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

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



SSDAG #43188C Hans Baur (Hitler's Pilot) Grouping

Hans Baur was born 19 June 1897. He became one of the top German commercial pilots during the 1920s, flying with Lufthansa. When Hitler was seeking election to Germany's highest office in the early 1930s, he was quick to realize that the only way to communicate with the German people through the use of his extraordinary oratory skills, was to visit all of the major cities, towns and villages. To fulfill his dream, although he was deathly afraid of flying, Hitler knew air travel was the only answer for a successful campaign. Hitler was able to convince Baur to come to work for him and the Nazi Party. Because of Baur's masterful aviation skills, Hitler grew to have complete faith in Baur, and it was only Baur that was permitted to fly Hitler during these early days, as well as throughout the duration of the "Thousand Year Reich". So, in the three years prior to Hitler's election in 1933, it was only Baur that was permitted to fly Hitler. With Baur handling the controls, Hitler barnstormed Germany, on some days visiting and speaking in three, four or even five locations. For its day, a campaign of this nature was unheard of and proved to be an ingenious plan.

Baur continued to pilot Hitler throughout the 3rd Reich reign becoming a true confident of Hitler's through their endless hours of flying time together and their mutual respect for each other. He was in the bunker with Hitler during the last days, hoping that he could help Der Führer with an air escape to the Obersalzberg from the Reich Chancellery. This was not to be. During the last day, after Hitler's suicide, Baur along with Bormann escaped on to the Berlin streets, but Baur was captured by the Russians and sent to a Moscow gulag. For years while suffering imprisonment, he was continually grilled on Hitler's fate, as Stalin refused to believe that Hitler was really dead. Baur was finally released in 1955. When Hans returned home to Bavaria, he discovered that an admiring neighbor had been saving his Chained-SS dagger for him!

In my opinion this SS dagger and related items in the grouping represent one of the important surviving artifacts from the 3rd Reich. The dagger is in average condition, but its personal engravings and complete provenance make for one of the most exciting treasures that I have had the pleasure to offer. Baur passed away in February of 1993 and the grouping was subsequently acquired from Baur's wife by noted auctioneer, Ray Zyla of Mohawk Arms, in the late 1990s. I originally purchased the dagger and documentation directly from Ray at that time, and have had the pleasure of marketing it a couple of times over the last two decades. The grouping consists of Baur's personal Model 1936 Early Chained-SS dagger, the crystal glass with etched Führer Standarte which was used to give Hitler water during flights, and a china plate with the Führer Standarte depiction, also coming from Hitler's airplane, being the well-known "D-2300" and other planes used by Hitler as new models were introduced.

THE DAGGER - Baur's Model 1936 Chained-SS Dagger is an initial production example having all nickel mounts. The dagger has never been apart, nor has it been cleaned, retaining a rich dull patina throughout. The crossguards are in excellent condition, retaining their smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The matching tang nut is professionally engraved with the monogram "HB". The letters are done in the German Gothic style and are double spaced.

The obverse lower crossguard has an astounding engraving consisting of a centered mobile swastika within a circle having the backgrounds blackened. There is a set of wings attached to each side of the swastika. The wings reflect most appealing detail to the feathers and will bring a smile to the fact of any observer. A beautiful rendering here.

The ebony grip nicely fits the crossguards. The grip is chip-free, but does have wearing signs and a few minor indents, where perhaps the grip may have rested against the dagger's chain during storage. The SS runes button is turned to about 6:30 o'clock. The enamel is all there, showing some wearing signs on the surfaces, but no chips. The silver runes are nicely patinated, extending to the double circles around the runes. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" variety. It shows a little minor surface wear, but the details to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika are all still mostly crisp.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, still reflecting its original black paint. The paint shows even age and some crazing throughout its surfaces, but overall, the paint remains in about a 95% state. The nickel scabbard mounts exactly match the patina of the cross guards. They remain in excellent condition, to include the lower scabbard ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and they are unturned. The center ramp is the early type having fine, crisp edges. It features three intertwined swastikas on each side. The backgrounds of the ramp swastikas retain their original factory blackening. The ramp is retained by a single retaining side screw, matching the other scabbard screws.

Attached to the side brackets on the upper mount and center ramp is a matching nickel chain assembly, being the Type II variety. The two links at the top and the four at the bottom all reflect outstanding detail to the alternating skull/cross bones and SS runic depictions. The skulls still retain all of the teeth and eye detail - imagine what these skull eyes have witnessed over all the years that they traveled with Hitler! All of the factory darkening remains in the backgrounds of the links, matching the scabbard ramp. The first link of the upper chain assembly is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen marking. The reverse of all the links are deeply patinated, indicating a high silver content over the nickel base. The connecting tabs also are completely intact with no separation to any of the solder joints. The top two tabs are the style with beveled upper edges where they enter and secure the clover leaf mount. The clover leaf and snap clip are also in first rate condition, with the original spring still in place and having excellent tension.

The blade obverse remains bright, except for a small portion near the tip. The cross grain is still all there. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heist Treue" is crisp and retains its full frosted background in the letters. The reverse blade is also bright, having a smudge about 3 inches down from the ricasso and also has the same age as the obverse at the lower tip area. The ricasso is unmarked and the blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

THE CRYSTAL GLASS - The crystal glass is about 4 inches high with an opening at the top of slightly less than 3 inches. The upper surfaces of the glass are smooth, while the lower portions have ribbed struts to facilitate a good hand hold. At the upper portion there is an etching of Hitler's personal Standarte.

It portrays a square etching consisting of a large immobile swastika in the center with open area around it. Surrounding the open area swastika is contrasting frosting. In two opposite corners of the design are open-wing eagles with clutched swastika and Wehrmacht-style closed-wing eagles clutching wreathed swastika respectively. The glass remains in full mint condition.

THE PORCELAIN PLATE - The plate is 7 7/8 inches round. It is an off-white color having a red double border line running around the outer edge. At the upper edge is a matching Hitler Standarte. The reverse of the plate has the producer identity marking under glaze. It portrays a Bavarian crown over a lined shield. On either side of the shield respectively are the letters, "PT.". Beneath the shield, in three lines, are "Bavaria/ Tirschenreuth/ Germany". There is a small chip to the surface of the edge at the 9:00 o'clock position, but the remainder of the plate remains in perfect condition.

ACCOMPANYING PHOTOS AND DOCUMENTATION - The first document is on Baur's stationery and is signed by Frau Baur, dated 9 Okt. 2001. The typed document explains that Baur was Hitler's pilot and that he was General der Polizei. She neglected to state that Baur also held the rank of SS-Gruppenführer. The dagger is described with its wing engraved cross guard and the fact it was returned to Baur upon his release from Russia.and return to his Bavarian home The second typed document, dated 1 Mai 1988 and signed by Hans Baur, describes the crystal glass with Standarte and that it was used to give Hitler water aboard the aircraft. The third document is hand-written and signed by Hans Baur, dated 27.3. 87 describing the porcelain plate with Standarte.

Additionally, there are the number of period photographs. The first photograph pictures Baur in the center with his crew all wearing Chained-SS daggers with their SS uniforms, posing in front of Hitlers famous Junker 52 tri-motor airplane, "D-2600". The crew members on either side of Baur, are Paul Zecieuewski, Co-pilot (R) and on left of Baur is Navigator Max Zintel. The second photo pictures the three airman and is autographed by Baur and Zecieuewski. A third photo depicts Baur in a medal-laden SS-Oberführer uniform and is autographed by Baur as Flugkapitan of the Führer. A fourth photo depicts Baur in SS peaked cap with great coat and is autographed. A fifth autographed photo shows a smiling Baur and Hitler together in the early days with Hitler wearing a leather flying helmet. The sixth and last Baur autographed photo is dated 1938, and portrays Baur and Hitler both smiling as they shake each other's hand. Baur wears the uniform of SS-Oberführer. There is also a printed cigarette album photo portraying Hitler in flying helmet looking at a map with Baur, while Hitler's SA Adjutant Brückmann studies the map from behind the two men. This photo would have come from the early campaign days.

Well, there you have it! Just imagine owning such a historical and important grouping of artifacts, all associated with Hitler and his pilot. All were used throughout the 1930s and 1940s, right up until the end of the 3rd Reich. Imagine the conversations held in earshot of these items. Hitler trusted Baur exclusively, not only with his flying skills, but also with the many private conversations the two had together over ions of airline miles. Hitler often confided in Baur as to what he really felt about leading Third Reich and other world personalities. In fact, Baur's book, which also accompanies this grouping, describes many of these conversations, some of which are surprising and very funny. So, here is the opportunity to own Hitler's pilot's belongings. A once-in-a-lifetime chance. Think of the dramatic entrance of Hitler to the 1934 Parteiday Rallies documented in the award winning film by Leni Reifenstahl, "Triumph of the Will". The "D2600" falls out of the clouds piloted by Baur and preforms a fly-over of Zeppelin stadium while hundreds of thousands cheer on the Führer's arrival. All the while the melodramatic Wagner classic, "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" provides the perfect background overture.

Other than the excellent photos accompanying this presentation, I also did a YouTube video showing this dagger a few month's ago.

Excellent. $85,000.00

SSDAG #42265C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger - Robert Klaas

The crossguards and tang nut of this dagger are constructed of solid nickel, with a fine, dull patina. Looking at the tang nut it does not appear to have ever been off the dagger. The lower reverse guard is District stamped "III". This stamping is done sideways, something we see once in a while.

The ebony grip is a very fine example which remains in perfect condition. It retains the original crisp shape and fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is turned slightly to the left. It is slightly convex type and has perfect enamel. The runes and circular borders have toned to match the guards. The early, "High Necked" grip eagle is also toned and has fully detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout the obverse. The reverse, however, has a small indentation but it is very minor. The shell retains all of the original "anodized" finish as well as much of the original lacquer on the reverse. The scabbard mounts are of matching nickel and all in good condition. The lower ball has a minor hit to the center but there is no splitting or problems. The four original screws are in place and unturned.

Attached to the scabbard is a very fine vertical hanger. This hanger appears original to the piece; looking into the inner areas we much of that "green stuff" where the leather meets the nickel. The strap and square nickel plated buckle are in fine condition. The reverse of the hanger is the standard coffin shape. The clip is one of the types we do not often seen on original vertical hangers. This style was frequently used on reproductions however this example is absolutely original. It is pot metal with "DRGM" cast into it.

The blade remains in nice, bright condition, with some of the original crossgrain visible. There are traces of age and wear but these are minor. The SS motto is crisp and dark, with about 90% of the darkening. The reverse is matching etched with the famous Kissing Cranes trademark of the Klaas firm, and the blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A fine, untouched, early SS Dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $3,195.00

SSDAG #40228 Early Model 1933 SS E.M. with Scabbard Dedication - Böker

This early SS Dagger is in a nice uncleaned state with its deeply patinated nickel crossguards. They are not the in-house Böker type but this firm did use other mounts, these being the "P.A" internally-marked type. The surfaces of the mounts are smooth, with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard has the District marking, "III".

The ebony grip is a beauty with no repairs and nicely fitting the cross guards. The grip remains crisp throughout, with little signs of carrying time. The SS runes button has fine enamel and is positioned straight from north to south, The runes have fine silvering with matching dual circles that surround them. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. The details throughout the bird are still good with only slight wear to the head and breast feathering. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is completely straight. It has 99% of the "anodized" finish intact and the lacquer also appears to be there. A real eye-catcher here. The nickel scabbard mounts match the patina of the guards and are in good condition. The lower ball has a couple of minor taps in the very center, but they do not affect the ball's shape and are not seen from the front or reverse. The scabbard screws are all in place.

The reverse of the upper mount has the engraved dedication, "In treue Kameradschaft/ Sturmf. Meering." I looked for this name in the SS Dienstaltersliste, but was unable to find a listing for him. Perhaps he was a short term officer, but I do not know, so he will remain anonymous for now.

The blade of this dagger is a real killer. It remains bright throughout and has all of the factory grain. The motto is extremely well executed and has all of the original darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. Other than the normal runner marks, this blade is easily near full mint. The reverse ricasso is etched with the famous Böker trademark resembling a mausoleum with stark tree in the center. Below is the maker and location, "Böker/ Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

An interesting Böker SS Dagger here, in really nice condition.

Near Mint. $4,295.00

SSDAG #43156C Late Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger with 3 Piece - RZM 1053/39 SS

This SS dagger is a real looker and remains in absolute top condition. The dagger has been cleaned to perfection by the previous owner and really looks its best.

The cross guards appear to be the solid nickel type reflecting some transition. They are beauties, having fine smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut is the nickel-plated type and also is fine condition, looking to have been turned once or twice. The ebony grip is as nice as they come, having no repairs and almost no sign of usage. This grip fits the cross guards like a rubber glove. The runes button is positioned straight up and down. It has perfect enamel and fine silvered runes with double circles around them. The grip eagle is nickel being the style with beak that points upward slightly. All of the bird's details to his head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika are all crisp. A wonderful hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow. The original paint is hard to believe, as it remains pristine, still having its original factory luster. There are a couple of the minor of chips in the paint, but they are so nominal, this paint still rates at 100%. This scabbard paint is full mint. The scabbard mounts are the best you will see. They are the steel-based variety and are perfect, to include the never-dropped lower ball. They retain 100% of the original bright nickel plating. The original dome head screws are all in place and are unturned. The screw heads still have their plating, always a good sign for a dagger that was not used much. Attached to the hanging ring is a short black leather hanger complete with small retainer loop. The leather is in superb condition is and is stamped, "SS 68/38 RZM", tying it in nicely with the 1939 vintage of this dagger. The plated buckle shows some age, but the snap clip remains nice and bright, being marked, "RZM M5/71 OLC". Attached to the hanger is a fine black belt loop which is also stamped, "RZM L 2/5..." - unfortunately the rest of the numbers are not visible in the leather. There is also a grip retainer loop attached having working snap. A very cool rigging here!

But if you liked the description details of the dagger's hilt and scabbard, wait until you hear about this blade. The blade is completely new-like, having only the normal runner marks. It is mirror-bright and has all of its factory grain. On top of that, the motto, "Meine Ehre heistt Treue", is the best you will see. The motto is totally black and just jumps off of the blade's metal surface. If you are a blade man, you'll love this example. Absolutely stone mint. The reverse ricasso is matching dark-etched with the details. It features a double-open RZM circle over the code assigned by the SS to the firm making this specific order of daggers, "1053/39". Below is another double-circle that contains a set of SS runes. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard.

If you are in the market for a choice transitional RZM SS Piece, and are a condition freak, this example is sure to please. The nicest example you are likely to encounter.

Mint. $3,895.00

SSDAG #43074C Serial Numbered Early Model 1933 Ground Röhm SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This dagger shows some overall wear and also has some sharpening to the blade, but it is still all there and a worthy addition to a rounded collection, particularly since it is complete with the original SS owner's serial number.

The cross guards are the early nickel type. I took a look inside them, and they are the "A.R" marked variety occasionally used by Eickhorn on their early daggers and Himmler's. The cross guards are in good condition, still having smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse cross guard is district marked with the numeral,. "III". Underneath the lower cross guard, it is a neatly stamped with fairly numerals with the SS serial number, "8033". I looked up the number and unfortunately, it does not appear on the SS Dienstaltersliste, indicating that the number was assigned to an SS nco and not an officer. It is, however, a fairly low number, indicating a long term SS career. It is possible in the future that these nco numbers may someday be identified, as Ross Kelbaugh with his research work, is continually discovering their owners. So, maybe there is also hope for this example in the future.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The shell has been re-painted during the time. The black paint shows much age and wear, and rates at about 60%. The scabbard mounts are solid nickel. Both are in excellent condition, to include the lower ball. All of the early screws are present and are unturned.

