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

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

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



SADAGGERS #47517 Mid Period SA with Dedication RZM M7/37 (Klaas)

This dagger although it is a mid period piece is equipped with early nickel mounts. The nickel mounts do not have a gruppe mark on them which would be an indication that they may have been used simply because this is a special dagger and the factory may have wanted to use the nickel examples. These crossguards are in perfect condition throughout with smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut is also a nickel example and does not look to have been out of the dagger. The grip is a very fine example showing little to no use and is in perfect condition fittings the guards like a glove. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upwardly slightly. The bird has full details to his head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A beautiful hilt here. This dagger was issued in 1938 so the scabbard is a RZM style. It has a perfect shell with mint original brown paint. There are a couple of attic craze marks on the reverse of the paint but the obverse is still newlike. The scabbard mounts are in perfect condition with outstanding nickel plating over their steel base. The lower ball is also perfect. All screws are in place and are the steel dome head variety. The blade itself still remains in a near mint state with all of its crossgraining. The motto is deep and has a frosted background in the letters. On the opposite side of the blade is a matching etch in the center done in large gothic letters “ERBWAFFEN”.

This word means “hereditary weapon” strictly translated, or inherited weapon in English.

At the end of the reverse blade tip is the name of the individual that inherited the dagger and the date. His name is Edwin Albrich dated 24.VII 1938. The ricasso has the shaded double RZM over the Klass code M7/37. The blade perfectly fits the lower crossguard contour. I have some research material here on the recipient Albrich which I will include with the dagger. An interesting example here.

Near Mint. $2,595.00

SADAGGERS #47716 Mid Period Double Proof SA H & E Lauterjung / RZM M7 16

This Lauterjung example is one of the seldom seen SAs that we see that incorporate a double proof mark, an indication of the manufacturer being reluctant to lose his identity in place of an RZM mark. We only see this usually in 1937 examples and after that there is no maker marking. The crossguards of this example are the nickel plated type. The upper guard shows a little bit of freckling in the surfaces but it is not bad and the tang nut is good. The lower crossguard has freckling to the plating on both sides. The grip is a nice RZM example with crisp center line and a interesting grain which runs vertically. The grip fits the guards nicely. The SA runes button has fine enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the styl e with beak which points upward slightly. The details to the bird’s head and breast feathering talons are slightly worn but the bird’s wings wreath and swastika are still crisp. The scabbard is straight throughout. It has good original brown paint. The paint shows some attic crazing on both sides but it is still about 98 percent. The scabbard mounts are in nice condition having the thicker throat that we see on some later examples. The lower ball is also perfect. The 4 dome head screws are all in place. The blade of this example is a very fine one still being in mint condition. It has all of its crossgraining and has a fine SA motto with 100 percent of the darkening in the backgrounds. On the reverse ricasso there is a double shaded RZM positioned over the code M7/6. Below this is the name of the producer H & E Lauterjung Solingen. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard. A hard to find double proof here and a change of the crossguards to the proper vintage with good plating would make a big difference with this dagger.

Excellent. $1,150.00

SADAGGERS #47592 Early SA by Carl Tillmann (Lynx logo)

This early dagger is in pretty nice condition throughout. The nickel crossguards still have the dull patina and they are both in excellent condition with good smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut does not appear to have been removed. The grip is a fine example having just a little bit of burl visible in the grain particularly on the obverse side. The grip is very nicely formed however and fits the crossguards well. The grip is in perfect condition. The SA runes button is a fine example with enamel present. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak that points upward slightly. There is minor wear to the bird’s head breast feathering and talons but the wing feathering wreath and swastika are still crisp. The reverse lower crossguard is gruppe marked “P”.

The scabbard shell is nice and straight. It has good dark anodizing which has some evenly spread age across obverse and reverse surfaces but all of the finish still appears to be there. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition to include the lower ball. The four screws are in place.

The blade shows a little bit of usage but still has the majority of the crossgrain and grades in a near mint state. The SA motto is the style with frosted backgrounds and the frosting still appears to be there at about 80 to 90 percent. The reverse ricasso is marked with the maker name in an arch Carl Tillmans Sohne Solingen. Inside of the arched logo there is a lynx animal which is running horizontally across the ricasso. At first glance the animal looks like a fox but I am told it is not. There is also a etching below the animal “Lux”. I understand that this is an old German for the animal’s name lynx. I looked this maker up and it is a fairly rare one being an 8 (but actually much higher) on the McSARR scale. It is also a desirable trademark because it has that good look we all like with these early daggers. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

Not the best off condition here, but if you’re collecting makers you will absolutely want a Tillmann.

