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The SS (Schutzstaffel) was originally formed in 1925, ostensibly to act as a small, loyal bodyguard unit to protect the Führer, Adolf Hitler. Under the direction of the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, the SS grew to be the most ruthless and feared organization of the 20th century. They were the vanguard of Nazism and eventually controlled nearly every function of German life and much of Occupied Europe. The SS dagger was introduced in 1933. Early on, members of the SS were awarded their daggers during a ceremony at the Feldherrnhalle Memorial in Munich. The annual ritual, charged with mysticism and meant to evoke the traditions of medieval Teutonic knights, was held on 9 November, the date of the unsuccessful Munich Putsch of 1923. Both officers and enlisted men wore the identical dagger until 1936. After this time, only enlisted men wore the M1933 dagger.

The SS Dagger was equipped with nickel crossguards with an ebony wood grip. The black grip contained a National eagle with swastika insignia recessed in the center area and an SS rune button inset at the top. On early examples the scabbard shell surface was factory blackened using a metal bluing process. The scabbard had nickel mounts. The SS blade was a polished type containing the SS motto, Meine Ehre Heisst Treue (My Honor is Loyalty). Early examples bore one of three district stampings on the lower reverse crossguard of I, II, or III. Early examples were mostly hand-fit. Production of later examples was more standardized, using cheaper, nickel-plated fittings with black painted scabbard shells.



SSDAG #47281C Early Model 1933 SS Ground Röhm with SS Serial Number - Rich. Abr. Herder

This early dagger appears to be in untouched condition. All nickel mounts have a deep desirable yellow patination. There is no sign that the tang nut has been turned. The cross guards have excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse cross guard is District stamped, "I". To the right of the District stamp is the original SS owner's serial number, "8919". This is a very low number, indicating a very long term SS membership. I looked up the number, but unfortunately, it is not listed in the SS Dienstaltersliste, indicating that this SS man was not an officer. There is always the hope, however, that in the future this number will be identified, as lots of good work is being done in this field. The ebony grip is a beauty, still having its crisp center ridge on both sides. The grip shows little usage with no flaws or chips. It absolutely fits the cross guards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is turned to about 8:00 o'clock. The enamel looks fine, but there is a little wear to the enamel surface at about 9:00 o'clock. The runes and dual circles around them are nicely patinated. The grip eagle is located low in the grip, as is typical for this producer. The Herder grips are also slightly thinner than others. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" type. It has all details remaining to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A very fine, untouched hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight on both sides. It has excellent anodized surfaces, showing just the slightest traces of age here and there, but it is very mild. The matching nickel scabbard mounts have the same deep patination as the hilt. Both mounts are in fine condition, the lower ball having just the slightest of a tap just off the center lower edge. The four original nickel screws are in place. There is an original-to-the-piece vertical hanger. Apparently the original wearer preferred to wear the dagger with the hanger ring on the left side, as perhaps he felt this method better accommodated the leather strapping of the vertical. This positioning of the hanger should be left as is. The vertical shows much wear to the surfaces, but it is all in place and does not appear to have ever been off the scabbard (With verticals like this, we should never attempt to remove them, as usually the leather will break causing catastrophe). This vertical is equipped with a plated snap clip showing some age. The clip is marked, "A' and "DRGM".

The obverse blade of this example is completely mint with all of its grain, needle-like tip and bright finish. The SS motto is crisp and reflects 100% of its frosted backgrounds. The reverse blade is also mint, however, it reflects just a slightly different grain than the obverse. It appears to have been a factory-done Röhm inscription removal, as the process is perfect, and did not damage the firm's trademark. The logo consists of double oval circles containing the company's name and location, "Rich Abr. Herder / Solingen". Inside, is the well-known logo of the diamond. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

A fine untouched Ground Röhm with an extremely low SS serial number. Great dagger.

