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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 #44129 Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - Rich. Abr. Herder

This is a very fine Model 1933, being the type that everyone wants to add to their collection, as look as you might, there just is nothing wrong with it, and its condition is all there. I sold this dagger to a good customer about ten years ago and since he has several others, he decided to part with it in order to make a trade deal with me. The dagger is equipped with fine nickel crossguards and matching tang nut. These mounts remain in fine condition with smooth surfaces, crisp edges and good precise accent grooves. The tang nut looks like it might have been turned once, but that is about it. Although I didn't look, I am sure these guards will be internally marked with the "P.A" initials, as they were the ones we normally see with Herder daggers. The lower reverse crossguard is marked with the numeral "II". This was the smallest of the districts used for distribution, so we don't see this numeral as much as the "I" and the "III".

The ebony grip is a very fine example showing only the most nominal of usage signs. It is a beauty having no repairs and no flaws - really nice grip here. The runes button is one of the ones with the coppery color. It has perfect enamel and the runes are turned to about 7:00 o'clock. The nickel grip eagle is the type where the head is pointed upward slightly. The bird could not be nicer having full details to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika - no wear here at all. Nice hilt!

The scabbard shell is also a real winner. It is completely straight, and the anodizing is basically all there. There are a couple of faint age dots here and there, but they are really nothing. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in choice condition, to include the lower ball. The ball has a couple of wearing signs, but no dings. All four original nickel screws are in place. The scabbard is equipped with a fine early vertical hanger. The hanger is in nice stable condition throughout with no rot or problems. The cross strap has a nice nickel-plated square buckle. The snap clip is a nickel example marked "A" and "DRGM". Attached to the vertical is a fine-conditioned belt loop. Great overall scabbard here - just what you guys really like!

The blade is completely bright and has all of the cross grain. It is just about full mint, having a couple of the most modest signs of age, but still is a beauty. The SS motto is crisp and has all of the blackening in the letter backgrounds.The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the dual ovals which contain the firm's details, "Rich. Abr. Herder/ Solingen". Inside, is the famous diamond logo insignia. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower cross guard contours. Outstanding blade here.

This is a really nice early example here, and of the quality and condition that that will enjoy in your collection for a lifetime.

Near Mint. $4,695.00

SSDAG #44073C Himmler Inscription SS Dagger Belonging to SS Obersturmbannführer Dr. Bernard Frank

This choice-conditioned SS Himmler dagger was originally awarded to Dr. Bernard Frank, who held the rank of SS-Obersturmbahnführer, SS #105 013, and was the SS commander in charge of the Berghof at the mountain Obersalzberg compound of Hitler at war's end. Hitler, while hunkered down in the Reich Chancellery Berlin bunker on April 25, 1945, received a telegram from Göring that he received information that Hitler was no longer able to conduct the 3rd Reich government and that he (Göring), according to a previous agreement from 1939, would take over control. Bormann, of course, with his manipulating abilities always attempted to make everyone in the government look bad but himself. So, he used the message to its full due, convincing Hitler that Göring was a traitor. A furious Hitler telephoned Frank at Berchtesgaten where Göring was waiting out the end of the war in his chalet. He ordered Frank to arrest Göring and have him shot. Since the war was at an end, (and Frank liked Göring), Frank exercised a house arrest of Göring, but disobeyed the execution order. He later aided Göring in his eventual surrender to the Americans. Frank later wrote a book about his experiences entitled, "Hitler, Göring and the Obersalzberg" He was a long term, well thought of officer and was one of the few SS selections by Himmler for the induction into the rites at Wewelsburg Castle.

Frank lived to be 98 years old and toward the end of his life, he sold his original SS weapons. In the past I had handled the sale his early silver SS lion head sword, as well as his early Model 1933 SS dagger with his monogram engraved on the upper scabbard fitting. The Himmler SS dagger described below was also part of the grouping sold by Frank prior to his death. Included with the dagger are autographed pictures of an elderly Frank with the Himmler dagger at a table in front of him.

