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

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

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



SADAGGERS #38397 Personalized Early SA Dagger – Curdts Nachtf

This SA Dagger has excellent nickel crossguards, with good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut is also a fine example and does not appear to have been removed in modern times. The lower reverse guard is stamped over to the right with “HO” gruppe mark, which is often found in a bizarre position.

Engraved into the reverse guard is the original owner's name and unit, “K. Evertz 3/M Saar”. Given the amount of information here it is possible that this SA man could be researched.

The grip is a Smooth Contour type constructed of fairly dark wood. The wood is in excellent shape throughout, with no flaws and little evidence of carrying time. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the type with a visible point behind the head, and retains full detailing throughout. The grip fits the guards perfectly.

The scabbard shell is in very good shape on the reverse, with just a small “BB” ding on the lower area. The “anodized” finish is quite good, appearing to be mostly intact. There is some mild age in the surfaces of both sides. The scabbard mounts are in excellent condition, the lower ball have just a tiny ding on the bottom. The mounts are retained by the original unbuggered nickel screws.

The blade of this dagger remains nice and bright, with only minor spots here and there on the obverse. The crossgraining is still visible throughout the entire blade. The SA motto is crisp and has 100% of the frosted backgrounds. The maker mark is one we do not see very often, being a circle the the firm's name and location around it, “Curdts Nachtf Solingen”. Inside is a triangle pierced by a sword. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A nice early SA Dagger here, from a maker rated a 7 on the McSAAR scale.

Excellent Plus. $1,395.00

SADAGGERS #38391 Early SA Dagger – Gebruder Heller

This early SA Dagger does not appear to have ever been cleaned. The nickel mounts have a nice, dull patination evenly spread throughout. The tang nut looks like it was removed once or twice, but not recently. The crossguards are in good condition throughout, the reverse of the lower guard being marked “Th”.

The grip is a High Contour style, having a nice even brown wood with subtle vertical grain. The grip is in excellent condition throughout, showing very little evidence of usage an fitting the guards perfectly. The SA runes button is nicely placed, with just a tiny mark to the enamel just above the top of the “S” rune. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a slightly upturned beak; this bird retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is completely straight throughout. It has a good “anodized” finish, with just hints of age showing on both faces. The matching scabbard mounts are in generally good condition, the lower ball having a minor hit that has pushed it slightly to the left. The original screws are all in place and are untouched.

The blade of this dagger is still mostly bright, having some minor age in the surfaces but nothing serious. The SA motto is very deeply etched and retains about 90% of the original background darkening. The reverse of the blade has the maker's name, “Gebruder Heller” stamped horizontally. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A good, untouched early SA dagger here, and reasonably priced.

Excellent. $695.00

SADAGGERS #38335C Early SA Dagger – Axt und Hauerfabrik

This early SA Dagger is extremely pleasing to behold. It has not been cleaned and the nickel mounts have a very fine dull, even patination. It does not look to have ever been taken apart.

The crossguards have very smooth surfaces, with precise accent grooves and crisp edge definition. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked “Wf”.

The grip is a fine Medium Contour example, having a tobacco color and with grain that runs at an angle across the surface. This is quite unusual and affords a very interesting look to the piece. This grip is in perfect condition and fits the guards perfectly. The SA runes button is in good condition with perfect enamel, and fine detailing remains throughout the “High Neck” nickel grip eagle.

The scabbard is also one to write home about; it is nice and straight and has a most beautiful reddish-brown color. The “anodized” remains in perfect condition throughout, showing only the most minor traces of handling. It is rare to see this type of finish in this kind of condition. The matching nickel mounts are in very fine condition as well, the lower mount having one minor trace of carrying wear along the left edge. There is also a very slight rub on the front of the ball but it is extremely minor and does not detract from the piece. All of the nickel screws are in place and are unturned.

Attached to the carrying ring is what appears to be the original short hanger. This hanger is a beauty, with a fine luster to the leather as well as solid nickel hardware. The snap clip is marked “A” and “DRGM”. The original matching retainer loop is also in place.

Adding to the pleasure of this dagger is an outstanding, fully mint condition blade. This blade is mirror-bright and has full factory grain. The SA motto is extremely striking as it is one of the very, very dark types; it retains 100% of the original darkening in the recesses of the lettering. The reverse of the blade is marked with trademark of the Axt und Hauerfabrik firm; a fine horses head in a set of double ovals. This trademark is the smaller variant, a larger example was also used by the firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

An extremely nice and very desirable SA Dagger here.

Mint Minus. $1,395.00

SADAGGERS #38332C Early SA Dagger – Axt und Hauerfabrik

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

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

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

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

A good, strong SA example here.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

SADAGGERS #38331C Early SA Dagger – Malsch & Ambronn

This early SA Dagger is in nice condition throughout.

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

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

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

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

A very nice early SA dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #38334C Factory Ground Röhm SA Dagger – Gebrüder Heller

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

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

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

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

A very nice Heller Ground Röhm SA Dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #38211C Partial Röhm SA Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This Partial Röhm SA Dagger should have much appeal to those out there would like all of the parts to be absolutely filthy and show no sign of anyone ever taking them down or fiddling with them in any manner. This dagger has really pushed the definition of “patinated” to the very limit.

The nickel crossguards, despite the fact that they look like they are 400 years old, still have great smooth base, with crisp edges and the very deep accent grooves typical of the Eickhorn firm. The tang nut shows no sign that that it has ever been worked over with a wrench.

The grip is of High Contour construction and remains in perfect condition. The fit is not the greatest I have ever seen, but this is typical of Eickhorn which have never been know for tight fits. The SA runes button is in good condition with perfect enamel. The “High Neck” grip eagle shows some wear to the head and breast, but the remainder of the detail is in excellent condition.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It unfortunately shows some age spread evenly across both sides. It appears to be mostly surface rust and it is hard to see if there is any of the “anodized” finish left. I know the description sounds bad but the reality of the piece is really much, much better. The scabbard mounts have the same grungy patinated look. The upper mount is in excellent condition and has an interesting number that is engraved into the reverse, “30882”. I assume this is probably an Ausweiss number, and although there is always a possibility of researching the original owner the task will be daunting to say the least. The lower mount matches the upper mount, however it was dropped at some point and the ball has been smashed and split off to the left. The screws are all in place and appear unturned.

The original hanger is a little different than we normally see. The original owner of the dagger apparently did not want to bother with his short hanger. He used the grip retainer loop to snap around the ring and the belt loop to wear the dagger. It looks to have worked out fine as the leather is still in serviceable condition. The “D” ring of the belt loops shows the same dirt and filth as the rest of the metal mounts.

The blade is somewhat of a surprise. The obverse blade is in nearly mint condition, however it does have an age spot on the lower edge near the ricasso. The grain is all there, however, and the tip remains needle-like. The SA motto is also crisp and deep with 100% of the darkening in the letter. The reverse shows just a little more period toning of the finish, as after the Röhm purge just his signature was removed from the blade surface. The person who performed the removal most have tried to match the rest of the blade so the brightness is toned down on the reverse. The Röhm inscription, however, is still crisp and deep and retains all of the darkening.

The blade has the early 1933-35 Eickhorn trademark, this variant featuring a seated squirrel holding a nut and with a serrated tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. It is interesting to note that the area of guard covered by the scabbard throat is still nice and bright, contrasting drastically with the more filthy areas.