Excellent Plus. $6,495.00

SSDAG #47282C Early Model 1933 Serial-Numbered SS E.M. - Gottlieb Hammesfahr

This early SS E.M. does not appear to have been cleaned, and the nickel fittings throughout reflect a fine, desirable dull patina. The cross guards are in excellent condition with good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut does not look to have been turned in modern times, but does have a couple of very mild plier scars - one on each side edge of the nut - most likely done by the liberating veteran. The lower reverse cross guard appears to be stamped with a district numeral "II", being hit sideways, but it could also be a "III" as there is a small depression next to the "II". Individually die-stamped just above the district numeral is the original owners SS serial number, #26 253. The "5" and the "3" have a slight double stamping to the numeral, but we see this quite often, as it is easy to do with a single digit hand stamp. I looked up the number in the SS Dienstaltersliste, but it is not there, indicating the original owner was an NCO. Much good work has been done with researching and identifying non officers, so perhaps this SS man will be identified in the future. The ebony grip has no chips and fits the cross guard like a glove. There are a few minor wearing signs on the obverse, and the reverse has the scars in the center of the grip that appear to have been caused by the snap clip on a once-present vertical hanger..The SS runes button enamel shows some usage on the surfaces, but no chips or problem. The runes and the two circles around them are also nicely patinated. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "beak which points upward slightly". The bird's features have a little wear to the head and talons, but the breast and wing feathering, wreath and swastika remain crisp. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent anodizing, which is pretty much all there. There are also traces of lacquer on the upper areas where they were protected by the scabbard mount. The nickel scabbard mounts match the patination of the hilt. The upper mount remains in perfect condition. The lower mount has a tap in the middle lower ball area, but it is not bad. The tap did leave a small split to the ball on the left edge, but again, it is very minor. The mounts all have original nickel unturned screws.

The blade is as nice as they come. It has all of its cross grain and is in mint condition. The SS motto is deeply etched and retains all of its original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double-ovals. They contain the firm's name and location, "Gottlierb Hammesfahr / Solingen Foche".The blade shoulders perfectly meet the cross guard contour.

A very fine-condition, serial numbered example here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $6,695.00

SSDAG #46786C SS Himmler Inscription by Carl Eickhorn

This Himmler dagger is equipped with the traditional “HE” internally marked nickel crossguards. The guards are in good condition throughout with smooth surfaces crisp edges and usual Eickhorn precise accent grooves. The lower guard is stamped with the inspection number “4”.

The ebony grip shows some usage throughout the grip and there is a tiny surface sliver missing above the runes button and on the reverse there is a sliver missing at the upper right corner. The grip however though is still sound throughout. It fits the crossguards like a glove. The SS runes button remains in good condition turned to about 8 o’clock. The runes have a good patination which is matched with the double silver circles which run around the runes. The grip eagle is a nickel example being the high necked variety. This eagle shows only the most nominal of wear to the head breast feathering and talons but the wings wreath and swastika still remain crisp.

The scabbard is a very fine example being straight throughout. This scabbard still retains 100 percent of its original anodized finish. I do not see any lacquer present on the finish however. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition to include the lower ball. The original four screws are in place and are unturned.

The blade is still bright throughout with a good crisp SS motto. There is about 95 percent of the original factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. Unfortunately someone tried to sharpen this blade in the past. It is not bad but there are marks remaining of this past vandalism. The reverse of the blade has an excellent Himmler inscription which has about 98 percent of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The signs of the sharpening can also be seen on the reverse of the blade. Overall this sharpening did not really grind into the blade surfaces but is just in the form of mild scratches. Of course it does take away from the blade’s beauty but still everything is there and still in good condition. The reverse ricasso is marked with the small Eickhorn seated smooth tail squirrel trademark. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

A good original Himmler dagger here which because of the blade sharpening residue does hurt its value. If you’re looking for an original Himmler dagger in acceptable condition this one will work for you without breaking the bank.

Excellent. $15,995.00

SSDAG #47069C Early Model 1936 Chained-SS No Maker

This is a most beautiful Chained-SS, having been cleaned by its previous owner, revealing all of the astounding genius to this design originated by Himmler's chief of all items "appropriate for SS usage", Prof. Carl Diebitsch. The dagger is of early production being fitted with all nickel mounts and Type II chain assembly. The cross guards are in remarkable mint condition with their smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut does not appear to have been disassembled. The ebony grip is the best you will see, being in perfect condition with fine crisp ridges and perfectly fitting the dagger's cross guards. The runes button has untouched enamel and fine silver runes with the two circles surrounding them. The button is set at exactly straight up and down. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "beak pointed upward slightly". It shows no wear and is crisp throughout its head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. An impressive hilt here.

