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 #35898C Mid-Period SA Dagger with Partially Ground Blade Dedication - Unmarked Helbig
This dagger is of mid-period construction and is equipped with the larger chrome plated steel crossguards indicative of the Helbig manufacturer. These crossguards show some age in their surfaces but they are not too bad and if anything give some character to the dagger. The grip is a fine fruitwood which is dark in color and has subtle graining which runs horizontal rather than vertical. The grip is of medium to high ridge construction and is in good condition having no flaws. This grip fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is nicely placed having perfect enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the "point behind the head" variety. This bird shows only nominal wear to the surfaces but all details are still visible to his head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell reflects a chocolate brown paint. The paint still has good luster to it and on the reverse, is all there showing only some crazing and minor carrying signs. The obverse has a little more of the same but is still in good condition. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated type. These mounts also show some minor age in the surfaces but nothing that would not clean off if someone chose to do so. The scabbard mounts are retained by dome head steel screws and are unturned.
The obverse of the blade is still quite good easily rating in excellent plus condition. The motto is a bit shallow but still crisp and has about 90% of the original dark backgrounding. The reverse of the blade is quite interesting as it originally had a large rendered two-line inscription. The top of the inscription has been ground off. It is possible to see that the first two words apparently were, "Meinem Kameraden". Apparently there was a name engraved into the surface after this but there has been extensive grinding to this name as well as to the first two words. The lower part of the inscription still remains being, "Weihneichten 37 Schmiedmaier". Obviously this dagger was given as a Christmas present in 1937 from Schmiedmaier. It might be useful for the SA researchers out there to see if they could find the giver's name somewhere in the records. An interesting dagger here from the aspect of the dedication but it is also interesting to see it is equipped with the rarely seen Helbig steel crossguard mounts. A good one here for the ardent SA collector.
SADAGGERS #46713C SA Ground Röhm by E. P. & S.
This early dagger is in overall nice condition. The crossguards are the typical Pack variety being in nice condition with smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The reverse lower mount is gruppe marked Ns.
The grip is a very fine example having a pleasing wood color and being in perfect condition. It fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the high necked version having full detail to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shell is also a very nice example. It is straight throughout and has excellent anodizing which is just about in 100 percent condition. The scabbard mounts are also good with the lower ball just having a couple of tap taps but nothing serious. The original nickel screws are all in place.
The original hanger is in good condition having supple leather throughout. The retainer loop is present but the threads have come loose from it. The hanger hardware is the early nickel type having the snout nosed snap clip being unmarked and being the style with rivet which retains the spring.
The blade on the obverse is in very nice condition being nearly in full mint. It has a very good SA motto which has 100 percent of the darkening. On the reverse of the dagger the Röhm inscription has been completely taken out and most of the logo is gone also. The good eye though will pick up a little bit of the E. P. & S. initials as well as some of the hammering Siegfried figure as well as the end of the word Solingen. This redone Röhm appears to be a factory job as the reverse blade has been nicely regrained.
All in all a pretty nice ground Röhm here by E. P. & S.
Excellent Plus. $895.00
SADAGGERS #46633C Mid Period SA with Three Piece Hanger RZM M7/40/38 (Hartkopf)
The crossguards are the nickel plated type and there is some minor lifting on the guards but overall the plating is still fairly good. The tang nut remains in good condition.
The grip is a nice even wood with a subtle grain running vertically. The grip perfectly fits the crossguards. The SA runes button has fine enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. This bird still has full details to its head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.
The scabbard on this example is a bit of an anomaly because it is a beautiful anodized example which has 100 percent anodizing and about 80 percent of the original lacquer. It is very odd to see an anodized scabbard used on a dagger produced in 1938 but I don't remember seeing many Hartkopf examples in the past so they probably produced only a few pieces. The scabbard however, even though it is anodized, is fitted with plated mounts. The upper mount is in perfect condition with full plating. The lower mount has an excellent finish but unfortunately the ball is crushed and split at the bottom. The 4 screws are in place.
Attached to the dagger is a three piece hanger which is most likely original to the piece. The hanger still has good leather showing some age but no problems with it and the buckle still has perfect plating as does the snap clip which at first glance looks like a nickel example because it is unmarked but it is actually plated which fits in with the vintage of this production. Attached to the snap clip is a belt loop also showing wear commensurate with the hanger and also a fine grip retainer loop with working snap.
The blade of this example is in very fine condition easily being near mint. It has a good deep motto etch with about 95 perfect of the darkening in the letter backgrounds on the reverse. On the reverse is some minor age staining but extremely minor. The reverse ricasso has the seldom seen trademark of a single RZM circle over the code M7/40/38. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the crossguard contours.
