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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.



AOD #44167C Partial "Name Only" Ground SA - Carl Eickhorn

This extra fine example is equipped with all nickel cross guards and tang nut. The tang nut does not appear to have ever been turned. The guards do not look to have been cleaned and have a rich even dull patination.. The guard's surfaces are smooth with crisp edges and precise accent grooves being typical of this producer. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe-marked, "Wm". The grip remains in perfect condition being a pleasing darker wood being of classic ERickhron shape. The SA runes button has a coppery look to the enamel. The enamel to the right side of the "A" letter has chipped out some and has now assumed a greenish tinge color in the area. The nickel eagle is the "high-necked" variety still maintaining excellent detail throughout all of the parts. The grip nicely fits the cross guards with a little even mild shrinkage evident. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent anodizing, appearing to still be at nearly 100% and having a pleasing copper-brown color. The nickel scabbard mounts exactly match the patination of the cross guards. They remain in perfect condition, to include the never-dropped lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned. The SA short hanger is attached to the carrying ring. The leather shows a little age, but for the most part, the original brown finish is still there and the hanger is sound. The small retainer loop is in place. The buckle is the later plated type, but the snap clip is the early variety, exactly matching the patina of the other dagger parts. The clip is stamped, "A", and "DRGM". A good scabbard here.

The blade obverse is bright and in mint condition. All cross grain remains. The blade sports a fine motto, having all of the original factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse blade also is in a mint state with the exception of the area where the Röhm signature was removed. The name is fully gone and there are some mild grinding marks, but the craftsmen did his best to try and re-grain the area. It really is a fine example here. The trademark is the early small double ovals which contain the firm's details, "Carl Eickhorn / Solingen". Inside, is the seated squirrel being the type with serrated trail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard.

A very fine example here that would go well with a fully ground piece and possibly, if you are lucky enough, a full Röhm example. We generally don't see these "partials" this nice.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,395.00

AOD #45326C Late SA RZM M7/49 (Friedrich Herder)

This Herder produced RZM dagger is in good overall condition. The crossguards are the nickel plated type. There is a little bit of lifting where the crossguards meet the wood grip but the rest of the plating is all still there and the tang nut is also in nice condition never appearing to be out of this dagger.

The grip is in good condition showing only nominal usage and fitting the crossguards perfectly. The SA runes button has all of its enamel. The grip eagle is the style with beak pointing upward slightly and it is an aluminum eagle. It has good detail remaining throughout the bird.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has its original brown painted surfaces. The paint is still in excellent condition being about 95 percent. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated steel type both being in nice condition. The lower ball has never been dropped. The four domehead screws are all in place.

The hanger ring is equipped with the original short hanger. This short hanger has excellent leather throughout and is complete with its retainer loop. The leather is also RZM marked on the reverse. The hanger hardware is the nickel plated type and the snap clip is marked M5/25 RZM.

The blade of this example is in nice condition being easily in a near mint state. It shows only the most slightest signs of age and still has its crossgrain. The SA motto is deep and has 100 percent of the darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse is marked with a open double RZM circle positioned over the code for Friedrich Herder M7/49. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contours.

A good later SA dagger.

Excellent Plus. $695.00(#030821)

SADAGGERS #44696C Early SA - RZM M7/66 1940 (Eickhorn)

This later produced SA dagger has not been cleaned but it is easy to see that the crossguards and tang nut will come up very nicely should someone wish to do this. There is no lifting to the plated surfaces anywhere and tang nut is still crisp never having been apart.

The scabbard is also a very fine example being straight throughout and having excellent chocolate brown paint which is 100 percent. There are a few attic crazing marks in the paint but otherwise it is in perfect condition. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated type. The plating is still in very fine condition and will clean up to be perfect. The throat is the thicker type we see on RZM daggers of this vintage, The original dome head screws are all in place.

The blade is a very fine example still being factory bright and having all of its crossgrain. The motto is crisp with 100 percent of the blackening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is marked with the single RZM circle resting over the Eickhorn code as well as the date of production "M 7/66 / 1940". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A nice Eickhorn SA dagger here that should up clean to be extremely nice.

Near Mint. $995.00

SADAGGERS #35597 Early SA by C. G. Haenel

This fine Haenel dagger is in very condition throughout. It has uncleaned nickel mounts throughout having fine dull patination. The tang nut does not appear to have ben out and the crossguards have the usual look of the Suhl manufacturers. The lower guard is just slightly thinner than the upper guard having the traditional uplift at the ends. The guards have good smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The reverse crossguard is gruppe marked "Sa".