The Himmler dagger, produced by Carl Eickhorn, is a complete textbook piece in extremely fine condition. The cross guards and tang nut are of nickel. The guards are completely smooth with crisp edges and the well-known Eickhorn deep-accent grooves. The tang nut was loose to the finger, so I took a look inside. The guards are internally marked, "H.E". The lower guard is inspection stamped on the bottom, "3". The ebony grip shows no usage. It remains completely crisp with the center ridge line still factory sharp. The grip fits the guards fairly well having a couple of small Eickhorn notorious gaps typical of this firm. The runes button is completely new-like, being positioned straight up and down, with the silver finish to the runes and the double circles around them. The nickel grip eagle is pristine with all details to the bird being crisp. It is the "high-necked" variety. Other than a tiny flaw to the wood, just beneath the right eagle wing and wreath connecting area, the grip is totally perfect. An extremely fine hilt here!

The scabbard shell is also terrific. It is straight throughout and has 100% of the original "anodized" finish. I would say that at least 90% of the original protective lacquer is there also. A great shell here! The nickel scabbard mounts are in mint condition throughout. They have that slightly different tone to the metal finish from the cross guards, as we often see on Himmler's. The four original nickel screws are in place and are un-turned.

The blade is the best you will see. It is stone mint having mirror surfaces and all of the cross grain. The SS motto is deeply etched, "Meine Erhe heisst Treue", and has all of the factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse blade is in the same spectacular condition with its etched sentiment, "In herzlicher Komradschaft H. Himmler". Beautiful inscription here!. The trademark is the small ovals, containing the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn/ Solingen". The seated squirrel is the style with a smooth tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

A magnificent example here, formally owned by a notable SS officer. The dagger is totally documented with complete provenance. I can't think of a better 3rd Reich investment potential than the ownership of this outstanding example.

Mint Minus. $20,995.00

SSDAG #43972C Model 1933 Enlisted Man's Ground Röhm Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This SS dagger is in untouched condition and does not appear to have been ever apart. The crossguards and tang nut are of nickel, being nicely dull-toned. These mounts have their smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves, typical of the Eickhorn firm. The reverse lower guard is district numbered, "III", The ebony grip has some minor "flecks" of the surface wood edges at all of the meeting points of the guards. Other than this, the grip is in good condition, showing only nominal wear and usage. There is a small gouge mark in the reverse center of the grip which is no doubt attributable to a once-present vertical hanger clip. The SS Runes button is positioned at about 7:00 o'clock and the enamel remains in perfect condition. The runes and the double circles around them are toned matching the dagger mounts. The nickel grip eagle is a fine example showing only the most minor wear to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has period black paint over the original "anodized" surfaces. The paint shows age and usage, but overall is about 85%. In the spots where there is wear to the paint, it is possible to see the original "anodizing" showing through. (Due to the easy wear to the anodized finish, many SS men re-painted their scabbards). The scabbard is equipped with matching nickel mounts having a patina matching the crossguards. They are in good shape with the lower ball showing some usage signs and a couple of minor hits, but it is not pushed-in nor are there splits. The nickel screws are all in place.

The blade obverse is still bright for the most part, having a couple of minor smudges, mostly in the ricasso area. The blade grades at excellent plus. The reverse blade has had a complete grinding of the once present Röhm inscription. It has been re-polished and appears to be a factory job. There are also a couple of minor smudges here at the ricasso area. The trademark is the small double ovals. They contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn/ Solingen". In the center is the seated squirrel, being the type with the smooth tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

Accompanying the dagger are a couple of period 8 X 10 black and white photos allegedly of the returning veteran sergeant. There is also a wood framed grouping of the sergeant's stripes along with a couple of US patches. The name of the veteran and his outfit are mounted at the bottom of the frame being printed on cloth, "Mongrieff/ 5th F.M.S.". These personal items were included with the dagger when the consignor bought this piece at auction. There could be enough information to research this veteran sergeant.

A good, basic Eickhorn Ground Röhm dagger here.