Kind of an interesting dagger here and a rare one for those out there that like odder original things.
Excellent Plus. $1,095.00
SADAGGERS #45114C Late SA “Last Ditch” Example RZM M7/13 (Schuttlehofer)
This SA dagger is one of the last pieces that was ever produced. Apparently the factories were having trouble with craftsmen who no doubt were being conscripted and also parts were at a premium. This dagger is very interesting as it shows what was done to try and sell some pieces towards the end of the period.
This example has nickel plated crossguards which are age toned as they’ve never been cleaned but they appear to be in fairly good condition. The tang nut plating is mostly worn off of it.
The grip is a good example being a typical RZM type. What has been done here though is that the SA runes button has not been totally countersunk into the grip and there was no effort to countersink the zinc eagle. This eagle with head that points upward slightly has only been pinned into the grip and not recessed at all.
The scabbard shell has a light brown color paint which is still in just about mint condition. The scabbard mounts are in position on the shell but the holes were never drilled for the screws and of course there are no screws in them either. I also see that apparently the carrying ring was not put on or has been broken off.
The blade is a bright example with all of its crossgraining but it does have age dots in the surface. The motto is still good with all of the frosting in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double open RZM circle with the code M7/13 which represents the Schuttlehofer firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
So if you are a collector of SA types and variations perhaps this “last ditch” example would be of interest to you.
SADAGGERS #46982C Early SA with Silver Dedication Grip Plaque by Anton Wingen
The dagger is equipped with good nickel crossguards and tang nut and it does not appear the tang nut has been removed. The guards are in nice condition crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked “No”.
The grip is also quite nice being a furniture like brown color and having some attractive burl grain in the obverse as well as the reverse. The grip remains in nice condition throughout. The SA runes button has good enamel and the nickel eagle is the styler with beak which points upward slightly. There is only minor wear to this bird with the head details and breast feathering still being all visible and good details to the wings talon wreath and swastika.
The reverse of the grip has a triangular 800 marked silver plate on the reverse of it.Because it is triangular shaped and the center point of the triangle is installed pointing upward on the frip the engraving was done upside down so that it would be visible on the small space of the plaque. There is a five line very precise engraving done being In Kameradschaftlicher / erinnerung / a. d. 31 7. 1932 / G. Walker / Stb F. This inscription translates “In comradeship in remembrance of the day 7 31 1932 G Walker Sturmbannführer”. One of our collector friends saw this piece on one of my unboxings and found out that the significance of this date was that it was one of Hilter’s major elections which was a big assistance in ushering him into power the following year. The plaque is extremely well done with very professionally done engraving and is retained with three nails. The plaque is also marked “800” indicating that it is silver.
The scabbard is an anodized version and is dent free. The anodizing shows some wear and there are a few age spots on both sides. The scabbard mounts are in good condition to include the lower ball. The two screws at the top are original and there were no screws in the bottom mount so we took the liberty to install these.
I wish the balde were a little better but unfortunately it has spotting caused by being wet some time in the past. The spotting takes over around the center point. The motto has about 70 percent of the darkening in the background. The reverse ricasso is marked with the small knight logo and above it is the firm’s name Anton Wingen Jr and below is “Solingen”. The blade shoulders nicely match the lower crossguard contour.
I wish the bad were in better condition but I think the significance of the presentation plaque goes a long way to make this dagger quite desirable. I also think that more research could be done concerning the date and Herr Walker. A very interesting piece.
SADAGGERS #46174C Early SA Dagger with 3 Piece Hanger - Pfeilringwerk (Circle with arrows)
This early dagger has a desirable trademark that is popular with collectors It is in an untouched example with fine deep dull patina to the nickel cross guards. The guards are in fine condition with smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe-marked, "No". The tang nut does not appear to have ever been apart. The grip is in perfect condition and is a fine furniture-like wood with good appeal. It perfectly fits the cross guards.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent anodizing, showing a little mild even age on both sides, but not bad. The matching scabbard mounts are in fine condition, to include the lower ball. All four original nickel screws are present and unturned. Affixed to the hanging ring is a fine early short hanger which appears original-to-the-piece. It has excellent leather, complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is the nickel type with an unmarked "snout-nosed" snap clip, being the type with rivet that retains the spring. Also attached is an excellent-conditioned grip retainer loop with belt loop. The snap button is in good working condition.
The blade reflects a dark motto, having about 90% of the original factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. It appears as though someone in the past cleaned the blade, perhaps with steel wool, and did take some of the brightness out of the original finish on both sides. The blade grades at about excellent. The eye-catching trademark has the same dark backgrounds as the motto. It depicts a double circle which adds five arrows around it, giving the effect of motion. Inside the two circles are the firm's name and location, "Pfeilringwerk / Solingen". This firm made many of the blades we also see on cigar cutters, even those owned by AH. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard. Pfeilringwerk also rates as an "8" on the McSaar scale, so it is a fairly rare dagger and a good one for those of you out there collecting maker-marks.
