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 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 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 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 #39020C Himmler Inscription SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
The nickel crossguards are the internally marked, "H.E" variety. They have a desirable dull patina looking not to have been cleaned in many years. These guards have excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and the usual precisely cut Eickhorn accent grooves. The nickel tang nut matches perfectly and shows no signs of being out. As is usually (but not always) the case with these Himmle daggers the bottom of the lower cross guard has the inspection number, "2", stamped into the surface.
The grip had a couple of minor chips, so we elected to fix them; the ebony grip is now in nice condition throughout. It has medium contour surfaces and fits the cross guards perfectly. The runes button has perfect enamel and is turned to about 7:00 o'clock. The SS runes are nicely toned matching the double circles which surround them. The nickel grip eagle is the "High-necked" variety. All details remain to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.
The scabbard is a good, straight example, with all of the original "anodized" finish intact. About 50% of the original protective lacquer still remains; a very nice looking shell here. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in good shape, the upper being perfect, and the lower having some mild carrying signs, but they are not bad and the lower ball is still good. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered.
The original short hanger is attached around the hanging ring. The leather under the ring was somewhat distressed from age, so we did install a support within the inside to make it strong and avoid having to use a replacement hanger.
The blade is just how you want to see them; it remins bright throughout and retrains all of its factory grain. Other than the normal in-and-out marks, this blade is in mint condition. The motto is deep and crisp, having all of the original factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse inscription matches the depth and darkening on the motto. It is in totally perfect condition, "In herzlicher Kammeradschaft H. Himmler" (facsimile signature). The logo is the early small double ovals which contain the name and location of the producer, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". The squirrel is the style with smooth tail and on this example, the eye is still there. Many times it will be missing on these Himmlers. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contours.
A very fine Himmler SS Dagger, that is not full mint, but right up there. A good original example worthy of investment.
Near Mint. $15,995.00
SSDAG #39011C Model 1933 Enlisted Man's Ground Röhm SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
This dagger does not appear to have ever been cleaned, the nickel hilt mounts having a deep, dull yellow patina. These mounts have good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and the precisely cut accent grooves typical of an Eickhorn piece. The tang nut has a few old plier scars around the edge, but they are not bad and were done a long time ago. The fine crossguards are marked internally, "H.E", indicating they were produced in-house by the Eickhorn firm. The lower reverse guard is district marked, "I", and the bottom portion of the guard has the inspection mark, "5".
When we received this dagger the grip had a couple of mild chips at the top and bottom, so we elected to make the repair. It came out great and is not detectable. The SS runes button has perfect black enamel and is positioned at about 7:00 o'clock. The nickel eagle is the "High-necked" version. It shows a little surface wear to the bird's head, but the breast and wing feathering, talons. wreath and swastika are still fairly crisp. The grip nicely fits the cross guards.
The scabbard shell is a fine example showing a couple of wearing signs, but basically being straight throughout. The "anodized" finish is still all there at 100%. There are a couple of minor age signs in the "anodizing", but they are negligible. A good-looking shell here. The nickel scabbard mounts have good matching patina. The upper mount is perfect, while the lower mount has some minuscule wearing signs, but they are minor and the lower ball is still in fine condition. The four original nickel screws are all in place.
The obverse blade is bright throughout. It also has pretty good grain in the surfaces and a fine SS motto. The motto has about 95% of the factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. This obverse blade remains in near mint condition. The reverse blade has had the Röhm inscription entirely removed, to include the Eickhorn trademark. Despite the missing trademark, we know for sure that this dagger is an Eickhorn example as determined by the "H.E." cross guards and the fact that there is an inspection number stamped into the lower guard surface - no other maker did this. The blade reverse inscription removal has been professionally done and a fine job of re-graining the blade was also performed; you can tell it is not factory, but it is really done well. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A good ground Röhm here reasonably priced.
Excellent Plus. $2,995.00
SSDAG #39044C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
This dagger is of initial production being etched with the early large double oval trademark. The crossguards are the classic "H.E" marked type having a desirable dull patina to the nickel finish. The surfaces remain smooth with crisp edges and the high quality Eickhorn accent grooves. The tang has some mild old signs of a applied pair of pliers, but the scars fade into the medal so this was done a long time ago and is hardly noticeable. The lower reverse cross guard is district marked, "I".
The ebony grip is an outstanding example having no repairs and showing virtually no usage. This grip has fine sharp contour ridge construction and fits the cross guards adequately. Typical of Eickhorn, there are a couple of very small gaps on the upper and lower left side of the grip - Eickhorn is not known for great grip fits. The flat style runes button is perfectly placed being straight up and down. The enamel is perfect throughout highlighting the SS runes and the double circles around it. The nickel grip eagle is the style with the beak pointing upwards slightly. All details remain to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika..
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has a very fine "anodized" surface, still rating at 100%. The nickel scabbard mounts are beauties, both being in choice condition to include the never-dropped lower ball. The original nickel scabbard screws are all in place and are unturned.
Attached to the hanger ring is a good-conditioned black short hanger. The leather is still supple and in good condition to include the small retaining ring. The hardware is the solid nickel type and the snap clip is the "snout-nosed" variety being unmarked.
The blade is bright throughout still having good grain. If it were not for a small pit in the reverse about 2/3rds down, this blade would be in near mint condition. The SS motto is deep and crisp, having about 95% of the original darkening in the letters. The reverse ricasso has a matching etched large double oval containing the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". The center area presents a serrated tail squirrel having the firm's initial's "C.E". below. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
A fine original SS dagger here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,995.00
SSDAG #38961C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn (Large Double Oval Logo)
This initial production Model 1933 SS Dagger is very desirable. The mounts are of nickel throughout, with a fine patina to them. Where the crossguards meet the grip there is a little of the greenish reside that is a sure sign of an untouched piece. These guards are in very fine condition throughout, with the very deep accent grooves typical of Eickhorn construction. The lower reverse guard is district marked “I”. Underneath the guard is a stamped inspection number “3”. We often see these inspection numbers on very early Eickhorn daggers. The tang nut does not look to have been take out in modern times so I will leave it alone.
The ebony grip of this dagger has no evidence of period repairs and showing only minor traces of hand wear. There are a few bumps on the obverse center line and some minor damage to the center reverse, no doubt caused by the clip of the vertical hanger. Other than this the grip is quite fine and fits the guards perfectly. The SS runes button is in good shape with just a minor tap to the enamel to the right of the right SS rune. The runes and circular border remain nicely silvered. There is also some greenish reside that surrounds the runes button. The grip eagle is of nickel and is the style with a beak that points slightly upward. This eagle shows only minor wear to the head and breast but the remainder of the bird is relatively crisp.
The scabbard shell is as straight as an narrow. It is really nice, still having 100% of the “anodized” finish and about 60 to 70% of the original protective lacquer; it rare to see a scabbard in this fine condition. The shell has fine matching nickel mounts, in perfect condition to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by the original unturned nickel screws.
Attached to the scabbard is what appears to be the original vertical hanger. This hanger shows age and looks to have been on this piece for a very long time; the reverse, coffin-shaped backing shows some bends at the edges that corroborate this theory. The hanger is retained by a cross strap with a nickel buckle. The snap clip is nickel plated and shows quite a bit of rust. It is marked “RZM M5/71 OLC”. This vintage snap clip would indicate that the hanger may have been changed at some point, either during the period or by a previous collector but either way it looks to have been present for a very long time.
