The SA or Brown Shirts, were a private political formation which Adolf Hitler and the NSDAP used to maintain order at organized Party meetings and demonstrations. The group was formed in 1921, and grew to a huge force of nearly 3,000,000 men by the later 1930's. To instill esprit de corps, as well as create employment for the Blade City of Solingen, it was decided each SA man would carry a dagger with his Brown Shirt uniform. Huge quantities needed to be produced to accommodate the demand. The dagger initially was produced of hand-fitted nickel mounts with attractive finished wood grip and brown anodized (a bluing process) finished scabbard.
The blade was etched with the SA motto, Alles für Deutschland. Examples produced prior to 1935 were stamped with the German sector of the SA group on reverse lower crossguard. Later examples underwent standardization through the RZM ministry. These pieces were produced of cheaper plated zinc-base fittings and scabbards were simply painted brown.
Prior to his "unmasking" as a traitor, Ernst Röhm was the leader of the SA. In 1934, he distributed approximately 100,000 SA daggers with his personal inscription on the reverse blade. These daggers were to honor individuals who had served with the SA prior to December, 1931. Other than the inscription, these pieces were identical to the standard M1933 SA dagger. After the Röhm purge, the inscription was ordered to be removed. Many examples were returned to the factory for grinding. Others were simply ground in the field by whatever means were available. Examples will occasionally be encountered with remnants of the original inscription remaining on the blade, but mostly none will remain. Some blades exist with an intact inscription, exhibiting only the removal of the Röhm signature. Very, very rarely is an example seen with a full, untouched inscription, as the holder would have surely risked a charge of treason.
SADAGGERS #48377 Mid-period SA Dagger by Max Weyersberg, RZM M7/12
This SA dagger has very fine nickel plated crossguards. All of the plating is still bright and shows only minor traces of age. The tang nut does not look to have ever been taken off.
The grip is a fine dark wood example with a nice high center ridge and perfectly fitting the crossguards. This grip remains in perfect condition. The SA runes button and good enamel, and the nickel grip eagle is the type with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird retains full detailing.
The scabbard is a nice example that retains all of the original brown paint. This paint shows attic crazing and some wear here and there. The mounts are nickel plated steel. The upper mount has a small ding. The four dome head screws are all in place and the thick throat is the style we often see on mid-period pieces.
The blade is as nice as you will see, being in mint condition throughout. The reverse ricasso is marked with a RZM circle over the Max Weyersberg code, M7/12. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A very nice example here.
Mint Minus. $995.00
SADAGGER #48139C Late SA RZM M7/49 (Friedrich Herder)
This late SA is equipped with the nickel plated crossguards. The plating shows some age and some mild freckling in the surfaces. It also has a little bit of the gray zinc showing through on the bottom of the crossguard area. The tang nut is a nickel plated type also showing some age. The RZM style grip is the type with sharp center ridge and has vertically running graining. The grip is in good condition and adequately fits the crossguards. The SA runes button has all of the enamel. The grip eagle is a high necked aluminum version. It has good detail to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original brown paint has turned a bit dull but it is all there. The nickel plated steel scabbard mounts show some mild age on the surfaces. The lower ball is still in perfect condition. The original dome head screws are in place and are unturned. The blade is still mostly bright having just a little bit of mild age in its surfaces but it is not bad. The reverse blade is brighter than the obverse still having its grain. The reverse is marked with a double open RZM circle over the Friedrich Herder code M 7/49. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
SADAGGER #48115 Double Proofed Late SA Dagger, RZM M 7/51 1939 (Anton Wingen)
This double proofed example is equipped with aluminum crossguards as we sometimes see on later SA daggers. These guards show some usage and the tang nut is the standard plated type.
The RZM grip has a high center ridge and vertical wood grain. The grip fits the guards adequately. The SA runes button has good enamel and the aluminum, “high necked” grip eagle retains excellent detailing.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, with excellent original paint. The nickel plated steel scabbard mounts show bubbling in the plating on both mounts. The original dome head screws are in place and the lower ball remains undamaged.
The blade of this example shows wear and is slightly gray. The motto lacks any of the background darkening. The reverse ricasso features an RZM marking with the Anton Wigen code M 7/51 1939, along with the Wingen Knight trademark. The blade shoulders nicely fit the lower crossguard.
