dagger here, from a maker that we seldom see.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #37928C Early SA Dagger - Gebruder Becker

This Becker SA Dagger does not look to have ever been cleaned and has a fine, dull, even patination throughout the nickel mounts.

Looking at the tang nut it does not appear to have been taken apart in modern times. The crossguards have good, smooth surfaces, with crisp edges and precisely cut accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Wf".

The grip is a very dark, high quality wood and is of Medium Contour construction. The wood is in excellent condition throughout, with a few minor traces of wear but no problems. It fits the guards perfectly. The SA runes button is nicely installed and although there are a coupe of hits to the enamel none of the surfaces are missing. The matching nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" version, and retains full detail throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The "anodized" finish is showing some modest wear and has some age in the surfaces. Overall, though, it is still about 95% intact. The mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. The four nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.

The original-to-the-piece short hanger and belt loop accompany this dagger. Both accouterments have very fine dark brown leather. The small retainer loop is missing from this hanger. The hardware is the early nickel type, with a "snout-nosed" snap clip. The clip is installed on the "backwards" side; perhaps this was the way the original owner preferred to wear his dagger. The belt loop is equipped with a nickel "D" ring.

The blade of this dagger remains bright throughout, with only a couple of extremely minor smudges in the surfaces. It has a nice needle-like tip, and the SA motto is deep and crisp. It retains 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the appealing logo showing a chef, complete with hat, holding a carving knife and a meat fork. Obviously this company was in the cutlery business prior to taking on the production of SA daggers. Below the chef is the firm's name, "Gebr. Becker", and the location, "Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A good, sound SA Dagger here, with a great trademark.

Excellent. $895.00

SADAGGERS #37930C Early SA Dagger - Gebruder Berns

This early SA Dagger is in uncleaned condition. It has fine nickel guards and the tang noes not appear to have been taken down in modern times.

The crossguards have precisely cut accent grooves, crisply defined edges, and fine, smooth surfaces throughout. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Ho", set off to the right and upside down. We often see this sort of craziness from the Hochland Gruppe; the stamper must have routinely been three sheets to the wind.

The Smooth Contour construction grip is in perfect condition, being a medium brown color wood. This grip perfectly fits the guards. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward, and retains full detailing to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It shows some darkening to the "anodize" finish as well as some age evenly spread throughout. The finish, though, is still mostly present. The scabbard mounts are of matching nickel and are in good condition to include the lower ball. It is interesting to note that there is some brown patination on the lower ball which matches that seen on the upper mount and lower guard. This kind of thing nicely ties in the two pieces and, in my opinion, adds some character to the dagger and should not be cleaned off. The four screws are in place and are unturned.

The blade of this dagger is still bright but does show some modest age smudging in a couple of places. Nothing bad, though. The SA motto is crisp and deep, retaining about 90% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the seldom seen logo of this firm. We see the firm's name and location, "Gebr Berns Solingen" set in ovals. In the center there is the image of an otter with a fish in his mouth! The word "Otter" is written underneath the hungry water weasel. The McSAAR scale rates this dagger at a 7 out of 10 in terms of rarity.

A nice SA Dagger here, and a good one for a "type" collection.

Excellent. $895.00

SADAGGERS #37364 Early SA Dagger - August Bickel

Looking at a Bickel SA Dagger is always a very pleasant and interesting occasion; they have walnut colored grips with High Contour construction, very dark mottos, and an interesting trademark.

This example has very choice nickel crossguards. These guards are in outstanding condition, with deep, precise accent grooves, crisp edges, and smooth surfaces. The reverse lower guard is Gruppe marked "Mi".

Looking at the tang nut we can see that it does not appear to have been taken out in modern times.

The grip on this example is one of the walnut types, which as you may know is a very hard wood. It has extremely high ridge contours, the center ridge being almost sharp to the touch. The wood is most beautiful, with a close grain that runs throughout both sides. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has no hits to the enamel. The nickel grip eagle is a very fine example. This eagle is the so-called "Point behind the Head" type. The bird retains all of the detail; the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed swastika are all crisp. The grip is in perfect condition and fits the crossguards like a glove.

