The SS (Schutzstaffel) was originally formed in 1925, ostensibly to act as a small, loyal bodyguard unit to protect theFührer, Adolf Hitler. Under the direction of the Reichsführer-SSHeinrich Himmler, the SS grew to be the most ruthless and feared organization of the 20th century. They were the vanguard of Nazismand eventually controlled nearly every function of German life and much of Occupied Europe. The SS dagger was introduced in 1933. Early on, members of the SS were awarded their daggers during a ceremony at the Feldherrnhalle Memorial in Munich. The annual ritual, charged with mysticism and meant to reflect the traditions of medieval Teutonic knights, was held on 9 November, the date of the martyred unsuccessful Putsch of 1923. Both officers and enlisted men wore the identical dagger until 1936. After this time, only enlisted men wore the M1933 dagger.
The SS Dagger was equipped with nickel crossguards with an ebony wood grip. The black grip contained a National eagle with swastika insignia recessed in the center area and an SS sigrunne button inset at the top. On early examples the scabbard shell surface was factory blackened using a metal bluing process. The scabbard had nickel mounts. The SS blade was a polished type containing the SS motto, Meine Ehre Heisst Treue (My Honor is Loyalty). Early examples bore one of three district stampings on the lower reverse crossguard of I, II, or III. Early examples were mostly hand-fit. Production of later examples was more standardized, using cheaper, nickel-plated fittings with black painted scabbard shells.
SSDAG #35812 Early Model 1933 SS EM Dagger – Robert Klaas
This early Model 1933 SS EM Dagger is in an uncleaned state. The crossguards are the solid nickel type and they are both in excellent condition having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut is also in fine condition and does not look to have been removed in modern times. The ebony grip is a good example having high ridge construction and being in perfect condition. I believe that there was a chip at the upper obverse right that we repaired but honestly I can’t remember and if there was the work is undetectable. The SS runes button is the style that is turned slightly to seven o’clock. These runes have perfect enamel surfaces and a good silver tone which matches the double circles around the border. The grip eagle is the early nickel variety having the beak which points upwards slightly. This eagle still has good detail throughout his head, wing and breast feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The lower reverse crossguard is district marked Roman numeral, “I”.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has fairly good anodized finish although there is age which is evenly spread throughout both sides. The scabbard mounts are matching early nickel. The upper mount is in perfect condition whereas unfortunately the lower mount has the ball crushed to the left. It is also split on the right edge. These screws are all original and in unturned condition.
The blade of this example is still bright and on the reverse has all the crossgraining and is in near mint condition. On the obverse there is a little bit of moisture damage on the ricasso area but it is not too bad. The tip of this dagger was gone when we acquired it and we decided to weld a new tip onto it. It came out fairly good but there are a couple of air holes in the weld which sometimes is impossible to control. The dagger is priced accordingly however and taken into consideration with the condition of the rest of the piece this retipping is not a real deficit. The SS motto is crisp and deep having about 95% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched featuring the kissing crane birds. Above the birds in a circle is the firm’s name, “Robert Klaas” and below, completing the circle is the location, “Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A decent early example here, having some restoration but it is certainly priced accordingly.
SSDAG #36071 Early Model 1936 Chained Officer's Dagger
This early SS Chained Dagger is in the finest of condition, being one of the nicest pieces I have purchased and offered in recent years. I acquired the dagger from the New Jersey nephew of the veteran that brought it back. It took about a year for this sale to finally come to fruition, but man, was it worth the wait! Judging from the current condition of this weapon, this dagger has been extremely well preserved during the last seven decades, having never been out hanging on a wall or exposed to naive admiring viewers for unnecessary handling.
The cross guards are solid nickel, having just a very mild patination. This dagger has never been cleaned. These guards are nearly new-like throughout, having very crisp edges, extremely smooth surfaces and distinct accent grooves. The tang nut had been only hand-tightened, so I took a look inside the guards, and they are nice and green, both being stamped twice inside with the maker, "St". Some of the green extends to the edges of the guards and is visible at the meeting points of the grip. The grip is an outstanding ebony having medium contour construction and showing almost no usage. The grip perfectly fits the guards. There was a small fleck of material that lifted at the lower left obverse corner - probably caused by the pressure of the guards against the wood during normal expansion. Since the rest of the grip is absolutely perfect, we decided to fix this small area - it is the only repair on the grip. The grip eagle is the early nickel type, having the beak pointing upward slightly. The bird shows no surface wear and has crisp details to his head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed swastika. The runes button is set at about 7:00 o'clock, having perfect enamel surfaces. The border double circles exactly match the silvering of the SS runes. An exceptional hilt here! This dagger also bears a fine knot that is original to the piece. When we first acquired the dagger this knot was improperly tied and thus corrected.
The scabbard shell is as straight as an arrow. The original black paint is gorgeous! It still has its original luster, and other than a couple of normal age spiders, is in mint condition - really great paint here and wonderful to see this state of preservation. The nickel scabbard mounts exactly match the patina of the hilt. The upper mount is totally perfect, while the lower mount has a small tap in the bottom ball located slightly to the rear end of the ball. It is very minor, however. These fine mounts are retained by unturned nickel screws which are all in place. The nickel center ramp is the early style having the characteristic crisp turned edges. It features the three raised intertwined swastikas on the center of both sides. The backgrounds of the center mount are heavily pebbled. The backgrounds retain nearly all of the original factory blackening - the blackening is extremely effective highlighting these intertwined swastikas. The center mount is retained with a matching unturned nickel screw.
The Type II chain is a real killer. It too has matching factory darkening in the backgrounds of the chain links. I suspect that the fourth link on the longer suspension chain may be a period replacement, but the difference is not obvious. The darkening makes the skull and bones and the SS runics really jump off the surfaces. These depictions are just the best. The details to the skulls are astounding, and the runics are totally crisp - everything we like to see here. There is some greenish material on the upper chain skull which ties in the hilt material - I really love stuff like this, don't you? The clover leaf snap clip has the same treatment with all the blackening in the backgrounds and the spring clip works fine. The first link on the upper chain is lightly stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen proof mark. The reverse links also have a fine patina indicating silvering in the original plating - nice. As an added bonus, the original leather belt loop is still attached and in good condition, the leather being very sound and the "D" ring nicely patinated.
The best part of the dagger has to be the blade. Many times we see nice outsides coupled with not so nice insides and are disappointed. Not so here! This unmarked blade is in full mint condition. All of the factory grain is present on the surfaces. The tip remains needle-like. The SS motto has 100% of the factory darkening in the backgrounds of the motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue". What a sight it is! And, of course, the blade shoulders fit the contour of the lower cross guard like they are one unit. A truly great Chained SS dagger here. This dagger is better than the one I show in color in my SS Book on Page 153.
A grand opportunity here to acquire an investment-quality piece for your collection. You are not spending money here - believe me, you are investing it. You can not go wrong with a prime piece like this, as Chained-SS daggers will surely continue to rise in price. And when you have the best, just imagine how easy it will be to sell when the time comes. Start your 401K plan with this magnificent dagger. As you can tell from my description, I am excited about this dagger and you will be too!
