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The SS (Schutzstaffel) was originally formed in 1925, ostensibly to act as a small, loyal bodyguard unit to protect theFührer, Adolf Hitler. Under the direction of the Reichsführer-SSHeinrich Himmler, the SS grew to be the most ruthless and feared organization of the 20th century. They were the vanguard of Nazismand 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 reflect the traditions of medieval Teutonic knights, was held on 9 November, the date of the martyred unsuccessful 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 sigrunne 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 #36420C Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's Dagger – E. P. & S.

This Pack Dagger is in nice condition overall, not appearing to have been cleaned in many years, if ever. The nickel tang nut nicely matches the nickel crossguard mounts. These guards have a dull patination throughout. The mounts have good, smooth surfaces, precise accent grooves and crisp edges. The lower reverse guard is district marked with a Roman numeral, “I”; the hit of the numeral was slightly off-center, so only half of the “I” is visible.

The grip of this example is constructed of fine ebony. There are no repairs to this grip. It is in good condition throughout, showing only some minor wearing signs in the form of a little “tap-tap” to the left of the grip eagle, but is otherwise nice and clean. There is a tiny sliver that has lifted on the obverse left edge, where the grip meets the guard. Looking closely I noticed a tiny piece that may have been loose and put back in, just below the SS runes button, but it is nothing. The runes button has perfect enamel, with double-ringed borders which match the silvering of the runes. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak which points slightly upwards. This eagle shows some wear to the to the surfaces of his head, breast feathering, and talons. Some of the detail is still there, though; the wings, wreath, and mobile swastika are still in excellent shape. This grip perfectly fits the crossguards.

The scabbard is a very fine, straight example. It has an excellent anodized finish. The anodizing appears to all be there, and there are also some traces of original lacquer. There is a little bit of age of the surfaces, but this appears to be dulling of the lacquer, and should not effect the anodized finish below. The scabbard mounts are the typical Pack variety. They are in excellent condition throughout, to include the lower ball. The lower mount has the distinctive edge rim we normally associate with E. Pack. The upper mount is also typical, as the screws holding the throat are not quite parallel, as well as being placed slightly lower than we see from other manufacturers. You can see this screw placement anomaly on the piece I show on page 197 of my SS Book.

The blade of this example is nice and bright, having normal runner marks. All of the cross-grain appears to be intact throughout. This blade is in near Full Mint condition. The SS motto is deep and crisp, and looks to have about 98% of the original background darkening in the letters of the motto. The reverse of the blade has a matching-etched trademark, depicted the hammering Siegfried logo of the Pack firm. Above and below this logo can be seen, “E.P.&S.” and “Solingen” respectively. This trademark is identical to the example I show on page 18 of my SS Book. The blade shoulders perfect meet the contour of the lower crossguard.

E.P. & S. SS Daggers are not encountered very frequently, and as such they are a key piece if you are collecting SS types, as well as daggers in general.

Excellent Plus. $4,495.00

SSDAG #36418C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger with Tiger-stripe Grip – Robert Klass

This early dagger is equipped with nickel crossguards and tang nut. These guards are in good shape. Appearing to have nickel-plating over the nickel base metal; we do see this type of plating done occasionally during the period. Often chrome was even used, as the new metal was just coming in play, but as mentioned above these particular mounts are nickel over nickel. The guards are still in good condition, showing an average amount of wear from use. The lower reverse guard is stamped with the district Roman numeral, “III”.

The most interesting part about this dagger is the grip. Although it is constructed from a fine ebony, it has a distinctive tiger-stripe that runs slightly downward on the horizontal, through both the obverse and reverse facings of the grip. The stripe itself is very subtle, but is easily picked up upon closer inspection of the grip. It is very rare to see tiger-stripes in the grains of ebony wood; I believe this is only the second example of this type I've ever seen. This grip shows no repairs, and fits the crossguards like a glove. There are some indications of wear on this grip, with a crack that may have once been a chip that was put back into place on the right upper portion, as well as a small gouge to the right of the grip eagle. In additional there is a minor lift in the wood to the left upper obverse, and a few minor cracks on the upper reverse. The runes button is placed fairly high on the grip. It displays good enamel, and the silvering to the runes and double-circled borders nicely match. The button is rotated to about 7 o'clock. The grip eagle is the early, “High Necked” variety. All the details are visible throughout the bird's feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. An interesting grip here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has old black paint, which was mostly likely applied over the original anodized finish when it became too worn. On the obverse facing this paint remains in near perfect condition, bring quite bright. The reverse has some cracks and a couple of chips, but they aren't really bad and don't detract from the piece. The scabbard mounts perfectly match the crossguards, as they too were nickel plated over a nickel base. These mounts are in good shape, with a little bit of use visible on the lower mount. The lower ball, however, is still sound. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws.

The blade of this example is still in fairly nice condition, with just the slightest amount of gray in the surfaces. I don't see much cross-grain in it, but the blade still grades at Excellent. The motto shows some wear to the center letters, but overall it has about 85 to 90% of the original darkening intact. The reverse ricasso of the blade is matching-etched with the circular design formed by the firm's name and location, “Robert Klass/Solingen”. In the center is a pair of stylized kissing cranes. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

An interesting dagger here, for those who like something of of the ordinary, and a great addition to an SS collection. Tiger-stripe grips are very rarely seen.

Excellent. $3,495.00

SSDAG #36421C Model 1933 SS EM/Possible Ground Röhm Dagger with Serial Number – Rich. Abr. Herder

This early SS Dagger does not appear to ever have been cleaned, nor has it been apart in modern times. The all-nickel mounts have a very dull patina throughout. The crossguards have crisp edges, precise accent grooves, and fine, smooth surfaces. There are minor signs of green growth apparently on the areas of the guard that meet the ebony grip. The lower guard has a Roman numeral “I” district stamping in the center.

It is interesting to note that the original owner also stamped his serial number on the guard, “14340”. The “3” is stamped just to the right of the district marking. The original stamper also stamped a “3” on the reverse of the grip, directly across from the “3” on the guard. I believe what happened was that the stamper did not know how to deal with the Roman numeral “I” district number, and therefore thought he would put the “3” above it. Apparently he changed his mind! A most interesting (and very human) quirk here, which could have easily happened and explains the presence of the “3” in the grip. I looked up this serial number, and unfortunately it is not on the SS Officer rank list so we can conclude this dagger was the property of an NCO.

The grip is in fairly good condition, have no repairs. It does some some signs of use on the reverse and obverse. There is hit to the center ridge of the grip, just above the grip eagle. The grip fits the crossguards like a glove. The SS runes button is perfectly placed, being positioned at about 7 o'clock. This button has perfect enamel surfaces, with a nicely toned runes that match the dual circles that run around the circumference of the emblem. The grip eagle is the “High Necked” variety, and shows only minor surface wear. Full detail is visible throughout the feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika of this bird. Attached to the upper portion of the grip is a black retainer loop with a working snap. This retainer is in turn attached to a fine black leather belt loop with a nickel-plated “D” ring.

The scabbard is straight throughout. It has fairly good anodized finish on the obverse, which is at 100% and shows only minor age. The reverse also displays good anodizing, but there is also quite a bit of visible age marking spread throughout the surface. The scabbard mounts have patinated to exactly match the dull color of the nickel guards above. These mounts are in excellent condition; the lower ball shows only a minor tap, but it is not bad. The mounts are retained by four unbuggered nickel screws.

Attached to the carrying ring is the original-to-the-piece short hanger. This hanger as good black leather, but the retainer loop has gone to time. The hardware throughout this hanger is all nickel, and the snap-clip is the unmarked variety.

The obverse facing of the blade is a real beauty, still having most of the cross-grain and excellent, bright surfaces. The SS motto is deep and crisp, with 100% of the darkening present in the backgrounds of the lettering. The reverse of the blade, for some reason, has some scratching on the surfaces. There is also a slight waver visible in the center line. I would conclude that this dagger may have been a full Röhm which had the inscription removed at the factory. This would be the only way to explain the grain running vertically instead of horizontally, as well as the waver at the point where this signature would have been present. The trademark is all there. It is the double oval type, which contains the firm's name and location, “Rich. Abr. Herder/Solingen”. Inside can be seen the Herder diamond logo. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very nice SS example here, with real character.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,295.00

SSDAG #35857C Model 1933 SS EM Ground Röhm Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This early dagger has excellent, textbook mounts throughout. The crossguards are the traditional “HE” variety, and they still have a good, dull nickel finish. The edges of these guards are crisp, the surfaces smooth, and the accent grooves are precisely executed. There is no district number on the reverse crossguard, but we often see this on original Röhm Daggers, as some were given to honorary members and thus were not distributed like the standard examples. The guard is marked on the lower surface with a “9”. These marking were done by factory inspectors at the Eickhorn firm.

The grip has some chips in the upper and lower portion which we has successfully (and undetectably) repaired. This grip is now in perfect condition and really looks great, nicely fitting the crossguards. The SS runes button is perfectly placed. It has good, silvered runes which match the double-circled borders. The nickel grip eagle is the “High Necked” type. The bird does show a bit of wear to his head, but the remainder of the detailing throughout his feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika is intact.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has an excellent anodized finish, which remains at 100%, showing only minor age in the surfaces. Some traces of original lacquer can be seen in the upper areas. The scabbard mounts are the typical Eickhorn type of this vintage, having the slightly golden glow to them. These mounts are in excellent condition, to include the lower ball, and are retained by nickel screws which are all present and unbuggered.

Attached to the carrying ring is a fine, early SS short hanger. This hanger has good leather and the retainer loop is still in position. The hardware on this hanger is the nickel type. The clip is the “snout-nosed” variety, having a rivet which holds the spring in place.

The blade of this example is a little gray on the obverse, and does show some signs of age in the surfaces. This blade grades at about Excellent. The SS motto is crisp, and still has about 90 to 95% of the original darkening left in the backgrounds of the letters. The blade, on the reverse, appears to have been a professionally ground Röhm, leaving no traces of the inscription or the makers logo for that matter. The graining has been redone on the blade and is very, very close to the original.

An interesting Ground Röhm Dagger here, and definitley an Eickhorn product. This example does have a restored grip, but overall remains very collectible.