The scabbard shell is completely straight on the obverse facing, while the reverse has a very minor "BB" ding. The anodizing is still mostly intact but is beginning to thin every so slightly. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition through to the lower ball. They are retained by four nickel screws which are all unturned.

The blade of this dagger is a nice, bright example, showing normal "In and Out" marking from the runners but overall in a nearly Mint state. The crossgraining remains on both sides of the blade, and the motto is a fine one, crisp, deep and with 100% of the frosted background.

The ricasso features the quadrilateral trademark of this firm, looking very much like a pair of isosceles triangles fused together along the bottom. The upper portion of the "diamond" has the firm's intertwined initials, "AB". Below this is a reflex angle that separates the initials from the firm's name and location "August Bickel / Steinbach Hallenberg" which are also set at angles to each other. The blade shoulder perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A very nice SA Dagger here. If you are interested in collecting a number of SA Daggers you would be remiss in not having a Bickel in your bucket.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #29521 Early SA Dagger - C. Gustav Spitzer

This early SA Dagger has not been cleaned in a long while and it appears to not have been taken apart in modern times. The nickel hilt mounts are in good condition having a nice dull look to their surfaces. The crossguards still have smooth surfaces and crisp edges. The accent grooves are quite deeply cut into the surfaces.

The grip is a brown color wood having a nice subtle burl in the center area which could be brought out with a little furniture polish. This grip is in excellent condition throughout and nicely fits the crossguards. The runes button is nicely placed and has no damage to the enamel. The early nickel grip eagle is the type with "point-behind-the-head" construction. This bird is in choice condition having crisp detail remaining to the eye, beak, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons and mobile swastika. The reverse lower crossguard is Gruppe stamped, "Ns".

The scabbard of this example is straight throughout. It has a nice anodized finish. Most of the anodizing is in place and there is even a little bit of original lacquer that shows. Also though there is some minor rust in the surfaces but not bad. The scabbard shell is equipped with matching nickel mounts. The lower ball has a dent and is also split on the right side. The mounts are retained by the original unturned nickel screws.

There is also a short hanger which looks original to the piece. The leather strap is beginning to show some age to it and it is slightly fragile. The strap is equipped with solid nickel mounts. The snap clip is the long snout nose unmarked type.

The blade of this example is still bright. It does have some minor staining in the surfaces a lot of which could come out with a little work. The crossgraining is also still mostly there. The SA motto is deep and crisp having about 98% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse blade is in the same condition and this blade grades at about excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the logo of this producer. It is a circle having the firm"s name and location in block letters around the perimeter, "C. Gustav Spitzer Solingen". Inside is a prancing lion with his tail curled and his tongue out. The blade shoulders purposely meet the lower crossguard contour. A pretty good dagger here. This dagger would clean up pretty nice if someone would want to work with it.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $895.00

SADAGGERS #30083 Late SA Dagger, RZM M7/27 - Pumawerke

This later made SA Dagger is in "as found" condition. It has a pretty nice outside and some interesting aspects about it. The dagger does not look to have ever been apart nor has it been cleaned. The crossguards are still bright beneath some mild patination. I would think that they would clean up very nicely with very little effort. The grip is a typical RZM type being a mild brown having a vertical grain. The grip is of medium ridge construction. The SA runes button is good condition throughout the enamel. The grip eagle was one of the nickel-plated copper types. Some nickeling still remains in the wing areas as well as the recesses of the wreath. The bird is the "point-behind-the-head" type and much of its original details remain throughout the head, breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath and swastika. The grip fits the crossguards like a glove.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has outstanding original chocolate brown color which is still there at 100%. It is possible to see that the surfaces were sanded beneath the paint rather than a prime coat. The scabbard mounts are also in choice condition showing original factory luster beneath the patination. The lower mount has a small rounded ding in its surfaces which would easily come out with very little effort. The ball has a little hit but it is intact. These mounts are held by the original dome head screws which are in place, unturned and still have their plating. The interesting part about this dagger is also the hanger. It is the original hanger to the piece and the original wearer elected to put the belt loop portion within the leather rather than hook it to the snap hook. It has remained this way as I have not opened it up. The leather to the short hanger is marked, "L2/60/41". The belt loop is also marked, "L2/5/39". Despite the different dates the rigging is all original to its self. The hardware is the nickel-plated type and there is a little bit of age on the buckle marked, "571".

