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 #39496 Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger with Unusual Grip - SS "121/34" RZM
Every once in a while we come across some non-standard items in this great world of daggerdom. Despite the rules regarding the non-alternation of a dagger's exterior, there are always those that don't listen, or they are in a high enough position that it would be rare for anyone to complain or challenge them. This dagger fits that bill and was worn with a grip addition the likes of which are unknown to me.
The dagger is equipped with solid nickel crossguards with no district marking indicating the piece was made right after the initial distribution of SS daggers in 1934. The guards reflect a fine patina and have good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves.
The ebony grip is in basic good condition showing modest wearing signs, but no repairs or flaws. The SS runes button is positioned at about 7:00 o'clock, having good enamel surface. The runes are nicely patinated with matching dual circles around them. The original grip eagle has been period removed, and in place of it is a shield device. The wood below the device has been sculpted out to accommodate a flush mount of the shield. The surfaces of the shield have also been curved to make an exact fit to the wood below. The shield features a large mobile swastika in the center. The swastika appears to have a black painted surface between its borders. The area around the surface has a pebbled finish. Around the bordered edges of the shield, it is also pebbled with a red painted border edge. I do not know the designated purpose or organization this NSDAP insignia represents, but perhaps one of you astute collectors out there specializing in insignia can give me the answer. Whatever it is, it is absolutely period. In Johnson's Volume 2, on page 274, there is an SS dagger with a similar grip addition shown.
The scabbard shell is basically straight on both sides, having an "anodized" finish. The anodizing is beginning to thin, but the finish is entirely even throughout the shell. The scabbard is equipped with nickel mounts. Both are in fine condition to include the never-dropped, lower ball. The original screws are all in place and are unbuggered.
Attached to the carrying ring is an early SS short hanger. The leather is missing the small retainer loop, but otherwise, is in good condition. This hanger is equipped with early nickel hardware, the snap clip being the early snout-nosed, unmarked variety.
The blade is still bright. It does not have a lot of grain remaining, but still would grade easily at excellent plus, plus. The motto is crisp and deep having about 80% of the original darkening, which reveals a little pimpling commonly seen in the etched motto surfaces of SS blades. The reverse ricasso is etched with the code we have still not been able to identify, but when we see it, it reads toward the blade tip, not toward the blade hilt. The code is "SS 121/34" RZM. These daggers were apparently made under the RZM during the initial period, being the first edged weapons affected by the RZM. The quality and workmanship remains consistent with the examples produced by other makers during this early time. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
An interesting dagger here for those of us out there that enjoy something different and certainly a plus addition to an advanced collection. A real conversation piece here being a true example of "You can never say never" in this hobby.
SSDAG #39431 Late Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger
The crossguards are nickel-plated and are the style produced by Böker. We know this by the distinct shape of the upper crossguard. The tang nut is in good condition. The guards show some age to the plating, the lower guard having a mild amount of freckling. The ebony grip had some problems when we first purchased the dagger, but we successfully rejuvenated it, and it now is in choice condition. The SS runes button is positioned straight up and down and has fine enamel surfaces. The runes have nicely toned as have the duel circles that surround the emblem. The aluminum grip eagle is the style with "point behind the head". It shows some mild wear to the surfaces of the bird's head, breast feathering and the talons. The wreath and swastika are still sharp. The grip perfectly fits the cross guards.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has an "anodized" surface. The anodizing appears to be all there, but there are some age spots, but not too bad. It is also interesting to note that the center ramp was re-positioned to a slightly lower spot apparently by the original wearer. This must have been done as the SS man must have wanted the lower portion of the dagger to hang at a lower angle probably for wearing purposes - maybe it rubbed his leg on a sore spot or maybe he didn't like this part of his uniform meeting the dagger at some crucial point. Whatever the reason, it must have been important to this SS man as this re-position was done during the period. We took a look under the ramp and the original holes are still there, covered with grit and age. There is also a slight visual telltale shadow in the anodizing, just above the current position of the ramp - this was the way we even noticed the re-position in the first place.
The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated type. Like the guards, they too show some age in the finish of the plating. Other than this, though, these mounts are in good condition, to include the lower ball. The original dome head plated screws are all in place to include the two screws that retain the center ramp. This ramp is the later type having the wider rolled edges. The ramp features the three intertwined swastikas on each side. The backgrounds have pebbling, but this is the style chain assembly that did not have these areas blackened. The chain is the nickel-plated type being a steel base. The plating is still quite good throughout the chain. The links are all in good condition having distinct, toothy skulls along with crisp SS runes, all with excellent pebbling in the backgrounds. The chain connector tabs are all there showing signs of carrying the dagger a long time, but no serious splits in the tab seam. The clover leaf snap clip is the closed style. The first upper link connected to the scabbard is stamped with the Kulturzeichen proof marking.
The blade is still bright and does have most of the crossgrain. There are some minor age spots that are more or less spread evenly around the blade. The blade still grades at near excellent plus. The motto is crisp and deep appearing to have nearly 100% of the original background frosting. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A good dagger here for someone out there that wants a real example, but is restricted to a budget.
SSDAG #39519C Himmler Inscription SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
The nickel crossguards have good surfaces, showing a little time in grade, but with no flaws. The edges remain crisp and the accent grooves are the deep, hand-cut style we usually always see with the product produced in-house by Eickhorn. I took a look inside and, sure enough, these guards are marked, "H.E". The lower crossguard is bench-stamped on the lower surface, "2".
The grip is an extremely fine example having no repairs, no flaws and showing little usage. It has Medium Contour construction and fits the crossguards perfectly. The SS runes button is turned to about 7:00 o'clock. There are a couple of taps to the enamel in the button, but it is not too bad. The runes have patinated nicely and match the dual circles around the runes. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" variety showing minor wear to the bird's head, breast, talons and wreath. The wings and swastika are still crisp.
The scabbard shell is completely straight on the obverse. It appears there may have been a ding removed just below center on the reverse, but it was a professional job and the reverse is also nice and straight. The shell has fine 100% anodized finish. There is some extremely minor age in the surfaces, but it is hardly noticeable. I don't see any lacquer on the finish. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. All four screws are in place and are unbuggered.
The blade is still bright throughout and also has good factory grain in the surfaces. There are a couple of small age stains on both sides, but this blade still rates in near mint condition. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue", is crisp and deep. The factory background darkening in the letters appears to still be all there. The reverse is etched with the infamous slogan and signature, "In herzlicher Kameradschaft H. Himmler". The etching contains all of the background darkening and is a good as I have seen. The reverse ricasso has the matching etched, small double oval Eickhorn trademark. Inside these ovals is the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn/ Solingen". Inside is a seated squirrel clutching a nut in his paw having a smooth-style tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A fine, textbook original example here reasonably priced.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $11,995.00
SSDAG #39497 Model 1933 SS Dagger with Fürth Dedication - Gottlieb Hammesfahr
This dagger is one of the rarely seen and very desirable Fürth dedication examples. It is a textbook example identical to the piece I show pictures in my SS Book on Page 213, except for the maker. We see different makers makers with identical dedications, as the dedications were done on existing dagger blades, some even being Röhm examples.
Studying the tang nut, this dagger does appear to have been ever apart. The hilt mounts are all solid nickel, being in excellent condition with smooth surfaces, crisp edges and good accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is district stamped, "III". The ebony grip is a fine example having high center ridge construction. The ridge remains crisp throughout both sides. The grip shows only the most nominal of usage, perfectly fitting the cross guards. The SS runes button is turned to about 8:00 o'clock. It has perfect enamel, with a good silvered runes and matching double circles. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak that points slightly upward. The head and breast show mild wear, but the details are still there. A good hilt here.
The scabbard shell is really nice. It is straight throughout. The anodizing is still at 100%, having about 80%-85% of the original protective lacquer evenly spread - it is rare to see a shell in this condition. The nickel scabbard mounts are good, the lower ball having a minor push-in ding in the center, but no splits or crushing. The four original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned. Just to add to the fine look, I put a vertical hanger on this piece. The hanger shows some age, but overall it is still sound. The RZM-marked snap clip shows some rust on the surface. The vintage of the hanger is a little later than the vintage of the dagger, but in my opinion, its positive effect outweighs the marriage negativity and the next owner can easily take off the vertical if it bothers him/her.
