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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 #43326C Late SA Dagger - RZM M7/9 1941 (SMF)

This late production SA Dagger remains in very fine condition. The nickel plated guards remain bright and in very good shape, with just the slightest amount of lifting in the areas where the guard meets the grip. The tang nut is also in good condition.

The grip fits the guards perfectly. It is a pleasing dark brown wood with a subtle vertical grain. The SA runes button has perfect enamel, and the aluminum grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is a very fine, straight example, with outstanding original chocolate brown paint. There are two small areas on the obverse where the paint below was once black. We know that more NSKK pieces were made than were required so many were repainted for use as SA scabbards. The mounts are nickel plated steel and remain factory bright. The throat is the thicker style we often see on later daggers, with all of the dome head screws intact and unturned.

The blade is as fine as you will see, totally mint with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is crisp, with 100% of the blackening in the letters. The reverse ricasso is marked with a single open RZM circle and the SMF code "M7/9 / 1941". The blade shoulders perfectly fit the crossguard contour.

We do not see many SMF RZM SA Daggers so this is a good one for the "type" collector.

Mint Minus. $1,095.00

SADAGGERS #43274C Late SA Double Proof SA Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This fine SA Dagger is in uncleaned condition, having a nice, dull patina throughout the mounts. It is easy to see, however, that they are in choice condition.

The crossguards and tang nut are plated, and in good condition beyond a few lifts where they meet the grip.

The grip fits the guards perfectly. It is a pleasing brown wood with a subtle vertical grain. The SA runes button has perfect enamel, and the aluminum grip eagle is the style with a "High Neck". This bird retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The dark brown paint remains nearly 100% intact, having just a little age crazing here and there. The scabbard mounts are nickel plated steel and remain in very fine condition, matching the patina of the hilt. There is a small ding on the lower ball but it is minor, and all four original dome head screws are in place.

The blade is extremely nice and in fully mint condition. It is bright, with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is crisp and dark and really jumps off the blade. The reverse is double proofed with the code "M7 / 66 / 1939" and the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark.

These double proof Eickhorn SA Daggers are very desirable, and this one is top notch.

Near Mint. $1,095.00

SADAGGERS #43237 Late SA Dagger - RZM M7/9 (SMF)

This SMF SA Dagger is a very nice example, with a nickel plated tang nut and guards. The plating remains bright throughout, although some moisture has gotten to the edges of the guard and caused some slight lifting.

The grip is a nice example, being a typical RZM type with a high center ridge. It remains in perfect condition and nicely fits the crossguards. The SA runes button retains perfect enamel. The aluminum grip eagle is the style with a peak that points slightly upward; this bird retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is a beauty, being completely straight on the obverse. The reverse shows some wearing signs, but nothing too bad. The chocolate brown paint remains 100% intact throughout. The scabbard mounts are nickel plated steel and both remain in factory new condition. These mounts are retained by steel dome head screws. The throat is the thick type often seen on late production pieces.

The blade is as nice as they come. It is in full mint condition, with fine brightness and 100% of the original crossgrain. The SA motto retains 100% of the original darkening and remains crisp. The reverse ricasso has a matching etched RZM circle over the SMF code "M7/9 1941".

It is rare to see SMF SA Daggers as they didn't make many. A good example for those interesting in rare RZM markings.

Near Mint. $995.00

SADAGGERS #43236 Early SA with Ultra-rare Maker Marking - Bulldog

An SA marked with the Bulldog is one of the rarest of all SA daggers. Not only is it rare, but just the simple small head of the etched dog as the logo is irresistible to SA collectors. These daggers were produced by W. Beien & Co. and are almost never seen.

This example is equipped with fine dull patinated nickel cross guards. The matching tang nut has never been out. The lower cross guard is Gruppe-stamped with the "Ho" marking, located way over to the right of the guard and also hit up-side-down. (Whoever was in charge of these Hochland marks, walked to the beat of his own drummer, as most of them will be found with this contrary stamped positioning.) The grip is an outstanding example being in perfect condition and showing an attractive grain which runs vertically. It fits the cross guards like a rubber glove. The runes button has a little coppery glow to it and the enamel remains in perfect condition. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety. It has all of the detail to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A nice hilt here. The scabbard shell is completely straight. It has a very fine anodized surface, which appears to still be at 100%. About 90% of the original lacquer is also in place - nice. The nickel scabbard mounts are also in good condition. All four of the original screws are in place. There is an original-to-the-piece short leather hanger. The leather still remains supple. The small regain loop has gone to time. The hardware is the nickel type and the convention snap clip is the unmarked variety.

Although the blade retains its original brightness, when we acquired the dagger, there was some slight sharpening to the blade. Fortunately, we were able to remove this, and the blade is now in near mint condition. The motto is deeply etched, and the letter backgrounds have about 90% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is etched with the simple head of a bulldog. The etch is all there and looks great. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

A rare opportunity to acquire one of the most elusive and desirable of all SA makers. A great example for the SA "type" collector or for someone that enjoys rare maker markings.

Excellent Plus. $1,595.00

SADAGGERS #43239 Early SA Dagger - Haco, Berlin

The Haco product is always very desirable to collectors as they have a unique look to their hilt. The nickel mounts to this dagger have that same unique look, having very thin upper cross guard and rather unique shape to the lower. This dagger has never been apart, so I'll leave it this way, but every Haco I have looked at over the years had matching serial numbers penned into the inner guard. Also, as is normally the case, this Haco piece is Gruppe stamped, "B" for Berlin, so their distribution costs must have been kept to a minimum. Another nice feature of these Haco piece is that the grip are made of a fine walnut wood reflecting very crisp edges. To add to the effect, Haco also varnished the grip, bringing out the fine grains in the wood. This example still has most of the original varnish. The grip is fit beautifully and remains in perfect condition. The runes button has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak that points upward slightly. The details are all there to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wrath and swastika. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow. It still has good anodizing, although there is some evenly spread age across the surfaces, but not too bad. The matching patina scabbard mounts are in choice condition to include the lower ball. All screws are present and are not turned. There is an original-to-the-piece short hanger. It is missing the little retainer loop, but otherwise is in good condition, still being supple. The hanger is equipped with nickel mounts with the snap clip being the early "snout-nosed" variety having the rivet that retains the spring.

The blade is still nice and bright, showing only minor usage and grading at near mint. The motto is deeply etched and has about 98% of the original background. The reverse ricasso has matching etches with the famous trademark being a double circle, almost resembling a life saver. Between the circles is the name and location, "Haco/ Berlin". Other than NPEA daggers, Haco was the only firm we know of that was assembling daggers in Berlin.

A good collectible example here.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

SADAGGERS #42980 Early SA Dagger - C. E. Haenel

This Haenel SA Dagger is equipped with the Suhl-style guards, with the curved quality unique to factories in this region. The crossguards have a fine, dull patina and do not look to have ever been cleaned. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Sa". The tang nut does not look to have been removed.

The grip is a typical Suhl "gunstock" type, constructed of fine walnut. It is light brown, with fine vertical wood grain. Other than a couple of minor taps in the surface this grip is nearly perfect, fitting the guards like a glove. The SA runes button has fine enamel. The grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward and has patinated to match the guards. This bird retains good detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. Normally these Haenel pieces have an "anodized" scabbard. This one looks a little browner than it should; I'm not sure if it has been painted or simply has a darker finish. Either way it is period and looks fine. The scabbard mounts are nickel, in good shape with only a minor dimple in the lower ball. These mounts have matching patination and all four original, unturned screws.

Attached to the upper carrying ring is a fine, early hanger. This hanger has excellent leather that shows age but remains serviceable, and complete with the small retainer loop. The nickel fittings have toned to match the hilt mounts and scabbard. The snap clip is on backwards; presumably this is the way the original owner wore it. It is an ear;y, "snout-nosed" variety with a riveted spring.

The blade is very fine, still bright and showing only minor traces of age. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the Haenel Suhl Arrow trademark. Haenel is interesting in that they made bicycles in addition to daggers and guns. The crossguards perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A decent Suhl SA Dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $795.00

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

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

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

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

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

A decent SA Dagger here, from a scarce maker.

Excellent. $695.00

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

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

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

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

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

A very fine Voos SA Dagger here.

Mint. $1,095.00

SADAGGERS #42562C Personalized Early SA Dagger - Max Weyersberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mint Minus. $1,395.00

SADAGGERS #42566C Early SA Dagger - Haco Berlin

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

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

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

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

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

Mint Minus. $1,395.00

SADAGGERS #42570C Late SA Dagger - RZM M7/27 (Robert Klaas)

This beautiful, late production SA Dagger appears to be unissued. The crossguards are completely new-like with bright mirrored surfaces. The tang nut is in nearly the same condition, not looking to have been turned.

The RZM grip has a sharp ridge running down the center of both sides and perfectly fits the guards. The SA runes button has 100% of the original enamel, and the nickel grip eagle the the style with a point behind its head; this bird retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The paint is a fine reddish brown and remains in fully mint condition. The mounts are also new-like, with fine nickel plated steel. The dome head screws are in place and they too retain the plating on their heads.

Attached to the hanging ring is a fine short hanger which appears original to the dagger. The leather remains in supple, mint condition, stamped "RZM L2/33/41" on the reverse. The hardware is the nickel plated type, with a good buckle and a fine, mirror bright clip marked "RZM M5/71 OLC" on the reverse.

A pristine, unissued SA Dagger here.

Mint. $1,175.00

SADAGGERS #42565C Early SA Dagger - Justinuswerk

This early SA Dagger is in very fine condition throughout.

The nickel crossguards and tang nut remain in pristine condition, the latter looking to have never been turned. They have a fine, slightly dull patina, and the lower reverse guard is Grippe marked "He".

The grip is a beauty, showing no wear and in prefect condition, fitting the guards like a glove. The SA runes button is in perfect condition, as is the nickel, "High Neck" grip eagle.

The scabbard shell is a beauty, completely straight and with 100% of the original brownish purple "anodized" finish. It does not appears to have ever has any lacquer. The scabbard mounts are in nice condition, retained by the original, unturned nickel screws.

The short hanger looks to be original to the piece. The leather remains supple and it is complete with the retainer loop. The early "snout nosed" snap clip has a riveted spring.

The blade is as nice as they come, in full mint condition with 100% of the original crossgrain. The motto is deep, dark, and crisp. The reverse of the blade is matching etched with the Axe Head trademark of the Justiniuswerk firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

Mint. $1,295.00

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 #32750 Early SA Dagger – E. P. & S.

This early SA is in untouched, un-cleaned condition and examining the tang nut, it has never been apart. The crossguards display an old patination which is even throughout. The guards are equipped with smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe stamped “Nrh”.

The grip is a fine mahogany wood which displays a rich brown color. I don’t see a lot of grain in the surfaces but if you look closely, it is there. This grip shows very little usage, still having a good, crisp center ridge being of medium ridge construction. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has fine enameled surfaces. The grip eagle is an early “High Neck” type. This nickel eagle displays full details to the bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. This fine grip fits the guards like a rubber glove.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. Unfortunately, there is quite a bit of age which has taken over the anodized surfaces and stretches nearly the full length of both the obverse and reverse of this shell. The original anodized color, though, is still very visible around the areas protected by the scabbard mounts. These mounts are matching patina and they are in excellent condition to include the never-dropped lower ball. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are all in place and are unturned.