Unfortunately the blade on this example is not as nice as the outside but it should have some potential for someone that wants to work on it. The blade still has most of its crossgraining and it has a good strong SA motto with 100% of the black backgrounds. The trouble is some staining in the surfaces and it also looks as though someone put the edges through one of those electric can opener knife sharpeners. There is some scarring in the blade caused by this. Overall though I think the blade would clean up quite a bit but I doubt if the scarring could be taken out without ruining the crossgraining. The reverse of the blade is matching etched having an open single RZM circle over the code, "M/7/27". The blade nicely fits the crossguard contours. A good dagger here for someone that is a little bit handy and wants to make a better example out of it. If nothing else the leather that is attached is certainly desirable and very collectible.

Excellent. $695.00

SADAGGERS #36890 Double Proofed Transitional SA with Rare Aluminum Crossguard, RZM M7/10 1938 - Henckels

This transitional SA Dagger is most interesting in that the crossguards are constructed out of aluminum. We see this once in a while. It seems as though, to me, the producers experimented with aluminum early on to see if it was durable enough to withstand daily wear. We see this with some of the Army daggers, in particular those from Alcoso and E. P. & S. They later abandoned these efforts and went with a base of pot metal. SA daggers of course had nickel silver guards, eventually ending up as nickel-plated pot metal types. Once in a while, though, we do see aluminum guards on them, as well as SS daggers.

The guards on this example have fairly good surfaces; the top example having just a few scratches. The lower guard, however, is still in fine condition. Both of the guards have very deep accent grooves and nice, crisp edges. The tang nut is the standard nickel-plated steel type.

The grip is a mahogany looking example, being in fairly good shape throughout with no flaws and showing only modest usage. It fits the crossguard very nicely. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has a good enamel surface. The nickel grip eagle is the style with an upward pointing beak. This bird still has good detail remaining to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. An interesting hilt here.

The scabbard shell is perfectly straight. This shell has a lighter chocolate brown paint which remains in 100% condition. This paint has no chips and looks very fine. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel types. They are in perfect condition through to the lower ball. These mounts are retained by unturned dome head screws.

The blade of this dagger is mostly bright, but does have a few marks which have been created by something that happened to it during its tenure. There are three marks which appear to be in the metal on the obverse, while the reverse has the usual smudges here and there, but not too bad. Overall this blade, taken on its own, grades at Excellent. Perhaps with a little work with some Simichrome these spots could be brightened up. The motto is crisp and has about 90% of the original factory blacking in the recesses of the letters. The matching etches on the reverse ricasso help to make up for a lot, as they begin with the desirable, almost hieroglyphic "twins" logo at the top. They are an apt logo, as Henckels uses the name "Zwillingswerk" which, in English, means "Twins Factory". Beneath the twins is a double RZM circle with a shaded center, positioned over the Henckels code, "M 7/10", and the year of production "1938". The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower contour of the guards.

An interesting dagger here for those out there interested in double proofs, as well as the rare aluminum crossguards.

Excellent. $750.00

SADAGGERS #36980 Early Untouched SA Dagger - Wilhelm Kober

This Kober SA Dagger does not appear to ever have been cleaned. It is a textbook Suhl example, and really looks great.

The crossguards are in the Suhl style, with the characteristic upward pointing quillon ends on the lower guard. These guards have excellent smooth surfaces, with well-defined edges and sharply cut accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Th".

