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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 brown painted.

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, reflecting 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 #33499C Early SA Dagger - H. Herder

This Early SA Dagger is a beauty, having all nickel mounts throughout. The crossguards are in exceptional condition, having good crisp edges, smooth surfaces, and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked, “HE”.

The grip is a very pleasing furniture-like wood, having subtle grain beneath the surfaces. The grip is in choice condition, showing little usage and still having a good sharp line to its medium contour shape. This grip is in perfect condition. It fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has fine surfaces to the enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the “High Necked” style, having all details visible to the head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. An outstanding hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell would be very hard to beat. It has some carrying signs in the form of a couple of scratches here-and-there but, overall, the anodizing is at least 98%. What makes it so great, though, is the fact that it has a very pleasing reddish-copper color instead of the dull purple we normally see. This scabbard will really open your eyes! The scabbard mounts are in perfect condition, to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by domehead nickel screws.

The blade of this example is also outstanding. Other than runner marks, it is in full mint condition. This blade retains all of its crossgraining and has a fine deep motto. The motto has 100% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse of the blade is a real pleasure to view, as it is the rarely seen logo that features the Ace of Spades in the center of double circles. The two circles contain the firm’s name and location, “H.HERDER, SOLINGEN”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

An outstanding dagger here that will be a great example to show your friends. This “Ace of Spades” marking is one of the most popular of all SA makes.

Mint. $1,495.00(#071814)

SADAGGERS #36326 Mid-period Double Proof SA Dagger, RZM M7/112 – Carl Wüsthof

This double-proof Wusthof SA Dagger is in very choice condition and from a rarely seen producer; it should be very desirable for those out there collecting double proof examples.

The nickel-plated crossguards are still factory bright, having just a little bit of lifting where the guards meet the grip. Otherwise the plating is still in perfect condition, here as well as on the tang nut. The grip is a medium brown color of Medium Ridge construction. The grip is in perfect condition throughout, having some attractive vertical graining and fitting the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed, having a nice look to it, with an almost red enamel in the background. An interesting SA button here! The nickel grip eagle is the high-necked type, and retains 100% of the detailing throughout the feathered surfaces and wreath.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original chocolate brown color remains 100% intact. There is a little bit of “orange peel” in the surfaces, but we do see this happen commonly with later production daggers. This paint still has the original luster and really looks nice. The scabbard mounts are of the nickel-plated steel type. The upper mount is pristine, with the original factory shine. The lower mount has just a little bit of age visible around the upper obverse rim, but is otherwise in choice condition with no drops to the ball. The original dome-head steel screws are in place and are unbuggered.

Attached to the piece is a fine short hanger, having quality dark brown leather throughout. The original retainer loop is in place, and the nickel-plated hardware is in good shape. The snap clip shows a little bit of old pitting in the surfaces, but it was apparently removed at some point and still looks good. This clip is marked on the reverse, “A DRGM” and “RZM 5/8”.

The blade is a very fine example, having all of the original graining. There is some “in-and-out” marking, but nothing that is unusual for this type of dagger. This blade has a good etch to the motto. There does appear to be a little bit of wear to it, but it still rates at about 95% intact. The reverse of the blade is totally perfect and in Full Mint condition. The reverse ricasso is marked with the double oval Wütsthof logo, and bears the interesting device of a man holding a large pole. This scene is reminiscent of the areas in Germany where there are many small canals crisscrossing the farmland. The inhabitants over the years discovered it was easier to cross these canals by pole vaulting, as opposed to wandering along looking for a shallow ford. Below the oval is a double RZM circle with a shaded interior, as well as the RZM code for the firm, “RZM M7/112”. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the crossguard contours.

A very nice, difficult to find SA Dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,395.00

SADAGGERS #36327 Late SA Dagger, RZM M7/32 – Robert Muller

The later-production SA Dagger has the Böker-style crossguards. These guards retain perfect plating on the obverse facing. On the reverse there is a little bit of lifting where the guard meets the grip, as well as a small amount of peeling on the lower reverse which reveals the copper flash coat below.

The grip is a fine mahogany-looking example, having large, vertically running grains. The grip is of Medium Contour construction, and is in perfect condition, fitting the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button is a fine example, with perfect, intact enamel. The aluminum grip eagle is the “Point Behind the Head” style bird, and retains full detailing through the feathered surfaces, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is completely straight on the obverse facing, and has just the slightest amount of rippling on the reverse, just below the upper mount. The paint, thought, is in perfect, mint condition, being a fine chocolate brown color. The scabbard mounts are in generally excellent shape; the lower ball just a minor tap in the lower center. These mounts are retained by dome-head screws which appear to be unturned.

The blade of this dagger is still nice and bright throughout. It does have some “in-and-out” marks, and a little bit of age spread through the surfaces, but it is not bad and still rates at Excellent Plus. The motto is a good etch, having a little but of pimpling visible in the background, but again it is not bad. There is about 80% of the factory darkening intact in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a double RZM circle, having a shaded background. It is positioned over the code for the Muller company, “M7/32”.

We do not see this RZM producer very often; a decent late SA Dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $795.00

SADAGGERS #35947A Early SA Dagger – Johanneswerk

This producer is not seen too often. The crossguards are the early, nickel variety, and do not look to have been cleaned in modern times. These guards have a nice look as the lower guard is slightly thinner than the upper guard. The guards have excellent, smooth surfaces, with good edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut shows no signs of modern removal.

The grip is a mahogany type, having long vertical grains, and being in perfect condition with little sign of use. The SA runes button remains in good condition, well placed and with perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the “High Necked” variety; this bird retains full detailing throughout. The grip nicely fits the the crossguards. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked, “Fr”.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell still has most of the anodizing, but also shows some signs of age more or less evenly spread across the surfaces. It does not look too bad, however. The upper nickel mount is in good condition, while the lower, unfortunately, does have a smashed ball. The nickel screws are all in place.

The blade of this example remains bright throughout, and has a good, deeply etched and crisp motto. The motto has about 95% of the factory darkening intact in the background recesses. There is some very mild smudge in the blade surfaces, and also some evidence of past sharpening, but it looks to have been mostly removed. This blade grades at about Excellent in terms of quality. The reverse ricasso is etched with the seldom seen Johanneswerk trademark, being double ovals containing the firm's name and location. Inside is a symbol that resembles a shield, emblazoned with some type of wappen. The blade shoulders perfect meet the lower crossguard contours.

A good starter dagger here, or if you are collecting maker marks, a good one to acquire until a more intact version crops up.

Excellent. $495.00

SADAGGERS #36201C Full Röhm Inscription SA Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This SA example is a textbook Eickhorn throughout and it does not appear to have been cleaned in many years. The crossguards are of course solid nickel with a matching tang nut. These guards are the typical Eickhorn type having smooth surfaces throughout with crisp edges and very deep hand cut accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked, “Wf”. The grip is a very pretty furniture-like mahogany. This grip has superb grains which run vertically throughout. The grip is of medium contour construction and is in perfect condition showing little wear. This grip fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button has patinated on the silver surfaces and the brown enamel is still in flawless condition. The grip eagle is a nickel “high-necked” type. This bird has full details to his head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A very fine untouched hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell is really a great example having 100% anodizing and about 98% of the original protective lacquer. The anodizing is an attractive brownish copper color and is a pleasure to gaze upon. The matching solid nickel scabbard mounts are also beauties to include the never dropped lower ball. These mounts are retained by the original unturned nickel screws which are all present. Attached to the carrying ring is a short hanger with two-piece retainer and belt loop. The hanger is of darker leather than the retainer and belt loop so assumedly a previous collector put this leather together. Nonetheless, it still really looks great. The short hanger leather shows some usage but is still sound and is complete with the original small retainer loop. The hanger hardware is the early nickel type having an unmarked snout-nosed snap clip. The belt loop and retainer loop also are in excellent condition having leather slightly better than the hanger. The belt loop is rivet held and has a smooth nickel “D” ring. The retainer loop is in good condition having a working snap.

The fine blade has all of the crossgraining and a needlelike tip. The blade has some in and out wear and has just turned maybe the slightest bit of gray. It is not something that you would want to clean though as this could jeopardize the fine intact grain. The SA motto, “Alles für Deutschland” is nice and crisp and has about 98% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds.

On the reverse, the Röhm inscription exactly matches that of the SA motto. The inscription reads, “In herzlicher Kameradschaft Ernst Röhm”. Somehow this really fine dagger escaped the grinding process. We hear a lot of theories about how this happened but since there were 100,000 of these daggers made it is little wonder that every once in awhile we do see one that most likely got thrown in a draw after the owner retired or perhaps the owner just bought another dagger. It is hard to imagine that the original owner would have blatantly kept the dagger as under Hitler disobedience of this type could lead to a charge of treason. Fortunately though we did have a few careless Röhm owners here which makes for all these great things in our hobby. The reverse ricasso is etched with the normally seen trademark being a set of small ovals which contain the firm’s name and location, “Carl Eickhorn / Solingen”. Inside is a smooth tailed squirrel holding a nut in his paws. This blade grades at about excellent plus, plus. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contours. It is also worth mentioning that the Eickhorn lower crossguard bears the inspection stamping, “0”. A very fine original here, one that would make for a very happy customer.

Near Mint. $7,995.00

SADAGGERS #36230C Early SA Dagger with Period Custom-Covered Leather Scabbard

This early SA is in an untouched state and has a desirable dull patina throughout. The crossguards are as nice as you will see as is the tang nut. The dagger does not appear to have been apart in modern times. These crossguards have excellent smooth surfaces with crisp edges and fairly precise accent grooves; the lower accent grooves are somewhat lacking which we sometimes see on early daggers. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked, “Nrh”. The fine grip is a darker wood which resembles mahogany. I don’t see a lot of grain in it, but it is most attractive, having a furniture-like look. The grip is of high ridge construction and shows virtually no usage. This grip nicely fits the crossguards. The SA runes button has excellent enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the “high-necked” type. This eagle also shows no wear at all having outstanding detail to his head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A fine grip here.

The scabbard of this example is really wild looking. The scabbard is covered with a light brown leather which still has much life in the skins. The leather covering is done quite interestingly in that it has crossed straps that meet and go around the scabbard in four different places running down the length. There is also a buckle and hasp with a strap that will come undone should someone want to remove the covering. While the obverse is quite eye catching and symmetrical the reverse reveals the work that was done in order to create the good looking cross strap look on the obverse. Obviously the original craftsman that made this covering was worried about the obverse look not the reverse. It is also interesting to note that the carrying ring and eyelet have been removed as obviously the original owner must have felt that it would damage the looks of the covering. Apparently this dagger was covered in this fashion so that it could be displayed as I can not really see how it could be worn. It is also interesting to note that the throat area has lots of the old green waxy sediment which is an indication that things have been in place here for many, many years. The lower scabbard is a standard type having the leather following the border on the obverse but again, on the reverse the look was not too worrisome as the leather goes over the upper tip of the fitting. This lower mount still has a good ball at the bottom and it is retained by two nickel screws which appear unbuggered.