The original hanger is still around the carrying ring. This hanger was installed slightly lopsided when I first acquired the dagger and I straightened it out so that it looks proper. The little retainer loop is missing, so it is hard to get both sides of the hanger to lay flat but I am sure you can do this with a rubber band or whatever. This hanger leather is still in fairly good condition and, as I stated, is missing the retainer loop. The early hardware is the solid nickel type and the snap clip is marked on the reverse “A” “DRGM”.

The blade of this example is extremely nice. The obverse still remains in near full mint condition having most of its original crossgrain in the surfaces, but you have to look hard to see it. This bright blade is deeply etched with the SA motto and appears to have nearly 100% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse blade is also extremely nice, being close to mint. There is just a slight wobble in the blade center ridge and especially noticeable just above the trademark. This indicates to me that this was a ground Röhm which apparently was sent back to the factory to have the offending inscription removed. It is a nice job and probably most would not know that it once had this inscription. The reverse ricasso is deeply etched with the hammering Siegfried trademark. Above and below the figure, respectively, are the firm’s initials and location “E. P. & S. Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A decent early SA dagger here with a fine blade.

Excellent. $795.00

SADAGGERS #41971 Late SA Dagger - RZM M7/36 (E. & F. Hörster)

This late SA Dagger was probably made about 1941 and remains in extremely choice condition; I doubt it was ever issues.

The crossguards are the nickel-plated type. The plating remains nearly perfect, with only the most subtle trace of age where the guard meets the grip wood, but this is nearly nothing.

The grip is a typical RZM type with a high center ridge and a pleasing brown color. This grip remains in perfect condition and its the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button retains full enamel. The late zinc grip eagle is the type we see used after 1941 by both Hörster and Eickhorn. It is the style with a slightly upturned beak.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, with a very fine coat of chocolate brown paint. This paint remains 100% intact and is in very fine condition, showing a few minor scratches from carrying time. The scabbard mounts are nickel plated steel and remain in factory new condition, retained by late dome head screws which look to have their original plating.

The original short hanger is attached. The leather remains excellent and it is complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is the late, gray style we typically see. The clip is marked "RZM M5/71 OLC".

The blade is a real beauty, with all of the original crossgrain and a deep, dark motto etch. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with an RZM circle set atop the Hörster code "M7/36". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very nice Hörster SA Dagger here. If you can find a Hörster issue tag it would be perfect with this piece.

Mint. $1,095.00

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 #42261C Early SA Dagger - Julius Bodenstein

This early SA Dagger is in very fine condition throughout. The crossguards have a nice, dull patina evenly spread throughout and remain in fine condition. The tang nut does not look to have been turned in modern times. Th flower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Fr".

The grip is an appealing dark brown wood and remains in perfect condition, with crisp center lines. It perfectly fits the guards. The SA runes button retains good enamel, and the nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" type. This bird retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is also a beauty. It has just about all of the "anodized" finish and shows little age. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in perfect condition, to include the never-dropped lower ball. The mounts are retained by the four original nickel screws, which are unturned.

Attached to the scabbard hanging ring is what looks to be the original hanger. It is complete with the small retainer loop and has good leather, with early nickel hardware. The snap clip is marked "A" and "DRGM".

The blade of this dagger is as nice as you will see. It remains bright and looks to have all of the original crossgrain. The SA motto is deep, dark, and crisp. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Bodenstein firm; the name and location of the firm, "Julius Bodenstein Steinbach Kr M" appears in a set of ovals. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A fine early SA Dagger here, from a rarely seen maker.

Near Mint. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #42187C Early SA Dagger - August Merten

This August Merten piece is in fine condition throughout, looking to have been cleaned by the pervious owner. The nickel crossguards and tang nut are in fine condition throughout. The lower reverse guard is stamped "Ho" upside down. We always see these Hochland stamps far to the right on the guard, and often upside down. The merry Hochlander who did these stampings must have been a real character, or perhaps a real drunk!

The grip is beautiful, with deep, rich color and a subtle wood grain. It is in nearly perfect condition throughout and fits the guards like a rubber glove. There is a barely visible hairline crack on the reverse of the grip, but it is not threatening and extremely minor. The SA runes button is perfectly set and retains fine enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" type, and retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has outstanding "anodized" surfaces which show only the most modest traces of age. The nickel mounts are in excellent condition, although the lower ball has a tiny ding in the lower center. This hardly shows, however, and the ball remains sound. The original nickel screws are in place and unturned.

There is a short hanger attached to the dagger which looks to have been put on but the previous owner as it is a later vintage. It is, however, in perfect condition and complete with the retainer loop. The letter is stamped "RZM L2-371-39" on the reverse, with the "39" being the year of production.The buckle retains all of the original finish and the snap clip shows only modest traces of wear. It is stamped "OLC" on the reverse.

The blade is in fully mint condition, mirror-bright and with 100% of the original crossgrain. The SA motto is deep, dark, and ver crisp. The reverse ricasso is marked with the "M" trademark of the Merten firm; the initial sits atop a pair of oak leaves and reads "Aug Merten Ww. / Solingen - Gr". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contours.

An extremely nice early SA Dagger here.

Near Mint. $995.00

SADAGGERS #40880C Full Röhm Inscription SA Dagger - E.P.& S.

This fine SA Röhm dagger is in complete untouched condition and has never been apart. The dagger originally comes from the well-known, advanced collector of late, Dave Bias. All nickel mounts have a fine even dull patina. The guards have excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse cross guard is stamped with the Gruppe marking, "Wf", from Westfalen. The grip is nearly perfect, the only fault being a minuscule crack just at the 2:00 o'clock position of the SA runes button. Otherwise the grip literally shows no usage. It is a darker color wood having a subtle grain deep in the surfaces. The grip fits the guards like a rubber glove. The runes button has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety having all detail to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A fine hilt!

The scabbard is as straight as an arrow. It has the more purple style anodizing which appears to be all there. There is some light age in a few places, but only surface stuff caused by time. The scabbard mounts are matching patina dull nickel. The upper mount is in perfect condition, while the ball in the lower mount has a small push to the left, but there is no crushing or splitting. The four nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.

The mint blade is astounding being completely mirror bright and having all of its cross grain. The SA motto is deep and easily has 110% of its original black background color. The reverse blade is in the same condition. The Röhm inscription exactly matches the depth and dark color of the obverse motto. The inscription really jumps being, "In herzlicher Kameradship Ernst Röhm". A great Röhm blade here. The reverse ricasso is etched with the hammering Siegfried figure. We see these Siegfried figures all with varying details. This one looks pretty good, but is lacking in the eye area - typical of Pack. (Joe Pankowski and I studied 40 different Pack blade logos and found differences on virtually every figure examined. I will be showing a study of these Pack logos in my SA book, if I ever get it done). Above the figure is the firm's initials, "E.P. & S" and below, is the location city of "Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guards.

A fine original Pack Röhm dagger here.

Near Mint. $7,995.00

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

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

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

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

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

A very fine early SA Dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $995.00

SADAGGERS #40922C Mid-period Double Proofed SA Dagger - RZM M7/33 / F. W. Höller

This Double Proofed Höller is a fine example, with excellent nickel plated crossguards and a tang nut that does not look to have ever been removed. The guards are nearly perfect, with only a little flaking on the upper guard where it meets the grip.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, with excellent brown paint that shows only a few signs of wearing. Not much, though, and it is at least 98% intact. The nickel plated mounts are in excellent condition, including the lower ball. The four original dome head screws are in place.

There is a good leather short hanger attached to the scabbard, complete with the retainer strap. It has nickel plated hardware, with the clip being marked "RZM M5/71 OLC".

The blade is still bright throughout, showing the most modest of age. There are a few runner marks but it is still nearly mint, with all of the original crossgrain. The SA motto is good, with all of the darkening in the lettering. The reverse ricasso is marked with both the Höller Thermometer trademark and a open double RZM circle atop the Höller code, "M 7/33". The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.

Excellent Plus. $1,095.00

SADAGGERS #41063C "Name Only" Ground Röhm SA Dagger - Ed Wüsthof

This dagger is a very fine example in choice condition. The crossguards and tang nut are the early nickel type, with a fine, dull patination. The tang nut does not appear to have been off this dagger, and the guards are in fine condition throughout. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Wf".

The grip is in nice condition, showing only modest wear and having no problems. it fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button has fine enamel and the nickel grip eagle is the type with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird has slight wear to the head, breast and talons, but is otherwise good.

The scabbard shell is straight and retains all of the original "anodizing", although there is some mile discoloration here and there. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in nice condition, including the never-dropped lower ball. The four original nickel screws are in place.

The obverse blade is nice and bright throughout, but there is not much in the way of crossgraining. The tip remains needle-like and the SA motto is deep, crisp, and dark. The Röhm inscription is all there except for the signature, and matches the SA motto. When the name was removed there was an effort made to redo the finish and try to match the surfaces of the blade. This job was nearly perfect, with only the slightest waver in the center ridge line. The Wüstof Trident trademark was left completely intact. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

An extremely fine Röhm example here. If you need a Partial to complete your Röhm collection this piece would make the perfect candidate.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,395.00

SADAGGERS #41062C Early SA Dagger - Gebr. Gafrath

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

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

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

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

A finely conditioned SA Dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #41065C Early SA Dagger - Anton Wingen

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

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

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

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

A fine example here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #41060C Early SA Dagger - Aug. Merten

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

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

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

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

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

A nice, early SA Dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,095.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good Plus. $1,295.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #41066C Early SA Dagger - August Bickel

I have always admired the daggers produced by the August Bickel firm as they are continually top quality examples. This piece is no exception having fine nickel crossguards with tang nut which does not appear to have ever been removed from the dagger.

The crossguards have a nice even dull patina with smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The reverse lower guard is Gruppe marked "Mi". The grip is a nice deep colored furniture-like wood having good grain and being in fine condition. It has just the slightest go usage signs but they are nothing. The grip fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button has a little bit of pecking on the surfaces but the enamel is still there. The nickel grip eagle is the "high necked" variety. it has full details to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This fine shell still has 100% of its "anodizing" and about 70% of the original lacquer. The wear to the lacquer gives the "anodizing" a look that it does not deserve because when you study the surfaces you will see that it is all there. The scabbard mounts are fine matching nickel and the lower ball would be perfect except for a tiny dimple in the center bottom. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are all in place and unturned.

The blade is a real killer, being completely mint throughout and having 100% crossgrain. A very fine example here. The SA motto is very deep and have a very dark color etch to the letter backgrounds which are still 100%. The reverse ricasso has a matching etched trademark which is always fun to look at as this firm has an interesting example. It is a horizontally laid diamond with the upper portion of the diamond split off with a line having the firm's initial intertwined "AB". Below is the full name of the company and the town from which they hailed "August Bickel / Steinbach-Hallenburg". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contours.

A very fine, high quality dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #41054C Mid-period SA Dagger RZM M7/37 - Robert Klaas

This dagger is in beautiful new-like condition throughout. The nickel plated crossguards are still factory bright with no signs of lifting, freckling or any flaws. The tang nut is also in beautiful condition looking as though it may have been taken out once by some curiosity seeker.