Excellent. $3,695.00

SSDAG #36419C Mid-period Model 1936 Chained Scabbard and SS Ground Röhm Dagger

This Model 1936 Chained Scabbard is of the mid-period vintage. It is coupled with an early Eickhorn Ground Röhm Dagger, although the trademark was removed along with the blade inscription. SS personnel were entitled to wear the chained dagger after three successive years of honorable service. In many instances the wearer decided to use his original Model 1933 in the new chain scabbard rather than purchase a new dagger. Times were such that many members of the SS did not have the funds to purchase an entirely new assembly, and as such we see this hybridized situation quite frequently.

The crossguards are the textbook Eickhorn type, being internally marked “H.E”. These guards have the very deep accent marks typical of the Eickhorn firm, with smooth surfaces and crisp looking edges. The tang nut also matches nicely. The reverse guard is district stamped with a Roman numeral “I”.

The grip is an excellent example, having no repairs. It shows little or no evidence of wear, and fits the crossguards perfectly. The SS runes button is also excellent, placed straight up and down, with fine silvering to the runes and double-circled borders. The nickel grip eagle is the style with the slightly upward pointing beak. This bird retains full detailing throughout his head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell has a small ding between the center mount and the upper mount, but it is not bad. This shell has a painted finish, still mostly intact and bright save for a small amount of wear along the upper edge. Overall this paint rates at about 90%. The scabbard mounts are in the mid-period style, as evidenced by the heavy rolled edges of the center ramp and the flared out edges of the upper mount. These mounts are nickel-plated. This scabbard assembly very much resembles the piece I show, in color, on page 155 of my SS Book. The center ramp is nearly identical I show on page 146, lower. These mounts are in excellent condition through to the lower ball, and are retained by steel based dome-head screws. The center mount has two screws, one at the edge and another below the ramp on the right side. This ramp still has most of the original darkening that was put in the backgrounds behind the connected swastika designs on the obverse and reverse.

The chain assembly is a Type 2, in solid nickel. The cloverleaf at the top is nickel-plated, a hallmark of the transitional period, with fine background darkening. The clip on the reverse of the cloverleaf does have a minor flake in the plating. All of the chain links are real beauties, have great, nearly 100% darkening in the backgrounds. The skulls all have outstanding dental work, and the runes are nicely raised out. The reverse of the Type 2 chain assembly is deeply patinated, indicating that a lot of silver was used on the links. Off of the connectors are closed and have no problems. The first link of the upper chain is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen. There is also a keyring attached to the upper clip. During the period these daggers were frequently suspended from this keyring assembly, as it was an easy adaptation for use with a teardrop hanger, which was also equipped with a clip.

The blade of the dagger has a fine, bright obverse surface. Most of the grain is intact and visible, and the motto is crisp and deep, with about 95% of the factor darkening. This area of the blade is in Near Mint condition. The reverse has been factory ground and regrained. The grinding took out not only all of the Röhm inscription but the Eickhorn logo as well. The regraining looks pretty good, so much so that you might think it was factory finish and not a Röhm Dagger! Take it from me, though, it isn't. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. The lower crossguard is also stamped with the Eickhorn inspection number, “4”.

A interesting, original Chained SS Dagger here, in good, collectible condition.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $6,495.00

SSDAG #36423C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger – Robert Klass

This early Model 1933 SS Dagger is in choice condition throughout. The nickel mounts have not been cleaned in many years and have a very desirable dull patina. These mounts are in fine condition, with precise accent grooves, smooth surfaces, and crisp edges. The tang nut nicely matches the other mounts. The lower reverse crossguard bears a district marking in the form of a Roman numeral, “I”. The “I” is stamped sideways on this crossguard.

The ebony grip of this piece is a real beauty. It has some subtle grains that run lengthwise which are just slighter lighter in color in the center, standing out against the rest of the dark wood. This grip shows very little usage, and is perfectly fit to the crossguards. The SS runes button is rotated to about 8 o'clock. There are a couple of minor taps in the enamel surface about about 11 o'clock, but beyond this it is in good condition. The nickel grip eagle is the “Point Behind the Head” style, and retains full detailing throughout his head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A first-rate hilt here!

The scabbard shell is a superb example. It is straight throughout both sides, and easily has 100% of the original anodized finish. There is also lacquer remaining in the protected areas. On the obverse facing it is about at 20%, with slightly more on the reverse. The area above the hanger strap appears to have all of the original lacquer remaining. The scabbard mounts are in good condition. The lower mount ball has had a minor repair, but is now in good condition. It had been split before we did a little work on it, and looks entirely acceptable now. The mounts are retained by the original. unbuggered nickel screws.

This dagger is equipped with an original-to-the-piece vertical hanger. This vertical rig appears to be a pre-RZM type, but has the “coffin” style leather backing. There is also an extra strip that runs the length of the reverse, which acts to strengthen the hanger as well as retain the snap clip. The cross-strap is the style that has an oval nickel buckle, and is in good condition. The snap clip is an unmarked solid nickel example. The accompanying belt loop is constructed of excellent black leather, with a rivet secured loop that retains the “D” ring.

The blade is an exceptional example, with both sides being in choice, bright condition. The graining is thin on the blade, but this really does not effect the blades general good looks; it is easily in Near Mint condition. The obverse SS motto is a great one, being extremely deep and crisp, with 100% of the original darkening present in the letters. The reverse of the blade bears a matching-etched Klass trademark, with the firm's name and location describing a circle surrounding a pair of kissing cranes. This trademark is also nice and black. The blade shoulders of this piece perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

An exceptionally fine SS Dagger here, which would would be a great asset to any collection.

Near Mint. $4,495.00

SSDAG #36435C Model 1933 EM Ground Röhm Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This early SS Dagger has traditional Eickhorn crossguards. These guards do not to have been cleaned in some time. They are the “H.E” variety, internally marked, with smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and the deep, hand-cut accent grooves typical of Carl Eickhorn. Th reverse of the lower crossguard is district marked with a “I” Roman numeral. The lower section of the bottom guard also has the Eickhorn inspector's number, “5”, stamped in.

This grip had some significant signs of wear on the surfaces, with a couple of poorly done repairs. We were able to recondition the grip quite nicely, however, and now it is in excellent shape. The SS runes button also shows some wear to the enamel, but it looks fairly good, with the silver SS runes nicely matching the double-circled border of the button. The grip eagle is the early nickel type, of the “High Necked” variety. All the details are visible throughout the bird's feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, with an excellent, nearly 100% anodized finish. It shows only the slightest of wear. The mounts are in good condition, with the lower ball having just a couple of minor taps at the bottom area only. These mounts are retained by original nickel screws, each in place and unbuggered.

The blade of the dagger shows some overall wear, with some “in-and-out” markings here and there. It is slightly gray, but still in good condition. The SS motto remains deep and crisp, having about 95% of the factory darkening intact the recesses of the lettering. The reverse blade has had the full Röhm inscription ground from the surfaces. The grinder installed a graining that runs vertically as opposed to horizontally, and there is some minor wavering evident in the center line. Overall, though, not a bad job. The original Eickhorn trademark survived the procedure, and is at 90% intact. The mark is the double oval style, with the firm's name and location, as well as a smooth-tailed squirrel holding a nut in his paws. The grinding has come into the trademark just slightly, taking out the “ch” in Eickhorn as well as the backside of the seated squirrel. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

Not a bad SS Dagger here; a good starter example or perhaps for someone on a budget.

Excellent. $3,495.00

SSDAG #36436 Early Model 1933 SS EM Dagger - Gottlieb Hammesfahr

This early SS Dagger recently comes from a family, and is in untouched, uncleaned condition. This dagger has never been apart. The crossguards have a very dull nickel finish, with some green spots in the areas nearest the grip. These guards, as well as the tang nut, are in first-rate condition, having smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse of the crossguard is stamped with the district marking, “III”.

The grip is a beauty, free of any signs of problems or repairs. This grip has fairly smooth contour construction and shows little wear. The SS runes button is set straight up and down. The black enamel in the button shows a little bit of normal surface wear, but there are no chips. The runes have a slight coppery cast to them, which is carried through to the double circles which form the circumferential border. The matching grip eagle is style with the “Point Behind the Head”. The eagle retains full detailing to his feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika; it shows little if any signs of wear. A nice hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell retains very nearly all of the original anodizing on both sides, as well as about 80% of the original lacquer. There is a little bit of age and some minor rust spots which have developed in the metal, but they are not bad – this is still a very fine shell. The scabbard is equipped with matching sold nickel mounts. These mounts are in perfect condition, to include the lower ball. The four original nickel screws are in place, and with unturned heads.

Attached to the scabbard is the original-to-the-piece vertical hanger, along with a belt loop. This vertical rig is the early, pre-RZM type. It does have a coffin-shaped backing, and other than the fact that it has the large “dog leash” style snap clip, still has the original look to it. The retainer strap is complete with a nickel-plated retainer and hasp. This hanger was near attached through the carrying ring, but rather was installed below the ring; I have left it in this position. The snap clip does show some minor age, but the majority of the plating is still there and in good condition. The matching belt loop has good black leather, with a rivet-head fold which retains the pebbled-surfaced “D” ring.

The blade an extremely fine example, still being very bright and with all of the grain still visible. This blade has some minor “in-and-out” wear, but overall is still in Mint condition. There are a few stains next to the motto area which were caused by in-place scabbard runners. The motto is a great example, having very dark black backgrounds. These background recesses are easily 100%, and they really make the motto jump out at the viewer. The reverse ricasso is matching etched, having the double ovals which trap the firm's name and location, “Gottlieb Hammesfahr/Solingen-Foche”. Inside can be seen the pyramid figure with the “plus” mark on the obverse. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the crossguard contours, and the lower guard surfaces are still bright where this area has concealed by the scabbard throat.

If you're looking for a nice, touched SS Dagger recently from the hands of a veteran family, I believe that this is a perfect example for your collection.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,395.00

SSDAG #36426C Model 1933 SS Ground Röhm Dagger with Serial Number – Carl Eickhorn

This Eickhorn Ground Röhm example is in an untouched and never cleaned condition. The classic Eickhorn crossguards have a fine, dull patination throughout, exactly matching the tang nut. Looking at the nut, it appears as though this dagger has not been apart in modern times. The crossguards have the good, smooth surfaces and crisp edges, as well the very deep, hand-cut accent grooves typical of the Eickhorn firm. The reverse crossguard is district marked with the Roman numeral, “III”. In addition, it is stamped with the original owner's SS serial number, “13912”. I looked this number up in the SS rank list, but unfortunately it is not there, which indicates that the owner was an NCO. There is hope though, as much work is now being done to uncover the identities of these NCO owners, so perhaps the purchaser of this dagger will choose to contact Ross Kelbaugh and ask him to see what he can find in the Berlin document center.