The blade has turned slightly gray, but is still basically spot-free. The motto is deep and reflects about 80% of the original background darkening. Unfortunately, either the returning veteran or original owner decided to sharpen this blade. They came into the blade itself to do the sharpening rather than stick to just the edges. So, despite the fact that the sharpening can be removed, the blade edges that have been slightly reduced, can not be repaired. The reverse blade has had the Röhm inscription removed and has been fairly nicely re-polished by the period worker. The trademark is the small double oval type mostly used on Röhm daggers by Eickhorn. The trademark ovals are all there featuring the firms name and location, "Carl Eickhorn/ Solingen". Inside is the seated squirrel with a nut in his paws and serrated style tail.

Overall, a dagger showing age and some sharpening abuse, but it is original and the stamped serial number also tends to give it a little excitement. The dagger is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $2,195.00

SSDAG #43143 Early Model 1933 SS E.M. Ground Röhm - Böker

This classic Böker dagger is equipped with nickel cross guards. The guards are the in-factory type produced by Böker having the distinct shape to the slightly turned-up ends. The matching nickel tang nut does not appear to have been turned. The reverse lower cross guard is stamped with the district numeral, "I". The guards have excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The ebony grip remains in choice, untouched condition with no repairs. The grip shows only the most modest of usage. It fits the guards like a rubber glove. The runes button is turned to 7:00 o'clock. It has perfect enamel. The runes are a fine silvered color matching the double circles around them. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is completely straight. It has all of the anodized finish, and maybe about 15% of the original lacquer speckled around the surfaces. A nice shell here. The nickel scabbard mounts are in fine condition. The lower ball has a little pushing upward, but it is still intact and looks good. The screws are all in place and are not buggered.

The blade obverse is completely bright, having most of its original cross grain. It rates just about mint. The motto is deeply etched having all of its frosted backgrounds. The reverse blade has had the entire once-present Röhm inscription ground off, but the job was very neatly done. The area has been re-grained, but the knowing eye will surely recognize this as having once been a Röhm. The trademark is the small double oval logo that Böker used with their Röhm daggers in order to give the original inscription the most space as possible. The top portion of the double ovals was also a victim of the grind, but it is not bad. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

A fine, textbook example here of a Böker Ground Röhm dagger.

Excellent Plus. $3,895.00

SSDAG #43072 Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - Gottlieb Hammesfahr

For those of you out there that are looking for a virgin, "as found" piece, this Hammesfahr example is the holy grail. This dagger has never been apart, nor has it ever been cleaned. The all-nickel mounts have a beautiful dull even patina completely matching throughout the cross guards and scabbard mounts. The guards are in fine condition with good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is stamped with the district marking, "III". The matching tang nut remains completely crisp with never a wrench or pliers within a foot of it. The ebony grip is completely chip-free and fits the guards like a rubber glove. The grip shows a little normal usage, but no scuffs, dings or problems in this fine ebony wood. The SS runes button shows some usage signs to the enamel, but it is all still there. The button is turned to about eight o'clock. The silvering to the runes and double circles around the button have toned the same as the other fittings. The matching toned nickel grip eagle is the style with "point behind the head". The bird is completely crisp throughout with new-like details to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and raised swastika. A truly great untouched hilt here.

The scabbard shell is totally straight - no hits or wearing signs anywhere in the metal. The anodizing covers completely, showing only modest toned age in the surfaces. The scabbard mounts are completely perfect, to include the lower ball. The four nickel screws are in place and have never been turned. The scabbard is complete with its original-to-the-piece vertical hanger. The hanger leather is still in good condition being completely set in place. The reverse upper portion of the coffin back has some scuffing to the leather surface where the dagger would tend to rest when put down. Both retainer straps are sound. The buckle is the nickel-plated type, showing some surface age, but still very sound. Attached is a solid nickel snap clip which exactly matches the tone of the dagger's mounts. The clip is marked, "A" and "DRGM". Attached to the snap clip is a fine black leather belt loop. The loop leather is perfect and even the "D" ring is toned, matching the dagger. A choice scabbard and hanger here.

The blade is bright throughout and has all of the original factory grain. There is just the slightest of age signs in a couple of places, but it is negligible and this blade still rates in near mint condition. Rare to see a blade this nice and this untouched. Does not appear to have ever been cleaned, and certainly was never Simi-chromed. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is a perfect executed etch and retains 100% of the factory darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse is matching etched with the double ovals. They contain the firm's name and location, "Gottlieb Hammesfahr/ Solingen-Foche". Inside the ovals is the well-known logo of the pyramid with a "+" in the center. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

Again, if you are looking for an untouched, never-apart, early SS E.M., this one has to ring your chimes.

Excellent Plus,Plus. $3,995.00

SSDAG #37594C Late Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger, RZM 1198/39 SS

This SS dagger shows a few signs of being wet at one time and also has some usage signs, but overall, it is still in collectible condition and also has the original-to-the-piece vertical hanger.

The crossguards are the nickel-plated type. The surfaces show a few scratches and a couple of minor dings, but the plating has weathered the rough treatment and is all remaining in place. The tang nut is the steel base type, and although there are some circles around it in the crossguard metal below, the nut itself, does not appear to have been out.

The ebony grip is the smooth contour type. This grip has some bumps on the surfaces here and there, but it too, has held up well and there are no flaws or repairs. Also, this grip fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The runes button is slightly turned to about 7 o'clock. The silvering is still there to the SS runes as well as to the two surrounding circles. The button enamel must have taken a hit somewhere in time, as this enamel is missing to the left of the left rune; you have to look close to see it, though. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak looking upward slightly. The bird and swastika retain good detail throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent period black paint, and aside from a few carrying signs, this paint is all there and still has good sheen to it. The nickel plated scabbard mounts are in good condition showing a little minor age, but not bad at all. The lower ball is still in never-dropped condition.

The original-to-the-piece hanger is of the same period as the dagger. Apparently the hanger got wet somewhere along the line, so there are shrinkage signs particularly to the lower scabbard loop and also the retaining strap; you would not want to try and take this hanger off the dagger, as I am sure the leather would break. Best to leave it alone. It is interesting to look at the area of upper scabbard mount which is behind the hanger, as there is a lot of telltale rust back there; a sure sign of water on this leather at one time, but also proof that the hanger is right, and original to this dagger. The snap clip is the plated type, marked, "RZM M 5/71" and "OLC".

The blade makes up a lot for any of the detrimental characteristics of the dagger. This blade remains nice and bright and still has most of the crossgrain. The motto is crisp and deep, retaining 100% of the darkening behind the letters. In fact the obverse is nearly in full Mint condition. The reverse is also very fine, having a couple of minor age or rust spots on the left edge ricasso and also a little where the shoulders meet the lower crossguard. This blade fits perfectly, exactly meeting the lower crossguard contour.

A pretty good SS dagger here, with the original hanger and priced reasonably.

Excellent. $2,095.00

SSDAG #39569C Early SS Ground Rohm Dagger - Boker

This Boker SS Dagger is equipped with nickel crossguards which remain in excellent condition throughout. These guards are the second style used by the Boker firm. The lower reverse guard is marked with the District number "I". The tang nut is in excellent condition and does not appear to have been removed in recent years.

The ebony grip of the dagger is a Smooth Contour type. There is a tiny sliver that has come off the grip where it meets the lower obverse crossguard and a few "tap-tap" marks on the reverse, but overall this grip remains in quite nice condition and fits the guards perfectly. The SS runes button is the slightly convex type. The enamel on the button shows some minor wear but is free of serious hits. The button to turned slightly clockwise and has dual silver circular borders. The grip eagle is the "High Necked" type; this bird remains in good condition throughout.

The scabbard shell is a beauty. It is straight throughout and retains 100% of the original "anodized" finish. There is also quite a bit of original lacquer clinging around the upper and lower scabbard mounts. These mounts are of matching nickel and are in good condition, to include the lower ball. All four original nickel screws are in place and unturned.

The obverse of the blade is nice and bright, with most of the original crossgrain and only minor "in-and-out" marks. The motto is deeply etched and has about 98% of the original darkening present in the lettering. The reverse blade has been rather roughly ground. There was an attempt to smooth it out but it is obvious that this was a Rohm piece; I still see some vague traces of the inscription, in particular the top of the "I". This blade is etched with the small size Boker Stark Tree trademark used exclusively for Rohm daggers. The blade shoulders nicely meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very fine Rohm dagger here, a good candidate for the SS type collector. The condition is outstanding but for the rather rough grinding, but this really speaks to the history of the piece.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,950.00

SSDAG #39570C Early Model 1933 SS Dagger with Ground Dedication - Boker

This SS Dagger has the traditional Boker-shaped guards with very fine dull patination throughout the nickel. There is no district marking on the lower guard, but the fact that this dagger had a dedicated blade seems to indicate that it did not go through the normals channels of distribution.

The grip is in good condition, with no repairs. It shows only minor traces of hand wear and beautifully fits the guards. The SS runes button is the slightly convex type. The enamel shows wear but remains intact, and the button is turned slightly. The SS runes and double borders have a good looking patination. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" type; this bird shows almost no wear whatsoever throughout the detailing.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, and looks to have 100% of the original "anodized" finish. I don't see any lacquer on it but the finish looks great. The nickel scabbard mounts exactly match those on the hilt, and the lower ball is in excellent condition. The original screws are all in place and unbuggered.

There is a vertical hanger attached to this piece. This hanger retains excellent leather and is the type with a strap that has an oval buckle, instead of the more common square type. The snap clip is nickel-plated and marked "RZM M5/8". This hanger may be slightly later than the dagger but it looks good on the piece.

The obverse of the blade is still mostly bright, showing some wear and scarring in the surfaces. There is also a pit at the bottom left edge which is about the size of a UD ten cent piece. The reverse looks to have had some type of inscription or dedication which was roughly removed. There are a few gouges and scrapes on the blade and not much done in the way of re-polishing. The large sized Boker insignia leads me to believe this was not a Rohm dagger; Böker Rohm pieces used the smaller sized trademark. Why the dedication was removed is a mystery, but chances are someone was trying to distance themselves from involvement with the SS after the end of the war, which was probably a wise decision.

This dagger is what it is and looks good on the outside. If you like pieces that have seen a lot of life this example should be right up your alley.

Excellent. $3,695.00

SSDAG #43017C Transitional Enlisted Man's Model 1933 SS Dagger - RZM 941/38 & Eickhorn 1935-41 Squirrel Trademark

This transitional SS dagger was produced in 1938. It is the same as the example I show in my SS Book, on Page 170.

The dagger is equipped with a nickel plated tang nut and crossguards. The guards are in excellent condition, with no lifting and still having bright surfaces. The upper crossguard has a little minor scoring in the surface (where someone incorrectly used a take-down wrench) but it is not bad.

The grip is a fine example having typical high center ridge seen on later pieces. The grip had a couple of tiny sliver chips in the corners which we repaired. It is a fine example, however, and fits the crossguards perfectly. The grip eagle is a nickel example, being the "High Necked" variety. Although patinated the eagle still has all of its details to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.

The scabbard shell is completely straight. The original black paint remains at 100% and is still nice and bright. There are a couple of age crazes in the paint, but that is it. The nickel-plated, steel scabbard mounts also remain in very fine condition, to include the lower ball, The plating is perfect, remaining factory bright. The scabbard is equipped with the thick throat often seen on Eickhorn daggers of this vintage. The original nickel screws are all present and unturned.

The blade is as nice as they come. You've got a real beauty here, in mint condition. All parts of the blade grain are there and the tip remains needle-like. The SS motto is deeply etched and has 100% of the factory blackening still in the letter backgrounds; this etch really jumps off of the blade. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a single RZM open circle positioned over the Eickhorn code with the date of production, "941/38", Below is the 1935-1941 Eickhorn Squirrel logo trademark. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very fine Eickhorn transitional SS EM Dagger here, and a very desirable example for the type collectors out there!

Mint Minus. $3,895.00

SSDAG #42738C Early Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - Böker

This Böker SS Dagger has an excellent nickel tang nut and crossguards. The lower reverse guard is District marked "1".

The grip is a very fine example in near perfect condition, with only a small chip on the left side which looks to have been glued back in. This spot is hard to notice and the repair seems well done, although not by us. The grip fits the guards like a glove. The SS runes button retains fine enamel and has patinated borders and SS runes. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward; this bird retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is has some carrying wear at the bottom of both sides, but it is negligible. The original black paint shows modest age but is nearly 100% intact. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. All four of the original screws are in place and unbuggered.

The blade of this dagger looks as though someone tried to to buff it out at some point. This has resulted in a thinning of the motto and the removal of much of the background darkening. This is a shame as it takes away from the normally striking Böker motto. The same treatment was done to the Böker "Masoleum" trademark on the reverse; it is there, but quite light. There does not seem to be any crossgrain on the blade, and the blade shoulders nicely meet the lower crossguard contour.

A nice SS Dagger here, with an acceptable blade. Given the buffing it is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $2,495.00

SSDAG #42737C Early Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - E. P. & S.

This Pack SS Dagger has excellent crossguards with a nice, dull patination. The tang nut is in similarly nice shape. The lower reverse guard is District stamped "1".

The ebony grip is in nice condition throughout, showing only modest wear and with no trace of repairs. The grip nicely fits the guards. The SS runes button shows some surface wear to the enamel but it is all present, and the runes are turned slightly clockwise. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" type and retains full detailing throughout.

The obverse of the scabbard is straight and has only a small ding in the reverse center, but it is minor. The "anodized" finish mostly covers the shell, although there are age spots on both sides. The upper nickel scabbard mount is in good condition, but the lower ball has been pushed up. It is, however, still rounded and not totally squashed. The original screws are all in place and unbuggered.

Unfortunately the blade is not in good condition. There is a ripple dent on the end, presumably from the blade being stabbed into something and wiggled back and forth. We tried our best to straighten it out but it just cannot be done. The rest of the blade shows even age smudge spread throughout the surfaces. The motto is fairly good, with about 50% of the original darkening left in the letters. The reverse ricasso is etched with the familiar Hammering Siegfried of the Pack firm, and the blade shoulders perfectly fit the crossguard contour.

A decent starter dagger here, or perhaps of use to someone with a nice Pack blade.

Good Plus. $2,295.00

SSDAG #42848C Early Enlisted Man's Model 1933 SS Dagger with Vertical hanger - Carl Eickhorn, Large Double Oval Trademark

This SS dagger represents early initial production, having the large double oval trademark. The nickel tang nut and cross guards are in choice condition having a fine dull patina with some traces of green residue in the meeting areas of the grip and guards. The guards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is district-stamped, "I". The bottom lower area of the guard has the Eickhorn inspector number "3" stamping. The grip remains in fine condition throughout, fitting the guards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button has a couple of taps to the enamel, but they are only surface. The runes are patinated, matching the dual circles around them.. The runes are straight up and down positioned. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. All details remain to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has 100% of the "anodizing" on the surfaces, with about 50% of the factory lacquer still in place - nice. The nickel scabbard mounts are in perfect condition to include the fine lower ball. All four nickel screws are in place and are unturned. The scabbard is fitted with a fine vertical hanger. The leather is excellent to the coffin-back and to the two retainer straps. The upper strap has a nickel-plated buckle,. The snap clip shows some rust and age on the surfaces, but still works fine. The reverse is marked "RZM M 5/71" and "OLC". This hanger is most likely not original to this dagger as its vintage is a later time than the production date of this dagger. Appears to have been with the dagger for a very long time, however. A nice scabbard here.