Excellent. $1,695.00

SADAGGERS #47522C Ground Röhm SA with Serial Numbered Crossguard by Carl Eickhorn

The hilt of this example is in fine condition throughout with standard Eickhorn fittings. The crossguards are in really nice condition having good smooth surfaces and the deep accent grooves we get used to seeing from this manufacturer. The tang nut is also in nice condition. The reverse of the crossguard is gruppe marked but the letter symbols are knocked out due to the procedure which I will explain next. To the left of the gruppe mark is most probably the original owner’s SA number “13645”. To the left of the gruppe mark “13389” have been x’ed out. It can be assumed that possibly this dagger was marked with the wrong number to begin with or perhaps the original owner with the x’ed out number left the SA. I don’t know the reason for this but I find it interesting that a new crossguard would not have been provided and it was just as well to x out the old number. Typical skinflint German stuff here from the 1930’s.

The grip of this example is a very fine Eickhorn type having nice center ridge and remaining in perfect condition. The grip fits the crossguards beautifully. The SA runes button has all of the enamel. The early high necked nickel eagle has all details to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. An interesting hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has fairly nice anodizing. IN fact the anodizing still seem to be all there and there is quite a bit of the remnants of the original protective lacquer especially hanging in the areas protected by the scabbard mounts. The nickel mounts are in nice condition nicely matching the hilt mounts and the lower ball has just the slightest little tap in the bottom of it but it is nothing. The original screws are all in place.

The obverse blade is in mint condition still having all of its crossgraining. It has a really nice dark SA motto with 100 percent of the blackening in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse of the blade has the inscription ground off and regraining attempt made. The regraining is not too bad but it is obvious to the trained eye that this is a ground Rohm piece. The ricasso is marked with the early double ovals which contain the firm’s name and location Carl Eickhorn Solingen. Inside is a seated squirrel with serrated style tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A very interesting ground Rohm dagger here with a pair of serial numbers.

Excellent Plus. $1,395.00

SADAGGERS #47518C Early SA with SA Luftsturm Blade Dedication by Haastert & Bull (Rabbit with Knife)

This dagger appears to be in untouched uncleaned condition. The crossguards are in excellent condition with a fine dull patina. The tang nut matches nicely and does not appear to have been taken out of the dagger. These guards have smooth surfaces with crisp edges and good precise accent grooves. The grip is in complete perfect condition on the obverse having just a tiny little flake on the middle edge of the reverse where it meets the crossguard but otherwise the reverse grip is also perfect. This grip fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button is in good condition with full enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with “a point behind the head”. This bird has full details to its head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. The reverse lower crossguard is gruppe marked “He”.

The scabbard of this example is also a nice piece having matching patination to the mounts. The scabbard shell is straight throughout still having fairly good anodizing showing some age evenly spread on both sides but not bad. The hilt mounts are perfect to include a undropped lower ball. The 4 screws are all in place. Attached to the carrying ring is what appears to be the original hanger. This is an early hanger with good leather and complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is a nickel buckle and snout nosed snap clip being the style with rivet that retains the spring. The patination to the hanger mounts matches that of the scabbard mounts.

The blade shows some usage and some age but overall it is still in excellent condition having a good motto. The motto is still mostly dark and has about 98 percent of the original blackening in the backgrounds. On the reverse blade there is a two line etched dedication. The first line is Gew. v. D. SA Kamaraden / the next line is der Schar Luft St. 12/134/8.6.37. This dedication would seem to mean given to our SA comrade from the Schar Luftsturm 12/34 on June 8th 1937. There was a very small SA Luftwaffe group which was formed early on in the 1930’s. It consisted of only a dozen or so men so I would think that this dedication involves this group of flyers. It is also interesting that the dedication is dated 1937 which is fairly late but still an earlier dagger was used for the gift. The reverse ricasso is marked with standing rabbit holding a large knife that is almost as large as the animal. Beneath is the name of the firm R. Haastert & Bull Soligen-Wald. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. I personally think that this dagger because of its dedication is a rather exciting piece and well worth some research effort. This was a very small SA group and accordingly this makes this dagger very rare and worthy of someone who enjoys doing research.