The scabbard shell is completely straight It has a beautiful anodized finish that is nearly a full 100% - rare to see an early Chained-SS dagger with anodized scabbard. The nickel scabbard mounts are also in perfect condition to include the lower ball. All nickel screws are present and are unturned. The center ramp is the early variety with the crisp edges. It features the three raised intertwined swastikas on each side. The backgrounds are all pebbled. They are the style that do not have blackened surfaces. Connected to the center ramp is a fine all-nickel Type II chain assembly. These chains feature alternating skulls and SS runic symbols. The figures are nicely raised out. The skull links at the top sections of the two chains show some mild wear to the leering teeth where the original carrier's arm obviously rubbed against them, but the lower skull, at the bottom chain assembly retains full teeth. All links have a fine pebbled background, matching that of the center ramp. The clover leaf at the top of the chained assembly is the closed variety, having a good working spring and snap clip.The first reverse link at the upper chain assembly is lightly stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen proofing. The connecting link tabs are all in excellent condition with no separations. There is a fine black leather belt loop attached to the snap clip, having a pebbled "D" ring.

The blade is completely bright throughout. The SS motto is very crisp and retains all of the frosting in the backgrounds. This blade is in mint condition,. The unmarked reverse blade is in the same mint state. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

A real show piece here!

Mint Minus. $9,995.00

SSDAG #46533 Mid Period SS EM RZM 285/38 SS

This SS dagger at first glance appears to be an early piece. Apparently that is because the contract number is an extremely rare number and something that I may have only seen once or twice in my time. Because they were a small producer apparently they had some leftover nickel parts so they used them on this dagger. Despite the fact that this dagger has a 1938 production date it is of all nickel construction.

The crossguards have patinaed deeply to that dull nickel look that we like. The guards have smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower guard at the left end has a small crack in the metal but it is not going anyplace and nothing to worry about. The tang nut shows a little bit of leftover tool marks from someone in the past but it is still in good condition.

The grip is an ebony example which remains in good shape throughout and could fit better but that is the way we see some RZM pieces. The fit is not bad but there are some small gaps. It is also interesting to note that the nickel grip eagle has been installed quite low in the grip and a little bit to the left. It is absolutely original however and it is perfectly set in place. The eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly still having full details throughout its head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. The SS runes button has turned a greenish color matching the patination of the crossguards. The enamel shows some usage across the surfaces but there is no material missing. An interesting hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has a black painted surface which is absolutely period. The paint shows some wear and chips here and there but overall it is not too bad and probably rates at about at 85 to 90 percent. The scabbard mounts are also nickel. The mounts are in good condition with the lower mount showing a little bit of usage and having a slight tap at the left portion of the lower ball. The screws are all in place.

The blade is still quite nice still being bright throughout and also showing much of the original grain. This blade does grade in a excellent plus plus to near mint state. The SS motto is very crisp and has 100 percent of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse blasw is also in fine condition and at the ricasso area depicts a double open style RZM circle positioned over the contract code "285/38" and then below that is a set of SS runes within double circles. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

An interesting dagger here especially for those of you out there that have been collecting rarer SS contract marked blades.

Excellent. $3,295.00

SSDAG #46635C Late SS EM RZM M7/80 1197 / 39 SS (Gustav Spitzer)

This 1939 produced dagger is equipped with nickel plated crossguards and tang nut. The plating is till quite good throughout the guards and all silvering is there with only nominal age evident.

The grip is a very fine example being in perfect condition and perfectly fitting the crossguards. The grip still retains its sharp center ridge. The SS runes button is patinaed slightly but is in good condition positioned straight up and down with the double circles around it. The grip eagle is an aluminum type being the style with point behind the head. All details are excellent to the bird's head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A decent hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original black paint shows some age in the surfaces but the paint is still mostly all there. The shell is equipped with steel based nickel plated mounts. The upper mount shows a minor amount of age on the obverse side and just a little on the reverse. The lower mount shows quite a bit of age on both sides of it. The ball however is still intact. All screws are present.

The blade is a fine example. This blade still is mostly bright and has a very dark SS motto. The lettering has 100 percent of the darkened backgrounds. The reverse of the blade is etched with a double shaded RZM circle positioned over the Spitzer code M7/80. Beneath this is the contract number 1197/39 SS. The blade shoulders do not exactly fit perfect but they are close enough and this typical for many RZM produced examples.

A good original here to be used as a starter and then as more funds arrive possibly it could be upgraded to an early example. The dagger is priced accordingly.