The blade is a beauty being in mirror bright, mint condition. All of the grain is in place and the tip remains needle-like. The SS motto is crisp and deep having 100% of the background darkening in place. The reverse blade is in like condition. The lower ricasso is etched with the large double oval circles. They contain the firm's name and location, Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". The squirrel inside has the smooth-style tail. The animal has the initials, "C.E." beneath. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

A great early textbook SS dagger here of quality initial production.

Near Mint. $3,995.00

SSDAG #42849C Enlisted Man's Ground Röhm Inscription SS Dagger with Vertical hanger - Böker

This fine Ground Röhm is as about as nice as they come, having great condition and all kinds of character. The nickel cross guards and tang nut are in perfect condition throughout. The guards have very smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is marked with the district numeral, "I". The ebony grip is in perfect condition, virtually showing no age. It fits the guards like a rubber glove. The runes button is turned to about 8:00 o.clock. It has perfect enamel. The runes and double circles around them are nicely patinated. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety. It has all details to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is also a great example, being straight throughout. It has 100% "anodizing" on the surfaces. There is about 90% of the lacquer remaining on the obverse and maybe 30% on the reverse. The nickel scabbard mounts are also in fine condition, to include the never-dropped lower ball. All four of the nickel screws are in place and are unturned. There is a neat pre-RZM style vertical hanger in place. It has a coffin back which looks just a little wider than the later RZM adopted type, and is equipped with two large rivets. The two cross straps are in place, with the upper strap having an unusual double buckle-style arrangement. The snap clip is one of those large "dog leash" types that is marked, "DRGM", "M 5/8", "RZM" and "A" for Assmann. A really great-looking vertical hanger here.

The blade obverse is bright and is in near mint condition. showing only the most nominal of age.. It has the deeply etched SS motto typical of this producer, and about 95% of the dark backgrounds remains in the depths of the letters. The reverse blade is really neat, as the grinder of this once-present Röhm inscription was making sure it never came back.. There is a a full deep grind but only confined to the inscription details. When that was done, the grinder was also done. There is no regard to re-graining the ground surfaces - that's what makes this blade look imposing, though - I like this grind job a lot - no nonsense here. The reverse ricasso has the small trademark Böker used for Röhm daggers, being double ovals containing the firm's name and location, "Böker/ Solingen". Inside, is the stark, leafless tree.. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

A really fine Ground Röhm dagger here with lots of condition and definitely making a statement with this grind job.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,995.00

SSDAG #42850C Early Enlisted Man's Model 1933 SS Dagger - SS 121/34 RZM

Although this dagger is RZM marked, it was one of the first RZM marked daggers and was produced in the 1934 period with the same materials and craftsmanship as the maker-marked types. I show daggers of this type and vintage in my SS Book on Pages 19 and 20.

The dagger is equipped with nickel mounts and tang nut. The cross guards have a fine dull patina and the tang nut does not appear to have ever been turned. These guards have excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. There is no district numeral on this cross guard, as this vintage dagger is found with and without them.The ebony grip has no repairs and is in nice condition throughout, showing only the normal wearing signs. The grip fits the guards like a glove. The SS runes button is set straight up and down and retains perfect enamel. The runes and the double circles around them also have good patination. The nickel grip eagle is the "point behind the head" style. It retains fine detail to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard is straight throughout the obverse, having just a tiny carrying ding to the reverse center, but it is hardly worth mentioning. The scabbard has excellent "anodized" surfaces which appear to be 100%. There are some carrying signs evenly spread over the lacquer covering of the shell. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in perfect condition to include the lower ball. The original four nickel screws are in place and are unturned. There is a short hanger on the hanging loop. The hanger loather is in excellent condition, to include the small retainer loop. The buckle is a nickel-plated type, while the snap clip is a nickel unmarked variety.

The blade is as nice as they come having all cross grain and being in mint condition. The SS motto is crisp and has 100% of the factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a set of SS runes is a double circle, "121/34" below, and below this is an RZM within a double circle. As was the case with these daggers, the ricasso markings correctly read toward the blade tip, not the opposite as is normally seen with trademark pieces. The blade shoulders perfectly butt the cross guard contour.

A very fine untouched example of its type, and if you are collecting SS daggers, these initial period RZM-marked pieces are a necessity.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,795.00

SSDAG #40837C Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - Rich Abr. Herder

This early dagger has the textbook qualities we see in Herder-produced pieces. The crossguards are of solid nickel. They are in fine condition having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is district-marked, "I". The guards are internally marked, "H.E", and as we normally see with Herder. The tang has a raised diamond (their logo) and also the number "8" representing the Herder-owned blade forging machine used to produce this blade from the steel blank. The grip is a fine example being in perfect condition. It is the typical Herder type, being slightly thinner than most and also having the grip eagle set slightly lower than the norm. The grip fits the crossguards perfectly. The SS runes button is perfectly set having all of the enamel, but does show some minor taps in the surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the style of "point behind the head". It remains in fine condition with full detail to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A good hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The scabbard has received a period-done black paint job. The paint still remains bright. The obverse paint is in excellent condition being nearly 100%. It shows a small amount of crazing in the surfaces. The reverse paint shows a few chips at the lower areas and some along the edges, but is still decent. The nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition, to include the never-dropped lower ball. The original nickel screws are in place and are unbuggerd.

The blade is still bright. There are a grouping of light pits that run down a portion of the upper part of the blade above the motto, and they are repeated, but slightly less, on the reverse blade. Otherwise, this blade is still quite nice, having a good, deeply-etched motto having about 95% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the double ovals which contain the firm's name and location, "Rich Abr. Herder/ Solingen". Inside is the diamond shape with a small square in the center of the mark. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A good basic Model 1933 here.

Excellent Plus. $2,995.00

SSDAG #42728C Ground Röhm SS Dagger with SS Serial Number on Crossguard and Scabbard - Böker

This Ground Röhm is pictured in my SS Book on Page 189. Unfortunately the original owner of the serial number stamped on this piece has not been identified as of yet, but there is always the chance that this could change in the future as the identity of many NCO serial numbers are being discovered today.

The dagger is equipped with a nickel tang nut and crossguards. The tang nut is in good condition, showing signs of being loosened a couple of times, The crossguards have the unique shape of the Böker firm. They are in excellent condition, with smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The reverse lower guard is district stamped with the numeral "I", while the obverse is stamped with the SS serial number, "*81 852". The stamping was done with individual die stamps with the "8" numerals being the style with the circles of the "eight" being larger at the upper circle of the numeral.

The ebony grip is in outstanding condition, with no repairs and fitting the guards like a rubber glove. The runes button remains in fine condition with perfect enamel. It is turned to about 8:00 o'clock. The runes and the two circles surrounding them are nicely patinated. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward. A fine grip here!

The scabbard has the original black paint. This paint remains in good condition, with only minor signs of age and carrying; I'd say it's about 95% intact. The nickel scabbard mounts are interesting in that there are signs that they were period nickel-plated. The years have taken their toll on the plating, however, as much of it is worn off, except for the areas protected along the edges of the mounts.

Stamped into the upper reverse scabbard mount is the matching serial number, "81 852". Additionally, above the SS number is a smaller number stamping, "16". This same number appears on the lower scabbard mount. This number may apply the the SS unit that was assigned to the owner. The lower ball has been pushed upward to a degree, but there is no splitting of the ball. The mounts are retained by the four original nickel screws.

Attached to the hanging ring is an excellent early short hanger with nickel hardware. The leather throughout the hanger remains completely supple and the strap is complete with its retainer loop. The clip is the "snout-nosed" type having a spring held in place with a rivet.

The obverse of the blade remains mostly bright, showing some minor age to the surfaces but with no flaws. The SS motto is deeply etched, having about 90% of the original factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse reflects a professionally fully ground inscription and repolishing. Most of the factory logo was also removed during the process, however, there is enough the of logo remaining to identify it as the smaller logo used on Röhm daggers by the Böker firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

An interesting original example here, with a serial number that someday may possibly be identified as to the original owner of this dagger.

Excellent. $4,195.00

SSDAG #42736C Transitional Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger with Vertical Hanger - RZM 941/38 SS / Carl Eickhorn

This variation Eickhorn SS EM Dagger is a tough example to find and is very desirable. It reflects the time period when Eickhorn began to change their production methods to conform to RZM control, having mostly early features but some changeover features as well.

The dagger has never been apart. It is fitted with highly patinated nickel scabbard mounts, however, the tang nut is a nickel plated type. The guards are particularly appealing, with both patina and a fine line of green at the points on both sides of the guards where they meet the grip; I like stuff like this, and I am sure you guys do also. The portion of the lower butt surface of the guard that was covered by the scabbard throat still has its original shine. The guards are in terrific condition having fine smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves.

The ebony grip shows mild usage signs but has no problems whatsoever. Also, there are no repairs and the grip perfectly fits thew guard angles. The runes button has fine enamel, with a very slight clockwise turn. The runes and dual circles around them are nicely patinated. The matching nickel grip eagle is the style with beak that points upward slightly. All of the bird's details are there with only slight wear to the head and breast feathering.

The scabbard is also a great example. It has the desirable "anodized" finish which remains 100% intact. Even the original factory protective lacquer is still at about 95%. There is a slight wearing hit on the obverse as well as the reverse, but they are nothing. Another interesting feature is that the scabbard throat is nickel, while the upper scabbard mount beneath is nickel plated. The lower scabbard mount is sold nickel; some neat stuff here, indicative of this transitional period. The lower fitting has a perfect lower ball that has never been dropped, crushed, or abused. These mounts are retained by nickel unturned screws.

There is a vertical hanger attached, which appears to be original to this dagger. The two leather cross straps are both in good condition, the upper strap being equipped with a nickel-plated square buckle. Some of the black leather color has worn from the upper strap but the leather is still sound. The reverse coffin-shaped leather backing is in fine condition. Attached to the hanger is a nickel-plated snap clip being marked "A" and "DRGM". There is some rust to the reverse of the clip, and on the front side the plating has gone to time. This vertical hanger would be of the same vintage as the dagger. Also attached to the hanger is a belt loop which also appears original to the piece, as the leather has formed to the shape of the grip laying against it. The leather of this belt loop is a dark brown, however, not black.

The blade remains bright having a couple of age spots on the obverse, but not bad. The grain is all still there and the deeply etched motto retains 100% of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse blade is also bright with its grain all there. There are a series of age marks toward the tip area, where someone long ago fingered the blade and caused the damage. Still, the blade is not bad and easy to live with. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a small open circle over the SS code, "941/38 SS", and below is the matching Carl Eickhorn squirrel logo used from 1935-1941. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A blade identical to this example is shown in my SS book on Page 170; this book dagger has the plated fittings. On page 169, there is a dagger with the same SS code, but dated 1937, and this dagger is equipped with nickel crossguards.

These transitional daggers are fun to study, to actually see the ways Eickhorn and other companies carried out the changes stipulated by the RZM. A great, very interesting, original dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,795.00

SSDAG #42664 Late Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

This dagger overall is in nice condition and completely textbook. The cross guards are the nickel-plated type. They remain bright showing little age with the exception of a small age spot on the reverse upper right quillon. The matching tang nut is also in nice condition with no signs of improper turning. The ebony grip is also in fine condition. There were a couple of minor lifts in the wood that we successfully repaired, and they are undetectable. The grip now remains in perfect condition and fits the cross guard corners like a glove - nice. The runes button is seated straight up and down and has perfect enamel surfaces. The runes are slightly patinated and are surrounded with a single circle. The grip eagle is the aluminum variety, being the style with "point behind the head". There is some wear to the head of the eagle and a little to the breast feathering and talons, but the wings, wreath and swastika remain completely crisp. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has an "anodized" surface which remains at 100%. There are also large traces of factory protective lacquer present on both sides. The scabbard mounts are the plated steel-base variety. Like the cross guards, they remain bright throughout. Both mounts are in perfect condition, to include the lower ball. The mounts are retained by four dome head-style screws. The nickel-plated center ramp is the later type having further roll to the edges than the earlier varieties. The ramp displays three raised intertwined swastikas on each side. The backgrounds have excellent pebbling. This ramp is retained by two screw, one being on each side. (Most "anodized" scabbards will have the two screw retainage.) The chain is a nickel-plated Type I variety. The links are in fine condition featuring alternating skull and bones, and SS runes. Each link has good pebbling in its backgrounds. The large skulls of this Type I chain really leer at the viewer with all teeth complete. The links are retained by the heavy style tabs used on these Type I chains. The links are connected to a fine clover leaf snap clip. The upper hole of the clover leaf is pierced, and the "DRGM" marking appears within the loop opening on the snap clip. The first link of the upper chain assemble is stamped with the Kulturzeichen SS proofing. The reverse links show a desirable patina evenly spread throughout the surfaces.

The unmarked blade is a beauty. It is completely bright throughout and still retains its factory grain. This blade is in mint condition. The SS motto is crisp etched and has all of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard curvature.

A fine original textbook Type I dagger here that is priced to sell.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $5,995.00

SSDAG #42641 Enlisted Man's Model 1933 SS Dagger - Robt. Klaas

This early example remains in fine condition throughout. The nickel cross guard and tang nut display an excellent even dull patina. The guards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut has no sign of turning. The lower reverse cross guard is district stamped, "III". As we sometimes see, the stamping was done sideways. The ebony grip is a beauty having no repairs and remaining in perfect condition. The obverse grip virtually shows no wearing signs, while the reverse is also nearly in perfect condition - rare to see an early grip this nice.. The runes button is turned to about 7:30 o'clock. It is the style with convex enamel surfaces, still remaining in perfect condition. The runes and double circles around them have a pleasing patina. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "high neck". It has crisp details to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. An extremely fine hilt here.

The scabbard is totally straight on the obverse with just a couple of slight carrying signs on the reverse. The scabbard has 100% "anodized" surfaces. There is about 90% of the factory lacquer covering the obverse "anodizing" with about 80% on the reverse. The scabbard shell is fitted with matching nickel mounts. The upper mount is in perfect condition. The lower mount has a small amount of usage signs to the ball, but no denting or splitting. The mounts are retained by four nickel screws in unbuggered condition. The scabbard is equipped with what appears to be the original-to-the-piece vertical hanger and belt loop. The leather is still excellent to both of the cross straps and to the coffin backing. The retainer strap has a square nickel-plated buckle. The belt loop is of matching black leather, equipped with a nickel-plated "D" ring.

The blade is bright throughout having most of its cross grain. It is easily in near full mint condition. The SS motto is deeply etched, having very dark backgrounds in the letters. This motto really jumps out at the viewer. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the kissing cranes trademark. Above and below the birds is the firm's name and location in circular capital letters, "Robt Klaas/ Solingen. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contours. A fine untouched SS dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,995.00

SSDAG #42727C SS Numbered Ground Röhm Dagger Owned by SS-Obersturmführer Friedrich Franke, with 51 page Dossier - Gottlieb Hammesfahr

This SS Ground Röhm dagger is not only in outstanding condition, but it is SS serial numbered and originally comes from the famed SS collection of the late John Peppera, sold through Hermann Historica, a couple of years ago. At the time of the Hermann's sale, the dagger serial number had not yet been identified. The original owner is now known and a large dossier has been compiled complete with pictures of the owner, SS-Obersturmführer Freidrich Franke. We will get to these details following the description of this outstanding dagger.