SADAGGER #48476 "LAZY-MAN" Partial Röhm SA - Carl Eickhorn
This partial Röhm is a most interesting dagger as the "grinding" of the Röhm signature was barely done at all, which we'll discuss further down in the write-up. The nickel cross guards are the traditional Eickhorn variety, having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The matching tang nut does not appear to have been out in recent times. The lower reverse cross guard is Gruppe-marked, but the hit of the die stamp was not straight and only the bottom of the two letters appears. I think it could be the Gruppe "BO", but I am not sure. There is no factory inspection number on the bottom of the lower cross guard. The grip is a really fine Eickhorn example with its distinctive shape. It has some interesting grain running horizontal throughout both sides. The grip fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is the copper type. It seems to be missing most of the enamel, but due to the copper color, it is not noticeable. The grip eagle is the "High-necked" variety, still being in perfect condition, showing no wear to the surfaces of the bird. A fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is completely straight. It has very fine anodizing, also still having most of the original protective lacquer in place. - a nice shell here! The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in choice condition, to include the perfect lower ball. All are retained by the original nickel screws. Attached to the carrying ring is the original early short hanger. The leather is still in good condition and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is all nickel with an unmarked conventional-shaped snap clip. Fine scabbard here.
The blade is, of course, the most interesting part of this fine dagger. The blade obverse is still bright and has all of its factory grain, showing only the most modest of age. The SA motto is deeply etched with full frosted background. The obverse blade grades at near mint. The reverse blade is basically in the same condition. The entire inscription is there and probably still 50% of the Röhm signature. The "grinder" that did this job must have had a more important lunch date, as only the surfaces of the signature are ground. This has to be the "laziest" partial that I have seen, and as a result, I think it is very desirable. The trademark is the small double ovals which contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn / Solingen". Inside is the "serrated tail" variety, seated squirrel. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower contour of the blade.
A great dagger here for those that may not be able to afford an expensive full Röhm, as you got most of the inscription and signature still here on this blade. A fine piece!
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,995.00
SADAGGERS #48114 Early SA By E. Luttges
This early SA is equipped with nickel crossguards and tang nut. The guards are in nice condition throughout. The lower guard is Gruppe marked “Ns”.
The grip is a good example which fits the guards perfectly. Other than a small crack at the top portion of the reverse it remains in perfect condition. The SA runes button has all of its enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the high necked variety. It has fine detail.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The anodized finish shows some even age on both sides and also has a 45 degree stain type line that runs downward on the obverse. The lower ball has just one small tap at the tight bottom. The original screws are all in place.
The blade shows some age over both sides of the surfaces having minor pitting here and there. The motto has none of the original darkening left but still remains fairly crisp. The interesting part about this dagger is the trademark. The trademark pictures a man pulling a heavy box up through a pulley. The firm’s name is beneath E. Luttges Solingen. Although this mark is rated an 8 on the so-called “McSARR scale”, I feel this is wrong and it is much rarer. It is very seldom seen and as such very desirable.
An interesting dagger here, not in the best of condition but saved by the rare trademark
Good Plus. $1,295.00
SADAGGERS #48233 Early SA Dagger by C. Linder
This early SA has a fine nicely toned hilt. The crossguards have the dull nickel finish and do not look to have been cleaned. The tang nut matches the finish and does not appear to have been ever removed. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked “Wm”.
The grip is a fine orangish colored wood with vertical grain. The SA runes button looks to be the copper type, with good enamel. The grip eagle is the style with a slightly upturned beak and remains in good condition throughout.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has an old brown paint job which appears to be period. The paint job is not the best in the world but is free of chips. The scabbard mounts are nickel and in good condition throughout, except for a few taps on the lower ball. The original nickel screws are in place.
The blade remains mostly bright and I don’t see any crossgrain on it. The motto is nicely etched and has about 90 percent of the original darkening. The reverse ricasso is maker marked “C. LINDER SOLINGEN MERSCHEID”.
A good looking SA dagger here, from a rarely seen maker.
SADAGGERS #48089 Mid Period Transitional SA Double Proof Eickhorn RZM M7/66
The hilt of this dagger still has fairly good nickel plated crossguards. The crossguards remain bright however they do have some lifting on the areas where the edges meet the wood grip.
The grip is in excellent condition and exactly fits the guards. It is a dark color wood having good center ridge. The rune button has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle retains full detail.
The scabbard shell has a very small ding on the lower reverse right edge. The original brown paint is just about all there but it does have some attic crazing which runs throughout both sides. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated type. They remain bright throughout. The lower mount has some lifting of the plating on the reverse. The original dome head screws are still in place.