The blade is still bright, but does have some smudge in a couple of places - not bad, though. There is also cross grain evident in the blade finish. This blade is in excellent plus condition. The motto, "Meine Erhe heisst Treue" is crisp and deep having a more frosted style background. The reverse is etched identical to the example I show on Page 213 of my SS book. "Gewidmet v. SS-Sportschule Fürth 1934." The etch is excellent and matches the obverse. The trademark at the ricasso consists of the double ovals which contain the firm's name and location, "Gottlieb Hammesfahr/ Solingen". In the center is the pyramid having the "+" on the obverse side. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard curvature.
Here is a rare opportunity to acquire a Fürth Sport School dagger. There are not many of these around and when they crop up they usually find homes in the collection of an ardent SS collector. I would say that once you have acquired a good basic dagger, a fine Chained-SS dagger, it is time to look to find a Fürth example maybe before biting the bullet it takes to buy a Himmler. An excellent original example here.
Excellent Plus. $6,995.00
SSDAG #39518C Late Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger - RZM 941/39 SS (Carl Eickhorn)
I think many of us are reluctant to add a late SS piece to our collections, as the quality of the early pieces so much outshines that of the late RZM types. I must say, though, that despite the use of plated cross guards, painted scabbards and aluminum eagles, the quality of workmanship certainly did not go down when it comes to an Eickhorn piece.
This dagger does not appear to have ever been apart. Although the cross guards are the plated type, they are real beauties having good lustrous finish to the nickel and no freckling whatsoever - rare to see this. The ebony grip is also just short of spectacular. It is of high ridge construction in the center ridge and shows almost no usage at all - really nice grip here. This grip is about as nice as you will ever see one. The SS runes button is perfectly set straight from north to south. The enamel is new-like and perfect. The runes and dual circles around them have a pleasant patina. The aluminum grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety. It has crisp full detail throughout showing no wear - nice. The grip perfectly fits the cross guards. An outstanding hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original paint just could not be any better. It is mint and perfect, still having its original luster. The matching scabbard mounts are nickel plate over steel. They retain their original factory brightness and remain in totally perfect condition to include the undropped lower ball. The dome head steel screws are all in place and are unturned. Accompanying the dagger is the original short hanger, The leather shows some minor usage signs, but still remains in supple condition. (A little black shoe polish would do wonders here). The hanger hardware is the plated type, still being bright and perfect. The snap clip is marked, "RZM M 5/71" and "OLC".
Now to the blade, and what a blade it is! This blade is mirror bright and easily has all of its factory grain. A full mint blade here. The SS motto is completely crisp and has 100% of the blackening in the backgrounds - a great look to see here. The reverse blade is in the same condition, being matching etched with a small single RZM circle over the Carl Eickhorn code, "941/39 SS". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour. It is worth noting, that in my experience, the Eickhorn 1937 and 1938 entries seem to be much more commonly encountered than the 1939 example, as this one would be.
If you want to add an RZM example to your SS stable, this example would be difficult, if not impossible to upgrade. A pleasure to examine and an even greater pleasure to put it into your own cabinet or display case. A dagger here that you can enjoy for a lifetime of collecting pleasure.
SSDAG #39432 Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger - SS 188/35 RZM
This is a rarely seen SS maker mark that I do list in my SS book on Page 162 as one I have encountered in the past. So, for those out there looking for rare maker marks, this one is well worth considering. This dagger is of early construction throughout, produced in 1935, probably as the initial orders were coming to an end and the RZM was just beginning to effect the blade industry. The dagger does not appear to have been apart. The patina to the tang nut and cross guards is that desirable green color which many of us really like. The guards reflect smooth surfaces, crisp edges and deep accent grooves. The lower reverse cross guard has the district marking, "I". The ebony grip is in nice condition throughout having no repairs or flaws. It shows only some usage signs commensurate with the rest of the dagger. The grip fits the guards beautifully. The SS runes button is installed just short of straight up, being at about 6:30 o'clock. The button has good enamel with fine patinated SS runes and matching single circle around it. The patinated grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety still having full detail to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A fine untouched virgin hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It reflects excellent totally original black paint. The paint has a couple of chips and some mild crazing near the lower mount, but overall it rates about least 98%. This original paint is also quite thick. The matching scabbard mounts are in excellent condition. The lower ball has a couple of small minor tap-taps, but they are nothing. The four original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned. When I acquired this dagger from a veteran family, the vertical hanger was wrapped around a bayonet scabbard, (funny how vets often switch stuff all around), so I took the liberty of reinstalling on the proper scabbard. The hanger shows some age, but it is still all there, having a matching 1935 date on the code stamped on the inner part of the coffin section. The cross strap with buckle is beginning to wear, but if left alone, it should be fine into the future. The buckle is the square type, being nickel-plated and in good condition.The snap clip is an unmarked nickel example of standard construction. Attached to the snap clip is the original belt loop. The leather is still good and is complete with a nickeled "D" ring.
The blade is nice and bright and easily in near full mint condition - it was covered with axle grease when we acquired the dagger, so this treatment surely helped with the blade's preservation. The cross grain is still all there. The SS motto is crisp and deep appearing to have 100% of its darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso has the maker designation reading toward the blade tip, not toward the hilt. This is the same positioning that we see on the "121/34" and "120/35" marked SS daggers. It is marked with SS runes in a double circle over "188/35", and below is an "RZM" also in a double circle. The "35" would designate the year this dagger was produced. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the contour of lower cross guard.
A fine original dagger here for those out there looking for seldom-seen trademarks.
Excellent Plus. $3,695.00
SSDAG #39351 Double Proof Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man’s Dagger – RZM M7/2 / RZM 1166-38 SS
This late production SS Dagger is the first example I have seen in my 40 years of experience that bears an RZM marking attributing it to the Emil Voos firm. I purchased the dagger from the son of the veteran, his father being a tank man who went all the way from France into Berlin at the end of the war. He passed away a few years ago and his son decided to let the dagger go to someone who would really appreciate it.
The dagger is a typical late example with nickel-plated crossguards. The guards are in exceptional condition, still having their original finish with none of the lifting or problems usually associated with plated guards. The tang nut appears to have been out a few times; this looks to have been done after the war.
The grip of this dagger is a Smooth Contour type. It shows a little bit of mild wear but has no repairs or problems. It nicely fits the guards, having a small gap on the upper right side but the rest of the join is completely flush. This grip has a runes but that is set straight up and down, with good, silvered runes and double double borders. The grip eagle is an aluminum type, the style with a “High Neck”. There is some wear to the head of the bird but the rest of the bird remain quite crisp.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, with the original black painted finish. There is some age crazing on the finish, as well as some lifting paint in the lower sector. Overall this paint is about 95% intact. The scabbard mounts are of matching nickel-plated steel. They are in first-rate condition, including the never-dropped lower ball. These mounts are retained by nickel-plated screws which are all in place and are unbuggered.
Attached to the carrying ring is the original black short hanger. The leather is in good condition and it is complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is also plated, showing a little surface age but nothing bad. It is interesting to note that the snap clip is unusual as it is marked “RZM M 5/71”. This is a RZM stamping I can’t recall seeing in the past.
The blade of this dagger still has pretty good brightness. There are a few age and “in-and-out” marks, but they don’t really detract. There is some crossgrain to be see, particularly around the ricasso. The SS motto is has a good, crisp etch with about 95% of the original darkening in the backgrounds of the lettering.
On the reverse the double proofing is extremely interesting. It features a large, shaded double RZM circle over the code for the Voos firm, “M 7/2”. Beneath this is what we think is the contract code for this run of daggers, “RZM 1166-38 SS”.
The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
Again this is the first time I’ve ever seen an SS dagger with these markings so I know it is an extremely rare piece. This dagger would be great for the SS type collector.
Excellent Plus. $2,895.00
SSDAG #39335 Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man’s Dagger – Böker
The scabbard mounts the early nickel variety, being the 2nd Style used by the Böker firm. These mounts have a deep, dull patination and remains in good condition throughout. They have smooth surfaces, fairly crisp edges, and good accent grooves. The tang nut is also in good shape, looking to have been out only once or twice. The lower reverse guard is District marked “I”.