The grip is a fine Eickhorn example, having medium to high contour construction. This grips shows only the most minor signs of use, and has no repairs or problems. There are a couple of scratches on the bottom reverse, that at first glance appear to be cracks, but they are not. The grip nicely fits the crossguards. The SS runes button is turned to about 7 o'clock. This button has a perfect enamel surface, and fine silver runes which match the double-circled circumference.

The grip eagle is the nickel “High Necked” variety. This bird shows only hints of wear, with good detail throughout his feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. A great hilt here, especially with the stamped serial number!

The scabbard shell is also a fine example. This shell has 100% anodizing on both sides, with no dings or dents, and shows only the slightest signs of age in the surfaces. The shell is equipped with matching patinated nickel mounts. These most are in excellent shape generally, with the lower ball having a couple of minor signs of wear but no real problems. The nickel screws are in place throughout.

Attached to this example is what appears to be the original-to-the-piece vertical hanger. This vertical rig is the traditional “coffin” type, which I'm sure has a RZM stamping on the inside leather, but I don't want to open it up to look. As most collectors know these retaining straps can become very delicate and it is best to leave them in place when possible. The hanger leather is in good condition throughout, though. The buckle is the traditional square type, showing some age in the surfaces. The snap clip is the early style, again with matching patination and stamped with both an “A” as well as “DRGM”.

The blade is mostly bright on the obverse, showing just the tiniest bit of gray. I don't see a lot of cross grain in it, but it still rates at least an Excellent Plus. The motto is deep and crisp, having about 90% of the original darkening in the background recesses. The reverse blade has been professionally ground and repolished. It appears to have been a factory job, as the regraining is nearly perfect. You can see a couple of similar Eickhorn Ground Röhm daggers on page 89 (upper) of my SS Book. The trademark is the small double oval style, containing the firm's name and location, “Carl Eickhorn/Solingen”. Inside can be seen a smooth tailed Eickhorn squirrel. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A great dagger here if you're look for an untouched and factory ground example, with the added bonus of a serial number. It's very hard to find this type of dagger in an untouched state.

Excellent Plus. $4,295.00

SSDAG #35011C Mid-Period Model 1933 SS Dagger, RZM M7/80/ 1197/38 SS

This mid-period RZM produced SS Dagger is in an untouched state and has never been apart. It is a fine example throughout for those of us out there that like an untouched piece. There is an identical example of this dagger that appears in my SS Book on page 172, lower. The crossguards of this example are the nickel-plated type. They are the style which have the Böker shape and are familiar to those of us out there that study these shapes. The crossguards show some age throughout but it still appears as though most of the nickel plating is still intact. The upper example has some lifting on both sides and mostly it is concentrated around the area where the guard meets the grip. The same is true of the lower crossguard. The tang nut is a typical nickel-plated steel type.

The grip is a fine example, having high ridge construction. This grip shows only nominal usage and is still in perfect condition with no repairs. It also nicely fits the crossguards. The runes button is tipped a little bit to the right being almost straight up and down however. The finish to the enamel is perfect throughout and the SS runes and double circles have a good patination. The grip eagle is the nickel type and it is the style with “beak pointing upwards slightly”. This bird still has full details remaining to his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout. It has excellent original black paint which shows some modest wear but overall this paint is at least 98%. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel type and although they have some patina across their surfaces it is obvious that the plating is still perfect beneath. The lower ball has never been hit. The original dome head style steel screws are all in place.

Attached to the carrying ring is what appears to be the original short hanger. This short hanger has good supple black leather and is complete with the retaining strap. This short hanger is one of the rarely seen types that is stamped on the reverse with a set of SS runes in a circle “68/38” with RZM runes in a circle. This hanger nicely corresponds with the date on the blade which is “1938”. The hardware to the leather are nickel-plated buckle and snap clip. The snap clip is stamped on the reverse, “A”, “DRGM”, “RZM M5/8”.

The blade of this example is a choice example being in full mint condition and having needlelike tip. 100% of the crossgraining is still in place on both sides and the SS motto is a very crisp etch with 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a double RZM circle having a shaded interior. This circle is placed over the code, “M7/80” and also the SS contract number, “RZM 1197/38SS”. The “38” would be the year the dagger was produced. The RZM code of “7/80” would be that of the Spitzer Company. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A really fine RZM dagger here in untouched condition.

Excellent Plus. $2,995.00(#072214)

SSDAG #36434C Model 1933 SS Ground Röhm Dagger with Serial Number – Robert Klass

This Ground Röhm example does not appear to have been apart in many years. The crossguards and scabbard mounts have taken on a nice, dull nickel patina. The tang nut and guards are all in crisp condition, with precise accent grooves and smooth surfaces throughout. The lower reverse crossguard is district marked with a Roman numeral, “I”. It is interesting to note that the original owner has applied his serial number to the lower face portion of the crossguard. The number is very deeply stamped with individual dies, “98980”.

I looked this number up in the SS officer's rank list but it is not there, so we can deduce this person was an NCO. Recently some work has been done researching these NCO numbers by SS expert Ross Kelbaugh; it is possible the next owner could collaborate with Ross and learn the identity of the original owner of this dagger.

The grip is of ebony, being in excellent condition on the reverse. The obverse has a minor crease line that runs to the left of the eagle and terminates below the bird - things like this happen during normal wearing situations and in my mind are part and parcel of the dagger's integrity. There are a couple of sliver lifts at the grip meeting point of the obverse upper and lower sections, but they are nothing. The SS runes button is the convex style. It has perfect enamel with good silvering to the runes and double circles surrounding them. The button is turned to about 7 o'clock, The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety and still has full details to the head, breast and wing feathering, as well as the talons and wreathed mobile swastika. The grip fits the guards like a rubber glove.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, and has almost all of the original anodized finish. The area above the cross strap of the vertical hangers still has 100%, to include all of the original lacquer coating; the lacquer is spattered about the rest of the scabbard, but is still nice to see. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition. The lower ball has a small "tap" to the lower center area, but does not show facing straight on. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered.

The vertical hanger is a fine, early, textbook RZM type. It shows some minor age, but remains sound throughout. It is the standard coffin-back with retainer and a strap with a buckle and hasp. The buckle is the squared, nickel-plated type. It is most interesting to see that the original owner cut out the area of the cross strap that goes over the eyelet. This allows the hanger to rest flush in place in this area; this is first time I have ever seen this modification. The snap clip is the early solid nickel type, being marked, "A" and "DRGM". There is also another most interesting tidbit on this hanger. Held in place with a strap in the reverse is a brown leather covering fitted over the snap clip. It must have been meant to aid in easing wear to the dagger grip. This leather is also "SS" stamped within a circle. When lifting it from its position on the snap clip, there is lots of greenish waxy build-up, an indication that the dagger was worn this way and has stayed this way all of these years. A very neat little accoutrement here!

The blade of this example remains in fine, bright condition, having only runner marks. This blades at Near Mint on the obverse facing. The SS motto is crisp and deep, with 100% of the original blackening in the backgrounds of the lettering. The reverse appears to be a factory done Ground Röhm. The grinding process was very well done, as evidenced by the nice regraining. A portion of the original Robert Klass trademark has been removed, but at least 85% of it is still there, making it easy to discern the maker. The Klass firm used a smaller trademark that was closer to the crossguard when the Röhm inscription was offered on SS blades. This same mark can be seen in my SS Book on page 89, bottom left. The trademark has the letters of the “T” missing from the first name, and the “Kl” from the surname. Also one of the Klass Kissing Cranes has been completely obliterated, while the other has about half of his body (and one leg) still in place. The location city of Solingen, however, is still fully intact. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower contour of the crossguard.

A most interesting numbered Ground Röhm SS Dagger here, in extremely collectible condition.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,295.00

SSDAG #36427C Mid-period Transitional SS Enlisted Man's Dagger, Double Proof RZM 9 41/38 – Carl Eickhorn

This transitional Eickhorn SS Dagger is a textbook example, and is basically identical to the example I show on page 170 of my SS Book. The crossguards and tang nut are nickel-plated. The plating is still bright throughout, having no visible freckling or lifting. These parts are still factory bright.

The grip is of fine ebony, and a medium contour construction. This grip has no repairs and is in perfect condition, showing very little usage. The grip is equipped with an SS runes button that is set straight up and down. The enamel to the button is in perfect condition, and the SS runes nicely match the double-circled borders. The nickel grip eagle is of the "high-necked" variety and despite some minor surface wear all the details to the head, breast and wing feathering, as well as the talons and wreathed mobile swastika are still visible. This grip fits the crossguards like a glove. A very nice hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell is a real beauty, having outstanding original black paint. This paint is still at 100%, and other than a couple of age spiders and the slightest bit of carrying wear is in near Mint condition. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel variety. Both mounts are in prefect condition, to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by steel dome-head screws, which are all unturned.

The blade is also a beauty. It is still bright and has 100% of the original crossgraining. There are a couple of extremely minor signs of age in the surfaces, but not enough to take this blade away from a Mint rating. The motto is crisp, and retains 100% of the original factory darkening present in the letters; a great looking blade as it comes out of the scabbard!

The reverse of the blade is double proofed. It features an open, small style RZM mark, positioned over the code, “9 41/38 SS”. Below this is the 1935-41 Eickhorn trademark, which features the sword-bearing Eickhorn Squirrel. Position above and below the animal can be seen the words, “Original” and “Eickhorn/Solingen” respectively. The lower blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.

A textbook transitional Eickhorn Double Proof here; a great addition to any SS collection.

Mint Minus. $3,695.00

SSDAG #36446C Mid-period Model 1933 SS Dagger with Exclamation Point, RZM 324/37 SS

This Exclamation Point SS Dagger is a real winner, in choice condition. If you are not familiar with this style of dagger, you can see an identical piece on pages 687 and 688 of my SS Book. I discuss these Exclamation Point daggers, that were made by both Jacobs and Klitterman & Moog; this example was made by the latter firm.