Mint Minus. $10,995.00 (#032414)
SSDAG #35938C Late Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger
This later-produced Model 1936 SS Dagger has a really great outside. The crossguards are the nickel-plated type and all of the plating still remains across both mounts. The upper mounts shows a little bit of age in the surfaces but no lifting and the lower mount is in perfect condition being nice and bright. The tang nut is the nickel-plated steel type and it too is in excellent condition. The grip is a fine medium to high ridge constructed type. This grip shows no repairs and is in very nice condition. There are a few signs of wearing here and there but overall the grip is mostly free of any flaws. This grip perfectly fits the crossguards. The ebony has a nice sheen throughout. There is one tiny surface chip at the reverse lower left but it is nothing. The SS button is perfectly placed with straight up and down runes. The runes have a fine silvered tone with matching double border circles. The grip eagle is the aluminum variety and is the type with “high neck”. This bird has all details remaining throughout its head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A very nice hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, and is about as nice as they come. It has an impressive, 100% anodized finish that still has its original factory sheen to the surfaces. This scabbard shell shows almost no age. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated variety; they too have their original factory sheen and are in superior condition throughout. The upper mount is the later type that has the flared ends. The lower mount has a perfect lower ball. These choice mounts are retained by the original dome head style screws which also still have their nickel plating throughout the heads. The center ramp also is a fine example, having 100% plating and matching exactly the other scabbard mounts. This ramp is the later style having the more rounded edge. The ramp is the same as the example seen on page 142 in my SS Book. In fact, this whole dagger looks nearly identical to this example on page 142. This center ramp is retained by two screws which we often see where there is an anodized scabbard. The outer screw is in the center area of the left side of the ramp whereas the inner screw is just below the hardware that retains the chain.
The chain on this dagger is a Type II example, being the style with steel base and nickel-plated finish. Just like the rest of the dagger this plating is really choice throughout. The links depict the second style skulls all with leering teeth and good definition to the bones. The backgrounds have outstanding pebbled surfaces. The same is true of the SS style links which are nicely raised out also having fine background pebbling. The chain links are connected to a closed style cloverleaf with good working snap clip. On the reverse, it is great to see that all of the tabs that connect the chain links are still closed. The second link at the top chain is stamped on the reverse with the Kulturzeichen mark. This chain is an outstanding example.
The blade, although still being bright, does have some smudge on the surfaces. This smudge begins at about the one-third point on the obverse and at about the same point on the reverse and then is spread fairly evenly down the blade. It is a shame, but over the years people did not realize what fingerprints could do to German cold steel so there’s not much to be done now but live with the situation. There is visible graining throughout the blade and the SS motto is lightly etched with a frosted style background. The frosting appears to mostly still be there. This blade grades at about Excellent to Excellent Plus. The blade is unmarked on the reverse and meets the crossguard contours nicely.
This is really a gorgeous dagger on the outside. It is a shame that the blade has the smudging flaws, but that is the way it is with these things and the situation can not be helped. Still a very, very fine dagger which is priced accordingly. This dagger easily looks as good as the example I show in color in my SS Book on page 156.
Excellent Plus. $7,495.00
SSDAG #35889C Early Model 1933 SS EM Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
This fine initial production Eickhorn Model 1933 SS EM Dagger is in an untouched, uncleaned state. The crossguards are the solid nickel variety having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and very deep hand done accent grooves. The tang nut does not appear to have been apart in modern times. These crossguards appear to be the “H.E” variety and the lower bottom portion of the crossguard is stamped, “4” which is an inspector’s mark. The lower reverse crossguard has the district stamping being Roman numeral, “I”. The ebony grip is a good high ridge contour example. It has no repairs and on the edges where the grip meets the guards, there is a little bit of lifting on all sides. It is very minor however and the kind of thing we often see. These types of flaws are so small that they are not even to be normally noticed. Other than the small lifts at the grip edge, this grip is in really choice condition showing little usage. The runes button is placed at about six thirty o’clock. The runes have a fine silvered finish nicely matching the double border circles. The matching nickel grip eagle is the style with “high neck”. This bird still has all of its detail to its head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A good solid hilt here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has nearly all of its original anodized finish. There are several age spots which are more prevalent on the reverse than they are on the obverse but they are not bad. Overall this is a very nice anodized scabbard. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are also in good condition. These mounts show little usage and the ball is still totally intact showing only normal usage signs. The original nickel screws are all in place and they are unturned.
The blade of this example is a fine bright one. It has nearly all of the crossgraining still present and other than a couple of marks which were caused by the runners sitting in place, this blade is nearly in mint condition. The tip is still needlelike. The SS motto is deep and crisp etched. This motto has more than 95% of its original darkening and really looks great. On the reverse ricasso is the very desirable large double oval logo. This logo contains the firm’s name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen”. Inside is a seated smooth tail squirrel holding a nut in his paws. Below the animal is the initials of the firm, “C.E.”. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour. A very nice initial production SS dagger here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,995.00
SSDAG #35850 Transitional SS EM Dagger, RZM 941/38 SS – Carl Eickhorn
This transitional Carl Eickhorn SS Dagger shows some usage of the period, but no abuse. The dagger is equipped with nickel-plated crossguards. The crossguard show some age in the surfaces and also a little bit of lifting where the guards meet the ebony grip. Overall these guards are still fairly presentable and are still bright. The tang nut is a steel base and much of the nickel plating has worn from its surfaces. The grip had a couple of chips and we did repair these accordingly. This grip came out quite well and is a very presentable ebony example. The grip perfectly fits the crossguards. This grip is a high ridge construction type. The runes button is perfectly placed being straight up and down. The button shows some usage over the surfaces but the enamel is still good. There is toning to the runes which nicely match that of the double circle border. The nickel grip eagle is a fine example being the “high-necked” style bird. This bird still has all of the detail to his head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has the original factory black paint. This paint shows some spidering and is also missing on the upper edges. Overall though the paint is really not too bad and for what it’s worth, it still does have the original factory sheen. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel type and they are in excellent condition throughout. The lower ball shows a couple of very minor taps but it is still very much intact. The throat is the thicker style that we frequently see on Eickhorn and other daggers of this vintage. The original dome head screws appear to be the nickel variety. There is a short black hanger which still has good bright nickel-plated hardware. The leather shows a little bit of mild age in the surfaces but it is still basically sound. The snap clip is marked on the back, “RZM M5/71 OLC”.
The blade of this example is still basically bright throughout and does have about 50% or so of the original crossgrain. The tip is still needlelike and the SS motto is crisp and deep, having at least 95% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. This blade grades at Excellent Plus. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the double proofing. It features a single open RZM circle positioned over the code, “941/38 SS”. This is positioned over the 1935-41 trademark which features the squirrel holding a downward pointing sword. Above the animal is the quality word, “original” and below is the name of the firm and the factory, “Eickhorn Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.
A decent transitional SS EM Dagger here, one that is not in mint condition, but overall a good basic piece which should go nicely in a beginning collection.
SSDAG #35649 Transitional Model 1933 Double Proof EM SS Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
This Transitional SS EM Dagger is a interesting example, being virtually identical to the piece I show on page 170 of my SS Book. The crossguards are deeply patinated solid nickel. They are in excellent condition, having crisp edges, smooth surfaces, and deep accent grooves typical of Eickhorn. The tang nut is a nickel-plated type, which is typical of this transitional period.