The ebony grip had some chips on the lower reverse which we repaired; the grip is now in perfect condition, the repair work being virtually undetectable. It is a Medium Contour style grip which nicely fits the guards. The SS runes button are turned slightly. The copper runes and single border runes show a little wear to the enamel, but are still all there. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird shows some wear to the head, breast, and talons but the wings, wreath, and swastika remain crisp.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. When we acquired the dagger the original “anodized” finish was almost gone and it showed quite a bit of age. We elected to repaint the shell and we did so in a dull gray color that greatly resembles an “anodized” finish. The scabbard mounts are of patinated nickel and exactly match the hilt mounts. The upper mount remains in excellent condition, whereas the lower mount has a crushed ball that is bent upward to the left. The ball is not split, however. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered.
Perhaps the best part of the dagger is the blade. It is still nice and bright, with the extremely black motto that Böker is famous for. All of the darkening is 100% intact, really setting the motto off against the bright surface of the blade. It also has quite a bit of the original crossgrain. The only drawback to this blade is that there are some marks from the runner sitting against the blade, but these spots are not bad. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the Böker “Mausoleum” logo, and the blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
This is a dagger that has some restoration but the blade carries the piece. It is a good, early example at a reasonable price.
SSDAG #39381C Himmler Inscription SS Dagger SS - Carl Eickhorn
This wonderful Himmler SS Dagger comes directly from the family of the veteran that brought it home. The veteran was James R. Queale of the 654th Engineer Topography Battalio; he was a surveyor and involved with making maps. The family brought a copy of Queale's unit history book and I took a couple of photostats from the pages of the book that show Queale in uniform. The family does not remember the details of how their father obtained the dagger, but it has been stored in two Army-issue woolen socks since the war, both of which accompany the dagger. As far as preservation, these thick socks just could not have done a better job, as this dagger remains in mint condition. This is easily one of the best Himmler daggers that I've ever been fortunate enough to offer.
The dagger is basically in untouched condition. It has a very light patina, more so on the scabbard mounts than the crossguard, but that is the nature of the mounts used on Himmler scabbards by Eickhorn. They tend to have a more yellow look and, to those that know these daggers, are always a pleasure to see. This dagger has never been apart. The tang nut is in perfect condition with zero signs of a wrench. The cross guards are probably the "H.E" internally marked type. They are beauties, retaining their smooth surfaces, crisp edges and the deep hand-cut grooves typical of this firm. The underside of the lower cross guard is stamped, "4". These number-stampings were assigned to factory inspectors and are found from 0 through 9, or sometimes there are no number stampings on these daggers.
The grip is tremendous. The ebony is in perfect condition having crisp center lines on both sides with no wearing signs. It is of medium ridge construction. The runes button is the style with copper coating to the two SS runes and the double circles around it. The button is turned to about 7:00 o'clock. The black enamel surfaces are as new. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" version and is as crisp as the day it was installed some 83 years ago; it looks fantastic! This grip eagle has complete detail throughout the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. The placement in the grip is perfect and there are zero flaws around the eagle's outline. This outstanding grip nicely fits the crossguards. It is extremely rare to see a hilt in this condition.
The scabbard is an absolute pleasure to describe. Of course, it is straight as a arrow. But the condition is unheard of and just the best I have seen. Not only is the "anodized" finish at 100% but, amazingly, the original lacquer is also 100% intact. Other than two very minor age specks on the reverse upper shell, this scabbard is totally perfect. The nickel scabbard mounts, as mentioned above, are the deeper nickel tones type that we frequently see on Himmler daggers. These mounts remain new-like with no hits, problems or any signs of wear. The original nickel screws are all in place and are absolutely unturned.
This kind of preservation is extremely rare but not difficult to understand. Firstly most Himmler recipients did not routinely wear these pieces, as they were cherished Honor daggers. For daily use they normally opted for their standard issue Model 1933 SS dagger. Secondly, and most importantly, is the fact that Queale stored the dagger inside two woolen G.I. socks and stored it in a dry, safe place for all these years; the condition literally speaks to this lifetime of careful treatment.
The original-to-the-piece short hanger is in place. The leather shows some age, but hardly any, and it is still supple and complete with the small regain strap. The hanger hardware is the nickel type and is also the type we normally see with Himmler daggers. The buckle is nickel, as is the standard-shape, unmarked snap clip. The snap clip is positioned with the back side out and I have left it in this position, as this must have been done by the original owner of the dagger.
The blade just bowls the viewer over. It is stone mint other than the usual runner in-and-out marks. All of the cross grain is present. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" just could not be any better. A perfect etch with all of the factory background in place. Turning the blade over offers the dedicated dagger collector a most pleasurable scene that one would never get tired of viewing. The Himmler dedication is perfect and exactly matches the etch depth and background darkening of the obverse, "In herzlicher Kameradschaft H. Himmler". It just doesn't get any better! The ricasso is etched with the 1933-35 trademark featuring dual ovals which contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn/ Solingen". Inside, is the seated squirrel retaining a nut in his paws and his tail is the serrated variety. Even his eye is still there, which is lacking on many Himmler's. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
What a dagger! If you have been looking for a Himmler and everything you have seen in the past has just a small flaw or just not enough lacquer or just doesn't grab you and you don't know why, then it is time to pull the trigger with this dagger and do yourself a big favor. This dagger is of true investment quality and although no one can tell the future, these Himmler daggers have done nothing but continue to rise in price and desirability over the years. Included with the dagger are the two Army wool socks it has been stored inside all of these years!
SSDAG #39338 Model 1933 SS Dagger with Exclamation Point Motto - RZM 324/38 SS
This interesting SS dagger is the style having an exclamation point after the motto. This variation is always popular with SS type collectors. This particular original piece is identical to the example I show in my SS Book on Page 679 upper, and also I show another nearly identical example on Pages 687 and 688, the only difference being the blade code is 324/37 indicating that the book piece was made a year earlier than this example. The dagger is equipped with solid nickel cross guards. They are in outstanding condition having an excellent nickel tone to the finish. As is the case with the book example on Page 688, these guards are also marked internally, "E.L". The piece shown on Page 679 upper is also equipped with "E.L" guards and it is interesting to note that the tang nut on the book piece is thicker than most - also the case on this dagger. The ebony grip is in wonderful condition with no flaws. It is a mostly smooth-surfaced ridge type, nicely fitting the guards. The SS runes button is straight up and down having perfect enamel and good double circles around the runes. The nickel grip eagle is perfectly set, being the style with beak that points upward slightly. All details are there to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout the obverse, having a very small B-B hit on the lower right edge of the reverse - very minor. It has terrific black paint which is original - this paint is still 100% and has a good sheen to the surfaces. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel. These mounts are in excellent condition, to include the lower ball. They are retained by nickel screws which are all in place. There is a hanger attached to the carrying ring. The hanger has excellent black leather and is complete with the retainer loop. The hardware is the nickel-plated type. The nickeled surfaces show a little age, but basically they are still nice, the clip being marked on the reverse, "A" "DRGM" / "RZM M5/7".
The blade is still bright throughout, although I do not see any grain. The blade is the style with higher center ridge, being the style we often see on later pieces produced after 1938. The motto etch, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue!", has the well-placed exclamation point. There is some minor wear the the centers of the etch letters where the surfaces wore slightly against the blade's runners, but it is not bad. The original factory background darkening in the letters is at about 85%. The reverse ricasso is matching etched, "RZM 324/38 SS" and is identical in every way to the etch on the piece in my SS Book shown on Page 679 upper. This piece probably also had the same forge marks on the tang as the one shown on Page 688, but unfortunately, the tang on this example has accumulated substantial rust over the years. A fine, guaranteed original here - a rare dagger!
SSDAG #39330 Early Model 1933 SS Dagger - Böker
This excellent SS Dagger comes directly from a family whose father was in the Rainbow Division, one of the outfits that brought back the most stuff - particularly from München and Berchtesgaten. The family states the dagger has been stored for many years and other than some spotting on the blade, is in very fine condition. This dagger has never been apart, nor has it been cleaned - we did what we could to remove as much age from the blade as possible, but that is it.
The nickel cross guards and tang nut all have an even dull patination - just like we like to see them. These guards are in perfect condition having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The guards are the secondary type used by Böker, not the in-house produced ones with the unique look. The reverse lower cross guard is district marked, "I". The ebony grip is a very fine example being in perfect condition. It is of high-ridge center construction and virtually shows no usage signs other than the normal "lay-down" marks on the center reverse ridge area. The grip nicely fits the cross guards. The SS runes button is placed at about 6:30 o'clock and has totally perfect enamel with matching silver dual rings around the runes. The nickel grip is a fine "high-necked" version having full details to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A fantastic untouched hilt here.