This dagger is equipped with fine, solid nickel mounts throughout. The nickel crossguards are in excellent condition, having fine, smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. I took a look inside and these crossguards are marked, “EL”. They are unmarked on the outside, however.

The grip is a fine ebony example, having fairly smooth contoured construction. There is a tiny surface chip, barely a sliver, on the lower right obverse, with a similar hit visible on the upper left reverse. These very minor flaws are too small to bother fixing, and in my opinion do not detract at all from the appearance and value of the dagger. The grip is otherwise in fine condition, showing minimal signs of usage. The runes button is perfectly placed, and retains 100% enamel. The silver runes nicely match the double circles border. The grip eagle is the nickel variety, and is the style with the upward pointing beak. The detail throughout the bird is still all there, showing only the most minimal wear. A fine hilt here!

The scabbard shell is also an outstanding example. This shell is completely straight on the obverse, and is marked by only a few extremely minor dings on the reverse. The original scabbard paint is among the best you could hope to see; it is 100% intact throughout. The mounts are of matching nickel. They are in perfect condition through to the lower ball, which bears the tiniest of dings in the center area, which really does not show. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws, which are all in place and unbuggered.

There is a black SS Short Hanger attached to the carrying ring. This hanger still has good leather, showing only minor wear on the edges, and is complete with the original retainer loop. There is some vague stamping on the reverse of the hanger, which I suspect is SS stamping, but it is so light it is hard to see. The hardware is the nickel-plated type. The snap clip shows a little bit of wear, but it is not bad, and most of the plating is intact. The clip is marked on the back, “RZM M5/71 OLC”.

The blade of this example is in choice, Mint condition, being bright and having 100% of the original grain. The SS Motto, “Meine Ehre Heisst Treue!” is very crisp, and has 100% of the factory darkening intact. It is very rare to see the SS Motto with an exclamation point. The reverse of the blade is matching etched with a large double RZM circle, which is shaded in the center. Below the circle is the code for the Klitterman & Moog firm, being “324/37 SS”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

If you are looking for a quality SS Dagger which has great investment potential, I heartily urge you to consider purchasing this piece. I also took a look at the tang of this example, and although it has a trace of rust, it was possible to the the KM initials with a number “3” next to them. A great, textbook example here, of investment quality.

Near Mint. $6,995.00(#070914)

SSDAG #36422C Model 1933 SS Ground Röhm Dagger – Böker

This classic Böker Model 1933 SS Dagger has been subjected to a factory grinding of the Röhm inscription; none of the inscription remains. The dagger is a textbook Böker, having the characteristic quillons that flare differently than standard SS types. These guards do not appear to have been cleaned in some time. Together with the nickel tang nut they are in excellent condition, with smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is district marked with the Roman numeral, “I”.

The grip is a fine, ebony example, have smooth ridge construction. This grip is in near-perfect condition, showing only the faintest signs of usage. There are no chips or repairs. The rune button is turned to about 8 o'clock. This button retains perfect enamel surfaces, and the runes nicely match the double circles which comprise the border. The nickel grip eagle is the high-necked type, and it retains full detail throughout his feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. A very fine Böker hilt here!

The scabbard shell is completely dent free and is a beauty, still having all of the anodized finish. There is just the slightest amount of age staining visible in the anodizing (more on the reverse than the obverse) but it is all still there. The scabbard mounts are of matching nickel, and are in good condition throughout, down through the lower ball. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws, which are unbuggered.

There is an early style, pre-RZM vertical hanger attached to this scabbard. This hanger still has excellent leather, showing only minor age in the surfaces. There reverse has a “coffin” shape, and the cross strap is equipped with a oval nickel buckle, as opposed to a square type. The snap clip is a matching dull nickel type, marked on the reverse with, “DRGM” and “A”. A fine hanger here, which nicely compliments the dagger.

The blade is superb. The obverse of this blade retains all of the grain, and the SS motto, like we see on many Böker daggers, has a very deep black background which really hits you in the face when the dagger is drawn from the scabbard. A really great look to this Mint obverse blade! The reverse grinding was apparently done by the factory as it was perfectly re-grained, so expertly that you might not even notice that this was once a Röhm! The easy way to tell, though, is by a telltale depression just below the trademark, as well as a bit of wiggle to the center ridge. Beyond this the reverse blade is still in Mint condition. Another way to tell for sure is the presence of a small double oval trademark, which was reserved for Röhm dedications. This trademark is identical to examples that I show in my SS Book on page 86. The trademark itself consists of the firm's name and location, “Böker/Solingen” as well a a stark, leafless tree. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contours.

A very fine Böker SS Dagger here; a ground Röhm example of investment quality.

Near Mint. $4,995.00(#070914)

SSDAG #36328C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger – Bertram Reinh Sohn

This early Bertram SS Dagger is a seldom seen example. We don’t see many Bertram daggers and they are definitely a one to get for those out there collecting SS types. This example is in uncleaned condition. The crossguards have a deep yellow patination throughout their surfaces. The tang nut matches nicely and has only nominal signs of ever being apart. The guards have good smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is district marked Roman numeral “I”. The fine ebony grip is in outstanding condition having no repairs. This grip is the medium contour constructed type. It shows very little usage and fits the crossguards absolutely like a glove. The SS runes button is the style which is slightly convex. The enamel has just a small chip to the left of the left SS rune. Otherwise the enamel is perfect contrasting nicely with the silver runes and the double circles around them. The nickel grip eagle is the style with high neck. This bird still has all of its details visible to its head, breast feathering, wing feathering, leg feathering, wreath and mobile swastika. A very nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell reflects an old black paint job which appears to be period. The paint is still in excellent condition showing mild age but no chipping or problems. The scabbard mounts are matching patinated nickel. These mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball which has only signs of wear but no dents or dings. These scabbard mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are unbuggered.

Attached to the scabbard is a nice early vertical hanger. The reverse of the coffin shape shows a little wear to the original black color but otherwise is in good condition. The leather upper cross strap is fitted with a nickel oval buckle rather than the usual square types we see. The lower cross strap is in excellent condition. The snap clip is an early nickel unmarked type which is also patinated to the same dull finish as the other mounts.

The blade of this example although still nice and bright, unfortunately had a substantial part of the tip that was missing from it. We had a new tip welded, fabricated and shaped and we have managed to blend it in quite well and although it shows if you know it was done, if you do not, I doubt that you would notice it. This blade still has most of its original crossgraining and we finished the new tip with a needlelike point. The SS motto is nice and deep having nearly 100% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The backgrounds also have some “pimpling” in the surfaces but this is something that we see on these daggers as well as the Boker variety. This blade the way it is, grades at about Excellent Plus, Plus. The reverse crossguard is etched with the double circle logo. The double circles enclose the firm’s name and location, “C. Bertram Reinh Sohn Solingen”. Inside is a rooster standing next to a chicken. The detail to the two birds is quite nice and is identical to the example that I show in my SS Book on page 21. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the crossguard contour.

A good solid example here that would go nicely in a collection as long as you can live with the retipping of the blade. This example is priced accordingly.

Excellent Plus. $3,495.00

SSDAG #36202C Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

This early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger is a complete, textbook example being in very collectible condition having all of the ingredients that are so desired by SS collectors. The crossguards and tang nut are the early nickel type. They do not appear to have been cleaned in many years. These crossguards are in choice condition having fine smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. Looking at the tang nut it does not appear to have been out in many years. The grip is a very fine example having no repairs. This grip has medium to sharp contour construction and other than very mild wearing signs it remains in perfect condition. The SS runes button is placed at nearly a straight up and down position. The button has excellent silvered runes with double circle boundaries. The enamel is in chip free condition. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upwards slightly. The details are still all there to the bird’s head, breast feathering and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. This ebony grip nicely fits the crossguards.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has original black paint. The paint shows normal usage signs consistent with a dagger that would have swayed from a chain. The paint is about 90-95% on the obverse. On the reverse lower area it is about 95% and on the reverse upper area it is probably about 79-75%. This paint still has its original luster and gives you a good feeling for the history and the places this dagger traveled during the late 1930s and the war.

The scabbard is equipped with matching nickel mounts. These mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. The mounts are retained by nickel screws which all appear to be unturned. The center ramp and chain is the type II variety. This dagger and chain assembly looks exactly like the example I show in my SS Book on page 135. The early ramp is the style with the very crisp edges and pebbling throughout the center areas. Raised out, are three intertwined swastikas on each side. The original background darkening is still in place at about 70%. The type II chain assembly is a beauty. All of the links have nearly 100% of the original background darkening. The skull and bones links are in very crisp condition each one showing all of the leering teeth. The runes links are also exceptional. The connectors are the usual line decorated nickel type and all of them are original. None of the links have opened in the reverse. The chain is connected to the closed cloverleaf assembly with snap clip and original working spring. The first link at the top reverse is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen marking. The reverse of the chain is also patinated dark being an indication that there is a lot of silver on this chain assembly.

The unmarked blade is an outstanding example having all of the original grain and a good needlelike tip. This blade also has the typical light etched motto. The motto still has 100% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. Other than the usual in and out marks this blade is in mint condition. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. An extremely nice initial production SS dagger here showing some usage of the period but remaining in highly desirable condition. A great example to add to a budding SS collection. Everybody has to have a chained SS in their collection!

Excellent Plus, Plus. $8,495.00

SSDAG #36147 Early Model 1933 SS EM with Serial Number & Monogram in Grip – Rich. Abr. Herder

This early SS Dagger does not appear to have been cleaned in many years. Looking at the tang nut I do not see any signs where this has been out in recent times. The crossguards are the typical Herder type and most likely are marked internally, “PA”. These guards have an appealing even dull patina throughout and retain their good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is district stamped, “I”. The grip is a classic Herder type, which are thinner than most and have the eagle located further down the grip than other types. This grip is in perfect condition showing only nominal usage. It has no repairs and nicely fits the crossguards. The runes button is the type that is more convex and the silver runes are tilted to about seven o’clock. The button enamel has a couple of hits to the surface but they are not bad. This button has double silver border rings which match the silver runes. The grip eagle is a nickel style being the “high-necked” type. All of the details are there to include the bird’s eye, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.