The grip is a very fine ebony example, which has some very attractive graining which sows around the center on both sides. The obverse grip is totally perfect, whereas the reverse has just a small amount of wood material which has flaked off at the upper right area. This grip is a “Medium to High Ridge Contour” variety; it fits the crossguards like a glove. The SS Runes Button is turned slightly, to about 6:30 o'clock. The runes have toned to match the runes and the double circles around them have tones to match the crossguards. The enamel on this button remains perfect. The grip eagle is a nickel example. It is the “Beak Which Points Upward” style bird. This bird has good detail to evident his eye, wing and breast feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A nice hilt here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has outstanding original black paint. Other than a couple of scratches here and there, this paint is nearly 100% intact, and still has a fine shine to the surfaces. The throat is a nickel example, whereas the upper and lower mounts are nickel-plated. These mounts are in nice condition, still having bright plating throughout and only the slightest of a ding to the lower ball. These mounts are retained by nickel screws which are unturned.
There is a short black hanger is around the carrying ring. The leather on this hanger shows some usage and some age, but it still appears sound and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger hardware is nickel-plated, and the snap clip is marked on the reverse, “A”, “DRGM”, “RZM M5/7”.
The blade of this example is extremely nice, having all of the cross-grain. There are a few extremely small ages marks in the surfaces of both sides, but they are very difficult to see and this blade rates in Near Mint condition. The blade has a fine, needle-like tip. This blade has a excellent SS Motto. The motto is crisp and has nearly 100% of the original factory darkening. The reverse of the blade is matching etched with an open single RZM circle positioned over the code, “941 / 38 SS”. Beneath this is the 1935 through '41 Eickhorn trademark, consisting of a squirrel holding a downward pointing sword. Above is the quality word, “Original”, and below the firm's name and location, “Eickhorn / Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.
A very nice double proof SS Dagger here.
Excellent Plus. $3,695.00
SSDAG #35474 Mid-period Model 1933 SS Service Dagger SS 807/37 RZM
This Mid-period SS example is equipped with all nickel mounts to the hilt and scabbard. The cross guards and tang have a fine patination spread evenly throughout. The cross guards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. There is a desirable greenish tinge where the guards meet the wood of the ebony grip.
The ebony grip has a medium ridge contour construction, showing mild usage signs here and there. The reverse grip is still in perfect condition, while the obverse has a small lift of the grip wood at the meeting point on the lower left, and also a minor lift of wood (although the wood is still there) on the upper right side. These are minor flaws and in my opinion, are not worth fixing. The runes button is placed straight from north to south. It has perfect enamel surfaces. The runes are enclosed with two matching silvered circles. The nickel grip eagle has the same greenish tinge as the guards. It features the eagle style with beak which points upward slightly. There is only mild wear and the detail is still there to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A decent hilt here; one that is indistinguishable from the early initial production types.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. At first glance it appears to have an aged anodized finish, but the area above the vertical hanger shows some old black paint, so obviously, this scabbard was originally painted. The paint has pretty miuch gone to time, but I kind of like it, as it really does look like an old anodized finish. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel having a fine patination. The mounts are both in good condition, to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained with the original screws, which are the early nickel type.
The original-to-the-piece vertical hanger shows some age, but basically, a little black "Meltonian" cream polish would do wonders and bring back its original suppleness and finish, as the leather is not rotted. The cross strap is equipped with a heavier-than-normal nickel-plated buckle. The snap clip is the plated type, which does have some flaking and rust, but will also clean up some.
The blade makes up for some of the failing mentioned above. This blade is bright throughout, still having all of its cross grain. There are some minor areas of light surface smudge, but it is not bad at all. This blade still grades at near mint condition. The SS motto is very deeply etched and has 100% of the darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the SS contract code and production date, "807/37". Above the code, is a double circle containing SS runes, and below, is a double RZM circle. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A good mid-period piece here, showing wear of the period, but no abuse. I like this dagger! I show this same "806" code dagger with a "36" production date on page 162 of my book, but had not seen one of these "37" dated pieces before the printing of the book - so, this is not a frequently seen dagger.
SSDAG #35532C Model 1933 SS Service Dagger with Exclamation Point Motto, RZM 324/38 SS
This SS dagger is very desirable because the SS motto has an exclamation point at the end. These daggers with this etch variation are quite rarely seen.The dagger is thought to have been produced by the Klittermann & Moog firm and is the same as the example I show in my SS Book on Pages 687 and 688. The mounts throughout the dagger are solid nickel. The tang and cross guards have an appealing yellow color tone indicative of high nickel content. The guards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. These guards are marked internally, "E.L", the same as the book piece. The book piece has a tang that is marked with intertwined "KM" initials. Chances are the tang of this piece was also marked the same, but the tang has been badly rusted from age, and the initials are no longer visible.
The ebony grip is a fine-conditioned example having smooth to medium ridge construction. There are no repairs or problems and the grip nicely fits the cross guards. The runes button is nearly straight up and down, being at about 5:30 o'clock. The runes are surrounded by matching double circles and has perfect enamel surfaces. The grip eagle is the nickel variety having the style bird with beak which points upward slightly. The bird shows some mild wear to the head and breast feathering surfaces, but the details are still crisp to the wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A good hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has outstanding original black paint. This paint appears to have little usage signs and remains in a 100% state - nice indeed! The scabbard mounts are matching nickel construction. They both are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. The nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered. The upper screws are not completely parallel, something we see occasionally, particularly on scabbards produced by Pack. The lower scabbard mount also has the edge roll familiar to the Pack firm - it is possible Pack produced the scabbard as it is doubtful Klitterman & Moog made their own parts.
There is a short hanger attached to the carrying ring. The black leather is in good supple condition complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is the plated type. The buckle has some minor surface rust, while the snap clip reveals some under-the-surface movement, but no missing plating. The snap clip is marked on the reverse, "A", RZM M5/8, and "DRGM".
The blade, although still being bright, does have some in-and-out marks and a little wear to the center ridge area which includes a small portion of the motto center letter darkening. Due to the center wear, the motto with exclamation point has background darkening remains at about 90%. There is some grain remaining throughout the blade - maybe 10% to 20%. This blade grades at about excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a large shaded RZM circle, which is positioned over the code and year the dagger was produced, "324/38 SS". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the cross guard contour.
An excellent example here of a tough-to-find SS Dagger.
SSDAG #35548 Early Model 1933 Service Dagger SS 120/34 RZM
This SS EM Dagger is of early production, being one of the first types manufactured with RZM markings. The dagger was produced in 1934. The nickel cross guards are fine examples having smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The matching tang nut does not appear to have been taken down in the past. The lower cross guard is not district marked, as more than likely this dagger was produced just after the initial distribution run was made. The ebony grip is a smooth contour ridge type. This grip is as fine as they come - shows little usage and remains in absolute perfect condition with no repairs, The grip fits the cross guards like a rubber glove. The runes button is turned to nearly 8:00 o'clock. The enamel remains in perfect condition. The runes are circumvented by double matching silvered circles. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak that points upward slightly. There is minor wear to the bird's head and breast feathering, but otherwise, the detail is still all there to the wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A very fine hilt here!