The scabbard is really one to write-home about - a real killer here. The shell is completely straight and believe it or not, has 100% of the original "anodized" surfaces - terrific. Also, about 95% of the factory protective lacquer remains. It is not often we see a scabbard shell in condition like this. We see it a lot on Himmler's as they really were not worn much, but it is really rare to see this kind of a condition on a Model 1933. To go with the superb shell, the nickel scabbard mounts are also outstanding, to even include the lower ball - great mounts here. The mounts are retained with all of the nickel original screws and all unturned. Adding to the fun of this outstanding scabbard is the original short hanger. This hanger has still-supple, fine black leather with the little retainer loop being in place. This short hanger is equipped with early unmarked nickel hardware. The clip is the "snout-nosed" variety being the type with the rivet that retains the spring. You will not find a better scabbard, guaranteed to make you smile.
The blade, although still bright, had a large surface age blemish in the center of both sides. Apparently the vet liked to grab the dagger by the center blade area and just did not know to wipe it off before he put it away. We did get most of the age out of it, but there are still the tell-tale signs remaining on both sides. Overall, though, the blade is still in excellent to excellent plus condition. There is still a lot of original grain and the motto is deeply etched. As we often see with Böker blades, there is a little "pimpling" in the depths of the motto, but it is not bad. (See the two Böker daggers I show in my SS Book on Page 56.) The reverse ricasso is etched with the famous trademark of this prestigious firm. It is the interesting mausoleum-type structure featuring a stark tree in the upper area and the firm's name and location in the lower, "Böker/Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
If you are looking for a nice dagger you can live with, this one will do the job without breaking the bank. Should you have a mint Böker blade laying around, this mid-priced dagger would easily be worth about $6000-$7000, given the superb condition of the outside.
Excellent Plus. $3,495.00
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 #39188C Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger
Since the tang nut was loose to the finger, I took a look inside, and these guards are marked, "St./St," The ebony grip is a fine example, the obverse being perfect throughout and showing little usage signs. The reverse is just as nice, although there is a small sliver of wood at the bottom left that has been glued back into place where apparently it came out at one time - not noticeable. The SS runes button has perfect enamel finish. The runes are positioned at just about 7:00 o'clock and have good patina matching the single circle around them. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "beak that points upward slightly". The eye in the bird's beak is still visible, but there is some hand wear to the breast area and talons. The wreath and swastika still remain mostly crisp. This grip perfectly fits the crossguards on all angles. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has a good "anodized" surface appearing to still be at near 100%. - there is a minor amount of age and rust that have accumulated forming a line above the outline of the lower fitting upper area. There are also minor amounts of original lacquer still clinging here and there. The scabbard upper and center mounts are the nickel-plated type, as they will be on Type I chains. Type I Chains produced together with the upper mount and center ramp are normally always nickel-plated. The lower mount is also matching nickel plate. These mounts are all bright and are in good condition, contrasting with the dull nickel crossguards. When new, of course, all of the mounts were shiny.
It is interesting to note that the upper mount as had the two side lower tips curved around to point upward. This alteration is definitely period and probably was done by the original owner to perhaps eliminate the possible "sharpness" of the fitting's ends against his hand or uniform. This is the first time I have seen this alteration and actually, it looks kind of neat and is barely noticeable. The plated center ramp features the three intertwined raised swastikas on each side. It has excellent pebbling in the backgrounds. On this chain type, the backgrounds of the ramp and also those of the chain links were not factory blackened. The ramp is retained by a single screw on the right side. Many times "anodized" scabbards will have two screws retaining the center ramp, but this one is the exception and is seen occasionally.
The Type I chain is a classic example having the large raised skull and bones and SS runes typical of this type. The teeth are so clear on the skulls that each and everyone could be counted with a loupe - nice detail here. This chain is really nice, not having one spot of rust - rare to see - and all the finish being bright throughout. The background pebbling is also crisp throughout the links. The link tabs are the substantial steel type and each and every one is in perfect condition. The clover leaf clip is the open style we see with these chains. The "DRGM" is visible through the opening at the upper clover loop. The reverse upper chain first link is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen stamping.
The unmarked blade is a very satisfying visual pleasure, as it remains in full mint condition. It is completely bright and retains all of its cross grain. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is crisp and all of its darkening remains in the letter backgrounds. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A fine original dagger here in good, livable condition. If the next owner would want to clean the cross guards, then the scabbard mounts will all match.
Excellent Plus. $6,995.00
SSDAG 39134C Full Röhm Inscription SS Dagger - Gottlieb Hammesfahr
Yes, collectors this is an original full Röhm in very nice condition. We don't see may Hammesfahr pieces of this type; I remember when I was doing my book on SS daggers I had a helluva time finding one! So, this is a good opportunity to acquire not only a full Röhm piece, but one from a tough maker to boot.
The crossguards and tang nut are in choice condition throughout. They have excellent smooth surfaces, good crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The guards are internally marked "P.A". The lower guard is not district marked. This is not unusual, as many of these Röhm pieces were sent out to special officials and the like, rather than going through the normal channels.
The ebony grip is an excellent example showing almost no usage and only a minuscule edge flake where the obverse grip meets the lower guard. The runes button is positioned at about 8:00 o'clock. The enamel surfaces are perfect. The silvered SS runes and double circles around them have a nice matching patina. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" type. It remains in crisp new-like condition, showing no wear to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering and to the talons, wreath or swastika; nice, and a good sign attesting to the little wear this dagger has seen.
The scabbard shell is a fine example being straight as an arrow. The "anodizing" is 100% having a few signs of minor age and a small age spot on the first third quadrant of the obverse - it is not bad. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition. The lower ball has a small hit to the right side, but there is no crushing.
The blade remains bright throughout and still retains its cross grain. There are some small age spots here and there in the blade, but they are extremely small. The blade also has the usual runner marks. This blade still grades in near mint condition. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is crisp and deep. All of the factory blackening is in the letter fonts in the backgrounds.
The reverse blade has the full Röhm inscription; a rare sight indeed! The inscription, "In herzlicher Kameradschaft Ernst Röhm" is identical to the motto in terms of depth, crispness and background darkening. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals which contain the firm's name and location, "Gottlieb Hammesfahr, Solingen". Inside, is the pyramid logo having the "+" mark on the front. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A great chance here to acquire a full SS Röhm by one of the rarer makers. A nice dagger here and desirable condition.
Excellent Plus. $22,995.00
SSDAG #39140C Himmler Inscription SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
Studying the nickel cross guards and tang nut, this dagger does not appear to have been ever apart. The guards are the typical Eickhorn "H.E" marked type having the deep, hand-done accent grooves. The surfaces of the guards are completely smooth, having excellent crisp edges. Like most Himmler daggers we see, this piece does not really appear to have been worn much, if at all. Recipients already had their Model 1933 service daggers, so many of these honor daggers were put in a drawer as a keepsake. The lower surface of the bottom cross guard is stamped with the Eickhorn inspector's number, "4". The ebony grip is literally in mint condition.
The grip of this dagger has High Ridge construction. It has an interesting, vertically-running grain on the obverse side and the reverse side also has vague signs of these grain. There are no chips, cracks, gouges or anything on this ebony;really a remarkable loking grip here. In addition, the grip fits the guards like a glove, which is a rare site on an Eickhorn dagger. The runes button has perfect black enamel, nicely setting off the SS runes and the twin circles around them. The runes are pointing at about 7:00 o'clock. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" style and it remains completely new-like.
The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow. The "anodized" surface appears to be 100%, with about 50% of the original factory protective lacquer spread here and there. There are a few very mild age spots in the surfaces, but they are negligible. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in pristine condition throughout, to include the lower ball. They are retained by the original nickel screws, all of which are unturned.
Attached to the hanging ring is the original-to-the-piece Himmler short hanger with nickel hardware. The leather is in first rate condition and is complete with the small retaining loop. The snap clip is the Himmler type, being the standard shape and being unmarked. Attached to the snap clip is a fine matching condition belt loop with "D" ring.
The blade is in choice condition, being bright throughout and having all of its factory grain. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is deeply etched and retains the factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. There are a few tiny "pimples" in the etch background, but they are negligible and something we see frequently on these blades; these pimples are cause by impurities in the steel that react differently with the acid mix.