On the reverse of this grip this dagger gets most interesting. Nicely carved into the reverse of the upper grip is the original owner’s initials. This monogram is “HB” having the letters intertwined. On the bottom of the reverse grip is the original owner’s serial number “98583”. I looked this serial number up and unfortunately it is not in the officer’s list. This would indicate that the original carrier of this dagger was an enlisted man. There is hope though as expert SS researcher Ross Kelbaugh has been able to do wonders with some (not all) with these NCO SS numbers. Possibly the next owner would like to contact Ross to see whether he can locate a dossier for this SS man. The monogram and serial number really add a lot to the character of this dagger however.

The scabbard is straight throughout. It has good anodized finish which is nearly all there only thinning a little along the edges and showing some minor age. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition to include the lower ball. The lower fitting shows a few carrying signs but nothing that would be a deduct. The scabbard mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are all in place and appear unturned. There is an early short hanger having excellent brown leather. The small retainer loop is also there. The hardware for this loop is of about 1936 vintage as it is nickel-plated and the snap clip is marked, “OLC”. The hanger, however, does look original to this piece.

The blade is a good conditioned example still having good brightness throughout and some of the crossgraining is still there. The blade shows some in and out marks but overall grades at about excellent plus. The SS motto is crisp and deep with about 98% of the original factory darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the double ovals logo of this company. Within the ovals is the firm’s name and location, “Rich. Abr. Herder. Solingen”. Inside is the diamond trademark. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard curvature.

A fine interesting dagger here which would make a great addition to any SS collection.

Excellent Plus. $4,295.00

SSDAG #35812 Early Model 1933 SS EM Dagger – Robert Klaas

This early Model 1933 SS EM Dagger is in an uncleaned state. The crossguards are the solid nickel type and they are both in excellent condition having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut is also in fine condition and does not look to have been removed in modern times. The ebony grip is a good example having high ridge construction and being in perfect condition. I believe that there was a chip at the upper obverse right that we repaired but honestly I can’t remember and if there was the work is undetectable. The SS runes button is the style that is turned slightly to seven o’clock. These runes have perfect enamel surfaces and a good silver tone which matches the double circles around the border. The grip eagle is the early nickel variety having the beak which points upwards slightly. This eagle still has good detail throughout his head, wing and breast feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The lower reverse crossguard is district marked Roman numeral, “I”.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has fairly good anodized finish although there is age which is evenly spread throughout both sides. The scabbard mounts are matching early nickel. The upper mount is in perfect condition whereas unfortunately the lower mount has the ball crushed to the left. It is also split on the right edge. These screws are all original and in unturned condition.

The blade of this example is still bright and on the reverse has all the crossgraining and is in near mint condition. On the obverse there is a little bit of moisture damage on the ricasso area but it is not too bad. The tip of this dagger was gone when we acquired it and we decided to weld a new tip onto it. It came out fairly good but there are a couple of air holes in the weld which sometimes is impossible to control. The dagger is priced accordingly however and taken into consideration with the condition of the rest of the piece this retipping is not a real deficit. The SS motto is crisp and deep having about 95% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched featuring the kissing crane birds. Above the birds in a circle is the firm’s name, “Robert Klaas” and below, completing the circle is the location, “Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A decent early example here, having some restoration but it is certainly priced accordingly.

Excellent. $2,495.00

SSDAG #35938C Late Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

This later-produced Model 1936 SS Dagger has a really great outside. The crossguards are the nickel-plated type and all of the plating still remains across both mounts. The upper mounts shows a little bit of age in the surfaces but no lifting and the lower mount is in perfect condition being nice and bright. The tang nut is the nickel-plated steel type and it too is in excellent condition. The grip is a fine medium to high ridge constructed type. This grip shows no repairs and is in very nice condition. There are a few signs of wearing here and there but overall the grip is mostly free of any flaws. This grip perfectly fits the crossguards. The ebony has a nice sheen throughout. There is one tiny surface chip at the reverse lower left but it is nothing. The SS button is perfectly placed with straight up and down runes. The runes have a fine silvered tone with matching double border circles. The grip eagle is the aluminum variety and is the type with “high neck”. This bird has all details remaining throughout its head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A very nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, and is about as nice as they come. It has an impressive, 100% anodized finish that still has its original factory sheen to the surfaces. This scabbard shell shows almost no age. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated variety; they too have their original factory sheen and are in superior condition throughout. The upper mount is the later type that has the flared ends. The lower mount has a perfect lower ball. These choice mounts are retained by the original dome head style screws which also still have their nickel plating throughout the heads. The center ramp also is a fine example, having 100% plating and matching exactly the other scabbard mounts. This ramp is the later style having the more rounded edge. The ramp is the same as the example seen on page 142 in my SS Book. In fact, this whole dagger looks nearly identical to this example on page 142. This center ramp is retained by two screws which we often see where there is an anodized scabbard. The outer screw is in the center area of the left side of the ramp whereas the inner screw is just below the hardware that retains the chain.

The chain on this dagger is a Type II example, being the style with steel base and nickel-plated finish. Just like the rest of the dagger this plating is really choice throughout. The links depict the second style skulls all with leering teeth and good definition to the bones. The backgrounds have outstanding pebbled surfaces. The same is true of the SS style links which are nicely raised out also having fine background pebbling. The chain links are connected to a closed style cloverleaf with good working snap clip. On the reverse, it is great to see that all of the tabs that connect the chain links are still closed. The second link at the top chain is stamped on the reverse with the Kulturzeichen mark. This chain is an outstanding example.

The blade, although still being bright, does have some smudge on the surfaces. This smudge begins at about the one-third point on the obverse and at about the same point on the reverse and then is spread fairly evenly down the blade. It is a shame, but over the years people did not realize what fingerprints could do to German cold steel so there’s not much to be done now but live with the situation. There is visible graining throughout the blade and the SS motto is lightly etched with a frosted style background. The frosting appears to mostly still be there. This blade grades at about Excellent to Excellent Plus. The blade is unmarked on the reverse and meets the crossguard contours nicely.

This is really a gorgeous dagger on the outside. It is a shame that the blade has the smudging flaws, but that is the way it is with these things and the situation can not be helped. Still a very, very fine dagger which is priced accordingly. This dagger easily looks as good as the example I show in color in my SS Book on page 156.

Excellent Plus. $7,495.00

SSDAG #35889C Early Model 1933 SS EM Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This fine initial production Eickhorn Model 1933 SS EM Dagger is in an untouched, uncleaned state. The crossguards are the solid nickel variety having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and very deep hand done accent grooves. The tang nut does not appear to have been apart in modern times. These crossguards appear to be the “H.E” variety and the lower bottom portion of the crossguard is stamped, “4” which is an inspector’s mark. The lower reverse crossguard has the district stamping being Roman numeral, “I”. The ebony grip is a good high ridge contour example. It has no repairs and on the edges where the grip meets the guards, there is a little bit of lifting on all sides. It is very minor however and the kind of thing we often see. These types of flaws are so small that they are not even to be normally noticed. Other than the small lifts at the grip edge, this grip is in really choice condition showing little usage. The runes button is placed at about six thirty o’clock. The runes have a fine silvered finish nicely matching the double border circles. The matching nickel grip eagle is the style with “high neck”. This bird still has all of its detail to its head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A good solid hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has nearly all of its original anodized finish. There are several age spots which are more prevalent on the reverse than they are on the obverse but they are not bad. Overall this is a very nice anodized scabbard. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are also in good condition. These mounts show little usage and the ball is still totally intact showing only normal usage signs. The original nickel screws are all in place and they are unturned.

The blade of this example is a fine bright one. It has nearly all of the crossgraining still present and other than a couple of marks which were caused by the runners sitting in place, this blade is nearly in mint condition. The tip is still needlelike. The SS motto is deep and crisp etched. This motto has more than 95% of its original darkening and really looks great. On the reverse ricasso is the very desirable large double oval logo. This logo contains the firm’s name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen”. Inside is a seated smooth tail squirrel holding a nut in his paws. Below the animal is the initials of the firm, “C.E.”. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour. A very nice initial production SS dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,995.00

SSDAG #35850 Transitional SS EM Dagger, RZM 941/38 SS – Carl Eickhorn

This transitional Carl Eickhorn SS Dagger shows some usage of the period, but no abuse. The dagger is equipped with nickel-plated crossguards. The crossguard show some age in the surfaces and also a little bit of lifting where the guards meet the ebony grip. Overall these guards are still fairly presentable and are still bright. The tang nut is a steel base and much of the nickel plating has worn from its surfaces. The grip had a couple of chips and we did repair these accordingly. This grip came out quite well and is a very presentable ebony example. The grip perfectly fits the crossguards. This grip is a high ridge construction type. The runes button is perfectly placed being straight up and down. The button shows some usage over the surfaces but the enamel is still good. There is toning to the runes which nicely match that of the double circle border. The nickel grip eagle is a fine example being the “high-necked” style bird. This bird still has all of the detail to his head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has the original factory black paint. This paint shows some spidering and is also missing on the upper edges. Overall though the paint is really not too bad and for what it’s worth, it still does have the original factory sheen. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel type and they are in excellent condition throughout. The lower ball shows a couple of very minor taps but it is still very much intact. The throat is the thicker style that we frequently see on Eickhorn and other daggers of this vintage. The original dome head screws appear to be the nickel variety. There is a short black hanger which still has good bright nickel-plated hardware. The leather shows a little bit of mild age in the surfaces but it is still basically sound. The snap clip is marked on the back, “RZM M5/71 OLC”.

The blade of this example is still basically bright throughout and does have about 50% or so of the original crossgrain. The tip is still needlelike and the SS motto is crisp and deep, having at least 95% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. This blade grades at Excellent Plus. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the double proofing. It features a single open RZM circle positioned over the code, “941/38 SS”. This is positioned over the 1935-41 trademark which features the squirrel holding a downward pointing sword. Above the animal is the quality word, “original” and below is the name of the firm and the factory, “Eickhorn Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.

A decent transitional SS EM Dagger here, one that is not in mint condition, but overall a good basic piece which should go nicely in a beginning collection.

Excellent. $2,995.00

SSDAG #35649 Transitional Model 1933 Double Proof EM SS Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This Transitional SS EM Dagger is a interesting example, being virtually identical to the piece I show on page 170 of my SS Book. The crossguards are deeply patinated solid nickel. They are in excellent condition, having crisp edges, smooth surfaces, and deep accent grooves typical of Eickhorn. The tang nut is a nickel-plated type, which is typical of this transitional period.

