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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 #40316C Full Röhm Inscription SA Dagger SA - Carl Eickhorn

This Röhm dagger is in choice condition throughout and is very desirable. It is a complete textbook example.

The dagger does not appear to have been apart, so I will respect this status as there is really no reason to look inside. The cross guards are the "H.E" type having excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. These grooves are the deep style we see on Eickhorn-produced products. The bottom of the lower guard has the factory inspection marking, "2". The reverse lower guard is stamped with the Gruppe marking, "Nrh". The grip is a choice furniture-like wood having small delicate grain along with lighter and darker shades of brown color. It shows no signs of wear and remains in absolute perfect condition. It has a medium contour ridge in the center. The SA runes button has perfect enamel and is set straight up and down. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety retaining all details to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard is also a fine example having a totally straight shell. The anodizing is still all there and there are just slight traces of original lacquer still trapped along the edges of the mounts. The two matching nickel mounts are in perfect condition, to include the never-dropped lower ball. The original nickel screws are all there and are unturned. There is a good, early short hanger which appears original to this piece. The leather shows mild age, but is still supple and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is the unmarked nickel type with a standard configuration snap clip.

The blade literally has everything you would want in a Röhm dagger. It is bright throughout and has all of the cross grain with needle-like tip. Other than the standard in-and-out markings, this blade is in mint condition. The SA motto, "Alles für Deutschland" is crisp and easily has all of the factory darkening in the backs of the letters. The Röhm inscription on the reverse exactly matches the motto, also with full darkening in the letter backgrounds. The inscription, of course, reads, "In herzlicher Kameradschaft Ernst Röhm" The trademark is the 1933-35 small double logo which contains the company name and location, "Carl Eickhorn/ Solingen. Inside is a serrated tail squirrel holding a nut in his paws. The lower blade exactly butts the cross guard contour.

A remarkable Röhm example here that has the look of being "put away" by its original owner after the elimination of Röhm, only to re-surface when uncovered by a liberating G.I. and brought home to America. And, what a great war trophy it is!

Mint Minus. $8,995.00

SADAGGERS #40490C Full Röhm Inscription SA Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This fine Röhm Inscription SA Dagger is equipped with nickel hilt mounts with a fine, dull patination and appearing to be uncleaned. They are internally marked "HE", indicating that they were fabricated in-house by Eickhorn. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Wm". The tang nut shows no signs of take down, as it was loose to the hand when I looked inside the guards.

The grip is a typical Eickhorn type, most likely pear or similar wood. It has a pleasing, subtle subdue face grain. It is in nearly perfect condition, with just a tiny crack just above the SA runes button. It nicely fits the guards but does have some minor gapping, something that is not unusual to see on Eickhorn daggers. The runes button is in good condition, with perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" style which retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The "anodized" finish has age even spread throughout the surface. The scabbard mounts are in good condition, the lower ball having just a slight push-in at the rear. This is barely noticeable, however. The four original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.

The best part of this dagger is the blade. The obverse remains bright with all of the crossgrain. It has a fine, deep motto etch with very dark backgrounds. The reverse of the blade has a few "in-and-out" marks, but also has a fine, intact full Röhm inscription. The inscription of course reads, "In herzlicher Kamaradeschaft Ernst Röhm". The darkening in the backgrounds of this etch matches that seen on the motto. The ricasso is marked with the early Eickhorn Seated Squirrel trademark. The rodent has a serrated tail and clutches a nut in his paws. The blade perfectly meets the lower guard.

A very nice full Röhm SA Dagger here, with an exceptional blade.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $6,495.00

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

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

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

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

A fine original Pack Röhm dagger here.

Near Mint. $7,995.00


SADAGGERS #41484 Chained High Leader SA Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This Chained SA Leader dagger has never been in a collection. It comes from a "Motel Buyer" who bought it many years ago and has saved it to help fund his retirement and the time has come to market the dagger. The dagger was produced after 1941, as we know by the trademark and also the characteristics of the dagger.

The cross guards are all silvered and reflect raised the oak leaf and acorn pattern unique to these Eickhorn-produced products.The detail to the cross guard leaves is excellent having lots of hand-enhancing to the leaf veins. The acorn caps have been lightly checkered, the way we normally see them on these daggers. The later cross guards are not as deeply cast as the earlier pieces, but they still have a great look about them and are what they are. 100% of the factory blackening remains in the backgrounds and the surfaces reflect a fine patina never having been cleaned. The silvered tang nut is in perfect condition being the type with steel base, as this is a later dagger. It is interesting that these later guards are not numbered internally, again something we see with later pieces.

The grip appears to be a standard SA type being in perfect condition throughout. It has the higher center ridge construction typical of this period. The SA runes button has perfect enamel surfaces and is precisely set in the grip. The grip eagle is a nickel type, being the style with the "beak that points upward slightly". This bird is pristine throughout showing all details and no wear what-so-ever. (Often these later produced Leader daggers will have a zinc eagle, so this example having a nickel version indicates that it must have been made prior to the later types we see with these zinc eagles.) The grip perfectly fits the cross guards. A fine hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight as a arrow. It retains its original leather, which remains in perfect condition. No cuts, blemishes or flaws - beautiful Moroccan here. Like we see on the later types, the leather grain is not as fine as the earlier types, but still is most impressive. The leather is actually in four separate pieces - two separate pieces on the obverse and two separate pieces on the reverse. They are measured to meet the center ramp and the lower and higher scabbard mounts respectively. The scabbard mounts are as good as you see. They reflect 100% silvered surfaces over a steel base. Since they have never been cleaned the patina is nice and even, giving the desirable look we collectors love. The upper and lower mounts have the pattern border lines on both sides and 100% of the original factory darkening remains in the backgrounds of these border lines. The same is true of the sculpted lines on the center ramp. These center ramps are different than the earlier type, being more narrow and also retained with a single side screw. (The early versions are two-piece ramps that fold-over the scabbard shell and are retained in place with two rivets.) The original screws are dome head types being silver-plated over steel base metal. All screws are unturned.

The chain consists of silvered rectangular links having an immobile, raised swastika in the center. Each link has built-in holed appendages on the end areas of both sides where they are secured with oval connecting loops. There are five swastika links at the top chain and seven links on the lower. The links that attach to the upper clip and the center and upper scabbard mounts, have only a single hole in the end portion of link itself for attachment of the connecting ring. The two chain assemblies are attached to the special SA Leader clip assembly. The assembly features a large rounded SA runic symbol in the center area, with the three tops of the rune piercing the center edge. The original factory backgrounds are also intact around the runic. Attached to the reverse of the runic symbol is the snap clip.The clip shows a little minor lifting to the plating at the upper area and also some to the reverse, but it is mild and does not detract from the chain. The reverse of the links all have good silvered surfaces and are patinated, matching the dagger's other parts. Attached to the snap clip is a special brown leather teardrop that is equipped with a "D" ring, The teardrop leather that extends below protects the wearer's uniform from undue wear from the swing of the dagger. The teardrop is 4 1/2 inches in length. The reverse of the teardrop is covered in a blue felt. The felt is in good condition having a couple of minor moth nips only.

The damascus blade is quite beautiful throughout, having the typical "maiden hair" pattern we are used to seeing on these dagger. The damascus is in excellent condition, having a few nominal age spots which appear to be only on the surfaces and possibly could be cleaned out should the next owner elect to have this done. The blade has the raised motto, "Alles fŸr Deutschland" which is flanked with raised oak leaf sprigs. Amazingly, the original gild to these letters and symbols still remains at 100%. The reverse blade is also in the same condition. Overall this blade rates in near mint condition. I took a look at the blade's tang. Interestingly, it is stamped with "D". (The earlier blade types with be stamped, "DAMAST".) On the other side of the tang is the raised marking of the oft-seen tang maker being the letters "C" and "A" enclosed within the body of the letter "H". The riccaso features the raised trademark used after 1941. It consists of a squirrel looking over his shoulder. Beneath the animal, in three lines is, "Original/ Eickhorn/ Solingen". The gild to the trademark is also near 100%. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

So there you have it - a fine opportunity here to acquire a dagger which would highlight most collections. Many of us dream of owning one of these High Leader daggers someday, so now the chance is here.

Near Mint. $39,995.00

SADAGGERS #41067C Early SA Dagger - Carl Julius Krebs

This early SA dagger is in fine condition throughout, with a nice patina that gives the impression that it has not been cleaned since the war. Looking at the tang not it does not appear that this dagger has ever been apart.

The crossguards are in choice condition. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "He".

The grip is a fine example, with a rich brown color and subtle vertical grain. It shows little evidence of wear and perfectly fits the guards. The enamel SA runes button has a minor surface chip on the left. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" type, and retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard steel is straight and retains 100% of the original "anodized" finish. It also looks to have about 60% of the factory lacquer. The scabbard mounts are also in nice condition. The lower ball does have a small ding on the left side but it is otherwise undamaged. The mounts are retained by the original heckle screws which appear to be unturned.

The original short hanger is in place. The leather remains good however the small retainer loop is missing. The hardware is the early nickel tip and exactly matches the patination on the rest of the dagger. The snap clip is an early, "snout nosed" type with a riveted spring.

The blade is in full mint condition, with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is deeply etched and retains 100% of the original background darkening. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the Crowned K trademark of the Krebs firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the contours of the lower guard.

A very nice early Krebs dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,250.00

SADAGGERS #41059C Early SA Dagger - Gottfried Weyersberg

This dagger has a fine patination throughout the nickel fittings and does not appear to have ever been cleaned. Studying the tang nut it does not look to have ever been out.

The crossguards are in fine condition throughout, with the lower reverse guard being Gruppe marked "Om".

The grip is a dark, mahogany-style wood with a rich color. It is in beautiful condition and is completely untouched, with subtle, subsurface wood grain. It is a real looker and perfectly fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is in good condition, and the nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is also a beauty. It is completely straight, with 100% of the "anodized" finish and perhaps 50% of the original lacquer. The mounts are of matching nickel and are in perfect condition. These mounts are retained by four nickel screws which are in place and unturned.

The blade of this dagger is a mirror-bright, mint beauty, with all of the crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is crisp and very dark. The trademark is one we do not see very frequently In fact, this firm is listed as an 8 in the McSARR rarity scale. The name and location of the firm, "Gottfried Weyersberg & Soehne / Solingen" is arranged in a diamond shape, with the image of a vase holding three star-like flowers in the center. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very nice SA dagger here, with a very rare trademark. It is exceptionally fun to see a very scarce SA in choice condition.

Mint Minus. $1,395.00

SADAGGERS #41057C Early SA Dagger - H & F Lauterjung

This early SA Dagger has fine solid nickel mounts throughout. The tang nut looks to have been turned maybe only once.

The crossguards are beauties, with fine, smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "He".

The grip is a nice example, having a rounder shape than we normally see. It also looks to have a coating of original factory lacquer or varnish, all of which remains. Other than one minor bump in the center obverse above the eagle this grip is nearly perfect, and snugly fits the guards.

The scabbard shell is straight and has all of the original "anodized" finish. There are also some traces of the factory lacquer cloning around the mounts. The matching nickel mounts are in good condition, to include the lower ball. They are retained by four nickel screws which are all in place and are unbuggered.

