The SS (Schutzstaffel) was originally formed in 1925, ostensibly to act as a small, loyal bodyguard unit to protect the Führer, Adolf Hitler. Under the direction of the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, the SS grew to be the most ruthless and feared organization of the 20th century. They were the vanguard of Nazismand eventually controlled nearly every function of German life and much of Occupied Europe. The SS dagger was introduced in 1933. Early on, members of the SS were awarded their daggers during a ceremony at the Feldherrnhalle Memorial in Munich. The annual ritual, charged with mysticism and meant to evoke the traditions of medieval Teutonic knights, was held on 9 November, the date of the unsuccessful Munich Putsch of 1923. Both officers and enlisted men wore the identical dagger until 1936. After this time, only enlisted men wore the M1933 dagger.
The SS Dagger was equipped with nickel crossguards with an ebony wood grip. The black grip contained a National eagle with swastika insignia recessed in the center area and an SS sigrunne button inset at the top. On early examples the scabbard shell surface was factory blackened using a metal bluing process. The scabbard had nickel mounts. The SS blade was a polished type containing the SS motto, Meine Ehre Heisst Treue (My Honor is Loyalty). Early examples bore one of three district stampings on the lower reverse crossguard of I, II, or III. Early examples were mostly hand-fit. Production of later examples was more standardized, using cheaper, nickel-plated fittings with black painted scabbard shells.
SSDAG #37593C Himmler Inscription SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
This dagger does not look to have been apart, so i will respect that status and leave it alone. The dagger looks like it may have been cleaned about 10 or so years ago and is now developing a good natural dull patina. The guards appear to be the "H.E" marked type, being the cross guards that were made in-house by this prestigious firm. The tang nut and guards all have great smooth surfaces with good crisp edges; most of these Himmler pieces were not worn much, as they were honor daggers and their recipients already had their standard daggers to wear. So, many times they are well-preserved like this one. The accent grooves are deep, being the hand-cut types we see on these daggers. As is sometimes the case with Himmler daggers, the underside of the lower cross guard is not stamped with an inspection number; nothing to worry about here as I have seen this several times in the past.
The ebony grip is a real beauty with absolutely no wear signs, and fine medium contour construction. In the case of this grip, all of the corners fit the guards like a rubber glove. Eickhorn is not known for great fitting grips, so it is nice to see one like this. The runes button is set straight being positioned from north-to-south. There is a slight amount of copper color that shows through the silvering of the SS runes, and the double circular lines surround it. The grip eagle is the "High Necked" variety. All of the bird's details are there with maybe the slightest wear to the breast feathering, but it is still very visible, as are the wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A very choice ebony grip here.
The scabbard is straight as an arrow. It has 100% of the anodizing remaining on the surface and a goodly amount of factory lacquer. The lacquer shows some mild wear throughout the surfaces, but the remaining lacquer still is hanging in there at about 50%, with more on the obverse than reverse. The scabbard mounts have a fine matching patina and are in excellent shape. There is a slight hit to the very bottom of the ball, but it is nothing. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.
There is a fine early short hanger in place. The hanger has solid nickel mounts, with the snap clip being marked, "DRGM" and "A". Usually Himmlers' have an unmarked snap clip, but nothing wrong with this one. The leather of the hanger is still supple and in good condition. The little retainer loop, however, has gone to time.
And now for the astounding blade! It is a bright example having the usual slight in-and-out runner marks, but the crossgrain is all still there. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is a beauty being crisp and deep, and easily having 100% of the background darkening in the letter fonts.This blade is in mint condition. The reverse is the same, having a sensational inscription being in Himmler's handwriting, and exactly matching the depth and dark background tones of the obverse SS motto, "In herzlicher Kameradschaft H. Himmler". The trademark is the small double oval which contains the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". The appealing squirrel is positioned to the viewer's left, holding a nut in his paws. He has the serrated tail format. The details to the squirrel are all there including the eye, which is sometimes missing. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contours.
A great-conditioned Himmler here, not being (obviously) brand-new, but having very exciting condition with just enough wear to give the next owner a true feel for the period and this very exciting history these daggers represent. In my opinion, without a Himmler dagger, no SS collection is complete, nor is it as exciting as you want it to be. This dagger will not last long, so if you have been considering one for your collection, I would not delay another minute.
Mint Minus. $16,995.00
SSDAG #37594C Late Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger, RZM 1198/39 SS
The crossguards are the nickel-plated type. The surfaces show a few scratches and a couple of minor dings, but the plating has weathered the rough treatment and is all remaining in place. The tang nut is the steel base type, and although there are some circles around it in the cross guard metal below, the nut itself, does not appear to have been out.
The ebony grip is the smooth contour type. This grip has some bumps on the surfaces here and there, but it too, has held up well and there are no flaws or repairs. Also, this grip fits the cross guards like a rubber glove. The runes button is slightly turned to about 7 o'clock. The silvering is still there to the SS runes as well as to the two surrounding circles. The button enamel must have taken a hit somewhere in time, as this enamel is missing to the left of the leftrune; you have to look close to see it, though. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak looking upward slightly. The bird and swastika retain good detail throughout.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent period black paint, and aside from a few carrying signs, this paint is all there and still has good sheen to it. The nickel plated scabbard mounts are in good condition showing a little minor age, but not bad at all. The lower ball is still in never-dropped condition.
The original-to-the-piece hanger is of the same period as the dagger. Apparently the hanger got wet somewhere along the line, so there are shrinkage signs particularly to the lower scabbard loop and also the retaining strap; you would not want to try and take this hanger off the dagger, as I am sure the leather would break. Best to leave it alone. It is interesting to look at the area of upper scabbard mount which is behind the hanger, as there is a lot of telltale rust back there; a sure sign of water on this leather at one time, but also proof that the hanger is right, and original to this dagger. The snap clip is the plated type, marked, "RZM M 5/71" and "OLC".
The blade makes up a lot for any of the detrimental characteristics of the dagger. This blade remains nice and bright and still has most of the cross grain. The motto is crisp and deep, retaining 100% of the darkening behind the letters. In fact the obverse is nearly in full Mint condition. The reverse is also very fine, having a couple of minor age or rust spots on the left edge ricasso and also a little where the shoulders meet the lower cross guard. This blade fits perfectly, exactly meeting the lower cross guard contour. A pretty good SS dagger here, with the original hanger and priced reasonably.
SSDAG #35532C Model 1933 SS Service Dagger with Exclamation Point Motto, RZM 324/38 SS
This SS dagger is very desirable because the SS motto has an exclamation point at the end. These daggers with this etch variation are quite rarely seen.The dagger is thought to have been produced by the Klittermann & Moog firm and is the same as the example I show in my SS Book on Pages 687 and 688. The mounts throughout the dagger are solid nickel. The tang and cross guards have an appealing yellow color tone indicative of high nickel content. The guards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. These guards are marked internally, "E.L", the same as the book piece. The book piece has a tang that is marked with intertwined "KM" initials. Chances are the tang of this piece was also marked the same, but the tang has been badly rusted from age, and the initials are no longer visible.
The ebony grip is a fine-conditioned example having smooth to medium ridge construction. There are no repairs or problems and the grip nicely fits the cross guards. The runes button is nearly straight up and down, being at about 5:30 o'clock. The runes are surrounded by matching double circles and has perfect enamel surfaces. The grip eagle is the nickel variety having the style bird with beak which points upward slightly. The bird shows some mild wear to the head and breast feathering surfaces, but the details are still crisp to the wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A good hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has outstanding original black paint. This paint appears to have little usage signs and remains in a 100% state - nice indeed! The scabbard mounts are matching nickel construction. They both are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. The nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered. The upper screws are not completely parallel, something we see occasionally, particularly on scabbards produced by Pack. The lower scabbard mount also has the edge roll familiar to the Pack firm - it is possible Pack produced the scabbard as it is doubtful Klitterman & Moog made their own parts.
There is a short hanger attached to the carrying ring. The black leather is in good supple condition complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is the plated type. The buckle has some minor surface rust, while the snap clip reveals some under-the-surface movement, but no missing plating. The snap clip is marked on the reverse, "A", RZM M5/8, and "DRGM".
The blade, although still being bright, does have some in-and-out marks and a little wear to the center ridge area which includes a small portion of the motto center letter darkening. Due to the center wear, the motto with exclamation point has background darkening remains at about 90%. There is some grain remaining throughout the blade - maybe 10% to 20%. This blade grades at about excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a large shaded RZM circle, which is positioned over the code and year the dagger was produced, "324/38 SS". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the cross guard contour.