Good Plus. $2,995.00

SSDAG #46431 Mid-period Model 1936 Chained-SS - No Maker

This classic mid-period piece has nickel-plated cross guards, still having good original finish, showing little age. The plated tang nut is still completely fresh and does not seem to have been removed. The ebony grip is in fine condition throughout, being the style with raised center ridge. The grip shows little usage. Other than the slightest of a surface chip at the upper obverse right corner, this grip is perfect. The runes button is a coppery color and has the convex shape reflecting perfect enamel and the double circles surrounding the runes. The grip eagle is a copper base type which still shows quite a bit of the original nickel coating finish in the recesses. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has a choice anodized finish which remains at 100%. There is also much original protective lacquer spread throughout the anodized finish. The scabbard mounts are also the nickel-plated type, having a steel base. The lower ball remains in perfect condition. The plating throughout is in fine condition. The mounts are retained with plated steel screws, all unturned. The center ramp is a nickel-plated steel type having the more rounded edges typical of this period. The ramp features three intertwined swastikas on each side. The backgrounds of the ramp retain their original black backgrounds, which are at 100%. The center ramp is retained by two screws, one on each side, as we often see with anodized scabbards. The Type II chain is a solid nickel example, while the clover leaf assembly is nickel-plated. The skull head links and SS rune links are of outstanding detail, with 100% blackening in the backgrounds. There is a fine pebbled ground in each of the links. There is no wear visible to any of the links - nice. The nickel tab connectors are also all in fine condition. The reverse of the first link of the upper chain is clearly stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen proof marking. Although being a plated fitting, the clover leaf assembly also matches the chain assembly perfectly.

The unmarked blade is a very fine example being in near full mint condition and having all of its original factory grain. This bright, impressive obverse blade sports a dark etch to the SS motto, "Meine Erhe heisst Treue". The reverse blade is totally mint throughout. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the contour of the lower crossguard. A very fine blade here.

All in all, an extremely nice Chained-SS dagger here. It is in fine collectible condition and should make a fine lifetime investment of enjoyment, and most probably a nice profit when the time comes for all of us to eventually sell.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $7,495.00

SSDAG #45185C Early SS EM with SS Serial Number by Gottlieb Hammesfahr

This early SS dagger is equipped with all nickel mounts. The tang nut and crossguards are in excellent condition having good smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is marked with the district number Roman numeral "III". In addition it is stamped on wither side of the district number with the original owner’s SS serial number "206 387". I have tried to look the number up on the Dienstalterliste but it is not there which indicates the original owner was an enlisted man.

The grip of this dagger is in fairly good condition on the reverse and on the obverse it shows some surface chips which have come out surrounding the SS runes button. There are also some tap taps in the grip which are mostly under the grip eagle. The runes button has fairly good enamel showing usage but no material missing. The silver runes are nicely patinaed and are surrounded by double circles. The runes are positioned at about 8 o’clock. The grip eagle is the high necked variety and it still is in good condition with all details still being there with little to no wear. The grip also perfectly fits the crossguards.

The scabbard of this example does not appear to be the original one as it is equipped with nickel plated mounts. The mounts are in outstanding condition to include the lower ball which just has a tiny tap in the lower bottom. The throat is thinner type that we see in usage from about 1938. The scabbard shell has nice original black paint showing a minor scuff on the reverse part but otherwise throughout is in fine condition with the usual minor attic crazing. This paint rates at easily 95 percent. The original screws in place and are unturned.

Attached to the upper ring is a black short hanger. It is missing the retainer ring leather but is in otherwise in good condition. The hardware is the plated type and the snap clip is marked "RZM M5/71 OLC". It is possible the original owner had his scabbard changed later on in the period because it possible the other scabbard became in poor condition.

The blade of this example shows some age and usage and some signs of past sharpening but overall it is not too bad and grades at excellent. The SS motto is still in fairly good condition having perhaps 20 percent of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals which contain the firm’s name and location "Gottleib Hammesfhar Solingen Foche". Inside the double circles is a pyramid with a plus on its obverse. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

I know that this dagger has a few failings but it is still in collectible condition and of course the SS serial number also makes it interesting. It is possible that in the future we may be able trace enlisted men's numbers so it is a worthwhile dagger to keep. It comes from the Joe Santucci collection.

Excellent. $3,295.00