The cross guards and tang nut are of nickel construction. The tang nut does not appear to have been removed. The guards have fine smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse cross guard has been stamped with the SS serial number, "507 82". The number appears to have been stamped over the district numeral, "III". The numbers are crisp and appear to have been stamped using individual dies. The ebony grip is totally perfect on the obverse. The reverse is outstanding also, except for a small bump in the wood above the lower cross guard area. The bump appears to be very old and was probably caused by a snap clip on the reverse of a once-present vertical hanger. The grip absolutely fits the cross guards like a rubber glove. The runes button is the style that is slightly convex. It has perfect enamel and is turned to about 7:00 o'clock. The SS runes have nicely patinated, matching the dual circles around them. The grip eagle is the style with "point behind the head". It remains in crisp condition, with full detail to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has outstanding "anodized" surfaces being nearly 100% on both sides. It has a slight rub on the upper portion of both sides, appearing to have been caused by the once-present vertical hanger mentioned above. The nickel scabbard mounts are in nice condition. The lower ball has a small ding just in the lower center area. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.

The obverse blade is in full mint condition with mirror-bright surfaces and all of the grain in place. The deeply etched SS motto remains completely crisp having 100% of the factory frosting in the letter backgrounds. The reverse blade reflects a neatly done professional grinding. The grind encompasses the areas that contained the original Röhm inscription. The grind lines are all uniform with a grind pattern that runs horizontally along most of the length of the blade. The trademark was not touched and still remains in perfect condition. It presents the double ovals which contain the firm's name and location, "Gottlieb Hammesfahr/ Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the cross guard contours.

And now for the exciting details relating to the original carrier of this dagger! An accompanying 51 page dossier indicates that Franke joined the Allgemeine SS in 1931 and was assigned the SS # 50 782, which is stamped into his SS dagger cross guard. Later, while an enlisted man assigned to Personnel Records at SS Headquarters in Berlin, Franke received a second SS number being #14 487. (SS members holding low SS numbers received a certain amount of prestige), thus the reason for this lower number. Franke was born in Brandenberg Havel on 13 June 1899. He listed his religion as Gottglaubig, which meant non-believer in God, which may have fit in quite well with SS standards. He was also a member of the NSDAP, having joined 1 January 1931. He was married to Irmgard and had no children. In addition to pictures of the married couple, there are copies in the dossier of both Franke and his wife Irmgard's submission form to the Race and Resettlement division which were necessary under SS law to prove racial purity. It is interesting to note that Franke joined the Wehrmacht where he served from 1936-1937. During the war, in 1943, he joined the Waffen-SS and became an SS-Obersturmführer assigned to Waffen-Gebirgs Division der SS "Handschar". In 1944 he was assigned to SS-Gebirgs Division VI SS Freiwilligen-Armeekorps. On 13 June 1944 he was "missing in action" during an assault in Russia. The large number of documents all substantiate these facts, but if they were translated, there must be many more details that could be learned about this SS officer's career.

A fine opportunity here to acquire a researched, numbered dagger that remains in superlative condition. A "must" for the serious collector.

Near Mint. $6,995.00

SSDAG #42726C Model 1933 SS E.M. Ground Röhm Dagger with SS Serial Number Named to SS Unterscharführer Willy Heim, with Large dossier - Rich Abr. Herder.

This SS Ground Röhm is an extremely exciting dagger as not only does it have the original owner's SS serial number with large research dossier, but also the dagger is in first rate condition. The cross guards and tang nut are fine nickel, appearing to have been cleaned not too long ago. The tang nut shows no signs of taking down. The cross guards have excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The underside of the lower cross guard is stamped with the original owner's SS serial number, "32 543". The ebony grip is as fine as they come being in perfect condition with fine contour lines. The grip could not fit the cross guards any better. The runes button is the style with convex shape. The enamel is completely perfect, highlighting the patinated runes and double circles around them. The runes are turned to about 7:00 o'clock. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety having all details remaining to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A great hilt here.

The scabbard shell is completely straight throughout. The "anodized" finish is 100% on the obverse and 98% on the reverse, having a small rub on the upper area where apparently the dagger was equipped with a vertical hanger during the years to was worn. A fine shell here. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are both in perfect condition, to include the lower ball. All four nickel screws are in place and are in unturned condition.

The obverse blade is in full mint condition, together with its factory grain. It is mirror-bright. The SS motto is very deeply etched and has 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse of the blade is also in full mirror condition showing grain that is just the slightest bit different from the obverse. There is also just a tiny portion of the upper oval circle missing from the trademark. These two features undoubtedly identify this blade as a factory redone ground Röhm. Beautiful job here. The trademark on the reverse ricasso is 98% still there, featuring the firm's name and location between the two ovals, Richard Abr. Herder/ Solingen. The blade's shoulders perfectly meet the cross guard contour. A very fine dagger here.

Now, who was the man that belonged to SS serial #32 543? The man was SS-Unterscharführer Willi Heim. His SS life is captured in a 46 page dossier, which also has a couple of pictures of Heim. Apparently the reason the SS dagger is in such good condition was that Heim was basically a bookkeeper for the SS, but he was an early member and must have seen a lot of history during his stint with the SS. The dossier ends with him in January 1939 when he was transferred to 1. Sturm/ 56. SS Standarte. The dossier does not indicate whether he survived the war.

But, Heim was born 6 November 1909 in Kronach, Germany where he lived most of his life. He was married to Elsa and had no children. He joined the Party on 1 August 1932 with a Party number of 3 160 740. He was also a member of the Hitler Youth from 1928 thru 1932, before he joined the SS, assigned to 2. Sturm/ 41 SS Standarte. Although Heim acted as primarily a money manager, it is most interesting to note in his SS records that his parents were the owners of the public house Grüer Baum, which since 1923, had been the local meeting place of the National Socialist Party in Kronach. It was in this building where in 1923, Hitler founded the first National Socialist Party. There are many interesting SS documents in the dossier that would need translating to reveal their true intent, but that is something for the next owner of this fine dagger. There are also two excellent photos of Willi Heim in SS uniform.

A very fine piece here with an exciting dossier of research. Researched, numbered SS daggers, seem to be very good investments!

Near Mint. $6,495.00

SSDAG #42634C Transitional Model 1933 SS E.M. - RZM M7/91 / RZM 1221/39 SS (Karl Malsch)

This transitional dagger is quite interesting as it carries a rarely seen RZM combination. I have however, noted the existence of this marking in my SS book in the contract listing section on Page 162. This dagger is in top condition throughout. The cross guards and tang nut are the nickel variety. They are in choice condition with smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The ebony grip is the best you will see - a real beauty here in perfect condition and fitting the cross guard angles like a glove. There are no wearing flaws to this grip. The SS runes button is perfectly placed straight up and down. The enamel is flawless featuring the patinated runes and the dual circles that surround them. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. All details remain crisp to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. You will not see a better hilt!

The scabbard shell is also terrific. The original paint looks like it was done yesterday, still having its fine brightness. Absolute mint condition, original paint here! The scabbard shell is equipped with nickel-plated mounts. The upper and lower examples are also flawless to include the never-dropped lower ball. These mounts are retained by dome head steel screws which are unturned and retain the plating to their heads. The scabbard is equipped with a choice vertical hanger. The hanger is the early style having excellent leather to the two cross retaining straps and the coffin-shape reverse. The buckle is the square nickel-plated type. I am sure this leather hanger is RZM marked, but I do not want to undue the buckle, as there always is a risk here that the leather could be damaged from the stress. The snap clip is a nickel example being marked, "A" and "DRGM". This hanger is in near mint condition. A very fine scabbard here.

The blade is completely bright and has all of its cross grain. The motto has 100% of the darkening in the font letters. Basically,. this blade is in mint condition and is very impressive. Close scrutiny, however, will reveal that both edges of the blade have been professionally sharpened. It is not noticeable and was done so well, that perhaps the original owner had the sharpening done by a period craftsman? No question it is a professional job. I know sharpening is not something we like to see, but given the overall sensational condition of this dagger, it is something that the next owner will be able to live with. The reverse ricasso has an interesting etch. There is a large double-shaded RZM circle positioned over the code, "M 7/91", which is attributable to the seldom-seen Karl Malsch firm. Below, is the SS contract number and date, "RZM 1221/39 SS". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour. An interesting dagger here in top condition with a seldom seen RZM code.

Mint Minus. $3,495.00

SSDAG #42597C Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger with Exclamation Point Motto - RZM M 7/29

This dagger is in remarkable condition, and if you have been looking for an Exclamation Point dagger that you will never need to upgrade, this dagger should be for you. The dagger is equipped with very fine nickel cross guards and tang nut. The guards are in perfect condition with smooth surfaces, crisp edges and fine precise accent grooves. These guards are the "P.A" internally marked variety. The tang nut has never been turned with a tool. The ebony grip remains in perfect condition, literally showing little to no wear. The grip fits the guards like a rubber glove. The runes button is positioned at about 7:00 o'clock with perfect black enamel. The runes and double circles around them remain crisp. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak that points upward slightly and remains new-like with all details to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A really great hilt here!

The scabbard shell is completely straight throughout. It has the anodized surface, which is easily at 100%, with about 90% of the original protective factory lacquer in place - outstanding scabbard shell here. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel , the upper being in perfect condition. The lower ball has a couple of very minor taps, but nothing objectionable. The original nickel scabbard screws are all in place and are unturned. The hanger ring is equipped with a fairly early three-piece hanger. The hanger leather is still supple and is very lightly SS marked - the stamping is a little vague and a bit hard to see, but it is there. The hanger is complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger hardware is the plated type, and the conventional snap clip is unmarked, remaining with bright finish. Attached to the hanger is the grip retainer loop with working snap. The belt loop shows wear to the black surface leather finish, but a portion of the original finish remains on both sides. The loop is complete with a nickel-plated "D" ring.

The blade is magnificent, remaining factory bright throughout, having mirror finish with all original cross grain in place. The mint blade is etched with the SS motto having the exclamation point at the end, "Meine Erhe heisst Treue!". A great to see rare variation here and very desirable. The etch backgrounds have all of the factory darkening in the letter fonts. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a double circled, shaded RZM marking, placed over the code, "M 7/29". We have learned that this was the code used by the Klittermann & Moog firm and not that of the Jacobs firm which was previously thought. For in-depth information on this discovery, please refer to my SS book dealing with this subject beginning on Page 676. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

All and all a fabulous exclamation point example here and one of the best-conditioned pieces of this type that I have seen.

Mint. $5,995.00 (#021419)

SSDAG #42598 Model 1936 Mid-period Chained SS Dagger

This Chained-SS is one of the best-conditioned examples that I have handled and it is equipped with a magnificent Type I chain and fully anodized scabbard. A real thing of beauty here and highly collectible with definite investment potential.

The dagger was most likely produced about late 1937 or perhaps early 1938. The cross guards and tang nut are the nickel-plated variety. The plating is still factory bright, nearly new-like. The top guard and the reverse of the lower guard remain perfect. The obverse lower guard has just the slightest of freckling on the right center area, but if anything, it testifies to the dagger's age, as the overall preservation of this piece is incredible. The tang nut is also in mint condition and does not show signs of turning. The ebony grip shows no wear whatsoever, having fine crisp center ridge line. The perfect grip nicely fits the cross guards. The SS runes button is straight up and down, showing a little patina to the runes, but still having fine enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the style with the "point behind the head". It shows full detail to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A "killer" hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow. It has 100% anodized surfaces - beautiful to look at. The factory protective lacquer appears to be at least 95% on this shell. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated-over-steel variety. They remain factory bright throughout - none better, to include the never-dropped lower ball. The screws are the dome head steel variety and all are in place and are unturned. The center scabbard ramp has crisp edges. It features the raised-out intertwined swastikas on both sides. The backgrounds are pebbled and have nearly 100% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. Like we often see on anodized scabbard versions, this ramp is retained by two matching dome head steel screws. The chain is the Type I variety. It is nickel-plated as all Type I's seem to be. Also, though, it has the added visual delight of factory-blackened backgrounds in all of the chain links, something not many Type I chains have - nice. The links are incredible with their raised skulls and bones and raised SS runic links. These links show no wear and all three of the skull links have the best teeth, indented eyes and upside-down, heart-shaped nasal areas that you will ever see - no wear all. Incredible! The connector chain link tabs are the heavier duty variety we see on Type I's, and each an every tab remains in perfect condition. The two tabs that connect the chain to the upper clover leaf have the correct straight edges and are longer than the other links. The clover leaf assembly is the style with the cutout loop at the top, easily revealing the "DRGM" letters beneath, having been stamped into the snap clip positioned below - great stuff here! The reverse of the top upper link is deeply stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen proofing. An incredible scabbard here! This scabbard is of the same vintage and type that I show in my SS Book on Page 146, being owned by the highly respected late Barry Brown of the U.K.

As we might expect (and hope for), the unmarked blade is flat-out mint - just the best. It has all of the cross grain and is beautifully shaped with its needle-like tip. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is perfectly etched and easily has 100% of the factory darkening in the letter font backgrounds. The blade's shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour. What a pleasure to look at this blade. In fact, what a pleasure to look at this whole dagger!

A really nice example here - not the earliest version ever produced, but then again, how often do we see a piece become available in this condition. Fine, fine thing here.

Mint. $8,995.00(#021419)

SSDAG #42551C Late Model 1933 SS Dagger with Rare RZM Marking - RZM 15/39 SS

The RZM marking on this dagger is very rare. I do, however, note its existence in my SS Book on Page 162. I have found it to be manufactured both in 1938 as well as 1939, the latter being the date of this piece. When I did my SS book, I had also identified this contract number with both J. A. Henckels as well as Ed Wüsthof. In my SS book, on Page 165 upper. I show a dagger with this contract number that also has the Henckels twins logo and was also produced in 1939. As we know now, these numbers were contract numbers issued by the SS to one or even several firms to produce needed daggers for new SS recruits.

This dagger has survived the last seven decades in exceptional condition. The nickel plated cross guards remain in mint condition being bright and showing almost no age, the same being true of the tang nut. The tang nut does not look to have been turned. The ebony grip is a fine as you will see with no flaws and no evidence of being carried. The grip perfectly fits the cross guard angles. The SS runes button is straight up-and-down and remains in perfect condition with flawless enamel. The grip eagle is the aluminum type, being the "high-neck" version. All details to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika remain crisp. A very fine RZM hilt here.

The scabbard shell is completely straight. The original black paint could not be any better and still be original. It has only a few tiny signs of being around all of these years and it basically remains in mint condition. The scabbard mounts are the steel base type, being nickel-plated. The plating is still mirror bright and new-like. The lower ball remains perfect. The original dome head steel screws are all in place and are unturned. There is no hanger on this piece.

The blade is a real killer, being in stone mint condition. It is completely mirror bright and easily has all of its factory cross grain. The SS motto is as good as you will ever see, being completely crisp and having 100% of the original factory darkening in the backgrounds of the letter fonts. The reverse ricasso is etched with a double RZM circle having the center blackened. It rests over the code mentioned above, "15/39 SS". The blade perfectly meets the lower cross guard contour.