The outstanding scabbard shell is straight as an arrow. This shell is equipped with 100% of the original anodized finish. Much of the original lacquer also remains - probably being about 50% on the observe and about 10%-15% on the reverse. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are also in excellent condition, the lower ball having just a minor ding toward the back side area. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered. Attached to the scabbard is a fine vertical hanger. The leather is still quite supple and the cross strap with nickel-plated buckle and hasp are in good condition. The nickel-plated snap clip is still bright throughout and is an unmarked type.
The blade is bright throughout still having most of the original cross grain. There are some in-and-out markings and a few scratches here and there, but overall, this is a fine blade still rating at excellent plus, plus to near mint.The SS motto is very deep and crisp and retains about 95% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the code, "120/34" that reads toward the blade tip (not the opposite like most markings do). Below the code is the double open "RZM" circle and above the code is an open double circle around "SS" runes. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A fine example of an early RZM dagger that reflects the identical quality of the maker-marked versions. No SS collection of daggers is complete without a couple of these early RZM pieces.
Near Mint $4195
SSDAG #35554C SS Full Röhm Inscription Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
This outstanding original SS Full Röhm Inscription Dagger comes directly from the son of the 1st Infantry Division veteran that brought it home. The dagger's scabbard still has the "Big Red One" decal on its obverse that was proudly applied at the time the dagger was liberated some seven decades ago.
This SS Dagger is a textbook Eickhorn example. The cross guards are the "A.R", internally-marked variety. These guards are smooth-surfaced nickel, still having nice crisp edges and good hand-cut accent grooves. There is no Roman numeral stamping on the lower reverse guard, indicating that this dagger was not part of the normal distribution - it may have been given to an honorary SS member or perhaps a member not assigned to a standard position - we see a lot of SA Röhm daggers that also do not have Gruppe stampings.
The ebony grip has a couple of minor repairs that we made here in-house, but they do not show and are professionally done. The grip fits tightly at the upper guard and also at the lower left area. The lower right has a small gap, but this is typical of this manufacturer. This grip is of medium to high contour construction, and other than the minor repairs, remains in perfect condition. The runes button is turned to about 7:00 o'clock, and has excellent enamel surfaces with double silver circles which circumvent the SS runes. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety. The bird shows only nominal wear, with all details to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A good hilt here. Note:The original grip of this dagger was in poor condition and has been replaced by the current grip. The replacement grip is of the same vintage and producer and only adds to the dagger's overall appearance. Both grips will be furnished to the purchaser.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout the obverse, having an extremely mild wear-type ding in the reverse that hardly shows. The anodized surfaces are still at nearly 100%, with some original lacquer still clinging in the areas protected by the mounts. As indicated above, the "Big Red One" decal has been applied to the scabbard obverse by the returning veteran. The decal is a tan color shield-shape with black border. In the center is the numeral "1". The decal shows wear and a scratched area mostly over the "1" numeral, but most of it still shows. The matching nickel mounts are in place with the upper example being in fine condition. The lower mount shows a little wearing time in the surfaces and the lower ball is pushed back slightly to the rear, but it is not bad and hardly shows from the obverse. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned. There is a short hanger attached to the ring. I put this hanger on to dress-up the dagger, but the vintage is slightly off; the hardware is the plated variety with the snap clip marked, "DRGM", "A" and "RZM M5/8". This dagger should have an earlier hanger with it but this should not be a problem for the next purchaser to acquire.
The blade is a very fine example, still being bright and having nearly all of the cross grain still present. There are a few very minor light age stains in the surfaces, but this blade still easily rates at excellent plus, plus to near mint condition. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is very crisp and retains 100% of its factory background darkening. The reverse blade is in identical condition. The Röhm inscription is as crisp as the day it was etched. It too, has all of the factory darkening; it is simply outstanding. The inspcription reads, "In Herzlicher Kameradschaft Ernest Röhm. The trademark below is the small double oval style used from 1933-1935. The ovals contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". Inside, is a seated squirrel with smooth tail, holding a nut in his paws. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower cross guard contour.
A full inscription found to remain on one of these SS daggers is extremely rare. Obviously, anyone in the SS would have done what they were told regarding the removal of the inscription/signature. After all, the Führer had declared Röhm a traitor and to not obey this order to remove the signature could put the perpetrator in the same league with the offender Röhm. Needless to say, SS full inscription Röhm daggers are among the rarest (and most desirable) of all 3rd Reich pieces. And excellent opportunity to complete an advanced SS dagger collection.
Excellent Plus $24,995
SSDAG #35376C SS Partial "Name-Only" Röhm Dagger with Vertical Hanger - Böker
This early SS dagger has a fine Böker hilt having the in-house nickel cross guards. These guards show nominal usage having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and excellent precise accent grooves. The tang nut shows some signs of removal, but no bad knurls. The lower reverse guard is district marked, "I". The ebony grip is a very fine example showing little wear and good crisp center ridge. The grip has no repairs and nicely fits the cross guards The SS runes button is turned to nearly 8:00 o'clock and has a single silvered circle encompassing the runes. There is no enamel damage. The grip is the style with "head pointing upward" slightly. There is little wear to the bird having good details to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A fine hilt.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has been period black painted. This paint shows much age and wear, and maybe rates at about 50% - I guess a new paint job would really help this scabbard, but I'll leave that to the next owner of this dagger. The matching patinated nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition, to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned. Helping the looks of this scabbard is a fine pre-RZM early vertical hanger. This hanger is equipped with good conditioned, supple leather. The hanger is shaped the same as the standard types, having a coffin-shaped reverse. The differences are that the two retaining straps are slightly larger than the standard types and the coffin-shape reverse piece does not have finished leather to the outer area. Additionally, there is a "dog leash" style snap clip having some minor surface rust. This hanger is retained with four rivets at the reverse. The nickel-plated square-shape buckle shows some age and is equipped with a roller feature.
The blade is a beauty, virtually being in mint condition. The original cross grain is all there, and the SS motto is deeply etched, with fine dark letter backgrounds. The reverse inscription is all there, but for the Röhm signature. A period craftsman has skillfully ground only this "offending" area. There are some small remains of the signature, but not much; a little of the "M" and also some of the umlaut are vaguely visible. The area has had some finish grain put in, but it does not exactly match the original finish. The trademark is the smaller double oval type reserved for use with Röhm inscriptions - it took up less room than the standard logo and therefore must have been thought to look more symmetrical with the inscription. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.A fine opportunity here to acquire a good "Partial" here, with a really nice blade.