Excellent. $3,295.00

SSDAG #43991C Model 1933 Ground Röhm SS Dagger with Only Signature Ground - Böker

This classic Böker SS Dagger was originally produced with a full Röhm inscription and per the orders of June 1934, in this case, only the signature was removed, leaving the entire dedication intact on the blade. The dagger is equipped with solid nickel crossguards, being the textbook Böker shape. These mounts have fine smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The nickel tang nut does not appear to have been ever out. The lower reverse cross guard is district stamped, "I". The obverse ebony grip is completely perfect showing little to no wear. The reverse of the grip has a couple of small depressions next to each other, which appear to have been caused by perhaps a once present vertical hanger clip. They are not bad however, and if anything, give the dagger some character. The runes button is position at about 7:00 o'clock and it has perfect enamel. The SS runes and double circle around them have nicely toned to match the guards. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "beak that goes upward slightly". The eagle shows some minor surface wear, however, the details remain to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. This grip fits the guards like a rubber glove - nice. A fine hilt here!

The scabbard shell is a beauty being straight as an arrow throughout. Although I don't see any lacquer, the "anodized" surface is 100% and really looks great. The nickel scabbard mounts are in choice condition to include the lower ball. All screws are present and are un-turned. Attached to the upper carrying ring is a very fine, mint black short hanger, The hanger is the early type with supple fine leather and being complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger hardware is nickel and the clip is the "snout-nosed" variety having the rivet which retains the spring.

The blade shows some usage, but remains bright. I don't see any grain in the surfaces, however, it probably is just a case of this blade being wiped over the years, most likely by its original owner. The overall condition of the blade is still excellent. The SS motto is crisp and deep, having about 50% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. Like we see on many Böker daggers, there is just the slightest of pimpling in the depths of the letters. This is cause by impurities in the steel and become visible during the acid eating process. The pimpling, however, is very slight. I show pictures of this condition with Böker daggers in my SS Book on Page 56, explaining that once the darkening in the letter backgrounds begins to wear, we often see this minor flaw. The reverse of the blade has a still fine etch to the partial inscription, "In herzlicher Komradschaft". The area where the Röhm signature once appeared was ground and professionally re-polished. It appears to have been done by someone who knew their trade. There is just a slight rub to the top of the trademark. The trademark is the small double oval variety that Böker used with Röhm inscribed blades. The purpose of the small logo was to leave better visual room for the inscription, as their larger standard logo with the "mausoleum" and stark tree was much larger. The double ovals of this logo contain the firm's name and location, "Böker/ Solingen". The stark leafless tree is positioned in the center. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A fine Partial Röhm dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $5,495.00

SSDAG #44041 Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger with Type 1 Chain

This Chained SS is a very desirable dagger being in the best of condition. The crossguards and tang nut are of nickel. Although the mounts have been cleaned, the dark green residue is inside the guards and looks great. The guards have good smooth surfaces, sharp edges and precise accent grooves.

The ebony grip is a very fine example, showing little usage. It had a chip in the reverse lower left side, however, we had it properly repaired and the work is undetectable. This grip fits the crossguards perfectly. The runes button has perfect enamel with the SS runes set at about 7:00 o'clock. The runes and the dual circles around them have patinated nicely. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak that points upward slightly. The breast and talon areas show a little surface wear, but the bird's head, wings, wreath and swastika still remain crisp.

The scabbard shell is completely straight. It has a fine anodized surface which is nearly 100%, having only a minor amount of age, just above the lower mount area - very minor, however. There are also traces of the original protective lacquer over the anodized surfaces. As we see with Type I chains, the scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated type. They are both in excellent condition having good bright surfaces. The lower ball remains in perfect, never-dropped, condition. The center ramp is the style usually seen with Type I assemblies. It features the three intertwined, raised swastikas on each side with the backgrounds being pebbled. The backgrounds were not darkened on this type assembly. The ramp is retained by a single screw on the left side. Connected to the ramp and the upper scabbard mount is a great-conditioned, Type I Chain. This nickel-plated chain is as nice as you will see with 100% plating - it is mint. The chain links feature the large, raised out skulls with extremely toothy grins at the viewer. The SS links with the runes are also higher and more detailed than the Type II chains. The links are retained by the special tabs used for Type I chains. They are very substantial and not subject to the bending and splitting we sometimes see on the more fragile Type II nickel examples. Each link has fine background pebbling. The chain is connected to the clover leaf snap clip. The upper loop of the clip is the open type, which reveals the "DRGM" lettering on the snap below. The snap below has a good spring and works fine. The reverse of the chain also has perfect nickel surfaces. The link attached to the upper scabbard mount is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen stamping. A groat chain assembly here!