The walnut grip is a beauty, with lots of wood grain in the surfaces and an appealing pattern of contrasting color tones in the surface. It is of High Ridge construction and in perfect condition. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has excellent enamel, while the nickel grip eagle is fully detailed throughout. It is the style with the upward pointing beak. This grip fits the crossguards like a your pants after a five course dinner. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The anodized finish on this shell is really in fine condition, appearing to be 100% intact and with that purple sheen we like to see. There are also traces of protective lacquer clinging to the areas that were protected by the mounts. The mounts are also choice through to the lower ball. They exactly match the patination of the crossguards, and are retained by four unbuggered nickel screws.

The blade of this example remains nice and bright. This blade has most of the original graining, and is in nearly Mint condition. The SA motto is extremely dark ,having 100% of the original blacking in the recesses of the letters. The reverse ricasso is etched with the firm's name and location, "Wilh. Kober & Co. / Suhl" contained with ovals. Inside a logo in the form the the mythical Greek centaur, set above the start-up date "Gegr. 1874".

It is interesting to note that the original owner has his name etched into the upper edge of the reverse blade at the ricasso. The etching reads "E. Voigt". There may be enough here to research his original wearer. Either way the name makes for an interesting dagger, especially coupled with one in such nice condition.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #35898C Mid-Period SA Dagger with Partially Ground Blade Dedication - Unmarked Helbig

This dagger is of mid-period construction and is equipped with the larger chrome plated steel crossguards indicative of the Helbig manufacturer. These crossguards show some age in their surfaces but they are not too bad and if anything give some character to the dagger. The grip is a fine fruitwood which is dark in color and has subtle graining which runs horizontal rather than vertical. The grip is of medium to high ridge construction and is in good condition having no flaws. This grip fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is nicely placed having perfect enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the "point behind the head" variety. This bird shows only nominal wear to the surfaces but all details are still visible to his head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell reflects a chocolate brown paint. The paint still has good luster to it and on the reverse, is all there showing only some crazing and minor carrying signs. The obverse has a little more of the same but is still in good condition. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated type. These mounts also show some minor age in the surfaces but nothing that would not clean off if someone chose to do so. The scabbard mounts are retained by dome head steel screws and are unturned.

The obverse of the blade is still quite good easily rating in excellent plus condition. The motto is a bit shallow but still crisp and has about 90% of the original dark backgrounding. The reverse of the blade is quite interesting as it originally had a large rendered two-line inscription. The top of the inscription has been ground off. It is possible to see that the first two words apparently were, "Meinem Kameraden". Apparently there was a name engraved into the surface after this but there has been extensive grinding to this name as well as to the first two words. The lower part of the inscription still remains being, "Weihneichten 37 Schmiedmaier". Obviously this dagger was given as a Christmas present in 1937 from Schmiedmaier. It might be useful for the SA researchers out there to see if they could find the giver's name somewhere in the records. An interesting dagger here from the aspect of the dedication but it is also interesting to see it is equipped with the rarely seen Helbig steel crossguard mounts. A good one here for the ardent SA collector.