The blade is a very choice example still being in full mint condition. The blade has a fine, needlelike tip and displays all of its original surface grain. The SA motto is deep and crisp having 100% of the darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. A really fine blade here which also has the look of not being used. The reverse ricasso is etched with the early hammering Siegfried trademark. The firm’s initials appear above the figure being, “E.P.&S.”. Below is the location city of “Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

Please don’t ask me what the purpose of this leather covering was as I do not know. I can tell you with certainty though that it is definitely period. Perhaps the owner of the dagger decided to retire and had this work done so that the piece would look nice on a shelf. Perhaps the piece was purchased for display in a local SA precinct hall? Either way, whatever it is this is a period item and would make a very interesting addition to a SA type collection.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #34953 Early SA Dagger – J.S. Schmidt

This early SA Dagger is in an untouched state having a nice dull patination over the nickel mounts. The crossguards and tang nut are all in excellent condition and the tang nut does not appear to have ever been out. The crossguards still have excellent smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked, “Nrh”. The grip is a pretty furniture-like example probably being of some type of a fruitwood having an interesting grain that runs throughout the areas. The grain does display on some subtle angles with a hint of burl on the reverse. The grip is of medium contour construction and really shows no usage. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has 100% enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. It shows little wear having full details to the bird’s head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. This grip fits like a glove.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The obverse of the anodized finish has quite a bit of age darkening whereas the reverse is a little better but still has some darkening from age. Overall the anodizing is probably about 60-70%. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by the four original nickel screws which are unbuggered. The blade is still mostly bright having a little bit of smudge in the surfaces here and there on both sides but it is not bad and perhaps would clean up some. There still appears to be most of the original crossgrain in the surfaces. On the right edge of the upper obverse blade I notice that there are four or five very tiny pits which hardly show.

This blade still easily grades at Excellent Plus. The SA slogan is crisp and deep having fine dark background lettering which appears to be nearly 100%. The reverse ricasso is etched with the trademark of this seldom seen producer. It features a church which has three towers, the center middle one being shorter and the two flanking towers having crosses on the top. Around the church logo is the firm’s name and location done in an oval of capital letters, “J.A. Schmidt & Soehne Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A nice starter dagger here, having a interesting logo and still being in pretty good condition.

Excellent. $695.00

SADAGGERS #36171 Mid-Period Double Proofed SA Dagger – Gebr. Gräfrath

This mid-period, double proofed SA Dagger has nickel-plated crossguards and plated steel tang nut. The guards show a little bit of freckling in the finish but overall they are still bright and all of the nickeling is there. The grip is a smooth contour type showing nominal usage but still in excellent condition throughout. This grip tightly fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is in good condition with no chips to the enamel. The grip eagle is a nickel example having the eagle with the head that points upwards slightly. All details are still there to the bird’s head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. On the reverse of the grip it is interesting to note that there is a number scratched into the lower reverse. The number is “No990”. It is possible there is another number on there but it is difficult to read.

The scabbard is straight throughout. It is a typical dark brown painted RZM type shell having some crazing on the obverse but all of the obverse paint is there. On the reverse there is a wear rub that covers the center part of the paint and overall the reverse paint is probably about 85%. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel type and they are still in bright condition with a good lower ball. These mounts are retained by dome head steel screws which are unbuggered.

The blade of this example is still bright throughout and has a good part of its original grain. This blade grades at about excellent plus. It does have a little bit of possible pitting near the ricasso area but it is extremely nominal. The SA motto is deep and crisp and appears to have about 95% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds.

The reverse ricasso is double proofed. It features a double ellipse which contains the firm’s name and location, Gebr. Gräfrath Solingen”. Below is a larger size double shaded RZM circle which is over the Gräfrath number assigned, “M 7/30”. The blade shoulders nicely fit the lower crossguard contour. Double proof RZM daggers are always collectible. Granted this one is not in mint condition but it is still a good representative piece.

Excellent. $695.00

SADAGGERS #36148 Early SA Dagger – E. Knecht & Co.

This early SA dagger is in very nice condition appearing not to have been cleaned in about a decade. The nickel crossguards and tang nut are in fine condition throughout. These guards have smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The grip of this example is quite impressive. It is a dark mahogany style wood having a subtle crossgraining that runs horizontally throughout the grip. You have to look at the grip deeply to see it but it is all there. This grip is of medium contour construction and is in perfect condition. It nicely fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is perfectly placed with good enameled surfaces. The grip eagle is the style with “point behind the head”. This eagle has full details to its head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked, “Wm”. The stamping is on a forty-five degree angle which is not normally seen but must have meant the man assigned to this detail was either on his way to the men’s room or perhaps the whistle blew for the end of the day’s work.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has excellent anodized finish which appears to be all there. There are some mild carrying signs but overall this scabbard is outstanding also having much of its original protective lacquer. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition with the lower ball having a tiny tap but nothing serious. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are all in place and are unturned.

The blade of this example is nice and bright and still has all of its crossgraining. This blade shows a little bit of in and out markings but overall it is in near full mint condition. The motto is crisp and ha s100% of the background darkening. The reverse ricasso is etched with the seldom seen trademark of this company being a pair of deer bucks with their heads back to back. Beneath the bucks is the name and location of the firm, “E. Knecht & Co. Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A desirable dagger here. with an interesting logo and in good condition overall.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #35980C Early to Mid-Period SA Dagger – Gebrüder Heller

This Heller SA Dagger is a bit of a mystery in that it has early mounts throughout, but no Gruppe mark on the crossguard. Also, the scabbard is not anodized but has original brown paint. I think that the dagger was produced right at the turning point where the nickel-plated mounts with painted scabbard were brought in. At any rate, it makes for an interesting dagger. The crossguards and tang nut are of highest quality solid nickel. The tang nut does not appear to have ever been turned. The crossguards have a nice dull patination with smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The grip is a darker brown wood showing a little bit of usage here and there. Overall though it is still in nice condition and fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button is well placed with 100% enamel to the surfaces. The grip eagle is the nickel type having the beak which points upwards slightly. This bird still has full detail to his head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. As indicated above, the crossguard is not Gruppe marked.

The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow. Instead of the expected anodized surfaces, this shell reflects period paint. This paint is absolutely original still being at nearly 100%. The paint shows a little bit of crazing in the surfaces but still remains near mint. The scabbard shell is fitted with matching nickel mounts. These mounts are in perfect condition with the lower ball showing just the slightest bit of usage but no denting. The mounts are retained by early nickel screws which are unbuggered.

The blade is an outstanding example having that real dark motto that we often see on the Heller product. This blade has 100% of the original crossgrain and good needlelike tip. The blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is matching dark etched with a double circle logo. Contained within is the firm’s name and location, “Gebrüder Heller Schmalkalden”. Inside the circles is depicted an anchor. The fit of the blade shoulders to the crossguard contours is perfect. A nice interesting transitional dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #35973 Late SA Dagger, RZM M7/36 - E&F Hörster

This Hörster produced SA Dagger is of later production. It reflects nice nickel plating across the crossguards and tang nut. The plating has some patina on the surfaces and does show just a little bit of modest age but these guards would clean up remarkable with just a little work. The grip is a nice example being of a dark wood having medium contour construction. The wood has a rich look to it with subtle graining running vertically. This grip perfectly fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is placed perfectly and has good surface enamel. The grip eagle is the aluminum style having the beak which goes upwards slightly. This bird shows some modest wear to its head, breast feathering and talons. The wing feathering, wreath and mobile swastika are still mostly crisp.

The scabbard shell is basically straight throughout but does have a very tiny depression just above the reverse lower scabbard fitting. The paint is original and is the chocolate brown color. This paint has quite a bit of attic crazing in the surfaces but overall is still nearly 100% across the scabbard shell. The matching nickel-plated steel scabbard mounts are in good condition to include the lower ball. They reflects some age in the plating, matching that of the crossguards. The original dome head screws are all in place.

The blade is still mostly bright but does have some in and out marks and some very mild age toward the lower area. Most of the crossgraining appears to still be there however and the tip is still needlelike. This blade grades at about excellent plus and would clean up with very little work. The SA motto is crisp and appears to have about 95% of the factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double open RZM circle which is placed over the code for the E&F Hörster firm, “M 7/36”. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the crossguard contour. A decent starter dagger here or a good one if you are on a budget.

Excellent. $650.00

SADAGGERS #36123 Early SA Dagger with Partial, Name-only Röhm Inscription – Carl Eickhorn

This uncleaned early Eickhorn is in choice condition having recently been purchased from a friend in Holland. The dagger has solid nickel crossguards which appear to be the “H.E” style. These crossguards and tang nut are in exceptional condition with good crisp edges, smooth surfaces and the deep cut accent grooves normally seen on this maker’s early product. The lower crossguard is marked with the Gruppe marking “He”. On the underside of the crossguard there is the inspection number “5” stamped. The grip is a beautiful fruitwood having attractive brown colors with lots of fine grain to be seen in the surfaces. This grip is of medium contour construction and remains in perfect condition throughout fitting the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button has a nice dark patina across the surfaces. The brown enamel tends to stand out some because of the patina. The enamel is in perfect condition. The nickel grip eagle is the “high-necked” type. There is just the mildest of wear to the bird’s head but you can still see the eye and beak details. The breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika are all still in crisp condition. A very fine hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard has excellent anodized finish which appears to be at 100% on the obverse and shows a little bit of thinning on the reverse but not bad. This shell is fitted with matching nickel mounts. The upper mount is in perfect condition while the lower mount does have a minor hit to the ball, but there is no splitting to the edges. The mounts are retained by their original nickel screws. The carrying ring has a good short hanger. This hanger still has excellent supple leather showing some mild age but not bad. The hanger is complete with the small retainer. The hardware is the solid nickel type with a snap clip being the conventional shaped variety and being unmarked.

The blade is as nice as you will see. This blade on the obverse has all of the crossgraining and remains bright throughout. The SA motto is a beauty being crisp and deep and having 100% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse blade is just as nice having only the Röhm signature removed. It looks to be a factory job as it is done perfectly and the area has been repolished to exactly match the rest of the blade. Great workmanship here! The inscription that does remain is deep and crisp having 100% of the background darkening exactly matching the SA motto on the obverse. The trademark is the double small ovals which contain the firm’s name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen”. Inside is a seated squirrel holding a nut in his paws. The squirrel has the smooth style tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours. An extremely nice partial-Röhm dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,695.00

SADAGGERS #35962 Late SA Dagger, RZM M7/9 - SMF

This later produced SA example is in outstanding condition and does not appear to have been worn much if at all. The crossguards and tang nut are the nickel-plated type. The nickeling is still factory bright throughout with no deterioration and almost no age visible. Very fine guards here. The grip is one of the typical RZM types having a high center ridge construction and vertical running grain. The grip is in perfect condition and exactly fits the crossguards. The SA button is excellent having perfect enamel. The grip eagle is one of the late zinc types which his consistent with this vintage. This bird is the style with beak which points upwards slightly. It still has all of its detail remaining to its head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has perfect chocolate brown paint. This paint could not be any nicer. By the looks of it it can be readily discerned that no base coat of paint was used prior to this paint job. Somebody must have known what they were doing though as it still looks good all these decades later. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel type. They are pristine throughout having their factory brightness. The lower ball has never been dropped. These mounts are retained by four dome head steel screws all of which are in perfect unturned condition.