The blade apparently had problems as someone in the past has cleaned it and did a bad job trying to resurface it. The motto is still good although all the darkening is out of the letters. The reverse ricasso is double proofed with the single RZM circle with the code M7/66. Below is the 1935 through 41 Eickhorn trademark.
SADAGGERS #47892 Early SA Memorial Dagger To Fallen Comrade J. A. Henckels
This SA dagger is a most interesting example. Apparently it was originally worn by a beloved SA member and unfortunately he was killed during the war. The SA group took it on themselves to have his name date of death and storm group engraved on to the blade and also to signify that it was the end of the life of the dagger as well, they broke the tip off. The dagger is equipped with solid nickel crossguards which are in excellent condition. They have good smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves complete with the tang nut. The grip remains in perfect condition fitting the guards like a glove. It is a fine wood having a subtle grain running lengthwise. The SA runes button is in good condition and the nickel grip eagle is the high necked style. All the details remain to the bird throughout. The scabbard is also something that is quite unusual. This scabbard is made of brass and probably represents one of the very early types when Solingen was still experimenting with what material would make the best scabbard shells. It is equipped with matching nickel hardware all in good condition. The original screws are all in place. Attached to the hanging ring is a very fine early hanger with outstanding brown leather and the retainer strap. The hardware is solid nickel and the clip is the conventional type with no marking on the back. Attached to the clip is a matching leather belt loop and grip retainer loop. This hanger assembly is in outstanding condition. The blade itself is in fairly good condition still being bright having a couple of age spots here and there but overall it is not bad. As I say the tip was broken off the end as intentional. The motto is good having a frosted background. On the reverse of the dagger neatly engraved in the upper section of the blade in three lines is the details of the fallen soldier “Karl Stohrer / Gefallen 27.7.41 / SA-Sturm 12 / 120”. I would think it's possible to research this SA man solider as there is hopefully enough information there. The reverse ricasso has the mark of the twins logo within an double oval circle. The circle contains the firm’s name and location J. A. Henckels Zwillingswerk Solingen. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A most interesting dagger here and I have had a few of these memorial daggers in the past. I find them quite interesting.
Excellent Plus. $3,495.00
SADAGGERS #47716 Mid Period Double Proof SA H & E Lauterjung / RZM M7 16
This Lauterjung example is one of the seldom seen SAs that we see that incorporate a double proof mark, an indication of the manufacturer being reluctant to lose his identity in place of an RZM mark. We only see this usually in 1937 examples and after that there is no maker marking. The crossguards of this example are the nickel plated type. The upper guard shows a little bit of freckling in the surfaces but it is not bad and the tang nut is good. The lower crossguard has freckling to the plating on both sides. The grip is a nice RZM example with crisp center line and a interesting grain which runs vertically. The grip fits the guards nicely. The SA runes button has fine enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the styl e with beak which points upward slightly. The details to the bird’s head and breast feathering talons are slightly worn but the bird’s wings wreath and swastika are still crisp. The scabbard is straight throughout. It has good original brown paint. The paint shows some attic crazing on both sides but it is still about 98 percent. The scabbard mounts are in nice condition having the thicker throat that we see on some later examples. The lower ball is also perfect. The 4 dome head screws are all in place. The blade of this example is a very fine one still being in mint condition. It has all of its crossgraining and has a fine SA motto with 100 percent of the darkening in the backgrounds. On the reverse ricasso there is a double shaded RZM positioned over the code M7/6. Below this is the name of the producer H & E Lauterjung Solingen. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard. A hard to find double proof here and a change of the crossguards to the proper vintage with good plating would make a big difference with this dagger.
SADAGGERS #47592 Early SA by Carl Tillmann (Lynx logo)
This early dagger is in pretty nice condition throughout. The nickel crossguards still have the dull patina and they are both in excellent condition with good smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut does not appear to have been removed. The grip is a fine example having just a little bit of burl visible in the grain particularly on the obverse side. The grip is very nicely formed however and fits the crossguards well. The grip is in perfect condition. The SA runes button is a fine example with enamel present. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak that points upward slightly. There is minor wear to the bird’s head breast feathering and talons but the wing feathering wreath and swastika are still crisp. The reverse lower crossguard is gruppe marked “P”.
The scabbard shell is nice and straight. It has good dark anodizing which has some evenly spread age across obverse and reverse surfaces but all of the finish still appears to be there. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition to include the lower ball. The four screws are in place.