Excellent Plus. $1,095.00
SADAGGERS #45983 Early SA with Dedicated Blade by Wilhlem Kober Suhl
This SA has the traditional Suhl type hilt having the fine crossguard for which this city was famous for. Both guards are in perfect condition with smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves.
The grip is one of the walnut type used by the Suhl makers. It remains in nice condition and fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is one of the coppery types and although the enamel shows usage it is still all there. The grip eagle is a nickel high necked variety. All of the details are still visible to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A fine hilt here.
The scabbard is also a very nice example. It still retains all of its anodized finish and about 90 percent of the original protective lacquer. Very nice shell here. The scabbard mounts match the patina of the hilt and both are in good condition to include the lower ball. The original screws are in place and are unturned.
There is a short hanger connected to the carrying ring. The short hanger appears to be perhaps a little later vintage than the dagger and shows quite a bit of age. The buckle has some rust on it as does the snap clip. It is an RZM type snap clip. The leather still seems sound and it is complete with the small retainer loop. Attached to the clip is a brown belt loop having an unusual round ring. All in all though a nice scabbard setup here.
The blade shows a little bit of age graying over the surfaces but all in all it is not bad still rating at excellent plus. The obverse has a good SA etch with about 60 percent of the original darkening in the letters.
The reverse though is quite interesting as it has three line dedication. The dedication seems to read “Lass Dick Wie Beirren / S / L Ings Heinz Mayer zum 18.5.1934 / von sienen Vater”. Essentially this means “Do not let my son stray too far from his father “. In addition the initials of his son RIHM are stamped into the Sa gruppe mark.
A very interesting dagger here with a father trying to guide his son along in life. Perhaps The SA was not the best thing to join and we know that now and of course at the time it was considered an up and coming NSDAP organization. A very neat dagger here that possibly could be researched.
SADAGGERS #35260 Early SA Dagger with Blade Dedication and Leather Covered Scabbard - Carl Eickhorn
This early SA Dagger is of initial production and apparently was a ground Röhm that had a dedication done over the original inscription after it was removed. The dagger must have been important to the recipient as it has a period leather covered scabbard; we will get to these details further down in the description.
The hilt section is a typical Eickhorn variety. The all nickel mounts have good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and the hand cut deep accent grooves typical of this producer. Studying the tang nut I do not see where this dagger has ever been apart. All nickel parts have a good even patina throughout. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked, "Wf". The grip is a standard fruitwood type having a rich brown color with some interesting fine grains in the finish. The grip shows only nominal usage and remains in perfect condition. The grip is of medium to high ridge construction, and exactly fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is nicely placed, with perfect enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" type having all details remaining to the bird"s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. As indicated above, this shell has been period covered with a finely grained leather. The brown leather is a rich color and the leather was sewn up the center of the rear section similar to a hunting cutlass. The leather meets both of the mounts but does not go under it. This leather shows some scuffs and usage but no cuts or problems. The scabbard mounts are the nickel type and they are in good condition throughout to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered.
There is a fine conditioned early style short hanger which appears original to the piece. This short hanger has good supple leather and is complete with the small retainer strap. The hardware is all nickel with a standard variety unmarked snap clip.
The obverse blade is still quite bright throughout having some mild age at the ricasso area and running up to the ending of the SA motto. It is not bad however and just appears as a cloudiness on this part of the blade. The rest of the blade is nice and bright throughout. The SA motto is crisp and has 100% of the frosted backgrounds in the letters. The reverse blade was apparently a Röhm as the grain is slightly different from the obverse grain. This was certainly a factory job however as the removal is quite expert.
The trademark on the dagger is the early double ovals and we know that these were normally used only with full Röhm examples. There is a two line dedication on the reverse blade. The dedication is apparently in the facsimile handwriting of the giver. It reads, "In treuer Kameradschaft - Hermann Fehneberg". If you are an avid researcher I have no doubt you will be able to track down some information on this man.
As mentioned above the trademark is the small double ovals which contain the firm"s name and location, "Carl Eickhorn Solingen". Inside is a seated squirrel with serrated tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.
A most interesting SA Dagger here, and a great addition to an advanced collection.
Excellent Plus. $2,995.00
SADAGGERS #45647 SA “Name Only” Partial Ground Röhm by Carl Eickhorn
This Eickhorn dagger has classic nickel Eickhorn fittings. The fittings have a nice patination to them and have smooth surfaces crisp edges and the very precise accent grooves we see from this maker. The tang nut is in nice condition and does not appear to have been turned. The lower crossguard is gruppe marked “Fr”.