Excellent Plus. $7,495.00
SSDAG #35381 Early Uncleaned 1933 SS Service Dagger with Ground Röhm Inscription - Carl Eickhorn
This fine early example is exactly the way a lot of us like them, being uncleaned and having a desirable greenish patrina spread evenly over the surfaces of the nickel mounts. The cross guards are the typical Eickhorn type, being "H.E" marked internally. These guards remain smooth throughout, have crisp edges, and the accent grooves are the deep, hand-cut type, we normally see produced by Eickhorn. The lower reverse guard is district-marked, "III". The grip shows some normal usage signs and a few hits on the reverse center, caused by the vertical hanger. There was a small chip at the bottom obverse when we first acquired this dagger from the family of a veteran. We successfully repaired this flaw and it is now invisible. The SS runes button is turned to about 7:00 o'clock. It has perfect enameled surfaces and reflects a slight patination to the silvered runes and the double-circle border around the circumference. The matching nickel eagle is the "high-necked" variety. Other than a little wear to the bird's head area, the rest of the details are all there to include the breast and wing feathering, the talons, and the wreath with enclosed swastika. The grip fits the cross guards like a rubber glove - the meeting areas of the ebony and the nickel have dark green residue, trapped by moisture over the years - nice! A very fine hilt here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, but does show a few signs of carrying, but no dings or dents. The anodized surface is outstanding, being all there and looking great. There is only slight age in the surfaces here and there. The matching patina nickel scabbard mounts are in good shape, although the lower ball has taken a slight hit which pushed it slightly to the right, but no crushing. These mounts are retained by their original, unturned nickel screws. Attached to the upper mount carrying ring is a fine conditioned pre-RZM vertical hanger. The leather is still supple throughout. From the obverse, the hanger looks almost standard - the two straps are slightly larger than the RZM sanctioned examples. The reverse has an almost square-shaped backing. The backing leather finish is left in the natural leather color and is uncolored.. The upper portion has a folded leather loop which is riveted and contains the "dog-leash" style snap clip. This clip is nickel-plated and has excellent original finish. The retaining strap is equipped with a square-shape buckle having the "roller" feature - a great early hanger here!
The blade of this example is a real marvel. The obverse is stone mint, being mirror bright. The SS motto is the best you will see being crisp, deep and having 100% of the factory darkening in the reverse - a most impressive SS blade here. The reverse reflects what is probably a factory re-done ground Röhm inscription. The entire inscription is gone and the blade has had its surfaces re-grained. The grain is almost as good as the original, but the trained eye will easily pick it up - looks really good, however. The original trademark has been left intact. It features the early 1933-35 small double ovals. Within the ovals is the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn". In the center, is the standing squirrel holding a nut in his paws. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
This is an outstanding Ground Röhm example. If you are a serious collector, it is hard to imagine there would not be a place in your collection for this choice piece!
Excellent Plus. $4,495.00
SSDAG #35385C Model 1933 SS Service Dagger with Ground Röhm Inscription - Carl Eickhorn
This fine-conditioned SS EM Dagger is of early quality throughout, being equipped with nickel mounts. The cross guards are the typical Eickhorn type. They have smooth surfaces, crisp edges and deep, hand-cut accent grooves. The tang nut has been opened a couple of times, but there is no burring. The lower reverse guard is district stamped, "I". The stamping has been hit sideways - the man doing this job must have been in a hurry on this example! The ebony grip is in perfect condition, reflecting no repairs. The grip shows only nominal usage signs, having a couple of minor taps on the reverse center, caused by the vertical hanger clip. This grip fits the cross guards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is slightly turned to about 7:00 o'clock. The runes and the double circles have patinated slightly. The enamel surfaces are perfect. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety. it reflects full detail to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons and raised swastika.,A good hilt here!
The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow. This scabbard shell has fine anodized finish which is still all there. There is only the most minor of age in these surfaces. A fine shell here. The matching nickel mounts are in excellent condition on the obverse. The lower mount shows some hits on the reverse where someone in the past mistook this artifact for a hammer - shame, but fortunately it is on the reverse. The lower ball is still in good condition. Attached to the upper carrying ring, is an excellent conditioned, standard vertical hanger. The hanger has supple leather throughout, with good conditioned scabbard retainer straps. The buckle is the square-shape, being nickel-plated. The nickel snap clip is marked, "A" and "DRGM".
The blade is a fine example appearing to have been a factory done Röhm inscription removal. The obverse is bright and has 100% of the original grain. There is a little smudging near the center area, but is not bad. Were it not for the smudge, this blade would grade a full mint - grades at near mint, though. The SS motto is crisp and retains about 95% of the original factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. The factory ground reverse is an expert job, with finely-applied re-grain - hard to notice except for the fact that the edges of the Eickhorn small double oval trademark has been removed. There is still plenty left, though, to easily identify this mark. Most of the standing squirrel remains. The name and location, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen" has had about 50% of the letters removed. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.A fine ground Röhm example showing only light usage, and having a great look.
Excellent Plus, Plus $4,895.00(#040714)
SSDAG #35386C Early SS Factory Ground Röhm Re-Issued During Initial RZM Period - Carl Eickhorn
This most interesting SS Dagger is identical to the example that I show in my SS Book on Page 167. This dagger was initially issued as a Full Röhm example and after being returned to the factory after June1934, (the original owner probably bought a new dagger), the Eickhorn firm ground the inscription off and repolished the blade. Rather than waste these perfectly good daggers, the factory chose to re-issue them as a new product in 1936. The RZM marking of the time was etched below that of the old large double oval trademark. Additionally, the district stamping, (if it had one, as not all Röhm's did), was also polished off of the cross guard. Other than the re-polished blade and the additional RZM trade marking, the dagger appears identical to an early model 1933 piece.The cross guards are in excellent condition, being the style that is marked internally, "AV". Eickhorn used this "AV" fitting contractor in addition to the in-house "H.E" marked pieces. This may have been to take up slack in the production of the in-house guards during the initial rush to satisfy the marketplace. These guards have excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and deep, hand-cut accent grooves. The ebony grip shows some usage throughout the surfaces, as well as at areas where the guards meet the grip - there is some light lifting of the wood surfaces in these areas. Otherwise, the grip is in good condition. The grip fits the guards fairly well -not perfect - but typical of Eickhorn products of the period. The runes button is turned to about 7:00 o'clock. There is a mild patina to the silvered runes and the surrounding double circles. The grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety having good patination. The bird has full details to his head, wing and breast feathering, talons and mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is almost completely straight on the obverse, with just a small "bb" ding at the center, and is totally straight on the reverse. The choice anodized finish is still all there and has at least 70% to 80% of the original factory protective lacquer. An outstanding scabbard here. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are also in great condition, to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all present and are unturned. Attached to the upper carrying ring is an early short hanger. The leather is a little limp from age and the retainer small loop has gone to time, but the hanger is still serviceable. The hanger hardware is the early nickel variety, the unmarked clip being the "snout-nosed" variety having rivet which retains the spring. An outstanding scabbard here.
The blade is as fine as they come. Both sides of this blade are in stone mint condition having full grain and choice SS motto. The motto is crisp, deep, and retains 100% of the background letter darkening.The reverse has the original large-style, double-oval trademark used from 1933-1935. It features the firm's name and location within the ovals, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". Inside, there is a seated squirrel holding a nut in its paws. The tail of the animal is the serrated variety. The squirrel is positioned over the firm's monogram, "C.E.". Below the trademark is a small, open-style RZM circle positioned over the Eickhorn SS code, "941/36 SS" The background etch of the RZM code is darker than that of the original double ovals, an indication that these two important markings were executed by separate etches and probably at different times.The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
This rarely seen re-issued dagger is a legitimate variation and is considered a "must" for an advanced SS collection. It is an interesting piece that speaks to the frugality of the period, and in turn, creating a "separate" dagger variation and more resultant interest for our great and beloved hobby. A fine quality investment piece.