The blade is mint, with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is crisp, deep, and dark. The trademark is an oval formed by the name and location of the firm, "H & F Lauterjung Solingen", that encloses a "W". This trademark is quite rare and rates an 8 on the McSAAR scale. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very nice SA Dagger here, from a rare maker.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

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

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

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

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

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

A very fine early SA Dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $995.00

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $1,095.00

SADAGGERS #41287 Late SA Dagger - RZM M7/33 1941 / F. W. Höller

This late production SA Dagger is equipped with a nickel plated tang nut and crossguards. The nut looks to have been turned only once or twice, and the guards are free of lifting.

The grip is a typical RZM type, with vertical wood grain. It perfectly fits the guards. The SA runes button retains excellent enamel. The copper grip eagle probably was nickel plated at one time, but this has since worn away. It is the the "High Necked" type, with full detailing throughout.

The scabbard remains straight and has nice chocolate brown paint. This paint shows modest attic crazing here and there, but remains nearly 100% intact. The nickel plated scabbard mounts are in good condition, with some minor carrying wear to the lower ball but no actual dents. These mounts are retained by the original dome head steel screws.

Attached to the scabbard is a fine short hanger, with good leather and complete with the retainer strap. It has nickel plated hardware and an unmarked snap clip. The plating on the hardware is perfect.

The blade is a very fine example, with a bright surface, full crossgrain, and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is deep, dark, and crisp. The reverse is marked with an double open RZM circle set atop the Höller code "M7/33 / 1941". This example would have been one of the last SA dagger produced during the period.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $695.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,395.00

SADAGGERS #41062C Early SA Dagger - Gebr. Gafrath

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

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

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

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

A finely conditioned SA Dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #41065C Early SA Dagger - Anton Wingen

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

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

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

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

A fine example here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #41060C Early SA Dagger - Aug. Merten

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

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

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

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

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

A nice, early SA Dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,095.00

SADAGGERS #41079 Double Proof Mid-period SA Dagger - RZM M7/66 1939 / Carl Eickhorn

This example of 1939 production has nickel plated crossguards. The plating shows a little bit of minor freckling in the surfaces and some lifting where the guards meet the grip, mostly on the obverse. The tang nut has good plating and appears to be unturned.

The grip remains in perfect condition. It is slightly thinner than most that we see, with a high center ridge typical of RZM daggers. It fits the guards nicely. The SA runes button retains good enamel, and the nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird retains good full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight and has wonderful, original chocolate brown paint. This paint is completely mint. This scabbard mounts are nickel plated and both remain bright throughout. The lower ball is in good, undamaged condition and the four original screws are in place.

The blade is a fine example, being bright with visible crossgrain. Other than a couple of tiny age spots this blade is nearly mint. The SA motto is deep, dark, and crisp, with 100% of the original darkening. The reverse ricasso of the dagger is double proofed with an RZM circle set atop "M 7/66 / 1939" and a 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A nice double proofed Eickhorn here; these are quite desirable to dedicated dagger collectors.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $950.00

SADAGGERS #41220C Early SA Dagger - Gottfried Müller

This early SA Dagger does not appear to have been cleaned in a long, long time. The guards have a nice, even patination and the tang nut does not appear to have ever been off. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Th".

The grip is a handsome example, having some subtle tiger stripes on both sides. It remains in perfect condition and fits the guards like a glove. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points upward slightly. This bird remains in fine condition throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The "anodized" finish is about 90% intact, with only the slightest signs of thinning. The nickel mounts are in good condition down through the never-dropped lower ball. The four original nickel screws are all in place.

The blade of this dagger shows a minor amount of smudging in the surfaces of both sides. They might be taken out with a little polishing, but I'm going to leave it as-is. The SA motto is crisp and deep, with about 95% of the original blacking in the letters. The reverse ricasso has the interesting trademark of the Müller firm. A pair of ovals contains the name and location of the firm, "Gottfried Müller / Herges / Vogtei" atop the very odd cogwheel design. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A decent SA dagger here, with a very nice grip and a nicer price.

Excellent. $795.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #41221C Late SA Dagger - RZM M7/68 1941 / Tiger

This late production SA Dagger is in very fine condition. The crossguards still have bright nickel plating, with only a minor amount of age where the guards meet the grip. The tang nut is a beauty, looking to have never been turned.

The grip is a typical RZM type with a high center ridge. It has good coloring and a nice vertical wood grain. The SA runes button has good enamel, and the aluminum "High Necked" grip eagle remains crisp throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, with outstanding original chocolate brown paint. This paint is nearly 100%, with only a small scuff on the bottom right. The scabbard mounts are also very nice, with bright nickel plating. The lower ball is intact and the original dome head screws are in place and unturned.

The accompanying hanger is also an outstanding item, with new-like leather and an intact retainer loop. It is marked "L2 / 371 / 40". The snap clip is also completely bright and marked "A", "DRGM", RZM M5/8" on the reverse.

The blade of this dagger is in beautiful condition and in a mint state, with a needle-like tip and full crossgrain. The SA motto crisp and has very dark lettering. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A very nice dagger here which saw little (if any) wear.

Mint Minus. $995.00(#081018)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #41056C Mid-period SA Dagger - RZM M7/13 / Schüttlehöfer

This mid-period SA Dagger is in extremely choice condition, looking to have only been worn briefly, or perhaps never issued at all. The nickel plated crossguards look factory new, with little or no traces of age. The tang nut is also a beauty, appearing to be unturned.

The grip has pleasing vertical wood grain. It is in perfect condition and fits the crossguards like a glove. 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; this bird retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, with a beautiful coat of light brown paint. This paint is in mint condition. It is interesting to note that the "roughing" of the scabbard metal can be seen beneath the paint, as later in the period the Solingen makers did not bother to prime the base metal. The nickel plated scabbard mounts are in perfect condition. They remains bright and the lower ball is undamaged. The original dome head screws are present, not only unturned but with all the plating on the heads intact

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The blade of this dagger is a pleasure to gaze on, in full mint condition with a needle-like tip and full crossgrain. The SA motto is deep and crisp, with 100% of the original blacking in the letters. The reverse ricasso is etched with a open RZM circle set atop the Schüttlehöfer code "RZM M7/13". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A real beauty here!

Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #41061C Early SA Dagger - Max Weyersberg

This Weyersberg SA Dagger shows evidence a modest amount of carrying time. The solid nickel crossguards and tang nut are excellent. The tang nut does not look to have been taken off in modern times. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "P".

The grip is a very dark (possibly mahogany) wood, with little visible grain. It shows only modest traces of wear and nicely fits the guards. The SA runes button has not hits to the enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward and retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It looks to have all of the "anodized" surface, with only the most minor amounts fo visible age. The mounts are of matching solid nickel and remain in nice condition, although the lower ball has a few very minor hits. It is not dented or crushed, however. The original nickel screws are in place.

The blade is bright and shows only the most modest amounts of age. It has a good, crisp motto with nearly all of the original blacking in the letters. The reverse ricasso is marked with the name and location of the manufacturer, "Max Weyersberg / Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A very nice mid-period example here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #41066C Early SA Dagger - August Bickel

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

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

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

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

A very fine, high quality dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #41096C Early SA Dagger - August Bickel

This Bickel dagger is the usual high quality that we see from this firm. The crossguards are nickel types and they have good smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang not does not appear to have ever been removed from this dagger. The lower crossguard is Gruppe marked "Fr".

The grip is a beauty and this is often seen on this company's work. The grip is perfectly shaped and shows no usage whatsoever. It has good high ridge and appears to have a factory varnish cover still remaining across its surfaces. This varnish really highlights the beautiful furniture like grain running vertically. The SA runes button is in perfect condition. The grip eagle is a nickel variety being the style with beak which points upward slightly. Other than the slightest of wear to the breast and head area the rest of the bird to include the wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika still remain crisp. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It appears to have all of the "anodizing" still in place with just the most minor of age in the surfaces. The straight scabbard is equipped with matching nickel mounts. These mounts are in fine condition to include the never dropped lower ball. The original screws are all in place and are unbuggered.

The blade is an outstanding example which is still in just about mint condition having only the slightest signs of just the most minor of age in the surfaces but it is nothing. The SA motto is very deeply etched and has nice, dark lettering in the backgrounds which is 100%. The trademark is the diamond turned horizontally. The upper portion of the diamond is lined off and it is etched with the firm's initial intertwined "AB". Below is the firm's name and location "August Bickel Steinbach-Hallenberg". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contours.

A very fine early example here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #41064C Early SA Dagger with Three Piece Hanger - Haco Berlin

This early SA Dagger is about as nice as they come. This is especially rewarding in that Haco is a very desirable maker and having the condition at the state it's in should make for a very desirable, in demand dagger.

This piece has the typical Haco crossguards, being solid nickel. The upper guard is always just a little bit thinner than the lower guard on this pieces and the lower guard also has a "straight across" look. Both crossguards are in pristine condition with good smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and very precise accent grooves. Looking at the tang nut it does not appear that this piece has ever been apart. I'm not going to take it apart but on Haco daggers I've seen in the past it is always interesting to see that their usually inked in assembly numbers on the inner crossguards of their products. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked "B", which of course is for Berlin where we see most of the Haco daggers distributed as they were located in this capital city.

The grip is also very pleasing being a gunstock walnut wood having extremely sharp center ridge and formations. The grip shows little to no use being in perfect condition and still having its original coat of varnish which was also something Haco did. The varnish really brings out the beautiful vertical grains in the wood. The grip fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is in good condition with fine enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with point behind the head. It has all details visible to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. An impressive hilt here!

The scabbard shell is also a great example. It is completely straight and has a beautiful purple brown "anodized" finish. The finish is so good that it almost looks like paint but it is not. There is very little age visible in this scabbard surface - a rare sight to see. The scabbard mounts are very fine matching nickel and the lower ball remains perfect. The original unturned screws are all in place.

Attached to the carrying ring is a fine early dark brown short hanger. The hanger has good supple leather and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is the early style with the clip being the "snout nosed" type being the style with spring retained by a rivet. Attached to the clip is a matching leather belt loop and retainer loop. The leather is the identical color so there is no reason to believe that this three piece accoutrement is not completely original to this piece. The belt loop has nickel plated "D" ring and the retainer loop has a good working snap.

Looking at the blade is also an exciting venture. This blade is still mirror bright only having the normal runner marks and it is complete with its original factory grain. This blade is easily in full mint condition. The etch is a very fine example with the motto being deep and crisp, having 100% of the original factory darkening in the backgrounds. The trademark always looks like a peppermint Lifesaver to me, featuring a circle within a circle and in between the circles are the firm's simple and and location all in capital letters "HACO BERLIN". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contours.

So, if you are looking for a desirable maker as well as dagger in top condition I highly recommend this example for the guy out there that is just going to buy one piece or for someone out there looking for a good potential investment for the future. It would be hard not to believe that a dagger of this caliber would not continue to rise in value and always be desired by the collecting community.

Mint. $1,595.00

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

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

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

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

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

A really classy, fine conditioned mid-period example.

Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #40921C Mid-period SA Dagger RZM M7/33 1940 - (F. W. Höller)

The nickel-plated crossguards on this dagger remain nice and bright, showing little age. The same is true of the fine tang nut.

The grip is in excellent condition, subtle woodgrain and fitting the guards like a glove. The SA runes button is perfectly positioned and retains 100% of the original enamel. The nickel grip is the type with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird shows little to no wear. It is interesting to note that it is positioned slightly off center, but this is something we see on RZM daggers.

The scabbard is completely straight and has outstanding chocolate brown paint; this paint is nearly 100% intact throughout. The nickel plated steel scabbard mounts have a bright finish and are in perfect condition down to include the lower ball.

Attached to the scabbard is an original short hanger. This is constructed of light brown leather and remains supple. The original retainer loop is intact. The plated buckle and nickel snap clip are also choice. The clip is marked "RZM M5/71" and "OLC".

The blade is a very fine example. It is completely bright and retains the original crossgrain. This blade remains in mint condition. The SA motto is crisp and has about 99% of the background darkening. The reverse ricasso is marked with a double open RZM circle set atop the Höller code "M7/33 1940". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower guard.

A very nice mid-period SA Dagger here.

Near Mint. $895.00

SADAGGERS #40907C Late SA Dagger RZM M7/42 - WKC

This late production SA Dagger is in nice condition overall. The crossguards remain bright, showing some wear in the surfaces but with no flaking whatsoever. The tang nut is also in good condition.

The grip had a couple of fractures on the upper area but we successfully restored it. It now looks very good and fits the guards like a glove. The initials of the original owner, "RB", are carved into the grip just above the eagle. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has good enamel, showing only a small amount of wear. The aluminum grip eagle is the "High Necked" type; this bird remains in perfect condition, with full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is completely straight on the reverse and has just a minor ripple on the lower obverse. The chocolate brown paint remains in mint condition. The steel scabbard mounts retain 100% of their nickel plating. These mounts are in perfect condition down through the lower ball. The four original dome head screws are in place.

The blade remains nice and bright, showing only the most modest amounts of age. The SA motto is outstanding, deeply etched and with 100% of the original darkening. The reverse ricasso is etched with a double open RZM circle set atop the WKC code "M7/42". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A good late production piece here.

Excellent. $795.00

SADAGGERS #40908C Early SA Dagger - J. P. Sauer

This early Sauer SA Dagger has fine solid nickel crossguards. The lower guard has the unique upturned ends that identify it as a Suhl example. The lower guard is Gruppe marked "Fr". The tang nut is in nice condition and does not look to have been removed.

There were some problems on the upper portions of the grip. We opted to restore it and the job came out very nicely. This grip is the walnut "gunstock" Suhl type and perfectly fits the guards. The SA runes button is in good condition, showing some minor wear to the enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the type with a beak that points slightly upward. The head of the bird shows some slight wear but the rest of the detailing remains quite crisp.

The scabbard shell is in good condition, being straight throughout. It has an excellent "anodized" finish which remains completely intact. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition. The lower mount shows some wear but the ball is free of crushing. The four original nickel screws are in place.

The blade of the dagger remains bright but it is slightly short, having been re-tipped. The crossgrain remains intact on the blade and the motto is deep and dark. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Sauer Hercules trademark, complete with massive club. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A good Suhl SA Dagger here, priced accordingly given the re-tip.

Good Plus. $795.00

SADAGGERS #40858C Early SA Dagger - Carl Schmidt

This early SA Dagger has a good nickel tang nut and fine crossguards. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe stamped "Wf".

The grip is in nice condition, showing only signs of modest wear and fitting the guards perfectly. The SA runes button is nicely placed and retains good enamel. The grip eagle is a early nickel "High Necked" variety; this bird retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has good "anodizing" although there is some visible surface age. Nothing too bad, though. The scabbard is fitted which matching nickel mounts, all in perfect condition down through the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place.

The original short hanger is present. The leather remains good and it is complete with the small retainer loop. The buckle and unmarked snap clip are early nickel types.

The blade shows mild age but might come up with a little polishing. The SA motto is still good, with about 95% of the original darkening. The reverse ricasso is etched with the little Church trademark of the Schmidt firm, and the blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A good, untouched early SA Dagger here.

Excellent. $695.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mint Minus. $67,500.00

SADAGGERS #40881C Full Röhm Inscription SA Dagger - Max Weyersberg

This is the first Röhm example I have seen by Max Weyersberg, and I must say, it is a real beauty being marvelously preserved. The dagger has resided in an advanced collection for many years, the late owner having passed several years ago. The dagger does not appear to have been apart in recent times. The cross guards and tang nut are nickel and reflect a fine, even dull patination. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked with the "Ho" stamping. As we usually see from this renegade die stamp-hitter from Hochland, the marking is way over to the right of the center, and to boot, is stamped up-side-down. The grip is really special, being "as new" and having a fine pronounced, razor sharp center ridge. The grip is in totally pristine condition and absolutely fits the cross guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly installed and has 100% enamel in the surfaces. The early grip eagle is the style with "beak that points upward". All details remain to the bird's body parts to include the head, eye, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A fantastic hilt here!

The scabbard is also a real winner. It is totally straight having a most appealing color to the perfect anodized finish, being a lighter brownish-red color. Most of the original factory protective lacquer is also there, rating at about 80%. The matching nickel scabbard mounts remain in perfect condition, to include the never-dropped lower ball. The original unturned nickel screws are all in place and located slightly lower in the mounts than we see on most producer's work. Attached to the carrying ring is the original-to-the-piece SA short hanger. The hanger has fine leather throughout and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger hardware is the early nickel type with the snap clip being the "snout-nosed" style having a rivet which holds the spring in place. A superb scabbard here!

And now for the blade - it is with great pleasure to report that this blade is as good as they come. Other than the normal runner marks, the blade is completely mirror bright, has its cross grain and rates in a full mint status - very impressive indeed. The SA motto is deep etched and retains 100% of its background factory darkening. The inscription on the reverse is a real head-turner, exactly matching the depth and background color of the obverse motto, "In herzlicher Kameradschaft Ernest Röhm", What a beauty. At the ricasso is the rarely-seen maker marking of "Max Weyersberg/ Solingen". They are rated at a "6" on the McSarr sheet and accordingly, we do see their product on occasion, but as I say, I have never seen a Röhm inscription on one of them. Obviously, the production of the approximately 100,000 Röhm-inscribed daggers had to be spread around to the different Solingen makers as well as makers in other parts of Germany, as Röhm dictated that his inscribed daggers had to be delivered before the standard production, as designated recipients were all early SA members and therefore deserved the special treatment. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

If you are an enthusiast of Röhm daggers, and have a number of them by different makers, (believe it or not some collectors do), I would think that this dagger would have to be a must. It is a superior original example and ultra-rare with this maker. It is also a great piece for the demanding collector out there looking for the best without having to upgrade in the future.

Mint. $9,995.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mint. $1,995.00

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

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

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

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

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

A very fine dedicated SA dagger.

Near Mint. $1,595.00

SADAGGERS #34316C Early SA Dagger with Brigade Stamping - WKC

This early SA Dagger has all nickel mounts throughout, and appears that it was cleaned not too long ago. Looking at the tang nut, though, it does not appear that the dagger has been apart more than once in the last decade or so. These crossguards have good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves.

The grip is an attractive, deep red mahogany of Medium Contour Construction. The grip is in perfect condition, showing very little usage, and it fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is nicely placed, having a couple of marks across the surfaces, but no fractures to the enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the type with a beak that points slightly upward. The bird has only modest wear to the head and breast feathering, and the wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika are still crisp. The reverse lower crossguard is Gruppe marked "P".

The crossguard is further stamped with a brigade number and serial number "Br. 10 1719.". The brigade and the serial number are on either sides of the Gruppe stamping. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard has fairly nice anodizing being more of a coppery color. The anodizing is thinning in the center, but I would say 85-90% of it remains. The scabbard mounts are in good condition throughout to include the never dropped lower ball. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are all unturned.

The blade of this example is nice and bright. I do not see a lot of crossgraining in the surfaces, but then again, its brightness tends to overcome this lacking. The SA motto is crisp and deep, having a good frosted background that still appears to be nearly 100%. This blade is in a near mint state despite the lack of crossgraining--maybe it never had any. The reverse ricasso is etched with a rarely seen trademark on SAs, being that of the knight head. Below the knight head, the firm's initials are stamped "W.K.C." and beneath this, the location city of "Solingen". For some reason, WKC did not make very many SA daggers. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A fine, brigade marked piece here, in good collectible condition.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $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. $1,795.00

SADAGGERS #34301C Mid-period SA Dagger with Blade Dedication

This mid-period SA Dagger is equipped with all nickel plated mounts. The crossguards are still in good shape, having some minor age freckling in the surfaces, but the plating is all still there. The tang nut also shows some minor age, but does not look to have been taken apart in modern times.

The grip is a typical RZM type, having a sharp contour construction. This grip has some nice vertically running grain, which is pleasing to the eye. The grip is in totally perfect condition, and nicely fits the crossguards. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The grip eagle is a solid nickel type, being the variety with "beak which points upwards slightly". The details to the bird are all there, to include the eye, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has factory chocolate brown color paint, and shows some spidering, and signs of carry time, especially toward the bottom reverse area. Overall though, the paint is about 95%. The nickel plated steel based scabbard mounts are in excellent condition, to include the lower ball. They are retained by dome head, unturned steel screws.

The blade is still mostly bright, but does have some smudges on the obverse, and some old pitting that was removed on the reverse ricasso area, extending down a couple of inches. The SA motto is deep and crisp, but most of the original blackening is gone, rating only at about 50%. The reverse blade has a two line dedication, all done with capital letters. It reads "DEM KAMERADEN GEWIDMET/STURM 3/53". This dedication basically reads, "Given From Your Comrades of Sturm 3/53". There is not much to go on here as far as research, but chances are this dagger was given as a retirement gift, or some other special recognition.

An interesting dagger here, and as we all know, blade dedications are rarely seen. The fact that there is no maker mark is probably because at the time this dagger was made, it would have been under the auspices of the RZM. Since this dagger did not conform to RZM regulations per se, perhaps that is the reason why a maker mark was left off.

Excellent. $995.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #34083C Early SA Dagger with Scabbard Dedication - Haco, Berlin

This early dedicated SA dagger is a fine untouched example, being in choice condition, except for a smashed ball at the bottom mount.

The all nickel crossguards are the typical Haco variety. The upper guard is extremely thin, and the lower guard is slightly thicker. These Haco guards have a distinctive look once you study them. Looking at the tang nut, it does not appear as though this dagger has ever been apart. All mounts have a very deep, dull patination. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked, as Haco daggers usually are, with a "B" which stands for Berlin.

The grip is a fine, High Ridge type, constructed of fine wood. It has a nice coat of varnish, which is still almost all there, just failing a little on the high ridge of both sides, and in a couple of other areas. The grip itself is in very choice condition, fitting the crossguards like a rubber glove. There is also a nice grain which runs vertically. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has good enameled surfaces. The early nickel grip eagle is the "High necked" variety. This bird has full details remaining to its head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard has the dark purple type anodizing, and it is mostly all there, beginning to thin a little on the obverse, but not much. The anodizing has some age spread through the surfaces, but it is not bad. The upper scabbard mount is in excellent condition throughout, whereas the lower mount has a crushed ball that is tipped to the left and is split. It is interesting to note that the screws on these mounts are much lower than they normally are. The screws are in good condition, being unbuggered.