An excellent example here of a tough-to-find SS Dagger.
SSDAG #37570 Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger - Rich. Abr. Herder
This early SS Herder Dagger was recently purchased by me directly from a veteran family. The dagger has all nickel mounts throughout the hilt. The dagger appears to have been cleaned not too long ago, so it still looks its best. The dagger does not appear to have been disassembled, so I did not look, but I am sure this piece has the normally seen Herder guards being internally marked, "P.A" . The guards are in nice condition with smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The reverse lower guard is stamped with the district, "I".
The grip is a nice ebony, showing little usage signs, and no problems anywhere. It is the normally seen Herder type, having High Contour construction and being slightly narrow in design, with the grip eagle located low on the surfaces; you can tell these Herder grips from a mile away, once you get used to looking at them. The runes button is most impressive being perfectly straight up and down and the enamel is totally pristine. The runes and double circle around them are fine patinated silver. The grip eagle is the "Point-Behind-the-Head" style. The details to the head and center breast feathering show only modest wear caused by the high contour line placement installation, but the rest of the bird has full detail remaining. This fine grip fits the cross guards like a rubber glove. A fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout both sides. The anodized finish is in excellent condition, still all there, with just a little minor age in the lower areas of both sides, but not bad. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition, the upper being perfect. The lower mounts has a mild pressure hit to the bottom pushing it upward just slightly, but there is no splitting and overall the ball still looks good. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws, all in unbuggered condition.
There is a fine early hanger with RZM markings on the inside obverse leather. The leather is in excellent condition throughout the coffin-shaped backing, the lower scabbard retaining ring and also to the upper leather retaining strap with square nickeled buckle and hasp. The snap clip is an early solid nickel example marked, "A" and "DRGM".
The blade obverse is impressive and bright throughout with most of the cross grain still very visible. The SS motto is very deeply etched and has about 90% of the factory darkening in the letter backgrounds; very nice. The reverse blade is also bright having a few small "smudge" marks caused by some long ago unwiped fingerprints. The grain is also still all there. This blade easily grades at Excellent Plus overall. The double oval trademark is matching etched on the ricasso. The ovals contain the name, "Rich. Abr. Herder, Solingen". Inside is the diamond logo of this firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
This is a very collectible dagger; not Mint, but extremely nice and complete with a great vertical hanger. It has never been in a collection and is fresh out of the woodwork and priced to sell. A recommended purchase for the dedicated collector looking for edged weapons that are in fine original condition and still show some wear of the time period and are reasonably priced.
Excellent Plus. $4,095.00
SSDAG #37513 Early Model 1933 SS EM Dagger - Böker
I purchased this Böker SS Dagger recently from the South Carolina-based daughter of a veteran who was going to Atlantic City (I'm only 60 miles from the shore) and brought the dagger along to make a sale to me... I hope that she did not "invest" the money on the crap table!
The dagger is an untouched early Böker piece having uncleaned solid nickel cross guards. These guards are the optional type used by Böker, and are marked internally with an "X" and the letter "H". The guards have a dull yellowish tone. The reverse lower cross guard is district marked with the Roman numeral, "I". The guards are nice and smooth throughout, having crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The ebony grip is a very choice example having no flaws and showing almost no usage. This grip fits the guards like a rubber glove. The interesting SS runes button is turned all the way to 8:00 o'clock. but looks great with its perfect enamel surfaces. The SS runes are nice and silvery, with matching double circles around them. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points upward slightly. It still has all of the details to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A fine hilt here!
The scabbard is straight as an arrow. It has outstanding original black painted surfaces. The paint retains its original factory brightness and aside from a few normal signs of usage, is in near 100% condition. I have a Böker SS in my personal collection that I bought in 1965, and it also has an original black painted scabbard, never having been anodized. I have seen a number of these painted scabbards with this maker's logo, so I think the Böker firm gave up on the anodized surface sooner than some of the other makers. The scabbard mounts are nickel with matching dull patination. They are both inoutstanding condition, to include the lower ball. The four nickel screws are in place and are unbuggered.
The original-to-the-piece vertical hanger remains in really great condition with its coffin-shaped reverse. All of the leather is still supple to include the scabbard retainer strap and the strap with the buckle and hasp. The buckle is the square nickel-plated type and the clip is the early nickel variety that is "DRGM" and "A" marked. It is also interesting to note that the vertical hanger has been installed with the scabbard carrying ring at the left side instead of the right; in other words, the scabbard reverse faces front. Also, the retainer strap has been placed under the ring, not through it. If the next owner wants to straighten this out, it is not a problem, but I kind of like to keep the dagger as it was originally.
The blade is bright throughout and shows a good deal of the original crossgrain. There are some usage signs here and there, but basically, this blade is in near Mint condition. It has that typical jet black backgrounds in the SS motto. The black backgrounds are about 99%. There is also some "pimpling" that appears in the backgrounds of the letter font centers, which is typical of this maker. We see this a lot on Böker daggers, the anomaly is caused by the impurities in the steel during the acid etching process. The reverse ricasso is marked with the "mausoleum-style" logo, having the stark, leafless tree in the center of the opening door to the crypt. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard.
A nice SS Enlisted Man's Dagger here, reasonably priced for a desirable Böker.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,995.00 (#070714)
SSDAG #37475C SS Ground Röhm Dagger with Serial Number – Rich. Abr. Herder
This early Herder SS Dagger is in untouched condition and has outstanding dull nickel mounts throughout. The crossguards and tang nut have good, crisp edges, as well as smooth surfaces and precisely cut accent grooves. The reverse of the lower guard is district marked “I”. Just to the right of the district marking is serial number of the original owner, “434”. This has to be the lowest number that I've ever encountered on an SS Dagger. The reason the number is so slow is that the original owner joined the SS way back in May of 1926. I'll tell you more about the owner later on in the description.
The grip is of beautiful ebony, being the typical thin Herder type with the eagle mounted quite low on the obverse facing. The grip is in very fine condition, showing only traces of use and with no problems of cracks or chips and nary a sign of repairs. The runes button is turned to about 7 o'clock. There are a couple of “tap-tap” marks just above both of the runes but the enamel still appears to be intact. The silvering to the runes has a patination that matches that seen on the crossguards, as does the “High Neck” grip eagle. This bird retains full detailing to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika. A good hilt here.
The scabbard is an outstanding example as well. It is completely straight and retains all of the original anodized surface. There is some extremely minor aging noticeable in a few place, but it is really nothing. The scabbard mounts are of matching nickel with a deep patination, and are in very fine condition through to the lower ball. There are signs of minor wear to the back of the ball but no real problems. The mounts are retained by the four original unturned nickel screws.
This scabbard is equipped with an early, pre-RZM style hangers. It has the traditional coffin-shape on the reverse, however the backing is slightly longer than the more standardized type seen later on. The leather is still in very fine condition as is the cross strap and the strap fitted with the buckle and hasp closure. The nickel plated snap clip is one of the “dog leash” types which is larger than the standard types. It is marked “D.R.G.M. / M5 / 72 / 3 RZM” on the reverse. This hanger certainly goes with with an early Ground Röhm dagger.
Unfortunately the blade of this example has suffered some overly enthusiastic grinding. Apparently not content with simply obliterating the Röhm dedication on the reverse, the eager “craftsman” continued his work on the obverse of the blade as well. As a result there are some even scratches throughout the both the obverse and reverse facings of the blade. They are not so terrible, however, and can be forgiven. Overall the blade is not that bad and still grades at about Excellent. The motto is deep and crisp but I don't see a lot of darkening left in the backgrounds; there is perhaps 10% left intact.
The reverse ricasso of the blade is etched with the firm's name and location, “Rich. Abr. Herder Solingen” as well as the familiar diamond trademark. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.
Now the good part about the very low “434” serial number. This number belonged to SS-Hauptsturmführer Wilhelm Grimminger. I'm sure that your ears have perked up upon reading this; he should be familiar to you as the other Grimminger, Jakob, was famous the the carrier of the Blutfahne used during official ceremonies. I don't know if this Grimminger was related to Jakob, but I'm sure this could be determined with further research. We do have a dossier on Wilhelm that was complied by the great Ross J. Kelbaugh. It indicates that Wilhelm Grimminger joined the SS 17 May 1926. He also held a number of pretty good award – a Golden Party Badge, the Koburg Honor Badge, the Julleuchter, an SA Sports Badge and an SS Honor Ring. The rank list also shows that Grimminger was promoted to Untersturmführer on 20 April 1934 and Obersturmführer in July of 1934, just three months after his initial appointment. A year later, 20 April 1935, he achieved the rank of Hauptsturmführer but does not appear to have risen any further. The dossier consists of the SS rank list sheets as well as Grimminger's SS application, but I'm sure even more research could be done on this man.