Attached to the carrying ring is a fine short hanger. This short hanger has outstanding leather throughout which is also marked on the reverse. The leather hanger is marked, “RZM L13/41”. (I could be wrong about the leather code stamping as the retainer loop is over the stamping and it is hard to see.) The hanger being consistent with the vintage of this dagger has a gray finished snap clip which is marked, “RZM M5/71 OLC”. Also with the hanger is the original belt loop. This belt loop exactly matches the fine condition of the short hanger and is stamped on the reverse, “RZM L2/60/41”. In fact, this stamping could match that of the short hanger.

The blade of this example is the best that you will see. It is in perfect mint condition with full 100% grain. This blade has a crisp SA motto which has 100% of the darkening in the backgrounds. A great looking blade here! The reverse ricasso is marked with a single open RZM circle with the code for the SMF firm, “M 7/9” and the date of production, “1942”. This was one of the last made daggers during the period and I must say there is no lack of quality here. I don’t recall having many SMF RZM marked pieces so this could be a good example for the “type” collectors out there.

Mint. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #35899C Early SA Dagger – Ed Gembruch (Fish Logo)

This Ed Gembruch produced dagger is a very rare maker. This example has never been cleaned and all of the mounts have deep patination. The crossguard and tang nut despite the patination are still in very fine condition having smooth surfaces, very crisp edges and fine precise accent grooves. The tang nut does not appear to have been out in modern times. The grip is a darker fruitwood color not showing a lot of grain but there is some subtle grain deep in the surfaces if you look closely. This grip is of medium to high ridge contour construction. It remains in perfect condition and fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button is also toned and does have a couple of minor scrapes to the enamel. The enamel does seem to be all there however. The grip eagle is matching toned being the “high-necked” style. This bird shows a little bit of wear to the head and minor wear to the breast feathering but the wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika still all appear crisp. A fine hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has outstanding anodizing having that coppery look to the finish. The anodizing shows some age in the surfaces and signs of wear throughout but overall it is pretty much all there and is quite nice. The matching scabbard mounts are in excellent condition throughout. The lower ball has a couple of minor usage signs but no real dents per se. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.

The blade is a nice bright example. It has all of the crossgraining and the motto is crisp and deep having 100% of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. This blade would be mint except for the fact that the tip was broken off when we received it. We welded a new tip on the end and it has come out fairly nice and is not noticeable unless you know that the tip has been restored. The reverse ricasso is etched with the fish swimming towards the restored tip. Beneath the fish is the name and location of the firm, “Ed. Gembruch / Solingen”. The areas on the lower crossguard that were sealed by the scabbard throat are still mostly bright. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very rare maker here which rates at a number nine on the SA scale. If you can live with the retipped blade this is a very “key” example for an SA “type” collection. Other than the retip the dagger remains completely in an untouched, uncleaned state.

Excellent. $995.00

SADAGGERS #35953 Early SA Dagger – August Bickel

This Bickel SA Dagger is a nice example remaining in completely untouched uncleaned condition. This dagger has never been apart. The solid nickel crossguards are in excellent condition throughout having fine age toning and signs of greenish residue on the left reverse crossguard quillon. These mounts are smooth with crisp edges and very fine hand cut accent grooves. The Bickel manufacturer always made a very fine product. The grip appears to be of walnut being a very hard wood. This grip has extremely crisp high ridge construction and feels great when in the hand. The grip has fine graining which runs lengthwise. It is in perfect condition throughout and fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly set and has good enamel. The matching toned nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upwards slightly. This bird retains full details to his head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked, “Bo”. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The shell has the purple style anodizing and there is some age spots in the surfaces of both sides and it is starting to thin a little bit mostly in the center areas. The matching toned upper and lower scabbard mounts are the nickel type and they are in perfect condition to include the lower ball. The original screws are all in place.

Instead of a short hanger being in place the original grip retainer loop and belt loop are attached to the hanger ring and apparently were used to carry the dagger. The leather to both of these pieces is in excellent condition. The belt loop is stamped on the reverse with an open RZM circle and the code, “L2/5”. The “D” ring has quite a bit of green residue on it which matches the residue on the carrying ring and the crossguard. A nice leather accoutrement here.

The blade is in bright condition being totally untouched but still reflecting all of the crossgraining and minor in and out wear. This blade grades in near full mint condition. The SA motto is extremely dark in the backgrounds typical of this producer. The reverse ricasso has the interesting etch trademark of this producer. It is a diamond placed sideways and at the top of the figure is the firm’s intials, “AB”. Below this is the firm’s full name and location in two lines still within the diamond, “August Bickel / Steinbach / Hallenberg”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard. A very nice out of the woodwork, untouched Bickel dagger.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

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 #35896C Early SA Dagger with Stamped Serial Number - Wilhelm Kober

This Suhl produced dagger has an outstanding outside. The dagger has the special nickel mounts that we see always on Suhl daggers having the lower crossguard with its distinctive curve. Both guards as well as the tang nut are in perfect condition throughout having smooth surfaces, crisp edges and good accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked, “He”. These guards do not look to have been cleaned nor does the dagger appear to have been apart in modern times. The grip is a typical walnut variety having high ridge construction. This grip is in perfect condition and fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has 100% enamel. The nickel eagle is the style with “beak which points upward slightly”. This bird has full details to its head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The lower crossguard surface has been stamped with the original owner’s SA serial number. The stamping is “771062”. A very fine hilt here!

The scabbard is a real gem. This scabbard is straight throughout and has 100% of the original anodizing. The anodizing is quite beautiful and still also has about 90-95% of the original factory lacquer coating. The matching nickel mounts are in excellent condition with a small tap to the left side of the lower ball. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are all in place. The outside of this dagger is as nice as you will see.

Unfortunately the blade does not come up to the condition of the rest of the dagger. This blade shows a little bit of old sharpening on the edges and also has turned slightly gray. There is age in the surfaces and the SA motto also reflects wear and little of the original darkening in the backgrounds. This blade only rates at close to excellent. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals which contain the firm’s name and location, “Welh Kober & Co. Suhl”. Inside of the ovals is the centaur figure and below this is the start up date, “Gebr. 1874”. The blade shoulders nicely fit the lower crossguard contour. If a suitable Wilhelm Kober blade could be found it would make this dagger a really super example as the condition of the blade really jeopardizes the possible future value of this piece with a good blade. A good example here, one that is priced accordingly for someone who wants to search for a proper Kober blade.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #35969 Mid-Period SA Dagger, RZM M 7/36 - E&F Hörster

This mid-period SA example is equipped with standard nickel-plated crossguard and tang nut. The nickel plating is quite good showing only a little bit of wear on the upper mount where it meets the grip. These guards are in an uncleaned state and would clean up nicely if desired. The grip is a medium contour constructed type having a dark mahogany look. There is a pleasing grain in the surfaces which has a bit of a swirl in the center area. The grip is in perfect condition and nicely fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has good enamel surfaces. The grip eagle is a nickel type being the style with “beak which points upwards slightly”. The bird shows some mild wear to the center areas but the details of the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika are still good.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout having a fine lighter chocolate color brown. There is one tiny “pin” hit in the center but it is nothing. The paint is in perfect condition and is 100% having only a nominal amount of spidering in the finish. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated type still having their original factory luster beneath the patination. These mounts are in perfect condition to include the lower ball. The mounts are held in place by dome head steel screws which still have most of their plating.

The blade is nice and bright throughout having all of its crossgraining. The SA motto is crisp and appears to have about 95% of its original factory darkening. This blade grades in near full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with a double open style RZM circle. It is positioned over the code for the E&F Hörster company, “M 7/36”. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour. A nice mid-period SA dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $795.00

SADAGGERS #35894C Early SA Dagger – Gustav Voss

The Voss logo is very much in demand by collectors, and this one is etched onto a mint blade which we’ll get to further down in the description. This early dagger is equipped with fine solid nickel hilt mounts. The tang nut does not appear to have ever been out of this dagger. The tang nut and crossguard all have a very fine dull patina throughout. The lower crossguard is Gruppe marked on the reverse, “Om” which stands for Ostmark indicating that the dagger was originally distributed in Austria which is rare to see. At the time these early SAs were produced the Nazi Party was banned in Austria. The grip is a beautiful medium contour constructed type. It does not appear to have any grain in the grip but rather has sort of little spots here and there which are not really burl but do have an interesting look to them. This grip is in complete perfect condition and fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly installed with 100% enamel. The grip eagle is the style with beak that points upwards slightly. This bird still has full details to his eye, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has almost all of its original anodizing as well as about 80% of the original factory lacquer. There is a little bit of age that has moved into the surfaces but it is not bad. This is still an excellent shell. The matching scabbard mounts have the same patina as the guards and they are in near perfect condition to include the lower ball which just has an extremely minor ding in the bottom area. The original early nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.

As mentioned above this blade is a real killer. This blade is mirror bright and has 100% of its crossgrain. The SA motto is very deep and crisp having 100% of the darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. On the reverse ricasso is the great looking trademark of this firm. It consists of a stylized wolf’s head. The head has slanted eyes and appears to be glaring at the admiring viewer. Above the animal’s head is the firm’s name, “Gustav Voss” and below the location city of “Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. An outstanding and very desirable early SA dagger.

Near Mint. $1,395.00

SADAGGERS #35897C Early SA Dagger – WKC

For some reason we do not see many WKC produced SA daggers despite the fact that this firm was one of the largest working during the period. This dagger is in an uncleaned state and looking at the tang nut it has not been taken down in modern times. The crossguards have a fine even patination across their smooth surfaces. The etches are crisp and the accent grooves are precisely cut into place. The grip is a rich brown color which does not seem to have any visible grain in the surfaces but nonetheless has good eye appeal. The grip is of low ridge construction and fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has 100% enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the style with “beak that points upwards slightly”. This bird has full details to his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The lower crossguard is deeply stamped in the center, “P”.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It also has outstanding anodizing on its surfaces. The anodizing appears to be about 95% having only a couple of minor show through points on the obverse and just a little more on the reverse. A nice shell here. The scabbard mounts are the nickel type and they are in excellent condition with the lower ball having a tap in the very lower center but it doesn’t show at all from the obverse or reverse. The original screws are all in place and are unturned.

The blade of this example is a real treasure. This blade is mint throughout having nice bright surfaces and 100% of the original crossgrain. The SA motto is deep and crisp having a good black background in the letters. The reverse ricasso is etched with the well known knighthead logo. It rests above the firm’s initials and location city, “W.K.C. / Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard curvature. A fine SA dagger here!