The obverse upper scabbard mount has a four line dedication. It reads "Fur treue/Pflichterfullung/S.A. Sturm 15/111/Obersch. Luc. Kassel". This dedication basically means "For loyalty and true sense of duty, S.A Storm 15/111 Oberschutz Luc. Kassel." This dedication has the rank and full name of the original recipient. I assume the abbreviation "Luc." stands for "Lucas" or "Luke". So there should be some excellent research possibilities here. The next owner of this dagger should contact the researcher extraordinaire Rob McDivitt.

There is also an original early SA hanger which has good leather. This leather is still mostly supple, and is complete with a small retainer loop. The hardware is the early nickel type, exactly matching the patination of the other mounts. The clip is the "Long Snout" type, and is unmarked.

The blade is nice and bright throughout, having all of the crossgraining, and good needle-like tip. There are some minor in and out signs, but overall, this blade remains in mint condition. The SA motto is crisp and deep, with 100% of the dark backgrounding in the letters. The reverse ricasso has the Haco trademark, which consists of two circles resembling a lifesaver. Inside of the circles is the firm's name and location, "Haco Berlin". This was the only firm in Berlin that was producing SA daggers. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A really fine example here for someone to research. It is also a most interesting dagger, and it is fun to own an untouched, never apart, deeply patinated piece.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,595.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #34105C Early SA with Scabbard Dedication - F. Herder

This early SA Dagger does not appear to have been cleaned and has good patination throughout its all nickel mounts. The tang nut does not appear to have been removed from the dagger. These hilt mounts have good smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked "Wf".

The grip is an even, dark brown wood which appears to be mahogany. This wood is of a Medium to Sharp Contour construction. The grip fits the nickel mounts like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has fine enameled surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the type with "point behind the head". Most of the details are still there to the bird's head and breast feathering with full details to the wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell is one of the seldom seen types that is painted instead of having an anodized finish. The paint is a dark brown purple color. There is quite a bit of chipping and wear across this scabbard paint. Maybe 50% remains. It is interesting to note that since the dedication of this dagger is dated a late 1936, that perhaps this was a period when the changeover time to paint rather than anodizing took place. The upper nickel mount is in excellent condition, and the lower mount unfortunately has a pushed up ball. There is some splitting on the left side of the ball, but none on the right. The screws are all in place, and show some turning, especially on the lower ones. The upper screws are still in unbuggered condition.

The reverse of the upper scabbard mount has a five-line dedication. The dedication is beautifully done in tiny Gothic style lettering. It reads "Unseren/Korporalschaftsfuhrer/Zur Erinnerug/Hans Eck/25.12.36". This dedication appears to read "Given to Hans Eck in memory of the corporal leader staff December 25th, 1936." Perhaps this was a Christmas gift to Eck who was probably the leader of this group. The blade shows a little bit of in and out work as well as some age, but the surfaces still remain bright. There is not a lot of crossgraining on this blade, and the backgrounds of the letters in the SA motto only have about 50% of the factory darkening remaining. The reverse ricasso is etched with a set of crossed keys positioned over the firm's name and location "F. Herder A.S./Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A fine Herder SA Dagger here.

Excellent. $1,495.00

SADAGGERS #34058C Mid-Period SA Dagger with Crossguard Dedication RZM M 7/70 - F & A Helbig

This Helbig produced SA dagger has all of the normal characteristics we see with this producer. The Helbig daggers were the only examples to be equipped with steel crossguards having chromed surfaces. The same was true of the scabbard mounts. The steel crossguards were only produced by the Helbig firm. This example has a tang nut which appears to have been turned at least once as there are some small rounded scratches below it on the crossguard surface.

The crossguards, despite their chrome finish, have quite a bit of patination which is probably attributable to nicotine. The guards are slightly larger than normally seen nickel examples. The obverse guard is professionally engraved, “1939 DEM SIEGER”. This dedication of course means, “To the 1939 Winner”.

The grip is a fine mahogany type and it shows some usage but is still in good condition with no chips or flaws. The SA runes button is nicely placed and is turned to about five o’clock. The enamel is still in excellent condition. The nickel grip eagle is the style with “beak pointing upwards slightly”. This eagle shows only modest wear to the surfaces but the beak, eye, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika are still in good condition. It is also interesting to note that the grip eagles on Helbig daggers are placed higher on the grip than the norm. As we know grip eagles were to be placed just below the center line of the bulbous portion of the grip, not in the center.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has good chocolate brown paint showing a few scratches here and there but it still has its original brightness and rates at about 98%. The chrome plated scabbard mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. These mounts also have matching patination. The mounts are secured by dome head steel screws which are unturned. The blade of this example remains in a bright condition still having all of its crossgraining. As is typical of the Helbig firm the etching to the SA motto is extremely light. Despite this the motto still remains quite clear. The reverse of the blade is matching lightly etched with a double RZM circle having a shaded center. Below the circle is the code, “M 7/70”. It is also interesting to note that the shoulder to crossguard contour fit is not very good but again this is yet another Helbig trait.

Not a high quality dagger here but it is what it is.

Excellent $895.00

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent $2,495.00

SADAGGERS #34064C SA/NSKK Officer's Dagger Conversion, RZM 7/13 - Schüttlehöfer

This most unusual dagger represents a period conversion that looks to have once been an SA dagger and perhaps the original owner joined the NSKK as an officer. Since the wearer may have been unable to order an officer’s dagger because of the demands of the war it appears as though he chose to convert his existing SA to an NSKK with a chained suspension. The dagger has the standard nickel-plated crossguards with steel tang nut. The crossguards show a little bit of mild freckling in the surfaces but the plating is still all there and mostly bright.

The grip appears to have been an SA example as despite the fact that it has been painted black there is still quite a bit of brown original color which shows where the paint has worn or flaked off. There is also a chip in the surface of the right hand obverse and the right hand reverse section of the grip. The SA runes button is in place with perfect enamel surfaces. The grip eagle is an aluminum type. The eagle appears to be the type with “beak which points upwards slightly”. There is some wear to the head and breast feathering area or it may be a rub from something along the way. The same is true of the swastika within the wreath. The top portion of the swastika is also rubbed. The rest of the bird still appears OK to include the open wings and the wreath.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell also shows traces of being brown underneath and having a rather crude black painted surface. The paint job appears to have been done with a brush and no doubt was accomplished by the same individual who painted the grip. There are traces of black paint still on the edges of the scabbard mount so apparently the painter did not bother to remove these mounts prior to the new finish. In addition to the paint job there has also been a center ramp added to the scabbard. This ramp appears to have been made locally as it is not anywhere near what a “standard” example would be. It is only about ¼-inch wide with high center and rounded edges. It is retained by a steel dome head screw which is slightly larger than the normal scabbard screws. There is an eyelet on the right end with a carrying ring being smaller in dimension than the norm. The scabbard mounts are the standard nickel-plated type and they still retain their original brightness. The four dome head screws are all in place and they are unbuggered.

The blade is a typical RZM type having a high center ridge and lightly etched motto. The motto has most of its original factory darkening gone to time. The blade shows some of the original crossgraining but most of it is gone and the surfaces are beginning to turn gray. This blade only grades at excellent. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a double open RZM circle positioned over the Schüttlehöfer code “M 7/13”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

An interesting dagger here for those that are prone to collecting oddities. An absolute period conversion here that probably had some sort of a chain hanger. The hanger of course is now missing.

Excellent $750.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

A very interesting dagger here with a rare maker.

Excellent. $895.00

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

TThis early SA Dagger is quite interesting to collectors as it has a period leather-covered scabbard. We will get to this further down in the description. The dagger has the standard Suhl nickel mounts. The upper cross guard is slighter wider than the lower cross guard, which has the distinctive curvature seen on daggers from this area. These mounts have a fine, dull patination and do not look like they have ever been cleaned. When studying the tang nut, there is no evidence that this dagger has been opened in modern times. The lower reverse cross guard is Gruppe marked “Sa”.

The grip is a fine, High Ridged walnut which was the standard wood used for Suhl daggers. Walnut, of course, was the wood used to make gunstocks, so it was readily available for build SA Daggers. This grip still has its original varnished finish, and has some fine vertical grain running throughout its length. The grip shows some minor usage, but overall is in near perfect condition. The SA Runes Button is one of the copper types. It is slightly outward from its corresponding hole, and this has caused most of the enamel to have been broken out from around the runes. The enamel is still intact within the “A” rune. The nickel grip is of the “beak which points upward” style. This eagle is in excellent condition, having full details to the eye, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The grip fits the cross like a rubber glove. A nice hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. As indicated above was been period covered in fine, dark brown leather. This leather has excellent, fine graining, and other than a little bit of under the surface lifting is still in perfect condition. The leather appears to have been run beneath both of the scabbard mounts. The upper mount is in fine condition. The lower mount is in good condition to the ball, and also fairly good condition to the obverse area. The reverse area of this lower mount has some bumps and scratches. The original nickel screws are in place and appear unturned.

The blade of this example is a fine one, being bright and having all of its cross graining. It has a little bit of “in-and-out” marking at the lower area, but overall this blade still grades in near Full Mint condition. The motto etch is deep and crisp and appears to have about 95% of the original background darkening intact. The reverse ricasso is etched with an arrow running across the blade, having the firm’s name in capital letters, “HAENEL”. Beneath this is the firm’s full name and location, “C.G. Haenel/Suhl/Waffen/u. Fahrrad/Fabrik”. The meaning of the words indicates that Haenel was both a weapons and a bicycle factory. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower cross guard contour.

I have no reason to give why this scabbard was leather covered. I do not think it was any kind of an acknowledgement of rank, rather it was just a whim done by the original carrier. Although there were rules against changed the appearance of a dagger, when there are 3 million people wearing them there is always someone who does follow those rules. Either way, this is an absolute period job and done in an excellent, professional manner.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,350.00

SADAGGERS #34077C Late SA Dagger with Leather-covered Scabbard and Luftwaffe Chain Hanger RZM M 7/2 – Emil Voos

TThis late SA Dagger is one of those unexplained examples that creep up every one in while that are the result of people not following the rules or unable to obtain daggers indicative of their rank. This type of shortage certainly did occur after the war broke out, and after 1942 daggers were virtually unobtainable. It is possible, particularly in the NSDAP organizations, that early pieces could have been upgraded to reflect new status when proper examples could not be obtained for the blade manufacturers. If this is the case, then this example I am about to describe could have possibly been worn by a SA High Leader. On the other hand, it could have just been someone who wanted to smarten up his look in his dress uniform and was important enough in the SA to get away with it.