The blade shows a little bit of usage but still has the majority of the crossgrain and grades in a near mint state. The SA motto is the style with frosted backgrounds and the frosting still appears to be there at about 80 to 90 percent. The reverse ricasso is marked with the maker name in an arch Carl Tillmans Sohne Solingen. Inside of the arched logo there is a lynx animal which is running horizontally across the ricasso. At first glance the animal looks like a fox but I am told it is not. There is also a etching below the animal “Lux”. I understand that this is an old German for the animal’s name lynx. I looked this maker up and it is a fairly rare one being an 8 (but actually much higher) on the McSARR scale. It is also a desirable trademark because it has that good look we all like with these early daggers. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
Not the best off condition here, but if you’re collecting makers you will absolutely want a Tillmann.
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.
SADAGGERS #46982C Early SA with Silver Dedication Grip Plaque by Anton Wingen
This early SA is a most curious dagger because of the dedication plaque which we will get to further down in the description.
The dagger is equipped with good nickel crossguards and tang nut and it does not appear the tang nut has been removed. The guards are in nice condition crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked “No”.
The grip is also quite nice being a furniture like brown color and having some attractive burl grain in the obverse as well as the reverse. The grip remains in nice condition throughout. The SA runes button has good enamel and the nickel eagle is the styler with beak which points upward slightly. There is only minor wear to this bird with the head details and breast feathering still being all visible and good details to the wings talon wreath and swastika.
The reverse of the grip has a triangular 800 marked silver plate on the reverse of it.Because it is triangular shaped and the center point of the triangle is installed pointing upward on the frip the engraving was done upside down so that it would be visible on the small space of the plaque. There is a five line very precise engraving done being In Kameradschaftlicher / erinnerung / a. d. 31 7. 1932 / G. Walker / Stb F. This inscription translates “In comradeship in remembrance of the day 7 31 1932 G Walker Sturmbannführer”. One of our collector friends saw this piece on one of my unboxings and found out that the significance of this date was that it was one of Hilter’s major elections which was a big assistance in ushering him into power the following year. The plaque is extremely well done with very professionally done engraving and is retained with three nails. The plaque is also marked “800” indicating that it is silver.
The scabbard is an anodized version and is dent free. The anodizing shows some wear and there are a few age spots on both sides. The scabbard mounts are in good condition to include the lower ball. The two screws at the top are original and there were no screws in the bottom mount so we took the liberty to install these.
I wish the balde were a little better but unfortunately it has spotting caused by being wet some time in the past. The spotting takes over around the center point. The motto has about 70 percent of the darkening in the background. The reverse ricasso is marked with the small knight logo and above it is the firm’s name Anton Wingen Jr and below is “Solingen”. The blade shoulders nicely match the lower crossguard contour.
I wish the bad were in better condition but I think the significance of the presentation plaque goes a long way to make this dagger quite desirable. I also think that more research could be done concerning the date and Herr Walker. A very interesting piece.
SADAGGERS #45983 Early SA with Dedicated Blade by Wilhlem Kober Suhl
This SA has the traditional Suhl type hilt having the fine crossguard for which this city was famous for. Both guards are in perfect condition with smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves.
The grip is one of the walnut type used by the Suhl makers. It remains in nice condition and fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is one of the coppery types and although the enamel shows usage it is still all there. The grip eagle is a nickel high necked variety. All of the details are still visible to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A fine hilt here.
The scabbard is also a very nice example. It still retains all of its anodized finish and about 90 percent of the original protective lacquer. Very nice shell here. The scabbard mounts match the patina of the hilt and both are in good condition to include the lower ball. The original screws are in place and are unturned.
There is a short hanger connected to the carrying ring. The short hanger appears to be perhaps a little later vintage than the dagger and shows quite a bit of age. The buckle has some rust on it as does the snap clip. It is an RZM type snap clip. The leather still seems sound and it is complete with the small retainer loop. Attached to the clip is a brown belt loop having an unusual round ring. All in all though a nice scabbard setup here.
The blade shows a little bit of age graying over the surfaces but all in all it is not bad still rating at excellent plus. The obverse has a good SA etch with about 60 percent of the original darkening in the letters.
The reverse though is quite interesting as it has three line dedication. The dedication seems to read “Lass Dick Wie Beirren / S / L Ings Heinz Mayer zum 18.5.1934 / von sienen Vater”. Essentially this means “Do not let my son stray too far from his father “. In addition the initials of his son RIHM are stamped into the Sa gruppe mark.