The blade of this dagger is as nice as you will see, bright throughout and with all of the original crossgrain. The SS motto is very crisp and darkly lettered and the tip remains needle-like. The reverse of the blade is just as nice. It is etched with the 1st Style Eickhorn trademark indicating initial production. This trademark variant has large double ovals that contain the firm's name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen”. Inside is a seated squirrel holding a nut in his paws. He has smooth tail and sits above the initials of the firm “C.E”. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the crossguard contour.
If you are in the market for a really nice SS dagger to put into your “Save Forever” box, I believe you will be satisfied with this piece. There is nothing like an initial production Eickhorn SS Dagger.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,895.00
SSDAG #38960C Ground Röhm SS Dagger – Robert Klaas
This SS Dagger has a very fine patina throughout the nickel mounts. Looking at the tang nut we can see that this dagger was likely never taken apart. The nickel guards are in very fine condition throughout. The lower reverse guard is district marked “III”.
The ebony grip is in good condition with no evidence of repairs. The shows normal hand wear and has a couple of taps about the eagle on the right. Nothing bad, though. The reverse has some friction wear from the snap clip on the vertical hanger. The SS runes button is the type with a convex surface. It shows some taps on the enamel but none of the surface is missing. The button is slightly turned. The grip eagle is the “High Neck” type and retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika. This grip nicely fits the guards.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It has a good “anodized” finish with just some minor age discoloration but it is not bad and is something we normally see. The scabbard mounts are patinated to match the guards. These mounts are in good condition overall, with the lower ball having a minor hit to the left. There is no crushing or splitting, however. All of the original nickel screws are in place and unturned.
The vertical hanger looks to be original to the piece. It shows age but the leather is still sound and serviceable. The cross strap has a square buckle that shows surface age. The snap clip is an early, conventional type, constructed of solid nickel and marked “A” and “DRGM” on the reverse. This snap clip also matches the rest of the dagger in patination, leading one to believe this hanger is original to the piece.
The blade of this dagger is nice and bright. The obverse is perfect, with an outstanding crisp, dark SS motto and full graining. The surprise is when the blade is turned over to reveal a fully removed Röhm inscription. I don't see any of it left and there are some scratches from the grinding process. It does not look bad but most collectors would easily detect this as a ground piece. To further add to the authenticity of this piece we see that the Klaas trademark is the smaller type only used with a Röhm inscription blade. It features the famous Kissing Cranes logo, as well as the firm's name and location. If you want to look on page 87 of my SS Book I show this same smaller trademark used on Röhm examples. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower guard contour.
An extremely fine Ground Röhm SS dagger here' to find one by Klass is quite difficult. A great piece for a truly dedicated SS collector.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,695.00
SSDAG #38815C Model 1933 SS Dagger with Fürth School Dedication - Gottlieb Hammesfahr
The crossguards and tang nut are the nickel variety being in excellent condition throughout. They have good crisp edges, smooth surfaces and fine accent grooves. The lower reverse cross guard is district marked, "I". The ebony grip is a fine example with no repairs and showing only the most mild of usage. The butting grip edges fit the cross guards perfectly. The grip is a medium contour variety. The runes button has perfect enamel and is turned to about 8:00 o'clock. The button has fine silvering with matching double circles around it. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "beak turned up slightly". The eagle shows only nominal wear and all details are there to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow. It has excellent "anodized" surfaces covering at 100% and showing only minor age in the surfaces. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition, the lower mount having only a minor flat-style ding in the very bottom, but it is nothing. The mounts are retained by the four nickel screws, all appearing unturned. The scabbard is equipped with a fine early vertical hanger. The leather is still subtle throughout the coffin back, the scabbard retaining strap and the securing strap with square-style buckle. The early nickel snap clip is marked on the reverse, "DRGM" and "A". There is also a good conditioned black leather belt loop, complete with "D" ring.
The blade is a beauty, being bright throughout and still retaining its factory cross grain. This blade is in mint condition. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is deep and crisp having all of the dark backgrounds in the letters. The reverse is matching etched in a single line, "Gewidmet u. SS Sportschule Fürth 1934." This translates to, "Given by the SS Sports School Fürth 1934". The ricasso is etched with the dual oval trademark which contains the producing firm's name and location, "Gottlieb Hammesfahr, Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
The Fürth example with the identical etch shown in my SS book was produced by Robert Klaas. These Fürth daggers do not seem to have the same maker markings, yet the etches seem to be made with the same templates. So, it is possible that the daggers could be been the examples personally owned by the recipients and they were most likely etched with the dedication locally. We also see Fürth daggers with etched dedications performed over Ground Röhm dedications, giving further credibility to the daggers being the property of the recipient. Of course, it is also possible the daggers were purchased by the school randomly. Either way, they are what they are, and I guess the mystery will never be totally resolved.
A Fürth Sports School dagger is a "must" for those out there that are serious about an SS collection. It is very seldom that one comes up for grabs, so here is the opportunity for the right person. A very fine dagger here!/P>
Near Mint. $12,995.00
SSDAG #38986C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger - Böker
The guards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges and excellent precise accent grooves. The reverse lower cross guard is district marked, "I". These guards are the secondary type used with Böker examples and probably purchased from another firm.
The ebony grip has no repairs and remains in fine condition, showing only trace usage signs; there are tap-taps around the center right area of the grip, apparently done during the period, but they are not serious and somewhat give the dagger a little character. This grip fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The runes button has perfect enamel and is turned to about 7:00 o'clock. The silver runes and the double circles around them are attractively patinated. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "beak which points upward". All details are there to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shows a couple of extremely minor carrying signs, but basically it is nice and straight. The "anodized" finish is not only 100%, but it also has about 85% of the original protective lacquer covering; a great shell here. The nickel scabbard mounts are also in excellent condition, the lower ball having a couple of minor taps at the bottom area, but no crushing and it does not show from the front or back. The upper scabbard mount is the shorter type we usually associate with the Pack firm, but it is well-known that this company sold many of their parts to their competitors. The original nickel screws are all in place and appear unturned.
The blade is a pleasing example, not showing a lot of grain, but still being bright. The blade shows some minor in and out signs and extremely light age. The SS motto is outstanding, being deep and crisp and easily retaining all of its original dark backgrounds in the letters. The reverse ricasso has the standard trademark featuring the leafless tree over a mausoleum-style structure. The maker and location is below, "Böker, Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A very nice original SS dagger here.
Excellent Plus. $3,695.00
SSDAG #37837C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger – Rich Abr Herder
The guards are in excellent condition, with precisely cut accent grooves, crisp edges and nice, smooth surfaces. The lower reverse guard is district marked “II”.
The grip is a typical Herder example, evidenced by being slightly thinner than most and having the nickel grip eagle set slightly lower than center. This ebony grip is in completely perfect condition, with good, sharp geometry and fitting the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is set just past 7 o'clock. It has perfect enamel, with nicely toned silvering to both the runes and the circular borders. The nickel grip eagle is the “High Necked” type. It shows minor wear to the head, breast and talons, but the wings, wreath and swastika are still fairly crisp.
The scabbard shell is perfect throughout. It has a pristine “anodized” surface with retains quite a bit of brightness. This finish appears to be 100% intact. The nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. These mounts are all retained by the original unturned nickel screws.