Excellent Plus, Plus $5,995.00
SSDAG #35011C Mid-Period Model 1933 SS Dagger RZM M7/80/ 1197/38 SS
This mid-period RZM produced SS Dagger is in an untouched state and has never been apart. It is a fine example throughout for those of us out there that like an untouched piece. There is an identical example of this dagger that appears in my SS Book on page 172, lower. The crossguards of this example are the nickel-plated type. They are the style which have the Böker shape and are familiar to those of us out there that study these shapes. The crossguards show some age throughout but it still appears as though most of the nickel plating is still intact. The upper example has some lifting on both sides and mostly it is concentrated around the area where the guard meets the grip. The same is true of the lower crossguard. The tang nut is a typical nickel-plated steel type.
The grip is a fine example, having high ridge construction. This grip shows only nominal usage and is still in perfect condition with no repairs. It also nicely fits the crossguards. The runes button is tipped a little bit to the right being almost straight up and down however. The finish to the enamel is perfect throughout and the SS runes and double circles have a good patination. The grip eagle is the nickel type and it is the style with “beak pointing upwards slightly”. This bird still has full details remaining to his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout. It has excellent original black paint which shows some modest wear but overall this paint is at least 98%. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel type and although they have some patina across their surfaces it is obvious that the plating is still perfect beneath. The lower ball has never been hit. The original dome head style steel screws are all in place.
Attached to the carrying ring is what appears to be the original short hanger. This short hanger has good supple black leather and is complete with the retaining strap. This short hanger is one of the rarely seen types that is stamped on the reverse with a set of SS runes in a circle “68/38” with RZM runes in a circle. This hanger nicely corresponds with the date on the blade which is “1938”. The hardware to the leather are nickel-plated buckle and snap clip. The snap clip is stamped on the reverse, “A”, “DRGM”, “RZM M5/8”.
The blade of this example is a choice example being in full mint condition and having needlelike tip. 100% of the crossgraining is still in place on both sides and the SS motto is a very crisp etch with 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a double RZM circle having a shaded interior. This circle is placed over the code, “M7/80” and also the SS contract number, “RZM 1197/38SS”. The “38” would be the year the dagger was produced. The RZM code of “7/80” would be that of the Spitzer Company. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A really fine RZM dagger here in untouched condition.
Excellent Plus. $2,995.00(#121813)
SSDAG #35322C Early Model 1933 Service Dagger in Later Scabbard SS 121/34 RZM
This early SS EM Dagger is one of the examples produced under the RZM's first venture into the control of edged weapons. The dagger was produced right after the initial period, evidenced by the fact that the mounts are the early nickel type, but with no District Roman numeral stamping on the reverse cross guard. These daggers seem to be seen with and without this stamping. These nickel guards are in fine condition with good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The ebony grip has some surface lifts to the wood at the upper obverse and a small amount on the reverse upper area. There is also a small surface lift to the wood at the lower right obverse. On the reverse, the guard is pressing against the wood and is forcing some lifting at the lower reverse, but the wood is still intact. In the past, this "pressing" of the tight guards against the ebony wood caused the flaws mentioned above. These flaws are not serious, but they are tough to repair as the amount of wood missing is just on the surface - the big chips are much easier to repair. The grip perfectly fits the cross guards with no gaps. The runes button is nearly straight having a slight patina to the runes and to the double circles which circumvent them. The nickel grip eagle is the "point-behind-the-head" variety. It reflects all detail to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, wreath, talons and swastika
As mentioned above, the scabbard appears to be of a later vintage, in that the mounts are the nickel-plated, steel-based type. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The black paint is outstanding throughout - it may have been newly done sometime in the last few years, as it looks too good to be true, having just the slightest of orange peel traces in the surfaces. Overall, though, this professional paint job looks very nice and is in 100% condition. The plated scabbard mounts are in good condition with a little rust and freckling on the upper reverse area. The lower mount is good with just the slightest of a center ding in the lower ball. The dome head steel screws are all in place and are unbuggered. There is a black leather short hanger attached to the carrying ring. The leather is sound, but could use a little mild black leather polish to cover some scuffs. The strap is complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger hardware is mismatched - there is a plated buckle and hasp, while the unmarked nickel snap clip is the early "snout-nosed" type having the spring-retained with a rivet.
The blade makes up for a lot on this dagger. It is pristine mint. This bright blade has 100% factory cross grain in the surfaces. The SS motto is crisp and deep, having a 100% frosted background. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the code of the SS contract extended for these daggers. The code is always read toward the tip on these blades - if it reads toward the grip, the blade is one of the fake ones I have recently seen on the marketplace.. The code is, "SS 121/34 RZM", The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A fine example here with great potential; it would sell for substantially more if the scabbard were from the correct vintage. It is priced accordingly.
Excellent Plus. $2,995.00(#032414)
SSDAG #35185 Early Model 1933 SS EM Dagger - Robert Klass
This early example is in nice condition throughout. The mounts are all solid nickel construction. Studying the tang nut, it may have been out once, but shows little signs of it. The crossguards have crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The surfaces appear to have just the slightest traces of some old cleaning, with possibly a brillo pad. They are not really scarred, as it is only the surfaces where the abrasion shows. The same is true on the scabbard mounts. Chances are, a vet cleaned this dagger a long time ago, thinking that a brillo pad would be as good as anything else to clean it up. These very slight abrasions are so light in the surface, that I would think with a good semi chroming, most if not all of this, would come out. It is also fine just to leave it alone, as it is not bad. The lower crossguard reverse is district marked, "I." The ebony grip is an outstanding example. This grip shows virtually no wear, and is perfect throughout, with no repairs. The SS runes button is the more bulbous type, having a coppery look to the runes and the circles around them. The black enamel is in perfect condition. The grip eagle is the nickel, "high necked" variety, being in very choice condition, having all details to the bird's head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. This beautiful grip fits the crossguards like a rubber glove.
The scabbard of this example is nice and straight throughout. This scabbard has a fine coat of black paint, which appears to be period. Many times the anodizing wore thin, and the original owners had their scabbards repainted. Usually the repaint is not very good, but in this case of this example, it is outstanding. This paint shows some age cracking in the surfaces, and only a couple signs of carrying. Overall, this paint is near 100%. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel, having the slight abrasions in the surfaces, as mentioned above. The mounts are in fine condition, to include the lower ball. The original, nickel screws are all there, and are unbuggered.
There is an early vertical hanger, which is in good condition. The leather strap contains a nickel plated buckle. The snap clip is an early nickel type, which is marked on the reverse, "A" and "DRGM". There is also the addition of what appears to be a delicately painted number, "988.22.233". I do not know what this number would stand for, as it is too long to be an SS serial number, and it also cannot be the Social Security number of the American that brought it back. Possibly, it is some kind of a code number put on by the veteran once the dagger was returned, but I don't know. Either way, if the next owner wants to take it off, I am sure that a little rubbing with some semi chrome, or even paint remover, if required, would get the number off. This vertical has pretty good leather throughout, and if left alone, will survive many years to come.