The grip is a very fine ebony example, which has some very attractive graining which sows around the center on both sides. The obverse grip is totally perfect, whereas the reverse has just a small amount of wood material which has flaked off at the upper right area. This grip is a “Medium to High Ridge Contour” variety; it fits the crossguards like a glove. The SS Runes Button is turned slightly, to about 6:30 o'clock. The runes have toned to match the runes and the double circles around them have tones to match the crossguards. The enamel on this button remains perfect. The grip eagle is a nickel example. It is the “Beak Which Points Upward” style bird. This bird has good detail to evident his eye, wing and breast feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A nice hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has outstanding original black paint. Other than a couple of scratches here and there, this paint is nearly 100% intact, and still has a fine shine to the surfaces. The throat is a nickel example, whereas the upper and lower mounts are nickel-plated. These mounts are in nice condition, still having bright plating throughout and only the slightest of a ding to the lower ball. These mounts are retained by nickel screws which are unturned.

There is a short black hanger is around the carrying ring. The leather on this hanger shows some usage and some age, but it still appears sound and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger hardware is nickel-plated, and the snap clip is marked on the reverse, “A”, “DRGM”, “RZM M5/7”.

The blade of this example is extremely nice, having all of the cross-grain. There are a few extremely small ages marks in the surfaces of both sides, but they are very difficult to see and this blade rates in Near Mint condition. The blade has a fine, needle-like tip. This blade has a excellent SS Motto. The motto is crisp and has nearly 100% of the original factory darkening. The reverse of the blade is matching etched with an open single RZM circle positioned over the code, “941 / 38 SS”. Beneath this is the 1935 through '41 Eickhorn trademark, consisting of a squirrel holding a downward pointing sword. Above is the quality word, “Original”, and below the firm's name and location, “Eickhorn / Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A very nice double proof SS Dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $3,695.00

SSDAG #35474 Mid-period Model 1933 SS Service Dagger, SS 807/37 RZM

This Mid-period SS example is equipped with all nickel mounts to the hilt and scabbard. The cross guards and tang have a fine patination spread evenly throughout. The cross guards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. There is a desirable greenish tinge where the guards meet the wood of the ebony grip.

The ebony grip has a medium ridge contour construction, showing mild usage signs here and there. The reverse grip is still in perfect condition, while the obverse has a small lift of the grip wood at the meeting point on the lower left, and also a minor lift of wood (although the wood is still there) on the upper right side. These are minor flaws and in my opinion, are not worth fixing. The runes button is placed straight from north to south. It has perfect enamel surfaces. The runes are enclosed with two matching silvered circles. The nickel grip eagle has the same greenish tinge as the guards. It features the eagle style with beak which points upward slightly. There is only mild wear and the detail is still there to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A decent hilt here; one that is indistinguishable from the early initial production types.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. At first glance it appears to have an aged anodized finish, but the area above the vertical hanger shows some old black paint, so obviously, this scabbard was originally painted. The paint has pretty miuch gone to time, but I kind of like it, as it really does look like an old anodized finish. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel having a fine patination. The mounts are both in good condition, to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained with the original screws, which are the early nickel type.

The original-to-the-piece vertical hanger shows some age, but basically, a little black "Meltonian" cream polish would do wonders and bring back its original suppleness and finish, as the leather is not rotted. The cross strap is equipped with a heavier-than-normal nickel-plated buckle. The snap clip is the plated type, which does have some flaking and rust, but will also clean up some.

The blade makes up for some of the failing mentioned above. This blade is bright throughout, still having all of its cross grain. There are some minor areas of light surface smudge, but it is not bad at all. This blade still grades at near mint condition. The SS motto is very deeply etched and has 100% of the darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the SS contract code and production date, "807/37". Above the code, is a double circle containing SS runes, and below, is a double RZM circle. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

A good mid-period piece here, showing wear of the period, but no abuse. I like this dagger! I show this same "806" code dagger with a "36" production date on page 162 of my book, but had not seen one of these "37" dated pieces before the printing of the book - so, this is not a frequently seen dagger.

Excellent. $3,195.00

SSDAG #35532C Model 1933 SS Service Dagger with Exclamation Point Motto, RZM 324/38 SS

This SS dagger is very desirable because the SS motto has an exclamation point at the end. These daggers with this etch variation are quite rarely seen.The dagger is thought to have been produced by the Klittermann & Moog firm and is the same as the example I show in my SS Book on Pages 687 and 688. The mounts throughout the dagger are solid nickel. The tang and cross guards have an appealing yellow color tone indicative of high nickel content. The guards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. These guards are marked internally, "E.L", the same as the book piece. The book piece has a tang that is marked with intertwined "KM" initials. Chances are the tang of this piece was also marked the same, but the tang has been badly rusted from age, and the initials are no longer visible.

The ebony grip is a fine-conditioned example having smooth to medium ridge construction. There are no repairs or problems and the grip nicely fits the cross guards. The runes button is nearly straight up and down, being at about 5:30 o'clock. The runes are surrounded by matching double circles and has perfect enamel surfaces. The grip eagle is the nickel variety having the style bird with beak which points upward slightly. The bird shows some mild wear to the head and breast feathering surfaces, but the details are still crisp to the wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A good hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has outstanding original black paint. This paint appears to have little usage signs and remains in a 100% state - nice indeed! The scabbard mounts are matching nickel construction. They both are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. The nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered. The upper screws are not completely parallel, something we see occasionally, particularly on scabbards produced by Pack. The lower scabbard mount also has the edge roll familiar to the Pack firm - it is possible Pack produced the scabbard as it is doubtful Klitterman & Moog made their own parts.

There is a short hanger attached to the carrying ring. The black leather is in good supple condition complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is the plated type. The buckle has some minor surface rust, while the snap clip reveals some under-the-surface movement, but no missing plating. The snap clip is marked on the reverse, "A", RZM M5/8, and "DRGM".

The blade, although still being bright, does have some in-and-out marks and a little wear to the center ridge area which includes a small portion of the motto center letter darkening. Due to the center wear, the motto with exclamation point has background darkening remains at about 90%. There is some grain remaining throughout the blade - maybe 10% to 20%. This blade grades at about excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a large shaded RZM circle, which is positioned over the code and year the dagger was produced, "324/38 SS". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the cross guard contour.

An excellent example here of a tough-to-find SS Dagger.

Excellent. $5,495.00

SSDAG #35548 Early Model 1933 Service Dagger SS 120/34 RZM

This SS EM Dagger is of early production, being one of the first types manufactured with RZM markings. The dagger was produced in 1934. The nickel cross guards are fine examples having smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The matching tang nut does not appear to have been taken down in the past. The lower cross guard is not district marked, as more than likely this dagger was produced just after the initial distribution run was made. The ebony grip is a smooth contour ridge type. This grip is as fine as they come - shows little usage and remains in absolute perfect condition with no repairs, The grip fits the cross guards like a rubber glove. The runes button is turned to nearly 8:00 o'clock. The enamel remains in perfect condition. The runes are circumvented by double matching silvered circles. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak that points upward slightly. There is minor wear to the bird's head and breast feathering, but otherwise, the detail is still all there to the wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A very fine hilt here!

The outstanding scabbard shell is straight as an arrow. This shell is equipped with 100% of the original anodized finish. Much of the original lacquer also remains - probably being about 50% on the observe and about 10%-15% on the reverse. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are also in excellent condition, the lower ball having just a minor ding toward the back side area. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered. Attached to the scabbard is a fine vertical hanger. The leather is still quite supple and the cross strap with nickel-plated buckle and hasp are in good condition. The nickel-plated snap clip is still bright throughout and is an unmarked type.

The blade is bright throughout still having most of the original cross grain. There are some in-and-out markings and a few scratches here and there, but overall, this is a fine blade still rating at excellent plus, plus to near mint.The SS motto is very deep and crisp and retains about 95% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the code, "120/34" that reads toward the blade tip (not the opposite like most markings do). Below the code is the double open "RZM" circle and above the code is an open double circle around "SS" runes. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

A fine example of an early RZM dagger that reflects the identical quality of the maker-marked versions. No SS collection of daggers is complete without a couple of these early RZM pieces.

Near Mint $4195

SSDAG #35376C SS Partial "Name-Only" Röhm Dagger with Vertical Hanger - Böker

This early SS dagger has a fine Böker hilt having the in-house nickel cross guards. These guards show nominal usage having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and excellent precise accent grooves. The tang nut shows some signs of removal, but no bad knurls. The lower reverse guard is district marked, "I". The ebony grip is a very fine example showing little wear and good crisp center ridge. The grip has no repairs and nicely fits the cross guards The SS runes button is turned to nearly 8:00 o'clock and has a single silvered circle encompassing the runes. There is no enamel damage. The grip is the style with "head pointing upward" slightly. There is little wear to the bird having good details to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A fine hilt.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has been period black painted. This paint shows much age and wear, and maybe rates at about 50% - I guess a new paint job would really help this scabbard, but I'll leave that to the next owner of this dagger. The matching patinated nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition, to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned. Helping the looks of this scabbard is a fine pre-RZM early vertical hanger. This hanger is equipped with good conditioned, supple leather. The hanger is shaped the same as the standard types, having a coffin-shaped reverse. The differences are that the two retaining straps are slightly larger than the standard types and the coffin-shape reverse piece does not have finished leather to the outer area. Additionally, there is a "dog leash" style snap clip having some minor surface rust. This hanger is retained with four rivets at the reverse. The nickel-plated square-shape buckle shows some age and is equipped with a roller feature.

The blade is a beauty, virtually being in mint condition. The original cross grain is all there, and the SS motto is deeply etched, with fine dark letter backgrounds. The reverse inscription is all there, but for the Röhm signature. A period craftsman has skillfully ground only this "offending" area. There are some small remains of the signature, but not much; a little of the "M" and also some of the umlaut are vaguely visible. The area has had some finish grain put in, but it does not exactly match the original finish. The trademark is the smaller double oval type reserved for use with Röhm inscriptions - it took up less room than the standard logo and therefore must have been thought to look more symmetrical with the inscription. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.A fine opportunity here to acquire a good "Partial" here, with a really nice blade.