Excellent. $1,695.00

SADAGGERS #35891C Early SA Dagger - Ernst Erich Witte

This Witte trademark is not seen very often on SA daggers so that makes this piece desirable for those of you out there that are collecting maker marked SAs. The mounts on this example are all solid nickel. The crossguards and tang nut do not appear to have been apart in modern times. It appears as though someone may have cleaned this dagger a long time ago using a light emery cloth or perhaps steel wool as there are some just noticeable narrow lines on the mounts. I don"t know why people do stuff like this but we can"t help what returning veterans think will enhance the appearance of their war trophy. Other than the thin scratches the crossguards are crisp throughout with deep precise accent grooves. The lower crossguard is Gruppe marked, "Wm". The grip is a fine furniture-like wood having a pleasing grain running lengthwise. This grip is of medium contour construction and is in perfect condition exactly meeting the crossguards. The SA runes button has good enamel and is perfectly placed. The grip eagle is the style with "point in the back of the head". This eagle is in fine condition throughout having full details to its head, eye, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is a real beauty. This shell has an impressive coppery look to it and is 100%. The original protective lacquer is still coating the finish and other than some usage signs this protective lacquer is nearly 100%. It is interesting to look into the anodized finish and it has the signs that it was originally put on or received a final touchup in the bluing tank with a brush. We see this look quite frequently on some anodized scabbards. The scabbard mounts have the same minor scratching from the Brillo pad that was used originally but like the hilt mounts the scratching is not bad. The ball has a very slight push-in at the bottom area but it is nothing. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered. A nice scabbard shell here!

The blade of this example is still mostly bright but does have just the slightest of gray color to it. It appears that the pad may have been used on the blade also although it is hard to see. This blade has a lightly etched motto with about 85-90% of the original darkening in the letters. It matches the trademark on the reverse ricasso which consists of a diamond having a crown in the center positioned over the word, "Kroneck". Below this is the initial, "W". Below the diamond is the firm"s full name and location city, "Ernst Erich Witte Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A nice dagger here with a rarely seen trademark.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #35597 Early SA Dagger - C.G. Haenel

This early Haenel produced SA Dagger is in an untouched, uncleaned condition. Studying the tang nut I see no sign where this dagger has ever been apart. The crossguards have a fine dull color to them with a little bit of the greenish stuff clinging on the edges where the upper guard meets the wood. This greenish material is a residue that apparently is produced by moisture from the wood reacting with the nickel metal content. These crossguards are in very fine condition having excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and very precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked, "Sa". We see a lot of these Saxony marks because the city where these daggers were made, Suhl, was located in the Saxony area. The grip is a fine walnut wood having very choice grain. This grip has smooth contour construction and other than some normal usage signs still remains in fine condition. This grip could not fit the crossguards any better. The SA runes button is in good condition with excellent enamel also having a little of the greenish substance around its circumference. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety and it is in perfect condition having full details remaining to its head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A very fine hilt here!

The scabbard shell is also a real winner. This shell is straight throughout and on the obverse appears to have all of the purple color anodizing. There is even a little bit of the original lacquer clinging near the protected areas of the mounts. The reverse has most of the anodizing with a little bit of wear along the edges caused by a handhold. The anodizing though is still probably about 85%. The scabbard mounts are perfect exactly matching the patination of the hilt. Even the lower ball has never been dropped on this example. The four nickel scabbard screws are in place and are unturned.

Attached to the carrying ring is what appears to be the original short hanger. The leather of this hanger shows some usage but it is still pretty sound and is not going anywhere. The small retainer loop has gone to time. The hardware is the early nickel variety having the snap clip which is unmarked and snout nose. The snap clip is on the hanger backwards but we see this a lot as it may have been a preferred method by some people for ease of snapping onto the belt loop. This hanger appears original to this dagger.

The blade is a fine example showing just a tad of age on the surfaces but is still in near full mint condition. The tip has a couple of wiggly points but it does not seem to be bent or any problems. Probably somebody stuck it into a piece of wood or something very hard and fortunately the tip did not break but just kind of yelled a little bit at the abuse. The blade though is not bad. The SA motto is crisp and deep having most of the darkening in the background letters. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the arrow used by this company pointing across the blade to the right. Within the arrow is the name of the company, "Haenel". Below the arrow is the full name of the company and the trade that they indulged in as well as the city, "C.G. Haenel / Suhl / Waffen-u. Fahrrad-Fabrik". In other words, Haenel was a factory that produced weapons and bicycles. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A nice early dagger here, in used but not abused condition.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #35509C Early SA Dagger - Axt Und Hauerfabrik

