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

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



SSDAG #43344C Numbered Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - Böker

This dagger is in sensational condition and early, numbered Böker daggers are some of the most sought after pieces in the hobby. This dagger really seems to have it all.

The crossguards are the fine, early nickel type and look to have been cleaned a number of years ago, so they look their best. The remain in nice condition throughout, and the tang nut does not look to have ever been out. The lower reverse guard is District marked "I".

Deeply stamped on the bottom of the obverse guard is the SS serial number "262730". This stamping in incredibly deep and nicely done with individual dies. These were so heavily hit you can see some very slight ripples on the edges of the guard from the shock of the blow. Some really neat stuff here! I looked the number up but unfortunately I couldn't find it in the Deinstalterliste; the original owner must have been an NCO. All is not lost however, as Ross Kelbaugh has found many NCO numbers and perhaps could do the same with this dagger.

The grip is as good as they come. The ebony is very fine and shows almost no wear. This grip is totally free of flaws, and fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is in perfect condition, with fine enamel. It is slightly turned clockwise and has very choice silvered runes and borders. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a point behind the head; this bird retains full detailing throughout.

If you though the hilt was neat though collectors, just wait until you see the scabbard! It is straight throughout and has a new-like, original "anodized" finish. You just won't see a better finish than this one and it is easily 100% intact. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition down through the lower ball. The original screws are all in place and unturned.

This dagger is complete with a very fine, early SS vertical ganger. This hanger is in excellent condition throughout, with the coffin-shaped backing. The buckled strap is missing a little of the black finish but it remains totally sound. The buckle itself is nickel plated, being a little different than the norm, but it looks great. Attached to the vertical hanger is a nickel plated snap clip marked "A" and "DRGM" on the reverse. Attached to the snap clip is a fine matching belt loop and nickel plated "D" ring. The loop leather nicely matches that used on the vertical hanger. It is interesting to note the reverse of the belt loop is stamped with a set of SS runes, "39-88", and another set of RZM markings. It is rare to see this and it certainly is a nice addition to an already terrific dagger.

The blade itself is hard to stop looking at. It is completely bright, with full crossgrain and only some minor "in and out" wear. It is in fabulous condition overall. As we often see from Böker the motto is extremely deep and very, very dark. This motto really leaps off the blade when it is draw from the scabbard.

If you are looking for an extremely choice SS dagger with every bell and whistle this superb piece is for you. If you only planned to buy a single SS dagger this one will make you happy for a lifetime.

Mint Minus. $4,995.00

SSDAG #35322C Early to Mid-Period Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger - RZM 121/34 SS

This dagger was produced slightly later than the initial production examples as exemplified by the fact that the nickel lower cross guard is not district marked. The cross guards are the early nickel type. They have good smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The nickel tang nut shows some signs of removal, but it is not bad. The ebony grip had a couple of slight lifts where it meets the guards when we acquired the dagger, so we repaired it accordingly and the repairs are not detectable. The grip remains in nice overall condition, perfectly fitting the cross guard angles. The SS runes button is a fine example with perfect enamel and positioned in a straight up-and-down position. The runes and the dual circles around it, are nicely patinated. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "point behind the head". It shows little to no wear with good crisp features to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.

The scabbard is the style with nickel-plated finish to the mounts. The finish is in fine bright condition and both mounts are in perfect condition, to include the lower ball. The original dome head screws are all in position and are unturned. The scabbard shell is completely straight with bright original black paint. This paint remains at 100% - nice shell here! Attached to the hanging ring is a good black short hanger. It is missing the small retainer loop, but the leather remains sound. The clip is an early "snout-nosed" variety being the type with rivet that holds the spring.

The blade remains in full bright condition, still having full cross grain. It shows almost no age and remains in nearly full mint condition. The motto is crisp and also retains 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the details reading toward the blade tip, as is correct for these vintage "120" and 121" marked blades. It is marked with an open double circle containing the SS runes, then the code number, "121/34", and then another double open circle containing the "RZM", being the style with a cross over the "z" letter. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

A fine dagger here that is priced to sell.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,995.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A very fine “120” SS Dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,895.00

SSDAG #43275C Early Chained SS Dagger

This early Chained SS Dagger is completely textbook and in very nice condition. The hilt mounts are nickel and remain in fine condition throughout. The tang nut does not look to have ever been out.