The grip is also in beautiful condition showing no wear whatsoever. The grip is a very pretty furniture-like wood still having its original factory sheen and also with fine subtle vertical grains. The grip perfectly fits the crossguards. The SA runes button has 100% enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak that points upward slightly. This bird has complete new-like detail throughout. An extremely fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is also completely new-like. It is totally straight and has a beautiful chocolate brown original factory paint job. This scabbard shell could not be better. The scabbard mounts are the steel type being nickel plated. They too are completely factory bright. The original four dome head style screws are in place and unturned.

The blade looks like it just came out of the retail shop. This blade is completely mirror-bright with 100% factory grain. The SA motto is very crisp and has 100% of the darkening in the letters. The reverse ricasso is marked with a shaded double RZM over the Robert Klaas code being "M 7/37". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A really classy, fine conditioned mid-period example.

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 #41018C Chained SA High Leader's Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

I can't believe my luck, as this is the second beautiful SA Chained Leader's dagger that I have been able to offer to the collecting community in the past 6 months. I sold this dagger about 12 years ago to a Japanese collector, and he has decided that the time has come to part with it. It is a remarkable piece with its heavily-toned silvered cross guards, scabbard mounts, and elegant damascus blade with raised gold SA motto. Although the leather was re-done prior to the last time I sold this dagger, it has held up wonderfully, and also adds great splendor to the dagger's presence. These daggers are extremely beautiful artifacts.

The crossguards have heavy silver-plated surfaces and are deeply patinated. At the upper mount, the design features an acorn in the center, and extending outward from each side of the nut are three hand-chased oak leaves. They show little to no wear. The lower cross guard features three acorns in the center, and also has three hand-enhanced oak leaves extending outward to the quillon edges. It is interesting that the enhancing designs extend slightly over the edge of the quillon ends. This hand-enhancing literally makes each and every Honor dagger different and one-of-a-kind. The silvered tang nut is also in choice condition, and since it is tightly in place, I do not want to open it and risk buggering up the nut edges. I know this is a genuine example and do not need to look inside.

The grip is a furniture-like wood, not having a lot of grain, but deep tones remain in the surfaces. It remains in virtual perfect condition and fits the cross guards like a glove. The SA runes button has perfect enameled surfaces. The silvered grip eagle is the early "high-necked" type. It shows only the most nominal of wear, still having all details remaining to the eagle's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and enclosed swastika. Overall, a wonderful hilt here.

The scabbard shell is as straight as an arrow. As mentioned above, the leather was re-done some years ago, but remains in new-like condition. It features the proper medium brown color and fine grain seen on the original leather. The seam is almost impossible to discern. As is the case with early Honor daggers, the leather runs to the edges of the upper and lower mount, whereas the center ramp goes over the leather surface below. On later examples the leather runs to the center ramp, but not under it. The reason for this is that these early Chained Leader daggers were produced from unsold Honor daggers, or in some cases, early issued Honor daggers were converted to Leader's pieces. Since existing Honor daggers already had their leather covering, the variety of center ramp used, was folded over the center of the scabbard and was riveted in place. Later types have a center ramp that is simply slid into place and retained by a screw. The upper, lower and center ramp are heavily silvered and have decorative wide lines cut into the butting edge areas of the obverse and reverse. All mounts are heavily patinated and are in first class condition. The upper and lower mount are retained by silvered nickel screws which are unbuggered.

Connected to the upper mount and center ramp are silvered rings which retain the special High Leader swastika emblazoned chain assembly. The chain has five upper and seven lower links. Each link has a raised immobile swastika positioned in the center surface. Each link has a small built-in coil attached to each edge which retains the oval tabs which connect the links. The chain is silvered and is plain on the reverse. The upper and lower chain are connected with round rings to the snap clip above. The clip features an applied silvered circle which projects a raised and stylized SA runic. The lower tips of the letters piece the circle. The snap clip behind retains its original spring and works perfectly.

But, as impressive as the outsides of these daggers are, the blade really steals the show. The blade is a hand-forged damascus example. It is forged with a pattern design of "Maiden Hair". The design is very beautiful and remains in mint condition throughout - a marvelous thing here! In the center of the obverse blade is the raised and factory-gilded SA motto, "Alles für Deutschland". It is flanked by three-leaf oak leaf sprigs also raised out and gilded. Incredibly, the original gilding still remains at 100%. It is very rare to see this with these High Leader blades, as despite the best efforts of the manufacturer, sooner or later the interior runners take their toll. A real pleasure to see a blade in this condition. The reverse blade is in the same mint condition featuring the impressive flowing "Maiden Hair" designs. The reverse ricasso features the raised logo coming from the 1933-1935 period, thus we know this dagger was originally produced as an Honor dagger, until in 1938, the SA High Leader made its appearance and Eickhorn put it into service. The double oval trademark contains the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn/ Solingen". Inside, is the seated squirrel holding a nut in his paws and equipped with a serrated tail. The logo also has 100% original gild. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contours.

Although I did not take this dagger apart, the insides of the cross guard will both be numbered - usually the numbers match, but sometimes they do not. The blade tang will also be numbered, but never matches the cross guard numbers. Additionally, the blade tang will be stamped, "DAMAST". These daggers did not have the mark of the damast smith.

A rare opportunity to acquire the one of the rarest and most impressive daggers produced during the 3rd Reich period. No advanced collection is complete without one of them. This example is a magnificent beauty and can easily be appreciated for a lifetime, and what a fine legacy it would make to your children when the fun is over.

Mint Minus. $67,500.00

SADAGGERS #34709C Unissued, Mid-Period SA Dagger with Grip Issue Tag, RZM M7/27 - Puma

This mid-period SA Dagger is a very fine example, recently put on consignment by the family of the veteran that brought it home. The dagger has very nice, bright, nickel plated crossguards, which are all in choice condition , showing very little age, to include the tang nut. The upper crossguard still appears to be perfect, whereas the lower one has just a little bit of age on the quillon ends of both sides. However, they still have a "minty" look to them. The grip is a typical RZM example, having a high center ridge construction, and vertically running grain. It is a fine, brown color. The SA runes button is nicely placed, and has perfect enamel. The grip eagle appears to be a nickel plated type. It is the style with "beak which points upward slightly". This bird has complete, crisp details to its head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, and swastika.

Around the top of the grip is the original paper issue tag. There is a piece of brown tape on this tag, which holds it together. I do not know whether this was done at the time the dagger was packaged, or at a later time, but this piece of tape has been on the grip paper a long time. This paper has the RZM lines on the reverse, and it is rubber stamped "M 7/27 1940". On the opposite side, there is a run number, which is "23512", and then it looks like a "3", but it could also be a "5", as the tape covers the top of the number. At any rate, a fine, original, issue tag.

The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow, and has very choice, chocolate-brown paint. This paint has one tiny scratch at the upper right edge, but other than that, is 100%, and still retains its original luster. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated steel base type, and they are in pristine condition, having their original luster. These mounts are retained by dome head side screws, which still also have their original plated surfaces. Taking the blade out of the scabbard is a most interesting experience.

The blade is still in mint condition, and has all of its crossgraining. There are some normal age signs here and there, but nothing that disrupts the mint finish of this blade. The thing that is interesting is the motto. This motto is crisp and deep, but instead of a black background on the letters, the background is a rust colored brown. I tried rubbing a little lighter fluid on the background just to see if it was something that was recently applied, but no, it does not seem to come out, and apparently was permanently put into the backgrounds. I don't remember seeing this before, but it does give the dagger quite an interesting look. On the reverse blade, the dagger has the normal color etched to the background, having an open RZM circle positioned over the Puma code, "M 7/27". The original blade shoulders are perfectly fitting the lower crossguard contour.

If anyone has an idea or explanation concerning this red, rust color background to the motto, please let me know as I would be most interested.

Mint. $1,995.00

SADAGGERS #34387C Early SA with Scabbard Dedication – F. Dick

This early SA has very fine nickel mounts throughout. The tang nut appears as though it has been out a couple of times but it is not bad. The crossguards have very fine smooth surfaces with crisp edges and deep accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked, “Wm”.

The fine grip is a very dark mahogany. It has medium to high contour construction showing only the most nominal of usage signs. This grip fits the crossguard like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has perfect enamel surfaces. The grip eagle is the “high-necked” version. This nickel eagle, because it is placed at the high point of the grip does show a little bit of wear to the bird’s head and breast feathering as well as the talons. The wing spread and the wreath and mobile swastika though are still nice and crisp. A very fine hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has outstanding anodizing which is still at 100%. It is a coppery brown color and on the obverse about 90% of the protected lacquer remains and on the reverse perhaps about 75-80% remains. Very fine anodizing here. The scabbard mounts are in perfect condition to include the lower ball. All screws are present and they are unturned.

On the reverse of the upper scabbard mount is a three line dedication, “Für Verdienste / verliehen / Reiterstandarte 43”. This dedication would basically translate, “Given for outstanding service from Reiterstandarte 43”. The blade of this example is still nice and bright with all of the crossgraining and good tip. It has a minor amount of age that appears here and there but overall, the blade is still easily in near mint condition. The SA motto is deep and crisp with about 98% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. On the reverse the maker mark is the rectangle style which runs north and south on the blade and inside has an arrow which points to the maker name, “F.Dick”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

A very fine dedicated SA dagger.

Near Mint. $1,595.00

SADAGGERS #34109C Early SA Dagger with Crossguard Dedication - Peter Dan Krebs

This early SA Dagger has a crossguard dedication and it was certainly worn by the receiver of this gift dagger.

The crossguards are all nickel throughout, and it appears as though the tang nut has been apart a few times. The crossguards show some wear to the surfaces, and the edges are still fairly crisp. The accent grooves are precise. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Ns". The grip is a medium contour ridge type, having a lighter brown color fruitwood grip with some nice graining visible under the surfaces. The grip shows only nominal wear, and is in perfect condition, fitting the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed, having good enameled surfaces. The grip eagle is the "point behind the head" style. This grip eagle still shows full details to the bird's head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika.

The obverse lower crossguard begins the dedication, "Gewidmet vun SA Sturm R. 31/92". The crossguard dedication continues on the reverse "Ihren alten Standartenfuhrer Mehlis". This dedication basically translates to "Given by SA Storm R. 31/92 to our old Standartenfuhrer Mehlis". Obviously, this gift was probably made for a retirement or possibly a transfer. The lettering is all professionally done and although it shows a little surface wear here and there, with a few scratches and scuffs, nevertheless it is visible.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The anodizing on the obverse is still fairly good, and is the copper penny type. The reverse is mostly worn. The scabbard mounts are in good condition to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by nickel screws, all appearing unturned. The original short hanger is still hooked to the carrying ring. The hanger leather is beginning to become slightly limp, but is still sound. The hanger has the early all nickel mounts, with the snap clip being an unmarked, "Long Snout" type. Unfortunately, the blade is beginning to turn gray on this piece. There is also a nick in the lower edge. The SA motto is still fairly good, having about 85-90% of its original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse has the trademark of a rarely seen company on SA daggers. It features a shield with a lobster in the center. At the top of the shield in an arch shape in capital letters is the firm name and below the location "PET. DAN. KREBS./SOLINGEN". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contours.