If you are looking for an absolutely untouched Partial Röhm with a nice blade to show up the outside, this dagger is for you.

Excellent. $1,995.00

SADAGGERS #38151C Early SA Dagger with Crossguard Dedication – J.P. Sauer

This Sauer SA Dagger is an excellent example; it exudes the usual quality associated with this Suhl maker.

The nickel crossguards are in fine condition throughout, with crisp edges, smooth surfaces and precisely cut accent grooves. The tang nut does not look to have been removed more than once. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked “Mi”.

Additionally there is a professional engraving. The obverse reads, “II / R. J. 4” and then, on the opposite side, “8.8.1934”. I'm not sure what the letter “J” stands for, but the “R” is most likely a Reserve or possibly even a Reiter regiment. I tend to think it is the former, however.

The grip is a fine walnut with tiny grains running throughout the surface. This hardwood has Sharp Contour construction and remains in perfect condition, nicely fitting the crossguards. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has good enamel. The grip eagle is the style with a slightly upturned beak, and it has full detail remaining throughout.

The scabbard is a fine example, having good, straight edges on both sides. All of the “anodized” finish is still present as well as about 80% of the original protective lacquer. The scabbard mounts are of matching nickel and are in perfect condition to include the lower ball. All of the original nickle screws are in place and are unturned.

The blade is a fine, mint condition example. This blade has all of the crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is in nice condition, with 100% of the original frosting in the recesses of the lettering. The reverse ricasso of the blade is matching etched with e Sauer logo. A pair oval ovals contain the firm's name and location, “J. P. Sauer & Sohn Suhl / Gegr 1751”. In the center is a warrior wielding a spear. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

An interesting dagger here; it is rare to see a Suhl piece with dedicated guards.

Near Mint. $1,695.00

SADAGGERS #38268C Early SA Dagger – Paul Weyersberg

It is not often that we see a Weyersberg SA Dagger, which is unusual because they produced, as we know, an awful lot of early Luftwaffe pieces.

The dagger has good solid nickel crossguards and a fine matching tang nut which does not appear to have ever been removed. The guards are in very good condition throughout, the lower reverse guard being gruppe marked “Om”.

The grip is a fine Smooth Contour type and is in perfect condition. It is a pleasing brown color with some subtle grain throughout and fits the crossguard nicely. The SA runes button is in prefect condition and nicely placed. The nickel grip eagle is the “High Neck” variety and retains good detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell has most of the “anodized” finish, but unfortunately has developed rust spots that are spread evenly throughout both sides. The shell is nice and straight, however. The scabbard mounts are of matching solid nickel and are in good condition to include the never-dropped lower ball. All four original screws are in place and unturned.

There is a nice short hanger with good, supple leather and complete with a small retainer loop. The buckle is slightly bent, which may have been done intentionally by the original owner to make the dagger more comfortable to wear. The solid nickel clip is unmarked.

The blade is a beauty, being nice and bright. It is nearly mint with just a little bit of smudge around the center of both sides. All of the graining is still present. The SA motto is deep and very crisp, having very black backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is marked with the familiar Weyersberg logo; a downward pointing sword flanked by wheat stalks. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

Like I said we don't see many Weyersberg SA Daggers, so this piece would be a nice prize for someone collecting SA types.

Excellent. $995.00

SADAGGERS #38190C Partial “Name Only” Ground Röhm SA Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This fine conditioned piece is an absolute most for anyone collecting SA daggers.

The dagger is equipped with typical Eickhorn solid nickel crossguards; these guards have outstanding smooth surfaces, crisp edges and the very precisely cut accent grooves characteristic of the Eickhorn firm. The tang nut does not show any signs of disassembly. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked “S”.

The Eickhorn grip is in nice condition, with some traces of hand wear here and there but with no chips or real problems. This grip nicely fits the guards. The SA runes button is well placed and has good enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the “High Neck” variety, and retains very fine detailing throughout the design.

The scabbard shell is a beauty; it is straight throughout and has a very fine “anodized” surface which is completely intact. This finish has an appealing reddish-brown color to it and really makes the whole piece pop. The scabbard mounts are of matching nickel and in perfect condition through to the lower ball. All of the original screws are present and unturned.

The upper hanging ring is equipped with a fine three piece hanger. This short hanger has good, supple leather and is equipped with nickel-plated hardware. The snap clip is marked “A”, “DRGM”, and “RZM M5/8” on the reverse. Attached to the short hanger is a fine belt loop with a grip retainer loop. The “D” ring on the belt loop has a pebbled, nickle-plated finish.

The blade of this dagger is still nice and bright, showing some minor usage. Some traces of grain are still visible in the blade surface. The SA motto has about 85% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds.

The reverse of the blade bears a nearly complete Röhm inscription, with only the signature being removed. This has been ground over, but there is a good portion of the “E” remaining, as well as the umlaut over the “ö” in Röhm. The grinding was well executed and stays confined to the name only. The trademark is the early 1933-35 Small Oval type, featuring the firm's name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen” and a seated squirrel with a serrated tail and holding a nut in his paws. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

An exceptional Partial Röhm SA Dagger here, and an appealing piece.

Excellent Plus. $2,595.00

SADAGGERS #38152C Early SA Dagger – ASSO (Arthur Schüttlehöfer)

This early SA Dagger is in top-notch condition throughout. The crossguards are very fine, with good smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The tang nut is also in good condition, looking to have been turned only once or twice. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked “Ns”.

The grip is very beautiful, being a Smooth Contour type with a rich coloration and subtle graining. This grip is in perfect condition and nicely fits the guards. The SA runes button is in generally good condition, showing just a a couple of taps to the enamel but with no breakage. The grip eagle is a “High Neck” variety and is in choice condition throughout.

The scabbard is also a beauty. The shell is perfectly straight and retains 100% of the original “anodized” finish on the obverse. The reverse is also intact except for a couple of age marks in the center. The finish has an appealing reddish-brown glow and retains about 90% of the original lacquer. The scabbard mounts are nicely matching and the lower ball has just a slight ding to the bottom. It is really not noticeable, however. The original screws are all in place.

The blade of this dagger is in mint condition, with full grain and a fine, needle-like tip. The SA motto is crisp and deep, with very black background darkening; this motto really jumps out at the viewer. The reverse of the blade is matching etched with the logo of the Schüttlehöfer firm; a pair of crossed Hobby Horses and the abbreviation of the Arthur Schüttlehöfer name, “ASSO”. Below the horses is the location city of “Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very fine SA Dagger here, from a relatively scare maker. The ASSO firm rates a 6 on the McSARR Scale.

Mint Minus. $1,395.00

SADAGGERS #38115 Mid-period SA Dagger, RZM M7/66 – Carl Eickhorn

This mid-period Eickhorn dagger is a very fine example; in my opinion everyone should have an Eickhorn RZM dagger as part of their collection. It adds interest, and the later pieces made by this firm are of exceptional quality.

This example has nickel-plated crossguards, and the plating is 100% intact throughout. They are still bright and show little usage. The tang nut is a fine, matching example, also in nice condition. It is interesting to note that the tang nut is a nickel example, indicative of a transitional piece.

The grip is a very fine, pleasing brown wood with attractive subsurface grain. It is of High Ridge construction and is in perfect condition, beautifully fitting the crossguards. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has perfect enamel surfaces. The grip eagle is a nickel example, being the style with a slightly upturned beak. This retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It is painted a medium chocolate brown color and shows only minimal signs of carrying time. This paint is 99% intact and retains the original brightness. The scabbard mounts are nickel-plated steel, both in choice condition and factory bright. The lower ball has just the tiniest of taps, but it is nothing. The scabbard throat is the thicker style that we often see on mid-period and late production Eickhorn examples.