The blade of this example is really nice. This blade has fine, bright, surfaces throughout the obverse, with needle-like tip. The crossgraining can be seen if the dagger is tipped slightly. This blade appears in mint condition. The SS motto etch is deep, and crisp, having 100% of the darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse blade is in the same condition, showing only normal, runner marks. The reverse ricasso is matching etched, with the kissing cranes trademark. Above the birds, is the firm's name, "ROBERT KLAAS", and below the location city of, "SOLINGEN". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A fine, early model 1933 SS EM.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,295.00
SSDAG #28464 Late Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger
This Chained SS Dagger overall looks to have had a repainted scabbard but other than that is in OK condition. The hilt is very similar to the dagger that I show on page 199, upper. These hilt fittings are nickel-plated and are the type that have the boker look to their shaping. The plating is still all there on these mounts and the same is true of the fine looking tang nut. These mounts are really in nice condition. The grip is a black ebony type being of medium contour construction. It did have a couple of fractures in the lower obverse and reverse so we repaired them accordingly and the repair really came out good. It would be very difficult to detect these repairs. The SS runes button is nicely placed being straight up and down. It has a couple of signs of hits in the surfaces but there does not look to be any enamel missing. The grip center features an aluminum high-necked style eagle. This eagle has good detail throughout and shows only modest wear. The detail is there to the eye, breast feathering, wing feathering, legs, wreath and swastika. There is a minor hit to the bottom leg of the wreathed swastika but it is nothing. A good looking hilt here!
As noted above, the scabbard is straight throughout and in my mind does appear to have a newly painted shell as it is fresh looking and too good to be true. The paint though has been done beautifully and does not detract from the dagger. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated type as this is a type I chain. These mounts are in good condition showing some age and a little bit of dulling but overall they certainly grade at excellent plus and the scabbard ball is completely intact. All screws are present. It is interesting to note on the center ramp that it is the style with only one screw, which is what we usually see with painted scabbards, so apparently this scabbard has always had paint on it. The center ramp is the type which has good pebbled backgrounds but does not have darkening. It has excellent intertwined swastikas on both sides. The type I chain links exactly match the center ramp also having good pebbling. The skull and crossbone links are the typical type I variety having excellent detail throughout having good smiling teeth. The links having the SS runes also have excellent detail. The cloverleaf above is the style with open top and you can see the stamping, “DRGM” on the snap clip below. This chain shows a little bit of age but if someone wanted to clean it up I’m sure it would come up nicely. The top chain link that is connected to the scabbard mount is deeply stamped on the reverse with the SS Kulturzeichen.
The blade of this example is still bright and has quite a bit of the original crossgraining on it. There are a couple of marks on the lower edges of the blade but they are not bad and probably come from someone using the blade as a tool at one time or another. The SS motto is the lightly etched type and it still has about 85-90% of the black backgrounding. This blade grades at excellent to excellent plus. It is the unmarked type and it nicely fits the lower crossguard contours. As stated in the description there are a couple of restoration aspects about this dagger but it still looks outstanding and it is priced accordingly.
SSDAG #35106 Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger
This early Chained SS Dagger is in a fine, untouched, uncleaned state. The nickel crossguards and tang nut have an exceptional, dull patina with very smooth surfaced guards, with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The grip is also an absolute beauty, being fine ebony with medium to high contour construction, and having no repairs whatsoever. This grip shows little to no wear, and it fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is straight up and down, and still has good enamel to the surfaces. The silvered runes exactly match the double circles around the button. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "beak which points upwards slightly". This bird also has full detail to his eye, beak, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. A really great hilt here, which will bring a smile to the knowing collector's face.
The scabbard is a straight example. This shell has all original, black paint. This paint still has a nice shine to it, and other than normal usage signs, and some minor crazing, is still nearly 100%. A very nice, original shell here. The scabbard mounts exactly match the patination of the nickel crossguards. These mounts are in excellent condition, the lower ball having a couple of minor taps, but nothing that shows from the front, and there is no crushing. The original, unturned nickel screws are all in place here. The center mount is the very early type, that has the crisp, rolled edges. This center mount has almost all of the original darkening in the backgrounds and looks identical to the example I show on page 140 of SS Book. The center mount, of course, depicts three intertwined swastikas on each side. The type two chain also has nearly 100% of the original darkening in the backgrounds of the links. This dark background really brings out the fiercesome looks of the stamped skull and bones, as well as the SS runic symbols on the alternating links. The teeth are all there on all of the skulls, and there is little wear to these links. All of the nickel connectors are in excellent condition, with virtually no separations.
When we acquired this dagger, the tab which connected the upper chain to the square link at the scabbard was missing. We fabricated a tab by using an old nickel scabbard mount. This is the identical material that was used during the period, so there is virtually no difference between this newly produced tab and ones that were made during the period. The clover snap clip is the closed variety, and there is matching darkening throughout the backgrounds. The snap clip works well, and is complete with the original spring. The upper link, which attaches to the square link on the scabbard mount, is lightly stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen. It is identical to the example we see on page 138 of my SS Book. The reverse of this chain also has some nice patination, indicating silver plating of these pieces.
The unmarked blade of this piece is still bright, and does have quite a bit of the original crossgraining, with good, needle-like tip. The SS motto is the standard, more shallow style etch we see on these early blades. The etch is nice and crisp, and there is about 90% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. There are some shallow watermarks appearing on this blade where the runners lay against it, where some moisture was trapped, but it is very nominal. The blade still grades at excellent to excellent plus on the obverse. The reverse blade is in slightly better shape than the obverse, as there are no watermarks that appear on this blade. There are a couple of minor pits fairly near the tip, but overall this reverse looks pretty good. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A very fine, early dagger and the outside looks just can't be beat. An excellent example to add to your collection.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $8,495.00
SSDAG #31261 Model 1936 Chained SS with Scabbard Dedication
This Model 1936 SS Dagger was made up by us recently after we acquired the chain assembly and upper and center mount from a collector a couple of years ago. The dagger is an original example and the scabbard parts were put on to a proper scabbard that took awhile to find as it was necessary that it be a perfect fit for the scabbard mounts. Having disclosed all of this the below is the description of the completed dagger. The crossguards are the nickel-plated type. They show good patination and have not been cleaned. The nickel-plated tang nut also shows some minor age but goes well with the crossguards. The grip has some repairs particularly at the top end but basically the repairs are done well and are not detectable. This grip is a fairly high ridge constructed type. It shows some normal usage signs in the surfaces. The SS runes button is turned to about seven o’clock. It has excellent enamel and good silvered runes with double circles around the borders. The nickel grip eagle is a high-necked type still having good detail to the bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shell is a good straight steel base type with original black paint. This paint shows quite a bit of usage throughout having some attic crazing as well as many chips. The reverse is in slightly better than the obverse. Overall this scabbard paint is about 75-80%. We use this particular scabbard to assemble the mounts because the mounts are hardly in mint condition and this scabbard shell works out nicely with these mounts. The Type I chain assemblies are always nickel-plated, and since the upper and center mounts are part of the hardware these are plated also. The lower scabbard mount is a plated example, having a fairly good ball, except there is a small ding in the bottom and a ding which slightly flattened the front edge of the ball. These mounts are retained by nickel-plated screws. The upper mount shows some bending and abuse around the lower ridge edge. The reason for this was whoever removed this assembly from another scabbard (probably a veteran) did not really know how to go about it properly and must have used a screwdriver or the like to pry the mount loose from the scabbard shell. It was impossible to remove all of this damage but we did the best we could and it still looks fairly good.