An interesting dagger here, that would be nicer if it were in better condition, but nevertheless, it is a fine original dedicated piece that is certainly eligible for research. We have the original recipient's name, "Mehlis", and the fact that he was a Standartenfuhrer. We also have the SA group, which is probably a Reiter, which of course, is a mounted SA unit. Good luck to the next purchaser with researching this piece.

Excellent. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #34086C Early SA Dagger with Crossguard Dedication - August Bickel

This early SA Dagger was used as a prize apparently for an SA contest. The dagger may have been a leftover at the factory, as it is dated July '37, but has all nickel mounts with a Gruppe marking. The date just seems to be too late for the dagger to have been used for the first time. Chances are, the blade factories had extra pieces from the early days that could have been used for events such as this.

At any rate, the dagger has highly patinated nickel fittings throughout. Studying the upper mount and tang nut, it does not appear as though this dagger has ever been apart. The crossguards are in good condition having smooth contours, crisp edges, and crisp accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is gruppe marked "Mi". On the top obverse crossguard it is engraved using one of those period machines that made letters with a series of dots. We see this engraving usage quite a bit on Third Reich pieces. The upper guard is engraved "Dem Sieger". This of course means "The Winner". The engraving is done quite well. On the lower crossguard obverse it appears as though a dot making engraving machine was also used to engrave the winner's name and date. The engraving is "Bialla d. 4.7.37". Although the machine appears to be the same, I think that perhaps the winner himself may have done this engraving because it is not quite as professionally executed as the upper engraving. Chances are, the upper engraving was done before the event, and the winner may have taken it on himself to make sure that he got full credit for his feat. The lower engraving would mean very simply, "Bialla on July 4th, 1947".

The grip of this example is most attractive having a slight burl effect to the graining in the center area, and also a nice vertical graining in the other areas. This grip also appears to have been varnish coated, and the varnish is still in place. August Bickel did make nice grips, so this may have been a standard feature for this company. Other than just a small surface chip at the right obverse top, this grip is still in fine condition. It fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is one of those copper types, and it is nicely placed, having good enameled surfaces. This copper runes button is also more convex than they usually are. The grip eagle is the early nickel type. This eagle is the "point behind the head" variety, having still good features to the bird's head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. Unfortunately, the original purple "anodized" finish is mostly worn off both sides of the scabbard. There is still original "anodizing" remaining around the recessed areas protected by the mounts. The mounts are excellent nickel examples, being perfect throughout, including the lower ball. These mounts have all four nickel screws in place and they are unturned.

The short hanger is still on the carrying ring. This hanger has good leather, and is complete with its small retainer loop. The hardware is the early solid nickel type with the unmarked buckle being the "long nosed" type. The blade of this example is still fairly nice, having a little bit of graying to the surfaces, but not bad. I see minor amounts of crossgraining but most of it is gone to time. The SA motto is deep and crisp, and perhaps 20% of the original darkening is gone from the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the horizontal diamond trademark of this firm. The upper portion of the diamond has the intertwined monogram "AB" and below this is the firm's full name and their address "August Bickel/Steinbach-Hallenberg". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

An interesting dagger here, and certainly representative of the type of awards made during the pre-war programs between SA brigades.

Excellent. $1,295.00

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 #34059C Early SA Ground Röhm Dagger with Scabbard Marine Dedication – Carl Eickhorn

This early Eickhorn SA Dagger has textbook style nickel fittings with an outstanding dull never-cleaned patina throughout. Studying the tang nut it does not appear to have ever been loosened. The guards have outstanding smooth surfaces with crisp edges and deep accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is gruppe marked, “Fr”. The grip of this example is a fine lighter colored fruitwood. The wood has some very pleasing grains, some of which appear to swirl around the right side of the center area. Very nice indeed! The grip is in perfect condition showing some modest wear but no problems whatsoever and the grip fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has good enamel finish. The grip eagle shows some wear to the bird’s head, breast feathering, talons and wreath. The eagle is the “high-necked” type. The wing feathering is still all there and the raised mobile swastika is nice and prominent. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The anodizing appears to be the darker brown type used by this firm. Unfortunately there is some old pitting in the obverse surface and a little bit of age staining in the reverse surface. Since the scabbard is fairly dark anyhow though it doesn’t look bad. The matching patinated scabbard mounts are excellent throughout to include the never dropped lower ball. These mounts are retained by nickel screws which appear unturned. The reverse of the crossguard has a most interesting dedication. It is a three line example and is professionally done, “Gew.v. / Marinesturm / 6/2”. This means that the dagger was “Given by Marinesturm 6/2”. This of course indicates that the donor unit was a marine group and it is most interesting to note that there is no black handle, no black scabbard, no gilded fittings, just a standard early dagger. I have several of these examples which will be coming up in my SA book and at last it should put to rest all of the rumors that prevail about marine SA daggers.

The blade of this example is a beauty. It is a factory done ground Röhm example and to the inexperienced eye both sides will look the same. The obverse blade is nice and bright throughout having all of its original crossgraining. The SA motto is extremely deep and crisp with 100% of the black darkening. This blade is in mint condition. The reverse has had the Röhm inscription professionally ground off and has been completely resurfaced most likely by the Eickhorn firm. It also appears as though the original trademark may have been reapplied. The trademark consists of the double ovals used between 1933 through 1935. The ovals contain the firm’s name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen”. Inside is a seated serrated tail squirrel with a nut in his paws. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

An outstanding dagger here having, in my opinion, much value to the collecting community for the marine dedication.

Excellent $2,495.00

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 ¼-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 #34069C Early SA with Brown Vertical Hanger – Ernst Grah

TThis early SA dagger is equipped with all nickel mounts throughout. The cross guards are extremely nice, having a very dark patination. The upper portion of the cross guard has some round scars around the nut indicating it has been out, but it doesn’t not appear to have been removed in modern times. The guards have excellent smooth surfaces with precise edges and crisp accent grooves. It is interesting to note that the lower crossguard reverse does not have a Gruppe stamping. Since the scabbard is also painted rather than anodized there is a good chance this dagger was produced around 1936 or 1937. The maker is a rare seen house, so it is possible that slim sales result in mid-period production with early features. However this is just a guess on my part.

The grip of this example is of dark mahogany wood. The graining is deep below the surface and gives the grip a furniture-like look. Unfortunately there is a chip that appears to have come loose at one time and was glued into position many years ago. The glue-job was off, as the contour lines do not match up with the chip. The rest of the grip is in choice condition, and literally fits the guards like glove. The SA Runes button is nicely placed and has good enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with the beak that points slightly upward. The detailing is still good throughout this eagle, although there appears to have been a small rub to the birds head. Other than this, the wing, breast, talon, wreath and swastika details are still all there.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. As mentioned above, this shell has a chocolate brown painted surface. The paint has some lifting beneath of it throughout both sides, but still retains its original brightness and remains at nearly 100%. The matching scabbard mounts have fine patination. The upper mount is in good condition, but the lower mount does have a hit to the lower ball that resulted in a split. The mounts are retained by their original nickel screws which are still in position.

There is a most interesting, non-regulation vertical hanger. This vertical has a standard bayonet-style configuration at the top, and at the bottom it has an interesting wide loop that goes over the upper fitting, which a separate belt with buckle and hasp which attach through the carrying ring. This hanger appears to have always been on this dagger, and is fully set in place to verify this fact.

The blade of this example has unfortunately turned gray and exhibits some thinning around the motto. The motto is still there, albeit a bit faint. Some of the original background darkening remains in the motto. The reverse blade has the same gray finish, and the maker marking is also somewhat worn. There is enough there, though, to see that this dagger was made by a rarely seen producer. The name and location are rendered in an oval with capital letters, “ERNST GRAH, SOLINGEN WALD”. In the center is rectangular box with the letters “EG” on top of each other. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the cross guard contours.

A very interesting dagger here with a rare maker.

Excellent. $895.00

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

TThis 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 #33487C Early SA Dagger – F. Ed Ohliger

This fine SA Dagger does not appear to have been cleaned in many years. It has a nice dull nickel patina throughout the crossguard and scabbard mounts. The crossguards are in good condition throughout, with the lower reverse guard being Gruppe marked “Nrh”.

The grip of this example has some minor usage signs on the obverse but nothing really noticeable and the reverse has a number of hits which run mostly down the left of the ridge; maybe someone used it for a hammer or something. None of the wood is cracked though, and there are no chips caused by this minor abuse. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has perfect enamel surfaces. The grip eagle is the style with a point behind the head of the bird. The details to this fine eagle are crystal clear throughout the head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. This eagle also has some extra patination on its left side and a little bit of green material in the center areas behind the head and under the right wing. Looks kind of good though! This grip fits the guards like a rubber glove.

The scabbard shell is completely straight throughout. This shell has outstanding "anodizing", being a lighter brown color and still at 100%. There are some carrying signs which have put minor scratches into the surfaces, but they are not bad. The scabbard mounts are the early nickel type and they are good conditioned, to include the lower ball. There is the light scratching in the upper mount obverse, being “W.W.” This appears to maybe be the original owner’s initials but it is so lightly done that if not wanted, it could be mostly polished out.

The carrying ring has a good short hanger a belt loop, both of which appear to be original to the piece. The leather is still in excellent condition throughout both of these accouterments and the hanger still has the small retainer loop. The hanger hardware is the early nickel type, the clip being the unmarked snout nosed type. The belt loop is equipped with a nickel plated steel “d” ring.

The blade of this example makes up for any of the minor problems on the dagger’s outside. This dagger blade is absolutely stone mint. The blade has all of the cross graining and nice bright finish. The SA motto is crisp and deep with 100% of the darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the interesting logo of this producer. It is a circle which has in capital letters the name of the producer and the location around the circumference “F.ED. OHLIGER SOLINGEN”. Inside is a hand holding up what appears to be a small light, as there are rays coming off of the top of the vessel. An interesting logo and not one we see too often. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.

A very fine SA Dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00

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

#40194C Early SA Dagger - G. Felix

This early SA Dagger is in choice condition. It has never been cleaned or taken apart. The nickel crossguards have a very desirable dull patination. It is easy to see, however, that these guards are completely pristine beneath the patina, however, as they have sharp, crisp edges, ultra-fine surfaces, and precisely cut accent grooves. It is interesting to note the the lower guard looks to be a little thinner than the upper guard' I like this look! The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Wm". The area on the bottom of the guard that is sealed in by the scabbard throat retains a bright, nickel finish, contrasting with the patinated areas nearby.

The grip fits the guards like a rubber glove. It is a beautiful piece of wood, with rich subsurface graining. This grip is in perfect condition, showing little to no evidence of usage. The SA runes button is nicely placed. The enamel has a minor hit above the "S" rune but there does not appear to be any material missing. The grip eagle is a matching nickel, "High Necked" type. This bird retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is a fine, straight example. It appears to have 100% of the original "anodized" finish as well as about 80-90% of the original factory lacquer. This scabbard has a nice, red-orange color, quite different from what we normally see and a real pleasure to gaze upon. The nickel scabbard mounts are in perfect condition down through the never-dropped lower ball. All of the original screws are in place and are unturned.