A great-conditioned and very rarely seen original RZM SS dagger here. If you are saving SS daggers and want to add just one RZM piece to your collection that can not be upgraded, this example is indeed a highlight.

Mint. $3,995.00

SSDAG #42495 Mid-period Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

This Chained-SS dagger is in nice overall condition. The cross guards are the nickel plated type, the lower example being bright and in near mint condition. The upper cross guard shows some minor freckling in the surfaces of both sides, but not bad. When we bought the dagger, it had a couple of chips in the grip, which we have successfully repaired and they are undetectable. The grip is now in perfect condition and nicely fits the cross guard angles. The runes button is the style with copper runes and matching double circles around them. The button enamel is in perfect condition except for a tiny chip just above the top of the right runic symbol - it is nothing. The grip eagle is a nickel variety being the style with beak that points upward slightly. There is only minor surface wear to the eagle and the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika are still in good condition. There is a fine 43cm aluminum portepee about the grip. The knot was there when we acquired the dagger, but I did re-tie it to a proper look as it was previously positioned in the Army tie. The aluminum cord is in good shape showing little usage. The stem and the slide are bullion with black "V' designs, while the lower ball is standard bullion yarn-like material - a good-looking knot here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has a fine anodized finish which remains at 100%. Additionally, the original protective lacquer is also about 95%. A terrific shell here. The upper and lower scabbard mounts are the steel base type being in choice, bright condition. The plating is 100% and the lower ball is perfect, having never been dropped. The original dome head steel screws are all in place and are unturned. The center ramp is the mid-period type and is part and parcel of the chain assembly having a plated, toned finish. The ramp has the flatter style edges typical of the later type. It features three intertwining swastikas on each side, and like we see with many anodized scabbard types, this ramp is retained by two screws. The chain assembly exactly matches the metal tone of the center ramp. The chain assembly is the Type I style. The links alternate the depictions of skull and bones, and SS runes. The links remain crisp throughout featuring the large skull seen on these Type I's. The links have pebbled backgrounds, the same as the center ramp, but on the Type I chains, the backgrounds are normally not found to be blackened. The reverse of the first link on the upper chain is deeply stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen proof being the same as I show in my SS Book on Page 130. The chain assembly is connected to an open-style clover leaf in which the "DRGM" letters show at the upper loop center open area. The clip spring is in good condition. There is a "key ring" attached to the clip which appears to be absolutely period. (Many officers used the key ring in order not to have to purchase a special dagger hanger with "D" ring, as the standard sword loop worked well with the key ring attached.)

The unmarked blade is a fine example. It is bright throughout and displays most of its original grain. Other than a little minor smudge toward the lower blade on both sides, this blade is in near mint condition. The motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is nicely etched and retains all of its factory darkening in the backgrounds - nice. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard.

A fine SS Chained dagger here showing only minor age and being textbook throughout. It very much resembles the piece I show in color in my SS book on Page 156. It is priced reasonably and is a good one to stash into your collection if you are on somewhat of a limited budget.

Excellent Plus. $5,495.00

SSDAG #42552 Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

This early Chained-SS dagger is a fine example of the best quality. As we often see on these initial production examples, the nickel cross guards are internally marked, "P.A.". The tang nut is in perfect condition with no signs of wrenches, as it is loose and apparently was not fully tightened in the past. The cross guards are in true perfect condition, showing fine smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. They have a desirable semi-dull patina and are as good as you will see. The ebony grip is in near perfect condition showing little to no wear. There is a small line pressed in the wood just beneath the right wing of the eagle, and on the reverse, there is a small impression no doubt caused by the chain hanger clip. This choice grip fits the cross guard edges like a rubber glove - none better. The SS runes button is straight up-and-down, having perfect black enamel surfaces. The silver runes and the double circles around them have a fine matching patina. The nickel grip eagle is a beauty being the style with beak that turns up slightly. Absolutely 100% of the eagle's details are there to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika - shows no wear at all, commensurate with the grip condition. A great hilt here!

The scabbard shell is completely straight on the reverse. The obverse is fine also with just the slightest minuscule ripple about an inch down from the center ramp, but it is nothing. The original paint is outstanding, being about 95% or more. It retains its original brightness and looks terrific. A great scabbard shell here! The matching nickel scabbard mounts are also in fine condition. The lower ball may be just the slightest bit flat at the very bottom, but you have to really look to notice it. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws, all of which are unturned. The center ramp is the nickel early type having crisp impressive edges. The ramp portrays the three intertwined raised swastikas on each side. The background is pebbled and retains about 98% of the original factory darkening. The ramp is held in place by a single nickel screw matching the others. Attached to the ramp is a very fine nickel Type II chain. The chain links feature alternating skull and bones with SS runes. The skulls still retain all of their teeth, leering out at the prospective buyer. The background blackening in all of the links matches that of the center ramp. All of the nickel connector tabs are in perfect condition with no openings anywhere - rare to see this on Type II's and another sign of little wearing. The reverse of the first link of the upper chain is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen proof marking. The reverse links all have a fine patina indicating their light coating of silvering still being there. The clover leaf is the closed variety, remaining in fine condition with good working spring to the snap clip. A very fine scabbard and chain assembly here.

The unmarked blade is bright throughout. There is some extremely minor age in a couple of small areas, but overall the obverse is in near mint condition. The SS motto is typical of the etchings we see on these initial production daggers, being crisp throughout and having 100% of the factory darkening in the letter font backgrounds. The reverse blade has a couple of smudges, but it is not bad. This side of the blade would grade at excellent plus. Looking at both sides of the blade, though, the cross grain appears to all be there. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

This is a fine early example here. Were it not for the mild blade spots, this dagger would grade at easily a near mint condition. Still, an outstanding dagger here and a real show piece for those of you out there looking to add an early Chained-SS to your collection.

Excellent Plus. $7,495.00

SSDAG #40784 Full Rohm Inscription SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This SS full Rohm dagger was recently received from a consignor that purchased it from a 94 year old veteran of a field artillery group. The purchase only occurred recently on March 6, 2018. The consignor contacted me and initially sent me pictures, and eventually the dagger. It was not in a good state. The grip had a couple of mean chips in it. The scabbard was an SA type with "anodized" finish that had traces of black paint throughout and under the mounts, but there was an early proper SS short hanger. In addition, the blade reflected pitting on the obverse and reverse of the ricasso, but otherwise was in nice condition.

If there was ever a dagger that needed our attention, it was this example. I had a choice early SS anodized scabbard I have been saving for a project like this, and now had come the time to put it into action. The grip repair was not a problem and something that we have performed successfully for many years, so we did so here. Other than take the rust off the ricasso pitted area, there was not much we could do, but since the rest of the blade is so nice, it is not the worst thing in the world. We cleaned the dagger to match the fine scabbard fittings and the result of our work has made for a pretty nice, ultra-rare SS Full Rohm dagger. The description is below.

The hilt of this dagger is equipped with nickel tang nut and matching crossguards. The guards have been cleaned and they now look their best, the lower guard being marked with the District "III". The guards are marked internally with the Eickhorn in-house monogram, "H.E". As stated above, there were chips mostly at the front and reverse of the bottom grip, which we were successfully in repairing and they are undetectable. The grip perfectly fits the crossguards. The SS runes button has perfect enamel and is turned to about 7:00 o'clock. The silver runes and circle around them have nicely patinated. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety. It has all remaining details to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. This hilt really looks great!

Since the original scabbard was not practical to use, we substituted an original early Eickhorn example from my "parts" bin. It is a real beauty having all nickel mounts, being in perfect condition to include the lower ball. The nickel screws are all in place and are unturned. The scabbard shell is completely straight throughout, having 100% of the original "anodized" surface - great "anodizing" here. The original SS short hanger from the original scabbard was removed and has been mounted to the hanging ring.

And now to the blade. The ricasso area of both sides have spots of pitting, and as you collectors know, once this occurs, other then clean the area to prevent further deterioration, there is little that can be done. (Apparently at some time in the past, the vet had a portion of the blade exposed and it must have gotten wet, resulting in the pitting). Amazingly, though, the rest of the blade is easily in near full mint condition. This blade is bright and still has it crossgrain. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue", is deep and crisp, still retaining nearly 100% of the original factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. Turning the blade over, reveals a matching-etched Rohm inscription, having the same factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. "In herzlicher Kameradshaft Ernst Rohm" - beautiful! The reverse ricasso, although pitted, still easy reveals the 1933-1934 Eickhorn double-oval trademark. It is tough to see whether the squirrel has the serrated or smooth type tail, but the animal is still plainly visible. Also the company name, "Carl Eickhorn" is quite clear within the ovals. The "Solingen" name is not. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

So, there you have it - a real SS Rohm here. Given, it does have some restoration, but it is priced accordingly. If you have ever wanted to add one of these ultra-rare daggers to your collection, but your budget was not up to the 20K to 30K that they generally sell for, here is your opportunity.

Excellent. $8,995.00

SSDAG #42404 Early Model 1933 SS Dagger with Owner's Serial Number - Robt Klaas

TThis initial production SS dagger is in choice condition throughout. The nickel cross guards remain in perfect condition with smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. They have a fine even dull patina throughout. The tang nut does not appear to have ever been out of the dagger. The reverse lower cross guard is District marked, "III" and the numeral is stamped sideways, as we sometimes see. To the right of the Roman numeral is the original owner's SS serial number. It is neatly stamped, "153 984". I looked up the number in the Dienstaltersliste and unfortunately, the number is not there, so the original owner of this dagger was an enlisted man. The ebony grip is a beauty showing only the most nominal of usage, having no flaws anywhere and no repairs. The grip perfectly fits the cross guards - none better. The runes button is the convex style, being positioned at about just short of 7:00 o'clock. The enamel surfaces show some minor usage signs on the surface, but the enamel is all there with no chips. The nickel grip eagle has matching patina and is the "high-necked" version. All details remain to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. It is also great to see that there are no chips or any kind of flaws around the eagle placement, something rare to see on these ebony grips due to their inherent hardness. This is a really fine hilt!

The scabbard shell is completely straight throughout. It still has all of its "anodized" finish and there is quite a bit of original factory protective lacquer remaining at the protected areas above the lower scabbard mount. The lacquer is still 100% on the upper scabbard shell area where it is protected by the original-to-the-piece vertical hanger. The nickel scabbard mounts exactly match the patina of the cross guards and both are in fine condition. The lower ball has a minuscule dimple at the very center bottom, but that is it. The vertical hanger is also a beauty still having fine leather to the lower cross strap and the retainer strap leather is still supple. The strap is equipped with the typical nickel-plated square buckle. The coffin-shape reverse is perfect. The matching patina nickel snap clip is stamped on the reverse, "A" and "DRGM". Attached to the snap clip is what appears to be the original leather belt loop. The black leather nicely matches the tone and wear of the vertical, being complete with a "D" ring.

The obverse blade is completely mirror bright mint, still having all of its cross grain. The motto is deeply etched, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue", and retains all of the factory blackening in the letter font backgrounds. The reverse blade is almost as nice as the obverse, having just a little minor smudge just after the trademark. The blade overall, however, easily grades in near full mint. The reverse ricasso has matching dark etch to the trademark. It consists of the firm's name and location in circular block letters, "Robt Klaas/ Solingen". The two kissing cranes appear in the center. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard curvature.

A very fine dagger here, especially having the very desirable SS number stamping on the cross guard. Even though the number belonged to an NCO, that does not mean it is impossible to identify the original owner. Ross Kellbaugh, the SS researcher, has been working to record a lot of these numbers from the Berlin files, located near his home in Maryland. It would be a good idea for the next owner of this dagger to contact Ross and let him put the number on his list. He has turned up a lot of NCO identities in the past, so there is no reason to believe there is not the possibility of also doing the trick with this dagger. Either way, though, an outstanding SS in original untouched condition - don't see many like this example today.

Near Mint. $4,795.00

SSDAG #40037C Enlisted Man's SS Dagger with Exclamation Point Motto - RZM M7/29 (Klittermann & Moog)

This K & M SS EM Dagger has a couple of problems but it is the genuine article and really has nothing wrong with it that couldn't be repaired in the future.

The crossguards and tang nut are solid nickel. They are darkly patinated and look quite nice. I took a look inside and they are marked "EL", something commonly seen on Exclamation Point daggers. The guards remain in choice condition throughout.

The grip is in nice shape. The reverse is perfect, but the obverse looks to have been repaired at the top and bottom. If the next owner would like to have this rectified we could do so for a reasonable price. Other than the two repairs the obverse is good, with the original center ridge line and closely fitting the guards. The SS runes button has perfect enamel and is set straight up and down, with fine silvered runes and borders. The nickel grip eagle has a beak which points slightly upward, and retains outstanding detail throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. Although it looks to have a nice, "anodized" finish, it looks to me as though it has been redone in the past. The work is quite good but it is detectable to those who are used to those looking at these daggers. The nickel scabbard mounts are in nice condition, with only a small hit to the left side of the ball. The original nickel screws are in place and unbuggered.

The blade remains bright throughout and has a very nice Exclamation point etch. The background darkening looks to be about 90-95% intact. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a double shaded RZM circle atop the K & M code "M7/29". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

I took a look at the tang on this dagger and it is most interesting as the hilt fittings and tang are identical to the example I show in my SS Book on page 688. The book piece is marked "RZM 324/37", but this is just a later SS code marking which was assigned to Klittermann & Moog. The tang shown on the book is identical to the tang on this M7/29 dagger. It has intertwined KM initials and the number "3" stamped into it. So this blade was forged the same way as the book piece and the guards both purchased from the "EL" manufacturer.

A nice dagger here, with a rare motto. The minor grip repairs can easily be perfected, and although the scabbard shell looks redone it is not hard to live with as it was done well.

Excellent. $3,495.00

SSDAG #42259C Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - RZM M188/35 SS

This early SS Dagger is one that we do not encounter very often, but I have had them in the past and have made notation of this RZM marking in my SS Book.

The dagger is of initial production, with a nickel tang nut and crossguards. The lower reverse guard is district marked "I". The guards are in fine condition throughout, with a dull, even patina.

The grip of the dagger is a fine example with no repairs. It fits the guards like a glove. It is a bit thinner than we normally see, with a fine center ridge that shows little wear. The SS runes button is the slightly convex style, with perfect enamel and fine silver runes and double borders. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward; this bird retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is also a fine example. It shows a couple of carrying signs but remains totally straight, with fine, original black paint. This paint remains 100% intact and shows only a few minor traces of crazing. The mounts remain very good, including a fine, undropped lower ball and original screws.

The blade is very good. Other than the usual "in-and-out" marks it has no issues, being mirror bright with a needle-like tip. The SS motto is lightly etched but still has 100% of the original darkening the in recesses of the lettering. A very nice, mint blade here. The reverse ricasso is marked in the same tip-down fashion as the 120 and 121 marked daggers. It reads "SS 188/35". Below this is a douvble open RZM circle. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower guard contour.

A very scarce early SS Dagger here, one of the first to utilize the RZM job order codes from the SS. An extremely nice dagger, and a very rare marking.

Near Mint. $3,595.00

SSDAG #42315 Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

This early SS chained dagger shows some usage and some minor age, but overall it is all there and is priced accordingly.

The tang nut and crossguards are the solid nickel variety, the latter being internally marked "P. A.". The nut shows little to no take-down signs, and the guards have a fine, dull tone.