At any rate a very interesting SS Dagger here that does have a very fine outside as well as a very lower serial numbered SS officer. I'm sure there will be interest in this piece as it is an unusual and desirable example.
SSDAG #37505 Mid-period Model 1933 SS EM Dagger RZM 534/38 SS – Arthur Schüttlehöfer
The crossguards are the nickel-plated type. Although about 98% of the plating is still intact throughout these guards there is some minor freckling in the surfaces, These guards, however, are still bright and are very presentable. The tang nut is a nickel-plated steel type and is still in new-like condition. I do not see any signs that this nut has been removed in modern times.
The ebony grip is an outstanding example, having no evidence of repairs and remaining in Mint condition. This grip virtually shows no wear time. It has Medium to High Contour construction and fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is positioned straight up and done. The enamel surface of the button is in fine condition and features a good looking silvered set of SS runes with a single circle around them. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a slightly upward pointing beak. This bird retains full detail throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. There is a slight amount of green patination that has occurred just on the tips of both wings. A very fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent original black paint which is still nearly 100% intact and showing only the most minor traces of wear and a hint of attic crazing along one of the edges. A very fine, original shell here.
The scabbard mounts are nickel plated and they too are in perfect condition, having the original factory brightness. The lower ball has never been dropped and remains in choice condition. These mounts are retained by steel dome head screws which are all in place and unturned.
There is a fine vertical hanger attached to this dagger. This hanger still has good leather throughout and has the usual coffin-shaped back. The leather securing strap is in perfect condition as is the strap equipped with the buckle and hasp. The snap clip is the nickel plated type matching this vintage and is unmarked.
The blade of this dagger is outstanding, and remains in a bright Mint condition. This blade retains a needle-like tip and has full, 100% crossgraining. A very fine blade here! The SS motto is crisp and deep and has all of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso has matching etching and features a double RZM circle with shaded backgrounds. This RZM circle is positioned over the code for the Arthur Schüttlehöfer company, being “534/38/SS”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.
A really great SS RZM piece here with a maker that we don't often see. Incidentally I show an identical dagger in my SS Book on page 166.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,195.00
The crossguards and tang nut are the solid nickel variety and they have good crisp edges, smooth surfaces and precise accent grooves, as well as a very desirable dull nickel patination. The lower guard is stamped with the district number “I”.
The grip is a real beauty, being a typical Herder type. The ebony has no repairs and remains in fine, perfect condition with a high center ridge. The Herder grip is easily identified by the thin shape as well as the fact that the nickel eagle is mounted quite far down. These are design quirks that you can always count on with Herder daggers. The grip fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is turned to about 8 o'clock and has perfect enamel surfaces. The runes have fine silvering and a matching double circle borders. The grip eagle is the “High Neck” type, still having nice detail throughout. Overall this is a very, very fine hilt.
The scabbard shell is one of the best you will see. This shell has 100% of the anodized finish. There is no lacquer on this scabbard and I don't think it ever had any; surely a shell in this condition would have lacquer remaining if it had ever been applied. The scabbard mounts are of fine matching nickel and they are in perfect condition through to the lower ball. The original screws are all in place and are unturned.
The original-to-the-piece vertical hanger is still in place at the upper portion of the scabbard. There is some of that green waxy stuff spread below the leather cross band on the nickel throat area, as well as traces of it on the reverse of the lower scabbard mount. This clearly indicates that this hanger has never been moved. The hanger is the conventional early variety, with an excellent coffin-shaped leather backing and good, sound leather in the scabbard covering strap as well as the strap equipped with the buckle and hasp. The snap clip has a matching patina to the nickel surface and is stamped with an “A” on the reverse, as well as “DRGM”. A fine hanger here.
The blade as this example is just as nice as the outside of the dagger. This beautiful blade has all of the crossgraining throughout and is mirror-bright, showing only normal runner marked. The tip is still needle-like and the SS motto is as deep and crisp as you could hope to see. This motto has 100% of the factory darkening in the letter backgrounds.
It is interesting to note that on the reverse of the blade, just below the trademark, there is a tiny dip on both sides of the center ridge. It looks to me that this was a factory redone Röhm dagger. The rework was preformed perfectly, and is really difficult to pick up on unless you really study the blade. Obviously when blades where returned to the factory they were able to make the removal very nearly undetectable. This blade is marked on the reverse with the firm's name and location, “Rich. Abr. Herder Solingen”, as well as with the familiar Herder diamond logo. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
If you are looking for an SS Dagger that you will probably never upgrade and always enjoy owning, this example certainly fits the bill. It is as fine as they come; a real beauty that really talks to you!
Mint Minus. $5,995.00
SSDAG #37474C Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger
This early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger is the style with a Type 1 chain. The dagger is in outstanding condition and, in my opinion, is extremely desirable and a must for those out there who demand the best.
This dagger is equipped with solid nickel crossguards and tang nut. These guards are in perfect condition throughout, having a dull nickel patination. The tang nut does not appears as though it has ever been loosened. These guards have good, smooth surfaces, with crisp edges and precise accent grooves.
The grip is also a beauty, having no repairs and meeting the guards perfectly. This grip has Smooth Contour construction. The SS runes button is turned to about 7 o'clock and had perfect enamel. The runes have a fine, silvery look which is duplicated on the double circles which enclose them. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird shows almost no wear, having fine detail to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.
There is a fine 42cm portepee attached to this dagger. This portepee is looped around the upper portion of the dagger and has a double loop around the bottom portion. This portepee remains in Mint condition, an indicates that this dagger was once carried by a Waffen-SS officer.
The scabbard of this dagger is as straight as an arrow and has a very choice anodized surface which is 100% intact. There are lots of traces of the lacquer which originally protected the surfaces. This lacquer remains prevalent in the protected areas of the upper and lower mounts as well as the center ramp. Since this dagger has a Type 1 chain assembly, the entire hardware section consisting of the center ramp, the upper mount and the chain are all nickel plated. The plating contrasts slightly with the dull nickel of the guards but this is what we would normally see on pieces equipped with these mounts.
The upper and lower mount are in very fine condition, the lower being of solid nickel. The lower ball has a tiny tap just in the center but it is nothing. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws. It is interesting to not that the two screws at the upper mount are located quite low in the fitting. The center ramp is the type that has relatively smooth edges and has a pebbled center which accents the three intertwined swastikas which appear on both sides. There is no blackening in the center area as this was not done on this type of chain. The chain links are real beauties, featuring the large Type 1 skull and crossbones. Each skull has a ghoulish smile with great teeth, and has fine detail to the eyes and nasal cavities. The links which feature the SS runes are also highly detailed. The backgrounds of all of the links also have excellent pebbled surfaces. The plating on this chain is still nearly 100%, with some minor signs of age in the backgrounds but with no lifting. The chain link tab connectors are the substantial type seen on these Type 1 chains and are connected at the top to a fine cloverleaf assembly. This assembly is the open style and reveals the “DRGM” mark at the center of the upper loop. The clip behind is in good condition, with a fine working snap. The first upper link is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen. A really outstanding chain assembly here which effectively sets off this desirable dagger. The chain assembly is the same as I shown in my SS book on pages 126 and 127. An identical center ramp can been seen on page 131.
Pulling the dagger out of the scabbard we are treated to a bright, Mint blade. This blade has all of the crossgraining and a fine, needle-like tip. This beautiful blade has a lightly etched SS motto, being the type we usually see on unmarked daggers. The motto is completely crisp and retains 100% of the original background letter darkening. The reverse of the blade is plain and also have full grain and is in perfect condition. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A most desirable Chained SS Dagger, and a real keeper for those out there lookin for both quality and investment potential.
Near Mint. $8,995.00
SSDAG #37473C Model 1933 SS EM Dagger – Arthur Schüttlehöfer
The crossguards and the tang nut are of solid nickel. Since Schüttlehöfer began to produce their pieces after the initial distribution there is no district marking on the reverse of the lower guard. The guards are in very fine condition with sharp edges, smooth surfaces, and good, deep accent grooves.