A very interesting dagger here with a father trying to guide his son along in life. Perhaps The SA was not the best thing to join and we know that now and of course at the time it was considered an up and coming NSDAP organization. A very neat dagger here that possibly could be researched.
SADAGGERS #35260 Early SA Dagger with Blade Dedication and Leather Covered Scabbard - Carl Eickhorn
This early SA Dagger is of initial production and apparently was a ground Röhm that had a dedication done over the original inscription after it was removed. The dagger must have been important to the recipient as it has a period leather covered scabbard; we will get to these details further down in the description.
The hilt section is a typical Eickhorn variety. The all nickel mounts have good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and the hand cut deep accent grooves typical of this producer. Studying the tang nut I do not see where this dagger has ever been apart. All nickel parts have a good even patina throughout. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked, "Wf". The grip is a standard fruitwood type having a rich brown color with some interesting fine grains in the finish. The grip shows only nominal usage and remains in perfect condition. The grip is of medium to high ridge construction, and exactly fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is nicely placed, with perfect enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" type having all details remaining to the bird"s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. As indicated above, this shell has been period covered with a finely grained leather. The brown leather is a rich color and the leather was sewn up the center of the rear section similar to a hunting cutlass. The leather meets both of the mounts but does not go under it. This leather shows some scuffs and usage but no cuts or problems. The scabbard mounts are the nickel type and they are in good condition throughout to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered.
There is a fine conditioned early style short hanger which appears original to the piece. This short hanger has good supple leather and is complete with the small retainer strap. The hardware is all nickel with a standard variety unmarked snap clip.
The obverse blade is still quite bright throughout having some mild age at the ricasso area and running up to the ending of the SA motto. It is not bad however and just appears as a cloudiness on this part of the blade. The rest of the blade is nice and bright throughout. The SA motto is crisp and has 100% of the frosted backgrounds in the letters. The reverse blade was apparently a Röhm as the grain is slightly different from the obverse grain. This was certainly a factory job however as the removal is quite expert.
The trademark on the dagger is the early double ovals and we know that these were normally used only with full Röhm examples. There is a two line dedication on the reverse blade. The dedication is apparently in the facsimile handwriting of the giver. It reads, "In treuer Kameradschaft - Hermann Fehneberg". If you are an avid researcher I have no doubt you will be able to track down some information on this man.
As mentioned above the trademark is the small double ovals which contain the firm"s name and location, "Carl Eickhorn Solingen". Inside is a seated squirrel with serrated tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.
A most interesting SA Dagger here, and a great addition to an advanced collection.
Excellent Plus. $2,995.00
SADAGGERS #45647 SA “Name Only” Partial Ground Röhm by Carl Eickhorn
This Eickhorn dagger has classic nickel Eickhorn fittings. The fittings have a nice patination to them and have smooth surfaces crisp edges and the very precise accent grooves we see from this maker. The tang nut is in nice condition and does not appear to have been turned. The lower crossguard is gruppe marked “Fr”.
The typical Eickhorn grip is a very fine example being a mahogany like wood having fine attractive vertical running grains. It has some lighter colors in the finish and gives a very pleasing look to the eye. The grip remains in perfect condition throughout with high center ridge grip. This grip fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button remains in perfect condition with fine enamel. The grip eagle is the high necked version. The head breast feathering and talons show a little bit of minor surface wear but the wings wreath and swastika are still quite crisp. A fine grip here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The anodizing is all there but there is some even age spotting present on both sides. The nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and unturned.Attached to the carrying ring is what appears to be the original to the piece short hanger. It is the early style with excellent leather and the small loop is still present. The nickel mounts are in perfect condition and the clip is the “snout nosed” variety having the rivet that retains the spring.
The blade obverse is in nice condition still being bright and with the exception of a small rub at the obverse ricasso area which apparently was done at the time the blade was ground this blade is in near mint condition. It has a good motto still retaining just about 98 percent of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse blade still has its full inscription remaining and only the Ernst Röhm signature was ground out. An attempt was made to regrain the area over the ground portion but it is quite obvious that this is a ground out piece. The small 1933 through 35 trademark was also affected during the grinding. The squirrel logo was mostly removed but the double circles remain and most of the Cark Eickhorn name is there and all of “Solingen” is there. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
It's also worth noting which we see on quite a few ground Röhm pieces I believe that this piece also has the very tip broken off as a further shaming of the motto. The blade was retipped somewhere along the line and other than being about one quarter of an inch short the blade looks quite normal.