The dagger is equipped with very fine, nickel-plated cross guards. These daggers till retain their factory brightness, showing only minor age in their surfaces. The tang nut is also a beauty and shows no signs of being turned. The grip is a fine Medium Contour type, having a pleasing close grain in the surfaces. This grip shows only nominal usage and fits the cross guards like a glove. The grip is in perfect condition throughout. The SA Runes Button is nicely placed, having good enamel throughout its surfaces. The grip eagle is a mid-period type being of nickel in the Upward Pointing Beak style. This bid retains all detailing to its head, wing and breast feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, and has been covered in finely grained brown leather. This leather is most attractive, and appears the same as the style we would see on Chained High Leader daggers. It is interesting to note that a ramp has been added to the center of this scabbard. The ramp is the style we would see on a 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger. It appears a portion of the surfaces have been removed from this mount in order to thin it down slightly, as to look more attractive with the other scabbard mounts. What is also interesting about the leather covering is that it exactly meets both the upper and lower mounts, and the same is true of the center mount on both sides. This construction is very nicely done and not produced by an amateur. This is definitely a period job here, and performed by someone skilled in leatherwork. The upper and lower scabbard mounts are in good condition, still being bright. The lower mount show a little bit of rust in both sides, but it is not bad and the ball has not been dropped. The original dome head scabbard screws are in place in both the upper and lower mount. A custom made screw appears to be holding the center ramp fitting on the left edge.

Attached to the center ramp as well as to the eyelet of the upper scabbard fitting (the carrying ring being removed) is a standard aluminum Luftwaffe chain. Is chain is equipped with six top ringlets and nine lower ringlets. The chain is attached to a standard 1st Model Luftwaffe clip marked, “Gesch gesch” on the reverse, as well as “OLC”.

The blade of this example is a standard RZM type, having a high center ridge. All of the cross graining is still there, and it has a needle-like tip. There is some age on the obverse surface, but it is not too bad. The reverse surface has a little bit more of the age spotting. This blade could be cleaned some by the next owner, and much of this age will come out. In any case, this blade still rates at Excellent to Excellent Plus. The SA Motto is very crisp with a good etch, and has 100% of the dark backgrounds in the letters. The matching RZM circle on the reverse is the type with a shaded interior, and it positioned over the code for the Emil Voos firm, “M 7/2”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

There is no question that this period alteration. I personally feel that this was done for a senior SA officer or possibly a high Party official. Either way, this dagger was worn by a Nazi official in the same fashion it is today. This is an absolute period piece.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,795.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

A very fine SA Dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #33489C Early SA Dagger - Axt und Hauerfabrik

This Early SA Dagger has a very rare trademark that we seldom see. The Axt und Hauerfabrik company did make quite a few RAD daggers and RAD hewers, and once in a while we see their name on RAD Officer’s too, but it is quite rare to see the name on a SA dagger. For those who collect Army’s, I’m sure that you will agree that this name is the premier army dagger as far as the rarest of the rare. On the army dagger, though, they used a different trademark.

At any rate, this fine SA has good solid nickel mounts throughout. These mounts look as though they may have been cleaned a decade or so. They are starting to dull to a nice even tone. The mounts have good crisp edges, smooth surfaces, and precise accent grooves. The reverse ricasso is Gruppe marked “Wf”.

The grip is a darker brown wood which may be mahogany, but doesn’t have the usual reddish tones in it that mahogany seems to always have. Either way, though, the grip is extremely nice not having any obvious grain, but some under the surfaces. This grip is of Medium Contour construction, and it is in perfect condition throughout. It fits the crossguard fairly well, but there is a little bit of even shrinkage throughout. The SA runes button is in good condition with perfect enamel, and there is just the tiniest of surface flaking gone from the top of the button. The grip eagle is the “High-necked” version, having complete details to the birds’ head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has the coppery color anodizing and most of it is all present on the obverse. The reverse has a little bit of age in the surfaces and some thinning, but not bad. The scabbard mounts are in choice condition throughout, to include the lower ball. They have all of the original screws, which are in place and unbuggered.

The blade is an outstanding example, having only runner marks. This blade still remains in mint condition, having all of its original crossgraining. The crisp SA motto has very dark backgrounds and really looks great. There is a slight bit of “pimpling” that can be seen in the motto, but the black coating covers it. The reverse of the blade, just where it meets the crossguard contour, has a slightly dark line running across that could be a little age, or it could clean off. Either way, it is not much and does not really affect the blade’s mint rating. The reverse ricasso has the double circles that contain the firm’s name and location, “Solinger Axt – und Hauerfabrik”. Inside is the head of a horse looking to the viewer’s left.

A great dagger here if you are collecting SA trademarks.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #33609C Early SA Dagger - Wilhelm Wagner

This early SA Dagger doesn't appear to have ever been apart or cleaned. The all nickel mounts have a good, dull patination over their surfaces. The crossguard have smooth surfaces, with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The SA Runes button is nicely pressed into the grip, being slightly countersunk, and its enamel still in perfect condition. The matching nickel grip eagle is the type with the beak which points upward slightly. This bird still retains full detailing throughout. The reverse crossguard is stamped on the right with the Hochland Gruppe mark, “Ho”. As is frequently seen from Gruppe Hochland, the mark is also upside down.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has excellent darker anodizing, which appears to all be there. There is some extremely mild age apparent in the surfaces but it is hardly anything. The scabbard mounts are in fairly good condition. The lower mount show a little bit of carrying time in the obverse surface, and there is also a flattened ball ball with a split on the right side. The two upper screws and the right lower screw are the original nickel examples. The screw at the left of the bottom mount has been replaced, as the shock of the dagger being dropped surely popped the original screw out of its hole.

The blade of this example is still nice and bright, having just a little bit of smudge on the surfaces of both sides. The blade still has most of its crossgraining and the tip is needle-like. The SA Motto is crisp, having about 90% of its original darkening intact. The reverse ricasso is etched a little darker as it did not receive the wear of the motto, and features a double lined “W” in its center. Around the letter in a circular fashion is the name of the producer, “Wilhelm Wagner/ Solingen-Merscheid”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contours.

A good, basic SA Dagger here, perfect for the new collector.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

SADAGGERS #40196 Mid-period SA Dagger - RZM M7/27 (Pumawerk)

This SA Dagger is in very choice condition. The nickel plating on the crossguards is completely intact and remain bright. There is only a minor trace of age where the guards meet the grip. The tang nut is in the same, choice state.

The grip is a typical RZM type, with a high center ridge. It is a very fine, furniture-like wood, with a vertical woodgrain. The SA runes button has perfect enamel and is nicely placed. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow. This shell is painted a light chocolate brown. The paint is nearly 100% intact but for some minor crazing on the lower areas of both sides. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel type. The upper mount is totally mint and the lower has just a couple of the slightest traces of age. The lower ball is perfect. The original doom head steel screws are in place and unturned.

The blade is also a real honey; it is bright throughout, with complete crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SA motor is extremely crisp and dark; it really hits the eye when the dagger is draw from the scabbard. The reverse ricasso is marked with a single open RZM circle set atop the Pumawerk code, "M 7//27". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very nice SA Dagger here.

Mint Minus. $895.00

SADAGGERS #40197C Early Ground Röhm SA Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This early Eickhorn piece has never been cleaned nor has it been taken apart. It is in wonderful condition throughout, provided you can see past the deep patination. The tang nut does not look to have even been off the dagger. The crossguards have a fine yellowish cast to to the surfaces and are in truly perfect condition throughout, with the deep accent grooves typical of Eickhorn. The lower guard is Gruppe marked "BO".

The grip fits the guards perfectly. This grip is very fine, showing virtually no wear whatsoever. it has a fairly high center ridge and is a light brown color, with some nice subsurface wood grain. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has good enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the "High eked" type; this bird retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is also a real beauty. it is straight throughout and has 100% of the original "anodized" finish, as well as most of the original lacquer. The scabbard is a rich brown color, a tone seldom seen from Eickhorn as this finish is the first thing to wear off. The scabbard mounts exactly match the deeply patinated guards. These nickel mounts are in good condition, although the lower ball has a slight tap. It is not too bad, though. The mounts have the original nickel screws in place.

The obverse of the blade is a real beauty in full mint condition. All of the crossgraining is visible and the motto is deep and dark. The reverse blade appears to be a factory grind. The Röhm inscription has been fully removed and there was obviously a fine attempt made and regranting the blade. The seasoned eye, however, will detect that this blade was once inscribed. The early oval Eickhorn trademark is still all there. it looks like some of the area was regained beneath it so it is possible that the trademark was also redone. I have seen this done on quite a few Eickhorn Röhm daggers in the past. The Eickhorn Squirrel holds a nut in his paws and has a smooth tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

If you are looking for an extremely nice Ground Röhm SA Dagger by Carl Eickhorn, this is the piece for you. I would hope that the next owner opts not to clean this dagger as I personally believe it looks its best with the nice, even patina.

Mint Minus. $1,395.00

SADAGGERS #40237C Early Chained High Leader SA Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This amazing SA High Leader Dagger surfaced at this year's MAX Show. I have sold a half dozen of these remarkable daggers over the years, but this example is by far, the best one I have seen. In fact, the dagger is in mint condition and is a real attention grabber.

The hilt is totally splendid with its raised oak-leafed silvered crossguards. The oak leaves all have the specialty hand enhancing we see on these Eickhorn-made beauties. Because of the intricate hand work, each and every Honor dagger is unique. Both guards are in perfect condition, still having the original factory darkening in the backgrounds. The tang nut is also fine, having matching silver finish. The guards are marked internally with the matching numbers, "17". These guards fit the grip like a glove.

And, what a grip it is! This furniture-like wood is absolutely perfect throughout, having some attractive subtle grains in its surfaces. It is of Medium Contour construction. The SA runes button at the top is perfectly placed and has all enamel intact and unscathed. The silvered grip eagle is the "high-necked" version with fine detail to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. This hilt has to be the best thing you could look at all day, short of maybe a most attractive woman. A very, very beautiful hilt here!

The scabbard is also remarkable. Amazingly, the scabbard leather is original. Most of these Honor scabbards have had the leather replaced over the years as they just did not hold up to the rigors of time. Not the case here. This fantastic original leather remains in mint condition, displaying a fine grain. The seams are literally impossible to see - some workmanship here! The finely-grained leather is a darker brown color and adds much elegance to this piece. The silvered scabbard mounts are completely pristine throughout. They have the border grooves with darken backgrounds cut into both sides, a touch only seen on Honor dagger. Since this is an early example, the two-piece center ramp is the variety that is riveted closed over the leather below; the later pieces had a one-piece ramp that was screwed into place. The two retaining rivets are totally untouched. All silvered screws are present and are unturned. The mounts reflect a fine age patina that has been there for many years. This dagger appears in Thomas M. Johnson Volume 4, originally printed back in 1996 on Page 138 lower. Comparing the picture with the dagger, it is interesting to see that the patina pattern of the upper obverse scabbard mount exactly matches, proving that the dagger has remained untouched for all these years.

Attached to the upper mount eyelet and the center mount ramp is the awesome swastika link chain. Each and every link is in as-new condition featuring a raised immobile swastika. There are five links at the upper chain and seven at the lower. They are connected with the factory oval-shape tabs. The upper clip depicts the round SA runes symbol. The SA runes retain all of the factory blackening in the recesses, having the lower arrow of the "S" letter and that of the "A" letter piercing the inner ring and overlapping the border edge. Attached to the snap clip is a very rare, mint-conditioned teardrop designed for carrying this dagger. The teardrop is of nearly matching color leather, built with a belt loop and "D" ring at the upper area and a rounded protective leather piece at the lower. The reverse of the lower protective leather is done in a white color.