The ebony grip of this dagger has never had any repairs and remains in perfect condition. The grip is of Medium Contour construction and fits the crossguard like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is turned to about 7:30 and has perfect enamel. The runes have a fine silver finish surrounding by matching double circles. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a slightly upward pointing beak. This bird has all details present in the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. An exceptional hilt here!
The scabbard shell of this dagger, like they will normally be with a Schüttlehöfer piece, has a painted finish. The shell is as straight as an arrow and the paint is in near perfect condition, still having a factory bright condition. This paint has only a few very minimal signs of wear and is basically near 100%. The scabbard mounts are of matching nickel and they are also in fine condition. The lower ball has a tiny tap to the right of the bottom but there is no crushing or splitting.
Gracing the scabbard is an extremely fine, early vertical hanger. This hanger has a supple, coffin-shaped reverse, and the scabbard strap and the strap with the buckle and hasp are still in excellent condition. The nickel-plated buckle is like new. The snap clip is the solid nickel style, and is marked “DRGM” on the reverse.
As an added bonus the blade of this dagger is in full Mint condition; a real beauty here, having 100% crossgraining and a fine, needle-like tip. This blade has an impressive SS motto, crisp and deep and with 100% of the original darkening in the backgrounds of the lettering. The reverse ricasso features the rarely seen trademark of the Schüttlehöfer firm. A set of double ovals contain the firm's name and location, “A Schüttlehöfer & Co Solingen Wald”. Inside is the popular logo used by this company consisting of a pair of child's rocking horses. The logo exactly matches the etch color and backgrounds of the motto, and the blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
An exceptional, rarely seen SS Dagger here and a true treasure for the ardent SS collector looking to find all of the maker marks.
Mint Minus. $7,495.00(#070615)
SSDAG #37348 Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger
This Chained SS Dagger has nickel crossguards which are in untouched condition, having a good, dull, even patination. The edges are still crisp and the accent grooves are very finely done. These guards are the type we see many times on early Chained SS daggers, being internally marked “P. A.”. They are free of any other markings, being the standard issue variety.
The fine, matching nickel tang nut is a good example, having been out a couple of times.
The grip is in really nice condition, showing little wear and fitting the guards like a glove. There is a small crack in the grip on the lower obverse side, but it is negligible and not threatening. The SS Runes button is a fine example, having double circles around the runes as well as a nice silvery look. The enamel is in perfect condition. The grip eagle is the nickel variety, as is the style with a slightly upward pointing beak. This eagle is in choice condition and retains full detailing throughout.
The scabbard of this dagger is as straight as an arrow on both sides and has an excellent anodized finish. There is very little age noticeable in this scabbard, with only signs of normal wear. A very nice shell here.
This scabbard is equipped with a Type 1 chain, which is a nickel-plated variety. The upper mount is integral to the chain hardware. These mounts have tones nicely over the years and it takes a sharp eye to tell that they are the nickel-plated type as opposed to the nickel-silver used in a Type 2 chain. The upper mount is in excellent condition, showing only a couple of signs of wear to the rear, while the lower mount has a couple of minor ripples in the ball but there are no breaks or problems. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered.
This scabbard assembly has very much the same look as the piece I show in my SS Book on page 132 and 133. The center ramp is the style with the fairly crisp edges that are indicative of a Type 1 assembly. The center area features the 3 intertwined raised swastikas on both side, each with good pebbling in the backgrounds. Normally the backgrounds of the center ramp are not blackened on a Type 1 assembly. The center ramp is retained by two screws, one on the left edge and the other below the ramp fitting that connects to the chain. Most anodized scabbards seem to have these two screws holding the ramp in position.
The chain links exactly match the tone and structure of the center ramp. These links are outstanding, with highly raised skulls,each one having fine teeth, nasal orifice and bones. The SS runes links are also outstanding, and all links have excellent raised pebbling in the backgrounds. The reverse of the first upper link is heavily stamped with the SS- Kulturzeichen. It is the same as we see on page 130 of my book.
The links are connected with the sturdy link tabs that we normally see on Type 1 chains. The two connecting link tabs for the clover leaf have the “straight across” look which is normal. The cloverleaf connector is pierced; it is possible to see the “DRGM” marking through the upper loop. The backing snap clip is in good condition with a fine working spring.
The blade of this dagger is very nice; bright throughout, and with most of the original grain still in the finish. It has the usual shallow etched SS motto, and I would say that there is about 98% of the blackening left in the letter backgrounds.
A very fine, unmarked Chained SS Dagger here; it is and excellent, textbook example of the early Type 1.
Excellent Plus. $7,995.00
SSDAG #37350 Early Model 1933 SS Dagger with Serial Number and Name – Böker
This very interesting dagger has the serial number of the original, “10593”, owner deeply carved into the upper guard. The lower reverse guard bears the owner's name stamped into the center area by means of individual stamps. It reads “Stadt”. I took the liberty of looking up the number, but unfortunately Herr Stadt was apparently not an officer as his number does not appear in the Dienstalterliste. This could be an interesting project to assign to the professional SS researcher Ross Kelbaugh, as he has become quite proficient at finding records for SS NCO's. This type of information, to me, makes for a very exciting challenge.
The grip is a fine example, with smooth contours and showing very little usage. There is a small “tap” on the ridge area below the nickel eagle, but beyond this the grip is completely chip-free and in really nice condition. This grip perfectly fits the crossguards. The SS Runes button is the type that is slightly convex. It has good silvered runes with matching double circles. The enamel is still perfect. The grip eagle is a nickel example, being the style with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird shows some minor wear, but the details are still mostly intact. The wings and wreath are very crisp, though. An interesting hilt here!
The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout. This shell has a period black paint job which is still quite bright, the only flaws being some cracking that runs through the paint and just a tiny piece that has released from the reverse. It is otherwise nearly perfect. This cracking indicates to me that this scabbard was originally dipped when the painting was done during the period. It still looks great.
The scabbard mounts have a matching patination and are in excellent condition. The lower ball has a couple of minor taps but no problems with splitting or other flaws. The mounts are retained by nickel screws which are all there and unbuggered.
Attached to the carrying ring is a fine early SS short hanger which appears original to this piece. This hanger has good black leather which is still supple and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is the early nickel style, the clip being the “snout-nosed” type which has a rivet that retains the internal spring.
The blade is still mostly bright, having some minor age in the finish; not bad, and still grading excellent. The needle tip is still there, and you can still pick up some of the original graining if you look closely. The SS motto is deep and crisp as Böker examples usually are. The blackening in the letter backgrounds looks to be about 98% intact.
The reverse ricasso features the “mausoleum” style Böker trademark, complete with the leafless tree along with the firm's name and location of “Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly find the lower crossguard contour.
A very nice SS example here is you would like to try researching this SS NCO. A fine, untouched dagger which should bring much pleasure for many years.
Excellent Plus. $3,995.00 (#062115)
SSDAG #37217 Late SS Model 1936 Chained Dagger
The crossguards are the late variety having a zinc base. The nickel-plated surfaces, although still smooth, have thinned over the years and are slightly dull in color; this is something you don't want to clean, as the remaining plating could easily be rubbed off. They are still very presentable. The tang nut is a nickel-plated steel example still in choice condition.
The ebony grip is a beauty having fine Medium Contour construction and a perfect original shape. This grip shows little to no wear whatsoever. The runes button is a gem, being positioned straight up and down and having perfect black enamel background. The SS runes have a fine silver finish, with matching double-circled borders. The aluminum grip eagle is an excellent example being the "High Necked" variety, and retains full detail to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. This grip fits the cross guards like a rubber glove.
The scabbard shell is a dandy, being straight as an arrow on both sides. It has a great anodized surface that remains in 100% condition; it really looks impressive, having a factory new look. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated type. They have a steel base and remain completely bright throughout - nice. The lower ball shows some minor usage, but no dings. The original screws are all in place and are unturned. The center ramp has the rolled edges, typical of the later types. They present three intertwined swastikas on each side. They have mild pebbled backgrounds, but no factory blackening as usually the Type I chains did not employ this touch. This ramp is retained by one side screw. Many times we see two screws with anodized scabbards, but not always. The Type I chain has fine plating throughout the steel-based links. The clover leaf Wotan's Knot and snap clip show a little "freckling" in the finish, but it is not bad. The "DRGM" markings on the clip surface are visible through the open-style cloverleaf mount. The links, with their alternating skull and bones, and SS runics are in choice condition, being very crisp strikes and showing the leering skull, with the teeth and other features just the way we like to see them. The connecting tabs on these Type I chains are stronger material than the Type II, so they are all in fine condition.