And now for the blade. This unmarked blade is as nice as the outside of the dagger. It has all of its cross grain and is completely bright, with needle-like tip. This blade is in mint condition. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is crisp and has 100% of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A really nice SS dagger here with the rarer Type I Chain. These daggers are always a good investment, a great hedge for inflation, and something that you can enjoy for a lifetime.

Near Mint. $7,695.00

SSDAG #43730C Himmler SS Dagger with Inscription - Carl Eickhorn

This Himmler dagger is in overall untouched condition. The mounts all have a fine dull nickel patination. The hilt mounts are classic Eickhorn both with smooth surfaces, crisp edges and the typical deep accent grooves easily recognized as the work of this outstanding firm. The tang nut does not look to have been turned and is in fine matching condition. The lower guard is stamped underneath with the inspection number, "0". These daggers will have inspection stamps from "0 to 9", although some of them were not stamped. The Eickhorn ebony grip is in choice condition, showing no wear, no repairs and no problems. The perfect enamel rues button is a beauty, being turned to about 8:00 o'clock. The SS runes have a nice patina to the silvering, as do the twin rings around the circumference. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "high-neck". It shows only the most modest wear but still has the details to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and raised swastika. This grip very nicely fits the cross guard angles. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is completely straight. It retains 100% of the anodized gray finish and also seems to have most of the protective factory lacquer. There is just the slightest of age in the anodizing, keeping it from a mint rating. The nickel scabbard mounts are typical for these daggers, being just the slightest darker tone of nickel than the cross guards - we see this on most Himmlers. These mounts are in fine condition, to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place.

The blade is still bright throughout. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is deeply etched and has 98% of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. Although the blade is almost in mint condition, it does not seem to have any cross grain and I'll tell you the reason why. Many collectors do not know this, but many Himmler daggers were made from Röhm-inscribed SS daggers that were either returned to the factory after the purge, or were examples that were never issued. Eickhorn, being business-minded and having the where-with-all, simply polished off the Röhm inscription and applied the Himmler inscription in its place. This is why there is no grain on this blade as it was removed during the preparatory process.The Himmler inscription, "In herzlicher Komradschaft H. Himmler" is perfect on this dagger with all of the darkening in the backgrounds. The way that the true pedigree of the dagger can be revealed is there is just the slightest waiver in the blade ridge after the Himmler signature, and also the Eickhorn trademark is a little vague, as they did not re-apply this after the Röhm dedication was removed, despite the fact that a small amount of abrasion just hit the surfaces. As a result, the double ovals are still all there, and the firm's name, "Carl Eickhorn/ Solingen" is there, albeit slightly light, and the center areas of the seated squirrel with smooth tail are quite vague. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

So, this is an interesting Himmler dagger here with a bit of a story to it, all adding to the facts and knowledge we continue to learn about these masterful blade producers of the 3rd Reich. A fine collectible piece here, showing a little nominal age, but still all there and still retaining a fine condition.

Excellent Plus. $10,995.00

SSDAG #43790C Transitional Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger with Original Grip Tag

This transitional SS piece is rarely seen and comes with the original grip tag still attached. The hilt has a nickel tang nut and crossguards. The nut does not look to have been turned and the guards remain in very nice condition throughout.

The ebony grip remains in pristine condition and beautifully fits the guards. The enamel SS runes button is set straight up and down. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a slightly upturned beak; this bird retains full detailing throughout.

Attached to the grip via a rivet is the original paper tag. This tag is off-white with SS runes and black text that indicates that this is in fact a SS dagger. There is also a RZM mark and a run number of "006934". The tag remains in perfect condition. It is very, very rare to see an issue tag remaining on a SS dagger after all these years.