The blade of this dagger is very fine, still bright and will all of the original crossgraining and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is quite good, with 98% of the original background darkening. There is a trace of runner wear across the center of the letters. There is a small spot on the reverse but it is only a smudge mark. The reverse ricasso is marked with a single open RZM circle positioned over the code for the Eickhorn firm, “RZM M7/66/1938”. Below this is the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very fine mid-period Eickhorn SA Dagger here.

Mint Minus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #38168C Early SA Dagger – W. Beien & Co.

This “Bulldog” SA Dagger is extremely desirable. As SA collectors will attest this trademark is incredibly difficult to come by. I have one in my collection and I sold one a couple of years ago; this dagger is only the third of its kind that I've ever had to offer. On top of everything else this dagger is in really choice condition.

The nickel crossguards are in fine condition, with smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precisely cut accent grooves. The tang nut is also in fine condition, maybe loosened once in modern times. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked “Wm”.

The grip of the dagger is a Smooth Contour type, being a fine brown color with subtle horizontal wood grain. This grip is in perfect condition with the exception of a tiny sliver lift where the grip meets the lower guard. It is nothing, though. This appealing grip has a good SA runes button with intact enamel, and the nickel grip eagle is the style with a slightly upward pointing beak. This bird retains good detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is a beauty. This shell has 100% of the original “anodized” finish in a very pleasing coppery color. In addition the factory lacquer is also about 98% intact; you won;t see many scabbards better than this one! The scabbard mounts are also perfect, exactly matching the patination seen on the hilt mounts. The lower ball has never been dropped, and all four unturned nickel screws are in place.

The carrying ring has a fine short hanger attached to it, one which appears to be original to the piece. The hanger has outstanding, supple brown leather and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is the early nickel type. The conventional snap clip is marked “A” and “DRGM”.

And now for the best part of the dagger... The blade is in full mint condition, factory bright and with full original crossgraining. The motto is a very dark example, very precise and deep. All of the darkening is present in the backgrounds of the lettering. The reverse has the great looking, ultra-simple logo of a small bulldog head glaring at the viewer. The dog has the usual “could care less” expression on his face and wears a collar around his neck. In my estimation this is one of the neatest looking trademarks seen on a SA. It is strange that the producer never put their name with the dog, but perhaps they were well known enough at the time to dispense with it. I've seen this logo on a few straight razors over the years, so they were must likely in that business. At any rate this company made very few of these daggers.

Any SA dagger collection worth its salt needs one of these daggers. If you are in the market for just one SA for your collection, however, there is no question that this is the one to get. It is invest quality all the way and the kind of dagger people will stand in line to buy. A real beauty here!

Mint. $2,495.00

SADAGGERS #38169C Early SA Dagger – F.W. Höller

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

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

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #38159C Double Proof SA Dagger – H. & F. Lauterjung

This Lauterjung SA Dagger is rarely seen and is a key piece for those out there who are collecting SA types or double proofs.

The crossguards are the nickel-plated type. The guards have just a touch of wear on the quillon ends, but the rest of the surface is in good condition. The plating remains nice and bright. The tang nut shows no sign of ever being apart from the dagger.

The grip is a RZM type, with High Ridge construction. The grip has a rich brown color and a nice grain running lengthwise; it is in perfect condition, fitting the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has good enamel. The grip eagle is one of the zinc examples that we seen used late in the period. This eagle is the still with a slightly upward pointing beak, and retains good detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has light chocolate brown paint which is 100% intact, having only a few minor traces of wear. The nickel-plated steel scabbard mounts are in bright, perfect condition through to the lower ball. These mounts are retained by steel dome head screws which are qll present and unbuggered.

The blade of this example is still nice and bright and retains most of the crossgraining. There are a couple of age smudges located on and around the SA motto as well as on the back. Overall, though, the blade is in very nice condition. The SA motto is the style with a frosted background. This frosting is about 95% intact. The matching reverse ricasso is etched with a shaded double RZM circle set above the code “M 7/6”. Below this is the name and location of the firm, “H & F Lauterjung Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A fairly rare double proof SA Dagger here that should make for a good investment.

Near Mint. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #38155 Early SA Dagger – Gebruder Berns

This early SA Dagger has, in my opinion, one of the best trademarks of the period.

The dagger is excellent nickel crossguards, flawless throughout, and the tang nut does appear to have been ever turned. The lower guard has been stamped “Ho” over to the right and upside down, placement that is typical of this marking.

The grip is a light brown with subtle graining; it fits the crossguards like a rubber glove and is in perfect condition. The SA runes button has a couple of dips in the enamel but they are extremely minor. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward and is in perfect condition throughout.

The scabbard shell is completely straight throughout and has 100% of the original “anodized” finish. Most of the lacquer, about 75 to 80%, is intact across the finish. The nickel scabbard mounts are in choice condition through to the lower ball. These mounts are retained by 4 nickel screws which are in place and unbuggered.

The blade is a beauty, nice and bright throughout and with complete crossgraining. The SA motto is excellent, with 100% of the background darkening intact in the backgrounds of the lettering. The trademark is really great; an otter scooping a fish into his mouth. The animal (and the fish for that matter) is quite detailed. In case there was any doubt as to the identity of this animal the word “OTTER” is below the animal. The firm's name and location, “Gebr. Berns / Solingen” sit above and below the trademark respectively.

A very fine SA dagger here, and certainly a piece of investment quality.

Near Mint. $1,495.00

SADAGGERS #38158C Double Proof SA Dagger – Rich Abr Herder / RZM M7/18 1940

This late production double proof SA Dagger shows a little bit of mild aging on the plated crossguard. Most of the plating remains, however, and there is no real lifting where the guards meet the grips. The tang nut is also in fairly good condition.

The grip of the dagger is a fine, High Contour example, having a pleasing brown color and some subtle wood grain running throughout. This grip perfectly fits the guards. The SA runes button is perfectly placed on the grip, with good enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward and has good detailing intact throughout.

The scabbard shell has a couple of signs of wear in the surfaces but they are not really dings. It has fine chocolate brown original paint which shows some age but is basically 100% intact. The nickel-plated steel scabbard mounts are in good condition throughout to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by unturned steel dome head screws.

The original-to-the-piece short hanger is in place on the carrying ring. This hanger has excellent brown leather and is complete with a small retainer loop. The hardware is is the nickel-plated type. The snap clip is marked “RZM M5/71” and “OLC”.

The blade of this dagger is remarkable, still in bright, fully mint condition and having all of the original crossgraining. This blade has a fine, dark SA motto with 100% darkening. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the logo of the Herder firm, the famous Diamond, along with the firm's name and location. Below this is double open RZM circle set above the code “M 7 /18 / 1940”. The blade shoudlers perfectly marry up with the lower crossguard contour.

A nice double proof SA Dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #38178C Early SA Dagger – Remeve (Cuno Remscheid & Co)

This early SA Dagger comes from a rarely seen maker. The fine nickel guards have excellent smooth surfaces, with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut does look to have been turned in modern times. The lower reverse crossguard is gruppe marked “Wf”.