There is a fine vertical hanger attached to this dagger. It has very supple leather and an excellent coffin-shaped reverse. The cross strap and scabbard strap are in perfect condition, the cross strap having the traditional square nickel-plated buckle. The snap clip shows some age and wear to the plating, but it is still in good working order. It is marked “A”, “DRGM”, and “RZM M5/8” on the reverse.
The blade of this dagger is a real killer. It is in Mint condition, having all of the crossgrain and a really fantastic SS motto. The motto is is crisp as the day it was made, having 100% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. This motto really jumps off the blade!
The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the Herder trademark; a set of dual ovals enclosing a diamond shape, along with the firm's name and location of “Solingen”. The blade shoulders nicely fit the contours of the guards.
A really fine conditioned Herder SS Dagger here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,495.00
SSDAG #38456 Mid-period SS Enlisted Man's Dagger 941/38 SS – Carl Eickhorn
This Eickhorn SS EM Dagger is equipped with a nickel-plated tang nut and crossguards. The guards are still bright throughout and have no lifting. They do show some very mild scratching here and there, but this is normal service wear and does not detract from the dagger's appearance.
The grip had some chips on the upper portion which we elected to repair. This restoration work was done very well and does not show. The grip itself is of ebony and is a Medium Contour example. It shows mild signs of hand wear but overall is in nice condition. The fit to the guards is adequate. The runes button is one of the convex types with a copper base. It is positioned nice and straight and, like the guards, shows a few scratches. There is also a tiny hit to the area above the runes but none of the enamel seems to be missing. The grip eagle is an early nickel type with a slightly upward pointing beak. This eagle is in good condition and retains all of the detailing throughout.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent original black paint which shows only some modest carrying wear. This paint remains 100% intact and retains much of the original luster. The scabbard mounts are also nickel-plated and remain bright, nicely matching the guards in terms of wear. The lower ball has a slight hit to the left but there is no crushing and no problems. These mounts are retained by dome head screws which are all in place.
Attached to the scabbard ring is a black leather short hanger. The leather remains in good condition and the original retainer loop remains intact. The reverse of the hanger is marked with an RZM circle and a SS circle, the latter having the code “19/38” in the center. The hardware is the later, plated style and is in good condition complete with a working snap.
The blade of this dagger is still bright, having some of the normal “in and out” marks and just the slightest amount of smudging spread here and there. The tip is still needle-like, and the SS motto remains in good, crisp condition. The etch retains about 95% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a single RZM circle set over the code “941/38 SS”. Beneath this is the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.
A decent RZM SS Dagger here, from one of the most prolific period manufacturers.
SSDAG #38925 Early SS Enlisted Man's Dagger, SS 120/34 RZM
The crossguards are of solid nickel. They show traces of usage and have a few scrapes on the upper guard. The lower guard remains in good condition, with smooth surfaces and crisp edges. The tang nut shows usage and evidence that is has been taken down a few times. The lower reverse guard is district marked “I”.
The grip of this dagger had a couple of minor chips in it which we have elected to repair. It is now in overall good condition. The grip is a Smooth Contour type and perfectly fits the guards. The SS runes button is nicely placed with only a slight turn and retains perfect enamel throughout. The silvering on these runes has patinated to match the guards. The nickel grip is the style with a slightly upward pointing beak. This eagle is in good condition and retains all of the detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.
The scabbard of this example has a painted surface. This paint shows quite bit of age and is chipped here and there. Overall it rates at about 85 to 90% intact. The scabbard mounts are of solid nickel and are in good condition, although the lower mounts does show carrying wear and the lower ball has dings on the edges. No crushing, though; only a tiny split on the left side of the ball is visible. The mounts are retained by nickel screws which are all in place and unbuggered.
There is a short attached attached to the scabbard. This short hanger has good leather and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is the plated type. The buckle and snap clip could use a little cleaning as they some minor surface rust. The snap clip is marked “RZM M5/8” on the reverse.
The blade of this example remains bright however it does have some spotting on the lower edges of both the obverse and reverse. There is also some age spread to the reverse upper area of the blade, but it is not bad. The tip of this blade remains needle-like and the SSW motto is crisp and dark. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the code “SS 120/34” and “RZM”. As is proper on these early RZM daggers the trademark reads toward the tip rather than toward the hilt. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
This SS Dagger shows some age and wear but overall is still quite collectible and, more importantly, priced accordingly.
SSDAG #38930C Early SS Enlisted Man's Dagger – Gottlieb Hammesfahr
This early SS Dagger has been up for sale for the last few months. It came to us with serious water damage to the scabbard shell as well as the blade. We decided that the dagger would be much more pleasing if we changed out the shell and retained the original mounts. We made the swap and it worked out well; unfortunately there was nothing we could do to restore the blade.
The crossguards and tang nut are of solid nickel. The guards are in good condition, with a district marking of “III” on the reverse. The tang nut shows evidence that it may have been out several times.
The grip of this dagger was originally chipped so we went ahead and repaired it. It is now in perfect condition and looks very good. This grip is of Medium Contour construction. The SS runes button is slightly turned and has good patination that matches the guards. The grip eagle is the solid nickel type with a point behind the head of the bird. This eagle has good detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.
As mentioned above the original scabbard shell has been replaced. This replacement is in very good condition with a dull, anodized surface. It is straight throughout and looks very good with the original mounts. The mounts are of solid nickel and nicely match the guards. They are in good condition, although the lower ball has a couple of minor dings. It is not crushed, however, and the flaws are very minor. These mounts are retained by nickel screws which are all unbuggered.
The fact that this dagger was apparently underwater is evident when we look at the blade surfaces. The blade is not in good condition and has substantial amounts of pitting. The motto, however, is still there and actually has crisp edges. The reverse of the blade has the same troubles but the original Hammesfahr Pyramid logo is still intact.
We realize that this is hardly a prime artifact, but it may be of interest to someone on a budget or for those inclined toward restoration. It is priced accordingly.
This dagger was probably made in 1939. It has excellent nickel-plated crossguards that show only the most modest of age and are free of flaking. The plating remains bright throughout. The tang nut is also in good shape, showing no sign of being taken down.
The grip is of fine ebony that remains in nice condition; there are no repairs to this grip and it finely fits the guards. The SS runes button has a coppery cast to it and is slightly turned. The enamel throughout this button is in perfect condition. The aluminum grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.
Wrapped around the grip is the original portepee, tied in a manner we see quite frequently. When I received the dagger the knot was dangling so I retied it in the period fashion. The portepee is a 42cm aluminum bullion example, in perfect condition and showing no wear.
The scabbard shell is as straight as an arrow. This shell is in extremely fine condition, with the “anodized” finish. This finish is perfect and has a good looking gleam. The scabbard mounts are of nickel-plated steel. They are in perfect condition to include the lower ball. The original dome head screws are unturned and retains their original plating.