As we would hope the blade is a real gem. It is in nearly mint condition, with only a minor spot over the letter "e" in "Alles". Beyond this it is as nice as you will see, with 100% of the original crossgraining and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is very deep, dark, and crisp. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the curious trademark of the G. Felix firm; it looks to be a simple hanging lamp. Beneath is the same of the firm, "G. Felix / Solingen, as well as "Gloriawerk". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A really great SA Dagger here, from those who like choice, untouched condition.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #39998 Early SA Dagger - Gebruder Heller

This Heller SA Dagger does not look to have ever been cleaned to taken apart. The crossguards are extremely nice, with great smooth, surfaces, crisp edges, and deep, precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "BO".

The grip is a Medium Contour type, with vertical wood grain. This grip remains in choice condition and fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button remains in perfect condition. The matching nickel grip eagle is the a visible point behind its head. This bird is retains full, crisp detailing.

The scabbard shell is also a very fine example, with only a tiny "BB" ding on the obverse center. The "anodized" finished is still all there and the shell shows little age. The mounts are of matching patinated nickel and are in perfect condition to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by nickel screws which are unbuggered. A nice scabbard here.

The blade of this dagger is as good as you will see. It is mirror-bright, with full crossgrain and needle-like type. It also has the very very dark SA motto typical of a Heller dagger. This motto is really great looking. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the Heller Schmalkalden Anchor trademark. I really like these Heller daggers as they are always of such high quality. I do't know where Schmalkalden is in Germany but it was probably a small town with workers that took great pride in their craft. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very fine Heller SA Dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,195.00 (#101917)

SADAGGERS #31360 Ground Röhm Inscription SA Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This SA ground Röhm is a nice quality traditional Eickhorn example. The nickel crossguards have the telltale signs of this producer in that the accent grooves are very deep and are hand done. The rest of the crossguards including the surfaces and edges are smooth and crisp. The tang nut is also a beauty and does not look to have been out in modern times. The reverse lower crossguard is gruppe marked, “He”.

The grip is a typical Eickhorn fruitwood example. This grip has nice graining in the surfaces and other than some minor wear through the original protective lacquer it is still in perfect condition. The grip is of medium contour construction. It perfectly fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has fine enamel surfaces. The early nickel grip eagle is the high-necked version and it still has full details throughout the head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A fine textbook hilt.

The scabbard is also a nice example. This shell is completely straight and appears to have all of its original anodizing. There is also some traces of lacquer around the clearance areas of the mounts and also some other traces spattered here and around the surfaces. A very fine scabbard shell. The mounts have nice patination and nicely match the crossguards. These mounts are in perfect condition to include the lower ball which appears to have no hits. The mounts are retained by their original nickel screws. These screws appear unturned.

The obverse blade is still mostly bright having some usual in and out runner wear. It easily grades though at excellent plus to near mint. The crossgraining looks to be mostly all there. The SA motto is crisp and has about 95% of the original darkening. The reverse blade appears to be most likely a factory job. The Röhm inscription has been completely removed and there has been an attempt at servicing the area although the graining applied is on a 45 degree angle instead of straight across the blade. The original logo though was not touched and still appears in good condition. It is the small double ovals which contain the firm’s name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen”. Inside is a seated squirrel having a serrated tail. I do not see any inspector numbers stamped into the bottom of this crossguard. We see these sometimes with inspector numbers and sometimes not. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard surfaces.

A good solid nice conditioned ground Röhm here.

Near Mint $995.00

SADAGGERS #39914C Ground Röhm SA Dagger – Gebrüder Heller

This Heller SA Dagger is a nice example with early nickel crossguards. The guards are in choice condition throughout, with crisp edges, precisely cut accent grooves, and fine, smooth surfaces. The tang nut does not appear to have been out in modern times.

The lower obverse crossguard is stamped with the Gruppe mark “S”. Chances are that during the grinding process the guard may have been accidentally flipped around, as it looks like it has been in place for many, many years. If the next owner wishes to return the guard to the proper orientation there would be no sin in it.

The grip is a very attractive example with subtle horizontal wood grain on both sides; it almost has a burl effect if viewed closely. The grip is in absolutely perfect condition and fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button has perfect enamel, and the grip eagle is the style with a point visible behind the head of the bird. This eagle shows mild wear to the head, breast and talons but the wings, wreath and swastika remain quite crisp.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard retains 100% of the original faux “anodized” finish, as well as a lot of original factory applied lacquer; I’d say there is about 50% of the original lacquer left on both sides. The upper scabbard mount is in excellent condition, but sadly the lower mount has a crushed ball. It’s a shame but this is the way it is and not much can be done about it. The early nickel screws are in place and unturned.

The obverse blade is still nice and bright, being nearly mint. The SA motto is deep, dark and crisp. This facing of the blade looks great! The reverse of the blade has the tell-tale signs of the grinding off of the Röhm inscription. A few small remnants of the of the inscription remain and it appears the grinder did try to regrain the surface. It looks pretty good overall but most experience collectors would detect it right away. Luckily for us the grinder completely missed the trademark. It is the small Heller trademark used exclusively on Röhm-marked blades. A set of double circles enclose the name of the company and a location of “Schmalkalden”. In the center is the Anchor trademark. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very nice Ground Röhm SA Dagger here, with a carefully executed grind.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

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 Münch 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 Münch 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 #30722 Early SA Daggwer - Hammesfahr & CieB

This excellent SA Dagger is in cleaned condition and really looks very nice. The tang nut and crossguard parts are all in very fine condition, having smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe stamped, “S”.

The grip is very striking. It is deep red color mahogany, having a very fine attractive subtle grain running beneath the surfaces. The grip is subtlety shaped and has almost a Smooth Contour construction. The SA runes button shows some age in it, but I don’t think it’s been broken on the surfaces. The grip eagle is a "High Necked" variety, having full details to the beak, eye, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. This beautiful grip is in totally perfect condition, and fits the crossguards like a rubber glove.

The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout. Unfortunately, the "anodized" surfaces are thinning, and I would say that there is only about l0% to 20% of the anodizing remaining. It does not look bad, though. This shell is equipped with all nickel mounts. The lower ball does have a minor “hit” to the left, but it is not squashed or split. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.

The blade of this example would be very difficult to beat. It is completely bright, has all of its crossgraining, and the backgrounds in the crisp SA motto are 100%. This blade is easily in full mint condition. On the reverse it features the popular logo of a diving swimmer. The logo is rectangular shape with a bulge at the top and bottom lines. It contains the firm’s name and location, “Hammesfahr & Cie, Solingen”. The swimmer inside is in the position of having just left the edge of the pool, being straight out and ready to hit the water for his forward plunge before moving his arms. The swimmer has a rubber cap on, and also is complete with a “Speedo” bathing suit. The shoulders of this choice blade exactly meet the contours of the lower crossguard.

A very nice dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $1,095.00

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 $950.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #39840 Late SA Dagger – RZM M7/36 (E. & F. Hörster)

This late SA Dagger is in extremely fine condition. The nickel-plated guards remains factory bright and retain all of the plating. There is just the slightest of lifting along the area where the guards meet the grip but is is extremely minor. The tang nut does not look to have been off on this dagger.

The grip is a typical RZM type with High Ridge construction. It has pleasing vertical wood grain and perfectly fits the guards. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has perfect enamel. The aluminum grip eagle is the style with a slightly upturned beak. This bird retinas full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is as straight as an arrow and has perfect, original chocolate brow paint. This paint retains a factory sheen. The scabbard mounts are in fine condition, being nickel-plated steel. They retain their original shine and are retained by dome head steel screws which are unturned.

The carrying ring retains the original short hanger. This hanger has outstanding leather, complete with the original finish as well as the small retainer loop. The nickel plated hardware is in fine condition, with the snap clip being marked “RZM/M5/71/OLC” on the reverse. It is interesting to note that this scabbard has the thick throat we often see on daggers of this vintage.

The blade is mint and bright, with all crossgrain and a good, dark SA motto. The reverse is marked with an open double RZM circle set atop the Hörster code of “M7/36”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

A very nice, late SA Dagger here that looks to have had minimal usage.

Mint Minus. $995.00

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 #39316C Early SA Dagger – Johann Leupold

This early SA Dagger is a true gem. It is in beautiful condition, looking to have been cleaned in modern times. It is a remarkable looking dagger and should please even the fussiest SA collector.

The nickel crossguards are beautiful, with precisely cut accent grooves, crisp edge definition, and fine, smooth surfaces. I don’t see any signs of the tang nut ever being removed. The lower mount is Gruppe marked “Fr” on the reverse.

The grip is a tremendous example, fitting the guards perfectly and remaining in faultless condition. It is a High Contour example, with extremely fine, almost furniture-like wood. 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 except for a very small ding on the edge just below the center. It is extremely minor and is not easily seen. The “anodized” finish is a very pleasing coppery color, 100% intact and with about 98% of the original lacquer remaining. The only wear at all is a tiny amount of wear at the upper center where the original owner most likely rested his hand. The scabbard mounts are also beauties, being in very fine condition including the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and unbuggered.

The blade, as you would expect, is also in pristine condition. It is mirror bright and retains all of the original grain. The SA motto is crisp and deep with 100% of the original background darkening. The reverse ricasso of this mint blade is marked with a set of double ovals that contain the firm’s name and location, “Johann Leupold Bayreuth”. Inside we see a crossed thistle and arrow design. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

The maker rates a 7 on the McSAAR scale. A beautiful dagger here, perfect if you want to add a real showstopper to your collection.

Mint Minus. $1,295.00

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 #39315C Mid-period SA Dagger – RZM M7/27 (Puma)

This Puma SA Dagger looks to be unissued or perhaps simply never worn; it remains in new-like condition throughout.

The crossguards are the nickel-plated type, as is the tang nut. The guards remain in nearly perfect condition, with only the slightest traces of age on the bright surfaces.

The grip is a typical RZM type with High Ridge construction. It is a pleasing brown wood with vertical wood grain. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and retains fine enamel. The grip eagle is the style with a slightly upturned beak. It is a nickel example, probably one of the last of it’s type used. The detail to this bird is exceptional despite the fact it is mounted on the highest part of the grip. All of the detailing somehow escaped being worn away.

The scabbard shell is basically straight and has fine, original chocolate brown paint. This paint is 99.9% intact and retains the original luster. The scabbard mounts are of nickel plated steel and they too are completely factory fresh and in full mint condition. The mounts are retained by four dome head screws which are unturned. These screws retain all of the plating on their heads.

The blade of this dagger is an extremely fine example, being fully mint, with 100% of the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is darkly etched and very crisp. The reverse ricasso has an open RZM circle set above the Puma code, “M 7/27”. The blade shoulders nicely meet the crossguard contours.

If you happen to have an original Puma issue tag and/or bag there would be no problem mating them up with this dagger. A very choice SA example here.

Mint. $1,095.00

SADAGGERS #39366 Prototype SA Christmas Dagger - E.P.& S.