The grip is a beauty, being of High Contour construction in an attractive reddish color with subtle vertical wood grains. This perfect condition grip fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed on the grip, with fine enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the “High Neck” type, and retains good, crisp detailing throughout the entire bird.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It looks to have all of the “anodized” finish, however there are traces of age that have settled evenly across the surfaces of both sides. The matching nickle scabbard mounts are in good condition through to the lower ball, which shows some minor wear but is free of dings or problems. The mounts are retained by four early nickel screws which remains unturned.

The blade of this dagger is a real beauty, being in mint condition with a needle-like tip and full crossgraining. The SA motto is new-like, with all of the background darkening. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the interesting logo of the Remeve firm. The word “REMEVE” sits at the center of a slightly flattened oval. Around the edges of the oval are the words “C REMSCHEID & CO. SOLINGEN-AUF DER HÖHE”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the contour of the lower guard.

A fine SA Dagger here, quite scarce and listed as an 8 on the McSARR scale.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #38164C Double Proof SA Dagger – F.W. Höller / RZM M7/33

The nickel-plated crossguards of this SA Dagger are still factory bright with all of the plating intact. There are some minor signs of carrying time but overall these guards are in terrific condition. The same is true of the tang nut, which appears to be unturned.

The grip of this dagger is a fine medium brown Smooth Contour type. It is in perfect condition throughout and flawlessly fits the guards. The SA runes button is perfectly placed on the grip, with fine enamel surfaces. The aluminum grip eagle is the “High Neck” type and has good detailing throughout the whole of the bird.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has light chocolate brown paint with some age crazing in the surfaces as well as a couple of extremely minor signs of carrying time. Overall this paint is about 99% intact. The factory-bright scabbard mounts of of nickel-plated steel, in perfect condition through to the lower ball. The throat is the thicker type we see on daggers of this vintage. The mounts are retained by dome head steel screws, all of which are present and unturned.

There is a fine original-to-the-piece short hanger attached to the scabbard. This hanger has fine, supple brown leather and is complete with a small retainer loop. The nickel-plated hardware is in choice condition, the snap clip being marked “RZM M5/71 OLC”.

The blade of this dagger is a real killer; it is in full mint condition and retains a needle-like tip. All of the original crossgraining is present and the SA motto is very dark and crisp. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the classic Höller Thermometer logo. Below the trademark is a open double RZM circle and the code “M 7/33”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the contour of the lower guard.

A very nice double proof SA Dagger here, with a condition that should make it very desirable.

Near Mint. $1,350.00

SADAGGERS #38157C Early SA Dagger – Albert Dörschel

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

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

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

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

An interesting SA Dagger here with a really superb blade.

Excellent Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #38177AG Early SA Dagger – Gebr Becker

This Gebruder Becker SA Dagger is in an untouched state, recently coming form a veteran family. This dagger has a fine, dull, even patination throughout, and studying the tang nut it looks to have never been taken apart in modern times.

The crossguards are nice and smooth throughout, with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked “No”.

The grip of this dagger is a fine, reddish color and is in perfect condition, fitting the guards like a rubber glove. This grip has some pleasing wood grain under the surfaces. The SA runes button is perfectly placed on the grip, with good enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the “High Neck” type, with good detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout the obverse. The reverse has a couple of very minor “BB” dings, but they are superficial at best. The “anodized” finish is all there, with much of the original lacquer coating intact. The nickel mounts have matching patination, and they are in good condition with just a small hit to the left center to the lower ball. There is no splitting, however. The original screws are all in place and unturned.

The original short hanger and belt loop are in good condition. There leather is still quite supple and the small retainer loop is intact. The hanger hardware has matching patination. The snap clip is the early “snout nose” type with a built-in rivet retaining the spring. The belt loop is of matching brown leather and has an interesting metal loop on the end that is not in the normal “D” shape; we see this type of variation once in a while.

The blade of this dagger is nice and bright throughout, showing only the most minor signs of age in the surfaces. Most of the crossgraining remains visible. The SA motto is deep and crisp, retaining about 98% of the original darkening in the backgrounds of the lettering. The reverse ricasso is marked with the desirable logo of the Gebruder Becker firm; a wry-looking chef, complete with hat, wielding a large knife and fork. Obviously the firm was in the cutlery business at one time. Beneath the chef is the name and location of the firm, “Gebr. Becker / Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A very fine SA Dagger here, in excellent condition.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #38170C Early SA Dagger – Paul A. Henckels

The Paul A. Henckels firm must be an offshoot of the C. A. Henckels business; it seems like too much of a coincidence to see another maker with this name. This maker rates as an 8 on the McSARR scale, so it is quite scarce.

This dagger does not appear to have ever been cleaned; it has a fine dark, dull coloration to the mounts. The mounts are in very good shape throughout. The tang nut looks to have been out perhaps once in modern times. The lower reverse guard has been gruppe marked “Wf”.

The grip of this dagger is a beautiful coffee color, with fine, subtle graining below the surfaces. It is a High Ridge type and in perfect condition throughout, fitting the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is a good example with perfect enamel, and the nickel grip eagle is the “High Neck” variety. This bird retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell appears to have all of the coppery “anodized” finish, although there are traces of age here and there. Some of the original lacquer remains in the areas protected by the mounts. The scabbard mounts exactly match the toning of the hilt. These mounts are in good condition, the lower ball being pushed upward very slightly. It is not squashed or broken, however. The original nickel screws are all in place.

The blade of this dagger is quite nice, approaching mint condition. It is still bright and retains all of the original crossgraining. The SA motto is very good; it is crisp and deep with dark lettering. The reverse ricasso has a very simple maker marking, consisting of just the name and location of the firm, “Paul A Henckels / Solingen” in two lines. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A fine SA Dagger here, from a maker that we seldom see.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #38163C Early SA Dagger with Family Coat of Arms – E. P. & S.

This early SA Dagger is quite special; it has a professionally graved coat of arms on the scabbard mount. Since the bulk of SA members were about as far from aristocratic as it is possible to be, it is quite unusual to see this sort of decoration.

The nickel mounts on this Pack dagger are the classic type, with the “straight across” style lower crossguard. These guards remain in perfect condition throughout. The tang nut is the type that has a very small area to accept a wrench. This portion of the nut, however, does not look to have ever been turned.

The grip is a quite pleasing, being crafted out of reddish wood and having fairly High Ridge construction. There is some appealing grain running lengthwise on both sides. The runes button is a copper style, with perfect enamel. The matching nickel grip eagle is the “High Neck” variety, having goof detailing to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has a very good “anodized” finish. This finish appears to be all present, however there are a few age marks spread evenly on both sides. It is not bad, though, and overall the shell is very good looking. The scabbard mounts are the typical Pack type, the upper example being the shorter style that was made by the firm. The lower mount has the wide rim often seen on Pack mounts.

As mentioned above, the engraving on the upper mount is of special interest. The engraving has been done sideways on the mount in order to fit the whole crest. The original owners initials, “F. P.”, are engraved in fancy lettering. They are double-scribed and nicely shaded. Below the initials is knight's helmet, also nicely accented and detailed. This helmet shield on a shield which is emblazoned with a jumping fish. The fish is also quite detailed, with scales and fine fins. Below the coat of arms we see a date of “Anno 1580”. I assume this family goes back to that time.