A nice 100 percent original name only partial ground Röhm dagger.
SADAGGERS #45117 Early SA by F. A. Kirschbaum
This beautiful piece is in about as good a condition as a collector is likely to find. The nickel crossguard and tang nut are pristine throughout. The tang nut does not appear as though it has been out of the dagger.
The crossguards throughout are smooth and have crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked "Wm".
The grip is in complete perfect condition having a dark mahogany looking wood. The wood is very attractive and in indeed furniture like. It fits the crossguards perfectly. The SA runes button has fine enamel. The grip eagle is style with high neck. It has a little bit of wear on the bird's head only but the breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika are still new like. A very fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is just outstanding. It is completely straight and easily has 100 percent of the original anodized finish. There is also probably 85 percent of the original protective lacquer. It is not often we see a scabbard in this nice of a condition. The scabbard mounts are nickel and they are in nice condition to include the never dropped lower ball.
The blade absolutely exquisite mint. It is mirror bright with 100 percent crossgrain and fine deep SA motto. The letters to the motto have all of their darkening and literally jumps off the blade. The reverse blade is in the same choice condition. The reverse ricasso is marked with the double ovals which is marked with the firm's name and location F. A. Kirschbaum Solingen and in the center is "& CO". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A very elegant dagger here which is rated an 8 on the McSARR scale. If you are looking for that special SA in top condition this one should meet your need.
SADAGGERS #45105C Early SA with Blade Dedication - F. Dick
This SA has fine nickel crossguards with a tang nut which does not appear to have been moved.
The guards are in nice shape with smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower guard is marked "Sw".
The grip is in very fine condition fitting the crossguards like a rubber glove. It is a good looking wood with vertical grain and having some different tines in the wood that make it interesting to look at. There is also a set of carved initial in the lower reverse grip which appear to be "SE". The grip SA runes button is in perfect condition. The grip eagle is the high neck variety having perfect detail throughout the head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A nice hilt here.
The scabbard is straight throughout the obverse. There is just the tiniest of a little ding at the bottom left side near the scabbard mount. This anodizing is in good condition throughout. The scabbard though is a bit of mystery as the scabbard mounts are the plated type. This is very unusual to see with a anodized finish. Perhaps this piece was produced later in the run just before the transitional period or it is possible the original owner replaced the scabbard. The scabbard mounts are in excellent condition throughout having all screws present and unturned.
Connected to the hanging ring is a fine early three piece hanger. This is another reason why I think the scabbard could have been replaced by the original owner and his original hanger retained. The hanger leather is in good condition throughout although the little retainer loop is missing. The hardware is all the early nickel type with a early unmarked snout nosed variety clip the variety being the type with the rivet that holds the spring in place. Connected to the snap clip is what appears to be the original to this piece belt loop being the type which fold over and has a boss holding it in place and there is also a grip retainer loop but unfortunately the leather is broken where it is connect at the snap but the snap portion is still there.
The blade is a very fine example being in mint condition. The motto is nicely done having 100 percent of the frosting in the background. On the reverse is a dedication performed by a SA officer that I have seen probably a half a dozen times in the past. The inscription is lightly etch In trueue kamaradeschaft Carlo Kraemer / SturmfÃ¼hrer 10 / M / 86. Herr Kraemer was a prolific gift giver because there most have been many more dedicated daggers with his name when I have have seen at least five or six of the in the past. The dedication however is absolutely original. It would be nice if someone cold do some research on Kramer to see just who he was. The group that he was with when this was presented appears to have been one of the SA motor groups. The blade ricasso is etched with the arrow pointing downward with the name "F. Dick". The blade shoulders perfect meet the lower crossguard.
A fine interesting dagger here.