Röhm

Excellent. $2,495.00

SADAGGERS #47519C Early SA Ground Röhm with Scabbard Dedication by EP & S

This Pack dagger is quite an interesting example being a ground Röhm and of course of initial production. The hilt parts are typical Pack with their fine straight across style crossguards. These nickel guards remain in very fine condition throughout with good smooth surfaces sharp edges and precise accent grooves. The reverse lower mount is gruppe marked “Wf”.

The grip fits the guards like a glove and it is a beautiful Pack grip having some very nice burl grain in both sides of the grip. The grip remains in perfect condition throughout having that smoother finish like most Pack dagger grips will have. The SA runes button is in perfect condition. The nickel grip eagle is the high neck type. The bird has all details to his head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell has all nickel mounts and good anodized surfaces. There is a tiny small ding in the lower obverse shell and also a minuscule one on the reverse shell but overall this scabbard is nice. The nickel mounts are in good condition throughout to include the lower ball. All four of the original screws are present and unturned. There is a fine conditioned early hanger which is equipped with nickel mounts. The small retainer loop is missing however. The snap clip is an unmarked variety of the conventional shape. The reverse of the upper scabbard mount has a interesting dedication all professionally done in capital letters. It is engraved “SA Ostubaf / G. Muhlenkamp Sturm / Sturm 24 / 96 / 02 / 07 / 33”. I am not exactly sure of the exact significance of this engraving beyond the SA group designations and don’t want to engage in speculation.

The blade is a very fine example still being completely bright throughout and having nice grain. The SA motto is deep and has 100 percent of the darkening in the letters. The blade reverse was professionally ground probably by the factory as the regraining is just about perfect and if it were not for the “P” missing in the EP & S letters as well as the head of Siegfried one would not know that this was a ground Röhm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

An interesting piece here.

Excellent Plus. $2,295.00

SADAGGERS #47588 Midperiod SA RZM M7/70 (F & A Helbig)

Helbig did not make a lot of SA daggers and this one reflects this as it has some interesting aspects about it. First off the crossguards are of nickel silver and has kind of a unique formation. It you study the the upper guard tends to bend downward more than most and the lower guard is much thinner than most. They are absolutely original however and neat to study. The lower guard is not gruppe marked as this dagger was made well past the time of initial production. The grip is also a nice early example being nicely formed and fitting the nickel crossguards absolutely perfectly. The grip has a fine brown color and good eye appeal. The SA runes button is in nice condition with all enamel present. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which looks upward slightly. The bird has good details to his head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. This is an interesting hilt for those of you that study this type of thing.

Since this dagger is a midperiod RZM piece the scabbard used with it is basically an RZM style scabbard. It has brown painted surfaces. All of the paint is present but it is pretty much evenly spidered throughout both surfaces. The scabbard mounts are a nickel plated type being the style with the thicker throat. The upper mount plating is in good condition whereas the lower mount plating shows a little bit of bubbling in the nickel surfaces. The ball has a small ding in it but it is not bad. The original dome head steel screws are in place.

The blade is bright throughout. The blade has a high ridge center and has light etched motto on the obverse. Helbig is known for very light etches and we has seen this many times in the past. On the reverse there is a large double shaded RZM circle with the code beneath M7/70. This etch is also lighter and is also somewhat to the left of the center of the blade. All of this kind of stuff may look suspicious to you guys who expect everything to be precise but with Helbig pieces ask anyone who knows Helbig and they will tell you that their etch processes left much to be desired. The blade surfaces are still just about mint except on the reverse there is a spot near the lower crossguard. The fit of the blade is not all that good either where as the edges fit but the center areas could have had a better job. Again this is RZM type construction of a firm not known for their quality products. It is still a good piece for those of you out there that collect SA types.

Excellent. $895.00

SADAGGERS #47514C Early SA Dagger with Blade Dedication by Gebruder Heller

The hilt of this Heller dagger is in nice condition throughout, having fine solid nickel crossguards. The reverse guard is gruppe marked rather sloppily but it appears to be “Mi”.