Excellent Plus. $7,495.00

SSDAG #35381 Early Uncleaned 1933 SS Service Dagger with Ground Röhm Inscription - Carl Eickhorn

This fine early example is exactly the way a lot of us like them, being uncleaned and having a desirable greenish patrina spread evenly over the surfaces of the nickel mounts. The cross guards are the typical Eickhorn type, being "H.E" marked internally. These guards remain smooth throughout, have crisp edges, and the accent grooves are the deep, hand-cut type, we normally see produced by Eickhorn. The lower reverse guard is district-marked, "III". The grip shows some normal usage signs and a few hits on the reverse center, caused by the vertical hanger. There was a small chip at the bottom obverse when we first acquired this dagger from the family of a veteran. We successfully repaired this flaw and it is now invisible. The SS runes button is turned to about 7:00 o'clock. It has perfect enameled surfaces and reflects a slight patination to the silvered runes and the double-circle border around the circumference. The matching nickel eagle is the "high-necked" variety. Other than a little wear to the bird's head area, the rest of the details are all there to include the breast and wing feathering, the talons, and the wreath with enclosed swastika. The grip fits the cross guards like a rubber glove - the meeting areas of the ebony and the nickel have dark green residue, trapped by moisture over the years - nice! A very fine hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, but does show a few signs of carrying, but no dings or dents. The anodized surface is outstanding, being all there and looking great. There is only slight age in the surfaces here and there. The matching patina nickel scabbard mounts are in good shape, although the lower ball has taken a slight hit which pushed it slightly to the right, but no crushing. These mounts are retained by their original, unturned nickel screws. Attached to the upper mount carrying ring is a fine conditioned pre-RZM vertical hanger. The leather is still supple throughout. From the obverse, the hanger looks almost standard - the two straps are slightly larger than the RZM sanctioned examples. The reverse has an almost square-shaped backing. The backing leather finish is left in the natural leather color and is uncolored.. The upper portion has a folded leather loop which is riveted and contains the "dog-leash" style snap clip. This clip is nickel-plated and has excellent original finish. The retaining strap is equipped with a square-shape buckle having the "roller" feature - a great early hanger here!

The blade of this example is a real marvel. The obverse is stone mint, being mirror bright. The SS motto is the best you will see being crisp, deep and having 100% of the factory darkening in the reverse - a most impressive SS blade here. The reverse reflects what is probably a factory re-done ground Röhm inscription. The entire inscription is gone and the blade has had its surfaces re-grained. The grain is almost as good as the original, but the trained eye will easily pick it up - looks really good, however. The original trademark has been left intact. It features the early 1933-35 small double ovals. Within the ovals is the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn". In the center, is the standing squirrel holding a nut in his paws. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

This is an outstanding Ground Röhm example. If you are a serious collector, it is hard to imagine there would not be a place in your collection for this choice piece!

Excellent Plus. $4,495.00

SSDAG #35386C Early SS Factory Ground Röhm Re-Issued During Initial RZM Period - Carl Eickhorn

This most interesting SS Dagger is identical to the example that I show in my SS Book on Page 167. This dagger was initially issued as a Full Röhm example and after being returned to the factory after June1934, (the original owner probably bought a new dagger), the Eickhorn firm ground the inscription off and repolished the blade. Rather than waste these perfectly good daggers, the factory chose to re-issue them as a new product in 1936. The RZM marking of the time was etched below that of the old large double oval trademark. Additionally, the district stamping, (if it had one, as not all Röhm's did), was also polished off of the cross guard. Other than the re-polished blade and the additional RZM trade marking, the dagger appears identical to an early model 1933 piece.The cross guards are in excellent condition, being the style that is marked internally, "AV". Eickhorn used this "AV" fitting contractor in addition to the in-house "H.E" marked pieces. This may have been to take up slack in the production of the in-house guards during the initial rush to satisfy the marketplace. These guards have excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and deep, hand-cut accent grooves. The ebony grip shows some usage throughout the surfaces, as well as at areas where the guards meet the grip - there is some light lifting of the wood surfaces in these areas. Otherwise, the grip is in good condition. The grip fits the guards fairly well -not perfect - but typical of Eickhorn products of the period. The runes button is turned to about 7:00 o'clock. There is a mild patina to the silvered runes and the surrounding double circles. The grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety having good patination. The bird has full details to his head, wing and breast feathering, talons and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is almost completely straight on the obverse, with just a small "bb" ding at the center, and is totally straight on the reverse. The choice anodized finish is still all there and has at least 70% to 80% of the original factory protective lacquer. An outstanding scabbard here. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are also in great condition, to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all present and are unturned. Attached to the upper carrying ring is an early short hanger. The leather is a little limp from age and the retainer small loop has gone to time, but the hanger is still serviceable. The hanger hardware is the early nickel variety, the unmarked clip being the "snout-nosed" variety having rivet which retains the spring. An outstanding scabbard here.

The blade is as fine as they come. Both sides of this blade are in stone mint condition having full grain and choice SS motto. The motto is crisp, deep, and retains 100% of the background letter darkening.The reverse has the original large-style, double-oval trademark used from 1933-1935. It features the firm's name and location within the ovals, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". Inside, there is a seated squirrel holding a nut in its paws. The tail of the animal is the serrated variety. The squirrel is positioned over the firm's monogram, "C.E.". Below the trademark is a small, open-style RZM circle positioned over the Eickhorn SS code, "941/36 SS" The background etch of the RZM code is darker than that of the original double ovals, an indication that these two important markings were executed by separate etches and probably at different times.The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

This rarely seen re-issued dagger is a legitimate variation and is considered a "must" for an advanced SS collection. It is an interesting piece that speaks to the frugality of the period, and in turn, creating a "separate" dagger variation and more resultant interest for our great and beloved hobby. A fine quality investment piece.

Excellent Plus, Plus $5,995.00

SSDAG #35322C Early Model 1933 Service Dagger in Later Scabbard SS 121/34 RZM

This early SS EM Dagger is one of the examples produced under the RZM's first venture into the control of edged weapons. The dagger was produced right after the initial period, evidenced by the fact that the mounts are the early nickel type, but with no District Roman numeral stamping on the reverse cross guard. These daggers seem to be seen with and without this stamping. These nickel guards are in fine condition with good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The ebony grip has some surface lifts to the wood at the upper obverse and a small amount on the reverse upper area. There is also a small surface lift to the wood at the lower right obverse. On the reverse, the guard is pressing against the wood and is forcing some lifting at the lower reverse, but the wood is still intact. In the past, this "pressing" of the tight guards against the ebony wood caused the flaws mentioned above. These flaws are not serious, but they are tough to repair as the amount of wood missing is just on the surface - the big chips are much easier to repair. The grip perfectly fits the cross guards with no gaps. The runes button is nearly straight having a slight patina to the runes and to the double circles which circumvent them. The nickel grip eagle is the "point-behind-the-head" variety. It reflects all detail to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, wreath, talons and swastika

As mentioned above, the scabbard appears to be of a later vintage, in that the mounts are the nickel-plated, steel-based type. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The black paint is outstanding throughout - it may have been newly done sometime in the last few years, as it looks too good to be true, having just the slightest of orange peel traces in the surfaces. Overall, though, this professional paint job looks very nice and is in 100% condition. The plated scabbard mounts are in good condition with a little rust and freckling on the upper reverse area. The lower mount is good with just the slightest of a center ding in the lower ball. The dome head steel screws are all in place and are unbuggered. There is a black leather short hanger attached to the carrying ring. The leather is sound, but could use a little mild black leather polish to cover some scuffs. The strap is complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger hardware is mismatched - there is a plated buckle and hasp, while the unmarked nickel snap clip is the early "snout-nosed" type having the spring-retained with a rivet.

The blade makes up for a lot on this dagger. It is pristine mint. This bright blade has 100% factory cross grain in the surfaces. The SS motto is crisp and deep, having a 100% frosted background. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the code of the SS contract extended for these daggers. The code is always read toward the tip on these blades - if it reads toward the grip, the blade is one of the fake ones I have recently seen on the marketplace.. The code is, "SS 121/34 RZM", The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

A fine example here with great potential; it would sell for substantially more if the scabbard were from the correct vintage. It is priced accordingly.

Excellent Plus. $2,995.00(#032414)

SSDAG #35185 Early Model 1933 SS EM Dagger - Robert Klass

This early example is in nice condition throughout. The mounts are all solid nickel construction. Studying the tang nut, it may have been out once, but shows little signs of it. The crossguards have crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The surfaces appear to have just the slightest traces of some old cleaning, with possibly a brillo pad. They are not really scarred, as it is only the surfaces where the abrasion shows. The same is true on the scabbard mounts. Chances are, a vet cleaned this dagger a long time ago, thinking that a brillo pad would be as good as anything else to clean it up. These very slight abrasions are so light in the surface, that I would think with a good semi chroming, most if not all of this, would come out. It is also fine just to leave it alone, as it is not bad. The lower crossguard reverse is district marked, "I." The ebony grip is an outstanding example. This grip shows virtually no wear, and is perfect throughout, with no repairs. The SS runes button is the more bulbous type, having a coppery look to the runes and the circles around them. The black enamel is in perfect condition. The grip eagle is the nickel, "high necked" variety, being in very choice condition, having all details to the bird's head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. This beautiful grip fits the crossguards like a rubber glove.

The scabbard of this example is nice and straight throughout. This scabbard has a fine coat of black paint, which appears to be period. Many times the anodizing wore thin, and the original owners had their scabbards repainted. Usually the repaint is not very good, but in this case of this example, it is outstanding. This paint shows some age cracking in the surfaces, and only a couple signs of carrying. Overall, this paint is near 100%. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel, having the slight abrasions in the surfaces, as mentioned above. The mounts are in fine condition, to include the lower ball. The original, nickel screws are all there, and are unbuggered.

There is an early vertical hanger, which is in good condition. The leather strap contains a nickel plated buckle. The snap clip is an early nickel type, which is marked on the reverse, "A" and "DRGM". There is also the addition of what appears to be a delicately painted number, "988.22.233". I do not know what this number would stand for, as it is too long to be an SS serial number, and it also cannot be the Social Security number of the American that brought it back. Possibly, it is some kind of a code number put on by the veteran once the dagger was returned, but I don't know. Either way, if the next owner wants to take it off, I am sure that a little rubbing with some semi chrome, or even paint remover, if required, would get the number off. This vertical has pretty good leather throughout, and if left alone, will survive many years to come.