It is interesting to note that there is a slight taper to the two tabs that connect the clover leaf. Usually these are straight on Type I chains. This would indicate a smaller producer than most, as we do not usually see this feature. Another example of us "know-it-all's" not being able to ever say something has to "always" be a certain way; I love stuff like this, as it shows there is always more to learn in this hobby. A very fine scabbard and chain here.
The unmarked blade is as nice as we ever see; it is pristine. This blade has full crossgrain and has maintained its factory mirror finish. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is most impressive having a good deep and crisp etch, with easily 100% of the factory background still being in all of the letter fontsl Other than the usual runner marks, this blade is in stone mint condition. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contours.
A fine dagger here, despite its late production. To me, it appears as though it may have been one of the last Chained-SS daggers manufactured, but despite this, there is no lack of workmanship or craftsmanship. A nice example here, reasonably priced.
Excellent Plus. $6,995.00
SSDAG #19807 Model 1936 SS Officer Dagger with Period Custom-Made Chain Assembly and Ramp, RZM M 7/81 & RZM 741/39 SS
This dagger is an unusual original and is for the student of the hobby who thoroughly understands the variants that were produced after the war caused demands on production. It is my belief that the chain assembly and scabbard ramp were produced by a local machinist after the original wearer qualified for a Chained example and was unable to secure an example from SS channels or blade factory due to war demands.
The dagger is a late example produced in 1939 and no doubt was originally supplied with a standard scabbard. As we know, SS men were qualified to wear the Chained Scabbard after two years of honorable service; many elected to keep their original RZM dagger and simply order the chained scabbard version.
The dagger has excellent nickel-plated cross guards, still retaining 100% of their plating and showing only modest age. The matching, nickel-plated tang nut is in good condition. The ebony grip is a fine, RZM type, having sharp contour ridges. The grip is in perfect condition with no repairs. The SS runes button is nicely-placed, having perfect enamel and double circles around the matching runes button. The grip eagle is the aluminum type, having "high-necked" style eagle. All details are visible to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. The grip nicely fits the cross guards.
Wrapped about the grip is what appears to be the original-to-the-piece aluminum bullion portepee. The portepee is looped about the upper grip and double looped around the lower portion. There is no fray, with only minor age to this knot.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has a fine anodized finish. Most of the original protective lacquer remains, however, there are some wear-thru areas in the finish, which give greatcharacter to the piece. The upper and lower scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated variety. They both are in good condition, although the lower ball has a small seam split at the bottom, but no denting. These ramps are retained by dome head screws. The center ramp and chain assembly have been hand-made. The matching nickel-plated ramp has smooth surfaces throughout. The edges have had decorative engraved lines cut in on both sides. The obverse center ramp is engraved with a diamond, having a pebble pattern design punched into the middle area. The ramp has no securing hardware, so it must have been installed on the scabbard hot. When the metal cooled, it contracts and secures the ramp tightly to the scabbard shell.
The chain assembly is also hand-made. It consists of the standard number of chain links, having alternating skull and bones, and SS runes. The links are thicker than the norm. Each link is composed of a rectangular frame with crimped corners with border line engraved within the borders. Inside are engraved skull and bones and SS runes respectively. The engraved skulls and runes have smooth areas inside the border lines. The details of the skulls, to include the eyes, nose, teeth, and bones have been done with a center punch - somewhat crude, but this was what the craftsman had available - he was master machinist, but not a jeweler-engraver. The connector tabs are also beautifully made to resemble the Type II variety, but like the links, they are much thicker and substantial. The clover leaf is also representative of master craftsmanship, having the Wotan knot configuration running under each other - nice. The snap clip behind is cut-down from a original hardware and beautifully installed to last forever. Naturally, there is no SS Kulturzeichen marking on the reverse chain link as this example was hardly subject to inspection. If you like to study expert metalwork and craftsmanship, this piece will keep you busy with admiration for a long time. Great stuff here, especially if you understand what you are looking at.
The blade is a choice example having bright finish and 100% of the factory grain. The SS motto is deep and crisp having outstanding frosted backgrounds that appear to be 100%. Other than normal runner markings, this blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is dark-etched with a large shaded double RZM circle, placed over the political code of the Mack & Eickelnberg, "RZM M 7/81" and beneath the SS contract code of this firm, "RZM 1241/39 SS". The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower cross guard contour.
This is a rare opportunity to pick up something very interesting and absolutely period - a great piece for the "thinking man-collector" out there. I am aware of an example identical to this one in an advanced collection in France. Apparently, our craftsman here made a few of these to satisfy frustrated SS Officers out there unable to obtain the official Chained Model. It is also possible that this craftsman could have been set up at the Dachau forge, as a lot of custom work was done there for SS personnel desiring special swords. There is no reason why they could not have done this work also.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,995.00
SSDAG #36420C Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's Dagger – E. P. & S.
This Pack Dagger is in nice condition overall, not appearing to have been cleaned in many years, if ever. The nickel tang nut nicely matches the nickel crossguard mounts. These guards have a dull patination throughout. The mounts have good, smooth surfaces, precise accent grooves and crisp edges. The lower reverse guard is district marked with a Roman numeral, “I”; the hit of the numeral was slightly off-center, so only half of the “I” is visible.
The grip of this example is constructed of fine ebony. There are no repairs to this grip. It is in good condition throughout, showing only some minor wearing signs in the form of a little “tap-tap” to the left of the grip eagle, but is otherwise nice and clean. There is a tiny sliver that has lifted on the obverse left edge, where the grip meets the guard. Looking closely I noticed a tiny piece that may have been loose and put back in, just below the SS runes button, but it is nothing. The runes button has perfect enamel, with double-ringed borders which match the silvering of the runes. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak which points slightly upwards. This eagle shows some wear to the to the surfaces of his head, breast feathering, and talons. Some of the detail is still there, though; the wings, wreath, and mobile swastika are still in excellent shape. This grip perfectly fits the crossguards.
The scabbard is a very fine, straight example. It has an excellent anodized finish. The anodizing appears to all be there, and there are also some traces of original lacquer. There is a little bit of age of the surfaces, but this appears to be dulling of the lacquer, and should not effect the anodized finish below. The scabbard mounts are the typical Pack variety. They are in excellent condition throughout, to include the lower ball. The lower mount has the distinctive edge rim we normally associate with E. Pack. The upper mount is also typical, as the screws holding the throat are not quite parallel, as well as being placed slightly lower than we see from other manufacturers. You can see this screw placement anomaly on the piece I show on page 197 of my SS Book.
The blade of this example is nice and bright, having normal runner marks. All of the cross-grain appears to be intact throughout. This blade is in near Full Mint condition. The SS motto is deep and crisp, and looks to have about 98% of the original background darkening in the letters of the motto. The reverse of the blade has a matching-etched trademark, depicted the hammering Siegfried logo of the Pack firm. Above and below this logo can be seen, “E.P.&S.” and “Solingen” respectively. This trademark is identical to the example I show on page 18 of my SS Book. The blade shoulders perfect meet the contour of the lower crossguard.
E.P. & S. SS Daggers are not encountered very frequently, and as such they are a key piece if you are collecting SS types, as well as daggers in general.
Excellent Plus. $4,495.00
SSDAG #36418C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger with Tiger-stripe Grip – Robert Klass
This early dagger is equipped with nickel crossguards and tang nut. These guards are in good shape. Appearing to have nickel-plating over the nickel base metal; we do see this type of plating done occasionally during the period. Often chrome was even used, as the new metal was just coming in play, but as mentioned above these particular mounts are nickel over nickel. The guards are still in good condition, showing an average amount of wear from use. The lower reverse guard is stamped with the district Roman numeral, “III”.