The fine grip has vertical wood grain and a choice center ridge. The grip fits the guards well, with only a small gap caused by shrinkage of the wood. Both the SA runes button and nickel grip eagle remain in good condition.

The scabbard has an anodized finish, albeit mostly worn off. There is some age in the surfaces of both sides and a small ding is visible on the reverse. The nickel scabbard mounts look to be Pack types; they remain in good condition throughout. The original screws are in place.

The blade of this dagger is bright throughout the obverse, with a deep SA motto. There is an etched dedication on the reverse which appears to be a factory job given that the depth of the lettering and the frosted background are identical to the motto. It reads, “S. / L. Kamaraden Carl Shulte / von seinem Gruppearzt / Schenck”. Apparently this was a gift from the SA group doctor Schenk to Herr Shulte. The reverse ricasso is etched with the desirable Anchor trademark of the Gebruder Heller Schmalkalden firm. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.

A very desirable SA dagger here, given the maker and dedication.

Excellent Plus. $2,795.00

SADAGGERS #47295 Mid Period Transitional SA with Blade Dedication Eickhorn

This midperiod example was one of the first pieces Eickhorn produced under the RZM. Its vintage is about 1937. Because of this the crossguards are the solid nickel type not being the nickel plated variety. The guards are in nice condition throughout as is the tang nut which is a nickel plated steel version.

The grip is an RZM type having the higher ridge in the center. It remains in perfect condition and nicely fits the guards. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. It has full details remaining to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The paint on the obverse is still in excellent condition whereas on the reverse has a fairly large spot of paint missing at the upper area. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated steel type and they remain in excellent condition throughout just needing a little cleaning. The original four dome head plated screws are in place.

Attached to the carrying ring is a short hanger having good leather with the retainer loop. The buckle on the hardware has rusted over the surfaces but may clean up. The snap clip also has a little minor rust which will definitely clean up. It is the style that is marked RZM M5 / 71 OLC.

The blade of this example unfortunately has grayed some. There are no pits on the blade but there is one nick on the upper edge. The motto is nicely etched and has about 80 percent of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse blade is etched with the single open RZM circle over the code M7 / 66 and beneath this the 1935 through 41 squirrel trademark.

Etched to the left of the RZM circle and running horizontally on the blade is the etched Gewidmet vom / S. A. Trupp III. This etching appears to have been factory done. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

I recently purchased this dagger from a veteran family and it came without a scabbard. I added the proper scabbard to go with it and now the dagger is certainly in good collectible condition. It could probably use an overall cleanup to show at its best.

Good Plus. $895.00

SADAGGERS #47370 Early SA Dagger with Serial Numbers by Erhard Reich

This dagger has never been cleaned and has a very nice patina throughout its nickel mounts. The tang nut does not look to have ever been removed, and the guards are in good condition throughout. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked “Mi”.

It is interesting to note that the obverse crossguard that the obverse crossguard is stamped with a serial number, “4482”. What this number represents is anyone’s guess.

The grip remains in very fine condition with good, sharp ridges and a pleasing color. The SA unes button has good enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a visible point behind its head, and retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell has good, dark anodizing which looks to be intact. The scabbard mounts have a matching patination. These mounts are in good condition although the lower ball has a ding. The original nickel screws are all in place.

The blade is a nice one, showing only minor age stains in a few places. The SA motto is deeply etched and looks to have 100 percent of the darkening in the letters. The reverse of the blade is etched with the rarely seen trademark of the Erhard Reich firm, a simple oval containing the firm’s name and location of “Schweina”. This maker is very rare; the McSARR rating is a 9 but that’s probably off, as are most of the ratings provided by this scale. I haven’t seen one in over a decade, and I see many, many SA daggers.

A very nice serialized SA dagger here, by a very rare producer.

Excellent Plus. $1,395.00

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 #46982C Early SA with Silver Dedication Grip Plaque by Anton Wingen

This early SA is a most curious dagger because of the dedication plaque which we will get to further down in the description.

The dagger is equipped with good nickel crossguards and tang nut and it does not appear the tang nut has been removed. The guards are in nice condition crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked “No”.

The grip is also quite nice being a furniture like brown color and having some attractive burl grain in the obverse as well as the reverse. The grip remains in nice condition throughout. The SA runes button has good enamel and the nickel eagle is the styler with beak which points upward slightly. There is only minor wear to this bird with the head details and breast feathering still being all visible and good details to the wings talon wreath and swastika.