The ebony grip remains in perfect condition, with no evidence of repairs and fitting the guards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is straight up and down and has fine enamel surface. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" variety. This bird has a little greenish patina on the surfaces, but all details are intact throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original black paint shows some minor crazing and wearing chips evenly spread throughout. Overall, the paint is about 90%. The scabbard mounts are the nickel variety having patina matching that of the hilt mounts. The upper and lower scabbard mounts are in excellent condition, to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are in place.

The center ramp is the early style with crisp edges. It features three intertwined swastikas on each side. The backgrounds are pebbled and have nearly 100% of the dark color applied to the areas, The ramp is retained by a single side screw.

The nickel chain assembly is the Type II version. The links have excellent detail to the skull and bones examples and the runic symbol type. All of the teeth are in place on the skulls, leering out at the viewer. All of the nickel connector tabs are in place and in good condition. The link attaching to the upper scabbard mount is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen proofing. The nickel clover leaf with snap clip is the solid style, also having good background darkening.

The unmarked blade is still bright, although there are some even spread minor smudge marks in the obverse and reverse. They are not bad and do not really detract from the quality of the blade. There is still some grain visible. The motto is crisply etched and retains about 90% of the original background darkening. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A decent original example here, priced accordingly.

Excellent. $4,995.00

SSDAG #42266C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger - E. P. & S.

This early SS Dagger has a very fine, even, dull patina throughout all of the nickel mount. The crossguards are typical Pack types, with smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precisely cut accent grooves. Th tang nut is also in excellent condition. The lower reverse guard is District stamped "I".

The grip is also outstanding, with no repairs or problems, and showing only minor wear. The shape is crisp and it perfectly fits the guards. The SS runes button has good enamel and is turned slightly to the left. The runes and circular borders have toned to match the guards. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Neck" style; this bird has toned to match the hilt and retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout and in excellent condition. The original "anodized" finish is intact, showing only minor traces of age in the few places. There are also traces of the original factory lacquer in the areas protected by the mounts. The matching scabbard mounts remain in good condition. We repaired the lower ball on this example and now it is perfect. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are all unbuggered.

Attached to the upper ring is the original short hanger. This hanger has fairly good black leather and is complete with the retainer loop. The hardware is matching nickel and the clip is the unmarked, conventional type.

The blade remains in nice condition, with visible crossgrain and only minor age. It has a good, needle-like tip and a deep, dark SS motto. The ricasso is matching etched with the familiar Hammering Siegfried trademark of the Pack firm, and the blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A good, solid SS Dagger here, in uncleaned condition. We do not see many Pack examples and they are very desirable.

Excellent Plus. $3,495.00

SSDAG #42152C Mid-period Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - RZM 285/38 SS

This is a fine, untouched mid-period example with a very rarely seen SS code. I have come across only a few pieces with this marking.

This example is equipped with nickel crossguards. These guards are in excellent condition throughout. They have a very fine dull patina across the surfaces, and do not look to have been cleaned. The tang nut is a nickel-plated steel type that does not look to have ever been out. The tang nut is a transitional example, evidence of the time when political dagger makers were gradually cutting costs on their products.

The ebony grip is a very fine example, having no restoration and showing little usage. It fits the guards fairly nice, having minor shrinkage on the right upper and lower edges. The SS runes button is the convex variety, still having excellent enamel. The runes and double circles around them are also nicely toned. The button is placed exactly north to south. The nickel grip eagle is placed low on the grip. The bird is the style with a beak which points slightly upward. It shows a little modest wear to the breast feathering and the high points of the talons, but the bird's head, wing feathering, breast and swastika still remain crisp.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has the original period black paint, which is still in good condition, showing the usual surface chips and wearing signs we would expect to see after some seven decades of usage and being around. Overall the scabbard paint is about 95% intact. The nickel scabbard mounts have a matching tone. They also show some signs of usage, but no damage. The lower ball has a couple of mild taps, but no crushing or splitting. These mounts are retained by nickel screws which are all present and unbuggered.

The blade is a fine example still being bright. It shows the normal in and out markings, but still has its factory grain. This blade would grade at easily near mint. The SS motto is completely crisp and still retains 100% of its original factory darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a double-open RZM circle over the SS run code, "285/38". Below in a double-open circle is "SS". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A nice mid-period nickel example with seldom-seen SS code. A good piece for those out there that like collecting the many different RZM codes of the companies used by the SS to produce the large number of daggers needed for the growing organization.

Excellent Plus. $3,295.00

SSDAG #42007C Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

This initial production SS Dagger is on good condition overall. The original owner apparently had the mounts chrome plated; we see this once in a while on SS daggers. Chrome was relatively new in the mid 1930's and was a good option as it eliminated the need to constantly be shining the nickel plating.

All of the parts including the guards, scabbard mounts, and chain have been chromed. The chrome finish on the reverse of the chain is quite worn and reveals the nickel plating below, but it is obviously this was not some half-assed chrome job knocked up by a GI. I've had genuine chromed SS Daggers in the past (including a Himmler inscription!) and the authentic examples are easily distinguishable from the "aftermarket upgrades".

The crossguards are internally marked "PA". These guards are in good condition throughout, with smooth surfaces and precise accent grooves. The age of the dagger can be seen in the minute surface wearing signs in the chrome finish. The tang nut is also chrome but shows little to no wear at all.

The grip is a fine ebony example in near perfect condition. It has a small crack on the lower left obverse but it is extremely minor. The grip perfectly fits the guards. The SS runes button is perfectly placed and retains good enamel. The runes have a slight patination, as have the borders. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward, and remains in crisp condition throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has good black paint which looks to be original. This paint has some minor chipping but is about 95% intact overall. The scabbard mounts are in good condition although the lower ball is slightly crushed at the bottom, but there is no splitting. The original nickel screws are all in place on these fittings. The center ramp is the early type with sharp rolled edges and three intertwined swastikas on both sides.

The chrome plated chain is a Type 2 nickel example. All of the skulls retains good teeth and leer at he viewer. All of the SS rune links remain crisp, but the snap clip shows a bit of wear. The chain is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen marking. The cloverleaf is the closed style we normally see with a Type 2 chain.

The unmarked black remains bright but does show a few minor age spots from the runners. These marks are not bad, however. The SS motto is the lightly etched type we see on these early blades. Little of the factory darkening remains but the motto is still crisp. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

It is interesting to note that there appears to have once been a serial number on the lower guard. It seems to have been ground off at some point but some traces of it remain.

An interesting SS Dagger here, priced to sell.

Excellent. $4,495.00 (#101818)

SSDAG #42014C Grouping Consisting of Numbered SS Dagger, SS Honor Ring & Extensive Documents Belonging to SS-Standartenführer Heinrich Knote

This grouping is quite exciting as the original owner, SS-Standartenführer Heinrich Knote has quite a special career being one of Himmler's SS judges in the section known as "Hauptamt SS-Gericht" and also holding rank in the Waffen-SS. SS-Gericht was their legal department and was in charge of administering the disciplinary side of the special code of laws to which SS men were subject. It could be compared to the modern "internal affairs" within American police departments of today. SS-Gericht controlled the SS and Police Tribunals in the larger towns of Germany and Occupied Countries.

Knote became an officer in the SS on April 20, 1934 with the rank of SS-Untersturmführer and was initially a member of the staff of the Reichsführer. He obviously caught the eye of Himmler early on, as he received the SS Honor Ring on June 30, 1934. Knote was born July 10, 1910 and his SS number was 16 365. He was promoted both In 1935 and 1936, and in 1937 was promoted again achieving the rank of SS-Sturmbannführer and was also awarded the SS Sword of Honor. By 1942 he was a member and judge of the SS Court system (SS-Gericht) and in the July 1944 SS Dienstaltersliste he also held the rank of Oberstrumbannführer in the Waffen-SS.

I have only touched on the this man's record. There is a huge complete dossier that details his entire career with many documents coming from SS offices relative to Knote's performance, a 10 x 8 picture of Knote, his SS application and genealogy research documents, etc. There are many many documents here to study for the research student interested in the SS. In addition to these extensive records, there is Knote's SS Soldbuch complete with his picture. There are lots of interesting notations in the Soldbuch, one of them being dated "1/1/40" with an SS rubber stamping along with the signature of Sepp Dietrich. The passbook also indicates that Knote went on to be promoted to SS-Standartenführer on 20 February 1945. Other passport style books that are included (all with his picture) are a "Deutscher Reichsbund für Leibesübungen", a "Deutsches Reich Reisepass" and an additional "Nationalsozialistischer Reichsbund für Leibesübungen". Literally a treasure trove of history in these documents.

Knote's dagger is a Carl Eickhorn-produced Ground Röhm example. The nickel crossguards are internally marked, "A.R", being the alternative crossguard types used by Eickhorn during this early period. There is no district stamping on the lower guard, but we see this lacking on daggers that may have been handled specially and were not part of the initial distribution system, as most likely was the case here, as at this time Knote was a member of Himmler's office. The bottom of the lower guard is stamped with Knote's SS number, "16365". The grip is in near perfect condition, although I see in some previous correspondence, that the grip had a crack in it at that time, so we can assume the grip has had some restoration, however, the repairs are undetectable. The runes runes button has perfect enamel and is set at about the 7:00 o'clock position. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" variety, still showing good detail to the eagle. The grip has a gap at the upper obverse right, but this is pretty much normal with Eickhorn grips, having shrunk over the years.

The scabbard is straight throughout. It has excellent paint which appears to have been done period, over the original anodized surface. This paint is about 98%. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel. They are in perfect condition to include the never-dropped lower ball. All original nickel screws are in place and are unturned.

Attached to the upper carrying ring is what appears to be a period replacement leather short hanger. It is installed with the buckle being on the rear and the snap clip facing forward. I have left it this way, as apparently this was the manner in which Knote wore the dagger. The clip is marked, "OLC, RZM M5/71", indicating a later hanger of about 1936/37 vintage. Chances are that Knote had this replaced when the previous example became worn.

The blade still remains bright, showing some minor age here and there, but no pitting and still having some minor grain remaining. The SS motto is located a little low on the obverse surface, but we see this on occasion with these etches. There is about 90% of the original factory darkening in the backgrounds of the motto. The reverse blade reflects a complete grind and repolishing of the original Röhm inscription. The repolishing also included most of the Eickhorn trademark, but there is still enough there to easily recognize the small double oval proof with a squirrel having a smooth tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

Also included is Knote's SS Honor Ring. The outside of the ring has almost completely worn off - obviously, Knote wore this ring with pride everyday. The inside of the ring, however, still has a good readable inscription being, "S. lb. Knote 30.6.34". So, literally, this ring was worn for over ten years, so it is not surprising that the ring remains in this worn state. The ring is accompanied by a Don Boyle certificate of authenticity with the accompanying comment, "All runic symbols are worn off the ring. Has nice seam. Inside engraving has been cleaned but is still visible and has nice date 30.6.34."

So, there you have it; quite a grouping here of dagger, ring and tons of documents detailing the life and career of an SS Judge. An outstanding opportunity here to own a significant piece of 3rd Reich history and also the opportunity to further translate and analyze these extensive records. I have only touched the highlights of this man's career. I am sure there are many other interesting facts concerning Knote's life buried in all of these records. A great and possibly rewarding challenge here for the next owner of this historical grouping.

Excellent Plus. $11,500.00 (#101118)

SSDAG #40754C Mid-period Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

This Chained SS Dagger comes from about 1938 production. As such, it is equipped with nickel-plated mounts throughout.

The tang nut does not appear to have been removed. The crossguards show some nominal age to the plating, but it is all there and there is no flaking, so they would clean-up quite a bit if desired.

The ebony grip shows some usage signs, but no gouges or problems. There is a small flake of wood missing at the top obverse area, probably caused by the crossguard - it is very minor. The SS runes button has fine enamel and is perfectly placed straight up-and-down. It is a copper type with matching double circles around it. The grip eagle is also a copper variety; these were nickeled originally, but the plating in most cases went to time. The eagle's head, breast and talons show some hand ware to the details, but the wreath and swastika are still detailed. The grip fits the guards fairly well, being typical for this vintage.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has a fine anodized finish which is still there at 100%. There are some very nominal age sings in the surfaces, but they are nothing and hard to see. The upper and lower scabbard mounts are in fine condition to include the lower ball. They retain their original brightness in the plating. They are retained by four dome head steel screws, all being unturned.

The center scabbard mount is the later type with turned edges, featuring the three intertwined swastikas on the obverse and reverse. The original blackening still remains in the backgrounds throughout. The center ramp is retained by two matching dome head screws. The chain assembly is the Type II nickel-plated variety. Like the ramp, all of the blackening is in the backgrounds of the chain links. The skull and bones links have choice detail, all with teeth leering at the viewer. The SS runes links are also fine being raised out nicely. The upper chain assembly has the Kulturzeichen SS proofing stamped on the first link next to the scabbard. The reverse chain links are also black, indicating silvering was used on these links. All of the link connecting tabs are in excellent condition with no openings and no twisting. The clover leaf clip is in good condition, matching the chain assembly. The snap clip has a good working spring.

The unmarked blade is a fine one, being still nice and bright and having all of its crossgrain. This blade is easily in near full mint condition, having only a few very slight age markings. The motto remains crisp and appears to have 100% of the factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. A fine blade here. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A good textbook, untouched, basic example here in very collectible condition. This dagger is reasonably priced.

Excellent. $4,995.00(#052518)

SSDAG #40919C LATE MODEL 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger - RZM M 7/37 (Robt Klaas)/ RZM 1051/39 SS

This double-proofed SS dagger carries a trademark not often seen and makes it interesting in itself. It is overall a nice dagger.

The crossguards are the nickel-plated variety. The plating has a little freckling in the surfaces, but it is not bad and is all there. The tang nut is matching nickel-plated steel. The ebony grip is a fine example being in near perfect condition, the only flaw being a tiny flake off around the left top of the runes button. The grip perfectly fits the cross guards. The runes button is a fine example having perfect enamel and being placed straight up-and-down. The runes and dual circles around them have a good patina. The grip eagle is the aluminum type in that the dagger was constructed in 1939. This eagle is placed a little higher in the grip than we usually see them, but no question it is original. The eagle is the "high-necked" version and has complete details to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A good hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It is a beauty, still retaining 100% of the paint and showing only the most modest of usage. This paint also retains its original factory brightness. The nickel-plated steel scabbard mounts retain their original bright factory finish. They are both beauties, to include the perfect lower ball. The original dome head steel screws are all in place and are unbuggered. There is a fine SS short hanger. The leather is sound throughout and is complete with the small retainer loop. The buckle and slap clip are nickel-plated. The clip shows a little age, but it is minor. The clip is marked, "RZM" "DRGM" "RZM M 5/8". An excellent scabbard here.

The blade of this dagger is one to write home about. It is really nice having all of the crossgrain and being bright throughout. The motto is crisp and dark having 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. This is easily a full mint blade. The reverse ricasso is interesting as it is double-proofed giving the maker RZM marking as well as the SS contract marking and year of production - normally we only see the contract numbering. It has a double-shaded RZM circle positioned over the Robert Klaas code, "RZM M7/37" and below is the contract RZM code and the date of production, "RZM 1051/39". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A very nice RZM dagger. If you are collecting SS, you need one of all types. This is a good one condition-wise as well as the interesting double proof marking.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,895.00

SSDAG #40887C Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger

It is fairly rare that we encounter an early SS EM. with no maker marking, but I have had my share over the years. Most likely the unmarked daggers were ordered by the SS to be assembled by a number of firms working together to perhaps fill the demand void created by the massive initial orders. This dagger is virtually the same piece that would be found in an early Chained-SS dagger.