The center ramp is the same as that shown in my SS Book on page 141. It has three raised and intertwined swastikas on both sides with good background pebbling. This ramp was no factory darkened. As we often see on anodized scabbards this ramp is retained by a pair of screws, the same as the piece shown on page 141. The chain is a nickel plated type, with no signs of rust and the plating being totally intact. The skull and SS rune links are in choice condition, showing little to no wear. The skulls have great, leering smiles; they will make you smile as well! Each link has a finely pebbled background. The connector tabs are also in outstanding condition, with no signs of stress; we often see these Type 2 tabs pulled partially open, but that is not the case here. The cloverleaf is the closed style, in good condition with a fine working clip. There is also a large ring attached to the clip, which I suspect is a period piece. We see a lot of these rings used by SS Officers to connect their daggers to a standard snap clip rather than buying a special frog. This accounts for the rarity of the frogs. The reverse upper link is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen proof marking. This stamped looks very similar to the example I shown on page 139 of my SS Book.
The blade is about as nice as they come. It is completely bright, retaining a needle-like tip and all of the original crossgraining. The SS motto is crisp, deep, and with very good background darkening. The reverse of the blade is unmarked and is also in very fine condition. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.
An extremely nice Chained SS Dagger here. It is not of the earliest vintage but looks to have been only rarely worn and is textbook in every respect. A real keeper here!
Near Mint. $7,500.00(#091516)
SSDAG #38893C Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger with Exclamation Point
The dagger is equipped with solid nickel crossguards. These guards have a very fine, desirable yellowish tone to the surfaces and are excellent condition throughout. They are internally marked “EL”. The tang nut is also of nickel.
The grip is perfect, with no flaws or signs of repair to the ebony. It is of Smooth Contour construction and perfectly fits the guards. The SS runes button is turned slightly to the right. This button has fine surface enamel. The grip eagle is of nickel and is the style with a beak that points slightly upward. The details to this bird remain (for the most part) very good, with just a few traces of wear to the breast feathering.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The paint on this scabbard is in very good condition throughout. It is possible that this is an old repaint, but if it is it was professionally done and certainly does not detract. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition, being retained by four unbuggered nickel screws.
There is a short hanger attached to the scabbard. The black leather of this hanger remains in good shape and it is complete with a small leather retainer. There is a little rust on the surfaces of the nickel buckle but this could be easily removed if so desired. The snap clip is nickel-plated and is marked “A”, “DRGM” and “RZM M5/8”.
The blade of this dagger is still mostly bright. It has a slightly higher ridge, something that we see sometimes. This ridge has caused a little wear to the center across the motto lettering. The motto, of course, reads “Meine Ehre heißt Treue!”, the exclamation point making this different from the standard motto. The background darkening is still quite good on this motto. The reverse ricasso is marked with a large, shaded double RZM circle above the code “324/38 SS”. The blade shoulders nicely fit the lower guard contour. We believe this SS RZM code was used by Klitterman & Moog; you can read more about this on page 66 of my SS Book.
A good, collectible example of a Exclamation Point SS Dagger that is not priced over the moon.
SSDAG #37859C Enlisted Man's Model 1933 SS Dagger with Exclamation Point Motto, RZM M 7/29 – Klittermann & Moog
This K&M Exclamation Point SS Dagger has all nickel mounts throughout. The crossguards are in excellent shape, the upper guard retaining a fine, dull patina. They are in smooth, crisp condition with precise accent grooves. The tang nut is in good shape and does not appear to have ever been removed.
The obverse of the grip is in perfect condition, and is of Medium Contour Construction. The reverse of the grips has a couple of “tap-tap” marks at the left center, which may have been caused by a short hanger. I don't think it was a vertical hanger as the marks are more to the left. There is also a tiny sliver missing from the surface of the upper left corner where the grip meets the guard. The SS runes button is in good condition with fine enamel, and is placed exactly North to South. The button has some nice patination on the runes and well as the dual border circles. The nickel grip eagle is also nicely patinated. This eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward, and it retains full detailing throughout. The grip fits the guards like a glove.
The scabbard is as straight as an arrow. It has nearly 100% of the original “anodized” surfaces, as well as quite a bit of lacquer remaining on the areas protected by the in-place mounts. These mounts are of matching nickel and are in choice condition through to the lower ball. The screws are all in place and are unbuggered.
The blade of this dagger is in nice condition, with minor traces of age on the surfaces but nothing bad. The SS etch, ending in an exclamation point, is quite shallow and retains about 98% of the original background darkening. The reverse of the blade has the same traces of age in the surfaces, and a matching shade to the etch on the ricasso. It features a large, shaded double RZM circle positioned over the code “M 7/29”. We used to think this was the code for the Jacobs firm, but we have since learned this was not the case and it actually stands for Klitterman & Moog. If you are interested in these details you can look them up in my SS Book on pages 684 and 685. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A fine example here of an exclamation point motto SS Dagger; these are very difficult to find and are very desirable.
SSDAG #38721 Model 1936 Type I Chained SS Dagger
This Type I equipped Chained SS is the same as I show in my SS Book on Pages 126 and 127 and also Pages 132 and 133.
The dagger is equipped with early nickel cross guards and matching tang nut. The tang nut does not appear to have been out in modern times. These guards do not look to have ever been cleaned, so they have a deep dull nickel patina, being darker than the plated mounts of the Type I chain assembly - Type I assemblies only seem to come in nickel plated form. The cross guards are in fine condition having smooth surfaces and precise accent grooves. There are a couple of minor rubs just on the lower edge of the lower guard, being one on the front and one on the back, but they are nothing.
The ebony grip is in fine condition having no repairs. The grip has medium contour construction and shows only the most modest signs of wear. This grip fits the guards like a glove. The SS runes button is a concave shape having excellent enamel with a couple of usage signs on the surface, but no breaks. The runes and the dual circle around them have a slight dull patina. The "high-necked" nickel grip eagle shows minor wear to the bird's head and a little to the breast and talons, but the feathering is still visible. The wings, wreath and swastika still have crisp detail.
The scabbard shell is straight on both sides. The anodized finish is still all there at 100%, having traces of lacquer still visible at the upper obverse quadrant. On the reverse, there is a little age that appears on the lower quadrant, but it is very minor and does not affect the anodizing. The upper and lower scabbard mounts are the plated type; this is usual for Type I assemblies. They are in excellent condition with the lower ball having a tiny "press"at the very bottom area. The throat is a nickel example having a patina matching the cross guards, nicely tying them in with the dagger. The center ramp features the three raised intertwined swastikas on both sides. The backgrounds have fine pebbled surfaces. The ramp assembly is the same as Page 132. Like we usually see on anodized scabbards, this ramp is retained by two screws, one on each side.
The matching bright, nickel-plated Type I chain is as fine as they come, with the plating is still in mint condition throughout the assembly. The links, with their depictions of alternating skull and bones with SS runes are terrific. These links have everything you would ever want to see on an SS dagger. The large skulls on these Type I's really have a sinister look with their glaring smiles setting off all of the crisp dental work; some really awesome stuff here! The connecting tabs are the thick type being much more substantial than the thin nickel tabs used on the Type II examples. No worries of anything ever breaking with these tabs! The links also have extra fine pebbled backgrounds which also gives relief to the scary design. The reverse of the first link of the upper chain is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen proof marking. It is deeply hit and identical to the one I show on Page 130 of my book. The snap clip/clover leaf assembly is the open style and the "DRGM" marking is visible below on the upper snap clip area. The original snap clip spring is in good working order. This is the chain that everyone would like to have in their collection!