The scabbard shell is completely straight and has just about 100% of the original black paint. This paint retains a fine luster. The scabbard mounts are nickel plated examples which remain factory bright, retained by the original, unturned dome head screws.

Attached to the upper carrying ring is a fine SS short hanger and belt loop. This short hanger has good leather although the retainer loop is gone to time. The hardware is nickel plated. The snap clip is marked, "RZM M5/71 OLC". The belt loop is constructed of matching black leather with a fine plated "D" ring.

The blade remains bright. It easily has 100% of the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SS motto is extremely crisp, with 100% of the darkening in the letters. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with an RZM circle atop the SS code, "1053/38". Below this is a set of SS runes. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very rarely seen transitional SS dagger here, with an even rarer attached tag.

Near Mint. $3,995.00

SSDAG #43624C Late Model Enlisted Man's 1933 SS Dagger - 941/39 SS (Carl Eickhorn)

This dagger is a most interesting example, in that the Eickhorn RZM trademark style is not seen too often - we will get to this further down in the description.The dagger is equipped with bright nickel-plated cross guards. These guards are beauties having 100% of the original plating and still retaining their bright factory shine. The plated tang nut appears to have been opened in the past, but not more than once. The ebony grip is in fairly good shape, having a couple of surface slivers at the lower right obverse and also at the lower left obverse - they are minor, however. The upper portion of the grip appears to also have had a couple of chips - one on each side. Sometime in the past, the chips appear to have been glued back into place, as there is no missing material. This is not noticeable unless you study the area close-up. The remainder of the grip is in perfect condition, complete with its crisp center ridge. The grip perfectly fits the cross guards. The SS runes is perfectly placed being straight up-and-down. The enamel is perfect, accenting the SS runes and the double circles around them. The grip eagle is a nickel example, being the style with beak that points upward slightly. This eagle remains in complete crisp condition with all details being new-like. A decent late hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has bright, original black paint. There are a couple of very minor chips in the paint, but this original paint still remains at 99% - nice. The scabbard mounts are of nickel-plated steel base. They too retain their original factory brightness. The lower ball has a slight dimple in the very bottom, but it is nothing. These fine scabbard mounts are retained by the original dome head steel screws. Not only have the screws not been turned, but they also retain their original nickel-plated surfaces - a good sign of excellent preservation.

The blade is a very fine example being completely bright and still in mint condition. The SS motto is totally crisp and retains all of its factory gray backgrounds.The reverse ricasso is etched with an open RZM circle positioned above the Eickhorn code, "941/39 SS". For those out there that study these things, in the years of 1937 and 1938, this code is shown being above a 1935-1941 Eickhorn trademark. Apparently Eickhorn's ability to hang on to their beloved trademark was finally abandoned, most likely due to pressure from the RZM bureaucracy. It is also interesting that there will be rarely seen Eickhorn daggers dated 1939 with the small "rat" trademark. It is my belief the "rat" was used for only a short time, until finally the 1939 version was made with only the RZM and code number in the etch. You can see another dagger identical to this example shown in my SS Book on Page 183 upper. You can also see a "rat" 1939 date dagger on the previous page being 182. So, if you like stuff like this (which I certainly do), this dagger should be of interest. If it were not for the grip flaws mentioned above, this dagger would easily grade in the near mint category. A good chance here to fill a gap in an SS collection with a rarely encountered variation.

Excellent Plus. $3,395.00

SSDAG #43625C Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

This dagger is a classic early example with all nickel mounts. The cross guards are in perfect condition throughout, having fine smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The matching tang nut remains crisp throughout and shows no sign of ever being opened - nice. The ebony grip is a beautiful perfect-conditioned example with no flaws and no repairs. In fact, this grip is in wonderful condition, not showing any wear or hits anywhere. The SS runes button is totally perfect being set straight up-and-down with choice enamel over the runes with double circles around them. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. The bird still has complete details to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. An extremely fine hilt here!