The most interesting part about this dagger is the grip. Although it is constructed from a fine ebony, it has a distinctive tiger-stripe that runs slightly downward on the horizontal, through both the obverse and reverse facings of the grip. The stripe itself is very subtle, but is easily picked up upon closer inspection of the grip. It is very rare to see tiger-stripes in the grains of ebony wood; I believe this is only the second example of this type I've ever seen. This grip shows no repairs, and fits the crossguards like a glove. There are some indications of wear on this grip, with a crack that may have once been a chip that was put back into place on the right upper portion, as well as a small gouge to the right of the grip eagle. In additional there is a minor lift in the wood to the left upper obverse, and a few minor cracks on the upper reverse. The runes button is placed fairly high on the grip. It displays good enamel, and the silvering to the runes and double-circled borders nicely match. The button is rotated to about 7 o'clock. The grip eagle is the early, “High Necked” variety. All the details are visible throughout the bird's feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. An interesting grip here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has old black paint, which was mostly likely applied over the original anodized finish when it became too worn. On the obverse facing this paint remains in near perfect condition, bring quite bright. The reverse has some cracks and a couple of chips, but they aren't really bad and don't detract from the piece. The scabbard mounts perfectly match the crossguards, as they too were nickel plated over a nickel base. These mounts are in good shape, with a little bit of use visible on the lower mount. The lower ball, however, is still sound. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws.
The blade of this example is still in fairly nice condition, with just the slightest amount of gray in the surfaces. I don't see much cross-grain in it, but the blade still grades at Excellent. The motto shows some wear to the center letters, but overall it has about 85 to 90% of the original darkening intact. The reverse ricasso of the blade is matching-etched with the circular design formed by the firm's name and location, “Robert Klass/Solingen”. In the center is a pair of stylized kissing cranes. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
An interesting dagger here, for those who like something of of the ordinary, and a great addition to an SS collection. Tiger-stripe grips are very rarely seen.
SSDAG #36421C Model 1933 SS EM/Possible Ground Röhm Dagger with Serial Number – Rich. Abr. Herder
This early SS Dagger does not appear to ever have been cleaned, nor has it been apart in modern times. The all-nickel mounts have a very dull patina throughout. The crossguards have crisp edges, precise accent grooves, and fine, smooth surfaces. There are minor signs of green growth apparently on the areas of the guard that meet the ebony grip. The lower guard has a Roman numeral “I” district stamping in the center.
It is interesting to note that the original owner also stamped his serial number on the guard, “14340”. The “3” is stamped just to the right of the district marking. The original stamper also stamped a “3” on the reverse of the grip, directly across from the “3” on the guard. I believe what happened was that the stamper did not know how to deal with the Roman numeral “I” district number, and therefore thought he would put the “3” above it. Apparently he changed his mind! A most interesting (and very human) quirk here, which could have easily happened and explains the presence of the “3” in the grip. I looked up this serial number, and unfortunately it is not on the SS Officer rank list so we can conclude this dagger was the property of an NCO.
The grip is in fairly good condition, have no repairs. It does some some signs of use on the reverse and obverse. There is hit to the center ridge of the grip, just above the grip eagle. The grip fits the crossguards like a glove. The SS runes button is perfectly placed, being positioned at about 7 o'clock. This button has perfect enamel surfaces, with a nicely toned runes that match the dual circles that run around the circumference of the emblem. The grip eagle is the “High Necked” variety, and shows only minor surface wear. Full detail is visible throughout the feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika of this bird. Attached to the upper portion of the grip is a black retainer loop with a working snap. This retainer is in turn attached to a fine black leather belt loop with a nickel-plated “D” ring.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It has fairly good anodized finish on the obverse, which is at 100% and shows only minor age. The reverse also displays good anodizing, but there is also quite a bit of visible age marking spread throughout the surface. The scabbard mounts have patinated to exactly match the dull color of the nickel guards above. These mounts are in excellent condition; the lower ball shows only a minor tap, but it is not bad. The mounts are retained by four unbuggered nickel screws.
Attached to the carrying ring is the original-to-the-piece short hanger. This hanger as good black leather, but the retainer loop has gone to time. The hardware throughout this hanger is all nickel, and the snap-clip is the unmarked variety.
The obverse facing of the blade is a real beauty, still having most of the cross-grain and excellent, bright surfaces. The SS motto is deep and crisp, with 100% of the darkening present in the backgrounds of the lettering. The reverse of the blade, for some reason, has some scratching on the surfaces. There is also a slight waver visible in the center line. I would conclude that this dagger may have been a full Röhm which had the inscription removed at the factory. This would be the only way to explain the grain running vertically instead of horizontally, as well as the waver at the point where this signature would have been present. The trademark is all there. It is the double oval type, which contains the firm's name and location, “Rich. Abr. Herder/Solingen”. Inside can be seen the Herder diamond logo. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A very nice SS example here, with real character.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,295.00
SSDAG #36435C Model 1933 EM Ground Röhm Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
This early SS Dagger has traditional Eickhorn crossguards. These guards do not to have been cleaned in some time. They are the “H.E” variety, internally marked, with smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and the deep, hand-cut accent grooves typical of Carl Eickhorn. Th reverse of the lower crossguard is district marked with a “I” Roman numeral. The lower section of the bottom guard also has the Eickhorn inspector's number, “5”, stamped in.
This grip had some significant signs of wear on the surfaces, with a couple of poorly done repairs. We were able to recondition the grip quite nicely, however, and now it is in excellent shape. The SS runes button also shows some wear to the enamel, but it looks fairly good, with the silver SS runes nicely matching the double-circled border of the button. The grip eagle is the early nickel type, of the “High Necked” variety. All the details are visible throughout the bird's feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, with an excellent, nearly 100% anodized finish. It shows only the slightest of wear. The mounts are in good condition, with the lower ball having just a couple of minor taps at the bottom area only. These mounts are retained by original nickel screws, each in place and unbuggered.
The blade of the dagger shows some overall wear, with some “in-and-out” markings here and there. It is slightly gray, but still in good condition. The SS motto remains deep and crisp, having about 95% of the factory darkening intact the recesses of the lettering. The reverse blade has had the full Röhm inscription ground from the surfaces. The grinder installed a graining that runs vertically as opposed to horizontally, and there is some minor wavering evident in the center line. Overall, though, not a bad job. The original Eickhorn trademark survived the procedure, and is at 90% intact. The mark is the double oval style, with the firm's name and location, as well as a smooth-tailed squirrel holding a nut in his paws. The grinding has come into the trademark just slightly, taking out the “ch” in Eickhorn as well as the backside of the seated squirrel. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
Not a bad SS Dagger here; a good starter example or perhaps for someone on a budget.
SSDAG #36147 Early Model 1933 SS EM with Serial Number & Monogram in Grip – Rich. Abr. Herder
This early SS Dagger does not appear to have been cleaned in many years. Looking at the tang nut I do not see any signs where this has been out in recent times. The crossguards are the typical Herder type and most likely are marked internally, “PA”. These guards have an appealing even dull patina throughout and retain their good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is district stamped, “I”. The grip is a classic Herder type, which are thinner than most and have the eagle located further down the grip than other types. This grip is in perfect condition showing only nominal usage. It has no repairs and nicely fits the crossguards. The runes button is the type that is more convex and the silver runes are tilted to about seven o’clock. The button enamel has a couple of hits to the surface but they are not bad. This button has double silver border rings which match the silver runes. The grip eagle is a nickel style being the “high-necked” type. All of the details are there to include the bird’s eye, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.
On the reverse of this grip this dagger gets most interesting. Nicely carved into the reverse of the upper grip is the original owner’s initials. This monogram is “HB” having the letters intertwined. On the bottom of the reverse grip is the original owner’s serial number “98583”. I looked this serial number up and unfortunately it is not in the officer’s list. This would indicate that the original carrier of this dagger was an enlisted man. There is hope though as expert SS researcher Ross Kelbaugh has been able to do wonders with some (not all) with these NCO SS numbers. Possibly the next owner would like to contact Ross to see whether he can locate a dossier for this SS man. The monogram and serial number really add a lot to the character of this dagger however.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It has good anodized finish which is nearly all there only thinning a little along the edges and showing some minor age. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition to include the lower ball. The lower fitting shows a few carrying signs but nothing that would be a deduct. The scabbard mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are all in place and appear unturned. There is an early short hanger having excellent brown leather. The small retainer loop is also there. The hardware for this loop is of about 1936 vintage as it is nickel-plated and the snap clip is marked, “OLC”. The hanger, however, does look original to this piece.
The blade is a good conditioned example still having good brightness throughout and some of the crossgraining is still there. The blade shows some in and out marks but overall grades at about excellent plus. The SS motto is crisp and deep with about 98% of the original factory darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the double ovals logo of this company. Within the ovals is the firm’s name and location, “Rich. Abr. Herder. Solingen”. Inside is the diamond trademark. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard curvature.