The typical Eickhorn grip is a very fine example being a mahogany like wood having fine attractive vertical running grains. It has some lighter colors in the finish and gives a very pleasing look to the eye. The grip remains in perfect condition throughout with high center ridge grip. This grip fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button remains in perfect condition with fine enamel. The grip eagle is the high necked version. The head breast feathering and talons show a little bit of minor surface wear but the wings wreath and swastika are still quite crisp. A fine grip here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The anodizing is all there but there is some even age spotting present on both sides. The nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and unturned.Attached to the carrying ring is what appears to be the original to the piece short hanger. It is the early style with excellent leather and the small loop is still present. The nickel mounts are in perfect condition and the clip is the “snout nosed” variety having the rivet that retains the spring.
The blade obverse is in nice condition still being bright and with the exception of a small rub at the obverse ricasso area which apparently was done at the time the blade was ground this blade is in near mint condition. It has a good motto still retaining just about 98 percent of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse blade still has its full inscription remaining and only the Ernst Röhm signature was ground out. An attempt was made to regrain the area over the ground portion but it is quite obvious that this is a ground out piece. The small 1933 through 35 trademark was also affected during the grinding. The squirrel logo was mostly removed but the double circles remain and most of the Cark Eickhorn name is there and all of “Solingen” is there. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
It's also worth noting which we see on quite a few ground Röhm pieces I believe that this piece also has the very tip broken off as a further shaming of the motto. The blade was retipped somewhere along the line and other than being about one quarter of an inch short the blade looks quite normal.
A nice 100 percent original name only partial ground Röhm dagger.
SADAGGERS #45452C Early SA by Rob. Giersch
This Giersch produced dagger is in very nice condition here. The nickel crossguards have never been touched and have a fine patina to their smooth surfaces crisp edges and fine accent grooves. The tang nut does appear to have been out of this example. The reverse lower crossguard is gruppe marked “Wm”.
The grip is in perfect condition being a more rounded type. It fits the crossguards lie a rubber glove. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The nickel eagle the high necked variety having full details there to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout. It has good anodizing also having a little bit of lacquer showing here and there and some age over the surfaces but all in all a very nice shell here. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel and they are in good condition. The lower ball has just one small line shaped tap across the bottom of it. The four screws are all in place and are unturned.
The dagger is equipped with the original to the piece short hanger. This short hanger has excellent original leather still having the fine factory color and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is the nickel type and the clip is a conventional shaped style being marked on the reverse “A” and “DRGM”.
The blade is a great example. It is bright throughout and has a very fine motto with 100 percent of the darkening remaining in the letters. The crossgrain is all there and there is a fine needlelike tip. This blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is interesting as the trademark depicts a schoolmarm appearing to be on her way to the classroom complete with hat dress and a portfolio in her right hand. Above the woman is the firm’s name “Rob. Giersch” in an oval and below the location city “Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.
A very nice dagger not seen too often and always interesting with this trademark.
Mint Minus. $1,595.00(05/19/21)
SADAGGERS #45117 Early SA by F. A. Kirschbaum
This beautiful piece is in about as good a condition as a collector is likely to find. The nickel crossguard and tang nut are pristine throughout. The tang nut does not appear as though it has been out of the dagger.
The crossguards throughout are smooth and have crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked "Wm".
The grip is in complete perfect condition having a dark mahogany looking wood. The wood is very attractive and in indeed furniture like. It fits the crossguards perfectly. The SA runes button has fine enamel. The grip eagle is style with high neck. It has a little bit of wear on the bird's head only but the breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika are still new like. A very fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is just outstanding. It is completely straight and easily has 100 percent of the original anodized finish. There is also probably 85 percent of the original protective lacquer. It is not often we see a scabbard in this nice of a condition. The scabbard mounts are nickel and they are in nice condition to include the never dropped lower ball.
The blade absolutely exquisite mint. It is mirror bright with 100 percent crossgrain and fine deep SA motto. The letters to the motto have all of their darkening and literally jumps off the blade. The reverse blade is in the same choice condition. The reverse ricasso is marked with the double ovals which is marked with the firm's name and location F. A. Kirschbaum Solingen and in the center is "& CO". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A very elegant dagger here which is rated an 8 on the McSARR scale. If you are looking for that special SA in top condition this one should meet your need.
SADAGGERS #45105C Early SA with Blade Dedication - F. Dick
The guards are in nice shape with smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower guard is marked "Sw".