The scabbard shell is also a beauty. It is straight throughout, having only a tiny wearing sign at the lower obverse, but it is nothing. The original paint is terrific, still having its original factory sheen. There are some cracks in the paint here and there and minor signs of age, but if anything, these give the scabbard fine character. This paint actually is 100%.The scabbard mounts are all nickel. They are in overall nice condition, although there is a minor hit to the left side of the lower ball, but there is no splitting of the seam. The mounts are retained by their original screws, which all appear to be un-turned. The center ramp is the early style having the sharp, crisp edges. It features the three raised intertwined swastikas on both sides. There is little darkening in the backgrounds, matching the backgrounds of the chain links. The chain is the Type II variety. The links are all nickel. having excellent nickel connector tabs. All tabs are closed. The skull links all have 100% of the toothy grin showing no wear. The SS runic links are also in a crisp state. All links have fine background pebbling. The two chain assemblies are connected to a matching clover leaf with good working snap with original spring. The clover leaf is the closed type normally seen with Type II chains. The first link of the upper chain is lightly stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen proof marking. Overall, a fine scabbard here.

The unmarked bright blade is also a choice example having no flaws or age spotting. It has all of the original grain and remains in mint condition. The SS motto is as good as you will see. It still has 100% of the original darkening in the etched backgrounds - a really impressive blade here. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the contours of the lower cross guard.

This is an exceptional early Chained dagger here. Other than the ding in the lower ball, this dagger is near perfect throughout. A very fine original example here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $7,295.00

SSDAG #43565C Model 1933 SS E.M. Dagger - A. Schüttlehöfer

We don't see many Schüttlehöfer SS daggers and as a result they are high on the list to obtain by those of us out there that love to collect SS daggers by maker. This example is not perfect due to some lamebrain way back when that may have thought he was going to sharpen the blade and then kind of changed his mind, but we'll get to that a little further down in the description.

This dagger is an early example, probably produced about late 1935 or early 1936. It has solid nickel mounts throughout. The cross guards are beauties having perfect smooth surfaces, crisp edges and fine accent grooves. The tang nut is matching nickel. The dagger does not appear to have been apart in modern times, so I'll respect that and leave it alone. The ebony grip is really nice, showing a couple of signs of carrying, but for the most part, it is perfect. It fits the cross guards like a rubber glove. The runes button is turned to about 8:00 o'clock. The enamel has a couple of taps in the surfaces, but it is not bad. The silver runes are fine and match the double circles around them. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. The eagle shows little to no wear with fine crisp details to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is completely straight on the reverse, while the obverse has a small ripple at about the center area, where maybe a small ding was removed. The scabbard has its original paint, which remains at about 98%. This paint is still bright, having only a couple of small wear sign flaws in the paint, but they are nothing. The nickel scabbard mounts are in fine condition, to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws, which are un-turned. Attached to the carrying ring is a fine short black hanger. The leather is still new-like and is complete with the small retainer look. The hanger plated hardware buckle is in mint condition. The snap clip is also the plated type showing minor age. It is marked, "DRGM", "A" and "RZM M5/8".

The obverse blade is bright and in stone mint condition. All of the original grain is there. The blade motto is a real beauty with 100% of the factory darkening still within the recesses of the crisp SS motto. The reverse blade is also completely bright. However, there is a small scar on the lower portion of the blade running almost the length that seems to be an attempt at sharpening. There is no sharpening, however, just the scar. It is not bad and you kind of have to look hard to see it, but it is there. It sort of appears that what ever "craftsman" did this long ago, realized that the Solingen steel was a little more than he bargained for and stopped his action. This is a good thing, as although the blade has the scar, it by no means is ruined. If it were not for the scar, the reverse blade would also be in mint condition. The lower ricasso is etched with this seldom-seen producer's logo, The logo is sort of a double oval. Inside the edges is the firm's name and location, "A. Schüttlehöfer & Co./ Solingen-Wald". Inside the oval is the well-known logo and the crossed hobby horses. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower cross guard.

A nice dagger here with a rarely seen, desirable maker. A great one to fill a spot in an advanced SS collection.