Looking at the nickel tang nut, this dagger does not appear to have ever been apart, having all nickel mounts. The dull-patinated crossguards are beauties having excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The reverse crossguard is unmarked. This dagger is identical to the examples that would have been used with an early Chained-SS scabbard.

The ebony grip is a fine example with no repairs. It is in perfect condition showing little usage. This grip nicely fits the crossguard with a little minor shrinkage at the right grip side. The SS runes button is perfectly set straight up and down and has perfect enamel surfaces. The runes are slightly patinated matching their dual circles around them. The nickel grip eagle is a fine example being the style with a beak that points slightly upward. The bird has all details to his head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.

The scabbard is also a fine example. It has all of the "anodized" surfaces with a line of preserved lacquer that remains in the area around the scabbard retaining leather of the vertical hanger. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel and are in good shape, although the ball is slightly bent forward, but is not noticeable from the front. The scabbard nickel screws are all in place and unturned.

The original-to-the-piece vertical hanger is in fairly good shape. The coffin back is perfect, whereas the cross strap with buckle shows a little age, but will be o.k. if the next owner resists pulling the leather while taking it off - take my word for it, as the leather has the proper RZM markings. The rectangular buckle is the standard nickel-plated variety. The snap clip is a plated type indicating that this dagger was produced probably late in 1935 or early 1936. It is marked, "DRGM", "A", and "RZM M5/8". Attached to the clip is a fine black leather belt loop, complete with a pebbled "D" ring.

The blade is a fine example, still being bright. It has most of its crossgrain and rates at near full mint condition. The SS motto is perfectly etched and appears to have nearly 100% of its original background tone in the letters. The unmarked reverse blade remains in the same condition. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A nice unmarked early dagger here, which for those of you out there that collect SS variations, should be treated as a fairly rare acquisition. As mentioned above, this dagger could also be used to complete an early Chained-SS, in the event there is someone out there with a scabbard only and has been looking for the proper dagger. If so, I would be glad to buy the superfluous "anodized" scabbard and vertical hanger back from the purchaser.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,995.00

SSDAG #40886C Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - Boker

This fine and most desirable dagger has the Boker name and all of the classic qualities associated with this respected producer.

The crossguards are nickel having a fine dull patina. They are the distinctive in-house variety having excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves, The lower reverse guard is district marked, "I".

The ebony grip has no repairs. It shows some usage signs with some minor "tap-taps" around the SS runes button and some also around the grip eagle. There are also some taps at the center reverse of the grip where the original-to-the-piece vertical hanger clip has rested. Nothing bad here, though, and this grip fits like a rubber glove. The SS runes button has a couple of minor blemishes in the enamel surface, but there is no enamel missing. The silver SS runes are in perfect condition with their accompanying dual circles around them. The nickel grip eagle is the type with a head that points upward slightly. There is minor wear to the breast feathering, but the bird's head, wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika remain crisp.

The scabbard is straight throughout, having 100% anodized surfaces. There is also a lot of lacquer clinging, rating at about 20%. A fine scabbard here. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel. They are in fine condition, to include the never-dropped lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.

As mentioned above, the scabbard is complete with the original vertical hanger. The hanger has the classic coffin-shape backing. Both of the scabbard shell retaining straps are still quite supple, with the buckle being the standard nickel-plated variety. The nickel snap clip is the style that is marked, "DRGM" and "A".

The blade is as nice as they come still being in a full mint state. It is mirror-bright and has all of its crossgrain. The SS motto is deeply etched and has an extremely dark background in the letters as Boker's are famous for. The motto literally jumps off the blade when viewed by the on-looker. The reverse blade has the stark, leafless tree trademark, positioned within a mausoleum-style structure. Beneath is the factory name and location, "Boker/ Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

A great dagger here and perfect for the collectors out there seeking a choice Boker to complete their SS collection.

Near Mint. $4,495.00

SSDAG #40778 Late Chained SS Dagger

I recently obtained this first-rate condition SS Chained dagger from a family. It belonged to the man's father that brought it home with a dress fire ax of all things, and fortunately for us collectors, it was stored superbly and remains in near mint condition.

The dagger is circa 1939 and has not been cleaned, looking the same as when it was put away some 7 decades ago. The dagger is equipped with nickel-plated mounts throughout. The crossguards and tang nut remain bright with no flaking and have only the slightest signs of age in the surfaces - a real pleasure to see plated crossguards in this condition. The tang nut shows no sign that it has ever been apart.

The ebony grip is a beauty, precisely fitting the crossguards. The grip virtually shows no usage and fits the guards like a rubber glove. The reverse lower right has tiny flake of wood missing, but it is nothing. The runes button is positioned straight up-and-down and has perfect enamel. The silver SS runes and accompanying rings around them have patinated slightly - nice. The aluminum grip eagle is the "High Necked" style. It remains in new condition with no wear signs at all. A great hilt here! The scabbard shell is a real dream being straight throughout. It is the type with an "anodized" finish. The beautiful "anodizing" is 100% and also has traces of the protective lacquer here and there. The plated upper and lower scabbard mounts retain their original brightness. The reverse of the upper mount has some minor age in the plated surfaces, as does the lower ball, but it is nothing and could be cleaned off, if desired.

The center scabbard mount is the later variety with rolled edges and featuring the three intertwined swastikas on each side. The backgrounds of the ramp have all of their original blackening and look great. This ramp has two screws retaining it, as we often see on anodized scabbards. The other scabbard mount screws are all matching being the dome head steel type. They are all unturned. The nickel-plated chain is the Type II variety. It is a great example being just like we like them, having all of the blackening behind the skulls and cross bones and the SS rune symbols. The link detail is outstanding, especially to the toothy grin of the skulls.

The link connectors are the thin nickel type, and as we see often on Type II's. The first link off the scabbard on the lower chain has a little pull and twist in the metal, suffered from the stress created by it original SS man carrying it so many years ago. I could fix this easily enough if the next owner desires it, but I kind of like it, as it speaks of the daggers history. The backs of the chain have all turned black with patination indicating there was some silver finish applied originally. The first upper link off of the scabbard has the Kulturziechen SS proof stamping. The clover leaf is the closed style also having fine plating.

It is interesting to note that loose or broken springs in the snap clip happened during the period also, as this dagger has a very clever period repair to the original clip spring. Inside the clip, half of the original spring has been held in place with a small rivet-like device. The head of this "rivet" is positioned in the center of the clover leaf - a very neat and clever way of fixing a problem. Since the "half" spring still seems to work well, best is left alone here, and again, this kind of stuff is part of the integrity of the dagger. A thoughtful and very worth repair. I like it a lot.

Pulling the unmarked blade out of the scabbard is sure to bring a smile to the next owner. This blade is as good as it could possibly ever be - still looks brand new having 100% of the original factory grain. A flat-out mint blade here having only the usual in-and-out marks in the surfaces. The SS motto is a good as you will ever see. !00% of the factory darkening remains in the letter backgrounds with no sign of any wear. If you are a blade freak, you will just love this one - none better. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A really fine chained dagger here. Fresh out of the woodwork, never been cleaned, never been in a collection and virtually close to mint. This one should not last very long. A real treasure here!

Near Mint. $6,995.00

SSDAG #40698C Mid-period Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

This Chained SS Dagger is a good looker, being textbook throughout. It is equipped with excellent nickel-plated crossguards and matching tang nut still being bright and showing only the most modest of age.

The ebony grip is a fine example showing no restoration and little to no wearing hits. It fits the crossguards perfectly throughout. The runes button shows a little surface usage, but there are no hits. The silver button is straight up and down showing some patina to the runes and the surrounding rings. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" variety. The bird shows a little mild surface wear to the head, breast feathering and talons, but the wings, wreath and swastika still remain crisp.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout both sides. It retains 100% of its original "anodized" finish; it looks really nice, and there is also about 30% to 40% of the original lacquer clinging throughout the surfaces. The nickel-plated mounts are all in good shape. The lower ball had a bad ding in it, but we managed to repair this and it now looks good. The mounts are all retained with the original screws; two being in the center ramp as we often see (but not always) on these daggers when they have anodized scabbards. The center ramp is the typical type we see with Type I chains, being plated (as all Type I chains will be) and having the stippling in the backgrounds of the three intertwined swastikas that decorate the obverse and reverse of the ramp. The turned edges of the ramp are very crisp.

The Type I chain shows very little age, still having 100% plating to the fearsome surfaces. The large skulls are highly detailed with their leering teeth and bones. The SS runes links also show fine relief. Each link has fine stippling matching that of the center ramp. The links all have choice, substantial connecting tabs typical of Type I's, much more sturdily constructed than those utilized on the Type II examples. The clover leaf is in the same matching condition and is the open style, revealing the "DRGM" letters beneath. The reverse chain is also in the same fine condition. The reverse of the first link of the upper chain assembly is deeply stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen proof marking. The ramp spring works well.

The blade shows still mostly bright, with only some mild age signs here and there. The SS motto is crisp, but does not have a lot of background darkening in the recesses. This blade had some sharpening on the edges. We were successful in removing it, and if you did not know this, you would probably not notice it. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lowercrossguard contour.

Other than the blade restoration issues mentioned (the dagger is priced accordingly) the outside of this dagger is really fine. If you are looking for a great original display piece for your wall showcase, this example is tops.

Excellent Plus. $5,495.00

SSDAG #40241C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger with Serial Number & Dossier - C. Bertram Reinh

This is a most interesting early SS Dagger, with a fairly rare trademark and coming with a researched serial number.

The crossguards are the solid nickel type, both of which are in good condition. The upper guard has a small stain on the right edge, but beyond this remains in perfect condition. The lower guard has is District marked "I". Stamped on either side of this marking is the serial number of the original owner, "109 839". The number was done with very large dies and was precisely struck into the reverse surface.

The grip is in nice condition, showing some minor wear but nothing too bad. The lower right area of the grip has a small sliver out of the surface, while the reverse has what appears to be either a repaired chip or some scarring that runs from top to bottom. It is not bad, however, and seems to be firmly in place. The grip nicely fits the guards. The SS runes button shows some traces of wear on the enamel but there does not seem to be any chips. The runes are turned slightly clockwise and the silvering has patinated on both them and the borders. The grip eagle is the type with a point behind the head of the bird. This bird retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight and does show some evidence of carrying time, but has no dings. It has old black paint which appears to be original, most likely redone by the former owner. This paint shows some wear on both sides but is at least 90% intact. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition, with just a small tap on the center of the lower ball. The mounts are retied by the original early nickel screws.

The blade of the dagger is a nice example. It shows usage and the usual "in-and-out" markings, but in the main is still very good, with a needle-like tip. The SS motto is deep and fairly crisp, with about 90% of the original darkening intact. The reverse ricasso is etched with the the wonderful Rooster & Hen trademark of the Reinh firm. From the standpoint of a SS dagger this trademark is quite rare and very desirable. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

As an added bonus the SS serial number is stamped on the guard! The number, "109 839", although assigned to an enlisted man, was located and identified by the professional researcher Ross Kelbaugh. The dagger comes with a nice dossier which details the records of the original owner and also includes a few pictures. The dagger belonged to SS Rottenführer Michael Ahorn. Ahorn was born in 1909 and was a bricklayer by trade. While in the SS he acted as chauffeur, a good position for him as he was a little slip of a man, standing 5'7". He joined the NSDAP in May of 1937 and was assigned a Party Number of "4-645-661". Ahorn joined the SS in March of 1933, receiving various promotions along the way, eventually topping out as a Rottenführer in 1936. He was attached to SS Standarte 73, the 2nd Motorized of SS Standarte 9, and the 4th Sturm of SS Standarte 3.

There may be more information gleaned from the records that accompany this dagger, but these are the basics. As we know, once a SS umber is identified it makes the dagger come alive, becoming something more than just old metal and wood. A fine SS dagger here, paired with an exciting dossier.

Excellent. $5,495.00 (#110917)

SSDAG #39937C SS Partial Rohm Inscription Dagger Boker

This SS Dagger has a fairly decent outside, but unfortunately the interesting and historic blade has turned somewhat gray.

The crossguards are the solid nickel type, with the unique shape characteristic to the Boker firm. They have crisp edges and good, smooth surfaces, as well as precisely cut accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is district marked "I".

The grip of the dagger has some problems when we received the dagger, mainly in the upper portion. We chose to restore this grip and it is now in pretty nice condition. The SS runes button is turned slightly to the left, and has toned nicely. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward. The detailing on this bird remains quite good. As is normally the case with Boker daggers, the grip fits the guards like a rubber glove.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout both sides. This shell has very good original "anodizing"; this finish appears to be all there. There is some minor age in the surfaces, but in the main this is a very nice shell. It is equipped with matching nickel scabbard mounts, in good condition through to the perfect lower ball, and with the original, unbuggered nickel screws.

The blade was apparently left out of the scabbard over the years and, as a result, has aged and grayed and taken on some pitting at the ricasso and tip. This is really a shame because this is a rare blade. Despite this SS motto has fared much better, with most of the dark black letter background Boker was known for is still mostly intact, say about 95%. The reverse is in basically the same condition, but with all of the Rohm inscription and quite a bit of the signature! In fact, there is at least 40% of the signature remaining, something that is quite rare to see. As most SS collectors know it is rare to find a SS Ground Rohm inscription that retains this much of the signature. The Boker Stark Tree trademark is the smaller version used on their Rohm daggers. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

This dagger represent an opportunity to acquire a very rare dagger at a reasonable price. The outside is in very good condition and if you can live with the blade you will be a happy collector.

Excellent. $3,495.00

SSDAG #39996 Mid-period Model 1933 SS Service Dagger - RZM 1054/38 SS

This SS Dagger was produced in 1938 and thus has the nickel plated mounts of this vintage. The crossguards have some lifting to the nickel plating; the upper guard looks pretty good, while the lower guard has slightly more plating loss and is about 50%-60% intact.

The ebony grip is a fine example with no repairs and no problems. It is of "Medium Center Ridge" construction, and fits the crossguards nicely. The SS runes button is placed north to south. The enamel is in perfect condition, with good toning to the runes and the two circles that surround them. The nickel grip eagle is the "High-necked" version. Excellent detail remains to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The obverse area has 100% of the original paint and it still has good brightness to it. The reverse paint is also excellent, showing a couple of worn spots in the surfaces at the upper area, but still this side is near 90%. The scabbard mounts are the steel base type, having nickel plated surfaces. The plating is still in perfect condition retaining its factory sheen. These mounts are retained by early-style dome head screws, all being present and unturned. A very fine scabbard here.

The blade is an extremely nice example. It is bright throughout and easily has all of its crossgrain. Other than the usual runner marks, this blade is in mint condition. The SS motto is very crisp and has 100% of the factory" darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse ricasso has matching etching. At the upper portion is the "RZM" marking in open double circles. In the center is the SS code and the date of manufacture, "1054/38", and below are SS runes in a double, open circle. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the crossguard contour.

To date, this SS code has not been identified. Since we tend to see these "1054" blades only with the 1938 date, I think that the code represented a contract number, rather than a maker. A good example of a later-produced dagger.

Excellent Plus. $3,095.00

SSDAG #39880C Mid-period Model 1936 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger - RZM 806/37 SS

The grip of this mid-period SS EM Dagger was in poor condition when we received the piece. We opted to restore it and it is now in perfect condition. The "806/37" marking on this dagger is one we don't see very often, nor has it ever been identified as to the maker.