The reverse of the grip has a triangular 800 marked silver plate on the reverse of it.Because it is triangular shaped and the center point of the triangle is installed pointing upward on the frip the engraving was done upside down so that it would be visible on the small space of the plaque. There is a five line very precise engraving done being In Kameradschaftlicher / erinnerung / a. d. 31 7. 1932 / G. Walker / Stb F. This inscription translates “In comradeship in remembrance of the day 7 31 1932 G Walker Sturmbannführer”. One of our collector friends saw this piece on one of my unboxings and found out that the significance of this date was that it was one of Hilter’s major elections which was a big assistance in ushering him into power the following year. The plaque is extremely well done with very professionally done engraving and is retained with three nails. The plaque is also marked “800” indicating that it is silver.

The scabbard is an anodized version and is dent free. The anodizing shows some wear and there are a few age spots on both sides. The scabbard mounts are in good condition to include the lower ball. The two screws at the top are original and there were no screws in the bottom mount so we took the liberty to install these.

I wish the balde were a little better but unfortunately it has spotting caused by being wet some time in the past. The spotting takes over around the center point. The motto has about 70 percent of the darkening in the background. The reverse ricasso is marked with the small knight logo and above it is the firm’s name Anton Wingen Jr and below is “Solingen”. The blade shoulders nicely match the lower crossguard contour.

I wish the bad were in better condition but I think the significance of the presentation plaque goes a long way to make this dagger quite desirable. I also think that more research could be done concerning the date and Herr Walker. A very interesting piece.

Excellent. $1,895.00

SADAGGERS #46174C Early SA Dagger with 3 Piece Hanger - Pfeilringwerk (Circle with arrows)

This early dagger has a desirable trademark that is popular with collectors It is in an untouched example with fine deep dull patina to the nickel cross guards. The guards are in fine condition with smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe-marked, "No". The tang nut does not appear to have ever been apart. The grip is in perfect condition and is a fine furniture-like wood with good appeal. It perfectly fits the cross guards.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent anodizing, showing a little mild even age on both sides, but not bad. The matching scabbard mounts are in fine condition, to include the lower ball. All four original nickel screws are present and unturned. Affixed to the hanging ring is a fine early short hanger which appears original-to-the-piece. It has excellent leather, complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is the nickel type with an unmarked "snout-nosed" snap clip, being the type with rivet that retains the spring. Also attached is an excellent-conditioned grip retainer loop with belt loop. The snap button is in good working condition.

The blade reflects a dark motto, having about 90% of the original factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. It appears as though someone in the past cleaned the blade, perhaps with steel wool, and did take some of the brightness out of the original finish on both sides. The blade grades at about excellent. The eye-catching trademark has the same dark backgrounds as the motto. It depicts a double circle which adds five arrows around it, giving the effect of motion. Inside the two circles are the firm's name and location, "Pfeilringwerk / Solingen". This firm made many of the blades we also see on cigar cutters, even those owned by AH. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard. Pfeilringwerk also rates as an "8" on the McSaar scale, so it is a fairly rare dagger and a good one for those of you out there collecting maker-marks.

Excellent Plus. $1,095.00

SADAGGERS #45983 Early SA with Dedicated Blade by Wilhlem Kober Suhl

This SA has the traditional Suhl type hilt having the fine crossguard for which this city was famous for. Both guards are in perfect condition with smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves.

The grip is one of the walnut type used by the Suhl makers. It remains in nice condition and fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is one of the coppery types and although the enamel shows usage it is still all there. The grip eagle is a nickel high necked variety. All of the details are still visible to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard is also a very nice example. It still retains all of its anodized finish and about 90 percent of the original protective lacquer. Very nice shell here. The scabbard mounts match the patina of the hilt and both are in good condition to include the lower ball. The original screws are in place and are unturned.

There is a short hanger connected to the carrying ring. The short hanger appears to be perhaps a little later vintage than the dagger and shows quite a bit of age. The buckle has some rust on it as does the snap clip. It is an RZM type snap clip. The leather still seems sound and it is complete with the small retainer loop. Attached to the clip is a brown belt loop having an unusual round ring. All in all though a nice scabbard setup here.