The grip is one of those fine walnut grips traditionally used by Suhl manufacturers. It is beautifully shaped and has some very fine upward running grain that is quite prominent throughout. The grip shows little usage and fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button has good enamel. The grip eagle is the high necked style. All details still remains to the bird's head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is also a fine example. It has excellent anodizing on the obverse and reverse thinning only on the lower edge which was caused by wear of the original owner's hand. The scabbard mounts are in perfect condition exactly matching the patina of the crossguards. The lower ball has never been dropped.

Attached to the hanging ring is a early SA hanger. The leather shows some usage but is still sound and is missing the small retainer loop. The hardware is the early style with the clip being a "snout nose" being the type with the rivet that retains the spring in the clip. The scabbard mounts have all four original unturned screws.

The blade is still bright throughout having the majority of its crossgrain. There is a very small flaw at the tip but it is not bent and is still all there. On the reverse the blade is in near mint condition. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the arrow running across the blade with the firm's name "Haenel". Beneath is the firm's name in an arch with their location and the type of manufacturing "C. G. Haenel / Suhl Waffen und Fahrradfabrik". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard surfaces.

A nice Haenel dagger here.

Mint Minus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #37189 Early SA by Konejung

This early example has nice toned nickel mount which do not appear to have been cleaned. The tang nut is in excellent condition being out maybe once.

The guards have smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The reverse lower guard is gruppe marked "B".

The grip is a very fine example being a pleasing wood having subtle grain which runs vertically. The SA button is in good condition with good enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the "high necked" type with all details visible. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is in good condition throughout being nice and straight. The anodizing is still mostly there having some minor age spots which are spread evenly across both surfaces. The scabbard mounts nicely match the patination of the hilt. The lower ball has never been dropped. The four screws are all in place.

The blade is still bright throughout showing inly the most nominal of age and still having its crossgrain. The motto is deep and has 99 percent of the darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso has the double ellipses which enclose the firm's name and location "Herm. Konejung Solingen AG". Inside is the familiar set of spectacles. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

A nice early untouched dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $895.00(#030821)

SADAGGERS #45272C Early SA by Christianswerk

This Christianswerk piece has excellent nickel crossguards. The tang nut is also in nice condition. These crossguards were cleaned not too long ago and still look quite well. The reverse lower guard is gruppe marked "Nrh".

The grip is a good example being a dark furniture look wood have fine subtle grains running vertically. There is a small crack in the reverse lower left where it appears that maybe a chip was put back into place but it hardly shows. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. The details are still excellent throughout the bird's head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.

The scabbard of this example is a later vintage apparently not being the original example. It does have an early short hanger and belt loop with it and appears to match up nicely with the dagger. It is possible that this is a period replacement where the original scabbard may have become damaged or worn out and the original owner purchased a replacement. The vintage of this scabbard is about 1938. It has fine original brown paint. There is a bit of attic crazing on the obverse and some crazing on the reverse with just one small chip about the reverse center. Nice paint here however. The scabbard mounts are in perfect condition retaining 100 percent of their original plating and the lower ball was never dropped. The four dome head style screws are in place.

As mentioned above attached to the hanging ring is a very fine early hanger. This early hanger has good supple leather and is complete with its small retaining loop. The hanger hardware is the early type having a solid nickel clip which is marked on the reverse "A" and "DRGM". Attached to the snap clip is a matching belt loop and grip retainer loop with working snap. This hanger and belt loop rigging are in extra fine condition and priced alone would be worth and in the 250 dollar range.

The blade is a very fine example being in mint condition. It still has its crossgrain and has a very fine motto with dark background letters being at 100 percent. The reverse ricasso is marked with the double ellipse which contains the firm's name and location "Christianswerk Solingen". Inside is the popular logo of a meat fork positioned horizontally. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

All in all a very nice dagger here.

Near Mint. $950.00

SADAGGERS #45219 Personalized Early SA by SMF

This nice SA dagger has its original patination and does not look to have been cleaned. It was recently purchased from a veteran family.

The crossguards and tang nut are in excellent condition throughout and the tang nut does not appear to have been turned. The guards have smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The reverse of the crossguard is not gruppe marked on this example. On the obverse however is the original owner’s name very neatly and professionally engraved Curt Giersch. To go with this the upper obverse scabbard fitting is also personalized with Herr Giersch’s monogram CG. The monogram is nicely done with shading to the letters and they are connected together from top to bottom.

The grip is a very pretty example having smoother type surfaces and a good prominent straight up and down grain. The SA runes button has fine enamel. The grip eagle is a nickel high necked type showing little to no wear with full details to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout still having fairly good anodizing. The anodizing is just starting to thin slightly but for the most part it still remains. The scabbard mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball.

Attached to the carrying ring is the original to the piece hanger. The hanger is missing the snap clip and well as the retainer loop but perhaps the next owner of this dagger could find an early snap clip to complete the hanger. The buckle is the early nickel type matching the dagger.