A fine interesting dagger here which would make a great addition to any SS collection.
Excellent Plus. $4,295.00
SSDAG #35889C Early Model 1933 SS EM Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
This fine initial production Eickhorn Model 1933 SS EM Dagger is in an untouched, uncleaned state. The crossguards are the solid nickel variety having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and very deep hand done accent grooves. The tang nut does not appear to have been apart in modern times. These crossguards appear to be the “H.E” variety and the lower bottom portion of the crossguard is stamped, “4” which is an inspector’s mark. The lower reverse crossguard has the district stamping being Roman numeral, “I”. The ebony grip is a good high ridge contour example. It has no repairs and on the edges where the grip meets the guards, there is a little bit of lifting on all sides. It is very minor however and the kind of thing we often see. These types of flaws are so small that they are not even to be normally noticed. Other than the small lifts at the grip edge, this grip is in really choice condition showing little usage. The runes button is placed at about six thirty o’clock. The runes have a fine silvered finish nicely matching the double border circles. The matching nickel grip eagle is the style with “high neck”. This bird still has all of its detail to its head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A good solid hilt here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has nearly all of its original anodized finish. There are several age spots which are more prevalent on the reverse than they are on the obverse but they are not bad. Overall this is a very nice anodized scabbard. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are also in good condition. These mounts show little usage and the ball is still totally intact showing only normal usage signs. The original nickel screws are all in place and they are unturned.
The blade of this example is a fine bright one. It has nearly all of the crossgraining still present and other than a couple of marks which were caused by the runners sitting in place, this blade is nearly in mint condition. The tip is still needlelike. The SS motto is deep and crisp etched. This motto has more than 95% of its original darkening and really looks great. On the reverse ricasso is the very desirable large double oval logo. This logo contains the firm’s name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen”. Inside is a seated smooth tail squirrel holding a nut in his paws. Below the animal is the initials of the firm, “C.E.”. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour. A very nice initial production SS dagger here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,995.00
SSDAG #35474 Mid-period Model 1933 SS Service Dagger, SS 807/37 RZM
This Mid-period SS example is equipped with all nickel mounts to the hilt and scabbard. The cross guards and tang have a fine patination spread evenly throughout. The cross guards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. There is a desirable greenish tinge where the guards meet the wood of the ebony grip.
The ebony grip has a medium ridge contour construction, showing mild usage signs here and there. The reverse grip is still in perfect condition, while the obverse has a small lift of the grip wood at the meeting point on the lower left, and also a minor lift of wood (although the wood is still there) on the upper right side. These are minor flaws and in my opinion, are not worth fixing. The runes button is placed straight from north to south. It has perfect enamel surfaces. The runes are enclosed with two matching silvered circles. The nickel grip eagle has the same greenish tinge as the guards. It features the eagle style with beak which points upward slightly. There is only mild wear and the detail is still there to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A decent hilt here; one that is indistinguishable from the early initial production types.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. At first glance it appears to have an aged anodized finish, but the area above the vertical hanger shows some old black paint, so obviously, this scabbard was originally painted. The paint has pretty miuch gone to time, but I kind of like it, as it really does look like an old anodized finish. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel having a fine patination. The mounts are both in good condition, to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained with the original screws, which are the early nickel type.
The original-to-the-piece vertical hanger shows some age, but basically, a little black "Meltonian" cream polish would do wonders and bring back its original suppleness and finish, as the leather is not rotted. The cross strap is equipped with a heavier-than-normal nickel-plated buckle. The snap clip is the plated type, which does have some flaking and rust, but will also clean up some.
The blade makes up for some of the failing mentioned above. This blade is bright throughout, still having all of its cross grain. There are some minor areas of light surface smudge, but it is not bad at all. This blade still grades at near mint condition. The SS motto is very deeply etched and has 100% of the darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the SS contract code and production date, "807/37". Above the code, is a double circle containing SS runes, and below, is a double RZM circle. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A good mid-period piece here, showing wear of the period, but no abuse. I like this dagger! I show this same "806" code dagger with a "36" production date on page 162 of my book, but had not seen one of these "37" dated pieces before the printing of the book - so, this is not a frequently seen dagger.
SSDAG #35376C SS Partial "Name-Only" Röhm Dagger with Vertical Hanger - Böker
This early SS dagger has a fine Böker hilt having the in-house nickel cross guards. These guards show nominal usage having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and excellent precise accent grooves. The tang nut shows some signs of removal, but no bad knurls. The lower reverse guard is district marked, "I". The ebony grip is a very fine example showing little wear and good crisp center ridge. The grip has no repairs and nicely fits the cross guards The SS runes button is turned to nearly 8:00 o'clock and has a single silvered circle encompassing the runes. There is no enamel damage. The grip is the style with "head pointing upward" slightly. There is little wear to the bird having good details to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A fine hilt.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has been period black painted. This paint shows much age and wear, and maybe rates at about 50% - I guess a new paint job would really help this scabbard, but I'll leave that to the next owner of this dagger. The matching patinated nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition, to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned. Helping the looks of this scabbard is a fine pre-RZM early vertical hanger. This hanger is equipped with good conditioned, supple leather. The hanger is shaped the same as the standard types, having a coffin-shaped reverse. The differences are that the two retaining straps are slightly larger than the standard types and the coffin-shape reverse piece does not have finished leather to the outer area. Additionally, there is a "dog leash" style snap clip having some minor surface rust. This hanger is retained with four rivets at the reverse. The nickel-plated square-shape buckle shows some age and is equipped with a roller feature.
The blade is a beauty, virtually being in mint condition. The original cross grain is all there, and the SS motto is deeply etched, with fine dark letter backgrounds. The reverse inscription is all there, but for the Röhm signature. A period craftsman has skillfully ground only this "offending" area. There are some small remains of the signature, but not much; a little of the "M" and also some of the umlaut are vaguely visible. The area has had some finish grain put in, but it does not exactly match the original finish. The trademark is the smaller double oval type reserved for use with Röhm inscriptions - it took up less room than the standard logo and therefore must have been thought to look more symmetrical with the inscription. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.A fine opportunity here to acquire a good "Partial" here, with a really nice blade.
Excellent Plus. $6,895.00
SSDAG #35386C Early SS Factory Ground Röhm Re-Issued During Initial RZM Period - Carl Eickhorn
This most interesting SS Dagger is identical to the example that I show in my SS Book on Page 167. This dagger was initially issued as a Full Röhm example and after being returned to the factory after June1934, (the original owner probably bought a new dagger), the Eickhorn firm ground the inscription off and repolished the blade. Rather than waste these perfectly good daggers, the factory chose to re-issue them as a new product in 1936. The RZM marking of the time was etched below that of the old large double oval trademark. Additionally, the district stamping, (if it had one, as not all Röhm's did), was also polished off of the cross guard. Other than the re-polished blade and the additional RZM trade marking, the dagger appears identical to an early model 1933 piece.The cross guards are in excellent condition, being the style that is marked internally, "AV". Eickhorn used this "AV" fitting contractor in addition to the in-house "H.E" marked pieces. This may have been to take up slack in the production of the in-house guards during the initial rush to satisfy the marketplace. These guards have excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and deep, hand-cut accent grooves. The ebony grip shows some usage throughout the surfaces, as well as at areas where the guards meet the grip - there is some light lifting of the wood surfaces in these areas. Otherwise, the grip is in good condition. The grip fits the guards fairly well -not perfect - but typical of Eickhorn products of the period. The runes button is turned to about 7:00 o'clock. There is a mild patina to the silvered runes and the surrounding double circles. The grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety having good patination. The bird has full details to his head, wing and breast feathering, talons and mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is almost completely straight on the obverse, with just a small "bb" ding at the center, and is totally straight on the reverse. The choice anodized finish is still all there and has at least 70% to 80% of the original factory protective lacquer. An outstanding scabbard here. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are also in great condition, to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all present and are unturned. Attached to the upper carrying ring is an early short hanger. The leather is a little limp from age and the retainer small loop has gone to time, but the hanger is still serviceable. The hanger hardware is the early nickel variety, the unmarked clip being the "snout-nosed" variety having rivet which retains the spring. An outstanding scabbard here.