This early SA Dagger is a fine untouched piece. Studying the tang nut I do not see any signs that it has been apart. The nickel crossguards and scabbard mounts have a fine dull patina. These guards are in choice condition throughout having smooth surfaces, crisp edges and good precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked, "Wf". The grip appears to be a fine mahogany wood. It is of high contour construction. This grip shows just the most nominal of usage signs but overall it is in perfect condition. This grip fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button has some age patina around its circumference and it looks like there may be a small tap in the enamel near the bottom section of the A runic. The grip eagle is an outstanding nickel "high-necked" variety. This bird is in perfect crisp condition throughout its head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell appears to have all of its anodizing but it is a little difficult to tell as somewhere along the line someone has put a coat of lacquer or varnish over the scabbard using a brush. It would be possible to take this coating off but perhaps it is best to just leave it alone. It"s possible that this lacquer or varnish was put on by the original owner. It does look old and is not too detrimental especially when you realize that it has indeed protected the original finish. The scabbard mounts are in good condition throughout. The upper mount is perfect and the lower mount has a small "push up" to the ball but it is not very visible and there are no splits to the seams. The original nickel screws are all in position and are unturned.

The blade of this example is as nice as they come. It is in choice bright mint condition on the obverse with very dark backgrounds to the letters of the SA motto. All of the crossgrain is in place and the tip is needlelike. The reverse has a couple of minor age marks but they appear strictly surface and this reverse blade also grades in near full mint condition. The ricasso is matching etched with the double circle logo of this company. The circles contain the firm"s name, "Axt Und Hauerfabrik Solingen". In the center is the head of a horse. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.

A very nice dagger here by a seldom seen maker.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #35260 Early SA Dagger with Blade Dedication and Leather Covered Scabbard - Carl Eickhorn

This early SA Dagger is of initial production and apparently was a ground Röhm that had a dedication done over the original inscription after it was removed. The dagger must have been important to the recipient as it has a period leather covered scabbard; we will get to these details further down in the description.

The hilt section is a typical Eickhorn variety. The all nickel mounts have good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and the hand cut deep accent grooves typical of this producer. Studying the tang nut I do not see where this dagger has ever been apart. All nickel parts have a good even patina throughout. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked, "Wf". The grip is a standard fruitwood type having a rich brown color with some interesting fine grains in the finish. The grip shows only nominal usage and remains in perfect condition. The grip is of medium to high ridge construction, and exactly fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is nicely placed, with perfect enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" type having all details remaining to the bird"s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. As indicated above, this shell has been period covered with a finely grained leather. The brown leather is a rich color and the leather was sewn up the center of the rear section similar to a hunting cutlass. The leather meets both of the mounts but does not go under it. This leather shows some scuffs and usage but no cuts or problems. The scabbard mounts are the nickel type and they are in good condition throughout to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered.

There is a fine conditioned early style short hanger which appears original to the piece. This short hanger has good supple leather and is complete with the small retainer strap. The hardware is all nickel with a standard variety unmarked snap clip.

The obverse blade is still quite bright throughout having some mild age at the ricasso area and running up to the ending of the SA motto. It is not bad however and just appears as a cloudiness on this part of the blade. The rest of the blade is nice and bright throughout. The SA motto is crisp and has 100% of the frosted backgrounds in the letters. The reverse blade was apparently a Röhm as the grain is slightly different from the obverse grain. This was certainly a factory job however as the removal is quite expert.

The trademark on the dagger is the early double ovals and we know that these were normally used only with full Röhm examples. There is a two line dedication on the reverse blade. The dedication is apparently in the facsimile handwriting of the giver. The first line apparently is "In treue Kamaradschaft" with a illegible signature at the bottom. It would be interesting if someone could interpret this signature as this of course would be the key to possibly researching this dagger. As mentioned above the trademark is the small double ovals which contain the firm"s name and location, "Carl Eickhorn Solingen". Inside is a seated squirrel with serrated tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

A most interesting SA Dagger here, and a great addition to an advanced collection.

Excellent Plus. $2,995.00