The unmarked blade is bright throughout and still has all of its cross grain and needle-like tip. There are a couple of smudges on the obverse. One is on the motto word, "Ehre" and the other on the word "heist". These same smudges line up on the reverse, so it can be concluded that the blade was touched long ago by the same person, leaving the acid in his fingers to forever "personalize" this blade. The blemishes are not bad, though, as the rest of the blade is still very close to mint condition. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A very sound, textbook Type I Chained SS Dagger here; you can't beat the condition of the chain. If the blade were totally mint, this dagger would sell for a lot more. So, if you can live with a less than totally perfect blade, you have a very good deal here. Type I daggers are always in big demand, so now is the time to obtain yours!
Excellent Plus. $6,995.00
SSDAG #38491C Full Röhm Inscription SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
This full inscription Röhm dagger is probably the nicest one I have had to offer over the years, not that I have had many. These daggers in their original full state are extremely rare. Just imagine the penalty an SS man could risk for not following the order to have the offending name/and or inscription ground off! Usually these daggers existed where they were owned by elderly SS people who may have retired or by higher-up honorary SS members that may have been complacent types that did not not take the shocking politics of the time all that seriously and merely put the dagger in a drawer and purchased a standard example. Several full examples I have seen over the years have had the tip broken off with the inscription remaining intact, being a Teutonic form of disgrace. Whatever the reason, though, this example is fully intact and shows only the most nominal of wear, being an indication it was not worn after the 30 June 1934 purge. I show a similar conditioned example of this rare dagger on Page 65 and 66 of my SS Book.
This dagger does not appear to have been ever apart. The nicely toned nickel cross guards and tang nut remain crisp throughout, with no scratches or even wearing signs across the surfaces. The accent grooves are the typical outstanding Eickhorn type, being hand-cut very deeply into the surfaces in a "v" shape. Most certainly they are the in-house fabricated, internally marked "H.E" type. The lower reverse guard is District stamped, "I". Interestingly, the stamping is hit sideways as we see sometimes.
The ebony grip is as fine as they come, still remaining in perfect condition with no repairs and little sign of being around for over eight decades. The SS runes button has perfect enamel surfaces and toned silver runes matching the dual circles around them. The button is turned to about 7:00 o'clock. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Neck" variety, having crisp detailing throughout the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed swastika. The grip fit is typical for an Eickhorn piece, being almost perfect, but having a minuscule gap on both the upper and lower left sides.
The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow on both sides. The original anodized blue surfaces are 100% and perfect throughout with no wear spots. There are original factory lacquer traces around the mount areas as well as around the original-to-the-piece vertical hanger. The matching toned nickel scabbard mounts are also exceptional with no drop signs to the lower ball; there is a small tap on the obverse on the ball, but it is hardly worth the mention. These mounts are retained by all four of the original nickel screws, all being unturned.
The original vertical hanger remains in fine condition with standard coffin-shape back. The leather throughout remains supple to include the scabbard securing loop and also to the buckle and hasp retainer. The buckle is the nickel-plated, square type. The upper scabbard mount surfaces beneath the hanger have the greenish residue we often see when leather butts against nickle for long periods.
The blade of this example is a sight to behold. It is absolutely mint throughout with no flaws; it is really amazing! The surfaces are bright and all of the crossgrain is intact. The motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is still in a new-like state. Beautiful! The letters are deep and crisp and all have 100% of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. Turning the blade over is a treat seldom seen by most collectors. The complete Röhm inscription reflects the same depth and background darkening as the motto, "In Herzlicher Kameradschaft, Ernst Röhm". The etch attributes apply to the fine 1933-35 trademark featuring the small double ovals which contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". As we often see on these daggers (and the later Himmler pieces) the squirrel's eye was left out of the etch. The squirrel is the smooth tail version.
Well, if you are looking for the best of the best, this is your chance to step-up to the plate. This is an investment-quality piece. A dagger of this magnitude and in this choice condition is seldom offered to the collecting community. Because of the uniqueness and desirability of this dagger, we are asking that the full price be paid on this piece and we do not want to except any trades.
SSDAG #38273C Himmler Inscription SS Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
This Himmler Dagger is not in mint condition but it is 100% original and completely textbook. It is reasonably priced and an excellent opportunity to acquire a real Himmler for half of what you would normally pay.
The crossguards have good, smooth surfaces which have never been cleaned and are dull from age. The tang nut shows no signs of being touched by a wrench, but it is loose to the touch so the insides can be easily looked at if so desired. The edges of the guards are crisp and the accent grooves are the typical deeply cut and precise Eickhorn style. The guards are very, very dirty inside, but I can make out that they are marked with the “AR” that we occasionally seen on Himmler pieces. The underside of the lower guard is inspection marked “0”.
The ebony grip of this dagger shows some minor flaking of the wood around the upper obverse area. The lower obverse of the grip has a chip on the left side. The reverse of the grip remains in good condition, however. The SS runes button is the style that has a slightly coppery look to it. It has been turned slightly and the enamel remains perfect throughout. The nickel grip eagle is the “High Neck” style which retains full detail throughout.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The “anodized” finish is basically intact but there are age stains evenly spread the length of both sides. The matching deeply patinated nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are all unbuggered.
Attached the to the carrying ring is the original short hanger. This short hanger still has excellent leather although it shows a bit of scuffing on the black surfaces. The original retainer loop is also in place. The solid nickel hardware is the type we see with Himmler daggers, with an unmarked conventional clip.
The blade of the dagger also has some minor graying in the surfaces as well as evenly spread age stains throughout. The tip remains needle-like and I don't see any remaining crossgrain. The SS motto is well executed and looks to have about 85% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The Himmler inscription is also well executed, with easily 90 to 95% of the original darkening present in the recesses. The reverse is marked with the early variant of the Eickhorn trademark; the seated squirrel holds a nut in his paws and has a smooth tail. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the contour of the lower guard.
As I say a 100% original Himmler here for approximately half the price if you can live wiht the condition.
SSDAG #38344 Mid-period Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger, RZM 1196/38 SS
This choice-conditioned dagger is one of two Chained-SS examples that I recently purchased from a family in Germany. Apparently they had no Fatherland contacts as I was solicited through my website; isn't the Internet great sometimes! This dagger is of 1938 vintage, most likely being worn with standard Model 1933 scabbard until the original owner was promoted to officer status or fulfilled the three year service requirement. This dagger looks identical to the fine piece I show on Page 142 of my SS Book.
The dagger is equipped with fine nickel-plated cross guards. Fortunately, these guards were not exposed to any moisture, as both have a mirror finish with no lifting anywhere; it's quite rare to see this. The plated tang nut shows a few minor indent scars around the circumference where somewhere along the line, a family member must have gotten curious and took a look inside. There was no real damage here, though.
The ebony grip is a nice example being of high center ridge construction. This grip remains in perfect condition with no repairs and little sign of wear. The grip fits the guards nicely and is acceptable for its vintage. The SS runes button is slightly turned to about 7:00 o'clock. The runes are toned, perfectly matching the patina throughout the dual circles that circumvent them. The enamel is untouched and perfect. The grip eagle is the aluminum type. It is the style bird that has the "point behind the head". There is some minor surface wear to the bird's head, breast feathering and also to the talons and wreath. The swastika is still fairly crisp.