Near Mint. $4,295.00

SSDAG #38216 Early Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - RZM 120/34 SS

This early 1934 production SS EM Dagger is in very fine condition throughout. It has a nice, dull patination throughout all the nickel surfaces.

The crossguards are in really choice condition, with very nice smooth surfaces, precise accent grooves and very crisp edge definition. The reverse lower guard is district marked “I”. The tang nut is similarly nice, and does not look to have been out in modern times.

The ebony grip is a fine, Medium Contour example. It nicely fits the guards and remains in nearly perfect condition. The only flaws I see on this grip are just an extremely light surface flaking where it meets the lower guard on both sides. It is such a small flaw that it is even necessary to attempt a repair. Beyond this the grip looks to be almost unused. The SS runes button is the type that is a bit convex and has perfect enamel. The runes are turned to about 7 o'clock and are nicely patinated. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird retains full, crisp detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout the obverse. The reverse has a couple of very minor ripples but they are almost unnoticeable. The amount of “anodized” finish more than makes up for this, though. The finish is really great in both sides, being 100% intact. There is also the slightest traces of age visible in the surfaces and looks to have most of the original lacquer.

The upper scabbard mount is the thinner type that we normally associate with E. Pack manufacture. I have had many of these “120” daggers in the past with this same mount so I feel the scabbards were most likely originally purchased from Pack. Both of the mounts are in mint condition, showing no wear all the way down to the lower ball. The screws on the upper mount are also set lower than usual and not exactly parallel, another Pack trait. All of these screws are present and unturned.

The blade of this dagger is nice and bright. There is crossgraining throughout the blade and it retains the original, needle-like tip. This blade would be in mint condition were there not a little bit of age noticeable on the ricasso of both sides, a little more on the reverse than the obverse. The SS motto is crisp and retains 100% of the background darkening. The code on these early daggers is always positioned to be read towards the tip of the blade, opposite of the orientation of normal trademarks. This is the way you want to see them, however, on both these daggers as well as the “121” variant. This example has a set of SS runes within a double circle at the ricasso area as well as the code “120 / 34”. Below this is a double circle RZM marking. The blade shoulders perfectly follow the curvature of the lower guard.

A very fine “120” SS Dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,895.00

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. $3,325.00

SSDAG #43224 Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - Robert Klaas

This early SS Dagger is equipped with nickel crossguards. The guards are in excellent condition throughout, with good smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precisely cut accent grooves. The reverse of the guard is district marked "I". The tang nut looks to have been out a couple of times, but there is no buggering.

The ebony grip is in good shape, showing some mild wear and a few minor cracks here and there. They aren't going anywhere and everything looks fine, with no repairs. The runes button is a convex type with perfect enamel throughout. The runes are nicely silvered, as are the borders. The matching nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" type; this bird retains complete detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight and has an "anodized" surface. This finish, however, is starting to thin and remains only about 40% intact, perhaps a little more in the areas protected by the scabbard mounts. The mounts are of matching nickel and both are in good condition. There is a minor dimple in the lower ball but it is not bad and does not show from the front. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered.

There is an interesting short hanger on this dagger. It has good black leather and is complete with the retainer loop and nickel hardware. The reverse is stamped twice with the three-legged swastika we see sometimes, and has the maker's name "Kernstück / L2 / 4 / 35". I can't recall seeing this exact stamping before on an SS short hanger so I think it would be quite desirable.

The blade remains in nice condition, showing only minor age and with most of the original crossgrain. There are the usual "in-and-out" marks. The SS motto is crisp and has about 90% of the original background darkening in the letters. The reverse of the blade is etched with the Klaas Kissing Cranes trademark, and the blade shoulders nicely meet the lower guard.

A good, basic SS EM Dagger here.

Excellent. $3,395.00

SSDAG #43218C Numbered and Researched Model 1933 Full Röhm SS Dagger - Gottlieb Hammesfahr

This dagger has to be at top of the heap when it comes to SS Full Röhm daggers, as it is in excellent collectible condition, numbered, and completely researched by the foremost researcher, Ross Kelbaugh. And in addition, the original owner was a rather colorful and interesting individual.