The grip is in very fine condition fitting the crossguards like a rubber glove. It is a good looking wood with vertical grain and having some different tines in the wood that make it interesting to look at. There is also a set of carved initial in the lower reverse grip which appear to be "SE". The grip SA runes button is in perfect condition. The grip eagle is the high neck variety having perfect detail throughout the head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A nice hilt here.
The scabbard is straight throughout the obverse. There is just the tiniest of a little ding at the bottom left side near the scabbard mount. This anodizing is in good condition throughout. The scabbard though is a bit of mystery as the scabbard mounts are the plated type. This is very unusual to see with a anodized finish. Perhaps this piece was produced later in the run just before the transitional period or it is possible the original owner replaced the scabbard. The scabbard mounts are in excellent condition throughout having all screws present and unturned.
Connected to the hanging ring is a fine early three piece hanger. This is another reason why I think the scabbard could have been replaced by the original owner and his original hanger retained. The hanger leather is in good condition throughout although the little retainer loop is missing. The hardware is all the early nickel type with a early unmarked snout nosed variety clip the variety being the type with the rivet that holds the spring in place. Connected to the snap clip is what appears to be the original to this piece belt loop being the type which fold over and has a boss holding it in place and there is also a grip retainer loop but unfortunately the leather is broken where it is connect at the snap but the snap portion is still there.
The blade is a very fine example being in mint condition. The motto is nicely done having 100 percent of the frosting in the background. On the reverse is a dedication performed by a SA officer that I have seen probably a half a dozen times in the past. The inscription is lightly etch In trueue kamaradeschaft Carlo Kraemer / SturmfÃ¼hrer 10 / M / 86. Herr Kraemer was a prolific gift giver because there most have been many more dedicated daggers with his name when I have have seen at least five or six of the in the past. The dedication however is absolutely original. It would be nice if someone cold do some research on Kramer to see just who he was. The group that he was with when this was presented appears to have been one of the SA motor groups. The blade ricasso is etched with the arrow pointing downward with the name "F. Dick". The blade shoulders perfect meet the lower crossguard.
A fine interesting dagger here.
SADAGGERS #44581C Early SA Dagger - Carl Jul Krebs
This dagger has toned nickel fittings throughout not appearing to have ever been cleaned. The crossguards and tang nut are in fine condition and the tang nut does not appear to have ever been removed. The surfaces are still smooth with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is gruppe marked "He". The grip remains in perfect condition with a good vertical grain. it perfectly fits the crossguards. The runes button is one of the more coppery types and it has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the high nicked type. It shows just a tad of wear to head and breast feathering but the wing feathering talons wreath and swastika are still crisp. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. it appears to have all of its anodized finish although the finish is a slightly darker color. It is all there however. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition to include the lower ball and all four screws are in place. The blade is in very fine condition still being bright with needlelike tip and rating mint. It has a very fine deep and dark motto with 100 percent of the blackening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso feature double ovals which contain the firm's name and location "Carl Jul Krebs Solingen". Inside is a crown over the letter K. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
Excellent Plus. $1,150.00
SADAGGERS #44560C Early SA Dagger with Crossguard Dedication - Sud Messerfabrik Gefrees
This early dagger is produced by a not too often seen maker Sud Messerfabrik located in the small town of Gefrees. This producer is rated at a 8 on the McSARR scale. The crossguards and tang nut are of solid nickel the tang nut looks to have been removed maybe once. The surfaces are in good condition as are the edges and accent grooves. The reverse lower crossguard is gruppe marked "He". On the reverse crossguard is the dedication "in kameradeschaft standarte 83". Apparently on of the members of this standarte gave the dagger to a friend. The engraving work is very nicely done being professional and beautifully fit to the space allotted. The grip is a fine darker wood having a more rounded surface. The obverse remains in perfect condition whereas the reverse has a couple of minor indents in the ridge area of the wood but they are not bad. The grip fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button has all of the enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with point behind the head. The bird shows a little minor wear to the head breast feathering and talons but the wreathed swastika and wings are still quite crisp. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has 100% of the original anodizing and also has about 50 to 60 percent of the original protective lacquer more being on the obverse than the reverse. The nickel mounts are in very fine condition to include the lower ball and they are retained by the four original unturned nickel screws. Attached to the upper hangin ring is a period short hanger which appears to be original to the piece. The hanger still has excellent leather and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger hardware is of all nickel with the clip being of conventional style and unmarked. Attached to the clip is a fine brown belt loop which seems to match the hanger. This loop is equipped with a nickel D ring. The blade of this piece is mostly bright but there are a couple of smudges that are concentrated around the center ares of the blade on both sides. The grain is still all there but these smudges do effect the rating so this blade is only at excellent plus. The SA motto is crisp with good dark lettering. On the reverse the logo is of two ovals which enclose the firm's name and locations "Sud Messerfabrik Gefrees". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the the lower crossguard. An interesting early SA dagger.