The crest apparently belongs to a family from the Alsace-Lorraine area by the name of Basiler/Pffaffenheim. As you may not this area switched back and forth between France and Germany many times over the years, and at the time of Hitler's regime it was back in German hands. The gruppe mark on the guard is a “B” for Berlin; perhaps this titled man lived in Berlin which of course was a place for the aristocracy. The opportunities for research are quite exciting.

The blade is still bright throughout but it does have some minor smudging on both sides. The SA motto is deep and crisp, retaining about 95% of the original background darkening. The reverse ricasso is marked with the famous Hammering Siegfried trademark of the E. P. & S. firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the contours of the lower guard.

A very interesting SA Dagger here, especially for collectors that enjoy doing independent research. As I said above it is very rare to see a titled family with a member in the SA.

Excellent Plus. $2,195.00

SADAGGERS #38162C Early SA Dagger – Gebr. Becker

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

The grip of this dagger is a fine Medium Contour type, with a rich brown color and subtle graining on both sides. The grip is in perfect condition throughout and exactly fits the guards. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a slightly upturned beak; the bird retains full detailing throughout his head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #38153C Early SA Dagger – Gebr. Böhme Nachful

This SA Dagger is desirable not only for the rarity of the maker but also for its extraordinary condition.

The nickel hilt mounts are in beautiful condition throughout, with well-defined accent grooves, faultless surfaces and crisp edge definition. Studying the tang not we see no evidence that the dagger has ever been taken apart. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked “Th”.

The grip is a very pleasing example. There is fine grain running lengthwise, widely spaced and given a very stunning effect. The grain also tends to bend inward as the ascend the grip. This grip is in perfect condition throughout and fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and retains fine enamel. The grip eagle is a nickel “High Neck” type which retains fully detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is also a beauty. It is straight throughout and has fine coppery “anodizing” of the type with lines that run through it; we see this style of finish coming from rare makers. The finish is still 100% intact, with about 95% of the original lacquer. The scabbard mounts are also perfect, retained with the original nickel screws. It is interesting to note that the upper screws are installed at a slightly position than we would normally expect to see.

The blade of this dagger is an absolute killer. It is completely mirror-bright and retains 100% of the original crossgraining. The SA motto is one of the best you will see, one of those with a really deep, black background. The reverse of the blade has the unusual trademark; set into a pair of nested ovals is the name of the firm, “Gebr. Böhme Nachful Brotterode”.

An outstanding SA Dagger here for the serious “type” collector or those with an eye for the very best and rarest. This maker is so rare they are not even listed on the McSARR rarity scale!

Mint. $1,695.00

SADAGGERS #38165C Early SA Dagger – Romüso

This Romüso SA Dagger is in an untouched state, appearing to never have been cleaned. The nickel mounts has a fine yellowish patination evenly spread across the surfaces. Studying the tang nut I see no evidence that this dagger has ever been taken apart.

The crossguards have sharp edges, precisely cut accent grooves, and fine, smooth surfaces. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked “Nm”. It is interesting to note that there is a portion of the lower guard that is still completely bright where it was protected by the scabbard throat.

The grip is a pleasing brown color with an interesting horizontal grain, and fits the guards perfectly. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and retains fine enamel, and the “High Neck” type grip eagle retains full, crisp detailing throughout all the features of the bird.

The scabbard shell is completely straight throughout. This shell retains all of the brown “anodizing” and much of the original lacquer. There are some signs of hand wear on both sides but they do not detract from the look of the scabbard. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are also real beauties, with all of the original screws in place and unbuggered.

Attached to the carrying ring is the original short hanger. This hanger has fine, supple leather and is complete with the small retainer loop. The early hardware has matching patination, with a “long snout” snap clip. This clip is the style with a rivet-retained spring.

The beautiful blade of this dagger is really one to write home about! It is in full mint condition, with bright surfaces and full crossgraining. The early SA motto is crisp and deep, with very dark, 100% intact black backgrounds in the lettering. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the name of the firm, “Romüso” in arched, recursive lettering. The location of “Solingen Merschied” is also present in similar lettering. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contours

A very fine SA Dagger here, from a very desirable (and scarce) maker.

Near Mint. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #38162C Early SA Dagger – Gebr. Becker

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #38018 SA “Name Only” Partial Röhm Inscription SA Dagger – E. P. & S.

This E. P. & S. Partial Röhm Sa Dagger is a very fine example, completely textbook throughout.

The crossguards are the standard Pack type, having the “straight across” look on the lower guard. These guards are in very fine condition, with good, smooth surfaces, precisely cut accent grooves and crisply defined edges.

The grip is a typical Pack type, with a slight orange tone to the wood. It is of Smooth Contour Construction and in perfect condition throughout. This grip shows only the most modest traces of wear. The SA runes button is finely places and has perfect enamel, and the nickel grip eagle is the “High Neck” type. This bird retains full detailing throughout throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. This grip fits the guards absolutely perfectly. The reverse guard is gruppe marked “Th”.

The scabbard is a textbook Pack type. The shell is completely straight and retains all of the original “anodized” finish; even a little bit of factory applied lacquer remains to the protected areas of the nickel mounts. The scabbard mounts are the the style with an upper example that is slightly short than the norm, while the lower mount has a larger rolled rim than we normally see from other makers. These are typical Pack fittings, made in-house. These mounts are retained by the four original nickel screws, all of which are unbuggered.

Attached to the carrying ring of the scabbard is what appears to the original-to-the-piece short hanger. This hanger shows traces of wear to the leather but is still sound and supple. It is complete with a small retainer loop. The hanger is equipped with solid nickel hardware, the snap clip being the “long nosed “ style that has a spring retained by a single rivet.

The blade of this dagger is nice and bright throughout, with no spots at all. There are some very tiny nicks on the lower edge, but they are extremely minor and certainly not deep. The blade has faint remnants of crossgrain visible in the surfaces, but most of it has been lost to time. The SA motto, though, looks like it was done only yesterday; it is completely crisp and very deep, with 100% of the original background darkening. The reverse of the blade has the Röhm inscription present, with the exception of the name of the “traitor” himself. His name has been removed in a fine manner which almost looks professional. There are some dips and grooves in the metal where the grinder went a little too deep and then tried to blend it all in with a new bright surface. The inscription itself is still in excellent condition, with fine matching backgrounds in the letters. They fade a bit towards the end of the word “Freundshaft” as this area was apparently buffed slightly when the rework was done. All in all though a very nice job, making for a very desirable dagger. The trademark features the Hammering Siegfried figures used by E. P. & S. Some of the details have been blurred by the grinding and buffing but basically the figure is intact. Above Siegfried are the initial of the firm, “E. P. & S.” and below is the location of “Solingen”. The blade shoulders marry perfectly to the contour of the lower guard.

A great example here of a Partial Röhm Dagger.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,495.00

SADAGGERS #38019 Early SA Dagger – F. Dick

This early F. Dick SA Dagger is in top condition. It does not appear to have been cleaned, although it looks like it was never really dirty to begin with. The mounts have toned to a desirable dull color over the solid nickel.

The crossguards are beauties with precise accent grooves, sharply defined edges and nice smooth surfaces. Looking at the tang nut we see that does not appear to have ever been touched. The reverse of the lower guard has the gruppe stamping “Sw”.