SADAGGERS #44581C Early SA Dagger - Carl Jul Krebs
This dagger has toned nickel fittings throughout not appearing to have ever been cleaned. The crossguards and tang nut are in fine condition and the tang nut does not appear to have ever been removed. The surfaces are still smooth with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is gruppe marked "He". The grip remains in perfect condition with a good vertical grain. it perfectly fits the crossguards. The runes button is one of the more coppery types and it has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the high nicked type. It shows just a tad of wear to head and breast feathering but the wing feathering talons wreath and swastika are still crisp. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. it appears to have all of its anodized finish although the finish is a slightly darker color. It is all there however. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition to include the lower ball and all four screws are in place. The blade is in very fine condition still being bright with needlelike tip and rating mint. It has a very fine deep and dark motto with 100 percent of the blackening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso feature double ovals which contain the firm's name and location "Carl Jul Krebs Solingen". Inside is a crown over the letter K. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
Excellent Plus. $1,150.00
SADAGGERS #44560C Early SA Dagger with Crossguard Dedication - Sud Messerfabrik Gefrees
This early dagger is produced by a not too often seen maker Sud Messerfabrik located in the small town of Gefrees. This producer is rated at a 8 on the McSARR scale. The crossguards and tang nut are of solid nickel the tang nut looks to have been removed maybe once. The surfaces are in good condition as are the edges and accent grooves. The reverse lower crossguard is gruppe marked "He". On the reverse crossguard is the dedication "in kameradeschaft standarte 83". Apparently on of the members of this standarte gave the dagger to a friend. The engraving work is very nicely done being professional and beautifully fit to the space allotted. The grip is a fine darker wood having a more rounded surface. The obverse remains in perfect condition whereas the reverse has a couple of minor indents in the ridge area of the wood but they are not bad. The grip fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button has all of the enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with point behind the head. The bird shows a little minor wear to the head breast feathering and talons but the wreathed swastika and wings are still quite crisp. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has 100% of the original anodizing and also has about 50 to 60 percent of the original protective lacquer more being on the obverse than the reverse. The nickel mounts are in very fine condition to include the lower ball and they are retained by the four original unturned nickel screws. Attached to the upper hangin ring is a period short hanger which appears to be original to the piece. The hanger still has excellent leather and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger hardware is of all nickel with the clip being of conventional style and unmarked. Attached to the clip is a fine brown belt loop which seems to match the hanger. This loop is equipped with a nickel D ring. The blade of this piece is mostly bright but there are a couple of smudges that are concentrated around the center ares of the blade on both sides. The grain is still all there but these smudges do effect the rating so this blade is only at excellent plus. The SA motto is crisp with good dark lettering. On the reverse the logo is of two ovals which enclose the firm's name and locations "Sud Messerfabrik Gefrees". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the the lower crossguard. An interesting early SA dagger.
Excellent Plus. $1,495.00
SADAGGERS #42573C Early SA Dagger - Puma
This Puma SA Dagger has very fine tang nut and crossguards. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "No".
The grip is a deep cherry color, having more of a rounded surface than we normally see, and some subtle wood grain that is visible if you look closely. This fine grip is sure to stand out in a SA collection, and fits the guards perfectly. The SA runes button retains perfect enamel, and the nickel grip eagle is the type with slightly upturned beak. This bird retains good detailing throughout.
The scabbard shell is an excellent example, being straight throughout and with a 100% intact anodized finish. There is about 30% of the original lacquer remaining, spread throughout both sides. The mounts are in generally good condition, with the exception of the lower ball which is slightly squashed. The next owner might like to look into finding an early scabbard mount to replace it as it would help the dagger immensely. The for original nickel screws are in place.
The original short hanger is attached to this piece. The dark brown leather remains supple and the retainer loop is intact. The nickel clip is marked "A" and "DRGM".
The blade is an extremely nice example. It remains bright throughout, with full crossgrain. The SA motto is deeply etched and retains 100 of the darkening. The reverse ricasso is etched with the familiar Cat Head logo of the Puma firm.
A fine Puma piece here.
Excellent Plus. $995.00
SADAGGERS #42191C Late SA Dagger with Gilded Crossguards - RZM M7/51 1938 (Wingen)
This SA Dagger is a late production example and quite odd in that it has gilded crossguards. It is possible that these guards are original as they do show appropriate age and craftsmanship. We do see daggers that were made by Atwood by in the late 60's and early 70's, so it is hard to tell the difference.
The tang nut on this example is a standard type, showing age and without the original plating. The grip is a fine RZM type that remains in perfect condition, fitting the guards perfectly. It has a pleasing vertical subsurface grain. The SA runes button retains good enamel, and the aluminum grip eagle is the "High Necked" type. It is interesting to note that there is some residual gilding left on this bird, so it is very possible this dagger was meant for Marine use but I don't know for sure.
The scabbard has standard nickel plated steel mounts, showing some minor age. The lower ball has a hit to the center and a split on the right side. The shell, however, remains straight and has good chocolate brown paint with only minor wear.