Unfortunately the blade of this example has turned a bit gray from age. There is no pitting or age marks really on the blade just the overall graying. It retains its good original shape with needlelike tip. The SA motto is also still crisp and has about 98 percent of the original darkening in the letters. The reverse ricasso is marked with the seated king trademark over the firm’s initials "SMF Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

An interesting dagger here that I would think could possibly have some research prospects. Outstanding engraving to the personalization.

Excellent. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #45195C Early SA Ground Röhm with Three Piece Hanger by E. P. & S.

This early SA ground Röhm dagger is is nice overall condition with textbook Pack mounts. The tang nut and crossguards are in fine condition throughout and the tang nut does not appear to have been out of the dagger. The guards have smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is gruppe marked "Sw".

The grip is a typical Pack example having some attractive graining which runs up and down but also has some nice looking color to the wood which runs crossways also. The grip is in perfect condition throughout and exactly meets the crossguards. The SA button has fine enamel. The grip eagle is the high necked version still having excellent detail to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard is also a textbook Pack type being the style where the upper mount is a littler shorter than the standard types. The scabbard shell is perfect on the reverse and has just the tiniest of a BB type ding on the obverse towards the bottom right hand area. The anodizing is still pretty good throughout the scabbard being almost perfect on the reverse and showing a little but of minor age on the obverse but nothing serious. The original scabbard screws are all there and are unturned.

Attached to the hanging ring is what appears to be the original three piece hanger. The hanger leather shows some age but it is still supple and sound. The hanger features the early nickel style buckle with a snout nosed clip being the style with rivet that retains the spring. Attached to the clip is matching belt loop with D ring and attached to the D ring is the retainer loop for the grip. Unfortunately the retainer loop has broken however the snap portion of it is still attached to the button.

The blade is a fine example having its good original shape and needlelike tip. There are just he slightest signs of a little bit of sharpening which may have been just caused by the inscription removal process as there is no sharpness to the edge. The SA motto is deep and still retains 100 percent of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse of the blade appears to have had the inscription removed professionally. None of the inscription remains and the surfaces have been what appears to be professionally repolished. The logo of the hammering Siegfried has been somewhat removed but the outsides of the figure can still be seen and the firm’s initials "E. P. & S." are good except the P is missing. Solingen appears below the figure and the letter L and I are missing from that word. A nice ground Röhm here though. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contours.

Mint Minus. $1,150.00

SADAGGERS #45221C SA Ground Röhm by Gebr Heller

This SA dagger is in nice untouched condition and does appear to have ever been cleaned nor has it been apart. The nickel mounts all have an even dull patination. The surfaces are smooth with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The reverse lower crossguard is gruppe marked "He".

The grip is a very fine example having high ridge center and being in near perfect condition showing only the most modest of usage. It fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA enamel to the button is 100 percent. The nickel grip eagle is the style with the point behind the head. This bird has full details throughout to its head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is also in nice condition still having good anodizing with minor age in the surfaces but nothing that is bad. The scabbard mounts are matching patinated nickel and they are in fine condition to include the never dropped lower ball. All four screws are in place and are unturned.

The obverse blade of this example is a beauty still being bright with all of its grain. It has a outstanding SA motto for which the Heller company was famous four. It has the very dark backgrounds and really looks great jumping out at the viewer. The reverse of the blade has been completely ground with the original grind marks still in the surfaces. The trademark is the small version that Heller used with Röhm daggers. The marking consists of two small circles with the firm’s name and location inside being Gebruder Heller Schmalkalden. Inside is their traditional logo of an anchor. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

An extremely nice ground Röhm dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #45120 Transitional Double Proofed SA by Tiger / RZM M7 68

This desirable dagger is in very nice overall condition. The nickel plated crossguards still have all of their plating with no lifting anywhere. The tang nut is also in nice condition.

The grip is a fine example with high center ridge line and it is in perfect condition. The grip perfectly fits the crossguards. There is a subtle grain that runs vertically throughout the wood. The SA runes button is in fine condition with perfect enamel. The grip eagle is a nickel type being the style with point behind the head. All of the details are there to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has a very fine lighter chocolate brown color. The obverse is still in 100 percent condition showing a couple of minor attic crazes and the reverse also has some attic crazing and a couple of very small chips in the paint but overall the paint is still 98 percent on the reverse. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated steel type and they still retain their fine factory brightness. The lower ball has never been hit. The dome head style late screws are all in place still having their plating and being unturned.

The blade of this example is a beauty still being in fine mint condition having 100 percent of the crossgrain. The motto is crisp and has all of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse of the blade is most attractive with its double proofing. On this blade the Tiger trademark is moved quite far up from the ricasso featuring a highly detailed cat making its way growling across the blade. The detail is phenomenal to the cat where you can see his whiskers ears eyes stripes and tail which is just tipping up at the end. Below is the firm’s name and location "Tiger Solingen". About an inch below this is the open single RZM circle and to the right of it is the code for Tiger "M7/68". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A great example for those of you other there collecting double proof marks.