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #35895C Late SA Dagger, RZM M7/81/40 - Mack & Eickelnberg

This SA dagger has a rarely seen RZM trademark produced by the Eickelnberg firm. The condition throughout is superlative. The tang nut and crossguards are the nickel-plated type and they retain full factory brightness. There is only the most modest of lifting only by the areas where the wood grip meets the guards. Looking at these crossguards it is obvious this dagger was not used much if any as there are few scratches on the surfaces of the guards. The grip is a high contour type having a rich mahogany color and sporting vertical graining running throughout both sides. The SA runes button is nicely placed with 100% enamel. The grip eagle is the copper type but there are some signs of some old nickel plating clinging in the recesses. We can conclude that this eagle was once nickel-plated. Nevertheless, it is in choice condition throughout being the “high-necked” style having full detail to the bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell retains about 99% of its original chocolate brown appealing color. There is a little bit of spidering in the paint but not much, and also a couple of carrying signs, but very little. The scabbard mounts are the steel based type having nickel-plated finish. These mounts are in choice condition to include the lower ball. The dome head steel style screws are all in place and unturned. These screws have a good part of their original nickel plating.

The blade of this example is mirror bright and in full mint condition. This blade easily has 100% of its crossgrain with impressive needlelike tip. The SA motto is crisp and has fine dark background lettering. The reverse ricasso is etched with a single open RZM circle which rests over the code, “M 7/81/40”. The “40” would be an indication that this dagger was produced in 1940. We do not see many examples made by the Mack & Eickelnberg firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A very fine later produced dagger here in top, top condition.

Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #35893C Early SA Dagger – Fritz Barthelmess, Muggendorf

This early Barthelmess SA Dagger is representative of one of the rarely seen daggers that was produced in Bavaria not in Solingen. The dagger does not look to have ever been cleaned and I don’t see any signs that it has been apart in modern times. This dagger has good even patina throughout all of the mounts. The crossguards remain smooth with crisp edges and good precise accent grooves. The grip is a rich brown color wood having some signs of grain in the finish but nothing that is identifiable as vertical or horizontal. The grip is a smooth contour type having a rather thin shape to it which is slightly different than most you see. Also, the grip eagle is located lower than most examples. A curious look here if you are the type of person who likes to study SA hilts. This grip remains in perfect condition and fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The runes button is nicely placed having 100% enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the “high-necked” type still having good detail to its head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The lower crossguard is Gruppe marked, “Fr”.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has excellent anodizing being 100% on the obverse and starting to thin just a little in the center area of the reverse. There is also some age darkening spread in the surfaces of the anodizing but it is not bad. The matching scabbard mounts are in perfect condition to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by early nickel screws all which are unbuggered.

The blade of this example is a beauty. It is bright throughout and has all of its crossgraining. The SA motto is deeply etched with dark backgrounds in the letters. Other than a small mark just below the “CH” letters in “Deutschland” the blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with a double oval. It contains the producer’s name and small city “Fritz Barthelmess Muggendorf”. In the center is the area where this small town is located, “Bavaria”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A nice dagger here from a rarely seen producer. his producer is only rated at a six on the Mcsarr rating sheet, but honestly I have not seen it very often and I feel that it is rarer than this rating would indicate.

Near Mint. $1,395.00(#051414)

SADAGGERS #35891C Early SA Dagger – Ernst Erich Witte

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #35822 Early SA Ground Röhm Dagger – E.P.&S.

This early SA example appears in uncleaned condition throughout. Studying the tang nut it does not appear that the dagger has been apart in modern times. The crossguard mounts are the all nickel type and they are a very early variety having the lower guard being slightly fatter than the upper guard. We see this on early Pack daggers. These guards have good smooth surfaces with crisp edges and good precise accent grooves. The fruitwood grip is the usual Pack variety having that slight orange color to the tone. The grip is of smooth contour construction and has close graining which runs vertically on the length of both sides. The grip is in perfect condition and fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is nicely placed having good smooth enamel surfaces. The nickel eagle is the “long neck” variety. The details are still all there to the bird’s head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The lower crossguard is Gruppe stamped, “S”.

The scabbard shell is interesting in that it has a brown coat of paint. This paint is very old and appears original. I know that we normally see anodized scabbards on daggers of this vintage as well as on daggers by this producer but this brown paint absolutely looks factory. It is a chocolate brown color having some spidering in the surfaces of both sides and some minor carrying signs. Overall though, this paint is at least 99%. The scabbard mounts are the typical Pack type with the upper mount being slightly smaller in width than the standard types. The lower mount also has the special look caused by the edge roll which is also slightly different on Pack lower mounts. The ball is still in good condition and these mounts are retained with early nickel screws which appear in good unturned condition.

The blade of this example is nice and bright on the obverse. It has most of the crossgraining and a very deep and crisp SA motto. This motto has very black letters in the backgrounds and looks great. The reverse blade has been fully ground and has a slight gray look to it. The blade is etched with the hammering Siegfried figure. Above the figure are the firm’s initials, “E.P.S.” and below is the location city of “Solingen”. There is a slight amount of the firm’s initials as well as areas of Siegfried’s head that were removed during the grinding process. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. An interesting early ground Röhm piece here.

Excellent. $895.00

SADAGGERS #35849 Early SA Dagger – Ed Wüsthof

This early SA Dagger is in an untouched state and has never been cleaned. Studying the tang nut I do not see any signs where it has been out in modern times. The nickel mounts all have a fine even patination throughout. These guards are smooth with crisp edges and good precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked, “Sw”. The grip is a smooth contour variety being a nice medium brown color and having some subtle grains which run across the grip giving a nice effect. This grip shows some usage but there are not problems with it and the grip fits the crossguard like a glove. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has all of the enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with “beak which points upward”. This bird retains its details to its head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The anodizing is still mostly there on the obverse but it does have some age running through the surfaces. The reverse has a little more age and also has some of the anodized finish. The scabbard mounts have matching patination and they are in relatively good condition. The lower ball does have a hit that caused it to bend slightly toward the rear but it is not bad and there is no splitting of the seams. The nickel screws are all in place. The upper right side of the fitting had to have the screw replaced as it was too large. We replaced it accordingly.

The blade is a fairly nice example still being bright throughout and having good crossgrain. The blade is in near mint condition. There is a slight ripple at the tip but it is not too noticeable. This blade easily grades in near mint condition. The SA motto is crisp and deep and still has fine dark backgrounds. The reverse ricasso has a matching dark etch featuring the double ovals with this producer’s name and location inside, “Ed. Wüsthof Solingen”. Inside is the three pronged pitchfork which is the logo of this company. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the contour of the crossguard. Not a bad basic dagger here.

Excellent. $895.00

SADAGGERS #35508C Early SA Dagger - Wilh. Kober

This Suhl-produced SA Dagger is in choice conditon throughout. It has outstanding, patinated, solid nickel mounts throughout. The lower crossguard has the distinct curvature that we see of producers from Suhl. This crossguard is Gruppe marked "Th". The crossguards are in outstanding condition, to include the untouched tang nut. This dagger does not ever appear to have been apart. These crossguards have very smooth surfaces with excellent, crisp, edges, and very precise, deeply cut, accent grooves. The grip is an oak example, being of gunstock wood. It has a fine, high ridge construction, and features lots of grain in the surfaces. There are a couple of minor "tap-taps" just to the right of the center ridge area, but they are extremely minor. This grip otherwise is in perfect condition, and fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed, and has 100% enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "beak which goes upward". This bird still has excellent detail throughout his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. A very fine hilt here!

The scabbard shell is also a beauty. This shell is totally straight throughout, and appears to have 100% of the original, anodized surfaces. The shell is coated with the original, protective lacquer, thus the reason the anodizing is so well preserved. This lacquer has wear spots in the surfaces, but overall, on both sides, I would say that the lacquer is intact at about 85%. A very fine shell here. The scabbard mounts are also in excellent condition to include the perfect lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place, and they are unturned.

The blade of this example is still bright throughout and appears to have all of its crossgrain. There are runner marks, and a couple of extremely minor age smudges, but still, the blade easily grades in near full mint condition. It also has a a fine needle like tip, and good, deep etched, SA motto. The motto letters have the dark backgrounds. The reverse of the blade is matching etched with the oval logo of this producer. The ovals contain the firm's name and location, "WILH. KOBER & CO/ SUHL". In the center is the mythological centaur creature, which consists of half-man, and half-horse. The centaur is positioned over a line, which beneath designates the opening date of the Kober firm, "GEGR 1874". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A very nice, Suhl made SA dagger.

Untouched Mint Minus. $1,495.00

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $995.00

SADAGGERS #35475 Late SA Dagger with Wedding Dedication, RZM M7/13 - Schüttlehöfer

This later produced SA Dagger was given as a gift for a wedding and we will get to this further down in the inscription.

The nickel-plated crossguards do show some freckling in the surfaces. This piece has never been cleaned so its possible that the mounts could be brightened up if someone wanted to take care of this. Personally I think the dagger looks neat the way it is. The tang nut has quite a bit of rust on its surfaces having little plating remaining. Looking at the tang nut for sure, this nut has never been out since the war. The lower crossguard is a little brighter than the upper but also has the freckling in the surfaces. The grip is a typical RZM type having high ridge construction. This grip has attractive rich brown finish with vertical running grain. The grip nicely fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is slightly turned to the right and has excellent enamel finish. The grip eagle is the later aluminum style being the “high-necked” bird. This bird still has excellent details to his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout. This shell has fine chococlate brown paint which is in almost 100% condition. There are a couple of extremely minor scratches on the reverse where it is possible to see that the original base paint of this scabbard was black. There are also some age cracks in the surfaces but it is not bad. Overall this paint is still in a near mint state. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel base type. These mounts also show good patination and if cleaned I think that they would come up to near full mint. The plating still all seems to be in good condition. The mounts are perfect throughout with no problems on the lower ball. These mounts are retained by dome head steel screws which are unturned.

The upper obverse crossguard has the four line wedding dedication we mentioned previously. Neatly jeweler scribed is the dedication, “Zur Erinnerung / an Ihre Hochzeitsfeler / Sturm 11/121/u.Stadt Heubach”. This dedication would translate to “In memory of your wedding day, Sturm 11-121 from the town of Heubach”. It is interesting that Heubach has the term “Stadt” in front of it. As a little bit of information, in order for a town to qualify as a Stadt it had to have three qualities. These qualities were one, they had to offer freedom to their citizens, two, they had to offer protection to their citizens and three, they had to have the capacity to make beer in the town! So now you know what the term Stadt means when we see it in front of so many small towns in Germany.

The blade of this example is still in nice condition. There are a couple of spots on both sides where the runners have set in place but other than these spots the blade is nearly in full mint condition having all of its original crossgrain. The SA motto has nearly 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds and it is nice and crisp. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with an open double RZM circle which is positioned over the Schüttlehöfer code, “M 7/13”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. This is an interesting dagger that I will be using in my upcoming book as I have dedicated a section to wedding presentations. For the person that purchases this dagger please let Debbie know you would like your name credited to the dagger and I would be happy to do this in the book. This dagger was acquired directly from the daughter of a veteran by yours truly.

