Every once in a while we get a grouping of exceptional artifacts that come from one advanced collector source and I like to feature all of the items together. This way they get the attention they deserve and be truly appreciated by those of us out there that know how difficult it is to acquire pieces with both mega-interest and the best of condition.
This grouping of artifacts come from advanced collector and good friend, Craig Jacksland. Craig has a successful insurance agency in Upper New York State and continually looks for the best of the best and every once in a while decides to sell-off some items so that he can go on to even bigger things.
I hope everyone will enjoy reading the descriptions and viewing my son Robbie's professional photographs of these goodies. Each and every piece is of investment quality and guaranteed original.
SPECIAL #38827C Cased Knight's Cross with Ribbon
This original Cased Knight's Cross with Ribbon is in superb condition. It was manufactured by Steinhauer & Lück and appears to be the "A" type "Micro 800" according to details expertly laid out in the outstanding Dietrich Maerz book, "The Knights Cross" on Pages 100 through 121.
The Cross has all of its black finish on both sides. This Cross has the features Maerz points out in his book in that, the "1' numeral on the "1939" obverse date has the longer tail features. The "1" numeral on the "1813" date on the reverse has the stubbier "1" numeral. Also, the 3:00 o'clock arm of beading comes together to form a lightning bolt look in the upper part . The medal appears to be the A-Type "Micro 800", as described by Maerz, as the "800" stamping on the upper frame conforms with these characteristics.
The neck ribbon rests in the case recessed and is folded in shape to fit. It is of a lined-satin having red center with edges of white and black. The edges are finished in a serration shape.
The case is of black leatherette and is the type shape described by Maerz as being "sharper cornered". The leatherette remains nearly perfect with no corner wear-through. The push-button is steel. It is round and has a sleeve around it. The hinges in the reverse are double type. The inner lid is of white padded satin and is unmarked. The lower case is covered with a black velvet material, cut-out to accept the award in recess.
An outstanding conditioned example; this is the ultimate medal acquisition for the serious collector.
Near Mint. $14,500.00
SPECIAL #38826C German Cross in Gold - C.F. Zimmermann
This beautiful "fired egg" as they were affectionately called by the holders is in choice condition throughout. It is totally textbook and conforms to all of the criteria laid-out in the fantastic book by Dietrich Maerz, "The German Cross", on Pages 190 through 197.
The surrounding starburst is in perfect condition presenting 100% of the black and silver colors. The gild circular wreath appears to have 100% of the finish with no visible wear. The Cupal back plate retains all of its silver finish with only the most modest of age visible on the surfaces. The enamel to the center swastika is shiny and perfect throughout. The date, "1941" at the bottom edge of the gold wreath has the flaw in the numeral "9" as pointed out for this maker by Maerz in his book.
The reverse has a fine bright silver unused finish, and is retained by four "donut" shaped rivets. The barrel hinge retains the flat-style tapering pin. On the inner side, the pin is stamped with the C. F. Zimmmermann code, "20". The catch is soldered to the medal base.
A great-conditioned original German Cross in Gold. A wonderful display piece with your collection. No other medal makes the "statement" these crosses make! Most impressive indeed!
Mint Minus. $3,995.00
SPECIAL #38819C Field Upgrade Chained NSKK Dagger with Scabbard Dedication - F. Dick
Aside from the scabbard presentation, this Chained NSKK is a most interesting piece. It is one of the "field upgrade" varieties as indicated by the fact that the ramp eyelet is larger proportion than the eyelet on the top scabbard mount.
The dagger used is an early model SA. The crossguards are the nickel variety being in choice condition. There is no Gruppe marking on the lower guard. This is something we see on occasion and signifies that the dagger was produced slightly later than the initial distribution, or it was selected for a special purpose and escaped the mass shipments of early 1934. The guards are in very fine condition with good, smooth surfaces, crisp edge definition and precisely cut accent grooves.
The grip is a spectacular piece of wood, having most beautiful horizontal running grains throughout both surfaces. This outstanding Medium Contour example is in perfect condition, fitting the guards like a glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has intact enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" variety. All details are still crisp to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. This grip is a thrill to see for all of you out there that appreciate some of the special woods that were used to produce these superlative daggers.
The scabbard shell is perfectly straight throughout. The original paint retains its original sheen and is in extremely nice condition, showing a couple of spider webs on both sides and just a tad of age where the spidering lifted the paint in a couple of minuscule areas. All and all this paint rates at 98%. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel-based variety. They are in perfect condition to include the lower ball. The original dome head screws are all in place and are untouched. The center ramp is the style we see on field upgrade examples being slightly more delicate than the standard factory types and having very sharp edge borders. As mentioned above the eyelet on a field upgrade center ramp is slightly larger than the eyelet on the upper scabbard mount, which is a very good sign. You do not want to see a ramp with an eyelet that is smaller than the upper mount eyelet, or you have trouble; these were the ramps produced by Jim Atwood back in the 1960s.
The chain on this example is most interesting as it has the standard four top links. Most field upgrade pieces (but not all, as is the case here) are found with a three-link upper chain. I can prove this is a legitimate variation, however, and will be showing field upgrade NSKK Chained daggers being worn in period photos in my upcoming SA book. What is neat about this chain, though, is that the first upper link connected to the eyelet is a solid nickel example, while all of the rest of the chain links are the nickel-plated steel type. This to me indicates that the original wearer must have liked the standard four-link top assembly and had it changed. Why else would there be a "nickel" link? I love stuff like this because it makes you think a little and also because it drives the "cookie-cutter" rigid thinking collectors nuts.