This example, as we sometimes see, has a SA Gruppe mark on the lower reverse guard, "Sa". I have seen this on many occasions in the past on chained SS daggers, and have personally purchased two of them directly from veterans. I also show a couple of these dagger in my SS Book on page 625.

The ebony grip remains in perfect condition, with a good finish and little evidence of wear, and perfectly fitting the guards. The SS runes button is perfectly placed and has a slight toning to the silver runes and circular borders. The enamel remains in perfect condition. The nickel grip eagle is the type with a beak that is angled slightly upward. All of the original detailing remains intact on this bird.

Tied about the grip is a fine 42cm portepee. The tie is quite intricate, with a double loop knot at the top and the bottom. This knot shows no fraying and remains in perfect condition. It is interesting to note that the stuff of the lower ball is the "cat's anus" type, in a gray-black color.

The scabbard shell is a very fine example, with bright, original paint that remains in perfect condition. It doesn't look like a repaint, but if it was it was done very professionally. This fine scabbard really adds to the dagger. The center ramp is the type with crisp edges, featuring three intertwined, raised swastikas on each side, with the original darkening in the backgrounds. The chain is a very fine, all nickel Type 2, with outstanding skulls and crisp SS runes. All of the original darkening remains in chain links, exactly matching the scabbard mounts, and all the connector tabs are in good condition. The first upper link of the chain is stamped with a SS-Kulturzeichen marking. The cloverleaf is the closed type as we see on Type 2 chains, with a good, working snap clip. The upper and lower scabbard mounts are all nickel and are in fine condition, with original, unturned screws. The ball shows a little bit of wear and a few tiny dings, but they are minor.

The unmarked blade is a fine example. It is nice and bright, with the normal, shallow-etched motto typical of an early dagger. There is about 85% of the original darkening in the lettering. The blade is nearly mint, with only some slight discoloration near the tip. There is also quite a bit of the original factory grain, and the blade shoulders perfectly meet he lower crossguard contour.

A very nice, original Chained SS Dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $7,295.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $3,325.00

SSDAG #39569C Early SS Ground Rohm Dagger - Boker

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,550.00

SSDAG #43264C Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - Rich Abr Herder

This Herder SS Dagger was recently consigned by the son of the man who brought it home from the war. It has been in storage all these years and has not been touched.

The mounts are fine nickel examples. The tang nut does not look to have been removed in modern times and the guards are in fine condition throughout. The lower reverse guard is district marked "I".

The grip is a typical Herder type, thinner the the normal and with the grip eagle set lower than those we commonly see. If you get used to looking at Herder daggers you can pick one out from across the room. The grip shows mild wear here and there but is free of cracks, chips, or repairs. The SS runes button is turned slightly clockwise. Studying the button under a loupe reveals that all the enamel is missing. Presumably it had fallen out over the years, but the background remains totally black. Some traces of the original enamel remain at the borders. Take it from me though, this does not effect the look of the dagger. The nickel grip eagle is the style the a point behind its head. This bird retains full detail throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has outstanding original black paint. Often times these daggers would have had anodizing when new, which was easily worn and replaced with this sturdier black paint. This paint job was professionally applied and it remains 100% intact, with only a few minor surface scratches here and there. The scabbard mounts are in matching nickel and remain in perfect condition, to include the lower ball. The four original nickel screws are in place and appear unturned.

Attached to the carrying ring is an early short hanger of the same vintage of the dagger. It is a brown leather type, but the son of the vet says this is the way it came back so we will take his word for it. The hanger has sound leather and the original retainer loop. The hardware is nickel, with a "snout nosed", riveted spring clip.

The blade is a real beauty in nearly mint condition, with just a small mark on the obverse next to the "e" in "Treue". The motto is very fine, with 100% of the original background darkening. The reverse is just as nice, matching etched with the Herder Diamond trademark. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lwoer crossguard contour. It is refreshing to see a blade that has never been touched or polished and yet remains in this nice condition.

A very nice Herder SS Dagger here, reasonably priced.

Excellent Plus. $3,395.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

A good, basic SS EM Dagger here.