Wrapped about the grip is the original-to-the-piece 42 cm aluminum bullion portepee. The original owner of this piece was a Waffen-SS NCO or officer. Amazingly, this knot has not be touched since the war. It is tied in a loop about the upper grip, and then a double loop around the lower grip. There is a little fray at the lower double loop cord and then some where the cord comes out of the knot, but boy does this knot talk to you! A great thing here as because this knot is in place, we can get a feel for the history of this dagger. I am sure the knot also helped to preserve the fine condition of this grip, as basically, the only real exposed area is the grip eagle, which shows commensurate wear... I love to look and study stuff like this, don't you? It really almost gives you an inner feeling of where this dagger has been and the possible action that it has been through.
The scabbard and chain assembly are one of the best-conditioned examples I have seen. The scabbard shell is as straight as an arrow and simply beautiful! The shell as the best anodized finish you will see. It is totally mint, still having its full lacquer covering. What a site this shell is; it is guaranteed to make you smile!
Like the hilt mounts, these plated scabbard mounts are still in nearly factory new condition. They retain their original luster to the nickel finish, and the lower ball has never been dropped, not even once. The mounts are retained with the dome head steel screws. These screws are unturned and still retain their plating to the screw heads. The center scabbard ramp is a fabulous example, featuring the three intertwined swastika on both sides. The edges are the later more rolled type being the same as the example shown on Page 141 of my SS book. The original darkened background is still 100% throughout this center ramp. As we see many times on anodized scabbards, the ramp is retained by two matching screws, one on each edge.
The nickel-plated chain is the Type II variety. The chain has 100% nickel plating and the reverse of all of the links have turned black, being an indication of silver plating on the reverse. The chain is the same as I show in full in my SS book on Page 136. Each of the three skull links is as crisp as the day it was produced. All dental work is 100% and will make you smile back as you view the teeth. The three links with the SS sigrunne are crisp and vaulted. All links not only have full background pebbling, but also have all of the original blackening in the backgrounds. The link connecting tabs are all original and in good condition. A couple show the connecting seams, but this is normal on later chained scabbards. The reverse of the first link that connects the chain to the scabbard is SS Kulturzeichen stamped. This same link has a small bend in it where something heavy may have landed on it. It is nothing, however, and if anything, is a way to always identify this dagger as your property. The closed-style clover assembly is matching throughout and has good working snap clip with spring in place.
The obverse blade is bright, still having its factory cross grain. There are a few minor age stains, but this obverse blade easily still grades at near mint. The SS motto is crisp throughout and 100% of the black background remains in the SS blade motto. The reverse blade has a little more light staining in the surfaces, probably made bysome unwiped finger prints left there a generation ago. It is not bad, though as they are not deep. The reverse ricasso is maker-marked, "RZM" over "1198/38 SS". Although we don't know the identity of "1198", it is a commonly seen SS maker. The "38" would indicate the date of the blade's manufacture. Since this dagger has been together since war's end, it is a plain and simple case of the original wearer buying a scabbard only (probably in 1940-41) as he already possessed the dagger and was not going to waste money on another. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A fine Waffen-SS Chained dagger here. The outside condition is nearly full mint, with some normal age to the blade, but nothing that you can not live with. If you are looking for a beautiful display model to set off your other SS pieces, this example will act as a nothing short of a strobe light. A superb original dagger here!
Excellent Plus, Plus. $7,495.00
SSDAG #35386C Early SS Factory Ground Röhm Dagger Reissued During Inital RZM Period
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. It was subsequently returned to the factory after June 1934 and the Eickhorn firm ground the inscription off and repolished the blade; the owner presumably purchased a new dagger. 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 examples 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 crossguards 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, in a manner typical of Eickhorn products of the period. The SS 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 center. The reverse facing is totaly straight. The choice "anodized" finish is still all there and has at least 70% to 80% of the original factory protective lacquer. 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 #37988 Model 1933 Ground Röhm SS Enlisted Man's Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
The nickel crossguards are in fine condition having been cleaned not too long ago. They have excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and deep accent grooves, typical of Eickhorn. These guards are internally marked, "A.R", a crossguard maker also used by Eickhorn when apparently their own in-house guards may have been in limited supply. The reverse lower guard is district marked, "III", an indication the dagger was originally issued somewhere in the Berlin area. The lower crossguard is stamped on the under section with the inspection number, "1".
The grip is an outstanding untouched ebony, having no repairs. It is a beauty, fitting the guards perfectly. The grip has a few indentations in the reverse center area caused by the vertical hanger snap clip. Other than this, this grip shows little period usage. The SS runes button is perfectly placed having fine enamel and good silvered runics with matching dual circles. It is positioned at about 7:00 o'clock. A fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, having a couple of minor wearing signs in the metal, but no dings. The "anodized" finish remains at 100% and really looks good. There are no signs of lacquer, but the fine finish makes up for any lacking. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition. The lower ball has a couple of minor hits but they are negligible. The four original nickel screws are in place and appear unturned.
The original-to-the-piece vertical hanger is in place. The hanger is in good condition with supple leather to the coffin-shaped back and also to the straps. The nickel buckle is the style with oval shape and the snap clip is a solid nickel, unmarked type. It is interesting to note that there is a period repair to the hanger leather portion that retains the snap clip. It is not detractive, and reflects a very fine sewn job which has continued to hold up after all of these years.
The blade obverse is a good bright example having fine tip and deeply etched, crisp SS motto. The motto appears to have all of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. There are the usual runner marks, but overall, this blade easily grades at excellent plus. The reverse has had the Röhm inscription removed. It looks like a professional factory job; there are no fragments of the original inscription remaining and the repolish effort was quite well done, with only a little "touch" to the trademark. The logo is the early 1933-35 small double oval variant. The ovals contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". It features a crouching squirrel, looking to the viewer's left and holding a nut in his paws. The squirrel depicted is the smooth tail version. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A good solid SS example here.
Excellent Plus. $4,295.00
SSDAG #37791C Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger – Rich Abr Herder
The cross guards are in very fine condition, having crisp edge definition, precisely cut accent grooves and smooth surfaces. The tang nut also is a fine example, appearing to have never been off the dagger in modern times.
The grip of this dagger is in exceptional condition, showing no evidence of repair. It is the traditional Herder type, being slimmer than most and with the grip eagle set nice and low. The lower reverse guard is marked “I”. This grip has Sharp Contour Construction and fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is set at 1 o'clock, The enamel on this button is still 100% intact, with a little but of noticeable wear to the left of the left rune. The enamel is still intact, however. The runes and borders have a good silvery look to them. The grip eagle is the “High Necked” type, and shows no wear at all, with exceptional detailing throughout.
The scabbard shell is a dandy. It is straight throughout and has 100% of the original “anodized” surface. I don't see any lacquer remaining, but the finish is most pleasing to the eye and is a wonderful sight to see. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition, the lower mount showing some traces of usage and with just the slightest tap to the lower ball. Nothing serious, though, and it does not really show. The nickel screws are all in place and in good, unbuggered condition.
There is a fine early short hanger attached to the carrying ring. This hanger has good, supple leather and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger has a solid nickel buckle which matches the unmarked solid nickel snap clip.
The blade of this dagger is about as nice as you could hope to see. It looks to have almost all of the cross grain and shows only some mild “in-and-out” wear. This blade shows only the most subtle signs of age. The SS motto is deeply etched, and has good, dark letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the well known Herder Diamond trademark. The blade shoulders exactly fit the cross guard contours.