This chain assembly remains in near perfect condition, showing almost no age. It features the alternating NSKK eagles and sunwheel swastika links, and, on the lower chain assembly, the special rune used by the NSKK. The shield at the top features the pair of veined oak leaves with the acorn positioned properly in the recesses of the leaves. The snap clip below is in good working condition. Another interesting feature on this chain is that it is not the usual RZM 5/8 marking, but is made by the rarely-seen hardware producer with the marking, "RZM M 3/23". I have seen this marking on several pieces in the past (including a Marine piece), but it is not common. It is also interesting that the top reverse chain links are both marked with the "NSKK Korpsführung Musterschutz", probably just a quirk of this firm.
To add to the fun of this dagger is a fantastic jeweler-done, three-line dedication on the reverse of the upper scabbard fitting. The presentation reads, "In treuer Kameradschaft/ Dein Sturmführer u. Freund/ Heinz Lasch/ 22.8.39". Of course this translates, "In loyal comradeship from your Sturmführer and friend, Heinz Lasch, August 22, 1939". Apparently this dagger was a gift between two fellow NSKK comrades and friends, probably for a birthday or perhaps a wedding.
The blade is also in choice condition. It is mirror bright retaining its factory grain. The motto, "Alles für Deutschland" is deeply etched and retains its full factory backgrounds in the letters. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the logo of the producer, being a rectangular design containing an arrow pointing toward the dagger hilt along with the producer name, "F.Dick". This blade is in mint condition.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $5,495.00
SPECIAL #38817C Early Model 1933 SS Service Dagger - Jacobs & Co.
This trademarked Jacobs dagger is one of the rarest of the "standard" early SS daggers we see. Jacobs made very few of these, and over the years, I do not think I have sold more than two or three of them. This dagger is in 100% original, untouched condition and does not even appear to have ever been opened.
The crossguards are constructed of solid nickel, having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is district marked, "III".The tang nut appears darker than the other mounts, and is magnetic, indicating that it is made of steel. It does not appear to have ever been moved, so is original to this dagger.
The obverse of the ebony grip shows some some signs of surface wear here and there, but it remains in perfect condition. The reverse grip has some slivers of wood that have come out, just at the area where the grip meets the upper reverse mount. It's not bad, though, and a commonly-seen fault. There is also a tiny "flick" of wood that is missing at the lower grip area, but it is before the point where the grip meets the guard, so was caused by something hitting the immediate area. It's not bad though, and only mentioned because I want everyone to know the exact condition of this ultra-rare piece.
The scabbard shell is totally straight. It has 100% of the original "anodized" surface. In addition, there is about 50% of the original factory lacquer still clinging to the finish - a very fine scabbard here. The nickel scabbard mounts are also in good condition. The lower ball has one minuscule tap at the very bottom left side, but it is nothing. The four original nickel screws are in place and are unturned.
There is an outstanding conditioned early vertical hanger in place. The leather is completely sound to the coffin-shape reverse area and to both of the cross straps. The upper strap is fitted with a nickel-plated square buckle. The nickel snap clip is marked, "A" and "DRGM". Completing the hanger is a black leather belt loop with "D" ring.
And now for this rare blade; it remains mirror bright and appears to retain all of its fine graining. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue!" is deeply etched. This motto has the exclamation mark behind it, being the only maker-marked dagger to have this rare treat. The motto letter backgrounds have all of the factory frosting. A mint blade here and quite a sight to behold for the knowing collector! The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
So, if you are a serious SS "type" collector, it is doubtful that you will see another maker-marked Jacobs for sale, especially in this fine condition. An opportunity to forever fill a void you could look for over a lifetime.
Near Mint. $8,495.00(#072116)
SPECIAL #38820C Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger
The crossguards and tang nut are of nickel silver. The tang nut does not appear to have ever been removed. The guards have outstanding smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. Although I have not looked inside, they appear to be the "P.A" marked variety.
The ebony grip is a choice example showing no repairs and perfect condition. It fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The runes button is perfectly placed from north to south and has fine, untouched enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the type with "beak that points upward slightly". The details to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika are still there.
There is a fine 42cm aluminum portepee which appears original to the piece. It is in unfrayed, top condition throughout. The portepee is tied in the manner we see a lot of them being; a single loop at the top and a double loop at the bottom of the grip. The loops seems nicely set in place.
The straight scabbard shell is one of the best I have seen as far as original paint goes. This paint still has its original factory sheen. The paint remains at 100%, having only a few small crazing cracks, which we expect to see on old paint. It is very difficult to find a chained scabbard in this condition, given the fact that the chain can easily be slammed against it during wear, or worse, the dagger could be roughly laid on the chain - somehow this beautiful piece has escaped any of these potential harms - a miracle! The matching nickel scabbard mounts are also in nice condition. The lower ball has a couple of slight taps, but I guess we can't have everything. The taps, though, are very minor.
The center ramp is the early type having the very crisp edges. It features the three intertwined swastikas on both sides and has most of the original factory darkening in the backgrounds. Basically, the ramp looks the same as the example I show on Page 140 of my SS book. The Type II chain is a classic example and appears the same as the one on Page 135. The chain is of total nickel construction having the alternating links of skull and cross bones with SS runic symbols; always a great look! The dental work on the skulls is all 100% and all deadly smiles. The nickel link connecting tabs are also in great condition with none showing stress and all being connected on the reverse. The first upper reverse link is lightly stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen inspection mark. It looks the same as the stamping on Page 138. The clover leaf connector at the top is the closed style and the snap clip has good working spring.
The unmarked blade is the one to write home about. It is bright, mint, has all cross grain and the SS motto, "Meine Erhe heistt Treue" is crisp and has all of the factory darkening; it just doesn't get any better than this. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
This is one of the best SS Chained daggers that I have handled. If you are looking for an early example in the best of condition, I do not think this example could be upgraded. It is of investment quality.
Mint Minus. $10,500.00