Mint Minus $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #45153C Ground Röhm SA by Carl Eickhorn

This Eickhorn example has the fine solid nickel crossguards. The guards are in fine condition with smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut does not appear to have been turned in modern times. The lower reverse crossguard is gruppe marked "Ns".

The grip is in fine condition showing little usage with no problems whatsoever. It is fitted with the SA runes button having perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the "high necked" type. All details remain to the bird to its head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has received a paint job somewhere along the line. It looks as though it could well be period. It is a good brown color and other than a few tiny taps in the paint on both sides it is in fine condition rating at 99 percent. The scabbard mounts are the early nickel variety. They are in nice condition to include the lower ball. The four original nickel screws are in place.

Attached to the carrying ring is a very fine early short hanger. The leather is still in nice condition and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware to the hanger is the nickle type having a snout nosed style snap clip being the style with rivet that holds the spring.

The obverse blade is in choice mint condition still having it’s crossgrain and a very fine deep etched motto with 100 percent of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse has had the Röhm inscription professionally removed. This looks like a factory job as the blade has been regrained. The grain does not exactly match the original but it is pretty close. During the process a portion of the early trademark was removed which is the area being about one third on the left side. The trademark is the early ovals having the firm’s name and location Carl Eickhorn Solingen. The Carl portion of the name is gone. In the center is the seated squirrel being a smooth tail variety. The head breast and centers of the squirrel were also the victims of the Röhm removal process. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A nice ground example here.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #45129 Early SA by Chromolit

We do not see too many Chromolit daggers and I think they are interesting from the standpoint only a few years ago we realized that Chromolit was also the producer of the Luftwaffe forestry bayonet. For you collectors familiar with these type bayonets you will remember they have the initials "CH" stamped into the blade. This CH stamping jibes with the logo used by Chromolit which will get to further down in the description of this dagger.

The crossguards are in nice condition having a fine even patina. The tang nut is also fine looking to been out out maybe once. The crossguards have that nice greenish look were they meet the grip. They have smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The reverse lower guard os gruppe marked "Mn".

The grip is a dark reddish color wood being in perfect condition and having nice high well defined center ridge. There is some interesting grain that runs under the surfaces. The grip perfectly fits the crossguards.

At the the reverse upper left I notice there is just the tiniest piece of surface wood that has come off of the grip however it is hardly noticeable. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. It has good detail throughout all of its features. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is in extremely nice condition showing only the most modest of wearing signs. It still has all of its coppery anodized finish just thinning slightly on the reverse at the upper area. There are also still traces of the original factory present in the recesses. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition. The lower ball has a couple of minor tap taps but no crushing. The four original screws are in place and are unturned.

The blade still remains bright and has its crossgrain. There are a couple of extremely slight age signs in the blade but it easily rates at near mint. The SA motto is nice and crisp with about 99 percent of the original background frosting. The reverse ricasso has the firm's name and location written in capital letters in a circle "CHROMOLIT SOLINGEN" and as stated above it has the initials "CH" written in a rather nice script in the center formed by the circle.

A nice dagger here with an interesting maker.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #45121 Mid period SA RZM M737 (Klass)

This SA appears unissued to me. It is in new like overall condition. The nickel plated crossguards are as bright as the day they were made. There is no flaking and they couldn't be better.

The tang nut also is in the same choice condition and does not look to have been turned.

The grip is a very fine RZM type having bold center ridge. The grip remains in perfect condition throughout and fits the guards beautifully. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak that pints upward slightly. It has full details throughout the bird's head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika, Beautiful hilt here.

The scabbard shell is also new like with a extremely fine lighter chocolate brown paint. This paint is in full mint condition. The scabbards mounts look like they were just made. They have the original factory brightness and remain in perfect condition. This includes the never dropped lower ball. The original dome head screws still have most of their plating and they are in unturned condition.

Attached to the upper carrying ring is what appears to be the original to the piece short hanger. This hanger also is in full mint condition. The leather still has all of its original factory color and brightness also having the two lines which decorate the edges. The small retainer loop is also in place. The hanger is deeply stamped on the reverse RZM L2 / 336 / 41. The snap clip is in perfect condition with fine nickel plated surfaces. It is marked on the reverse RZM / M5 / 71 / OLC.

As we would hope the blade also is in new like full mint condition. It is mirror bright with 100 percent crossgrain. It has a fine dark letter etched SA motto that jumps off the blade. On the reverse is a double shaded RZM circle positioned over the Robert Klaas code "M7/37". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

As I say this dagger appears to be unissued and is only missing the tag and the bag. If you happen to have such accoutrements this could make for a real winner here. If not however who wouldn't like to have a fine full mint SA dagger!

Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #45126 Early SA by Albert Dörschel

This early dagger is in good collectible condition throughout. Dörschel is also a fairly rare trademark rating as a 7 on the McSARR scale.

The crossguards are in excellent condition having smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower crossguard has the gruppe "Ho" stamped over to the right and as we see with this wild stamper from Hochland some of the letters just go over the edge of the crossguard and as usual it is stamped upside down. I think this guy had a lot of long lunch breaks which may have included a visit to the pub across the street.

The grip is a very fine darker wood having a slim appealing design to it. It shows just the slightest of usage but no flaws and it fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is in perfect condition. The grip eagle is the nickel high necked version and all details are there to the bird's head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The anodized finish is pretty good looking to still be almost all there on the obverse and starting to thin slightly on the reverse but not bad. There are also some signs of the protective lacquer in the recesses of the mounts. The scabbard mounts are all nickel and unfortunately the lower ball has become just about squashed. The good part is though the squashing is pretty much centered and it did not split the two seams. I guess it is always possible that someone could get in there with the correct tool and bang this out. The original screws are all present and are unturned.

The blade is as good as you will see. It is full mint. It has all crossgraining and a mirror finish. The SA motto is also as crisp as you will see having 100 percent of the darkening to the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse ricasso has the interesting logo consisting of double ovals which house the firm's name and location Albert Dörschel Solingen. Inside is a nicely done anchor with the letter "S" clinging to the shaft. I assume that the letter S in this case was there to give the city of swords their due credit. A very nice blade here. The shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contours.

An interesting dagger here not in mint condition but still very collectible and having a full mint blade and attractive hilt.

Excellent. $1,195.00

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. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #45124 Late SA RZM M7/94 1939 (Gebr. Bell)

This later made piece shows a bit of wear and a bit of age but overall it is in nice condition and peaks well of its history.

The fittings are the type that were produced by the Böker firm. We can tell this by their shape. The upper mount still has most of its original brightness to the nickel plating. The tang nut has a little graying to the top and edges. The lower mount also has some graying to the original plated finish but the finish is still about 90 percent there.

The grip is in good condition perfectly fitting the crossguards. It does have some nice grain and there is a round swirl in the reverse which would come out pretty nice if someone wanted to put some furniture polish on it. The SA runes has perfect enamel. The grip eagle is a nickel version being the style with beak which points upward slightly. It still has full details throughout the bird.

the scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original paint is nearly 100 percent but does have some age crazing evenly spread on both surfaces. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated type and the upper mount remains perfect while the lower mount is good on the obverse showing a little bit of age on the reverse. The lower ball is in perfect condition. The four original doem head screws are in place.

The blade makes up for a lot on this dagger. This blade still remains bright throughout and is in nearly full mint condition. It has all of its crossgrain and all of the blackening is in the in the letters of the motto. It also has a interesting RZM logo which is seen very infrequently. Gebrüder Bell did not make a lot of late SA daggers and I do not recall seeing this logo in the past. It consists of a double open RZM circle positioned over the code "M7/94" and beneath this is the year of production "1939". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A good one for those out there that are collecting rare SA RZM makers.

Excellent. $695.00

SADAGGERS #45106C Transitional Double Proof SA - RZM M7/29 / Klittermann & Moog

This SA dagger is very desirable because of the not only the double proof trademark but also the fine logo that was used the Klittermann & Moog firm.

The crossguards are the nickel plated type they are in nice condition having a little bit of lifting in the area where the guards meet the grip. The tang nut does not appear to have ever been turned.

The grip is in very fine condition nicely meeting the crossguards. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The grip eagle is an aluminum type being the style with beak that points upward slightly. There is just slight wear to the eagle's head breast feathering and talons but the wings wreath and swastika are still crisp.

The scabbard shell is a beauty being straight throughout. It has a outstanding chocolate brown color paint which remains at 100 percent. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated type being a steel base. They retain their original factory sheen. There is just the slightest of a ding in the center of the lower ball. The scabbard is equipped with one of the fatter type throats.

attached to the hanging ring is a very fine mint condition short hanger. The leather is absolutely perfect throughout complete with the retainer loop. The hardware is the nickel plated type and it too has all of its finish and nice shine. The clip is marked on the reverse "RZM M5C / 93".

The blade is in mint condition. The motto has very dark letters and really jumps off the blade. On the reverse it is very interesting as way up on the blade is a double RZM circle shaded in the center over the code "M 7/29 / 1939" and then below is the enticing logo of this company consisting of double ovals which contain the firm's name and location Klittermann & Moog gmbh / Haan C / Solingen". Inside is the famous arm which is grasping a spear which is ready to toss at he lap the next viewer. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

A fine example here of a very desirable double proof SA.