I have owned this SA Christmas dagger for a couple of decades and have enjoyed having it in my personal collection. I have recently been able to upgrade this piece, so I have decided to offer it to the collecting community. For those of you that are ardent SA collectors, the Christmas daggers are the ultimate weapon to find as they are almost never offered on the market place. We think that perhaps two dozen were made by E.P. & S. and probably about the same by Carl Eickhorn. These daggers were produced as prototypes in December of 1933 in anticipation of the order to Solingen for a million SA daggers that was to be forthcoming in February of 1934. The prototypes were given to SA Generals in December to "try them out" and see how they were received by the SA throngs. Needless to say, the daggers were an immediate success and the order was given by Ernst Röhm to begin production of the first 1 million SA daggers. Can you imagine the happiness and gratefulness that went on in Solingen that day after a decade and a half of little to do for the hundreds of expert craftsman that occupied this City of Blades. There must have been a lot of beer sold that day!

The prototype daggers were all produced with the Ernst Röhm dedication on the reverse of the blade. Since these daggers were prototypes there were some factors that were improved when production started. These factors were the following: 1. The cross guards used were of heavier duty than necessary. 2. A distinctive political grip eagle with pointed wings and high head/neck was used which would not last in the standard model runs due to the amount of hand work necessary to fit the bird flush with the grip. 3. Special letter fonts were used for the blade motto etch, now known by the collecting community as the "small A motto". This was also changed in the production models. 4. E.P. & S used steel scabbard shells, however, Eickhorn pieces are found with copper shell, a material that proved too fragile for normal usage and was later changed to steel. Other much more subtle changes were made which I have tried to address in the below description of the dagger.

This example I am offering is a textbook E. P. & S. piece. It has never been cleaned and reflects its original patination. The large nickel cross guards are in excellent condition with good smooth surfaces and crisp edges. The accent grooves are not as deep as we see on standard production. The tang nut top surface edge is also slightly wider than standard. These guards are marked internally with the letters, "SS". Other Pack examples also have alphabetical letter markings inside. The grip is a fine walnut wood, chosen for its hardness and attractive grain. It is slightly more robust than standard production. This grip remains in perfect condition, having slight shrinkage signs, as the edges do not perfectly meet the guards. The SA runes button is a copper type. A small portion of the enamel above the runes placement is chipped and missing. The grip eagle is the unique prototype variety having the pointed wing tips, high slim head and large wreath with swastika. The details to the bird are all there showing only nominal wear. There is a small brad that retains the eagle in place. The brad is applied between the talons on the bird, a Pack exclusive, as the Eickhorn grip eagles were equipped with prongs on the reverse.

The steel scabbard shell is completely straight. It is finished with an "anodizing" that is there, but shows age uniformly spread on the surfaces. The matching nickel mounts are in excellent condition, to include the lower ball. The upper mount is the smaller type frequently seen on Pack products. This upper mount is deeply stamped on the reverse with the number, "34250". This could be an SA number or a possible Ausweiss number. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered. Attached to the hanging ring is a heavy-duty style short hanger. The leather is the standard type, still being supple and complete with the small retainer loop. The clip is quite large, however, and is equipped with a checkered surface. (I have period photos in my collection which show this heavy duty hanger in wear on a prototype dagger worn by an SA General.) Attached to the hanger is a belt loop, being the style that is looped over at the top and has a boss which acts as a retainer button. The "D" ring is a standard nickel-plated type.

Unfortunately, the blade is not in good condition, having pitting covering portions of both sides. The "small A motto", however, is mostly visible. On the reverse, the good collector eye will see that the blade it has undergone the removal of the once-present Röhm inscription. The E.P. & S. hammering Siegfried logo has been spared, and it is all there. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

So, this is a golden opportunity to acquire one of the rarest daggers of the 3rd Reich, but also the first political dagger model made and worn. Chances are an acquisition in the future may be impossible. Granted, I wish the blade of this dagger were in better condition, but the outside is fine and this dagger absolutely is what it is - the rarest of the rare. If you are a serious SA collector, this is your chance to acquire something no one else has.

Excellent. $11,995.00

SADAGGERS #39136C Mid-period SA Dagger – RZM M7/36 (E. & F. Hörster)

This Hörster SA Dagger is in choice condition throughout. The crossguards are nickel-plated, still bright throughout and with all of the original plating. There is just a minor amount of moisture-related lifting on the area where the guards meet the grip.

The RZM-style grip is a High Ridge construction. It nicely fits the guards and has a very pleasing vertical wood grain, particularly prominent on the reverse. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and retains good enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward; this bird retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The period paint is a fine, chocolate brown color and it remains 100% intact. This paint has minor traces of attic crazing but they are nothing. The scabbard mounts are of nickel plated steel, in factory bright condition to include the lower ball. The original dome head screws are in place and unturned.

Attached to the scabbard is the original short hanger. This hanger has excellent brown leather and is complete with a small retainer loop. The hardware is nickel plated, the snap clip having just a mild amount of age on the “push-in” part. The clip is stamped “RZM M5/94” and “OLC” on the reverse.

The blade of this dagger is in mint condition, with all of the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is nice and dark, with 100% of the background blacking. The reverse ricasso is marked with double open RZM circles which are set above the code for the Hörster firm, “M7/36”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

A very nice mid-period SA Dagger here.

Mint Minus. $995.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

B>Near Mint. $995.00

SADAGGERS #38727C Late SA Dagger, RZM M7/66 1941 - Carl Eickhorn

This late SA Dagger does not look to have been worn much, if at all.

The crossguards are the nickel-plated type and are in very fine condition. The plating is bright and 100% intact, showing almost no deterioration.

The grip is a typical RZM type with High Ridge construction. It is a pleasing brown wood with vertical grain. The SA runes button is in good condition. The aluminum grip eagle is the "High Necked" type ; it retains full detailing and is quite crisp.

The scabbard is outstanding, completely straight and with nearly mint condition chocolate brown paint. This paint shows just traces of spidering here but nothing that detracts. The scabbard mounts are nickel-plated steel and remains in perfect condition and original plated dome head screws. The throat is the thick type associated with later production daggers.

The blade remains nice and bright, still having most of the original grain and just a few "in-and-out" marks. The SA motto is deep, dark and crisp. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a single RZM circle positioned over the code for the Eickhorn firm, "M 7/66" and date of "1941".

Despite the fact that this was one of the last dagger made in the period the workmanship and materials remain excellent. A nice, late SA Dagger here.

Mint Minus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #38670C Early SA Dagger - Friedr Aug Schmitz

This early SA Dagger is a very fine example, looking to have escaped cleaning and with fine, dully finished mounts. The nickel crossguards and tang nut are in choice condition throughout. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "Om", and the tang nut does not appear to have ever been moved.

The grip of this dagger is very pleasing, having Sharp Contour construction and an attractive, slim look to it. It has some subtle subsurface graining and fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has perfect enamel. The grip eagle is the style with a slightly upturned beak, and it retains full detailing to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard is straight throughout and has a fine "anodized" finish. It looks like most of the original lacquer is still intact, but it has cracked in such a way as to give a look of age. This is really not fair to the piece as this type of lacquer is a real asset. The scabbard mounts are of matching nickel and they are in fine condition to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are all present and unturned.

The original short hanger is the early style. It has good leather throughout the hanger and the retainer loop. The hardware is of nickel, the snap clip being the long, "snout nosed" variety with a rivet retained spring.

The blade of this dagger is outstanding. It is in nearly full mint condition, showing almost no age at all. All of the crossgraining is intact and the motto is crisp and dark. The reverse ricasso is marked with a downward arch having the name of the manufacturer, "Friedr Aug Schmitz Solingen". There is a logo which looks to be either a pair of drums, complete with sticks, or a pair of crossed ladles. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

A very nice, scarce SA Dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,195.00(#031618)

SADAGGERS #38662C Mid-period SA Dagger, RZM M7/69/38 - Tigerwerk

This mid-period SA Dagger outwardly looks exactly like an early example; this is because the mounts are of nickel. There is no Gruppe mark, a tip-off that someone will be slightly different.

The crossguards are beautiful, solid nickel examples. The matching nickel tang nut does not appear to have been turned.

The grip is a fine Medium Contour example that appears to have factory varnish applied to it. Most of this varnish is intact, at least 98%. It gives the wood a fine glow and helps to accent the wood grain and color. It nicely fits the guards.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has an "anodized" finish which is all there and not yet starting to thin. There are some minor age spots but they are extremely minor; this shell is really nice. The nickel scabbard mounts are in perfect condition, nicely matching the crossguards. They are retained by four early nickel screws.

When the blade is pulled out on this example everything still looks normal, as it is in a very fine, mint condition state with a deep, dark motto. When the blade is turned over, however, the surprise comes in the form of an RZM marking. It has a very large single RZM circle which is positioned over the Tigerwerk code, "M 7/69/38". The "38" is of course the year it was made. Obviously this is an example of the using up of old parts; what we have here is an early SA dagger that was etched with an RZM mark. Tiger may not have has much business early in the period, so they used up what pieces they had to produce these daggers in 1938.

I feel that this is a fascinating example and a must-have for any serious SA collector.

Near Mint. $1,095.00

SADAGGERS #38664C Late SA Dagger, RZM M7/85 - Artur Everetz

This SA Dagger is in choice condition, appearing to be unissued. The nickel-plated crossguards still have a factory fresh, bright finish. There is just the slightest of lifting on the edge where the guards meet the grip, but it is very minor. The tang nut is also a beauty, with full plating.

The grip is a choice, High Contour RZM type. It is very crisp and in perfect condition, exactly fitting the guards. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has perfect enamel. The aluminum grip eagle is the "High Necked" style, and it retains full detailing to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is completely straight throughout and has fine, chocolate brown paint. The reverse has just a tiny chip but otherwise the paint is nearly perfect. The scabbard mounts are nickel-plated steel, factory fresh with a mirror-bright finish. The lower ball has never been dropped and the original dome head screws are in place, each with full plating.

The blade is in stone mint condition. The SA motto is deep, dark, and crisp. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a double RZM circle with a shaded center. The cod for the Everetz firm is below, "M7/85". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

An extremely fine SA Dagger here, in unissued condition. A real beauty.

Mint. $995.00

SADAGGERS #38332C Early SA Dagger - Axt und Hauerfabrik

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

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

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

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

A good, strong SA example here.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

SADAGGERS #38331C Early SA Dagger - Malsch & Ambronn

This early SA Dagger is in nice condition throughout.

The tang nut looks to have been opened perhaps once or twice. The crossguards are good shape, with precise accent grooves, smooth surfaces, and crisp edge definition. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Mi".

The grip is a Smooth Contour type. It is in perfect condition and perfectly fits the guards. The SA runes button is nicely placed, and although the enamel has a couple of surface taps there is no missing material. The nickel grip eagle is a "High Neck" that that remains crisply and fully detailed throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has very nice "anodizing", being a darker purplish color. This finish is 100% intact and even has traces of the original lacquer remaining here and there. The scabbard mounts are also in good condition. The lower mount shows some evidence of wear, but it is still in good shape with a fine lower ball. All of the original screws are in place and unturned.

The blade of this dagger is one of the best you will see. It is mirror-bright and has 100% of the original crossgrain. The SA motto is extremely dark and deep, with 100% of the blacking in the recessed areas of the lettering. The reverse ricasso is marked with the excellent logo of the Malsch & Ambronn firm; a very stylized depiction of a man operating an old-fashioned water pump, surrounded by a domed border and the words "Malsch & Ambronn / Steinbach". The trademark is as dark and striking as the SA motto. The blade shoulder perfect marry up with the contour of the crossguard.