Excellent. $3,395.00

SSDAG #43241 Mid-Period Model 1936 Chained-SS Dagger

This mid-period piece was produced about 1938 or 1939. It is a classic example in nice condition throughout. The cross guards are the nickel-plated variety. They have some light patina, as they do not appear to have ever been cleaned. All of the plating is intact and if the next owner chose to clean these cross guards, they would easily come up to a near mint state. The tang nut reflects the same patina and appears to have been out once or twice. The ebony grip is a fine example showing little usage. There are no repairs and no flaws on this grip. The grip fits the cross guards like a rubber glove. The runes button is in perfect condition having a slight coppery look to the runes and to the dual circles around them. The runes are turned just slightly, being at about 6:30 o'clock. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which turns up slightly. All details are there to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. Setting the hilt off is a fine, like-conditioned 42cm portepee. It has no fraying and looks great, being tied with a single loop at the upper area and a double loop at the lower. A great look here. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is also a beauty. It is totally straight and has outstanding original paint. Other than a couple of extremely minor ticks in the paint, this paint is in 100% condition, still being mint and bright. As with the hilt mounts, the scabbard mounts are the plated variety. The upper and lower example are pristine with 100%^ of the original plating. The plated screws are all in place. The center ramp is the plated type having smoother edges than the earlier variety, but still nicely formed. The ramp portrays three intertwined swastikas, all with fine pebbling in the backgrounds. This ramp is retained by two screws, as we sometimes see on painted variety scabbards. This ramp is the same as the example shown on Page 141 of my SS Book.

The chain is a fine Type II variety. The nickel plating to the chain is perfect on both sides with no signs of rust or deterioration. The links have outstanding detail to the skull and cross bone links and to the SS runic links. The backgrounds all have crisp pebbling enhancing the fine detail of the skeletal dental work on the skulls. The connectors are all nickel examples and all are in good condition with no separations. The two upper connectors have the beveled shape as we see on Type II chains. The clover leaf connector is a nickel plated example with good detail having the closed loop at the upper clover. The snap clip on the reverse works well and has the original spring. The first link on the upper chain assembly is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen. This dagger is nearly identical to the example I show in color in my SS Book on Page 153.

The unmarked blade is about as good as they come. It is bright throughout and is in full mint condition. It has 100% of the original cross grain. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is crisp and has 100% of the darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse blade is in the same mint condition. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

A great textbook dagger here in extremely nice condition.

Near Mint. $7,495.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $23,995.00

SSDAG #43217C Initial Production Model 1936 Chained-SS Dagger with Portepee & Teardrop Hanger

If you are looking for a top-conditioned, early dagger that has all of the bells and whistles, this example should be for you. The mounts are the nickel type throughout. They do not look to have been cleaned in some time, having a desirable even patina throughout. The tang nut does not look to have been apart in modern times. The guards have fine smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The ebony grip shows only nominal usage, having no repairs and no problems. It fits the cross guards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is a beauty, having all enamel present and completely smooth. The runes are set straight up and down with their matching silver double circles around them. The matching nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. The details are all there to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. Attached to the hilt is a fine, mint-conditioned 42cm aluminum bullion portepee. It is tied with a single loop at the top and a double loop at the bottom. A really fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is completely straight throughout. It has tremendous original black paint. The paint is 100% and still remains factory bright. There are a few minor crazing cracks in the surfaces, but if anything, they give credence to this paint's originality. Really a fine shell here, almost unheard of, given the dangers of the chain link biting into the paint under rough wearing times or adverse storage conditions. The nickel scabbard mounts have a fine matching patina. They are in excellent condition with the lower ball having a couple of extremely minor taps in the surface, but they are nothing. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws being in unturned condition. The center scabbard mount is the early style with the crisp edges. The mount has three intertwined, raised swastikas on each side. Its backgrounds are all raised pebbling with excellent factory darkening still covering them.

Attached to the upper and center ramp is a very fine nickel chain assembly being the Type II variety. The chain links alternate raised SS runes with links of skulls and bones. The detail is outstanding, with all three skulls having complete dental work and great resulting smiles for the viewer. The link backgrounds are all pebbled and have darkening matching that of the center ramp. The links are retained with nickel tabs, having single engraved accent line in the center. Each and every tab is in good condition with no bends and no separation to the soldered joints. The matching nickel clover leaf is the closed variety and is in excellent condition to include the spring in the back clip. The reverse of the first skull link is lightly stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen proof stamping. An outstanding chain assembly here which is a classic example and is the same as I show in my SS Book on Page 135.