The blade shows a little bit of age graying over the surfaces but all in all it is not bad still rating at excellent plus. The obverse has a good SA etch with about 60 percent of the original darkening in the letters.

The reverse though is quite interesting as it has three line dedication. The dedication seems to read “Lass Dick Wie Beirren / S / L Ings Heinz Mayer zum 18.5.1934 / von sienen Vater”. Essentially this means “Do not let my son stray too far from his father “. In addition the initials of his son RIHM are stamped into the Sa gruppe mark.

A very interesting dagger here with a father trying to guide his son along in life. Perhaps The SA was not the best thing to join and we know that now and of course at the time it was considered an up and coming NSDAP organization. A very neat dagger here that possibly could be researched.

Excellent. $2,495.00

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. It reads, "In treuer Kameradschaft - Hermann Fehneberg". If you are an avid researcher I have no doubt you will be able to track down some information on this man.

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

SADAGGERS #45647 SA “Name Only” Partial Ground Röhm by Carl Eickhorn

This Eickhorn dagger has classic nickel Eickhorn fittings. The fittings have a nice patination to them and have smooth surfaces crisp edges and the very precise accent grooves we see from this maker. The tang nut is in nice condition and does not appear to have been turned. The lower crossguard is gruppe marked “Fr”.

The typical Eickhorn grip is a very fine example being a mahogany like wood having fine attractive vertical running grains. It has some lighter colors in the finish and gives a very pleasing look to the eye. The grip remains in perfect condition throughout with high center ridge grip. This grip fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button remains in perfect condition with fine enamel. The grip eagle is the high necked version. The head breast feathering and talons show a little bit of minor surface wear but the wings wreath and swastika are still quite crisp. A fine grip here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The anodizing is all there but there is some even age spotting present on both sides. The nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and unturned.Attached to the carrying ring is what appears to be the original to the piece short hanger. It is the early style with excellent leather and the small loop is still present. The nickel mounts are in perfect condition and the clip is the “snout nosed” variety having the rivet that retains the spring.

The blade obverse is in nice condition still being bright and with the exception of a small rub at the obverse ricasso area which apparently was done at the time the blade was ground this blade is in near mint condition. It has a good motto still retaining just about 98 percent of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse blade still has its full inscription remaining and only the Ernst Röhm signature was ground out. An attempt was made to regrain the area over the ground portion but it is quite obvious that this is a ground out piece. The small 1933 through 35 trademark was also affected during the grinding. The squirrel logo was mostly removed but the double circles remain and most of the Cark Eickhorn name is there and all of “Solingen” is there. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

It's also worth noting which we see on quite a few ground Röhm pieces I believe that this piece also has the very tip broken off as a further shaming of the motto. The blade was retipped somewhere along the line and other than being about one quarter of an inch short the blade looks quite normal.

A nice 100 percent original name only partial ground Röhm dagger.

Excellent. $1,495.00

SADAGGERS #45452C Early SA by Rob. Giersch

This Giersch produced dagger is in very nice condition here. The nickel crossguards have never been touched and have a fine patina to their smooth surfaces crisp edges and fine accent grooves. The tang nut does appear to have been out of this example. The reverse lower crossguard is gruppe marked “Wm”.

The grip is in perfect condition being a more rounded type. It fits the crossguards lie a rubber glove. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The nickel eagle the high necked variety having full details there to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.

The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout. It has good anodizing also having a little bit of lacquer showing here and there and some age over the surfaces but all in all a very nice shell here. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel and they are in good condition. The lower ball has just one small line shaped tap across the bottom of it. The four screws are all in place and are unturned.

The dagger is equipped with the original to the piece short hanger. This short hanger has excellent original leather still having the fine factory color and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is the nickel type and the clip is a conventional shaped style being marked on the reverse “A” and “DRGM”.

The blade is a great example. It is bright throughout and has a very fine motto with 100 percent of the darkening remaining in the letters. The crossgrain is all there and there is a fine needlelike tip. This blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is interesting as the trademark depicts a schoolmarm appearing to be on her way to the classroom complete with hat dress and a portfolio in her right hand. Above the woman is the firm’s name “Rob. Giersch” in an oval and below the location city “Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

A very nice dagger not seen too often and always interesting with this trademark.

Mint Minus. $1,595.00(05/19/21)

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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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