The dagger was made in 1937 so we still see a lot of early characteristics. The crossguards and tang nut are constructed of nickel and are in excellent condition throughout, with precisely cut accent grooves, smooth surfaces, and crisp edge definition.

The grip, as indicated above, has been restored. It is now in nice condition. The runes button is set straight up and down and has good silver runes and borders. The nickel grip eagle is the type with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird retains good detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feather, et cetera. The grip fits the guards beautifully.

The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout, with excellent original black paint. This paint shows only modest traces of age and wear, being easily 99% intact. The nickel scabbard mounts are also in good shape, through to the lower scabbard ball. Both mounts are retained by the original, unbuggered nickel screws.

The carrying ring is complete with a short SS hanger. This hanger has fairly good leather throughout although the retainer loop is missing. The buckle and snap clip are the nice plates types, both with some modest age. The clip is marked "RZM M5/71 OLC" on the reverse.

The blade of this dagger is still nice and bright on the obverse. The reverse has a little bit of smudge which runs from the base of the blade to the center. Overall, though, it is not bad and is still appealing. The SS motto is crisp and has most of the original frosted background; this blade never had darkened lettering. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a set of SS runes in a double circle set atop the code "807/36". Beneath this is an open double RZM circle. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A good, original SS Dagger here. It has a slight grip restoration but remains in collectible condition with a rarely seen RZM marking.

Excellent. $2,850.00

SSDAG #39910C Late Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - RZM M7/80 / 1197/38 SS (Gustav Spitzer)

This SS Dagger has been left basically in the way it came in, except for some minor grip repair and minor paint work.

The crossguards are the nickel-plated Boker type. They are heavily toned, but if cleaned-up would come up fairly nicely as the plating looks to be mostly in place. Personally I like them the way they are.

The upper portion of the ebony grip had some problems, so we repaired this accordingly. Overall, now, the grip looks in perfect condition, being the RZM type, having high ridge center construction. It fits the crossguards nicely. The SS runes button is set straight up and down. It has perfect enamel with good toning to the SS runes and accompanying circles. The grip eagle is the aluminum type. It is the high-necked" variety still having good detail to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.

The scabbard is straight throughout. It has painted surfaces. The obverse shows a bit of paint loss around the center area and also in the lower part and it is not too bad. The reverse looks good, but we did touch up this paint some to improve its appearance. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel type. The plating is still good and remains fairly bright, as these mounts tend to do over the years. The lower ball is in good shape showing some usage, but no dents.

Accompanying the dagger is an original-to-the piece vertical hanger. The leather to this hanger is in exceptional condition to include the cross strap with square buckle and the coffin-shape reverse. The snap clip has some minor surface rust and is the Assmann-marked variety.

The blade is mostly bright on the obverse, having some minor smudge evenly spread on the surfaces. The reverse has more of the same. In the main, however, the blade is still excellent. The SS motto is a very crisp and deeply etched with about 70% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is etched with a double-shaded RZM circle, is positioned over the Spitzer code, "RZM M 7/80". Beneath is the SS code and the year of production, "1197/38 SS". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard curvature.

A good starter piece here that is original (with a little restoration) and still in collectible condition. This dagger is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $2,595.00

SSDAG #39581 Mid-period Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

This Chained-SS dagger is in an untouched state having never been cleaned, nor has it been apart. It is a dagger for those out there that like virgin pieces complete with all of the original patina. The dagger was probably produced about 1938 and has a couple of transitional aspects.

The crossguards are the nickel-plated variety, however, they are completely patinated to a yellow-green color. Looking under the patina, it appears as though the plating has lifted just slightly in a couple of areas, but overall, most of it looks very sound. The steel tang nut nicely matches.

The ebony grip is as fine as they come. It is completely perfect with no repairs and fits the guards like a rubber glove\d. This grip is of medium contour construction having good high center ridge. This grip shows little usage. The SS runes button is perfectly placed north to south and has 100% enamel with no damage anywhere. The runes and dual lines around them have also patinated, matching the fittings. The aluminum eagle is the "high-necked" variety. It shows no wear to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. This dagger saw very little wear during the period.

The scabbard shell has excellent "anodized" surfaces. There are a few age spots here and there, but overall, this anodizing is 100%. It is interesting to note that the producer of this weapon used solid nickel hardware on the scabbard, all except for the throat which is a plated steel base variety. The nickel upper and lower scabbard mounts are also a matching deep patinated variety and they are in fine condition, including the lower ball. All screws are in place and are unturned. The center ramp, despite the fact that it has the later style thicker rolled edges, is also nickel. The center ramp portrays the three intertwined swastikas on each side. It is the style that never had darkening in the backgrounds and that also applies to the matching nickel chain links. This ramp is retained by two screws, something we see quite a lot on "anodized" scabbards.

The nickel Type II chain has fantastic detail, showing no wear at all. The dental work to the skulls is the best you will see and the SS runic links are fine and crisp. The nickel tab connectors exactly match the patina and there are no openings whatsoever on the reverse of any of these tabs - very rare to see and a sure sign of little usage. The links are connected to a closed-variety clover leaf with good working spring. The first link of the upper chain is stamped on the reverse with the Kulturzeichen marking. An outstanding scabbard and chain assembly here.

As we would hope, the blade continues the fine attributes of this dagger. This untouched blade remains bright throughout and has all of its crossgraining with needle-like tip. This fine unmarked blade remains in mint condition. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is crisp and has 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours. It is also pleasing to see that the crossguard area that is covered by the scabbard throat remains bright and mint - neat!

A great dagger here for those of you out there that like the uncleaned, untouched appearance. This dagger has never been in a collection.

Near Mint. $7,495.00

SSDAG #39338 Model 1933 SS Dagger with Exclamation Point Motto - RZM 324/38 SS

This interesting SS dagger is the style having an exclamation point after the motto. This variation is always popular with SS type collectors. This particular original piece is identical to the example I show in my SS Book on Page 679 upper, and also I show another nearly identical example on Pages 687 and 688, the only difference being the blade code is 324/37 indicating that the book piece was made a year earlier than this example. The dagger is equipped with solid nickel crossguards. They are in outstanding condition having an excellent nickel tone to the finish. As is the case with the book example on Page 688, these guards are also marked internally, "E.L". The piece shown on Page 679 upper is also equipped with "E.L" guards and it is interesting to note that the tang nut on the book piece is thicker than most - also the case on this dagger. The ebony grip is in wonderful condition with no flaws. It is a mostly smooth-surfaced ridge type, nicely fitting the guards. The SS runes button is straight up and down having perfect enamel and good double circles around the runes. The nickel grip eagle is perfectly set, being the style with beak that points upward slightly. All details are there to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout the obverse, having a very small B-B hit on the lower right edge of the reverse - very minor. It has terrific black paint which is original - this paint is still 100% and has a good sheen to the surfaces. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel. These mounts are in excellent condition, to include the lower ball. They are retained by nickel screws which are all in place. There is a hanger attached to the carrying ring. The hanger has excellent black leather and is complete with the retainer loop. The hardware is the nickel-plated type. The nickeled surfaces show a little age, but basically they are still nice, the clip being marked on the reverse, "A" "DRGM" / "RZM M5/7".

The blade is still bright throughout, although I do not see any grain. The blade is the style with higher center ridge, being the style we often see on later pieces produced after 1938. The motto etch, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue!", has the well-placed exclamation point. There is some minor wear the the centers of the etch letters where the surfaces wore slightly against the blade's runners, but it is not bad. The original factory background darkening in the letters is at about 85%. The reverse ricasso is matching etched, "RZM 324/38 SS" and is identical in every way to the etch on the piece in my SS Book shown on Page 679 upper. This piece probably also had the same forge marks on the tang as the one shown on Page 688, but unfortunately, the tang on this example has accumulated substantial rust over the years. A fine, guaranteed original here - a rare dagger!

Excellent. $5,895.00

SSDAG #39188C Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

This early dagger is equipped with deeply patinated nickel crossguards and tang nut. The guards have good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves.

Since the tang nut was loose to the finger, I took a look inside, and these guards are marked, "St./St," The ebony grip is a fine example, the obverse being perfect throughout and showing little usage signs. The reverse is just as nice, although there is a small sliver of wood at the bottom left that has been glued back into place where apparently it came out at one time - not noticeable. The SS runes button has perfect enamel finish. The runes are positioned at just about 7:00 o'clock and have good patina matching the single circle around them. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "beak that points upward slightly". The eye in the bird's beak is still visible, but there is some hand wear to the breast area and talons. The wreath and swastika still remain mostly crisp. This grip perfectly fits the crossguards on all angles. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has a good "anodized" surface appearing to still be at near 100%. - there is a minor amount of age and rust that have accumulated forming a line above the outline of the lower fitting upper area. There are also minor amounts of original lacquer still clinging here and there. The scabbard upper and center mounts are the nickel-plated type, as they will be on Type I chains. Type I Chains produced together with the upper mount and center ramp are normally always nickel-plated. The lower mount is also matching nickel plate. These mounts are all bright and are in good condition, contrasting with the dull nickel crossguards. When new, of course, all of the mounts were shiny.

It is interesting to note that the upper mount as had the two side lower tips curved around to point upward. This alteration is definitely period and probably was done by the original owner to perhaps eliminate the possible "sharpness" of the fitting's ends against his hand or uniform. This is the first time I have seen this alteration and actually, it looks kind of neat and is barely noticeable. The plated center ramp features the three intertwined raised swastikas on each side. It has excellent pebbling in the backgrounds. On this chain type, the backgrounds of the ramp and also those of the chain links were not factory blackened. The ramp is retained by a single screw on the right side. Many times "anodized" scabbards will have two screws retaining the center ramp, but this one is the exception and is seen occasionally.

The Type I chain is a classic example having the large raised skull and bones and SS runes typical of this type. The teeth are so clear on the skulls that each and everyone could be counted with a loupe - nice detail here. This chain is really nice, not having one spot of rust - rare to see - and all the finish being bright throughout. The background pebbling is also crisp throughout the links. The link tabs are the substantial steel type and each and every one is in perfect condition. The clover leaf clip is the open style we see with these chains. The "DRGM" is visible through the opening at the upper clover loop. The reverse upper chain first link is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen stamping.

The unmarked blade is a very satisfying visual pleasure, as it remains in full mint condition. It is completely bright and retains all of its crossgrain. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is crisp and all of its darkening remains in the letter backgrounds. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A fine original dagger here in good, livable condition. If the next owner would want to clean the crossguards, then the scabbard mounts will all match.

Excellent Plus. $6,995.00

SSDAG #39140C Himmler Inscription SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This Himmler SS Dagger is a very fine, original example.

Studying the nickel crossguards and tang nut, this dagger does not appear to have been ever apart. The guards are the typical Eickhorn "H.E" marked type having the deep, hand-done accent grooves. The surfaces of the guards are completely smooth, having excellent crisp edges. Like most Himmler daggers we see, this piece does not really appear to have been worn much, if at all. Recipients already had their Model 1933 service daggers, so many of these honor daggers were put in a drawer as a keepsake. The lower surface of the bottom crossguard is stamped with the Eickhorn inspector's number, "4". The ebony grip is literally in mint condition.

The grip of this dagger has High Ridge construction. It has an interesting, vertically-running grain on the obverse side and the reverse side also has vague signs of these grain. There are no chips, cracks, gouges or anything on this ebony;really a remarkable loking grip here. In addition, the grip fits the guards like a glove, which is a rare site on an Eickhorn dagger. The runes button has perfect black enamel, nicely setting off the SS runes and the twin circles around them. The runes are pointing at about 7:00 o'clock. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" style and it remains completely new-like.

The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow. The "anodized" surface appears to be 100%, with about 50% of the original factory protective lacquer spread here and there. There are a few very mild age spots in the surfaces, but they are negligible. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in pristine condition throughout, to include the lower ball. They are retained by the original nickel screws, all of which are unturned.

Attached to the hanging ring is the original-to-the-piece Himmler short hanger with nickel hardware. The leather is in first rate condition and is complete with the small retaining loop. The snap clip is the Himmler type, being the standard shape and being unmarked. Attached to the snap clip is a fine matching condition belt loop with "D" ring.

The blade is in choice condition, being bright throughout and having all of its factory grain. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is deeply etched and retains the factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. There are a few tiny "pimples" in the etch background, but they are negligible and something we see frequently on these blades; these pimples are cause by impurities in the steel that react differently with the acid mix.

Other than a very small runner mark which appears above and below the "T" letter in the word, "Treue", the blade is in full mint condition. The reverse blade is in full mint condition with no flaws. The dedication is a beauty being deep and crisp, "In herzlicher Komeradschaft H. Himmler". The trademark is the small double oval variety. The ovals contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". Inside, is the seated squirrel with a nut in his paws. The squirrel has the serrated tail variety. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A very fine Himmler here and absolutely a "must" for you SS "type" collectors out there. No advanced SS collection is complete without the highlight of a nice Himmler. These daggers have always been a great investment in this hobby and no reason to believe they will not continue to climb in value. As a testament, I bought my personal my Himmler dagger at the 1985 MAX Show for $2,500.00 from Steve Wolfe. The appreciation in value over the last 2 decades is certainly not just inflation! A fine opportunity here.

Near Mint. $16,995.00

SSDAG #37988 Model 1933 Ground Röhm SS Enlisted Man's Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This early SS dagger is a very nice, interesting example.

The nickel crossguards are in fine condition having been cleaned not too long ago. They have excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and deep accent grooves, typical of Eickhorn. These guards are internally marked, "A.R", a crossguard maker also used by Eickhorn when apparently their own in-house guards may have been in limited supply. The reverse lower guard is district marked, "III", an indication the dagger was originally issued somewhere in the Berlin area. The lower crossguard is stamped on the under section with the inspection number, "1".

The grip is an outstanding untouched ebony, having no repairs. It is a beauty, fitting the guards perfectly. The grip has a few indentations in the reverse center area caused by the vertical hanger snap clip. Other than this, this grip shows little period usage. The SS runes button is perfectly placed having fine enamel and good silvered runics with matching dual circles. It is positioned at about 7:00 o'clock. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, having a couple of minor wearing signs in the metal, but no dings. The "anodized" finish remains at 100% and really looks good. There are no signs of lacquer, but the fine finish makes up for any lacking. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition. The lower ball has a couple of minor hits but they are negligible. The four original nickel screws are in place and appear unturned.

The original-to-the-piece vertical hanger is in place. The hanger is in good condition with supple leather to the coffin-shaped back and also to the straps. The nickel buckle is the style with oval shape and the snap clip is a solid nickel, unmarked type. It is interesting to note that there is a period repair to the hanger leather portion that retains the snap clip. It is not detractive, and reflects a very fine sewn job which has continued to hold up after all of these years.

The blade obverse is a good bright example having fine tip and deeply etched, crisp SS motto. The motto appears to have all of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. There are the usual runner marks, but overall, this blade easily grades at excellent plus. The reverse has had the Rohm inscription removed. It looks like a professional factory job; there are no fragments of the original inscription remaining and the repolish effort was quite well done, with only a little "touch" to the trademark. The logo is the early 1933-35 small double oval variant. The ovals contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". It features a crouching squirrel, looking to the viewer's left and holding a nut in his paws. The squirrel depicted is the smooth tail version. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A good solid SS example here.

Excellent Plus. $4,295.00

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 a 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