Attached to the clover leaf snap clip is an original SS teardrop hanger - a very rare accouterment. This black leather hanger measures 5 1/2 inches in length. The upper portion is folded over in a belt loop style and is retained by a nickel boss. At the lower, there is a leather strap which retains a nickel-plated, closed box clip, which accommodates the dagger's snap clip. On the reverse, it is lightly stamped with SS and RZM markings, and there is also an illegible code number. An outstanding original hanger. (Most SS Officers did not bother to buy one of these hangers, preferring to simply add a "key ring" to the snap clip of their sword hanger, which accomplished the same thing without the extra expense of this hanger).

The unmarked blade is a fine bright example which other than the normally seen runner marks, is in mint condition. It has the lightly-etched SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue", which remains perfect with all of the factory blackening remaining in the backgrounds of the letters. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour. A great blade here.

This is an extremely fine Chained SS dagger. I have had many, many of these daggers over the years, and condition-wise, as well as desirability-wise, this example is right up there. I sold this same dagger to a collector a few years ago, and now he has decided to downsize, so this exceptional dagger is now available for the enjoyment of the next collector. Very, very hard to find them complete and in this nice of a condition!

Mint Minus. $11,500.00

SSDAG #43208C Model 1933 SS Dagger with Himmler Inscription - Carl Eickhorn

This Himmler dagger is in very desirable condition and in my opinion represents an excellent investment for the future and will provide many years of enjoyable ownership for the present. The dagger is a classic, textbook example. The dagger does not look to have been cleaned, and the nickel mounts throughout have a fine dull patina.

The crossguards have fine smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accents grooves, typical of Eickhorn. The crossguards are internally marked, "H.E", indicating they were made in-house. The lower surface of the bottom guard is stamped "4", being the approval marking of an Eickhorn line inspector. We see these daggers marked "0 thru 9", and sometimes not at all.

The ebony grip is in fine condition, showing little to no usage. The grip perfectly fits the cross guard angles. The runes button is in good condition, having all of its enamel except for a very minor chip on the outer edge rim at about 3:00 o'clock. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" variety. It still retains full crispness to the features of the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow. It has full "anodized" finish except for a small "rub" area on the reverse upper section. Additionally, about 80% of the original protective lacquer finish remains across the scabbard anodizing. The scabbard mounts are of matching nickel. Both are in perfect condition, to include the lower ball. The original four nickel screws are all in place and are not turned.

Attached to the upper carrying ring is the original-to-the-piece black short hanger and belt loop. The leather to the hanger remains in perfect supple condition and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is matching patinated nickel with the snap clip being the style associated with Himmler daggers. It is unmarked on the reverse. The accompanying belt loop matches the leather of the hanger. It is complete with nickel-plated "D" ring.

The blade is a fine bright example, retaining all of its original cross grain. The SS motto, " Meine Ehre heisst Treue ", is crisp throughout, retaining all of the frosted background in the letter fonts. This blade is in mint condition. The reverse blade is also mint and is etched with the inscription, " In herzlicher Kameradschaft H. Himmler " (facsimile signature). The etched backgrounds match the backgrounds of the obverse blade etch. The blade ricasso contains the etched trademark being small double ovals. The ovals contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn/ Solingen". Inside, is a seated squirrel being the serrated tail style. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

An exceptional Himmler dagger here in extremely collectible condition.

Mint Minus. $15,995.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $85,000.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

A fine, untouched, early SS Dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $3,195.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $4,295.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mint. $3,895.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $2,195.00

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $3,895.00

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus,Plus. $3,995.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good Plus. $2,295.00

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,995.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,795.00

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

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

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

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

A good basic Model 1933 here.

Excellent Plus. $2,995.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,795.00

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,995.00

SSDAG #42315 Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A decent original example here, priced accordingly.

Excellent. $4,995.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $3,495.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $3,295.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $5,495.00 (#110917)

SSDAG #39937C SS Partial Rohm Inscription Dagger Boker

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $3,495.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $3,095.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $2,850.00

SSDAG #39581 Mid-period Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $7,495.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A good solid SS example here.

Excellent Plus. $4,295.00