Excellent. $995.00 (#123113)

SADAGGERS #35596 SA “Name Only” Partial Röhm Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This early partial Röhm SA Dagger is really a fine example having lots of attributes that we really like to see on an early dagger. The crossguards are the solid nickel type and are textbook Carl Eickhorn variety. These guards have great smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves where the assembler actually hand cut the grooves. The tang nut is also a nice example which does not appear to have been out more than once. These crossguards are not Gruppe marked on the reverse. Instead, there is an initial “W” which appears to have been scribed by perhaps the original as it does not look to be professional. We often see Röhm daggers do not have Gruppe marks. This probably was because a fair amount of these daggers were given to honorary SA members who may not have been on the initial distribution lists. Either way there is no Gruppe mark on this piece. There is however surprisingly a serial number stamped on the lower surface of the bottom guard. This number appears to be “39771”. In addition the crossguard has the number of the inspector which is either “6” or “9” depending on which angle you look at it. We see inspector numbers a lot on early initial production Eickhorn daggers.

The grip of this example is a choice fruitwood really having a great appearance to the color tones and the grains. The grains are all combined together in several parts and they have darker and lighter areas really making for an appealing look. This beautiful grip fits the crossguards like a rubber glove and is in perfect condition. The SA runes button is in perfect condition with 100% enamel. The early nickel eagle is the “high-necked” variety. This bird has some wear to his head but the feathering is still there on the breast. The wing feathers, talons, wreath and mobile swastika also have nice detail. A very fine, interesting hilt here!

The scabbard is straight throughout. This shell is a beauty having just about, if not all, of the original anodized finish. It has a nice coppery glow to it and there is also quite a bit of the original lacquer protective coating that is clinging. I would say that the lacquer probably rates at maybe 20-30% on the obverse and probably 50-60% on the reverse. A very fine shell here. The scabbard mounts are fine matching nickel. They are in good shape to include the lower bal which shows usage but no dents or dings. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are unbuggered and all in place.

And now to the blade! This blade on the obverse is nice and bright throughout and has most of its crossgraining. The SA motto is deeply etched and has nearly 100% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The obverse blade is in mint condition. The reverse blade has been ground with a very good attempt at repolishing the areas where the grounding occurred. The first three words of the inscription are all there at 100%. The only thing that has been removed is the signature of the offender, “Ernst Röhm”. The upper portion of the letter “E” still remains but otherwise I don’t see any traces of Röhm’s being on earth. The blade also has some grinding marks that run just about throughout the length of the blade but fortunately they didn’t touch the inscription. The Eickhorn trademark appears in the proper low position on the blade being a double oval early style. The small ovals contain the firm’s name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen”. Inside is a seated squirrel retaining a nut in his paws. This animal is equipped with a serrated style tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

This is a great partial dagger for all of the reasons that I have cited above. If you are looking for a partial that you can be content with for your collecting life I would think that this one should easily fill the bill.

Near Mint. $2,695.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #35509C Early SA Dagger - Axt Und Hauerfabrik

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

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

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

A very nice dagger here by a seldom seen maker.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #35335C Early SA Dagger - Jos. E.F. Münch/Brotterode

This early SA Dagger does not appear to have been cleaned in modern times, nor does it ever appear to have been apart. The dagger is equipped with highest quality, solid nickel crossguards and tang nut. These mounts have a desirable, dull patina throughout, having smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and fine, precise, accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is marked with the letter "H", but it is difficult to see what the letter next to it would be. It could be either a small "a", or a small "e".

The grip is an outstanding, reddish color fruitwood, having a high center ridge construction. This furniture like wood has varying size grain running vertically. The grip is in totally perfect condition, and could not fit the crossguards any better. The SA button is perfectly positioned, having a minor hit to the enamel to the left of the upper portion of the "S" of the SA rune. The grip eagle is also a choice example, being the "point behind the head" style bird. This bird has complete, new like detail throughout its head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. A very remarkable hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The obverse shell is in really fine condition, having a coppery color, anodized surface, which is still at 100%, and shows very little age. For some reason, the reverse shell though, did not make out as well. There is some thinning, mostly on the left edge, where there is some black age which has accumulated. The thinning is probably a result of someone trying to get this age off in the past If this dagger is displayed front side up, no one need know of this flaw. A shame, as the obverse of the dagger is really in fine condition. The scabbard mounts are beauties, being in perfect condition, and nicely matching the patina of the guards. These mounts are retained by the early nickel screws, which are unturned.

The blade of this piece is really exceptional; still factory bright, with all crossgrain, and with a needle-like tip. The SA motto is crisp and extremely dark colored. It really looks great. This blade is easily in mint condition. The reverse blade is in the same mint condition, and has the etch of this rarely seen producer. The logo consists of double ovals, which contain the firm's name and location "JOSEPH MÜNCH/BROTTERODE". The center of the oval is left blank. This rarely seen maker is listed as a seven on the "McSARR"rating, but to be honest with you, I find that it is a tougher example than this, but be that as it may. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very nice SA Dagger here, and one with a rare maker.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $2,995.00

SADAGGERS #35259 Early SA Dagger with 1936 Olympic Dedication – Paul Ebel

This early Paul Ebel SA Dagger would be of interest to an advanced SA collector, as well as those who also specialize in Olympic artifacts. The dagger is equipped with all nickel mounts. The crossguards are in excellent condition throughout as is the tang nut which does not appear to have ever been removed. These nickel guards have good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and very precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked, “Wf”.

The grip shows only nominal usage and is in perfect condition fitting the crossguards like a rubber glove. This grip has a fairly high ridge construction. There is some subtle grain in the below surfaces. The SA runes button is in perfect condition. The nickel grip eagle is the style with “point behind the head”. This grip eagle has outstanding detail throughout its head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and raised swastika. A nice hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard shell has very fine coppery anodized finish. The anodizing is still at 100% and most of the original lacquer is still clinging. There are only some normal usage sings that have pierced the lacquer. A fine scabbard shell. The shell is equipped with nickel mounts which are in perfect condition to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.

The original short hanger is in place. The leather on this hanger is beginning to turn somewhat limp but it is still in good condition and is not going to break. The hanger is equipped with a small retainer loop. The hardware to this hanger is the nickel type, the snap clip is the early “snout nose” type having a rivet held spring.

The obverse blade still remains bright, but there are four smudge marks which are almost evenly spaced throughout the surfaces. The blade on the obverse grades at Excellent Plus. On the reverse there is more smudge which covers quite a bit of the surfaces. There are some bright spots, however, and most of the four-line dedication is in the brighter areas. The dedication reads, “In kameradschaft / von den / deutschen SA Kameraden / Olympia 1936”. This dedication roughly translates to: “In comradeship from your German SA Comrades Olympia 1936”. An interesting piece here that must have been given to one of the German winners by his German team mates at the Olympics. The maker mark is quite interesting, having two fish which are back to back. Both fish have open mouths and they seem to be both laughing at the viewer. Below the fish is the firm’s name and location, “Paul Ebel / Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

A most interesting and historical dagger here.

Excellent. $2,495.00

SADAGGERS #35307C Early SA Dagger – David Malsch

The David Malsch marking is extremely rare, being rated as a ten on the McSarr rating chart. This example is in an untouched state, and does not appear to have been cleaned or to have been apart since the war. The all nickel mounts have a fine dull patina evenly spread across their surfaces. These mounts are in fine condition having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is gruppe marked, “Fr”. The grip of this piece is a almost smooth ridge constructed type and it appears to be some type of a fruitwood. There is subtle grains which run crosswise on both sides of his grip. It is a most attractive grain and is seldom seen. This perfect conditioned grip nicely fits the crossguard. The SA runes button has good enamel showing some usage but no chips. The “high-necked” nickel eagle shows some minor wear to the bird’s head, breast feathering and talons however the wing feathering, wreath and mobile swastika are still in fine condition.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard has excellent purple toned anodizing. This anodizing appears to be all there showing some minor age in the surfaces but it also has quite a bit of the original protective lacquer spread throughout the piece here and there. A nice shell. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition, the lower mount having a small ding to the left bottom. These mounts are retained by the four original nickel screws which are all in place and unbuggered.

The original short hanger is in place. This hanger has good leather throughout and is complete with a small retainer loop. The nickel hardware reflects the same patina as the other mounts and the snap clip is an unmarked type.

The blade of this example is still bright having most of the original crossgrain. The SA motto etch is crisp but does show wear to the original darkening to the background letters. I would say that only about 10% of the background darkening is there. This lacking, I believe, would be attributable to the fact that this producer made few daggers. The reverse is etched with a double ellipse. The ellipse encloses the firm’s name and location, “David Malsch Steinbach” and in the center are the intertwined initials, “DM”. This blade aside from the letter backgrounding rates in near mint condition. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

Excellent Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #35258 Early SA Ground Röhm Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This early Eickhorn SA Dagger is equipped with nickel mounts throughout. These mounts have a good dull patination evenly spread throughout. They are the secondary style crossguards we see used by Eickhorn on initial production daggers being marked internally, “A.R.” instead of the usual “H.E.” which were the guards made in house. Apparently during the initial runs when vast quantities of daggers were required Eickhorn may not have been able to keep up with production on their own mounts and ordered these from another company. The only other dagger I remember seeing with “A.R” crossguards is the “Haco” type.

At any rate, these guards still have good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise deep accent grooves. The grip of this example apparently was given a coat of varnish or lacquer by someone along the line. It was not originally this bright but the coating gives it a great furniture look really bringing out the grain. This grip appears to be in perfect condition beneath the coating and is a medium contour ridge constructed example of fruitwood. The grip nicely fits the crossguards. The SA runes button has a minor hit to the enamel just to the right of the “A” letter. The nickel grip eagle is the “high-necked” type. There is minor wear to the bird’s head and breast feathering as well as the talons but the details are still there. The wing feathering, wreath and swastika are still quite crisp.

The scabbard shell shows a little bit of wear time but no real dents. The anodizing is still fairly good but unfortunately it has some age which is evenly spread though the surfaces. The nickel scabbard mounts are in fairly good condition, the lower ball having a minor hit which just flattened the lower area. The original screws are all in place and are unbuggered.

The blade of this example on the obverse, has some minor smudging on the surfaces but still grades at about excellent. The SA motto is deep and crisp, and has about 90% of the original factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse blade reflects a rough grind across the Röhm inscription. I would say about 40% of the inscription still remains especially on the top and bottom of the letters. It is neat to look at these blades with the once present inscription as it really makes history come alive. The trademark is the small double oval type having the firm’s name and location trapped inside, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen”. In the center is a seated squirrel having a nut in his paws and featuring a serrated tail. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the crossguard contour. I believe I forgot to mention further up that the Gruppe stamping on this lower crossguard is “S”. A decent ground Röhm dagger here and a great collectible Eickhorn piece.