Finally, the blade is everything you would want to see. It is the traditional "Maiden Hair" hand-forged damascus steel, remaining in mint condition. The welded pattern is quite prominent and will bring a admiring smile to the face when viewing this superb workmanship. The obverse blade has the raised SA motto, "Alles für Deutschland", flanked by raised oak leaf sprigs. Remarkably, the original gild to the raised letters appears to be just about 100%. A rare sight indeed! The reverse ricasso displays the raised double oval 1933-34 Eickhorn trademark, depicting the firm's name and location within the ovals, "Carl Eickhorn/ Solingen". In the center is a seated squirrel holding a nut in his paws. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour. Taking a look at the tang is also interesting as it has the standard markings we always see on these early tangs. One tang side is stamped, "DAMAST" in capital letters, and the other is number stamped, "277". I do not recall ever seeing tang number stampings that matched the cross guard numbers on these daggers.

Well, there you have it. A most desirable example here in the best-of-the-best condition. I know these daggers are not cheap, but they represent the height of the hobby and are a just reward as well as the crowning glory for those of us out there that have taken the time to learn the complicated structure of our great hobby and over years acquire a formidable collection. This SA Chained Leader would easily be the beacon highlight of an advanced collection.

Mint. $74,995.00(#110917)

#40194C Early SA Dagger - G. Felix

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

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #39998 Early SA Dagger - Gebruder Heller

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

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

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

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

A very fine Heller SA Dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,195.00 (#101917)

SADAGGERS #33483C Early SA Dagger – C.G. Haenel, Suhl

This early SA Dagger is a real beauty and is typical of the examples made by the three Suhl makers. Besides Haenel the other makers were J. P. Sauer and Wilhelm Coburg. Apparently these three producers all grouped together to have their grips, crossguards and scabbards made locally. All three dagger types will always be the same.

This fine example has an upper crossguard which is slightly wider than the lower crossguard. This is typical of these producers. These crossguards are in choice condition throughout, having crisp edges, smooth surfaces and very precise accent grooves. This dagger does not appear to have ever been apart. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked “Sa”.

The grip of this example is made from walnut. Since the Suhl producers made guns the stocks were often made from this type of wood, so the source was readily available. This beautiful grip is produced with sharp contour construction. It is hard as a rock and has beautiful vertically running grains. Aside from a small hit to the reverse center area, this grip is in totally perfect condition and fits the cross guards absolutely like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed, having good enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the “point-behind-the-head” style. This bird has outstanding detail throughout its head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell still has remarkably conditioned anodizing. The anodizing is the purple color variety and it is in mint condition and still has about 98% of the original protective factory lacquer. The shell is equipped with nickel mounts which are still in excellent condition. The lower ball has one small ding just to the center area but it is nothing. These mounts are retained by the original four nickel screws which are unturned.

The blade of this example is mint. It is a real beauty, having full polish and 100% cross graining. There is a tiny amount of smudge just on the reverse lower area but it is not enough to reduce the rating of this blade. The SA motto is crisp and deep and has 100% of the original factory darkening in the backgrounds.

The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the arrow logo. The logo contains the firm’s name “HAENEL”. Below this is the full name of the firm, their location and the products that they made “C.G. HAENEL/SUHL/WAFFEN-u.FAHRRAD-FABRIK”. The words beneath the company indicate that this firm was a factory which made weapons and bicycles. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.

An outstanding Suhl dagger here.

Mint Minus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #33006C Untouched Early SA Dagger – E.P. & S.

This early Pack SA Dagger is in an untouched state and has patinated in a very attractive manner. For those of us that do not like cleaned pieces, this example should get you excited.

The crossguards are the standard nickel silver plate used by Pack. The lower mount has the “straight across” look to it and is marked with the Gruppe district “Nrh”. What is interesting though is the lower mount on the obverse has taken on a very deep plum color patination. The same plum color has affected the front edge and a little bit of the surface of the tang nut. Some of the plum color also extends to the upper cross guard, but mainly this crossguard remains with its normally seen dull nickel. It is also interesting to see that the SA runes button as well as the early nickel grip eagle have taken on the same plum color patina. I love to see stuff like this and I hope you do too. Age has a way of sometimes making things more interesting to view.

The grip of this example is a typical orangey color fruitwood favored by Pack. This wood has fairly smooth surface ridges with a nice vertically running grain. It fits the cross guards absolutely like a rubber glove. The patinaed SA runes button has no flaws. The coppery colored plum grip eagle is the “High-Necked” version and still has all of its details available to the bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is a typical Pack variety having straight surfaces throughout. The reverse still has most of the original anodizing and even has some lacquer traces spread out. The obverse also has some lacquer traces around the mounts but is starting to thin a little on the anodized surface around the center. It is not bad though. The scabbard upper mount has retained the identical patina as the lower cross guard. The lower mount has traces of this plum color. The ball has a small ding but not problem and no crushing. The upper scabbard screws are also a plum color, as is the carrying ring. The lower screws have traces of the plum but are basically nickel color.

The original short hanger is also plum patinated around the nickel snap clip which is installed backwards. It is easy to see that the clip has always been that way, as the opposite side has some plum coloring but basically is the same nickel color as the rest of the reverse mounts. The leather is good to this hanger throughout and it includes the small retainer loop. The nickel buckle has only mild patination.

Well, with all of this, you would probably expect a pitted blade or something. This is not the case. The blade has been beautifully sealed against all of this patination and remains in full mint condition. This blade is factory bright, has 100% cross graining and has a very deep, crisp SA motto etched into the obverse surfaces. This mint blade has the etched hammering Siegfried on the reverse with the firm’s initials and location over and below the figure respectively “E.P.S.” “Solingen”. It is interesting to note that the lower crossguard remains completely bright where it was sealed by the scabbard throat.

A most interesting dagger here for the right person. I really love stuff like this and I hope that you will too.

Excellent Plus Plus. $1,095.00

SADAGGERS #31360 Ground Röhm Inscription SA Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

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

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

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

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

A good solid nice conditioned ground Röhm here.

Near Mint $995.00

SADAGGERS #39913C Mid-period SA Dagger – Tigerwerk (RZM M7/67/38)

This mid-period SA Dagger does not appear to have been issued; it is in very choice condition throughout.

The nickel-plated crossguards are completely pristine, with full plating that shows no lifting and little in the way of age. The untouched tang nut is in the same condition.

The grip is a beauty, being a dark mahogany. It is totally perfect, with a crisp center ridge and nicely formed ends. The grip perfectly fits the guards. It is complete with a copper SA runes button that has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a slightly upturned beak. This bird has full detailing throughout the body as well as the wreathed swastika.

The scabbard is straight throughout and could not be better. It has dark chocolate brown paint which remains in nearly mint condition, with only the slightest traces of age crazing in the surfaces. The scabbard mounts are the early, nickel-plated steel type, retained by dome head screws.

Attached to the hanging ring is an early short hanger. The leather portions of this hanger remain in perfect condition but the small retainer loop has been lost to time. The hardware on this hanger is nickel throughout, with an unmarked, conventionally shaped snap clip. Attached to the clip is a good conditioned brown belt loop. This belt loop is complete with a nickel-plated “D” ring.

The blade of this dagger is as nice as they come, in perfect, mint condition with all of the original crossgrain. The SA motto is deep, dark, and quite crisp. There is some slight pimpling in the letter backgrounds caused by trace impurities in the steel, but this is something we often see on SA and SS etches. The reverse of the blade is marked with a double open RZM circle set atop the Tigerwerk code, “M. 7/67/38.”. The blade shoulders nicely meet the lower crossguard contour. The guard has an indentation designed to accept the blade shoulders; this feature was added later in the period to facilitate easier assembly of the daggers.

A very nice SA Dagger here that does to look to have been worn.

Mint. $995.00

SADAGGERS #39912C Mid-period SA Dagger – Arthur Evertz (RZM M7/85)

The nickel-plated crossguards of this mid-period example are in fine condition, with full plating and showing little to no age. The same is true of the unturned tang nut.

The grip of the dagger is a fine RZM example, with fairly High Ridge construction. It remains in perfect condition and fir the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button has perfect enamel, and the nickel grip eagle is the type with a slightly upturned beak. There is some modest wear to the head ad breast feathering of this bird, but the wing feathering, talons, and wreathed swastika remain crisp.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent chocolate brown paint that shows only the most modest of age. There are a few very tiny chips in the paint from wear of the years, but overall this paint is 99% intact. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated steel type. They remain in good condition through to the perfect lower ball. These mounts are retained by steel dome head screws.

Attached to the hanging ring is a good SA short hanger. The leather portions of this hanger remain in good condition and it is complete with a small retainer loop. The nickel-plating to the buckle is mostly gone but it is free of rust. The snap clip is installed backwards, but this is easy to fix if the next owner so desires. The clip is marked “RZM M5/25” on the reverse.

The blade is a very fine, full mint example with 100% of the original crossgrain. The motto is deep and has very dark background darkening. The reverse blade is in similar condition, with a matching, darkly etched solid RZM circle set atop the Evertz code “M7/85”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very nice mid-period SA Dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $795.00

SADAGGERS #39915C Early SA Dagger – Gebrüder Gräfrath

This early SA Dagger is in nice condition overall. The nickel crossguards are very fine, with smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The obverse of the lower guard is marked with the Gruppe stamping “He”. It is possible that the guard got turned around at some point, and if the next owner would like to return it to the proper facing that would be easily done.

The grip is a fine, mahogany-like wood with Smooth Ridge construction. The SA runes button retains fine enamel, and the nickel “High Necked” grip eagle has complete detailing throughout the bird.

The scabbard shell is also an excellent example. The obverse is completely straight and the reverse has just a small “BB” ding; this is nothing, however. It appears as though the “anodized” finish is completely intact, although there is some mild surface age. Nothing too bad, though, and the shell is very fine. The scabbard mounts are constructed of matching nickel. The upper mount is in perfect condition, while the lower ball has a small tap on the rear facing. These mounts are retained by the original, unturned nickel screws.

Attached to the hanging ring is a matching period short hanger. The leather remains good and it is complete with the original retainer loop. The hardware is all nickel, with a conventional clip marked “A” and “DRGM” on the reverse.

The blade is a fairly nice example, showing some “in-and-out” marks and some age in the metal. The SA motto is nicely etched and has about 95% of the original darkening in the letters. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Gebrüder Grafräth trademark, consisting of the name of the company surrounded by an ellipse. The blade shoulders perfect meet the lower crossguard contour.

A good quality, early SA Dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

SADAGGERS #39914C Ground Röhm SA Dagger – Gebrüder Heller

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #30433 Early SA Dagger - Josef Münche, Brotterode

This is a fine early SA Dagger which does not look to have ever been cleaned or taken apart. It has desirable dull patination throughout the fittings. The crossguards have excellent smooth surfaces, with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut matches in perfectly and shows no breaks in the patination between the upper guard and the wrench cut section. The lower reverse crossguard is gruppe marked, “BO”.