The grip of this dagger is a beautiful wood that looks like mahogany, with a deep, rich, coffee-colored tone. It is of Medium Contour Construction fits the guards like a glove. The grip has a finely set SA button that retains perfect enamel throughout the surface. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a point visible behind the head; this bird is in choice condition and retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is also really outstanding. It is completely straight throughout and easily has 100% of the original reddish “anodized” finish. It also appears as though there is about 85% of the original lacquer remaining on the obverse, while the reverse has close to 95%. When you see this lacquer remaining on this type of finish it really makes you smile as they are quite beautiful. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in generally good condition. The lower ball, however, did get dropped somewhere along the way and is bent slightly upward and to the left. I don't see any splitting in the metal so it is possible it could be made a bit nicer with a little restoration. The original screws are all in place and are unturned.

There is a fine short hanger accompanying this dagger. This short hanger appears to be of a slightly later vintage than the dagger itself. It is in very good condition, with excellent leather. The small retainer loop, sadly, has been lost to time. The hardware is the nickel-plated type, the snap clip being marked “RZM/M5/71/OLC” on the reverse.

The blade is one of the best you will see; blades in this condition are the sort of thing that reminds you why you like this hobby so much! This blade is mirror-bright and is in full mint condition. It has 100% of the original crossgrain and the SA motto just could not be better. This motto is crisp and deep, retaining 100% of the original background darkening. The reverse of the blade is in the same condition. The F. Dick trademark is visible on the reverse; a rectangle with an arrow at the left that points towards the hilt and bearing the name of the firm. This shoulders of this mint blade perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.

A very fine SA Dagger here, the type of dagger that would be perfect if you are looking to only purchase a single exceptional SA piece.

Mint Minus. $1,395.00

SADAGGERS #37928C Early SA Dagger – Gebruder Becker

This Becker SA Dagger does not look to have ever been cleaned and has a fine, dull, even patination throughout the nickel mounts.

Looking at the tang nut it does not appear to have been taken apart in modern times. The crossguards have good, smooth surfaces, with crisp edges and precisely cut accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked “Wf”.

The grip is a very dark, high quality wood and is of Medium Contour construction. The wood is in excellent condition throughout, with a few minor traces of wear but no problems. It fits the guards perfectly. The SA runes button is nicely installed and although there are a coupe of hits to the enamel none of the surfaces are missing. The matching nickel grip eagle is the “High Necked” version, and retains full detail throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The “anodized” finish is showing some modest wear and has some age in the surfaces. Overall, though, it is still about 95% intact. The mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. The four nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.

The original-to-the-piece short hanger and belt loop accompany this dagger. Both accouterments have very fine dark brown leather. The small retainer loop is missing from this hanger. The hardware is the early nickel type, with a “snout-nosed” snap clip. The clip is installed on the “backwards” side; perhaps this was the way the original owner preferred to wear his dagger. The belt loop is equipped with a nickel “D” ring.

The blade of this dagger remains bright throughout, with only a couple of extremely minor smudges in the surfaces. It has a nice needle-like tip, and the SA motto is deep and crisp. It retains 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the appealing logo showing a chef, complete with hat, holding a carving knife and a meat fork. Obviously this company was in the cutlery business prior to taking on the production of SA daggers. Below the chef is the firm's name, “Gebr. Becker”, and the location, “Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A good, sound SA Dagger here, with a great trademark.

Excellent. $895.00

SADAGGERS #37600 Early SA Dagger – Aesculap

This Aesculap SA Dagger is in nice condition throughout, showing only modest wear. The nickel parts do not appear to have been cleaned and have a fine, even patination.

The crossguards have precisely cut accent grooves, crisply defined edges, and fine, smooth surfaces throughout. The reverse lower guard is gruppe marked “Sw”.

The grip is the characteristic Aesculap type which retains the original factory varnish. This varnish has worn off the high areas of the High Contour grip. There is also some wear to the center varnish, but overall the original finish is still there at about 85%. A lot of collectors think that these Aesculap daggers were varnished by the veteran who captured it or by some other collector in the past, but this is not true. This finish was and is a design trademark of the firm. The grip fits the guards perfectly and the SA runes button is in place and intact. The nickel grip eagle is the type with a beak that points slightly upward, and retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard is a fine, straight example, with all of the original “anodized” surfaces intact. It shows only the most minor traces of age and nothing detrimental. The scabbard mounts are the early nickel type. They are in good condition, with the lower ball having just a tiny tap to the bottom. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are in unbuggered condition.

The blade of this dagger is a nice one; bright throughout and with most of the original crossgrain. The SA motto is very deep and crisp. The original darkening is mostly present in the motto, showing some wear but still about 95% intact. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the very familiar Caduceus logo used by the Aesculap firm, who traditionally made medical instruments. The blade shoulders perfectly marry to the lower contours of the guard.

A nice Aesculap SA Dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #37930C Early SA Dagger – Gebruder Berns

This early SA Dagger is in uncleaned condition. It has fine nickel guards and the tang noes not appear to have been taken down in modern times.

The crossguards have precisely cut accent grooves, crisply defined edges, and fine, smooth surfaces throughout. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked “Ho”, set off to the right and upside down. We often see this sort of craziness from the Hochland gruppe; the stamper must have routinely been three sheets to the wind.

The Smooth Contour construction grip is in perfect condition, being a medium brown color wood. This grip perfectly fits the guards. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward, and retains full detailing to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It shows some darkening to the “anodize” finish as well as some age evenly spread throughout. The finish, though, is still mostly present. The scabbard mounts are of matching nickel and are in good condition to include the lower ball. It is interesting to note that there is some brown patination on the lower ball which matches that seen on the upper mount and lower guard. This kind of thing nicely ties in the two pieces and, in my opinion, adds some character to the dagger and should not be cleaned off. The four screws are in place and are unturned.

The blade of this dagger is still bright but does show some modest age smudging in a couple of places. Nothing bad, though. The SA motto is crisp and deep, retaining about 90% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the seldom seen logo of this firm. We see the firm's name and location, “Gebr Berns Solingen” set in ovals. In the center there is the image of an otter with a fish in his mouth! The word “Otter” is written underneath the hungry water weasel. The McSAAR scale rates this dagger at a 7 out of 10 in terms of rarity.

A nice SA Dagger here, and a good one for a “type” collection.

Excellent. $895.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $2,495.00

SADAGGERS #37924C Double Proofed SA Dagger with Three Piece Hanger – Anton Wingen Jr

This double proofed SA Dagger is in fine condition, showing little age.

The crossguards are the nickel-plated type, still bright throughout. The upper guard is nearly perfect, while the lower shows a few signs of age where it meets the grip. The tang nut is in good condition, showing no sign of disassembly.

The grip of this dagger is High Ridge Construction, being a typical RZM type. It is constructed from a medium brown wood with vertical grain. The grip exactly fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has fine enamel. The grip eagle is a nickel example, being the style with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird is in full mint condition, retaining fine detail throughout.

The scabbard shell is as straight as an arrow. It has a light chocolate brown color paint which remains in perfect condition. The mounts are the nickel-plated steel type. They too have retained their original brightness and are in near mint condition. The original dome head screws are in place and are unturned.

Attached to the carrying ring of the scabbard is a three piece hanger. This hanger has pristine leather throughout the belt loop and retainer loop. The hanger itself is marked “RZM L2/371/39”. The hanger hardware is also in bright, pristine condition. The snap clip is marked “RZM” and “M5/25” on the reverse. A very fine hanger here.