Mint Minus. $1,395.00

SADAGGERS #45125 Partial "Name Only" Ground Röhm by Carl Eickhorn

This partial Röhm example is a classic Eickhorn dagger. The nickel crossguards and tang nut are in exceptional condition with good smooth surfaces crisp edges and having the very precise accent grooves that was typical of the Eickhorn firm.

The crossguards are also marked inside HE which indicates that they were produced by this factory.

The grip is also very nice on this piece having just the slightest bit of burl noticeable in the wood of both sides. A little bit of furniture polish would really bring this out if the next owner wanted to do so. The grip itself i sin absolute perfect condition and fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button has fine enamel. The grip eagle is a nickel type and is the high necked version still having all the details to the bird's head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. The lower reverse crossguard is marked with the gruppe "Fr". A nice hilt here.

The scabbard is also a beauty. This shell is completely straight throughout and has 100 percent of the anodizing still present. There is also a lot of the original protective lacquer spread evenly throughout the scabbard surfaces. This lacquer rates at perhaps 30 percent. The nickel scabbard mounts remain in perfect condition to include the never dropped lower ball. The mounts are complete with the four nickel unturned screws.

the obverse blade of this example is till bright throughout having just the slightest couple of age stains mainly in the upper blade surface coming off of the ricasso area. This blade still though on the obverse is easily in near full mint condition. The SA motto is very crisp and deep and all of the background darkening in the letters. On the reverse blade there is a bit more age which may have been caused by the original grinding and the process that it went throughout. The reverse blade though is still bright showing only a little bit of smudge on the upper portion of the blade at about the center area. The inscription In herzliger Kamaradeschaft is still in perfect condition and only the Röhm signature was removed with no damage to any other part of the blade. There was a effort to repolish the area and it was quite well done. The trademark is still all there being the double ovals which contain the firm's name and location Carl Eickhorn Solingen and in the center is the seated squirrel logo. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very nice high quality partial Röhm here.

Near Mint. $2,495.00

SADAGGERS #45117 Early SA by F. A. Kirschbaum

This beautiful piece is in about as good a condition as a collector is likely to find. The nickel crossguard and tang nut are pristine throughout. The tang nut does not appear as though it has been out of the dagger.

The crossguards throughout are smooth and have crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked "Wm".

The grip is in complete perfect condition having a dark mahogany looking wood. The wood is very attractive and in indeed furniture like. It fits the crossguards perfectly. The SA runes button has fine enamel. The grip eagle is style with high neck. It has a little bit of wear on the bird's head only but the breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika are still new like. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is just outstanding. It is completely straight and easily has 100 percent of the original anodized finish. There is also probably 85 percent of the original protective lacquer. It is not often we see a scabbard in this nice of a condition. The scabbard mounts are nickel and they are in nice condition to include the never dropped lower ball.

The blade absolutely exquisite mint. It is mirror bright with 100 percent crossgrain and fine deep SA motto. The letters to the motto have all of their darkening and literally jumps off the blade. The reverse blade is in the same choice condition. The reverse ricasso is marked with the double ovals which is marked with the firm's name and location F. A. Kirschbaum Solingen and in the center is "& CO". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very elegant dagger here which is rated an 8 on the McSARR scale. If you are looking for that special SA in top condition this one should meet your need.

Mint. $1,350.00

SADAGGERS #45105C Early SA with Blade Dedication - F. Dick

This SA has fine nickel crossguards with a tang nut which does not appear to have been moved.

The guards are in nice shape with smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower guard is marked "Sw".

The grip is in very fine condition fitting the crossguards like a rubber glove. It is a good looking wood with vertical grain and having some different tines in the wood that make it interesting to look at. There is also a set of carved initial in the lower reverse grip which appear to be "SE". The grip SA runes button is in perfect condition. The grip eagle is the high neck variety having perfect detail throughout the head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard is straight throughout the obverse. There is just the tiniest of a little ding at the bottom left side near the scabbard mount. This anodizing is in good condition throughout. The scabbard though is a bit of mystery as the scabbard mounts are the plated type. This is very unusual to see with a anodized finish. Perhaps this piece was produced later in the run just before the transitional period or it is possible the original owner replaced the scabbard. The scabbard mounts are in excellent condition throughout having all screws present and unturned.

Connected to the hanging ring is a fine early three piece hanger. This is another reason why I think the scabbard could have been replaced by the original owner and his original hanger retained. The hanger leather is in good condition throughout although the little retainer loop is missing. The hardware is all the early nickel type with a early unmarked snout nosed variety clip the variety being the type with the rivet that holds the spring in place. Connected to the snap clip is what appears to be the original to this piece belt loop being the type which fold over and has a boss holding it in place and there is also a grip retainer loop but unfortunately the leather is broken where it is connect at the snap but the snap portion is still there.