Other than a very small runner mark which appears above and below the "T" letter in the word, "Treue", the blade is in full mint condition. The reverse blade is in full mint condition with no flaws. The dedication is a beauty being deep and crisp, "In herzlicher Komeradschaft H. Himmler". The trademark is the small double oval variety. The ovals contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". Inside, is the seated squirrel with a nut in his paws. The squirrel has the serrated tail variety. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contours.
A very fine Himmler here and absolutely a "must" for you SS "type" collectors out there. No advanced SS collection is complete without the highlight of a nice Himmler. These daggers have always been a great investment in this hobby and no reason to believe they will not continue to climb in value. As a testament, I bought my personal my Himmler dagger at the 1985 MAX Show for $2,500.00 from Steve Wolfe. The appreciation in value over the last 2 decades is certainly not just inflation! A fine opportunity here.
Near Mint. $16,995.00
SSDAG #39133C Uncleaned SS Full Röhm Dagger with Traceable SS Serial Number - Carl Eickhorn
This SS full Röhm Dagger remains in an uncleaned condition, covered with green patina over the nickel mounts and unturned tang nut. The mounts are solid nickel, so there is no danger of deterioration by leaving the green build-up on them - I personally love this look.
Other than the patina, the guards appear in good condition, being internally marked, "H.E". The lower reverse guard has the district numeral "III" marked between the die stamping's of the original owner's SS serial number. "28967". The district stamping is spaced between the "9" and the "6" numerals, with the "9" stamping slightly overlapping the district number. I looked up this number in the SS-Dienstalterliste and it belongs to SS-Sturmbannführer Dr. Helmut Schmidt - I will get into Schmidt's record further down in this description.
The ebony grip is in fine condition, having virtually no wearing signs - it appears this dagger was put away after the Röhm purge and probably Schmidt purchased another. Other than a hairline crack which runs down the obverse from the runes button to the eagle, and also a little on the reverse on the opposite side, the grip is in perfect condition. It fits the crossguards nicely. The runes button also has the green patina covering to the SS runes and the double circles around them. The enamel is perfect and the button sits straight up and down. The nickel grip eagle is the "point-behind-the-head" variety. It too, is covered in green patina, but looks perfect beneath the grime.
The outstanding scabbard shell was not affected by the patina. It is straight throughout and has about 90% of the "anodized" finish remaining - there is some age to the finish around the scabbard edges and also a round age spot on the reverse scabbard about halfway down. The original factory lacquer also appears to be about 90%. The scabbard mounts are also patinated, but not to the extent of the cross guards. These mounts are in superb condition, to include the perfect lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.
Attached to the scabbard is the original-to-the-piece vertical hanger. This hanger is an early non-standard type, but it does have the standard coffin shape. It has dual stitching running the length of the coffin back. This leather is still supple and in excellent condition. The cross strap is also in fine shape and it is equipped with a nickel oval buckle. The upper snap clip is the early "snout-nosed" type being unmarked and having the rivet that retains the spring. The snap clip has the matching green patina of the hilt mounts.
The blade is mostly bright having a light residue of age smudge on the surfaces, but it is not bad. There is also some mild pitting that has developed on the reverse ricasso where the blade meets the lower guard - we cleaned this in order to arrest any further damage. This blade still grades at about excellent to excellent plus. The SS motto is crisp and deep appearing to have 100% of the background darkening in the letter fonts of the motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue". The reverse of the blade has the full Röhm inscription, a rare sight indeed. The inscription depth and letter background darkening exactly matches that of the motto, being very impressive to study and salivate over, "In herzlicher Kameradschaft Ernst Röhm". The logo is the small double-oval style containing the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". Inside is a smooth tail-style squirrel. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.
SS-Sturmbannführer Dr. Helmut Schimdt, born March 1, 1910, is listed in the 1938 Dienstalterliste as being with the medical staff of SS Abschnitt III, being the holder of the SS Honor ring. He was first promoted to an officer, SS-Sturmführer, on January 30th, 1934. It can be assumed he was an NCO with the SS prior to that time. I also found Schmidt on the Juli 1944 Waffen-SS rooster where he is listed as being with the SS-Pioneer School and also the 14th Wiking Grenadier. Div-SS. Obviously, a professional researcher like Ross Kelbaugh should be retained as he could really run away with this man's war record and make him come alive - a truly worthwhile project.
So, this is a rare opportunity to acquire an un-researched, SS numbered Full Röhm inscription dagger. This could be the highlight of an advanced SS collection. An extremely rare dagger here and the ultimate piece.
Excellent Plus. $19,995.00
SSDAG #39020C Himmler Inscription SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
The nickel crossguards are the internally marked, "H.E" variety. They have a desirable dull patina looking not to have been cleaned in many years. These guards have excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and the usual precisely cut Eickhorn accent grooves. The nickel tang nut matches perfectly and shows no signs of being out. As is usually (but not always) the case with these Himmle daggers the bottom of the lower cross guard has the inspection number, "2", stamped into the surface.
The grip had a couple of minor chips, so we elected to fix them; the ebony grip is now in nice condition throughout. It has medium contour surfaces and fits the cross guards perfectly. The runes button has perfect enamel and is turned to about 7:00 o'clock. The SS runes are nicely toned matching the double circles which surround them. The nickel grip eagle is the "High-necked" variety. All details remain to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.
The scabbard is a good, straight example, with all of the original "anodized" finish intact. About 50% of the original protective lacquer still remains; a very nice looking shell here. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in good shape, the upper being perfect, and the lower having some mild carrying signs, but they are not bad and the lower ball is still good. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered.
The original short hanger is attached around the hanging ring. The leather under the ring was somewhat distressed from age, so we did install a support within the inside to make it strong and avoid having to use a replacement hanger.
The blade is just how you want to see them; it remins bright throughout and retrains all of its factory grain. Other than the normal in-and-out marks, this blade is in mint condition. The motto is deep and crisp, having all of the original factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse inscription matches the depth and darkening on the motto. It is in totally perfect condition, "In herzlicher Kammeradschaft H. Himmler" (facsimile signature). The logo is the early small double ovals which contain the name and location of the producer, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". The squirrel is the style with smooth tail and on this example, the eye is still there. Many times it will be missing on these Himmlers. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contours.
A very fine Himmler SS Dagger, that is not full mint, but right up there. A good original example worthy of investment.
Near Mint. $15,995.00
SSDAG #39011C Model 1933 Enlisted Man's Ground Röhm SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
This dagger does not appear to have ever been cleaned, the nickel hilt mounts having a deep, dull yellow patina. These mounts have good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and the precisely cut accent grooves typical of an Eickhorn piece. The tang nut has a few old plier scars around the edge, but they are not bad and were done a long time ago. The fine crossguards are marked internally, "H.E", indicating they were produced in-house by the Eickhorn firm. The lower reverse guard is district marked, "I", and the bottom portion of the guard has the inspection mark, "5".
When we received this dagger the grip had a couple of mild chips at the top and bottom, so we elected to make the repair. It came out great and is not detectable. The SS runes button has perfect black enamel and is positioned at about 7:00 o'clock. The nickel eagle is the "High-necked" version. It shows a little surface wear to the bird's head, but the breast and wing feathering, talons. wreath and swastika are still fairly crisp. The grip nicely fits the cross guards.
The scabbard shell is a fine example showing a couple of wearing signs, but basically being straight throughout. The "anodized" finish is still all there at 100%. There are a couple of minor age signs in the "anodizing", but they are negligible. A good-looking shell here. The nickel scabbard mounts have good matching patina. The upper mount is perfect, while the lower mount has some minuscule wearing signs, but they are minor and the lower ball is still in fine condition. The four original nickel screws are all in place.
The obverse blade is bright throughout. It also has pretty good grain in the surfaces and a fine SS motto. The motto has about 95% of the factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. This obverse blade remains in near mint condition. The reverse blade has had the Röhm inscription entirely removed, to include the Eickhorn trademark. Despite the missing trademark, we know for sure that this dagger is an Eickhorn example as determined by the "H.E." cross guards and the fact that there is an inspection number stamped into the lower guard surface - no other maker did this. The blade reverse inscription removal has been professionally done and a fine job of re-graining the blade was also performed; you can tell it is not factory, but it is really done well. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A good ground Röhm here reasonably priced.