The blade is a real beauty, in full mint condition with a needle-like tip and 100% crossgrain. The dark motto is perfectly etched and retains 100% of the original background darkening. The reverse of the blade is double proofed, having a large shaded double RZM circle positioned over the code for the Wingen firm, “M 7/51”. Beneath is the the date “1939”. Lower we see the small Wingen Knight trademark. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very fine double proofed Wingen SA Dagger here.

Mint Minus. $1,495.00

SADAGGERS #37927C Early SA Dagger – C.G. Haenel

This Suhl-made Haenel SA Dagger is as nice as they come. It does not look to have been cleaned, but it I suspect it was never really very dirty to begin with.

The crossguards have a fine, dull finish and their surfaces are absolutely smooth, with very crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang not is also a beauty, showing not sign of ever being turned out. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked “Sa”.

The walnut grip of this dagger is in terrific condition, having Sharp Ridge Construction. The walnut is very pretty, with vertical grain running the length. The grip is in totally pristine condition and fits the guards like a glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has faultless enamel. The grip eagle is a nickel example, It is positioned right on the sharp ridge. Since this ridge runs to the left the eagle was moved slightly to the left when it was installed. This bird is in full mint condition, retaining fine detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is also very fine. The original “anodized” surface is easily 100% intact. There is almost no visible age on this scabbard, and most of the original protective lacquer is still on the finish. I would say this lacquer is about 85% intact. The matching nickel scabbard mounts also have a dull patina and are in perfect condition through to the lower ball. These mounts have all four nickel screws, all of which are unturned.

With an outside as nice as this we would hope the blade would be in similar condition. Drawing out the blade it does not fail to impress; this fine mint blade shows only runner marks. It retains a needle-like tip and has all of the crossgrain. The SA motto is very dark, with 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse of the blade is marked with the horizontal Haenel Arrow logo. Below this we see the firm's name and location, “C. G. Haenel / Suhl / Waffen – u. Fahraad - / Fabrik” laid out in nested arches. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A beautiful Suhl SA Dagger, and a great one if you are just going to buy a single piece.

Near Mint. $1,395.00

SADAGGERS #37925C Mid-period SA with Three Piece Hanger, RZM M7/43 – Paul Weyersberg

This choice mid-period SA Dagger appears to be in unissued condition. The nickel-plated crossguards are in choice condition throughout, with very bright surfaces and no sign of flaking or age. The tang nut is also a beauty with nothing to indicate that it has ever been taken down.

The grip is quite pretty, being a most attractive shade of brown with a prominent grain running on both sides. This furniture-like grip is in perfect condition and nicely fits the guards. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has good enamel. The grip eagle is a nickel example, being the style with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird is in full mint condition, retaining fine detail throughout.

The scabbard shell is in brand-new condition. It is a chocolate brown painted type which is completely mint. The scabbard mounts are of nickel-plated steel and they too retain the original factory brightness and are in perfect condition. The original dome head steel screws are all in place and unturned.

Attached to the upper hanging ring is a three piece hanger. The leather matches throughout the short hanger, retainer loop and belt loop. It is still supple and in excellent condition. The hardware on the snap clip is in fine, bright condition, the reverse of the clip being marked “DRGM” and “A”. The “D” ring is a nickel-plated steel example. The retain loop has a good working snap.

The blade of this dagger is as nice as one could hope for; it is in full mint condition with a needle-like tip and 100% of the original crossgraining. The SA motto is crisp and dark, having 100% of the original blacking in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a double open RZM circle positioned over the Weyersberg code “M7/43”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very nice SA Dagger here, which appears to be unissued.

Mint. $1,395.00

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #37536C Early SA Dagger – Rich. Balke

This Balke SA Dagger is a very fine example which remains in choice condition. The nickel crossguards have a fine, dull patination throughout, and the tang nut shows no sign of every being removed. These guards are in very good shape, with sharp accent grooves, well-defined edges and unblemished surfaces. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked “Wf”.

The grip of this dagger is a pleasing light brown and in nice condition, fitting the crossguards snugly. This grip has High Contour construction, with a crisp center ridge line. The SA runes buttons shows slight traces of wear but the enamel is intact and sound. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a slightly upward pointing beak. There is only modest signs of wear to the bird's head, breast, while the wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika are crisp. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is also quite nice. The anodized finish is a dark, rich color, almost appearing to be paint. The surfaces have a few scratches and minor traces of wear on both sides, but overall the finish remains at about 90% intact. The scabbard mounts are good, matching examples. The lower ball has some traces of wear but no real dents. These mounts are retained by in place solid nickel screws which are unturned.

The blade of this dagger is an extremely fine example; it is mirror bright, with a needle-like tip and 100% of the original crossgrain. This blade, other than the normal “In & Out” signs remains in Mint condition. The SA motto is nice and crisp, with fully darkened origin backgrounds.

The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the trademark of the Balke firm. The firm's name and location “Rich. Balke & Söhne” curves around the circumference of a circle, with the initials “R. B. S. & S.” arranged in a cruciform pattern around the central ampersand inside it. An interesting logo here, from a maker that rates a 9 on the McSaar scale. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A very nice SA Dagger here from a rarely encountered producer.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #37533C Early SA Dagger – Adolf Völker

This Völker SA Dagger has fine solid nickel guards and a matching tang nut that does not appear to have been taken off in modern times. The guards have a pleasing dull nickel finish, with good, smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The lower guard is gruppe marked “Sa”.

The grip of this dagger is some type of fruit wood, light colored and with a subtle vertical grain. It is in perfect condition and nicely fits the guards. The SA runes button is perfectly placed, showing some signs of hand wear on the surfaces but the enamel is still all there. The nickel grip eagle is the “High Neck” type, and retains full detailing to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is a very fine, straight example. It has a dark anodized finish which appears to be almost entirely intact. There are a couple of minor dark age spots in the anodized finish, but for the most part the finish is very nearly 100%. The scabbard mounts are in excellent condition through to the never-dropped lower ball. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are in place and unbuggered.

There is a three piece hanger attached to the the scabbard carrying ring. This short hanger is a beauty, with good, fresh looking deep brown leather which is supple and complete with the original retainer loop. The hardware is the solid nickel type with an unmarked conventional snap clip. This snap clip is installed backwards, which must have been the preferred method of the original wearer. The small grip retainer loop exactly matches the leather of the hanger and has a good working snap that retains fully colored surfaces on the button. The belt loop is a slightly lighter color brown, having a nice pebbled “D” ring.

The blade of this dagger is very fine. It is mirror-bright and retains all of the original surface graining. There is virtually no age on this blade, and it is complete with a needle-like tip. The SA motto is crisp, with 100% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds.

The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the name and locations of the producer, “Adolf Völker Schmalkalden” arranged in an oval. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contours.

A very nice Völker SA Dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,250.00

SADAGGERS #37364 Early SA Dagger – August Bickel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #37067 Early SA Dagger with Scabbard Dedication to Reiter Regiment – Hugo Köller

This early SA Dagger is in good, clean condition throughout. The crossguards and tang nut are outstanding, with no sign that the nut has been turned. The guards are still very crisp, with smooth surfaces and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked “Nrh”.

The grip is a Medium Contour example, and appears to be constructed of dark colored mahogany. There is some nice, furniture-like wood grain in this grip. It is in perfect condition and nicely fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is perfectly placed, and the nickel grip eagle is the “High Neck” style. The bird retains full detail throughout. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is basically straight throughout, having a couple of extremely minor signs of carrying wear. The anodized surfaces are still all there, with some very mild age on the upper obverse. Really nothing, though. On the reverse there are many traces of the original protective lacquer, rating at about 50%. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in fine condition through to the lower ball. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are all unturned.