The dagger is equipped with all nickel mounts. The cross guards are in choice condition and the tang nut does not appear to have been turned in modern times. The guards have excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower guard is not district marked, but does bear the stamped SS serial number of the original owner on the obverse center area. The number is a very low one, being "2520". This number was owned by SS-Sturmbannführer Paul Lindner, and we will get to his specifics further down in the description. The obverse of the ebony grip shows nominal usage and other than a little peeling of the wood at the top where it meets the cross guard, it remains perfect. The reverse grip is also in fine condition, having a small lift in the wood, just at the meeting point of the lower right position and cross guard. The SS runes button has all of the black enamel, but shows a little minor scuffing, but it is nothing. The silver runes are positioned at about 7:00 o'clock and are positioned between the two circles. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak that points upward slightly. The eagle is in crisp condition showing only minor surface wear to bird's head and breast feathering, but the details are still there. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is completely straight and has 100% of the original "anodized" finish. Most of the original protective lacquer is also in place, rating at about 95%. A fine shell here. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are also in excellent condition, to include the lower ball which shows only minor usage signs. The original four nickel scabbard screws are in place and are unturned.

The blade is still bright throughout, showing only minor age signs. It still retains its original factory grain. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" retains a crisp etch, having about 95% of the original background darkening in the letters. The reverse blade is in the same condition showing only minor usage. The full inscription has the exact depth and background tone as the obverse motto. It is etched, "In herzlicher Kameradschaft Ernst Röhm" - quite a site indeed! The trademark below is matching etched with the double ovals which contain the firm's name and location, "Gottlieb Hammesfahr/ Solingen,Foche". The blades shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

And now, who was this SS man that somehow never got his Röhm inscription ground off the blade? Well, as you will see, he was a bit of a rogue, and perhaps that accounted for his disregard of the order, or he bought another dagger and simply put this one away - the condition of the scabbard would tend to indicate this.

Paul Friedrich Lindner was born 28 August 1895 in Darmstadt. He is listed as a religious non-believer, lived in Munich and was married with three sons. He is listed as joining the SS 14 March 1927 with the assigned SS serial number, "2520" and became an NSDAP member a month later on 14 April 1927, with the number "60 021". Because of his early entrance and low Party number, Lindner received the Blood Order, #212, as well as the Golden Party Badge, since his Party number was among the first 100,000. Lindner also had an interesting Great War record having served with the Bayern Luftschiff (air ships) in Munich, receiving the Iron Cross 2nd Class and also the Bavarian Crown and Swords award. By 1936, Lindner achieved the SS rank of Obersturmbannführer, but for some reason, his rank was reduced back to Sturmbannführer in November of 1936. The rank reduction was done by the SS Court, so it must have been something serious. Perhaps a translation of the accompanying dossier could give the reason for this. He was awarded the SS Honor Ring by 1937, so he could not have been held in too bad of a light. The dossier also states that he received the SS Degen, but I don't see this indicated by 1938, so it must have been after this date. By December of 1939, Lindner is listed as a leader in the Race and Resettlement Bureau and in April 1941 he was a leader in 4. SS-Totenkopfstandarte "Ostmark" and then was assigned to the SS-Infanterie Ersatz Bataillon "Nord" Goslar. At this point Lindner must have really screwed-up, as he was "Demoted and Expelled from the SS for military theft"!

I don't know what he stole, but messing with the jewels and gold taken from prisoners may have been the problem. Himmler did not put up with dishonesty as these "assets" of the SS were to go to the Reich treasury, not the pocketbook of an Obersturmbannführer, however, this is just conjecture on my part. The dossier that comes with this dagger is huge, and needs to be thoroughly translated. From what I was able to read, though, Lindner was certainly an "interesting" and "colorful" officer. I guess once he was expelled, his Honor Ring and Degen were returned to the SS per the rules. The dossier is packed with information and document copies. There are even a couple of really good photos of Lindner, and take my word for it, he does not look like a guy you would want to mess with.

A grand opportunity here to acquire a fantastic, original SS Full Röhm dagger, together with a dossier that may keep you busy for years to come.

Excellent Plus. $23,995.00

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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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