Excellent Plus. $2,995.00
SSDAG #39044C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
This dagger is of initial production being etched with the early large double oval trademark. The crossguards are the classic "H.E" marked type having a desirable dull patina to the nickel finish. The surfaces remain smooth with crisp edges and the high quality Eickhorn accent grooves. The tang has some mild old signs of a applied pair of pliers, but the scars fade into the medal so this was done a long time ago and is hardly noticeable. The lower reverse cross guard is district marked, "I".
The ebony grip is an outstanding example having no repairs and showing virtually no usage. This grip has fine sharp contour ridge construction and fits the cross guards adequately. Typical of Eickhorn, there are a couple of very small gaps on the upper and lower left side of the grip - Eickhorn is not known for great grip fits. The flat style runes button is perfectly placed being straight up and down. The enamel is perfect throughout highlighting the SS runes and the double circles around it. The nickel grip eagle is the style with the beak pointing upwards slightly. All details remain to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika..
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has a very fine "anodized" surface, still rating at 100%. The nickel scabbard mounts are beauties, both being in choice condition to include the never-dropped lower ball. The original nickel scabbard screws are all in place and are unturned.
Attached to the hanger ring is a good-conditioned black short hanger. The leather is still supple and in good condition to include the small retaining ring. The hardware is the solid nickel type and the snap clip is the "snout-nosed" variety being unmarked.
The blade is bright throughout still having good grain. If it were not for a small pit in the reverse about 2/3rds down, this blade would be in near mint condition. The SS motto is deep and crisp, having about 95% of the original darkening in the letters. The reverse ricasso has a matching etched large double oval containing the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". The center area presents a serrated tail squirrel having the firm's initial's "C.E". below. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
A fine original SS dagger here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,995.00
SSDAG #38961C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn (Large Double Oval Logo)
This initial production Model 1933 SS Dagger is very desirable. The mounts are of nickel throughout, with a fine patina to them. Where the crossguards meet the grip there is a little of the greenish reside that is a sure sign of an untouched piece. These guards are in very fine condition throughout, with the very deep accent grooves typical of Eickhorn construction. The lower reverse guard is district marked “I”. Underneath the guard is a stamped inspection number “3”. We often see these inspection numbers on very early Eickhorn daggers. The tang nut does not look to have been take out in modern times so I will leave it alone.
The ebony grip of this dagger has no evidence of period repairs and showing only minor traces of hand wear. There are a few bumps on the obverse center line and some minor damage to the center reverse, no doubt caused by the clip of the vertical hanger. Other than this the grip is quite fine and fits the guards perfectly. The SS runes button is in good shape with just a minor tap to the enamel to the right of the right SS rune. The runes and circular border remain nicely silvered. There is also some greenish reside that surrounds the runes button. The grip eagle is of nickel and is the style with a beak that points slightly upward. This eagle shows only minor wear to the head and breast but the remainder of the bird is relatively crisp.
The scabbard shell is as straight as an narrow. It is really nice, still having 100% of the “anodized” finish and about 60 to 70% of the original protective lacquer; it rare to see a scabbard in this fine condition. The shell has fine matching nickel mounts, in perfect condition to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by the original unturned nickel screws.
Attached to the scabbard is what appears to be the original vertical hanger. This hanger shows age and looks to have been on this piece for a very long time; the reverse, coffin-shaped backing shows some bends at the edges that corroborate this theory. The hanger is retained by a cross strap with a nickel buckle. The snap clip is nickel plated and shows quite a bit of rust. It is marked “RZM M5/71 OLC”. This vintage snap clip would indicate that the hanger may have been changed at some point, either during the period or by a previous collector but either way it looks to have been present for a very long time.
The blade of this dagger is as nice as you will see, bright throughout and with all of the original crossgrain. The SS motto is very crisp and darkly lettered and the tip remains needle-like. The reverse of the blade is just as nice. It is etched with the 1st Style Eickhorn trademark indicating initial production. This trademark variant has large double ovals that contain the firm's name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen”. Inside is a seated squirrel holding a nut in his paws. He has smooth tail and sits above the initials of the firm “C.E”. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the crossguard contour.
If you are in the market for a really nice SS dagger to put into your “Save Forever” box, I believe you will be satisfied with this piece. There is nothing like an initial production Eickhorn SS Dagger.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,895.00
SSDAG #38960C Ground Röhm SS Dagger – Robert Klaas
This SS Dagger has a very fine patina throughout the nickel mounts. Looking at the tang nut we can see that this dagger was likely never taken apart. The nickel guards are in very fine condition throughout. The lower reverse guard is district marked “III”.
The ebony grip is in good condition with no evidence of repairs. The shows normal hand wear and has a couple of taps about the eagle on the right. Nothing bad, though. The reverse has some friction wear from the snap clip on the vertical hanger. The SS runes button is the type with a convex surface. It shows some taps on the enamel but none of the surface is missing. The button is slightly turned. The grip eagle is the “High Neck” type and retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika. This grip nicely fits the guards.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It has a good “anodized” finish with just some minor age discoloration but it is not bad and is something we normally see. The scabbard mounts are patinated to match the guards. These mounts are in good condition overall, with the lower ball having a minor hit to the left. There is no crushing or splitting, however. All of the original nickel screws are in place and unturned.
The vertical hanger looks to be original to the piece. It shows age but the leather is still sound and serviceable. The cross strap has a square buckle that shows surface age. The snap clip is an early, conventional type, constructed of solid nickel and marked “A” and “DRGM” on the reverse. This snap clip also matches the rest of the dagger in patination, leading one to believe this hanger is original to the piece.
The blade of this dagger is nice and bright. The obverse is perfect, with an outstanding crisp, dark SS motto and full graining. The surprise is when the blade is turned over to reveal a fully removed Röhm inscription. I don't see any of it left and there are some scratches from the grinding process. It does not look bad but most collectors would easily detect this as a ground piece. To further add to the authenticity of this piece we see that the Klaas trademark is the smaller type only used with a Röhm inscription blade. It features the famous Kissing Cranes logo, as well as the firm's name and location. If you want to look on page 87 of my SS Book I show this same smaller trademark used on Röhm examples. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower guard contour.
An extremely fine Ground Röhm SS dagger here' to find one by Klass is quite difficult. A great piece for a truly dedicated SS collector.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,695.00
SSDAG #38456 Mid-period SS Enlisted Man's Dagger 941/38 SS – Carl Eickhorn
This Eickhorn SS EM Dagger is equipped with a nickel-plated tang nut and crossguards. The guards are still bright throughout and have no lifting. They do show some very mild scratching here and there, but this is normal service wear and does not detract from the dagger's appearance.
The grip had some chips on the upper portion which we elected to repair. This restoration work was done very well and does not show. The grip itself is of ebony and is a Medium Contour example. It shows mild signs of hand wear but overall is in nice condition. The fit to the guards is adequate. The runes button is one of the convex types with a copper base. It is positioned nice and straight and, like the guards, shows a few scratches. There is also a tiny hit to the area above the runes but none of the enamel seems to be missing. The grip eagle is an early nickel type with a slightly upward pointing beak. This eagle is in good condition and retains all of the detailing throughout.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent original black paint which shows only some modest carrying wear. This paint remains 100% intact and retains much of the original luster. The scabbard mounts are also nickel-plated and remain bright, nicely matching the guards in terms of wear. The lower ball has a slight hit to the left but there is no crushing and no problems. These mounts are retained by dome head screws which are all in place.
Attached to the scabbard ring is a black leather short hanger. The leather remains in good condition and the original retainer loop remains intact. The reverse of the hanger is marked with an RZM circle and a SS circle, the latter having the code “19/38” in the center. The hardware is the later, plated style and is in good condition complete with a working snap.
The blade of this dagger is still bright, having some of the normal “in and out” marks and just the slightest amount of smudging spread here and there. The tip is still needle-like, and the SS motto remains in good, crisp condition. The etch retains about 95% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a single RZM circle set over the code “941/38 SS”. Beneath this is the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.
A decent RZM SS Dagger here, from one of the most prolific period manufacturers.
SSDAG #37988 Model 1933 Ground Röhm SS Enlisted Man's Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
The nickel crossguards are in fine condition having been cleaned not too long ago. They have excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and deep accent grooves, typical of Eickhorn. These guards are internally marked, "A.R", a crossguard maker also used by Eickhorn when apparently their own in-house guards may have been in limited supply. The reverse lower guard is district marked, "III", an indication the dagger was originally issued somewhere in the Berlin area. The lower crossguard is stamped on the under section with the inspection number, "1".