The blade is as fine as they come. Both sides of this blade are in stone mint condition having full grain and choice SS motto. The motto is crisp, deep, and retains 100% of the background letter darkening.The reverse has the original large-style, double-oval trademark used from 1933-1935. It features the firm's name and location within the ovals, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". Inside, there is a seated squirrel holding a nut in its paws. The tail of the animal is the serrated variety. The squirrel is positioned over the firm's monogram, "C.E.". Below the trademark is a small, open-style RZM circle positioned over the Eickhorn SS code, "941/36 SS" The background etch of the RZM code is darker than that of the original double ovals, an indication that these two important markings were executed by separate etches and probably at different times.The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
This rarely seen re-issued dagger is a legitimate variation and is considered a "must" for an advanced SS collection. It is an interesting piece that speaks to the frugality of the period, and in turn, creating a "separate" dagger variation and more resultant interest for our great and beloved hobby. A fine quality investment piece.
Excellent Plus, Plus $5,995.00
SSDAG #35322C Early Model 1933 Service Dagger in Later Scabbard SS 121/34 RZM
This early SS EM Dagger is one of the examples produced under the RZM's first venture into the control of edged weapons. The dagger was produced right after the initial period, evidenced by the fact that the mounts are the early nickel type, but with no District Roman numeral stamping on the reverse cross guard. These daggers seem to be seen with and without this stamping. These nickel guards are in fine condition with good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The ebony grip has some surface lifts to the wood at the upper obverse and a small amount on the reverse upper area. There is also a small surface lift to the wood at the lower right obverse. On the reverse, the guard is pressing against the wood and is forcing some lifting at the lower reverse, but the wood is still intact. In the past, this "pressing" of the tight guards against the ebony wood caused the flaws mentioned above. These flaws are not serious, but they are tough to repair as the amount of wood missing is just on the surface - the big chips are much easier to repair. The grip perfectly fits the cross guards with no gaps. The runes button is nearly straight having a slight patina to the runes and to the double circles which circumvent them. The nickel grip eagle is the "point-behind-the-head" variety. It reflects all detail to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, wreath, talons and swastika
As mentioned above, the scabbard appears to be of a later vintage, in that the mounts are the nickel-plated, steel-based type. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The black paint is outstanding throughout - it may have been newly done sometime in the last few years, as it looks too good to be true, having just the slightest of orange peel traces in the surfaces. Overall, though, this professional paint job looks very nice and is in 100% condition. The plated scabbard mounts are in good condition with a little rust and freckling on the upper reverse area. The lower mount is good with just the slightest of a center ding in the lower ball. The dome head steel screws are all in place and are unbuggered. There is a black leather short hanger attached to the carrying ring. The leather is sound, but could use a little mild black leather polish to cover some scuffs. The strap is complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger hardware is mismatched - there is a plated buckle and hasp, while the unmarked nickel snap clip is the early "snout-nosed" type having the spring-retained with a rivet.
The blade makes up for a lot on this dagger. It is pristine mint. This bright blade has 100% factory cross grain in the surfaces. The SS motto is crisp and deep, having a 100% frosted background. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the code of the SS contract extended for these daggers. The code is always read toward the tip on these blades - if it reads toward the grip, the blade is one of the fake ones I have recently seen on the marketplace.. The code is, "SS 121/34 RZM", The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A fine example here with great potential; it would sell for substantially more if the scabbard were from the correct vintage. It is priced accordingly.
Excellent Plus. $2,995.00(#032414)
SSDAG #35185 Early Model 1933 SS EM Dagger - Robert Klass
This early example is in nice condition throughout. The mounts are all solid nickel construction. Studying the tang nut, it may have been out once, but shows little signs of it. The crossguards have crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The surfaces appear to have just the slightest traces of some old cleaning, with possibly a brillo pad. They are not really scarred, as it is only the surfaces where the abrasion shows. The same is true on the scabbard mounts. Chances are, a vet cleaned this dagger a long time ago, thinking that a brillo pad would be as good as anything else to clean it up. These very slight abrasions are so light in the surface, that I would think with a good semi chroming, most if not all of this, would come out. It is also fine just to leave it alone, as it is not bad. The lower crossguard reverse is district marked, "I." The ebony grip is an outstanding example. This grip shows virtually no wear, and is perfect throughout, with no repairs. The SS runes button is the more bulbous type, having a coppery look to the runes and the circles around them. The black enamel is in perfect condition. The grip eagle is the nickel, "high necked" variety, being in very choice condition, having all details to the bird's head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. This beautiful grip fits the crossguards like a rubber glove.
The scabbard of this example is nice and straight throughout. This scabbard has a fine coat of black paint, which appears to be period. Many times the anodizing wore thin, and the original owners had their scabbards repainted. Usually the repaint is not very good, but in this case of this example, it is outstanding. This paint shows some age cracking in the surfaces, and only a couple signs of carrying. Overall, this paint is near 100%. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel, having the slight abrasions in the surfaces, as mentioned above. The mounts are in fine condition, to include the lower ball. The original, nickel screws are all there, and are unbuggered.
There is an early vertical hanger, which is in good condition. The leather strap contains a nickel plated buckle. The snap clip is an early nickel type, which is marked on the reverse, "A" and "DRGM". There is also the addition of what appears to be a delicately painted number, "988.22.233". I do not know what this number would stand for, as it is too long to be an SS serial number, and it also cannot be the Social Security number of the American that brought it back. Possibly, it is some kind of a code number put on by the veteran once the dagger was returned, but I don't know. Either way, if the next owner wants to take it off, I am sure that a little rubbing with some semi chrome, or even paint remover, if required, would get the number off. This vertical has pretty good leather throughout, and if left alone, will survive many years to come.
The blade of this example is really nice. This blade has fine, bright, surfaces throughout the obverse, with needle-like tip. The crossgraining can be seen if the dagger is tipped slightly. This blade appears in mint condition. The SS motto etch is deep, and crisp, having 100% of the darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse blade is in the same condition, showing only normal, runner marks. The reverse ricasso is matching etched, with the kissing cranes trademark. Above the birds, is the firm's name, "ROBERT KLAAS", and below the location city of, "SOLINGEN". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A fine, early model 1933 SS EM.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,295.00
SSDAG #28464 Late Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger
This Chained SS Dagger overall looks to have had a repainted scabbard but other than that is in OK condition. The hilt is very similar to the dagger that I show on page 199, upper. These hilt fittings are nickel-plated and are the type that have the boker look to their shaping. The plating is still all there on these mounts and the same is true of the fine looking tang nut. These mounts are really in nice condition. The grip is a black ebony type being of medium contour construction. It did have a couple of fractures in the lower obverse and reverse so we repaired them accordingly and the repair really came out good. It would be very difficult to detect these repairs. The SS runes button is nicely placed being straight up and down. It has a couple of signs of hits in the surfaces but there does not look to be any enamel missing. The grip center features an aluminum high-necked style eagle. This eagle has good detail throughout and shows only modest wear. The detail is there to the eye, breast feathering, wing feathering, legs, wreath and swastika. There is a minor hit to the bottom leg of the wreathed swastika but it is nothing. A good looking hilt here!
As noted above, the scabbard is straight throughout and in my mind does appear to have a newly painted shell as it is fresh looking and too good to be true. The paint though has been done beautifully and does not detract from the dagger. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated type as this is a type I chain. These mounts are in good condition showing some age and a little bit of dulling but overall they certainly grade at excellent plus and the scabbard ball is completely intact. All screws are present. It is interesting to note on the center ramp that it is the style with only one screw, which is what we usually see with painted scabbards, so apparently this scabbard has always had paint on it. The center ramp is the type which has good pebbled backgrounds but does not have darkening. It has excellent intertwined swastikas on both sides. The type I chain links exactly match the center ramp also having good pebbling. The skull and crossbone links are the typical type I variety having excellent detail throughout having good smiling teeth. The links having the SS runes also have excellent detail. The cloverleaf above is the style with open top and you can see the stamping, “DRGM” on the snap clip below. This chain shows a little bit of age but if someone wanted to clean it up I’m sure it would come up nicely. The top chain link that is connected to the scabbard mount is deeply stamped on the reverse with the SS Kulturzeichen.
The blade of this example is still bright and has quite a bit of the original crossgraining on it. There are a couple of marks on the lower edges of the blade but they are not bad and probably come from someone using the blade as a tool at one time or another. The SS motto is the lightly etched type and it still has about 85-90% of the black backgrounding. This blade grades at excellent to excellent plus. It is the unmarked type and it nicely fits the lower crossguard contours. As stated in the description there are a couple of restoration aspects about this dagger but it still looks outstanding and it is priced accordingly.