Excellent Plus. $1,495.00
SADAGGERS #44561C Early SA Dagger with Blade Dedication - Carl Eickhorn
This SA has early nickel Eickhorn-style guards which remain in nice condition throughout, with the deep accent grooves typically produced by this company. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "Wf".
The light brown grip has some nice vertical wood grain. It remains in fine condition on the reverse, but the obverse has a small surface chip on the upper right. It also looks as if the SA runes button was pressed deeper into the wood of the grip somehow. In any event the grip perfectly fits the guards and the button has undamaged enamel. The nickel "High Necked" grip eagle shows only modest wear.
The scabbard remains straight and has a good anodized finish. It is all there but there is some mild age spotting spread evenly throughout both sides. The nickel scabbard mounts are both in good condition and are retained by the original unturned nickel screws.
The blade of this dagger has turned slightly gray and looks to have been sharpened at one time. This sharpening was apparently removed, leaving the blade slightly thinner than it should normally be. It is not immediately noticeable but the keen of eye should spot it. The SA motto is still crisp but has only about 50% of the original darkening in the letters.
On the reverse there is a three line dedication which reads, "In treuer kampfverbundenheit! / Weihnachten 1934 / Hager BrigadefÃ¼hrer. This literally translates to something like, "In true battle-belongingness! / Christmas 1934 / Hager Brigade Leader". A very interesting dedication here, with an expression used by almost exclusively men who had fought together during the early days of the Party and the Great War.
It is interesting to note the Eickhorn trademark is the "small double ovals" type, presumably used to free up space on the blade for the dedication. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A very interesting dagger here; it is a shame about the condition issues but it is what it is.
Good Plus. $1,995.00
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.
SADAGGERS #43628C Mid-period Double Proof SA Dagger - RZM M7/27 / Puma
This SA Dagger is one of the desirable double proof types. These daggers represent the apparently reluctant transition from manufacturer trademarks to RZM codes. By 1939 RZM markings had pushed many of the interesting trademarks, making these double proof examples very interesting.
This example has outstanding nickel plated crossguards which remain in bright, mint condition. The tang nut is in the same condition and does not appear to have been turned.
The grip is a very fine RZM type with a high center ridge. The SA runes button retains perfect enamel. The grip eagle is a "High Necked" copper type, with full detailing throughout.
The scabbard shell is completely straight and has very fine original brown paint. This paint remains bright and is 100% intact. The scabbard mounts are plated and remain in perfect condition, to include the lower ball. The original dome head screws are in place and unturned.
Attached to the hanging ring is a fine short hanger. This hanger has perfect leather and a good retainer loop. The nickel plated hardware also is in perfect condition, being bright and free of rust. The snap clip is marked "A", "DRGM", RZM M5/8" on the reverse.
The blade of this example is a beauty, with full crossgrain, a dark SA motto, and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with an RZM circle atop the code "M7/27" and a fine Puma Cat Head trademark in a diamond. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower guard.
An exceptional Double Proof SA Dagger here.
SADAGGERS #42573C Early SA Dagger - Puma
The grip is a deep cherry color, having more of a rounded surface than we normally see, and some subtle wood grain that is visible if you look closely. This fine grip is sure to stand out in a SA collection, and fits the guards perfectly. The SA runes button retains perfect enamel, and the nickel grip eagle is the type with slightly upturned beak. This bird retains good detailing throughout.
The scabbard shell is an excellent example, being straight throughout and with a 100% intact anodized finish. There is about 30% of the original lacquer remaining, spread throughout both sides. The mounts are in generally good condition, with the exception of the lower ball which is slightly squashed. The next owner might like to look into finding an early scabbard mount to replace it as it would help the dagger immensely. The for original nickel screws are in place.
The original short hanger is attached to this piece. The dark brown leather remains supple and the retainer loop is intact. The nickel clip is marked "A" and "DRGM".
The blade is an extremely nice example. It remains bright throughout, with full crossgrain. The SA motto is deeply etched and retains 100 of the darkening. The reverse ricasso is etched with the familiar Cat Head logo of the Puma firm.
A fine Puma piece here.
Excellent Plus. $995.00
SADAGGERS #42191C Late SA Dagger with Gilded Crossguards - RZM M7/51 1938 (Wingen)
This SA Dagger is a late production example and quite odd in that it has gilded crossguards. It is possible that these guards are original as they do show appropriate age and craftsmanship. We do see daggers that were made by Atwood by in the late 60's and early 70's, so it is hard to tell the difference.