A very nice early SA dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #38334C Factory Ground Röhm SA Dagger - Gebr¸der Heller

This SA Dagger is in an untouched state, having very fine dull nickel crossguards. These guards have never been cleaned and there is no sign that the tang nut has ever been off. The crossguards are in excellent shape throughout.

The grip of the dagger is a Smooth Contour type, being a dark brown with appealing grains that run the length. It shows only normal signs of usage and fits the guards perfectly. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the type with a slightly upturned beak; it retains most of the detail to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has an excellent "anodized" finish. This finish is uniform and 100% intact throughout the shell. The scabbard mounts are patinated to match the grip and are also in fine shape, although the lower ball has just a minor ding to the rear. The four original screws are all in place and unturned.

The blade is a beauty, mirror-bright and with all of the original crossgrain. It has the very dark SA motto typical of Heller pieces. The reverse the keen eye will pick up the fact that this blade has been ground to remove the "offensive" Röhm inscription. The removal appears to have been done at the factory as it is extremely well executed. The trademark is the smaller variant used by Heller; it consists of two small circles containing firm's name and location, "Gebr¸der Heller / Schmalkalden". Inside is the image of an achor. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very nice Heller Ground Röhm SA Dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #38169C Early SA Dagger - F.W. Hˆller

An early Hˆller SA is a rarely seen dagger. We don't see many of these with the famous Thermometer trademark; for some reason Hˆller just did not have a large presence in the marketplace at the time.

This dagger is in nice condition throughout. The nickel crossguards are real beauties, free of any flaws. The tang nut does not appear to have been removed in modern times. The lower reverse cross guard of this dagger is stamped "He". This stamp is a little bit over to the right but remains nice and clear.

The grip of the dagger is a beautiful reddish color, resembling mahogany. It has nice, subtle wood grain that run lengthwise and is constructed with sharp edges. The SA runes button is nicely placed and retains very good enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Neck" variety; this bird is in pristine condition despite the high center ridge. It has perfect detail remaining throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The "anodized" finish is still all there but it is not particularly bright and does show minor traces of age in the surfaces. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are all in good condition through to the never-dropped lower ball. The original nickel screws are in place and unbuggered.

The blade of this dagger is in remarkable condition. It is in a fully mint state, with complete crossgraining and a good tip. The SA motto is crisp and deep, having 100% of the fine dark backgrounds. The reverse of the dagger is very plain, lacking the Thermometer logo and only having the name and location of the company in an arch, "F.W. Hˆller / Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

This is a fairly rare dagger, rated a 7 on the McSARR scale.

Near Mint. $1,295.00

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 #38157C Early SA Dagger - Albert Dörschel

This fine early SA Dagger is equipped with nickel mounts that looked to have escaped cleaning for many, many years. The guards are in very fine condition throughout. The lower reverse guard on this example is Gruppe marked "Ho" on the far right, the mark being upside down as we often see on Hochland examples. The tang nut does not appear to have been taken apart in modern times.

The grip of this dagger is a dark mahogany-style, with very appealing subtly grain in the depths of the wood. The grip shows some minor traces of wear on the obverse but remains in fine condition. This grip is of Medium Contour construction and has a distinctive, thinner look to it than most grips you will see. The grip fits the guards perfectly. The copper-type SA runes button is perfectly placed on the grip, with good enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a point behind the head of the bird type, with pristine detail remaining throughout all of the design.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The "anodized" finish is just about complete on the obverse and is just staring to thin on the reverse. The nickel mounts are in fairly good condition, the lower ball having a hit directly to the center which has crushed in about half of it. There is no damage to the edges, however, and no splitting.

The blade of this dagger makes up for a lot; it is one of the best you could hope to see, in stone mint condition. It is factory bright with full crossgraining and a needle-like tip and a beautiful SA motto. This motto is extremely striking, with 100% of the original darkening intact in the backgrounds of the lettering. The reverse ricasso carries the trademark of the firm; and anchor with the letter "S" set over the shaft, along with the name and location of the firm, "Albert Dörschel / Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

An interesting SA Dagger here with a really superb blade.

Excellent Plus. $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 #38162C Early SA Dagger - Gebr. Becker

This early SA Dagger does not look to have ever been cleaned. The crossguards and tang nut are in excellent condition throughout. I don't see any signs that the nut has ever been removed. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Ns". The lower guard has a area of bright metal that was protected by the throat of the scabbard.

The grip is a fine Medium Contour type, with a rich brown color and subtle graining on both sides. The grip is in perfect condition throughout and exactly fits the guards. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a slightly upturned beak. This bird retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The "anodized" finish is present on both sides, with just a little bit of age spread throughout the surfaces. The matching scabbard mounts are fine condition and are complete with four unturned nickel screws.

The original short hanger is attached to the carrying ring. This hanger has good, supple brown leather but the retainer loop is missing. The nickel hardware matches the dagger exactly, and the snap clip is the "long snout" style with a rivet-retained spring.

The blade of this dagger is a real beauty; it is completely bright and retains all of the original crossgraining. There is just the slightest amount of smudge above the motto, and a tiny amount toward the tip. Nothing serious, though. The motto is crisp and deep with a frosted background. The reverse ricasso is marked the wonderful Chef trademark of the Becker firm, wielding his large knife and fork. Beneath the figure is the name and location of the firm, "Gebr. Becker Solingen". Obviously this company was in the cutlery business before they started churning out SA Daggers in 1934. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A very nice SA Dagger here, with a desirable trademark.

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 #37922C Initial Production SA Dagger with Solid Copper Scabbard - SMF

This SA Dagger must have been one of the first examples produced by the SMF firm; perhaps at the time Solingen had not yet decided on using steel for scabbard construction. We know from prototype daggers that exist that Eickhorn did in fact use copper as the base metal for their scabbards. The problem with copper, however, is twofold; it is easily dented and is also quite heavy.

This scabbard is basically straight throughout but it was carrying dings evenly spread around the surfaces. Apparently whenever the scabbard was struck against anything harder than itself it left a small scar. Overall, though, it is really not bad and considering the rarity of this kind of scabbard the condition is quite acceptable. The scabbard makes the dagger weigh a ton! There is no hanger on this piece but I would have loved to see the original after several years of toting this heavy dagger. I'm sure it must have been a heavy-duty replacement or the leather must have been worn through from the bite of the carrying ring. It has a nice coppery look to it and apparently it was left in its natural finish when it was produced.

The scabbard mounts are the typical solid nickel type. They are in good condition, to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by nickel screws which appear to be unturned.

The dagger itself is a standard SMF example. It has matching nickel crossguards, with good, smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. There is also a Gruppe mark on the lower reverse guard. It reads "WF".

The grip is a fine medium brown without much in the way of visible grain. It is of Medium Contour Construction and nicely fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is perfectly set and has good enamel. The grip eagle is the "High Necked" type. This bird retains full detailing throughout.

The blade of the this dagger is a very fine example, being completely bright and in mint condition, with only the usual runner marks. All of the grain appears to be on the blade. The SA motto is completely crisp and deep, and has 100% of the original darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse ricasso is etched with the familiar Seated King trademark of the SMF firm, and the blade shoulders perfectly meet the contour of the lower guard.

A most interesting SA Dagger here for the advanced SA collector, or perhaps for someone interested in the evolution of the SA dagger.

Excellent Plus. $2,495.00

SADAGGERS #33585 Late, Double Proof SA Dagger, RZM M7/51 1940 - Anton Wingen

This late production SA Dagger is still in fine condition through the mounts. The tang nut does not appear to have ever been out. The lower crossguard is still mostly factory bright, showing the most nominal of age. The upper crossguard shows a little bit more age in the surfaces where the plating to dissipate slightly, but it is still all there.

The RZM style grip is a mahogany-looking type with a Sharp Contour ridge. This grip remain in perfect condition throughout, and nicely fits the crossguards. The SA Runes button is well placed with 100% enamel surfaces. The aluminum grip eagle is the style with the beak pointing upward slightly, and showing minor wear to the the detailing, but overall they are still mostly there.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, having an outstanding coat of original paint. This paint exhibits some minor spidering in the surfaces, but it is still all there at nearly 100%. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel based type, and they too are mostly bright. These fine mounts feature a intact, never hit lower ball. The mounts are retained by the original domehead screws, which are unturned and have lost their plating.

The blade of this example is still bright, having all of its crossgraining with only some minor "in and out" markings at the bottom area. There are also some very minor traces of scratching on lower obverse area, which looks as though someone thought about sharpening the blade but changed their mind before they did any real damage. The scratching is only on this portion of the blade and are difficult to see. The SA Motto is lightly etched and has about 95% of its original darkening. This blade certain grades in Near Mint condition. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a double RZM circle, of the type having shading in the center. The circle is positioned above the code for Anton Wingen, "M 7/51" over the date, "1940". Below these etches is the logo of the Wingen firm, a little knight holding a sword. The blade shoulder perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours. A nice double proof example here.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #37364 Early SA Dagger - August Bickel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #37123 Earl Partial "Name Only" Röhm Inscription Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This dagger is a really classic Röhm example by the prestigious Eickhorn firm. If you feel that a full Röhm example is beyond your means at this stage of the game, this dagger is certainly worth a look because it is really class to a full example and has all of the attributes which made Eickhorn such a renowned manufacturer.

The nickel crossguards have the typical Eickhorn look, with the characteristic deep, hand-done accent grooves. The surfaces are smooth and crisp throughout as well. The tang nut does not appears to have been removed in modern times. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Fr".

The typical Eickhorn grip is of a most beautiful fruit wood, having some most interesting burl-like grains in the upper portions. It is very beautiful and could double as a dashboard in a vintage Jaguar. The grip is of High Ridge Construction and remains in perfect condition throughout. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has perfect enamel. The grip eagle is a nickel "High Necked" type. All of the details to remains to the bird's head and wing feathering, with a slight amount of wear to the breast feathering and talons. Not much, though. The wreath and mobile swastika are still very crisp.

The scabbard shell is as nice as you will see. This shell has 100% of the original anodized finish with no age spots in the surfaces. There is also quite a bit of the original lacquer coating spaced evenly throughout the scabbard surface; I would say that about 30% of this original lacquer remains. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in perfect condition through to the never-dropped lower ball. The four screws are also all in place and show no signs of turning.

Well, I'm happy to report that the obverse blade is as nice as the rest of the dagger. It remains bright throughout, still having visible crossgraining and a good, deep, crisp SA motto etch with about 99% of the original background darkening. The reverse of the blade is also bright, having the Röhm inscription which is crisp and exactly matching the backgrounds of the SA motto. Röhm's signature has been ground out with an excellent attempt to repolishing. If you were not a collector of these edged weapons chances are you might not notice that the signature was removed. You can tell, though, but the fact that there is a slight waver to the center ridge line that was put in by the man who performed the original removal. The trademark is the one we normally see on Eickhorn Röhm daggers, being the small double oval variety used from 1933 to 1934. The ovals contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn Solingen". Inside is a seated squirrel holding a nut in his paws and with a smooth tail. The blade shoulders nicely fit the crossguard contour.