The grip is an outstanding brown color fruitwood. This wood has attractive grain running vertically throughout. It is in perfect condition, showing little usage and it fits the crossguards literally like a glove. The SA runes button is in good position and has perfect enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the “point behind the head” type and details are still visible to the head, breast feathering, wing feathering, legs, wreath and raised mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is also straight throughout. This shell has good anodizing which is still all there. There is a little bit of age in the surfaces but not much and there are still faint traces of original lacquer in the areas protected by the mounts. The scabbard mounts exactly match the dull patination of the hilt. The ball has not been dropped but there is a little ding in the obverse of it where something may have fallen on it. It is not bad though, and is just one of those things that we as collectors have to put up with. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws and all appear unturned.

There is a short hanger on this example however it is a later type not having solid nickel mounts. The leather though is good and it is complete with the original retainer loop. The snap clip is bright as is the buckle. The grip is marked, “RZM M5/8”.

The blade of this example is really a fine one. It has all of its crossgraining and other than the normal "in-and-out" markings is in mint condition. The SA motto is crisp and deep and appears to have 100% of its original darkening. The reverse of the blade is quite interesting as it appears to have been originally a Rohm inscribed dagger. I did not know that Josef Münch made Rohm inscribed daggers but he certainly could have. This example was definitely a factory grind as the inscription is totally removed and the dagger has the same graining as the obverse. A beautiful job here and would be completely undetectable were it not for the fact that about 25% of the Münch logo is missing. The logo consists of double ovals which trap the firm’s name and location, “Josef Münch Brotterode” and inside the area is blank. Most of the last name is missing from the inscription. The letters “Jos” are still there so it is easy to tell who the maker is. This mint blade is fitted perfectly to the crossguard contour.

A really nice dagger here by a rarely seen producer.

Excellent Plus, Plus $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #30722 Early SA Daggwer - Hammesfahr & CieB

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

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

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

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

A very nice dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $1,095.00

SADAGGERS #30533C Early Ground Röhm SA Dagger - Gebruder Heller

This early ground Röhm is not in the best of condition but it is still collectible. The nickel fittings of the hilt are in good condition throughout and the tang nut looks to have only been out a couple of times. The nickel mounts have a nice mild patination and they have smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked “Mi”.

The grip is very pretty being a reddish color wood and on the reverse center area having a nice swirl to the grain giving it a burl look. The obverse grain is also quite nice throughout. This grip is of medium contour construction and other than some normal sigs of wear it is in first rate condition. The grip perfectly fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is in good shape having one minor hit below the “S” letter. The matching nickel eagle is the style with “beak which points upward slightly”. The bird shows little wear and has most of the detail remaining to the head, breast feathering, wing feathering, legs and wreathed swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It appears as though the original owner of this dagger decided to give the scabbard a coat of paint when the anodized finish started to wear a little. He painted it with a brush so it doesn’t look very good. The next collector might want to experiment a little bit and perhaps rubbing some compound across this old paint may not only make it look a lot nicer but it may also reveal the condition of the anodizing below. If work like this is done gradually a good result can occur. The scabbard mounts are in good condition throughout to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws all of which look unturned.

The blade of this example has a slightly gray look to it and there is some overlap on the obverse edges where the person that ground off the Röhm inscription also hit the obverse just a little bit. In addition one of the owners along the line has painted in the SA motto to make it nice and black. The paint though is fairly obvious and I’m not sure it really helps make the blade any better looking. The reverse of the blade is ground pretty good but there still are some traces of the original inscription and the original signature. They are just portions at the very top and do not amount to much. Overall this blade grades at only about excellent. The reverse ricasso has the small logo that was used by Heller for their Röhm inscribed daggers. Some of the inscription is rubbed out but there is enough there to see that is it a Geb. Heller piece. Only a little bit of the anchor in the center remains in the trademark. The blade shoulders nicely fit the curvature of the lower crossguard mount.

Not too bad of an example here and it could be made a little better with a little work.

Excellent Plus $950.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #29231 Early SA Dagger with Crossguard Serial Number - E.P.& S.

This early SA Dagger is equipped with excellent nickel crossguards having good dull patina, not being cleaned in years. The lower guard has the straight across look typical of this maker's early construction. The guards have smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The matching tang nut is the style where the "nut" portion is very close to the smooth top making it difficult to get a standard wrench in there, not that anyone would want to do that. This dagger does not look to have been ever apart. The reverse lower crossguard is Gruppe marked, "B, for Berlin. Directly next to the district marking, at the right, is the number, "9119", stamped to be read from the top of the dagger. Most likely, this number represents the original owner's Ausweiss number.

The grip is a very attractive fruit wood of fairly high ridge construction. The wood has a prominent grain that runs vertical through the length of both sides. This grip shows little usage and remains in choice condition, fitting the guards like a glove. The SA runes button is the style with copper base, and it has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the high-necked style, showing some minor surface wear, but all the details are still there to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The obverse appears to have most of the original "anodized" finish, with little age. The reverse shows a little thinning to the anodizing with a mild age spot near the upper portion. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in fine condition throughout to include the never-dropped lower ball. The four original screws are all in place and are unbuggered.

The blade is a beauty retaining all of its original brightness and still having the original factory grain. This blade is in mint condition with needle-like tip. The SA motto is deep and crisp retaining all of its factory background in the letters. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the well-known trademark of the hammering Siegfried figure. Above and below the figure respectively, is the firm's initials, "E.P. & S." and "Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A fine SA dagger here condition-wise and interesting with the serial number stamping.

Excellent Plus. $995.00(#080917)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mint Minus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #39679C Personalized Early SA Dagger - E. P. & S.

This early SA Dagger is in totally untouched condition. The nickel mounts are highly patinated and are classic Pack examples. The tang nut does not appear to have ever been out. The guards, despite the patina, remain in very choice condition. The lower guard is Gruppe marked “B”.

The grip is a fine Pack example with Smooth Contour construction, nicely fitting the guards. The grip is in perfect condition throughout. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has good enamel, and the “High Necked” grip eagle shows only the most minor traces of wear.

The scabbard shell has some rust on the surfaces of mainly the reverse; the reverse is just a tad dark from age. The scabbard mounts are typical Pack examples, with the lower mount having a wider edge ridge. The lower shows a couple of minor taps but is in generally good condition. The screws are in excellent shape and appear unturned.

The reverse of the upper mount has a very fancy engraved monogram, “HZ”. The “Z” is wrapped around the “H” and I presume this is the initial of the surname. The engraving is quite special, with lots of shading and detailing. Some very nice work here!

The blade is just slightly gray and has no grain, but it is too bad, with a very dark motto. It is interesting to note that we guessed right about the owner’s surname; the obverse blade of is etched “H. Zersberg”. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Hammering Siegfried trademark of the E. P. & S. firm. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.

An interesting SA Dagger here, not in top condition but the personalization makes it special and it is textbook Pack.

Excellent. $995.00

SADAGGERS #37241 Early SA Dagger with Serial Numbers – Emil Voos

This Voos SA Dagger is a fine, early example, having excellent nickel crossguards which do not appear to have ever been cleaned. They have smooth surfaces and good edge definition, as well as precisely cut accent grooves. Looking at the tang nut, it appears that it has never been taken out. The lower reverse of the guard is gruppe marked “Nm”. Additionally, next to the gruppe mark, is the number “11403”. This number appears to have been stamped with individual dies, and is most likely the ausweis number of the original carrier.

The grip is a fine, Smooth Contour type, having an attractive grain that runs on a slight slant on both the obverse and reverse. This grip is in perfect condition, showing little usage and exactly meets the crossguards, fitting like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has a faultless enamel surface. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points upward slightly. It has minor signs of wear to the head, breast feathering and talons, but the remainder of the design is crisp. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The obverse has nearly all of the anodizing, thinning just a little towards the bottom of the shell. On the reverse this anodized surface is just slightly thinner and worn at the bottom. The matching scabbard mounts are in good condition at the upper, however the lower ball has been pressed inward; the good news is that there are no splits in the ball. The upper mount is stamped with the same serial number as the crossguard. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.

The blade is a fine example, still bright throughout. It has just the most minor signs of age in a few places, but overall it grades near mint given the grain and needle-like tip. The SA motto is deep and crisp, however it does not have a lot of background darkening; perhaps it was the style that was frosted. There are also signs of pimpling in the letter backgrounds, something we see quite frequently. This was caused by impurities in the metal revealed in the etching process. The reverse blade is in similar condition, and is etched with the familiar snake and stump trademark of the Voos firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A most interesting SA Dagger here with the ausweis number stampings.

Excellent Plus. $1,250.00

SADAGGERS #39678C Early SA Dagger with Period Scabbard Enhancement – Aesculap

This SA Dagger is in untouched condition and does not look to have ever been cleaned. The nickel mounts have a fine, dull, even patina. The tang nut looks to have been out once or twice, but very little evidence of any other handling.

The guards have precise accent grooves, nice edge definition, and fine, smooth surfaces. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked “Sw”.

The grip of the dagger is a typical Aesculap type, which retains about 90% of the original varnish that was a hallmark of the firm. This grip is in nearly perfect condition, showing some minor traces of hand wear but with no problems anywhere, and fitting the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button shows some traces of wear but it free of chips in the enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the “High Neck” version and retains crisp detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is the really interesting part of this example. The shell is completely straight and has had period decoration applied to both sides. This decoration has kind of an Art Deco look, with the painted portions at the top resembling the initials “EB”. Further down are a couple of symbols, one that resembles a cane and another reminiscent of a fleur-de-lis. These patterns are the same on both faces, and look to be hand rendered in some kind of gold paint. These embellishments are absolutely original and show the same level of wear as the rest of the piece. Decorations of this nature would have technically against the rules. Given the fact, however, that we see more than a few of these customizations it proves that the common misconception of German soldiers rigidly adhering to every Party regulation at all times is just so much hyper-idealized mythology.

The upper scabbard mount is in good condition, while the lower mount has some crushing to the ball and a little split on one side. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws, which are all in place and unturned.

Attached to the carrying ring is what appears to be the original short hanger. It is a fine, early example with very good leather and complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is the early nickel style, with an unmarked “snout nosed” snap clip.

The blade is a nice example, showing only modest “in-and-out” marks and having most of the crossgrain. The SA motto is deep and crisp, retaining about 98% of the original darkening. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Aesculap Caduceus logo, and the blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very interesting dagger here, and a great example to add interest to a fleshed out SA collection.

Excellent Plus. $1,595.00

SADAGGERS #39316C Early SA Dagger – Johann Leupold

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

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

The grip is a tremendous example, fitting the guards perfectly and remaining in faultless condition. It is a High Contour example, with extremely fine, almost furniture-like wood. The SA runes button is nicely set and retains perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a point behind its head. This fine looking bird retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

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

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

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

Mint Minus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #39310C Early SA Dagger – F. A. Kirschbaum

This early SA Dagger is in very nice condition throughout. The mounts have a fine, dull patina but remain clean and good looking, with precisely cut accent grooves, crisp edge definition, and fine, smooth surfaces. The lower guard is Gruppe marked “Nrh” on the reverse.