The grip is an outstanding untouched ebony, having no repairs. It is a beauty, fitting the guards perfectly. The grip has a few indentations in the reverse center area caused by the vertical hanger snap clip. Other than this, this grip shows little period usage. The SS runes button is perfectly placed having fine enamel and good silvered runics with matching dual circles. It is positioned at about 7:00 o'clock. A fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, having a couple of minor wearing signs in the metal, but no dings. The "anodized" finish remains at 100% and really looks good. There are no signs of lacquer, but the fine finish makes up for any lacking. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition. The lower ball has a couple of minor hits but they are negligible. The four original nickel screws are in place and appear unturned.
The original-to-the-piece vertical hanger is in place. The hanger is in good condition with supple leather to the coffin-shaped back and also to the straps. The nickel buckle is the style with oval shape and the snap clip is a solid nickel, unmarked type. It is interesting to note that there is a period repair to the hanger leather portion that retains the snap clip. It is not detractive, and reflects a very fine sewn job which has continued to hold up after all of these years.
The blade obverse is a good bright example having fine tip and deeply etched, crisp SS motto. The motto appears to have all of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. There are the usual runner marks, but overall, this blade easily grades at excellent plus. The reverse has had the Röhm inscription removed. It looks like a professional factory job; there are no fragments of the original inscription remaining and the repolish effort was quite well done, with only a little "touch" to the trademark. The logo is the early 1933-35 small double oval variant. The ovals contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". It features a crouching squirrel, looking to the viewer's left and holding a nut in his paws. The squirrel depicted is the smooth tail version. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A good solid SS example here.
Excellent Plus. $4,295.00
SSDAG #37791C Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger – Rich Abr Herder
The cross guards are in very fine condition, having crisp edge definition, precisely cut accent grooves and smooth surfaces. The tang nut also is a fine example, appearing to have never been off the dagger in modern times.
The grip of this dagger is in exceptional condition, showing no evidence of repair. It is the traditional Herder type, being slimmer than most and with the grip eagle set nice and low. The lower reverse guard is marked “I”. This grip has Sharp Contour Construction and fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is set at 1 o'clock, The enamel on this button is still 100% intact, with a little but of noticeable wear to the left of the left rune. The enamel is still intact, however. The runes and borders have a good silvery look to them. The grip eagle is the “High Necked” type, and shows no wear at all, with exceptional detailing throughout.
The scabbard shell is a dandy. It is straight throughout and has 100% of the original “anodized” surface. I don't see any lacquer remaining, but the finish is most pleasing to the eye and is a wonderful sight to see. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition, the lower mount showing some traces of usage and with just the slightest tap to the lower ball. Nothing serious, though, and it does not really show. The nickel screws are all in place and in good, unbuggered condition.
There is a fine early short hanger attached to the carrying ring. This hanger has good, supple leather and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger has a solid nickel buckle which matches the unmarked solid nickel snap clip.
The blade of this dagger is about as nice as you could hope to see. It looks to have almost all of the cross grain and shows only some mild “in-and-out” wear. This blade shows only the most subtle signs of age. The SS motto is deeply etched, and has good, dark letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the well known Herder Diamond trademark. The blade shoulders exactly fit the cross guard contours.
An exceptionally nice early SS Dagger here. Examples in this kind of condition are getting very difficult to locate.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,295.00
SSDAG #37838C Enlisted Man's Model 1933 SS Dagger with Ground Röhm Inscription – Böker
Examining the tang nut I can find no evidence that it has been removed in modern times. The guards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. They are the secondary style of guard used by Böker, not those that have the distinctive shape. The lower reverse guard is district marked “I”.
The grip of this dagger is of very fine ebony, with no trace of repair and remaining in totally perfect condition. It is of Medium Contour Construction. It fits the guards fairly well, with a small opening on the lower right, but contrary to popular belief these fits were not always exact, and the wood grip is susceptible to shrinkage. The SS runes button is a beauty, with perfect enamel surfaces. The runes are set to about 7 o'clock, with nice silvering throughout. The nickel grip eagle is in perfect, crisp condition, being the “High Necked” variety. The bird retains full detailing to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout the obverse. The reverse has a couple of minor traces of wear, but they do not detract from either the look or the value. This shell is extremely nice, with 100% of the original “anodized” finish, and about 50% of the applied lacquer on the obverse. The reverse retains even more of this original lacquer. It is always a pleasure to see an SS dagger with in this kind of well preserved condition. The scabbard mounts are of matching nickel and in good condition. The lower ball has a small split on the lower portion as well as the right edge, but these are have not opened and really are not that noticeable. We'd be happy to repair this flaw for the next owner. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are unturned.
There is a most unusual vertical hanger attached to this dagger. It has the usual “coffin” shape, but it is slightly wider than the norm. The lower strap and the retainer strap have much larger rivets than we normally see. There is also a large “dog leash” style snap clip; it is marked “DRGM / M5/86”, “RZM A” on the reverse. Additionally the scabbard strap is thinner than most, as is the retainer strap. There is an unusual roller buckle and a secondary area that retains the end of the strap. This is the first time I have seen this configuration; it in and of itself is quite a rarity and, in my opinion, quite desirable.
The obverse blade of the dagger is good example, showing only the most modest of age in the surfaces. It has a very deep, crisply etched SS motto. The letter backgrounds look to be nearly 100% intact and are quite dark, something we often seen on Böker daggers.
Turning the blade over is somewhat of a shock, as the grinding of the Röhm dedication was done with no fooling around! The grindstone has taken most of the inscription out, although I can still see the tops of the letter “I”, as well as the umlaut on the “O” in Röhm's name. There was no attempt to smooth out the grinding, imparting a brutal, no nonsense look which a lot of collector's like to see. This sort of thing is history speaking to you!
The trademark is the smaller type used by Böker specifically for Röhm daggers. A pair of twin ovals state the firm's name and location of “Solingen”. Inside is the stark, leafless tree. This style of trademark omits the “mausoleum” that we normally see in the standard marking. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the curvature of the guards.
A very fine Böker SS Dagger here, with a most interesting vertical hanger.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,695.00
SSDAG #37594C Late Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger, RZM 1198/39 SS
The crossguards are the nickel-plated type. The surfaces show a few scratches and a couple of minor dings, but the plating has weathered the rough treatment and is all remaining in place. The tang nut is the steel base type, and although there are some circles around it in the cross guard metal below, the nut itself, does not appear to have been out.
The ebony grip is the smooth contour type. This grip has some bumps on the surfaces here and there, but it too, has held up well and there are no flaws or repairs. Also, this grip fits the cross guards like a rubber glove. The runes button is slightly turned to about 7 o'clock. The silvering is still there to the SS runes as well as to the two surrounding circles. The button enamel must have taken a hit somewhere in time, as this enamel is missing to the left of the leftrune; you have to look close to see it, though. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak looking upward slightly. The bird and swastika retain good detail throughout.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent period black paint, and aside from a few carrying signs, this paint is all there and still has good sheen to it. The nickel plated scabbard mounts are in good condition showing a little minor age, but not bad at all. The lower ball is still in never-dropped condition.
The original-to-the-piece hanger is of the same period as the dagger. Apparently the hanger got wet somewhere along the line, so there are shrinkage signs particularly to the lower scabbard loop and also the retaining strap; you would not want to try and take this hanger off the dagger, as I am sure the leather would break. Best to leave it alone. It is interesting to look at the area of upper scabbard mount which is behind the hanger, as there is a lot of telltale rust back there; a sure sign of water on this leather at one time, but also proof that the hanger is right, and original to this dagger. The snap clip is the plated type, marked, "RZM M 5/71" and "OLC".
The blade makes up a lot for any of the detrimental characteristics of the dagger. This blade remains nice and bright and still has most of the cross grain. The motto is crisp and deep, retaining 100% of the darkening behind the letters. In fact the obverse is nearly in full Mint condition. The reverse is also very fine, having a couple of minor age or rust spots on the left edge ricasso and also a little where the shoulders meet the lower cross guard. This blade fits perfectly, exactly meeting the lower cross guard contour. A pretty good SS dagger here, with the original hanger and priced reasonably.
SSDAG #36420C Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's Dagger – E. P. & S.