The blade is a very fine example being in mint condition. The motto is nicely done having 100 percent of the frosting in the background. On the reverse is a dedication performed by a SA officer that I have seen probably a half a dozen times in the past. The inscription is lightly etch In trueue kamaradeschaft Carlo Kraemer / Sturmführer 10 / M / 86. Herr Kraemer was a prolific gift giver because there most have been many more dedicated daggers with his name when I have have seen at least five or six of the in the past. The dedication however is absolutely original. It would be nice if someone cold do some research on Kramer to see just who he was. The group that he was with when this was presented appears to have been one of the SA motor groups. The blade ricasso is etched with the arrow pointing downward with the name "F. Dick". The blade shoulders perfect meet the lower crossguard.

A fine interesting dagger here.

Excellent. $2,495.00

SADAGGERS #45103C Early SA - H. Herder

This dagger has nice nickel fittings throughout having good smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut is in nice condition looking to have been out once or twice. The lower reverse guard is marked "He".

The grip is in very fine condition fitting the crossguards like a glove. The grip is a nice furniture like wood having very subtle grains. The SA runes button has perfect enamel the nickel grip eagle is the high necked style having all details remaining to the head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It appears to me the original owner probably had scabbard repainted to a reddish brown color. The paint is definitely old and it is well done. There is some wear to the left edge of this scabbard but otherwise the paint is in very nice condition. The scabbard is equipped with nickel mounts with the lower ball having just the tiniest ding in the center area. The mounts are retained by the four original screws.

The blade though has to be the best part of this dagger. It is in full mint condition being mirror bright and having very dark motto with all of the blackening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse of the blade is in the same fine condition having all grain still visible. Marked on the reverse is the very popular trademark having double circles which enclose the firm's name and location H. Herder Solingen and in the center is a ace of spades playing card. This is one of the most favorite trademarks of SA collectors. The shoulders of the blade perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A nice example here.

Excellent. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #45118 Late SA with Brown Leather Vertical Hanger - RZM M 7/36 (E. & F. Hörster)

This late SA dagger remains in superb condition and is a real treat to the collector eye with its choice and rarely seen RZM-marked vertical hanger.

The cross guards and the tang nut are the nickel-plated variety and they remain in pristine, bright condition with virtually no age. The grip is a typical RZM variety having sharp ridge features and nice color. The grip remains in complete perfect condition and nicely fits the cross guards. The SA runes button remains perfect with no enamel flaws. The grip eagle is the late zinc type. It is the format with "beak which points upward slightly". Full details to the bird and swastika are there. An excellent grip here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has an appealing lighter original chocolate brown paint which is mint throughout. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel type. They remain mint to include the lower ball chape. Attached to the scabbard is an extremely rare brown leather vertical hanger. The leather shows little to no age, being in very fine condition. Both the scabbard cross strap and the strap with nickel-plated buckle are the best. The snap clip is a plated variety marked "A" and "DRGM". The plating is a little thin on the snap clip, but still remains. Although I did not take the hanger off, the beginning of the "RZM" markings stamped into the leather is visible by just moving the hanger downward a little.

The blade of this example is in full mint condition on the obverse. It has all factory grain and the SA motto is crisp easily having 100% of the factory background darkening in the recesses of the letters. The reverse blade also is completely bright with all grain, however, there is a small surface age mark above and below the RZM trademark The ricasso is matching dark-etched with a double open style RZM circle positioned above the E. & F. Hörster code, "M 7/36". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

A very desirable dagger here and a highlight to an SA collection.

Mint Minus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #45045C SA with Full Röhm Inscription - C.G. Haenel / Suhl

This SA full Röhm has to be one of the rarest of all maker marks for these daggers, and as luck would have it, the dagger is really in great condition. We all have admired the quality of the Suhl-produced SA daggers being J.P. Sauer, Wilhelm Kober and C.G. Haenel. The products of these three gun producer/manufacturers are always the same throughout the grip, cross guards, blade and scabbard. The only difference is the name etched on the blade.

This dagger has a terrific hilt with choice nickel cross guards. The guards have a very mild, even dull patina with smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe-marked, "Th", standing for the area of Thuringen, of which the city of Suhl was a part. So, this dagger was originally distributed locally. The grip is a stunning walnut wood having very pleasing grains and crisp ridges. The wood used was the same product these companies used on their fine hunting rifle stocks. This grip remains in perfect condition and fits the guards like a glove. The enamel to the runes button shows minor usage, but is all there with no chips. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. All details remain to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard is fantastic, having absolutely 100% of the original "anodized" finish - beautiful! Additionally, there is at least 90% of the original protective lacquer. The nickel scabbard mounts exactly match the cross guard patination. They both are in fine condition. The lower ball has a minor tap toward the center area, but it is nothing. The four original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned. Attached to the upper carrying ring is a good-conditioned early short hanger. The leather shows a little mild age, but it remains sound throughout and is complete with the small retaining loop. The hardware is all nickel, with the snap clip being the "snout-nosed" variety having the rivet which retains the clip spring. Outstanding scabbard.