The blade, unfortunately, has tuned gray over the years. The motto also shows wear and only has about 50% of the original darkening. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with an RZM circle set atop the Anton Wingen Jr code, "M7/51 1938". Below the RZM coding the the Little Knight trademark of the Wingen firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A pretty neat dagger for those of you that like unusual pieces. It is priced accordingly.
SADAGGERS #34105C Early SA with Scabbard Dedication - F. Herder
This early SA Dagger does not appear to have been cleaned and has good patination throughout its all nickel mounts. The tang nut does not appear to have been removed from the dagger. These hilt mounts have good smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked "Wf".
The grip is an even, dark brown wood which appears to be mahogany. This wood is of a Medium to Sharp Contour construction. The grip fits the nickel mounts like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has fine enameled surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the type with "point behind the head". Most of the details are still there to the bird's head and breast feathering with full details to the wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell is one of the seldom seen types that is painted instead of having an anodized finish. The paint is a dark brown purple color. There is quite a bit of chipping and wear across this scabbard paint. Maybe 50% remains. It is interesting to note that since the dedication of this dagger is dated a late 1936, that perhaps this was a period when the changeover time to paint rather than anodizing took place. The upper nickel mount is in excellent condition, and the lower mount unfortunately has a pushed up ball. There is some splitting on the left side of the ball, but none on the right. The screws are all in place, and show some turning, especially on the lower ones. The upper screws are still in unbuggered condition.
The reverse of the upper scabbard mount has a five-line dedication. The dedication is beautifully done in tiny Gothic style lettering. It reads "Unseren/Korporalschaftsfuhrer/Zur Erinnerug/Hans Eck/25.12.36". This dedication appears to read "Given to Hans Eck in memory of the corporal leader staff December 25th, 1936." Perhaps this was a Christmas gift to Eck who was probably the leader of this group. The blade shows a little bit of in and out work as well as some age, but the surfaces still remain bright. There is not a lot of crossgraining on this blade, and the backgrounds of the letters in the SA motto only have about 50% of the factory darkening remaining. The reverse ricasso is etched with a set of crossed keys positioned over the firm's name and location "F. Herder A.S./Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A fine Herder SA Dagger here.
SADAGGERS #34064C SA/NSKK Officer's Dagger Conversion, RZM 7/13 - SchÃ¼ttlehÃ¶fer
This most unusual dagger represents a period conversion that looks to have once been an SA dagger and perhaps the original owner joined the NSKK as an officer. Since the wearer may have been unable to order an officer's dagger because of the demands of the war it appears as though he chose to convert his existing SA to an NSKK with a chained suspension. The dagger has the standard nickel-plated crossguards with steel tang nut. The crossguards show a little bit of mild freckling in the surfaces but the plating is still all there and mostly bright.
The grip appears to have been an SA example as despite the fact that it has been painted black there is still quite a bit of brown original color which shows where the paint has worn or flaked off. There is also a chip in the surface of the right hand obverse and the right hand reverse section of the grip. The SA runes button is in place with perfect enamel surfaces. The grip eagle is an aluminum type. The eagle appears to be the type with "beak which points upwards slightly". There is some wear to the head and breast feathering area or it may be a rub from something along the way. The same is true of the swastika within the wreath. The top portion of the swastika is also rubbed. The rest of the bird still appears OK to include the open wings and the wreath.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell also shows traces of being brown underneath and having a rather crude black painted surface. The paint job appears to have been done with a brush and no doubt was accomplished by the same individual who painted the grip. There are traces of black paint still on the edges of the scabbard mount so apparently the painter did not bother to remove these mounts prior to the new finish. In addition to the paint job there has also been a center ramp added to the scabbard. This ramp appears to have been made locally as it is not anywhere near what a "standard" example would be. It is only about Âº-inch wide with high center and rounded edges. It is retained by a steel dome head screw which is slightly larger than the normal scabbard screws. There is an eyelet on the right end with a carrying ring being smaller in dimension than the norm. The scabbard mounts are the standard nickel-plated type and they still retain their original brightness. The four dome head screws are all in place and they are unbuggered.
The blade is a typical RZM type having a high center ridge and lightly etched motto. The motto has most of its original factory darkening gone to time. The blade shows some of the original crossgraining but most of it is gone and the surfaces are beginning to turn gray. This blade only grades at excellent. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a double open RZM circle positioned over the SchÃ¼ttlehÃ¶fer code "M 7/13". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.
An interesting dagger here for those that are prone to collecting oddities. An absolute period conversion here that probably had some sort of a chain hanger. The hanger of course is now missing.