Excellent. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #35188 Early SA Dagger with Artificial Damascus Blade – Karl Rob. Kaldenbach

This early SA Dagger is extremely rare, as it is one of the few originals that is equipped with a artificial Damascus blade. According to the rules, when SA daggers were originally issued it was possible to order a blade forged of Damascus or produced of artificial Damascus as long as the outside of the dagger was not changed in any way. This example is one of those rarely seen special orders.

The crossguards are the early nickel type produced by the “P.A” crossguard maker. These guards have a nice dull patina to them but have fine smooth surfaces with crisp edges and excellent precise accent grooves. The tang nut shows that it has been out a few times as with a dagger like this we can always expect the previous owners to take a look inside. I certainly did and I’m sure that the next purchaser will also. While I am at it, the tang is in choice condition just as we would like to see. The sides of the tang have excellent bullet clamp marks and the grinding is as per factory specks where the lower crossguard is fitted.

The grip is an outstanding furniture-like piece of fruitwood. This wood has some subtle graining in its lower surfaces and is in perfect condition throughout. The grip exactly fits the crossguards at all angles. The grip is of medium contour construction. The runes button is perfectly placed and has excellent enameled surfaces. The grip eagle is the nickel type being the “high neck” variety. The detail to the bird’s head and breast feathering shows just the slightest of wear but the features are all still there. This bird has excellent wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A very fine hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell appears as though it may have been painted black during the period as possibly the original owner was an NSKK man and followed the orders for repainting given in 1936. This black paint though has thinned quite a bit being at maybe 50%. It reveals the coppery brown anodized surfaces below; actually it is kind of an interesting look for this shell! The scabbard mounts are matching nickel type and they are in choice condition throughout. The lower ball shows some mild usage but there are no real dents or dings. The mounts are retained by early nickel screws which are all there and are unbuggered. The hanger is a fine early short example having good supple brown leather. The hardware is the early nickel type having an unmarked snap clip with the snout nose shape. The spring with these clips is retained by a rivet.

The blade has a fine, artificial Damascus etching which is more like a “band” variety than any other I can identify. The etching is beautifully done throughout, and nice and even throughout the blade surfaces. There are no age marks, pits or spots anywhere on this fine blade. The blade motto is deep and crisp, having just a little bit of wear over the darkening of the centers of the letters but overall the factory blackening is probably about 98% to this SA motto. The reverse of the blade has a fine trademark but it is somewhat obscured by the etching of the Damascus pattern. If you look closely though you will see that the center area contains the initials of the firm, which appears to be “KKS”. Around the monogram is the name of the firm, "Karl Rob. Kaldenbach Solingen”. The blade shoulders nicely fit the lower crossguard contour.

This is an exceptional dagger and with an extra cost feature that is seldom seen today. A great opportunity here to acquire an early SA Dagger with artificially etched Damascus blade.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $10,500.00(#041614)

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 firm’s 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 #35070C Early SA Ground Röhm Dagger – E.P.&S.

This Pack produced SA Dagger has textbook mounts throughout. The crossguards are nicely patinated and do not look to have been cleaned since the war. Studying the tang nut it does not appear to have ever been removed from this dagger. These crossguards have excellent smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent marks. The grip is the lighter somewhat reddish toned color wood we often see on early Pack daggers. This wood has nice graining throughout and is of medium contour construction. This grip is in perfect condition throughout and with a little furniture polish would really bring out the beautiful grain that runs through the surfaces of both sides. The early SA runes button has patina around the circumference which gives it a nice effect. More than likely this is because the runes button is set quite low in the grip almost being below the surface. This tended to trap moisture causing this patina. The enamel throughout the runes button is excellent. The grip eagle is the style with “point behind the head”. The eagle shows little to no wear having fine detail to the bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The grip absolutely fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked, “Wf”. A nice hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell appears to have a painted surface which very much resemble the anodized process and it definitely appears to be original. This painted surface shows some carrying signs throughout both sides which are spread evenly on the surfaces. The scabbard mounts are the Pack type, the upper example being the shorter variety well known by this firm. The lower example is in excellent condition with good ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered.

There is a short hanger attached to the carrying ring. This hanger appears original to the piece. The leather, although still very sound has some scuffs and usage marks on the surfaces but this could be easily rendered with a little shoe polish. The small retainer loop is missing from this hanger. The early hardware is the nickel type having a conventional shape unmarked snap clip.

The blade of this example on the obverse is bright having all factory grain and needlelike tip. The SA motto is a very fine deep etch with 100% of the darkening in the background of the letters. The reverse blade has had a grinder do some work on the original Röhm dedication. Much of the tops and bottoms of all of the letters still show on this dedication. It is very easy to see where the original letters were as there is still slight traces throughout the inscription. An interesting Ground Röhm here which is very desirable. The bottom ricasso is etched with the hammering Siegfried figure. 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 crossguard contour. An extremely collectible Ground Röhm here being a textbook Pack example.

Excellent Plus. $1,595.00

SADAGGERS #35073C Early SA Dagger – August Bickel

This fine early SA Dagger is in an untouched state, and looking at the tang nut it does not appear as though the dagger has been apart in modern times. The solid nickel fittings all have a fine dull patina throughout. The crossguards have good smooth surfaces with crisp edges and deep accent grooves. The grip is the same as we usually see on Bickel daggers, probably being a walnut wood. It is of high ridge construction and also appears to be a very hard substance. The grip shows some nominal wear but still remains in choice condition throughout with no problems. There is some interesting grain in the surfaces and much of the original varnish is still on this grip that was factory done. I would say that there is about 50-60% of this varnish still present. The grip fits the crossguards like a rubber glove.

The SA runes button is center placed and has perfect enameled surfaces. The early grip eagle is slightly off center of the ridge but we see this kind of thing quite a bit. Actually the bird is probably on center and the ridge is slightly off. At any rate, the bird is the type with beak that points upwards slightly. All details are there to the bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A nice grip here for those that enjoy something a little bit different. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked, “BO”.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout on both sides. It has excellent anodized surface still appearing to be all there. There is some mild age which is spaced fairly evenly on the obverse and somewhat less on the reverse. The scabbard mounts are matching dull nickel both being in perfect condition to include the lower ball. All four screws are present and all look unturned.

The blade of this example is outstanding. It is extremely bright having all of its crossgraining throughout. Other than the usual runner marks this blade is in mint condition. The SA motto is very deep and crisp having 100% of the darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. This motto really looks terrific! The reverse blade is etched with the interesting logo used by this company. It consists of a diamond shape put on the diagonal. At the top of the diamond are the initials of the firm intertwined, “AB”. Beneath is the firm’s name and their location, “August Bickel Steinbach-Mallenberg”. It is also interesting to note that there is a brown leather washer which is fairly thick and definitely was put on by either the person that originally carried this dagger or possibly the factory. A very fine, good quality example here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #35211 Early SA Ground Röhm Dagger - Ed. Wusthof

This early dagger has excellent, solid nickel crossguards, with good, smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise, deep, accent grooves. The lower reverse bottom crossguard is Gruppe marked, "N rh". The grip appears to be a fine mahogany, having smooth ridge construction. This grip shows some very mild usage, but overall, it is still in fine condition throughout, and fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is nicely placed, with perfect, enameled surfaces. The grip eagle is the style with "beak which points upwards slightly". This eagle still has all its detail to the birds head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. Unfortunately, almost all of the original anodizing has been worn off the surfaces.

This scabbard would obviously be a good candidate for a paint job. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel, and they are in good condition, to include the lower ball, which has some carrying signs, but only a tiny ding at the reverse side. The original screws are all in place, and are unbuggered. The obverse blade is still bright throughout. There is some crossgraining still remaining, and there is a little bit of the original grinding, which has come around to the tip on the obverse. The SA motto appears to have a frosted background in the letters, as I don't see any darkening in this motto.

The reverse is an interesting ground Röhm, in that the entire inscription was removed, and there was a good attempt at regraining the ground areas. The workman though, seemed to give up on the deeper grinds that are in the center ridge area of the blade, and these are still there. A small portion of the trademark was also affected in the grinding but, it is not bad. This blade overall, grades at about excellent to excellent plus. The trademark is a set of double ovals, having the firm's name and location trapped in between, "ED WUSTHOF" "SOLINGEN". In the center area is a trident. The blade shoulders seem to fit the crossguard contours perfectly. There is also an original, felt, blade buffer which is in place. This most likely was added by the original carrier of this dagger. Not a bad ground Röhm here, except for the missing anodized scabbard finish, but the dagger is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $795.00

SADAGGERS #35021C Early Gilded Ground Röhm SA Marine Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This early SA Dagger has gilded mounts throughout. At first I thought that there was a possibility that they could be nicotine but I tested them with some Windex in a concealed place and the nicotine did not come off so I feel, as does the consignor, that this early Eickhorn piece was originally gilded. The mounts are the textbook early Eickhorn type having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and deep hand cut accent grooves. The tang nut also has a matching finish. The gilt throughout shows wear here and there and also lots of age and also extends to the grip eagle. The grip eagle is the high-necked version and all details are still there to the head, breast feathering, wing feathering, legs, wreath and mobile swastika. The grip is a fine mahogany and is of medium ridge construction. It perfectly fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is a copper finish type having a tiny chip at about eleven o’clock on the SA runes. An interesting hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has the typical Eickhorn style darker purple color anodizing and most of the color has faded from age. The scabbard has also some wear to the anodizing on the reverse as well as minor amounts on the obverse. The mounts exactly match the gilded look as the crossguards. The mounts are in excellent condition throughout with the lower ball having just the tiniest of tap right in the lower center. The original screws are all in place and also appear to have gilt on them. Attached to the upper ring is the original early short hanger. This hanger is complete with the small retainer loop and still has good suppleness to the leather. The hardware is the early unmarked nickel type having matching gilt finish. There is a belt loop which may or may not be original to this piece. The leather to the loop closely matches that of the hanger and it is interesting to note that the “D” ring is also gilded.

The obverse blade of this example is nice and bright and other than runner marks is in mint condition. This blade still has its crossgraining and a very deep and crisp motto with 100% of the factory darkening. The reverse has a fairly rough grind to the once present Röhm inscription. The entire inscription was ground off to include most of the original early Eickhorn trademark. There is enough still remaining though of the once present double oval circles to definitely identify this as an Eickhorn blade. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A most interesting early dagger here which can be attributed to the marine division.