And now for the blade. The blade obverse is mirror mint with all grain and deep SA motto. The motto has the very dark backgrounds we usually see on these Suhl pieces. The reverse blade surface is also mint, showing only normal runner marks. There are a few miniscule edge nicks, but they are extremely minor and are difficult to see. Etched into the blade surface, exactly matching the obverse etch quality, is the full inscription, "In herzlicher Kameradschaft Ernst Röhm". A rare sight indeed! Below at the ricasso is the popular trademark of this firm. At the top portion the logo features an arrow running horizontal across the blade's surface with the firm's name inside, "Haenel". The "H" letter is a large capital style and really sticks out. Below are the full name, location and purpose of the business, "C.G. Haenel/ Suhl/ Waffen-u-Fahrrad/ Fabrik". This indicates Haenel was a factory producing weapons and bicycles. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard.

If you are looking for a Röhm dagger, but would like to have one produced by one of the smaller firms, this is a grand opportunity. I believe I had a J.P. Sauer Röhm dagger once in the past, but this is the first Haenel example I can recall offering. A very fine, rare piece here.

Mint Minus. $8,495.00

SADAGGERS #45104C Early SA - Paul Seilheimer

This early SA is in really beautiful condition throughout. The crossguards and scabbard mounts do not look to have been cleaned not that they were ever dirty. They have just a very light patination evenly spread across their surfaces.

The tang nut is in nice condition and does not appear to have been out in modern times.

The crossguards are beauties having good smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower crossguard is gruppe marked "S".

The grip is in absolute perfect condition showing no usage and fitting the crossguards like a rubber glove. The grip is a pleasing furniture like wood having subtle vertical grains. The SA runes button is the type copper base. It looks really nice set into the grip and the enamel is still perfect. The grip eagle is a very fine example being the high necked variety. All details are crisp as new to the head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The anodizing the best you will see. It is in beautiful mint condition and still is 100 percent having a really fine coppery brown color. It is the type of anodizing that you can see appears to have been brushed on when it was first done as there are just the vaguest signs of streaks in the material. We see this quite a bit on really great condition scabbards. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel and both are in good condition to include the never dropped lower ball. The original screws are in place and are unturned.

Connected to the hanging ring is what appears to be the original short hanger. This also is an early example having pristine leather with the original retainer loop in place. The buckle is a standard style being unmarked.

The blade is also a beautiful item. It is still mirror bright and on the obverse is still 100 percent mint having a very fine etched SA motto with 100 percent of the darkening in the back of the letters. The reverse blade is just about mint except for a couple of old minor smudges which do not offend the eye much. The blade otherwise in in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is marked with a circle and around the circle is the company's name and location Paul Seilheimer Solingen. Inside are the initials P & S which are intertwined. Seilheimer daggers are not seen that frequently and rate as an 8 on the McSARR scale.

If you're only going to buy one SA dagger you might consider this example because of its superb condition.

Mint. $1,395.00

SADAGGERS #45102C Early SA - Haco / Berlin

Haco daggers are always in demand by collectors as they are superbly made have a great look to the crossguards and grip and are also the only SA dagger manufacturer stemming from Berlin.

The crossguards of this example are in absolute choice condition not having been cleaned in a while but then again they never looked to have been dirty. They have the unique Haco narrow look to them and retain their smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut does not appear to have been out of this dagger.

The grip is a real beauty having high center ridge and nice vertical graining as we see on these Haco pieces. It also looks to have had a factory lacquer job which is still all there. The grip fits the crossguards like a rubber glove the SA runes button is in place having excellent enamel. There is a high nicked nickel eagle which is in perfect condition throughout the head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard shel is completely straight. This shell is a real beauty having 100 percent of the original anodizing and about 95 percent of the original lacquer. The only sign of age in the scabbard is along the right edge on the reverse but it is nothing. The scabbard mounts are in perfect condition also to include the never dropped ball. The original screws are all in place.

There is a little piece of felt put around the hanging ring by the previous owner which I guess was done to keep the ring from pressing in to the upper scabbard mount. It looks okay there so I left it there.

The blade is an outstanding example still being bright throughout. It has the usual runner marks but nothing that detracts from it. The motto is nicely done with all of the frosting in the backgrounds. This blade is easily in near to full mint condition. The reverse blade is also in the same fine shape. The reverse ricasso has the life save style logo consisting of double circles. Inside of the circles are the name and location of the company "Haco / Berlin". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

An extremely nice example here of a very desirable maker.

Mint Minus. $1,395.00

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. $1,795.00

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 #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 #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(#012821)

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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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