An exceptionally nice early SS Dagger here. Examples in this kind of condition are getting very difficult to locate.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,295.00
SSDAG #37838C Enlisted Man's Model 1933 SS Dagger with Ground Röhm Inscription – Böker
Examining the tang nut I can find no evidence that it has been removed in modern times. The guards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. They are the secondary style of guard used by Böker, not those that have the distinctive shape. The lower reverse guard is district marked “I”.
The grip of this dagger is of very fine ebony, with no trace of repair and remaining in totally perfect condition. It is of Medium Contour Construction. It fits the guards fairly well, with a small opening on the lower right, but contrary to popular belief these fits were not always exact, and the wood grip is susceptible to shrinkage. The SS runes button is a beauty, with perfect enamel surfaces. The runes are set to about 7 o'clock, with nice silvering throughout. The nickel grip eagle is in perfect, crisp condition, being the “High Necked” variety. The bird retains full detailing to 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 minor traces of wear, but they do not detract from either the look or the value. This shell is extremely nice, with 100% of the original “anodized” finish, and about 50% of the applied lacquer on the obverse. The reverse retains even more of this original lacquer. It is always a pleasure to see an SS dagger with in this kind of well preserved condition. The scabbard mounts are of matching nickel and in good condition. The lower ball has a small split on the lower portion as well as the right edge, but these are have not opened and really are not that noticeable. We'd be happy to repair this flaw for the next owner. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are unturned.
There is a most unusual vertical hanger attached to this dagger. It has the usual “coffin” shape, but it is slightly wider than the norm. The lower strap and the retainer strap have much larger rivets than we normally see. There is also a large “dog leash” style snap clip; it is marked “DRGM / M5/86”, “RZM A” on the reverse. Additionally the scabbard strap is thinner than most, as is the retainer strap. There is an unusual roller buckle and a secondary area that retains the end of the strap. This is the first time I have seen this configuration; it in and of itself is quite a rarity and, in my opinion, quite desirable.
The obverse blade of the dagger is good example, showing only the most modest of age in the surfaces. It has a very deep, crisply etched SS motto. The letter backgrounds look to be nearly 100% intact and are quite dark, something we often seen on Böker daggers.
Turning the blade over is somewhat of a shock, as the grinding of the Röhm dedication was done with no fooling around! The grindstone has taken most of the inscription out, although I can still see the tops of the letter “I”, as well as the umlaut on the “O” in Röhm's name. There was no attempt to smooth out the grinding, imparting a brutal, no nonsense look which a lot of collector's like to see. This sort of thing is history speaking to you!
The trademark is the smaller type used by Böker specifically for Röhm daggers. A pair of twin ovals state the firm's name and location of “Solingen”. Inside is the stark, leafless tree. This style of trademark omits the “mausoleum” that we normally see in the standard marking. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the curvature of the guards.
A very fine Böker SS Dagger here, with a most interesting vertical hanger.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,695.00
SSDAG #37594C Late Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger, RZM 1198/39 SS
The crossguards are the nickel-plated type. The surfaces show a few scratches and a couple of minor dings, but the plating has weathered the rough treatment and is all remaining in place. The tang nut is the steel base type, and although there are some circles around it in the cross guard metal below, the nut itself, does not appear to have been out.
The ebony grip is the smooth contour type. This grip has some bumps on the surfaces here and there, but it too, has held up well and there are no flaws or repairs. Also, this grip fits the cross guards like a rubber glove. The runes button is slightly turned to about 7 o'clock. The silvering is still there to the SS runes as well as to the two surrounding circles. The button enamel must have taken a hit somewhere in time, as this enamel is missing to the left of the leftrune; you have to look close to see it, though. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak looking upward slightly. The bird and swastika retain good detail throughout.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent period black paint, and aside from a few carrying signs, this paint is all there and still has good sheen to it. The nickel plated scabbard mounts are in good condition showing a little minor age, but not bad at all. The lower ball is still in never-dropped condition.
The original-to-the-piece hanger is of the same period as the dagger. Apparently the hanger got wet somewhere along the line, so there are shrinkage signs particularly to the lower scabbard loop and also the retaining strap; you would not want to try and take this hanger off the dagger, as I am sure the leather would break. Best to leave it alone. It is interesting to look at the area of upper scabbard mount which is behind the hanger, as there is a lot of telltale rust back there; a sure sign of water on this leather at one time, but also proof that the hanger is right, and original to this dagger. The snap clip is the plated type, marked, "RZM M 5/71" and "OLC".
The blade makes up a lot for any of the detrimental characteristics of the dagger. This blade remains nice and bright and still has most of the cross grain. The motto is crisp and deep, retaining 100% of the darkening behind the letters. In fact the obverse is nearly in full Mint condition. The reverse is also very fine, having a couple of minor age or rust spots on the left edge ricasso and also a little where the shoulders meet the lower cross guard. This blade fits perfectly, exactly meeting the lower cross guard contour. A pretty good SS dagger here, with the original hanger and priced reasonably.
SSDAG #36420C Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's Dagger – E. P. & S.
This Pack Dagger is in nice condition overall, not appearing to have been cleaned in many years, if ever. The nickel tang nut nicely matches the nickel crossguard mounts. These guards have a dull patination throughout. The mounts have good, smooth surfaces, precise accent grooves and crisp edges. The lower reverse guard is district marked with a Roman numeral, “I”; the hit of the numeral was slightly off-center, so only half of the “I” is visible.
The grip of this example is constructed of fine ebony. There are no repairs to this grip. It is in good condition throughout, showing only some minor wearing signs in the form of a little “tap-tap” to the left of the grip eagle, but is otherwise nice and clean. There is a tiny sliver that has lifted on the obverse left edge, where the grip meets the guard. Looking closely I noticed a tiny piece that may have been loose and put back in, just below the SS runes button, but it is nothing. The runes button has perfect enamel, with double-ringed borders which match the silvering of the runes. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak which points slightly upwards. This eagle shows some wear to the to the surfaces of his head, breast feathering, and talons. Some of the detail is still there, though; the wings, wreath, and mobile swastika are still in excellent shape. This grip perfectly fits the crossguards.
The scabbard is a very fine, straight example. It has an excellent anodized finish. The anodizing appears to all be there, and there are also some traces of original lacquer. There is a little bit of age of the surfaces, but this appears to be dulling of the lacquer, and should not effect the anodized finish below. The scabbard mounts are the typical Pack variety. They are in excellent condition throughout, to include the lower ball. The lower mount has the distinctive edge rim we normally associate with E. Pack. The upper mount is also typical, as the screws holding the throat are not quite parallel, as well as being placed slightly lower than we see from other manufacturers. You can see this screw placement anomaly on the piece I show on page 197 of my SS Book.
The blade of this example is nice and bright, having normal runner marks. All of the cross-grain appears to be intact throughout. This blade is in near Full Mint condition. The SS motto is deep and crisp, and looks to have about 98% of the original background darkening in the letters of the motto. The reverse of the blade has a matching-etched trademark, depicted the hammering Siegfried logo of the Pack firm. Above and below this logo can be seen, “E.P.&S.” and “Solingen” respectively. This trademark is identical to the example I show on page 18 of my SS Book. The blade shoulders perfect meet the contour of the lower crossguard.