Excellent Plus. $2,995.00

SADAGGERS #34901C Mid-period SA Dagger, RZM M7/18 1938 - Rich. Abr. Herder

This mid-period Herder SA Dagger is a nice example, having good patination over the nickel plated mounts. These mounts show no deterioration in the plating, and if left alone, should continue to have a fine patination with no damage. The tang nut is also a nice example, having matching patination on its surfaces. The grip is a smooth, contour ridge type, of a lighter colored wood, having a good, subtle grain below its surfaces. The SA runes button is perfectly placed, and the nickel grip eagle has a matching patination, being the style with "beak pointed upward". The details to this bird remain fully to the head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, and swastika. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has excellent, chocolate brown paint, having a few minor scratches here and there, but the paint still rates at least 98%. The scratches reveal that the surfaces below the brown paint are black. This is indicative of perhaps too many NSKK scabbards being ordered, and brown paint being applied over them. In the instance of this example, the producer did not bother to take the fittings off when they repainted the shell, as there is still lots of brown paint that shows on the rolled edges of both the upper and lower scabbard mount. The mounts themselves have a matching patination, and are in excellent condition, to include the lower ball. The mounts are retained by dome head screws, which appear to be unturned.

The blade is a very fine example, having a mint, bright, state, except for a small area near the tip, where there is a little smudge on both sides. Otherwise, the blade is mint. The SA motto is deeply etched, and has nearly 100% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is marked with a single RZM circle at the left, and at the right is the code for the Richard Abr. Herder firm, being "M 7/19". Below this, is the date of production, "1938". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. An interesting dagger here, particularly with the brown scabbard sprayover paint. This is an anomaly that we see quite frequently, and it is the kind of thing that is fun to study.

Near Mint. $795.00

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 #35007C Early SA Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This early SA Dagger is more interesting than most, because it has an engraving on the upper scabbard fitting that had to do with the death of the owner. Most likely the original owner was killed during the war, and the dagger was engraved to this effect, and sent home by the SA group to which he belonged. We'll get to this further down in the description. The crossguards are the early nickel type, having good, smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and the very deeply cut accent grooves typical of this producer. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked, "Wf". The grip is a nice, rich brown mahogany color, having subtle grains beneath the surfaces. This grip shows a little bit of usage, but for the most part, it is clean throughout, and fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is slightly tipped to the right, being at maybe five o' clock. The SA runes enamel is perfect. The gr ip eagle is the early, nickel "high-necked" type, having full details remaining to the bird's head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has the typical purple color anodizing used by the Eickhorn firm, however the surfaces have quite a bit of age on both sides, as well as some thinning to the finish. The scabbard mounts are matching patination to the crossguards. As mentioned above, the upper mount is engraved with the original owner's name, and his date of death, "H.v.d. Heide/(the sign of a cross) 6.11.41." These kind of death inscriptions are interseting to me, and I have acquired a number of these daggers with these inscriptions, and will showing them in my upcoming SA book. The lower mount is not in good condition, as the lower ball is pushed up into the mount. There is also a split in the ball to the left side. The original nickel screws are all in place, and appear unturned.

The obverse blade is still bright, and in good condition throughout, having just a minor bit of age in the surfaces, but not bad. There are small amounts of the original grain that remain. The SA motto is deep and crisp, having about 90% of the original darkening. The reverse blade is about the same, and was apparently a professional regrind, probably done by the Eickhorn firm, as there are few signs of its original existence. The ricasso is etched with the small double ovals, that we only see on Röhms or daggers with presentations. Regular, standard SA service daggers did not use this small oval. The two ovals trap the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn / Solingen". Inside is a seated squirrel with a nut in his paws, having a serrated style tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours, and stamped onto the lower crossguard is the Eickhorn inspector's number "4". A very interesting dagger here.

Excellent. $1,495.00

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 Böker. 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 maker’s 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 #35009C Personalized Early SA Dagger with Three-Piece Hanger – Wilh. Kober, Suhl

This Suhl-produced SA Dagger is in really great condition and is a high quality piece in the tradition of these gun making people from Suhl. The crossguards are the standard Suhl type being solid nickel throughout and having the distinctive curvature on the lower guard. These crossguards are in excellent condition showing smooth surfaces, crisp edges and good precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked, “Th”. The grip is the standard walnut type and it has some usage throughout being of medium contour construction. This grip because of it being walnut, is very hard and therefore has stood up well over the years. It has an attractive grain running throughout and it is interesting to note that on the reverse right side of the grip, the original owner has carved his name into the wood. The surname is “Albrecht”. This is normally not enough to do any research work but it does add interest to the dagger. The SA runes button is in perfect condition being nicely placed. The grip eagle is the nickel type having the beak which points upwards slightly. This bird shows only modest wear to the head, breast feathering and talons, but the rest of the bird being the wing feathering, wreath and swastika are still crisp. An interesting hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow. It has outstanding original anodized finish. This finish is one of the best Suhl scabbards I have seen. They have a distinctive look also to the anodized color and this one is a beauty. The anodizing is 100% and the lacquer covering is about 95%. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition, the lower ball having a small hit to the bottom back side but it is not bad. The original nickel screws are all in place and unbuggered. Attached to the carrying ring is a matching leather three-piece hanging assembly. The short hanger has good leather still being supple and complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is the solid nickel type being with an unmarked clip. The belt loop has fine leather and is apparently not original to this piece as it is stamped on the reverse “RZM L2/60/41” and is complete with the grip retainer loop. The leather to these pieces though does match up nicely with the early hanger.

The blade is a perfect example still having needlelike tip and fine bright finish. This blade still retains all of its crossgrain and is in mint condition. The SA motto is crisp and deep and has 100% of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the double oval logo used by this company. The ovals contain the firm’s name and location, “Wilh. Kober and Co. Suhl”. Inside is a centaur being a mythological creature being half man and half horse. Beneath the centaur is the start up date of this firm, “Gebr 1874”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. An outstanding early dagger here and if you are also a gun buff the Suhl made pieces are always interesting to put next to an appropriate hand gun for display.

Near Mint. $1,495.00

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, "Für treue Mitarbeit Oberführer Simon" which, in English, translates to, "For loyal cooperation Oberführer Simon". I'd like to thank Günter Kaltenböck 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 #34752C Unissued, Tagged SA Dagger Double Proof RZM M 7/51 1939 – Anton Wingen, Small Knight Logo

This tagged SA Dagger is quite a beauty having outstanding nickel-plated crossguards and tang nut. The upper crossguard is in perfect condition having fine bright finish. The same is true of the lower crossguard on the obverse and on the reverse there is just a little bit of lifting on the left and right quillon with a couple of tiny specks in the center area. The tang nut is in choice perfect condition and does not look to have been turned. The grip is a fine medium contour constructed RZM type. The grip is a fine RZM type having a lighter colored fruitwood having a subtle grain which runs lengthwise. The grip is absolutely perfect throughout and fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has outstanding enameled surfaces. The grip eagle is a nickel variety being the style with “beak which points upwards slightly”. This bird has full nickel-plated finish and all details are crisp to the bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.

Attached to the grip via a rivet is the original issue tag. The obverse of the tag is printed in black with the SA runes and below “SA.-DIENSTDOLCH / Hersteller”. Next to this are the lines which do not have a rubber code stamping rendered. The reverse of the tag has a black printed RZM shaded circle over the full organization name for the RZM “Reichszeugmeisterei / der / NSDAP”. Beneath this is the run number for the dagger, “No. 084443”. This tag is in excellent condition showing no tearing or soft spots. The rivet is firmly in place and has never been taken off.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has a fine chocolate brown coat of paint. There are a couple of extremely minor marks in the paint which were probably caused by the short hanger. Other than these small marks the paint is still 100% and still has its fine factory newness to the color. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel variety. They are in completely mint perfect condition. The mounts are retained by dome head unturned screws which still retain their nickel plating. The short hanger attached is in new-like condition. The leather is a pristine brown color and still has the new look to the interior surfaces of the leather. The short hanger is complete with the small retainer loop. Stamped into the reverse of the brown leather strap is a single open RZM circle and the leather maker’s code and date of production, “L2/371/39”. The nickel-plated hardware is in perfect condition with the snap clip being marked, “A”, “DRGM”, “RZM M5/8”.

The blade of this example is in perfect mint condition having 100% of the crossgraining. There are the normal runner marks only but the rest is perfect. The SA motto is nice and crisp with 100% of the dark backgrounding in all of the letters. The reverse of the blade is matching etched on the ricasso with a double RZM circle with shading in the center. It is positioned above the code for the Anton Winged Jr. maker, “M 7/51” and below this the date “1939”. At the bottom of the blade is the logo of this firm being a small standing knight. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A very fine choice conditioned unissued SA dagger. If you have an Anton Wingen issue sack it would go perfect with this fine piece. A rare opportunity here to acquire an unissued SA dagger.

Mint Minus. $2,695.00

SADAGGERS #33900 Early SA Dagger - Haco Berlin

This Haco-produced SA Dagger has all of the classic parts that we see by this producer. The crossguards are both very thin and have a “straight across” look. These two crossguards have a fairly good patina throughout. Studying the tang nut it does not appear as though this dagger has ever been apart. The reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked, “B” which of course stands for Berlin. The grip is a fine oak or walnut wood. It has a lot of graining in it which has darker and lighter sections giving an interesting look to the wood. It does show some wearing signs across both surfaces but they are not bad and if anything give the dagger some character. The grip is a high ridge type, remains in chip free condition and fits the crossguards absolutely like a rubber glove. This fine grip has a perfect SA runes button with 100% enamel. The early nickel grip eagle is the “high-necked” type. This bird has good remaining details to his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. An interesting and desirable hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has the purple style anodizing and other than a little bit of age appearing in the surfaces of both sides, the anodizing is in nice condition. The nickel scabbard mounts are also in fine condition, the lower ball having just the most modest signs of usage but no dings or problems. These mounts are retained by the original unturned nickel screws. Attached to the hanging ring is what is probably the original hanger. This early hanger does not have the small retainer loop anymore but the nice brown leather still looks fairly fresh and supple. This hanger is equipped with early nickel hardware having the “long snout” style snap with rivet retaining the spring.

As we would hope, the blade is still quite nice on this example. It does have some mild in and out markings but overall it is in near mint condition. All of the crossgraining appears to still be there and the tip is still with its needlelike sharpness. There is a tiny bit of deterioration around the tip but it is not bad and possibly could be cleaned out if someone wanted to do this. The SA motto is very crisp and has 100% of the darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the double circles of this company. The circles appear like a lifesaver and the name of the company and location is etched in between, “Haco Berlin”. This company did not put a figure in the center of the logo. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.

A good strong Haco example here, showing usage of the period but still having good desirable condition.

Excellent Plus. $995.00(#022714)

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

 SADAGGERS #34602 Ground Röhm SA Dagger with Serial Number - Carl Eickhorn

This early SA Ground Röhm Dagger has good, patinated nickel crossguards. The guards are in outstanding condition, having smooth surfaces with crisp edges, and precise, handcut, accent grooves. The reverse of the lower crossguard has the number stamped, "2 24948". The initial "2" stamping appears that it is stamped directly over the original Gruppe mark, which appears to be, "Oe". This Gruppe mark is not seen too much, being of Austrian vintage. Although we do not know for sure what these numbers represent, it is generally felt that they are the personal numbers that appear in the holder's Ausweisse book. The grip of this example is a real beauty, being a pleasing color, a light brown fruitwood, having close graining throughout. The grip remains in choice, perfect condition, and fits the crossguard perfect like a glove. This piece does not appear to have ever been apart. The SA runes button is finely placed, having no missing enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the "high necked" style bird. There is some wear to the bird's head, but the breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, and mobile swastika are all there. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has pretty good purple colored anodizing. There is some age in with the surfaces, and the anodizing is starting to thin slightly, but overall, it is not bad at all. The scabbard mounts are matching patinated nickel. They are in good condition, to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by nickel screws which are all in place and unbuggered.