The tang nut on this example is a standard type, showing age and without the original plating. The grip is a fine RZM type that remains in perfect condition, fitting the guards perfectly. It has a pleasing vertical subsurface grain. The SA runes button retains good enamel, and the aluminum grip eagle is the "High Necked" type. It is interesting to note that there is some residual gilding left on this bird, so it is very possible this dagger was meant for Marine use but I don't know for sure.
The scabbard has standard nickel plated steel mounts, showing some minor age. The lower ball has a hit to the center and a split on the right side. The shell, however, remains straight and has good chocolate brown paint with only minor wear.
The blade, unfortunately, has tuned gray over the years. The motto also shows wear and only has about 50% of the original darkening. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with an RZM circle set atop the Anton Wingen Jr code, "M7/51 1938". Below the RZM coding the the Little Knight trademark of the Wingen firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A pretty neat dagger for those of you that like unusual pieces. It is priced accordingly.
SADAGGERS #34105C Early SA with Scabbard Dedication - F. Herder
This early SA Dagger does not appear to have been cleaned and has good patination throughout its all nickel mounts. The tang nut does not appear to have been removed from the dagger. These hilt mounts have good smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked "Wf".
The grip is an even, dark brown wood which appears to be mahogany. This wood is of a Medium to Sharp Contour construction. The grip fits the nickel mounts like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has fine enameled surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the type with "point behind the head". Most of the details are still there to the bird's head and breast feathering with full details to the wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell is one of the seldom seen types that is painted instead of having an anodized finish. The paint is a dark brown purple color. There is quite a bit of chipping and wear across this scabbard paint. Maybe 50% remains. It is interesting to note that since the dedication of this dagger is dated a late 1936, that perhaps this was a period when the changeover time to paint rather than anodizing took place. The upper nickel mount is in excellent condition, and the lower mount unfortunately has a pushed up ball. There is some splitting on the left side of the ball, but none on the right. The screws are all in place, and show some turning, especially on the lower ones. The upper screws are still in unbuggered condition.
The reverse of the upper scabbard mount has a five-line dedication. The dedication is beautifully done in tiny Gothic style lettering. It reads "Unseren/Korporalschaftsfuhrer/Zur Erinnerug/Hans Eck/25.12.36". This dedication appears to read "Given to Hans Eck in memory of the corporal leader staff December 25th, 1936." Perhaps this was a Christmas gift to Eck who was probably the leader of this group. The blade shows a little bit of in and out work as well as some age, but the surfaces still remain bright. There is not a lot of crossgraining on this blade, and the backgrounds of the letters in the SA motto only have about 50% of the factory darkening remaining. The reverse ricasso is etched with a set of crossed keys positioned over the firm's name and location "F. Herder A.S./Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A fine Herder SA Dagger here.
SADAGGERS #34058C Mid-Period SA Dagger with Crossguard Dedication RZM M 7/70 - F & A Helbig
This Helbig produced SA dagger has all of the normal characteristics we see with this producer. The Helbig daggers were the only examples to be equipped with steel crossguards having chromed surfaces. The same was true of the scabbard mounts. The steel crossguards were only produced by the Helbig firm. This example has a tang nut which appears to have been turned at least once as there are some small rounded scratches below it on the crossguard surface.
The crossguards, despite their chrome finish, have quite a bit of patination which is probably attributable to nicotine. The guards are slightly larger than normally seen nickel examples. The obverse guard is professionally engraved, "1939 DEM SIEGER". This dedication of course means, "To the 1939 Winner".
The grip is a fine mahogany type and it shows some usage but is still in good condition with no chips or flaws. The SA runes button is nicely placed and is turned to about five o'clock. The enamel is still in excellent condition. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "beak pointing upwards slightly". This eagle shows only modest wear to the surfaces but the beak, eye, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika are still in good condition. It is also interesting to note that the grip eagles on Helbig daggers are placed higher on the grip than the norm. As we know grip eagles were to be placed just below the center line of the bulbous portion of the grip, not in the center.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has good chocolate brown paint showing a few scratches here and there but it still has its original brightness and rates at about 98%. The chrome plated scabbard mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. These mounts also have matching patination. The mounts are secured by dome head steel screws which are unturned. The blade of this example remains in a bright condition still having all of its crossgraining. As is typical of the Helbig firm the etching to the SA motto is extremely light. Despite this the motto still remains quite clear. The reverse of the blade is matching lightly etched with a double RZM circle having a shaded center. Below the circle is the code, "M 7/70". It is also interesting to note that the shoulder to crossguard contour fit is not very good but again this is yet another Helbig trait.
Not a high quality dagger here but it is what it is.