A fine partial Röhm here that would really look great stacked up next to a full Röhm as well as a totally ground piece. Imagine what a nice display these three daggers would make, especially if they were all by Carl Eickhorn. You can start your display by picking this one out to be the middle dagger in the trio.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,495.00

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 firmís name and location in block letters around the perimeter, "C. Gustav Spitzer Solingen". Inside is a prancing lion with his tail curled and his tongue out. The blade shoulders purposely meet the lower crossguard contour. A pretty good dagger here. This dagger would clean up pretty nice if someone would want to work with it.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $895.00

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $695.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $750.00

SADAGGERS #36980 Early Untouched SA Dagger - Wilhelm Kober

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $1,695.00

SADAGGERS #35891C Early SA Dagger - Ernst Erich Witte

This Witte trademark is not seen very often on SA daggers so that makes this piece desirable for those of you out there that are collecting maker marked SAs. The mounts on this example are all solid nickel. The crossguards and tang nut do not appear to have been apart in modern times. It appears as though someone may have cleaned this dagger a long time ago using a light emery cloth or perhaps steel wool as there are some just noticeable narrow lines on the mounts. I donít know why people do stuff like this but we canít 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 firmís 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 #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 #35597 Early SA Dagger - C.G. Haenel

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #35509C Early SA Dagger - Axt Und Hauerfabrik

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

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

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

A very nice dagger here by a seldom seen maker.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

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

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

The hilt section is a typical Eickhorn variety. The all nickel mounts have good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and the hand cut deep accent grooves typical of this producer. Studying the tang nut I do not see where this dagger has ever been apart. All nickel parts have a good even patina throughout. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked, "Wf". The grip is a standard fruitwood type having a rich brown color with some interesting fine grains in the finish. The grip shows only nominal usage and remains in perfect condition. The grip is of medium to high ridge construction, and exactly fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is nicely placed, with perfect enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" type having all details remaining to the birdís 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 firmís 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 #35071C Early SA Ground Röhm Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This textbook Eickhorn example has outstanding early nickel crossguards. The tang nut appears to be out maybe once but that is about it in modern times. The nickel guards all have a fine dull patina throughout their smooth surfaces. The edges are crisp and the accent grooves are the very deep hand cut type typical of this producer. The grip is a very fine fruitwood that fits the guards like a rubber glove. This grip is in perfect condition throughout having a fine pleasing grain that has a slight swirling look to it especially around the center area. The runes button is perfectly set and has good enamel surfaces. The grip eagle is the early nickel style being the "high-necked" variety. This bird shows little to no wear having complete details to his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The lower crossguard on the reverse is Gruppe marked with what appears to be the "Ho" marking but the "H" was hit off center so it is hard to tell totally. The "Ho" mark is usually far off to the right but on this example it appears to be centered. The crossguard underneath is not inspection marked. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout having excellent anodizing on the obverse with just one age mark just below the center area. The reverse shows just a little bit of thinning to the anodizing but still rates at about 90%. The matching nickel mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered. There is a very fine early short hanger which appears original to this piece. The short hanger has excellent supple brown leather and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware on the hanger is solid nickel having the snout nosed style unmarked clip with rivet held spring.

The obverse blade is an outstanding example still being nice and bright throughout and having all of its crossgrain. The motto is crisp and deep and has 100% of the darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. This obverse blade is in mint condition. The reverse blade is most interesting. A good attempt at removing the Röhm inscription and signature has been made but much of the original inscription still remains. Most of the beginning words are removed except for traces and the ending word is about 50% there. The facsimile Röhm signature still is about 40% there where the grinder failed to remove the first three letters "Ern" and much of the original "R" along with the umlaut and the last part of the "M" still remain. It is pretty easy to look at the Röhm inscription and fill in the blanks with your anticipating mind. This is what we could call in the busy a "lazy" Röhm grinding. The trademark is the small double oval type which features the firmís name and location within the ovals, "Carl Eickhorn Solingen". Inside is a seated squirrel holding a nut in his paws and having a serrated style tail.

A very nice Ground Röhm here, having lots of appeal to collectors.

Excellent Plus. $2,495.00

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 #35017C Unissued Late SA Dagger with Grip Tag, RZM M7/10 - J.A. Henckels

This fine unissued SA dagger is in choice condition throughout. It is not completely brand new looking but it is obvious that the dagger has never been issued or carried. The crossguards are the type that were produced by Bˆker. These guards are nickel-plated and still have factory bright nickel-plated surfaces. There is a mild amount of lifting but it is confined only to the edges of the crossguards where they meet the wood grip. The tang nut is also in good condition and does not show signs of being taken apart. The grip is a very fine RZM type having high ridge construction. This grip has a pleasing vertical running grain. The SA button is perfectly set and has pristine enamel. The aluminum grip eagle is the "high-necked" type. All details are complete to the head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. This grip fits the crossguards like a glove. Wrapped about the top of the grip is the original issue tag. This tag is of an off-white manila color and it is printed in black at the top of one side, "Dienstdolch". Below this is the run number across the lines, "261984". On the reverse of the tag the full name of the RZM is printed, "Reichszeug-Meisterei / der NSDAP". Next to this is a black RZM circle and below rubber stamped on the lines is the code for the Henckels firm being rubber stamped, "M 7/10". This tag shows very few signs of being handled and is virtually 100% intact.

The scabbard shell is basically straight throughout both sides having a couple of handling signs on the lower portion of each side but they are nothing. The chocolate brown paint is nearly 100% with only one minor chip on the reverse near the upper section. This chip reveals that the surface below is black paint. We know that many scabbards were repainted brown during the later period as apparently there was a misjudgment on the amount of NSKK daggers required as opposed to SA types. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel type and the lower mount still is completely factory bright. The upper mount is also bright but does show just the slightest of age around the center areas of both sides. These amounts are retained by dome head steel screws which still retain their original plating.

Attached to the scabbard is what appears to be the original short hanger and belt loop. The short hanger has fine brown leather still being supple and the leather stamped with the makerís code, "RZM L2/60/41". The "41" would be the year that this dagger was produced. The hanger hardware is the late style which has the dull gray finish. The snap clip is marked, "RZM/M5/71/OLC". Attached to the hanger is a matching brown leather belt loop which has a "D" ring also having the matching late gray finish. The blade of this example is a real beauty being in stone mint condition.

This blade has a needlelike tip with full grain throughout both sides. The SA motto is crisp and has 100% of the background darkening. On the reverse ricasso the blade is marked with a double RZM circle having shading within the circle. This circle is placed above the code for the firm, J.A. Heckels "M7/10" and beneath the date of manufacture "1941". This dagger no doubt was kept in a shop somewhere or in RZM headquarters awaiting shipment that never happened due to the war. A nice example here which are difficult to find with a grip tag still being in this fine state of preservation as well as having a matching RZM rubber stamping.

Unissued Near Mint. $2,295.00

SADAGGERS #34909 Early SA Dagger with Blade Dedication - Gebr. Heller

This early SA Dagger is in "as found" condition, and has never been cleaned, or taken apart. The crossguards and scabbard mounts have a deep, nicotine style patination. Despite the age over the mounts, it can be seen that the guards have good, smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The tang nut is also in excellent condition, with no sign of ever having been touched. The lower crossguard is Gruppe marked "Th". The grip is a fine example, being some kind of fruitwood. This grip is of medium to high ridge construction, and it is in excellent condition throughout, showing little wear. The grip fits the crossguards excellently. The SA runes button is the copper type, and it also has quite a bit of patination over the surfaces. There are some breaks in the enamel to the left of the SA insignia, as well as to the center portion of the "S" letter. The grip eagle is the high-necked, nickel version, and it shows quite a bit of wear over the bird's head, breast feathering, and talons, as well as the wreath area. The open wings and swastika still have good detail.

The scabbard shell is straight on the obverse, and has a minor ding to the reverse near the lower edge. The anodizing is the darker, purple type, and it has gone dark from age. There is also some age that appears in the surfaces. The scabbard mounts exactly match the nicotine patination of the hilt. The upper mount is in perfect condition, while the lower mount has a hit to the ball, and there is also an opening to the seam at the center, lower mount of the ball, and running up to the left edge. The original screws are all in place, and are all unturned. The obverse blade of this example is still mostly bright, showing some age in the surfaces, and also some old pitting residue at the shoulders where they meet the crossguard.

The blade though, still grades at better than excellent. The SA motto is deep and crisp, having nearly 100% of the background darkening. The reverse blade has a dedication, which is etched in the handwriting of the giver. The dedication reads, "F¸r treue Mitarbeit Oberf¸hrer Simon" which, in English, translates to, "For loyal cooperation Oberf¸hrer Simon". I'd like to thank G¸nter Kaltenbˆck for his assistance in translating this inscription; at first, I could barely make it out! The reverse ricasso is stamped horizontally next to the center ridge, "Gebr. Heller". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

It is interesting to note that the area on the lower crossguard that seals with the scabbard throat still has its bright, nickel color. An interesting piece here, that is in collectible condition. SA blades with dedications from SA generals are normally a very desirable thing.

Excellent. $2,695.00

SADAGGERS #34709C Unissued, Mid-Period SA Dagger with Grip Issue Tag, RZM M7/27 - Puma

This mid-period SA Dagger is a very fine example, recently put on consignment by the family of the veteran that brought it home. The dagger has very nice, bright, nickel plated crossguards, which are all in choice condition , showing very little age, to include the tang nut. The upper crossguard still appears to be perfect, whereas the lower one has just a little bit of age on the quillon ends of both sides. However, they still have a "minty" look to them. The grip is a typical RZM example, having a high center ridge construction, and vertically running grain. It is a fine, brown color. The SA runes button is nicely placed, and has perfect enamel. The grip eagle appears to be a nickel plated type. It is the style with "beak which points upward slightly". This bird has complete, crisp details to its head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, and swastika.

Around the top of the grip is the original paper issue tag. There is a piece of brown tape on this tag, which holds it together. I do not know whether this was done at the time the dagger was packaged, or at a later time, but this piece of tape has been on the grip paper a long time. This paper has the RZM lines on the reverse, and it is rubber stamped "M 7/27 1940". On the opposite side, there is a run number, which is "23512", and then it looks like a "3", but it could also be a "5", as the tape covers the top of the number. At any rate, a fine, original, issue tag.

The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow, and has very choice, chocolate-brown paint. This paint has one tiny scratch at the upper right edge, but other than that, is 100%, and still retains its original luster. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated steel base type, and they are in pristine condition, having their original luster. These mounts are retained by dome head side screws, which still also have their original plated surfaces. Taking the blade out of the scabbard is a most interesting experience.

The blade is still in mint condition, and has all of its crossgraining. There are some normal age signs here and there, but nothing that disrupts the mint finish of this blade. The thing that is interesting is the motto. This motto is crisp and deep, but instead of a black background on the letters, the background is a rust colored brown. I tried rubbing a little lighter fluid on the background just to see if it was something that was recently applied, but no, it does not seem to come out, and apparently was permanently put into the backgrounds. I don't remember seeing this before, but it does give the dagger quite an interesting look. On the reverse blade, the dagger has the normal color etched to the background, having an open RZM circle positioned over the Puma code, "M 7/27". The original blade shoulders are perfectly fitting the lower crossguard contour.

If anyone has an idea or explanation concerning this red, rust color background to the motto, please let me know as I would be most interested.

Unissued Mint. $2,395.00