E.P. & S. SS Daggers are not encountered very frequently, and as such they are a key piece if you are collecting SS types, as well as daggers in general.
Excellent Plus. $4,495.00
SSDAG #36418C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger with Tiger-stripe Grip – Robert Klass
This early dagger is equipped with nickel crossguards and tang nut. These guards are in good shape. Appearing to have nickel-plating over the nickel base metal; we do see this type of plating done occasionally during the period. Often chrome was even used, as the new metal was just coming in play, but as mentioned above these particular mounts are nickel over nickel. The guards are still in good condition, showing an average amount of wear from use. The lower reverse guard is stamped with the district Roman numeral, “III”.
The most interesting part about this dagger is the grip. Although it is constructed from a fine ebony, it has a distinctive tiger-stripe that runs slightly downward on the horizontal, through both the obverse and reverse facings of the grip. The stripe itself is very subtle, but is easily picked up upon closer inspection of the grip. It is very rare to see tiger-stripes in the grains of ebony wood; I believe this is only the second example of this type I've ever seen. This grip shows no repairs, and fits the crossguards like a glove. There are some indications of wear on this grip, with a crack that may have once been a chip that was put back into place on the right upper portion, as well as a small gouge to the right of the grip eagle. In additional there is a minor lift in the wood to the left upper obverse, and a few minor cracks on the upper reverse. The runes button is placed fairly high on the grip. It displays good enamel, and the silvering to the runes and double-circled borders nicely match. The button is rotated to about 7 o'clock. The grip eagle is the early, “High Necked” variety. All the details are visible throughout the bird's feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. An interesting grip here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has old black paint, which was mostly likely applied over the original anodized finish when it became too worn. On the obverse facing this paint remains in near perfect condition, bring quite bright. The reverse has some cracks and a couple of chips, but they aren't really bad and don't detract from the piece. The scabbard mounts perfectly match the crossguards, as they too were nickel plated over a nickel base. These mounts are in good shape, with a little bit of use visible on the lower mount. The lower ball, however, is still sound. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws.
The blade of this example is still in fairly nice condition, with just the slightest amount of gray in the surfaces. I don't see much cross-grain in it, but the blade still grades at Excellent. The motto shows some wear to the center letters, but overall it has about 85 to 90% of the original darkening intact. The reverse ricasso of the blade is matching-etched with the circular design formed by the firm's name and location, “Robert Klass/Solingen”. In the center is a pair of stylized kissing cranes. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
An interesting dagger here, for those who like something of of the ordinary, and a great addition to an SS collection. Tiger-stripe grips are very rarely seen.
SSDAG #36421C Model 1933 SS EM/Possible Ground Röhm Dagger with Serial Number – Rich. Abr. Herder
This early SS Dagger does not appear to ever have been cleaned, nor has it been apart in modern times. The all-nickel mounts have a very dull patina throughout. The crossguards have crisp edges, precise accent grooves, and fine, smooth surfaces. There are minor signs of green growth apparently on the areas of the guard that meet the ebony grip. The lower guard has a Roman numeral “I” district stamping in the center.
It is interesting to note that the original owner also stamped his serial number on the guard, “14340”. The “3” is stamped just to the right of the district marking. The original stamper also stamped a “3” on the reverse of the grip, directly across from the “3” on the guard. I believe what happened was that the stamper did not know how to deal with the Roman numeral “I” district number, and therefore thought he would put the “3” above it. Apparently he changed his mind! A most interesting (and very human) quirk here, which could have easily happened and explains the presence of the “3” in the grip. I looked up this serial number, and unfortunately it is not on the SS Officer rank list so we can conclude this dagger was the property of an NCO.
The grip is in fairly good condition, have no repairs. It does some some signs of use on the reverse and obverse. There is hit to the center ridge of the grip, just above the grip eagle. The grip fits the crossguards like a glove. The SS runes button is perfectly placed, being positioned at about 7 o'clock. This button has perfect enamel surfaces, with a nicely toned runes that match the dual circles that run around the circumference of the emblem. The grip eagle is the “High Necked” variety, and shows only minor surface wear. Full detail is visible throughout the feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika of this bird. Attached to the upper portion of the grip is a black retainer loop with a working snap. This retainer is in turn attached to a fine black leather belt loop with a nickel-plated “D” ring.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It has fairly good anodized finish on the obverse, which is at 100% and shows only minor age. The reverse also displays good anodizing, but there is also quite a bit of visible age marking spread throughout the surface. The scabbard mounts have patinated to exactly match the dull color of the nickel guards above. These mounts are in excellent condition; the lower ball shows only a minor tap, but it is not bad. The mounts are retained by four unbuggered nickel screws.
Attached to the carrying ring is the original-to-the-piece short hanger. This hanger as good black leather, but the retainer loop has gone to time. The hardware throughout this hanger is all nickel, and the snap-clip is the unmarked variety.
The obverse facing of the blade is a real beauty, still having most of the cross-grain and excellent, bright surfaces. The SS motto is deep and crisp, with 100% of the darkening present in the backgrounds of the lettering. The reverse of the blade, for some reason, has some scratching on the surfaces. There is also a slight waver visible in the center line. I would conclude that this dagger may have been a full Röhm which had the inscription removed at the factory. This would be the only way to explain the grain running vertically instead of horizontally, as well as the waver at the point where this signature would have been present. The trademark is all there. It is the double oval type, which contains the firm's name and location, “Rich. Abr. Herder/Solingen”. Inside can be seen the Herder diamond logo. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A very nice SS example here, with real character.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,295.00(#082916)
SSDAG #36435C Model 1933 EM Ground Röhm Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
This early SS Dagger has traditional Eickhorn crossguards. These guards do not to have been cleaned in some time. They are the “H.E” variety, internally marked, with smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and the deep, hand-cut accent grooves typical of Carl Eickhorn. Th reverse of the lower crossguard is district marked with a “I” Roman numeral. The lower section of the bottom guard also has the Eickhorn inspector's number, “5”, stamped in.
This grip had some significant signs of wear on the surfaces, with a couple of poorly done repairs. We were able to recondition the grip quite nicely, however, and now it is in excellent shape. The SS runes button also shows some wear to the enamel, but it looks fairly good, with the silver SS runes nicely matching the double-circled border of the button. The grip eagle is the early nickel type, of the “High Necked” variety. All the details are visible throughout the bird's feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, with an excellent, nearly 100% anodized finish. It shows only the slightest of wear. The mounts are in good condition, with the lower ball having just a couple of minor taps at the bottom area only. These mounts are retained by original nickel screws, each in place and unbuggered.
The blade of the dagger shows some overall wear, with some “in-and-out” markings here and there. It is slightly gray, but still in good condition. The SS motto remains deep and crisp, having about 95% of the factory darkening intact the recesses of the lettering. The reverse blade has had the full Röhm inscription ground from the surfaces. The grinder installed a graining that runs vertically as opposed to horizontally, and there is some minor wavering evident in the center line. Overall, though, not a bad job. The original Eickhorn trademark survived the procedure, and is at 90% intact. The mark is the double oval style, with the firm's name and location, as well as a smooth-tailed squirrel holding a nut in his paws. The grinding has come into the trademark just slightly, taking out the “ch” in Eickhorn as well as the backside of the seated squirrel. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
Not a bad SS Dagger here; a good starter example or perhaps for someone on a budget.
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