This Pack Dagger is in nice condition overall, not appearing to have been cleaned in many years, if ever. The nickel tang nut nicely matches the nickel crossguard mounts. These guards have a dull patination throughout. The mounts have good, smooth surfaces, precise accent grooves and crisp edges. The lower reverse guard is district marked with a Roman numeral, “I”; the hit of the numeral was slightly off-center, so only half of the “I” is visible.
The grip of this example is constructed of fine ebony. There are no repairs to this grip. It is in good condition throughout, showing only some minor wearing signs in the form of a little “tap-tap” to the left of the grip eagle, but is otherwise nice and clean. There is a tiny sliver that has lifted on the obverse left edge, where the grip meets the guard. Looking closely I noticed a tiny piece that may have been loose and put back in, just below the SS runes button, but it is nothing. The runes button has perfect enamel, with double-ringed borders which match the silvering of the runes. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak which points slightly upwards. This eagle shows some wear to the to the surfaces of his head, breast feathering, and talons. Some of the detail is still there, though; the wings, wreath, and mobile swastika are still in excellent shape. This grip perfectly fits the crossguards.
The scabbard is a very fine, straight example. It has an excellent anodized finish. The anodizing appears to all be there, and there are also some traces of original lacquer. There is a little bit of age of the surfaces, but this appears to be dulling of the lacquer, and should not effect the anodized finish below. The scabbard mounts are the typical Pack variety. They are in excellent condition throughout, to include the lower ball. The lower mount has the distinctive edge rim we normally associate with E. Pack. The upper mount is also typical, as the screws holding the throat are not quite parallel, as well as being placed slightly lower than we see from other manufacturers. You can see this screw placement anomaly on the piece I show on page 197 of my SS Book.
The blade of this example is nice and bright, having normal runner marks. All of the cross-grain appears to be intact throughout. This blade is in near Full Mint condition. The SS motto is deep and crisp, and looks to have about 98% of the original background darkening in the letters of the motto. The reverse of the blade has a matching-etched trademark, depicted the hammering Siegfried logo of the Pack firm. Above and below this logo can be seen, “E.P.&S.” and “Solingen” respectively. This trademark is identical to the example I show on page 18 of my SS Book. The blade shoulders perfect meet the contour of the lower crossguard.
E.P. & S. SS Daggers are not encountered very frequently, and as such they are a key piece if you are collecting SS types, as well as daggers in general.
Excellent Plus. $4,495.00
SSDAG #36418C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger with Tiger-stripe Grip – Robert Klass
This early dagger is equipped with nickel crossguards and tang nut. These guards are in good shape. Appearing to have nickel-plating over the nickel base metal; we do see this type of plating done occasionally during the period. Often chrome was even used, as the new metal was just coming in play, but as mentioned above these particular mounts are nickel over nickel. The guards are still in good condition, showing an average amount of wear from use. The lower reverse guard is stamped with the district Roman numeral, “III”.
The most interesting part about this dagger is the grip. Although it is constructed from a fine ebony, it has a distinctive tiger-stripe that runs slightly downward on the horizontal, through both the obverse and reverse facings of the grip. The stripe itself is very subtle, but is easily picked up upon closer inspection of the grip. It is very rare to see tiger-stripes in the grains of ebony wood; I believe this is only the second example of this type I've ever seen. This grip shows no repairs, and fits the crossguards like a glove. There are some indications of wear on this grip, with a crack that may have once been a chip that was put back into place on the right upper portion, as well as a small gouge to the right of the grip eagle. In additional there is a minor lift in the wood to the left upper obverse, and a few minor cracks on the upper reverse. The runes button is placed fairly high on the grip. It displays good enamel, and the silvering to the runes and double-circled borders nicely match. The button is rotated to about 7 o'clock. The grip eagle is the early, “High Necked” variety. All the details are visible throughout the bird's feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. An interesting grip here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has old black paint, which was mostly likely applied over the original anodized finish when it became too worn. On the obverse facing this paint remains in near perfect condition, bring quite bright. The reverse has some cracks and a couple of chips, but they aren't really bad and don't detract from the piece. The scabbard mounts perfectly match the crossguards, as they too were nickel plated over a nickel base. These mounts are in good shape, with a little bit of use visible on the lower mount. The lower ball, however, is still sound. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws.
The blade of this example is still in fairly nice condition, with just the slightest amount of gray in the surfaces. I don't see much cross-grain in it, but the blade still grades at Excellent. The motto shows some wear to the center letters, but overall it has about 85 to 90% of the original darkening intact. The reverse ricasso of the blade is matching-etched with the circular design formed by the firm's name and location, “Robert Klass/Solingen”. In the center is a pair of stylized kissing cranes. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
An interesting dagger here, for those who like something of of the ordinary, and a great addition to an SS collection. Tiger-stripe grips are very rarely seen.
SSDAG #36435C Model 1933 EM Ground Röhm Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
This early SS Dagger has traditional Eickhorn crossguards. These guards do not to have been cleaned in some time. They are the “H.E” variety, internally marked, with smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and the deep, hand-cut accent grooves typical of Carl Eickhorn. Th reverse of the lower crossguard is district marked with a “I” Roman numeral. The lower section of the bottom guard also has the Eickhorn inspector's number, “5”, stamped in.
This grip had some significant signs of wear on the surfaces, with a couple of poorly done repairs. We were able to recondition the grip quite nicely, however, and now it is in excellent shape. The SS runes button also shows some wear to the enamel, but it looks fairly good, with the silver SS runes nicely matching the double-circled border of the button. The grip eagle is the early nickel type, of the “High Necked” variety. All the details are visible throughout the bird's feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, with an excellent, nearly 100% anodized finish. It shows only the slightest of wear. The mounts are in good condition, with the lower ball having just a couple of minor taps at the bottom area only. These mounts are retained by original nickel screws, each in place and unbuggered.
The blade of the dagger shows some overall wear, with some “in-and-out” markings here and there. It is slightly gray, but still in good condition. The SS motto remains deep and crisp, having about 95% of the factory darkening intact the recesses of the lettering. The reverse blade has had the full Röhm inscription ground from the surfaces. The grinder installed a graining that runs vertically as opposed to horizontally, and there is some minor wavering evident in the center line. Overall, though, not a bad job. The original Eickhorn trademark survived the procedure, and is at 90% intact. The mark is the double oval style, with the firm's name and location, as well as a smooth-tailed squirrel holding a nut in his paws. The grinding has come into the trademark just slightly, taking out the “ch” in Eickhorn as well as the backside of the seated squirrel. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
Not a bad SS Dagger here; a good starter example or perhaps for someone on a budget.
SSDAG #35889C Early Model 1933 SS EM Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
This fine initial production Eickhorn Model 1933 SS EM Dagger is in an untouched, uncleaned state. The crossguards are the solid nickel variety having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and very deep hand done accent grooves. The tang nut does not appear to have been apart in modern times. These crossguards appear to be the “H.E” variety and the lower bottom portion of the crossguard is stamped, “4” which is an inspector’s mark. The lower reverse crossguard has the district stamping being Roman numeral, “I”. The ebony grip is a good high ridge contour example. It has no repairs and on the edges where the grip meets the guards, there is a little bit of lifting on all sides. It is very minor however and the kind of thing we often see. These types of flaws are so small that they are not even to be normally noticed. Other than the small lifts at the grip edge, this grip is in really choice condition showing little usage. The runes button is placed at about six thirty o’clock. The runes have a fine silvered finish nicely matching the double border circles. The matching nickel grip eagle is the style with “high neck”. This bird still has all of its detail to its head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A good solid hilt here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has nearly all of its original anodized finish. There are several age spots which are more prevalent on the reverse than they are on the obverse but they are not bad. Overall this is a very nice anodized scabbard. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are also in good condition. These mounts show little usage and the ball is still totally intact showing only normal usage signs. The original nickel screws are all in place and they are unturned.
The blade of this example is a fine bright one. It has nearly all of the crossgraining still present and other than a couple of marks which were caused by the runners sitting in place, this blade is nearly in mint condition. The tip is still needlelike. The SS motto is deep and crisp etched. This motto has more than 95% of its original darkening and really looks great. On the reverse ricasso is the very desirable large double oval logo. This logo contains the firm’s name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen”. Inside is a seated smooth tail squirrel holding a nut in his paws. Below the animal is the initials of the firm, “C.E.”. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour. A very nice initial production SS dagger here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,995.00