The upper mount has a presentation on both sides. The obverse side is professionally engraved, “In Anerkennung / grosser Siege”. On the reverse the mount is engraved “Der Reitersturm 2 / 71”. In other words this dagger was given “In Recognition of the Grand Winner” from (or by, it is not clear) “Cavalry Unit 2 / 71”. There must have been some type of riding contest conducted by the SA, the winner being given this dagger as his prize.

The blade, as we would hope, is still in nice condition, being very bright and rating in a near mint state. The original grain is still on the blade, while the SA motto is crisp and nicely executed. The motto has 100% of the original darkening in the lettering.

The reverse blade is also clean, and has the seldom seen trademark; an eagle which looks very much like an American eagle, surrounded by the firm's name and location “Hugo Köller Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

A very interesting SA Dagger here as we do not see many things from Reitersturms, not to mention being from an uncommon maker with an interesting logo. An interesting dagger to highlight your collection.

Excellent Plus. $2,295.00

SADAGGERS #37115 Early SA Dagger – Max Weyersberg

This early SA Dagger is untouched, uncleaned condition, and is a very fine dagger. The all nickel mounts have a very fine, dull patination, to include the tang nut which does not appear to have been out in modern times. The fine crossguards have smooth surfaces and crisp edges, as well as precise accent grooves. At first glance you don't notice the gruppe stamping on this example; it is the “Ho” variety, which is also found far over to the right. In the case of this example the stamper even managed to hit the crossguard upside down! This adds a little bit of interest to an already interesting dagger. It is also interesting to note that the face of the lower guard is still in the original polished state where it was sealed against the scabbard throat for all of these years.

The grip is of beautiful fruit wood, having some subtle grain in the surfaces. It is a very beautiful grip, almost like a piece of furniture. It has Medium Contour Construction, and fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has 100% intact enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak which points slightly upward. The bird still has the details to the head, breast and talons, and full detailing to the wings, wreath and mobile swastika. A very nice hilt here.

The scabbard of this dagger is also a very fine one. It is straight throughout and has all of the purplish anodized surfaces. A lot of the original lacquer is still spaced evenly throughout the scabbard, maybe at about 30%. There a couple of age marks, one at the lower left edge and another about ¾ of the way down towards the middle, but they are very minor when one takes into account the overall state of this scabbards preservation. The mounts exactly match the guards, and they are both in great condition through to the never-dropped lower ball. The original nickel screws are in place and all unturned.

The hanger ring has the original short hanger attached. This short hanger still has good, supple brown leather, and is complete with the snall retaining strap. The hardware is of matching early nickel, the clip being the early “snout-nosed” variety. In the case if this hanger the clip has been installed with the snap section on the rear. Apparently the original wearer found this method easier when taking the dagger on and off. There is also some nice green, waxy material that has adhered to this snap clip as well as the hanger ring. We like to see this green substance; while it does show age it adds a little character to a dagger. This buildup occurs from moisture created by the leather surfaces on the metal.

The blade of this piece is a real beauty. It looks like it only just left the factory polisher, having all of the crossgraining intact. It also has a fine, needle-like tip. The SA motto is very crisp and deep with very dark backgrounds in the letter backgrounds.

The reverse blade is in the same fine, mint condition. It has the simple logo of this firm which was kept to the the name and location. It reads “Max Weyersberg” in a downward arch, with the location of “Solingen” across the bottom. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

A very fine conditioned collectible SA Dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #37123 Earl Partial “Name Only” Röhm Inscription Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,495.00

SADAGGERS #29521 Early SA Dagger - C. Gustav Spitzer

This early SA Dagger has not been cleaned in a long while and it appears to not have been taken apart in modern times. The nickel hilt mounts are in good condition having a nice dull look to their surfaces. The crossguards still have smooth surfaces and crisp edges. The accent grooves are quite deeply cut into the surfaces.

The grip is a brown color wood having a nice subtle burl in the center area which could be brought out with a little furniture polish. This grip is in excellent condition throughout and nicely fits the crossguards. The runes button is nicely placed and has no damage to the enamel. The early nickel grip eagle is the type with “point-behind-the-head” construction. This bird is in choice condition having crisp detail remaining to the eye, beak, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons and mobile swastika. The reverse lower crossguard is Gruppe stamped, “Ns”.

The scabbard of this example is straight throughout. It has a nice anodized finish. Most of the anodizing is in place and there is even a little bit of original lacquer that shows. Also though there is some minor rust in the surfaces but not bad. The scabbard shell is equipped with matching nickel mounts. The lower ball has a dent and is also split on the right side. The mounts are retained by the original unturned nickel screws.

There is also a short hanger which looks original to the piece. The leather strap is beginning to show some age to it and it is slightly fragile. The strap is equipped with solid nickel mounts. The snap clip is the long snout nose unmarked type.

The blade of this example is still bright. It does have some minor staining in the surfaces a lot of which could come out with a little work. The crossgraining is also still mostly there. The SA motto is deep and crisp having about 98% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse blade is in the same condition and this blade grades at about excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the logo of this producer. It is a circle having the 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $750.00

SADAGGERS #36980 Early Untouched SA Dagger – Wilhelm Kober

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #36968C Early, Untouched SA Dagger – F. Herder

This early SA Dagger has never been cleaned or taken apart. It is in a “as-found” state.

The nickel crossguards and tang nut are in excellent condition. There is no sign that the tang nut has ever been turned. These guards, although they are heavily patinated, are still in good condition with smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precisely cut accent grooves.

The grip is a very dark mahogany-style wood with Medium Contour construction. This grip remains in perfect condition and fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed, showing just a few sign of wear to the enamel but I don't see any breakage. The matching nickel grip eagle is the “High Necked” type, and retains full detail to his head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika. The reverse lower guard is gruppe marked “Nrh”.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has a fairly dark anodized finish, perhaps caused by the original lacquer coating. About 50% of this coating remains. Overall I think that the anodizing is still all there. The matching highly patinated scabbard mounts are in choice condition through to the lower ball, and a retained by the original nickel screws which are unbuggered.

The carrying ring is complete with the original-to-the-piece short hanger and belt loop. This hanger shows some wear in the leather but is still sound. The little retainer loop has gone to time. The hanger hardware is the early nickel type, with a “snout-nosed” snap clip. The matching brown leather belt loop is still in good condition, with a nickel-plated steel “D” ring.

The blade of this dagger has some grease and oil on it, but it easy to see that it is still completely bright and with all of the original grain. Cleaned up this blade is still in Mint condition. The SA motto is deeply etched and nice and black with 100% of the background darkening intact. The reverse ricasso feature the interesting logo of the Herder firm, being a set of crossed keys. Beneath the keys is the firm's name and location “F. Herder. AS / Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

If you are a fan of untouched SA daggers in nice condition, you will love this piece. It is really an interesting dagger, having seventy years of patination. Once you look through it all, though, the dagger is in very fine condition.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $1,695.00

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $995.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #35509C Early SA Dagger - Axt Und Hauerfabrik

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

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell appears to have all of its anodizing but it is a little difficult to tell as somewhere along the line someone has put a coat of lacquer or varnish over the scabbard using a brush. It would be possible to take this coating off but perhaps it is best to just leave it alone. 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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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


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