The reverse scabbard mount is period engraved by a professional. The presentation is in five lines, “In treuer Kameradschaft / vom Zug II 1 / Pi /4 / zur Vermählung / Köln, den 18.3.39 / Dembeck Wilh.”. This dedication basically means, “In Loyal Comradeship from First Pioneer 4th Division of the 2nd Platoon on Your Wedding in Cologne on March 18, 1939 Wilhelm Dembeck”. We occasionally see chained SS daggers with wedding presentations on them and I show a couple of them in my SS Book on pages 226 and 228. No doubt this dagger was presented with a copy of Mein Kampf as well as other artifacts involved with the pagan ceremony that was conducted by SS personnel. The center ramp of this chain assembly shows some age but still has good detail to the three intertwined raised swastikas on each side as well as the pebbling behind. The matching Type I chain assembly shows similar age to the skull and SS runic links. Perhaps they would clean up some with some work but they are not too bad on their own having some age in the surfaces. All of the links though are nice and crisp and still look well. The connecting tabs are in excellent condition with no problems and the first link of the top chain is deeply stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen. The open style cloverleaf reveals the “DRGM” under the upper loop of the cloverleaf. The snap clip is in good condition with operating spring.
The unmarked blade is still nice and bright having good crossgraining in the surfaces and also having some minor smudge spread throughout the surfaces of both sides but it is not bad. The SS motto is still crisp having about 90% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. This blade grades between excellent and excellent plus. Granted, this dagger is made up but the pieces are all original and having a chained SS dagger with a wedding dedication is a very rare artifact. It is also possible that some research could be done on the SS groom. There is quite a bit of information here and should be a good starting point. I tried to look up the groom however I could not find him on the rank list and chances are he may be an enlisted man. But, there is always the resources of the great SS researcher Ross Kelbaugh. Ross has been able to find many enlisted men down in Maryland where the Berlin document center is now located. An interesting parts-piece here, but all the components are real and it is priced accordingly.
Excellent Minus. $5,995.00(#031814)
SSDAG #34681C Early SS Ground Röhm Dagger – Böker
This early Böker SS Dagger has an interesting gold-like patination throughout the obverse fittings which is actually caused by years of smoking in the same room where the dagger was. We call this a “nicotine” finish! The dagger has never been cleaned. The crossguards and tang nut are all solid nickel construction. They are in good shape beneath the gold patination having excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. These mounts are not the usual factory in-house made guards but rather are the type that Böker also purchased. This dagger does not appear to have ever been apart after studying the tang nut so I will not look inside. It is also interesting to note that there is no district stamping on the lower crossguard despite the fact that this is an early dagger. We do know that there were some Röhm dedicated daggers given to honorary SS personnel. It is possible that this was the case here. The grip of this example is a good ebony type having fairly smooth contour construction. The grip shows quite a bit of wear time having a few minor hits here and there and a small amount of lifting on the surface that occurred above the runes button and also on a couple of spots at the lower obverse point where the grip meets the crossguard. Overall though the grip is not bad and flows nicely with the condition of the dagger. The runes button is the convex style and it is also a copper example. The SS runes are turned to about eight o’clock on this piece. The runes have a good coppery surface matching that of the double copper circle border lines. The grip eagle is a nickel type being the “high-necked” variety. This bird still has good detail throughout his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. The nicotine has also penetrated the depths of the bird’s details giving it a matching look along with the rest of the mounts.
The scabbard of this example is straight throughout. It still has a slightly gray look to its finish but there are some old pits in the center of the scabbard as well as age marks and also there is similar markings with no pits in the reverse of the scabbard finish. It sounds worse than it is however. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel and they too are toned to a nicotine color but only on the obverse as the reverse of the mounts is the standard dull nickel color. These mounts are in good condition to include the lower ball that only shows wearing signs but no problems. These mounts are retained by matching nickel screws which are all unturned also having the nicotine finish.
The blade of this example is still fairly bright but unfortunately it has some age issues around the edges. It almost gives the appearance of plating lifted but then again a blade like this would be polished not plated so it must just be rust which has penetrated the finish. The blade in spite of all this still has crossgraining on the obverse. The motto also has some dark spots and does not seem to have any of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. This blade only grades at excellent. The reverse of the blade has the Röhm inscription totally ground off and there are signs of this but also the blade was repolished fairly successfully. As we see with Röhm inscriptions Böker used a small oval trademark to make the inscription look better. This double oval mark contains the firm’s name and location, “Böker Solingen”. Inside is a stark leafless tree. The shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A good dagger to get started with.
SSDAG #32996 Early Model 1933 E.M. Dagger - Gottlieb Hammesfahr
This early Model 1933 SS E.M. Dagger is in an uncleaned state and does not appear to have ever been apart. The nickel crossguards have developed an outstanding dull patination throughout. The tang nut is still crisp and does not appear to have had a wrench on it for many years. The crossguards have good smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is district marked “III”. The grip is a fine example, being of medium-to-sharp ridge construction. This ebony grip has no repairs. It shows a little bit of usage throughout, but nothing extreme and no gauges or chips. There is a tiny slither which has lifted on the wood surface at the lower right front area, but it is nothing. This fine grip has an excellent runes button which is perfectly placed at 12 o’clock. The enamel surfaces show a few taps from usage, but there are no chips or problems. The matching nickel grip eagle is the style with “point-behind-the-head”. This bird has all details available to the head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. A nice hilt here. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has a painted black surface which must have been done quite a while ago, as the paint does not look new. This paint job was well done and is possibly period. There would have surely been an anodized scabbard originally. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel. These mounts are in choice condition, to include the lower ball. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws, and the grooves are not buggered. There is a pre-RZM style vertical hanger attached. This hanger does have the coffin style shape with a conventional type belt and buckle with hasp. The snap clip is the larger “dog leash” style. Prior to standardization, we do see a multitude of different vertical hangers produced during the period. This one is still in good supple condition and looks quite well on the dagger. The blade of this example is still nice and bright, and it retains nearly all of its original crossgraining with good needle tip. This blade has some in-and-out wear, but easily grades in near full mint condition. The blade is crisp etched and deep. The SS motto has nearly all of the original factory darkening in the backgrounds. A very fine blade here! The reverse ricasso is matching etched with double ovals. These ovals trap the firm’s name and location, “Gottlieb Hammesfahr, Solingen – Foche”. Inside is the pyramid with the “plus” sign on the front surface. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours. A very fine early SS dagger here, which other than the repainted scabbard, is in outstanding original condition.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,295.00