SADAGGERS #34064C SA/NSKK Officer's Dagger Conversion, RZM 7/13 - SchÃ¼ttlehÃ¶fer
This most unusual dagger represents a period conversion that looks to have once been an SA dagger and perhaps the original owner joined the NSKK as an officer. Since the wearer may have been unable to order an officer's dagger because of the demands of the war it appears as though he chose to convert his existing SA to an NSKK with a chained suspension. The dagger has the standard nickel-plated crossguards with steel tang nut. The crossguards show a little bit of mild freckling in the surfaces but the plating is still all there and mostly bright.
The grip appears to have been an SA example as despite the fact that it has been painted black there is still quite a bit of brown original color which shows where the paint has worn or flaked off. There is also a chip in the surface of the right hand obverse and the right hand reverse section of the grip. The SA runes button is in place with perfect enamel surfaces. The grip eagle is an aluminum type. The eagle appears to be the type with "beak which points upwards slightly". There is some wear to the head and breast feathering area or it may be a rub from something along the way. The same is true of the swastika within the wreath. The top portion of the swastika is also rubbed. The rest of the bird still appears OK to include the open wings and the wreath.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell also shows traces of being brown underneath and having a rather crude black painted surface. The paint job appears to have been done with a brush and no doubt was accomplished by the same individual who painted the grip. There are traces of black paint still on the edges of the scabbard mount so apparently the painter did not bother to remove these mounts prior to the new finish. In addition to the paint job there has also been a center ramp added to the scabbard. This ramp appears to have been made locally as it is not anywhere near what a "standard" example would be. It is only about Âº-inch wide with high center and rounded edges. It is retained by a steel dome head screw which is slightly larger than the normal scabbard screws. There is an eyelet on the right end with a carrying ring being smaller in dimension than the norm. The scabbard mounts are the standard nickel-plated type and they still retain their original brightness. The four dome head screws are all in place and they are unbuggered.
The blade is a typical RZM type having a high center ridge and lightly etched motto. The motto has most of its original factory darkening gone to time. The blade shows some of the original crossgraining but most of it is gone and the surfaces are beginning to turn gray. This blade only grades at excellent. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a double open RZM circle positioned over the SchÃ¼ttlehÃ¶fer code "M 7/13". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.
An interesting dagger here for those that are prone to collecting oddities. An absolute period conversion here that probably had some sort of a chain hanger. The hanger of course is now missing.
SADAGGERS #34071C Early SA with Period Leather-covered Scabbard - C.G. Haenel
This early SA Dagger is quite interesting to collectors as it has a period leather-covered scabbard. We will get to this further down in the description. The dagger has the standard Suhl nickel mounts. The upper cross guard is slighter wider than the lower cross guard, which has the distinctive curvature seen on daggers from this area. These mounts have a fine, dull patination and do not look like they have ever been cleaned. When studying the tang nut, there is no evidence that this dagger has been opened in modern times. The lower reverse cross guard is Gruppe marked "Sa".
The grip is a fine, High Ridged walnut which was the standard wood used for Suhl daggers. Walnut, of course, was the wood used to make gunstocks, so it was readily available for build SA Daggers. This grip still has its original varnished finish, and has some fine vertical grain running throughout its length. The grip shows some minor usage, but overall is in near perfect condition. The SA Runes Button is one of the copper types. It is slightly outward from its corresponding hole, and this has caused most of the enamel to have been broken out from around the runes. The enamel is still intact within the "A" rune. The nickel grip is of the "beak which points upward" style. This eagle is in excellent condition, having full details to the eye, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The grip fits the cross like a rubber glove. A nice hilt here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. As indicated above was been period covered in fine, dark brown leather. This leather has excellent, fine graining, and other than a little bit of under the surface lifting is still in perfect condition. The leather appears to have been run beneath both of the scabbard mounts. The upper mount is in fine condition. The lower mount is in good condition to the ball, and also fairly good condition to the obverse area. The reverse area of this lower mount has some bumps and scratches. The original nickel screws are in place and appear unturned.
The blade of this example is a fine one, being bright and having all of its cross graining. It has a little bit of "in-and-out" marking at the lower area, but overall this blade still grades in near Full Mint condition. The motto etch is deep and crisp and appears to have about 95% of the original background darkening intact. The reverse ricasso is etched with an arrow running across the blade, having the firm's name in capital letters, "HAENEL". Beneath this is the firm's full name and location, "C.G. Haenel/Suhl/Waffen/u. Fahrrad/Fabrik". The meaning of the words indicates that Haenel was both a weapons and a bicycle factory. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower cross guard contour.
I have no reason to give why this scabbard was leather covered. I do not think it was any kind of an acknowledgement of rank, rather it was just a whim done by the original carrier. Although there were rules against changed the appearance of a dagger, when there are 3 million people wearing them there is always someone who does follow those rules. Either way, this is an absolute period job and done in an excellent, professional manner.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,350.00