The blade of this example is still bright on the obverse, having most of the original crossgraining. I notice there is a little bit of sharpening, which appears down towards the tip area only. This may have been done at the time the blade was ground, but I don't know. The SA motto is very well done, being crisp and deep, and having 100% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. This obverse blade is in near mint conditon. The reverse blade has been professionally ground, and a good attempt at regraining the surfaces has been made. Still though, if you are used to looking at these things, you will know right away that it is a ground example. The early small oval trademark is still in place. This trademark carries the firm's name and location inside the ovals, "CARL EICKHORN/SOLINGEN". Inside is a seated squirrel with serrated tail. A nice ground Röhm here, with an additional goodie, consisting of serial number and brigade.

Excellent Plus. $1,095.00

SADAGGERS #31031C Unissued SA Dagger with Grip Tag, RZM M 7/13 - Schüttlehofer

This beautiful SA Dagger is in unissued condition and it is about as nice as you will ever see one. The crossguards and tang nut are of course the nickel-plated type and they retain their fine factory mirror finish throughout. There are no scratches or any usage signs on these guards. There is a tiny bit of lifting which has occurred on the rear lower guard just at the point where it meets the wood grip. Other than this though these crossguards are really special. The grip itself is also a fine example. It is a medium color fruitwood having a pleasing grain running lengthwise. The obverse grip is in totally perfect condition. The reverse grip is also with the exception there is a tiny surface sliver which has come loose where the grip meets the upper crossguard. It is nothing however. The eagle is the aluminum type and it is the style with beak which points slightly upward. This bird does not have much detail on its head and breast feathering but that is from the stamping not wear. The rest of the bird shows full wear to the feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The original grip tag is still in place around the upper portion of the grip. The tag has black printing on an off-white paper. It has a run number, “3676” and that is as far as you can see as the other part of the tag wraps around at this point. On the tag’s reverse there is an RZM black circle and beneath is the rubber stamping, “M7/13”. This stamping agrees with the RZM marking on the blade tying this example nicely in as we like to see them.

The scabbard shell is absolutely sensational. It is a lighter chocolate color brown and the paint looks like it was sprayed yesterday. It is the type of paint that is put over the roughed metal surface with no primer. This paint is 100% and in full mint condition. The scabbard mounts are absolutely new like. These mounts are completely factory fresh as are the dome head screws which retain them. There has been no screwdrivers put into these grooves. Attached to the upper hanging ring is a choice late short hanger and matching belt loop. The leather on both of these pieces is still in perfect condition. The short hanger leather is marked, “RZM L2/60/41”. The buckle is still nice and crisp with its original nickel plating and the snap clip is the style that has the white style plaitng. This too though is in pristine condition being “OLC” marked as well as “RZM M5/71”. The D-ring of the belt loop is also pristine with mint plating. A very nice complete hanging assembly here. As we would expect the blade of this example is totally pristine mint. It is nice and bright and has 100% of the original crossgraining. The SA motto etch is crisp and has all of the factory blackening. The reverse ricasso has the double line open RZM circle over the code “M7/13”. This code represents the Arthur Schüttlehofer firm also known as Asso. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour. A real stunner here and if you are looking for a mint unissued piece I can’t imagine that there would be a better one than this example.

Mint. $2,495.00

SADAGGERS #28711 Early SA Dagger - F. Dick

This early SA Dagger looks to be in uncleaned, untouched condition. Examining the tang nut, I do not see any area where it has been opened. The all nickel fittings have a good dull tone to their surfaces. The crossguards still have good sharp edges, smooth surfaces and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gau-marked, “Sw.” The grip is a deep red mahogany type. There is a small crack in the center obverse, but it is very minor. The rest of the grip is in perfect condition having medium to sharp contour construction. This grip exactly fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is nicely placed, having good enamel across the surfaces. The early nickel eagle is the “high-necked” type. All details remain to the bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath and raised swastika. A good hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has much of the original anodizing, but there is a little bit of rust and age, which appears toward the lower area of the scabbard shell. There is still quite a bit of original lacquer appearing in specks here and there on the shell, but there is quite a bit of it in the protected area around the upper mount. The shell has outstanding, matching nickel mounts. The scabbard mounts are in perfect condition to include the never-dropped, lower ball. The original nickel screws are in place and have never been turned. The blade of this example is still bright. There is just a little bit of smudge visible in the surfaces here and there, but the blade still grades at excellent plus. The SA Motto is crisp and has about 85% of the original darkening in the background. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the trademark having the arrow which points toward the lower crossguard. The arrow is enclosed within a rectangular shape and at the end of the arrow is the firm’s name, “F. Dick.” This firm used a couple of different trademarks and this one, in my opinion, is the rarer of the two types. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard and the area on the lower crossguard protected by the scabbard throat is much brighter than the dull nickel areas on either side of the shoulders. A good dagger here in untouched condition, reasonably priced.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

SADAGGERS #29136 Early Ground Röhm SA Dagger - E.P & S.

This early Ground Röhm SA Dagger is about as nice as they come despite showing some usage. The crossguards are of all nickel construction and are in choice condition throughout to include the tang nut. The lower crossguard has the distinctive “straight across look” that we see on daggers made by E. Pack. These guards are still extremely crisp with good smooth surfaces and deep precise accent grooves.

The grip is also a fine example of mahogany having a subtle grain beneath the surfaces. There are a couple of signs of usage here and there but overall this grip is still quite crisp having sharp ridge construction. The SA runes button is in good condition showing no hits on the surfaces. The grip eagle is the “high-necked” variety and this bird has full details to his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath, and raised mobile swastika. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked, “Nrh”. The scabbard of this example is especially pleasing. The shell is nice and straight throughout and has all of its anodized surfaces. Most of the protective lacquer is still clinging on the obverse whereas maybe 25% is left on the reverse. Other than a couple of age spots on the reverse right edge this shell is in near mint condition. The matching nickel mounts are also in fine condition including the lower ball. The lower mount has the distinctive rolled egde of this company and the upper fitting has the screws located fairly low and as is usually the case they are not exactly parallel to each other. These original screws are in an unturned state.

The blade of this dagger is as nice as you could imagine. It has 100% of its original crossgraining and is still bright and mint. The SA motto is extremely dark and has 100% of the black background. The reverse of the dagger is a factory removal as to the uninitiated eye it will look in complete mint condition. If you look closely though you will see that the & symbol is missing from the firm’s initials, “E.P.&S.” This little bit of missing etching is enough to give away the fact that this dagger was once a Röhm. The hammering Siegfried is all there as is the location town of, “Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard. A very fine dagger here and if you are only going to buy one you might give this one good consideration. There are not too many SA’s around with this fine condition.

Mint Minus. $1,395.00

SADAGGERS #29521 Early SA Dagger - C. Gustav Spitzer

This early SA Dagger has not been cleaned in a long while and it appears to not have been taken apart in modern times. The nickel hilt mounts are in good condition having a nice dull look to their surfaces. The crossguards still have smooth surfaces and crisp edges. The accent grooves are quite deeply cut into the surfaces. The grip is a brown color wood having a nice subtle burl in the center area which could be brought out with a little furniture polish. This grip is in excellent condition throughout and nicely fits the crossguards. The runes button is nicely placed and has no damage to the enamel. The early nickel grip eagle is the type with “point-behind-the-head” construction. This bird is in choice condition having crisp detail remaining to the eye, beak, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons and mobile swastika. The reverse lower crossguard is Gruppe stamped, “Ns”. The scabbard of this example is straight throughout. It has a nice anodized finish. Most of the anodizing is in place and there is even a little bit of original lacquer that shows. Also though there is some minor rust in the surfaces but not bad. The scabbard shell is equipped with matching nickel mounts. The lower ball has a dent and is also split on the right side. The mounts are retained by the original unturned nickel screws.

There is also a short hanger which looks original to the piece. The leather strap is beginning to show some age to it and it is slightly fragile. The strap is equipped with solid nickel mounts. The snap clip is the long snout nose unmarked type. The blade of this example is still bright. It does have some minor staining in the surfaces a lot of which could come out with a little work. The crossgraining is also still mostly there. The SA motto is deep and crisp having about 98% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse blade is in the same condition and this blade grades at about excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the logo of this producer. It is a circle having the firm’s name and location in block letters around the perimeter, “C. Gustav Spitzer Solingen”. Inside is a prancing lion with his tail curled and his tongue out. The blade shoulders purposely meet the lower crossguard contour. A pretty good dagger here. This dagger would clean up pretty nice if someone would want to work with it.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $895.00

SADAGGERS #30020 Mid-period SA Dagger, RZM M7/37 - Robert Klass

This mid-period produced SA Dagger has nickel-plated fittings throughout. The crossguards and tang nut are in excellent condition throughout with all fittings still having their brightness. There is very little age to these mounts and there is no lifting anywhere. The grip is also a fine product having a subtle green in the surfaces and having medium center ridge construction. This grip is in perfect condition and fits the crossguard like a glove. The runes button is nicely set having 100% intact enameling. The nickel grip eagle is a fine example being the style with beak that points upward slightly. The details are still there to the eagle to include the beak, eye, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A good hilt here! The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has excellent original chocolate brown paint. This paint has a little bit of crazing in the surfaces but overall it is still bright and rates at about 98%. The scabbard shell is equipped with fine matching nickel-plated steel based mounts. These mounts are in perfect condition to include the lower ball. They nicely match the crossguards and are complete with all four unturned dome head screws.

The original short hanging strap is in place. This strap is a brown leather type and it is in good supple condition showing minor age. The hanger mounts are nickel-plated and the snap clip is marked on the reverse, “M5/25” with an RZM circle beneath this. A little bit of the plating has come off of the reverse of the snap clip as well as the obverse area. The clip is installed on the reverse and it appears as though it was probably worn this way by the original owner. The blade of this example is still bright and has most of its crossgraining. There are some stains in the surfaces but they do look fairly superficial and possibly most of it could come out with a little work with some semi chrome. This is a nice blade nonetheless and at this point certainly grades excellent plus. The SA motto is crisp and also still has all of the blackening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is etched with a double circle having a shaded center with RZM in the middle. This circle is placed over the code for Robert Klaas being, “M7/37”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard. The area that has been sealed in by the scabbard throat is brighter on the lower guard than the other areas. There is also a little bit of the box clearance tang hole that shows but this is a normal thing on RZM daggers. A nice piece here and would clean up to be a lot nicer.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $795.00

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


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