The grip is in perfect condition, fitting the guards like a rubber glove. It is a Medium Contour example of fine, light brown wood with a subtle subsurface grain. The SA runes button is nicely set and retains perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a point behind its head. This fine looking bird retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has 100% of the original copper-brown “anodized” finish. In addition there is quite a bit of lacquer remaining, particularly on the lower reaches of the shell. I’d say about 50% remain. The scabbard mounts are in nice condition, the lower ball having just a tiny ding in the center. It is nothing, however. The mounts are retained by the four original nickel screws.

The original hanger is still in place. It has good leather although the small retainer loop is missing. The hanger is complete with nickel hardware, including a conventional snap clip tht is marked “A” and “DRGM” on the reverse.

The blade is in beautiful, mint condition, with all of the crossgrain and a needle-like tip The SA motto is quite dark, with 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is marked with a pair of ovals which enclose the name and location of the firm, “F. A. Kirschbaum Solingen”. Inside the ovals we see “& Co”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

The Kirschbaum firm rates an 8 on the McSARR scale, making this dagger very scarce and desirable.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #39311C Early SA Dagger – Herbeck & Meyer

This early SA Dagger is in very nice condition. The nickel crossguards are in very fine shape, with good, smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked “Nrh”.

It is interesting to note that the overly-aggressive stamper hit the “Nrh” just on the edge of the guard where it meets the handle. It resulted in an interesting look we don’t normally see, but was obviously still passable the guard did not get bent. It also goes to show that, as we know from looking at many of these, that Gruppe stampings were all done by hand, with a hammer and a die.

The grip is a Smooth Contour type, being a little thinner than most and with a subtle vertical grain. It is in perfect condition, fitting the guards like a glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed, with good enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the “High Necked” type and is in perfect condition throughout.

The scabbard shell is basically straight throughout, with only a couple of very modest traces of wear. The “anodized” finish is intact, just at the point it would thin if the dagger were worn again. It retains a nice coppery-brown tone. The nickel scabbard mounts are all in good shape, including the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and unturned.

The blade is remarkable, fully mint with all of the crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is crisp with dark background lettering. The reverse of the blade is marked with the seldom seen maker, “Herbeck & Meyer / Solingen – Höhschied”. This maker is rated an 8 on the McSARR scale, so you won’t see one often, if at all. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A nice dagger here, scarcely seen and priced to sell.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,095.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mint. $1,095.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $11,995.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

A very nice mid-period SA Dagger here.

Mint Minus. $995.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

B>Near Mint. $995.00

SADAGGERS #39187C Mid-period SA Dagger - RZM M7/13 (Schüttlehöfer)

This mid-period SA Dagger is a fine example.

The crossguards are nickel-plated and are still bright throughout, sowing only the most modest of age. The matching tang nut is also in good condition, looking to have been out once or twice at most.

The grip is a fine RZM type with Sharp Contour construction. The wood is perfect throughout and has a fine, pleasing grain; it fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a slightly upturned beak; there is very modest wear to his bird in the head ad breast feathering, but the wings, talons, and wreathed swastika remain crisp.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has outstanding original chocolate brown paint, 100% intact and with the original shine to the finish. The scabbard is fitted with nickel plated steel mounts. The plating remains bright and the mounts are all in perfect condition to include the lower ball. They are retained by dome head screws which still retains their plating.

There is an attached short hanger with this dagger. The leather is sound and it is complete with a small retainer loop. The hanger is marked "RZM L2/60/41" on the reverse. The hardware is the late style, with the grayish plating to the surfaces. This plating is totally intact. The snap clip is marked "RZM M6/91 OLC".

The blade of this dagger is as nice as they come; it is in mint condition and with all of the crossgrain. The SA motto is deep, dark, and very crisp, with 100% of the original background blacking. The reverse ricasso is marked with double open RZM circles, set above the Schüttlehöfer code, "M 7/13". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A fine mid-period SA Dagger here, one that was worn very little.

Mint Minus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #38658C Early SA Dagger - P. D. Lüneschlöss

This early SA Dagger is in outstanding condition throughout. It does not look to have been cleaned and has a fine, even patination throughout.

The beautiful crossguards are solid nickel, with crisp edge definition, precisely cut accent grooves and smooth surfaces throughout. The tang nut does not look to have been removed in modern times. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "P", for Pomerania, which is a marking we do not see very often.

The grip is a dark wood with a pleasing, subtle grain. It is of High Ridge construction and in perfect condition, fitting the guards like a glove. The SA runes button is in good condition. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a point behind the head of the bird; it retains full detailing and is quite crisp.

The scabbard shell is straight and retains nearly 100% of the "anodized" finish. Much of the factory lacquer remains on this scabbard. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in perfect condition to include the lower ball. They are retained by the four original nickel screws which are unturned.

The original short hanger is attached to the scabbard. It is missing the retainer loop but the rest of the leather is in nice condition. The unmarked snap clip is a matching early nickel type.

The blade remains in mirror-bright condition with 100% of the original crossgraining. It is easily in full mint condition. The SA motto is crisp, deep and dark; it really jumps off the blade. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the trademark of the rarely seen Lüneschlöss firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

Lüneschlöss SA Daggers rate an 8 on the McSAAR scale. A scarce and very desirable piece here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mint Minus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #38735C Late SA Dagger, RZM M7/36 - E. & F. Hörster

This Hˆrster SA Dagger, despite the late vintage, is in outstanding condition and displays excellent materials and workmanship.

The crossguards are the nickel-plated type, 100% intact and having almost no lifting. There is just a tiny but on the reverse upper guard while the rest of the surface is perfect. The tang nut is in matching condition and does not look to have been disassembled in modern times.

The grip is a typical RZM type and has High Ridge construction. It remains in totally perfect condition, fitting the guards like a glove. This grip has pleasing vertical wood grain and a fine surface. The SA runes button is perfectly placed, with very good enamel. The grip eagle is the late, zinc type that we see used on daggers of this vintage. The eagle is the style with a beak that points upward slightly. It shows little to no wear and has a matte finish. All of the detailing remains on this bird.

The scabbard shell is also a beauty. It is straight throughout and has outstanding original chocolate brown paint. This paint is 100% intact and shows almost no age. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel type. They remains bright throughout and are in perfect condition, to include the lower ball. The throat is the thicker type. The dome head plated screws are all in place, unturned and with their original finish.

The blade of this dagger is a very fine example, with a mirror finish, all of the original crossgrain, and a needle-like tip. This mint blade is complete with a very dark motto. The reverse ricasso has been etched with a double RZM circle set above the Hˆrster code of "M 7/36". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contours.

A very fine SA Dagger here which looks to be in an unissued state.

Mint. $995.00

SADAGGERS #38670C Early SA Dagger - Friedr Aug Schmitz

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

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

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

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

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

A very nice, scarce SA Dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,195.00(#031618)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $1,095.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mint. $995.00

SADAGGERS #38679C Early SA Dagger - Gebr¸der Heller

This early SA Dagger does not appear to have ever been cleaned and only has a light, dully patinated tone. The piece also does not look to have ever been apart.

The crossguards are outstanding, with good smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard has the Gruppe mark "Mi".

The grip of this dagger is a fine example, having Sharp Contour construction. It also has lots of close wood grain that runs throughout the surfaces. This grip is in perfect condition and nicely fits the guards. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has fine enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Neck" style; this bird remains crisply detailed throughout.

The scabbard is also a very fine example, being straight throughout and looking to have almost all of the original "anodized" finish. There is only the most mild of age on the surfaces, the obverse being better than the reverse. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in perfect condition to include the never-dropped lower ball. These mounts are retained by the four original unturned nickel screws.

There is an attached short hanger which appears original to this piece. The hanger has good brown leather and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is of nickel and the snap clip is the conventional style marked "A" and "DRGM".

The blade of this dagger is an outstanding example, retaining both full grain and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is deep and crisp, with 100% of the original factory darkening in the recesses of the lettering. The reverse ricasso is marked with the trademark of the Gebr¸der Heller firm; a very pleasing anchor against a matching dark background. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.

A very desirable SA Dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #38674C Transitional Double Proof SA - Robert Klaas

This fine transitional SA Dagger has a light patina across the nickel plated hilt mounts. It is easy to see, however, that these mounts are in choice condition beneath the patina. If the next owner want to clean them I'm sure they would come up beautifully.

The grip is a typical RZM type with High Ridge construction. It has vertical grain in the lighter-colored wood. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has completely intact enamel. The aluminum grip eagle is the type with an upward pointing beak. This bird remains crisply detailed throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, et cetera.

The scabbard shell is completely straight throughout and has mint, original chocolate brown paint. This paint in in perfect condition. The matching scabbard mounts are of matching nickel-plated steel and again, with a bit of cleaning, would easily be in mint condition. The lower ball is intact and perfect, and all of the original plated screws are both intact and in place.

The blade is completely bright and in mint condition. It has all of the original grain and the SA motto is deep, dark and crisp. The reverse ricasso is marked with the famous Kissing Cranes logo of the Klaas firm. Below the birds is the code "RZM M7/37".

This is a rarely seen transitional example. For those of you out there collecting double proof daggers this is a tough one to find and the choice condition makes it even more desirable.

Near Mint. $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 - Gebr¸der Heller

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

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

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

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

A very nice Heller Ground Röhm SA Dagger here.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $1,295.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #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 #38157C Early SA Dagger - Albert Dörschel

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

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

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

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

An interesting SA Dagger here with a really superb blade.

Excellent Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #38177AG Early SA Dagger - Gebr Becker

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

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

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

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

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

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

A very fine SA Dagger here, in excellent condition.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #38162C Early SA Dagger - Gebr. Becker

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

The grip 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 #38162C Early SA Dagger - Gebr. Becker

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #37928C Early SA Dagger - Gebruder Becker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $895.00

SADAGGERS #37930C Early SA Dagger - Gebruder Berns

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $895.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $2,495.00

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #37533C Early SA Dagger - Adolf Völker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,495.00

SADAGGERS #29521 Early SA Dagger - C. Gustav Spitzer

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

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

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

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

The blade of this example is still bright. It does have some minor staining in the surfaces a lot of which could come out with a little work. The crossgraining is also still mostly there. The SA motto is deep and crisp having about 98% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse blade is in the same condition and this blade grades at about excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the logo of this producer. It is a circle having the firmís name and location in block letters around the perimeter, "C. Gustav Spitzer Solingen". Inside is a prancing lion with his tail curled and his tongue out. The blade shoulders purposely meet the lower crossguard contour. A pretty good dagger here. This dagger would clean up pretty nice if someone would want to work with it.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $895.00

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $1,695.00

SADAGGERS #35891C Early SA Dagger - Ernst Erich Witte

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $995.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #35509C Early SA Dagger - Axt Und Hauerfabrik

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

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

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

A very nice dagger here by a seldom seen maker.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $2,995.00

SADAGGERS #35071C Early SA Ground Röhm Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $2,495.00

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

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

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

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

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

Unissued Near Mint. $2,295.00

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $2,695.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unissued Mint. $2,395.00