The blade of this example is really nice. This blade has fine, bright, surfaces throughout the obverse, with needle-like tip. The crossgraining can be seen if the dagger is tipped slightly. This blade appears in mint condition. The SS motto etch is deep, and crisp, having 100% of the darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse blade is in the same condition, showing only normal, runner marks. The reverse ricasso is matching etched, with the kissing cranes trademark. Above the birds, is the firm's name, "ROBERT KLAAS", and below the location city of, "SOLINGEN". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A fine, early model 1933 SS EM.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,295.00

SSDAG #28464 Late Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

This Chained SS Dagger overall looks to have had a repainted scabbard but other than that is in OK condition. The hilt is very similar to the dagger that I show on page 199, upper. These hilt fittings are nickel-plated and are the type that have the boker look to their shaping. The plating is still all there on these mounts and the same is true of the fine looking tang nut. These mounts are really in nice condition. The grip is a black ebony type being of medium contour construction. It did have a couple of fractures in the lower obverse and reverse so we repaired them accordingly and the repair really came out good. It would be very difficult to detect these repairs. The SS runes button is nicely placed being straight up and down. It has a couple of signs of hits in the surfaces but there does not look to be any enamel missing. The grip center features an aluminum high-necked style eagle. This eagle has good detail throughout and shows only modest wear. The detail is there to the eye, breast feathering, wing feathering, legs, wreath and swastika. There is a minor hit to the bottom leg of the wreathed swastika but it is nothing. A good looking hilt here!

As noted above, the scabbard is straight throughout and in my mind does appear to have a newly painted shell as it is fresh looking and too good to be true. The paint though has been done beautifully and does not detract from the dagger. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated type as this is a type I chain. These mounts are in good condition showing some age and a little bit of dulling but overall they certainly grade at excellent plus and the scabbard ball is completely intact. All screws are present. It is interesting to note on the center ramp that it is the style with only one screw, which is what we usually see with painted scabbards, so apparently this scabbard has always had paint on it. The center ramp is the type which has good pebbled backgrounds but does not have darkening. It has excellent intertwined swastikas on both sides. The type I chain links exactly match the center ramp also having good pebbling. The skull and crossbone links are the typical type I variety having excellent detail throughout having good smiling teeth. The links having the SS runes also have excellent detail. The cloverleaf above is the style with open top and you can see the stamping, “DRGM” on the snap clip below. This chain shows a little bit of age but if someone wanted to clean it up I’m sure it would come up nicely. The top chain link that is connected to the scabbard mount is deeply stamped on the reverse with the SS Kulturzeichen.

The blade of this example is still bright and has quite a bit of the original crossgraining on it. There are a couple of marks on the lower edges of the blade but they are not bad and probably come from someone using the blade as a tool at one time or another. The SS motto is the lightly etched type and it still has about 85-90% of the black backgrounding. This blade grades at excellent to excellent plus. It is the unmarked type and it nicely fits the lower crossguard contours. As stated in the description there are a couple of restoration aspects about this dagger but it still looks outstanding and it is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $5,995.00


SSDAG #35106 Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

This early Chained SS Dagger is in a fine, untouched, uncleaned state. The nickel crossguards and tang nut have an exceptional, dull patina with very smooth surfaced guards, with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The grip is also an absolute beauty, being fine ebony with medium to high contour construction, and having no repairs whatsoever. This grip shows little to no wear, and it fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is straight up and down, and still has good enamel to the surfaces. The silvered runes exactly match the double circles around the button. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "beak which points upwards slightly". This bird also has full detail to his eye, beak, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. A really great hilt here, which will bring a smile to the knowing collector's face.

The scabbard is a straight example. This shell has all original, black paint. This paint still has a nice shine to it, and other than normal usage signs, and some minor crazing, is still nearly 100%. A very nice, original shell here. The scabbard mounts exactly match the patination of the nickel crossguards. These mounts are in excellent condition, the lower ball having a couple of minor taps, but nothing that shows from the front, and there is no crushing. The original, unturned nickel screws are all in place here. The center mount is the very early type, that has the crisp, rolled edges. This center mount has almost all of the original darkening in the backgrounds and looks identical to the example I show on page 140 of SS Book. The center mount, of course, depicts three intertwined swastikas on each side. The type two chain also has nearly 100% of the original darkening in the backgrounds of the links. This dark background really brings out the fiercesome looks of the stamped skull and bones, as well as the SS runic symbols on the alternating links. The teeth are all there on all of the skulls, and there is little wear to these links. All of the nickel connectors are in excellent condition, with virtually no separations.

When we acquired this dagger, the tab which connected the upper chain to the square link at the scabbard was missing. We fabricated a tab by using an old nickel scabbard mount. This is the identical material that was used during the period, so there is virtually no difference between this newly produced tab and ones that were made during the period. The clover snap clip is the closed variety, and there is matching darkening throughout the backgrounds. The snap clip works well, and is complete with the original spring. The upper link, which attaches to the square link on the scabbard mount, is lightly stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen. It is identical to the example we see on page 138 of my SS Book. The reverse of this chain also has some nice patination, indicating silver plating of these pieces.

The unmarked blade of this piece is still bright, and does have quite a bit of the original crossgraining, with good, needle-like tip. The SS motto is the standard, more shallow style etch we see on these early blades. The etch is nice and crisp, and there is about 90% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. There are some shallow watermarks appearing on this blade where the runners lay against it, where some moisture was trapped, but it is very nominal. The blade still grades at excellent to excellent plus on the obverse. The reverse blade is in slightly better shape than the obverse, as there are no watermarks that appear on this blade. There are a couple of minor pits fairly near the tip, but overall this reverse looks pretty good. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A very fine, early dagger and the outside looks just can't be beat. An excellent example to add to your collection.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $8,495.00

SSDAG #34681C Early SS Ground Röhm Dagger – Böker

This early Böker SS Dagger has an interesting gold-like patination throughout the obverse fittings which is actually caused by years of smoking in the same room where the dagger was. We call this a “nicotine” finish! The dagger has never been cleaned. The crossguards and tang nut are all solid nickel construction. They are in good shape beneath the gold patination having excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. These mounts are not the usual factory in-house made guards but rather are the type that Böker also purchased. This dagger does not appear to have ever been apart after studying the tang nut so I will not look inside. It is also interesting to note that there is no district stamping on the lower crossguard despite the fact that this is an early dagger. We do know that there were some Röhm dedicated daggers given to honorary SS personnel. It is possible that this was the case here. The grip of this example is a good ebony type having fairly smooth contour construction. The grip shows quite a bit of wear time having a few minor hits here and there and a small amount of lifting on the surface that occurred above the runes button and also on a couple of spots at the lower obverse point where the grip meets the crossguard. Overall though the grip is not bad and flows nicely with the condition of the dagger. The runes button is the convex style and it is also a copper example. The SS runes are turned to about eight o’clock on this piece. The runes have a good coppery surface matching that of the double copper circle border lines. The grip eagle is a nickel type being the “high-necked” variety. This bird still has good detail throughout his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. The nicotine has also penetrated the depths of the bird’s details giving it a matching look along with the rest of the mounts.

The scabbard of this example is straight throughout. It still has a slightly gray look to its finish but there are some old pits in the center of the scabbard as well as age marks and also there is similar markings with no pits in the reverse of the scabbard finish. It sounds worse than it is however. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel and they too are toned to a nicotine color but only on the obverse as the reverse of the mounts is the standard dull nickel color. These mounts are in good condition to include the lower ball that only shows wearing signs but no problems. These mounts are retained by matching nickel screws which are all unturned also having the nicotine finish.

The blade of this example is still fairly bright but unfortunately it has some age issues around the edges. It almost gives the appearance of plating lifted but then again a blade like this would be polished not plated so it must just be rust which has penetrated the finish. The blade in spite of all this still has crossgraining on the obverse. The motto also has some dark spots and does not seem to have any of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. This blade only grades at excellent. The reverse of the blade has the Röhm inscription totally ground off and there are signs of this but also the blade was repolished fairly successfully. As we see with Röhm inscriptions Böker used a small oval trademark to make the inscription look better. This double oval mark contains the firm’s name and location, “Böker Solingen”. Inside is a stark leafless tree. The shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A good dagger to get started with.

Excellent. $2,995.00

SSDAG #32996 Early Model 1933 E.M. Dagger - Gottlieb Hammesfahr

This early Model 1933 SS E.M. Dagger is in an uncleaned state and does not appear to have ever been apart. The nickel crossguards have developed an outstanding dull patination throughout. The tang nut is still crisp and does not appear to have had a wrench on it for many years. The crossguards have good smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is district marked “III”. The grip is a fine example, being of medium-to-sharp ridge construction. This ebony grip has no repairs. It shows a little bit of usage throughout, but nothing extreme and no gauges or chips. There is a tiny slither which has lifted on the wood surface at the lower right front area, but it is nothing. This fine grip has an excellent runes button which is perfectly placed at 12 o’clock. The enamel surfaces show a few taps from usage, but there are no chips or problems. The matching nickel grip eagle is the style with “point-behind-the-head”. This bird has all details available to the head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. A nice hilt here. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has a painted black surface which must have been done quite a while ago, as the paint does not look new. This paint job was well done and is possibly period. There would have surely been an anodized scabbard originally. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel. These mounts are in choice condition, to include the lower ball. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws, and the grooves are not buggered. There is a pre-RZM style vertical hanger attached. This hanger does have the coffin style shape with a conventional type belt and buckle with hasp. The snap clip is the larger “dog leash” style. Prior to standardization, we do see a multitude of different vertical hangers produced during the period. This one is still in good supple condition and looks quite well on the dagger. The blade of this example is still nice and bright, and it retains nearly all of its original crossgraining with good needle tip. This blade has some in-and-out wear, but easily grades in near full mint condition. The blade is crisp etched and deep. The SS motto has nearly all of the original factory darkening in the backgrounds. A very fine blade here! The reverse ricasso is matching etched with double ovals. These ovals trap the firm’s name and location, “Gottlieb Hammesfahr, Solingen – Foche”. Inside is the pyramid with the “plus” sign on the front surface. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours. A very fine early SS dagger here, which other than the repainted scabbard, is in outstanding original condition.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,295.00