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The SS (Schutzstaffel) was originally formed in 1925, ostensibly to act as a small, loyal bodyguard unit to protect the Führer, Adolf Hitler. Under the direction of the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, the SS grew to be the most ruthless and feared organization of the 20th century. They were the vanguard of 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 #40876C Himmler Inscription SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This mint condition SS Himmler dagger is one of the best (if not the best) example that I have had the pleasure to offer to the collecting community in years. In a word, the entire dagger is glorious, and really that's all I have to say about it... but I know you collectors want to read a description, so of course I will write one.

The dagger does not appear to have ever been apart. The tang and crossguards are totally untouched and all have an even fine, dull patina. The guards are most likely the examples made in house by Eickhorn, being internally marked "H.E", but I do not want to look. Each guard has pristine smooth surfaces, crisp edges and the precise accent grooves that Eickhorn is known for. As we commonly see (but not always) the lower crossguard surface is stamped with the inspector number "4".

The grip is nearly in perfect condition having just a tiny surface of the wood lifted at the top obverse crossguard, but it is minuscule. Because there is a vertical hanger on this dagger, there are also some "tap-taps" in the center reverse grip and a few in the obverse. The obverse taps would have been caused when the dagger was returned to the scabbard backwards, which, of course, most likely happened many times when the dagger was still in the hands of the "liberating" veteran. There is also a tiny chip to the right of the grip eagle. Other than these very minor flaws, this ebony grip is a fine example, fitting the crossguards like a glove. The SS runes button is set at about 7:00 o'clock and retains 100% of the enamel surfaces. The runes are patinated, matching the dual silver circles around them. The grip fits perfectly on three spots and on the fourth spot at the lower obverse left, there is an extremely minor gap. Eickhorn grips, unlike their Boker counterparts, are not known for their precise fit, owing to shrinkage of the ebony over time.

The scabbard shell is an absolute killer, having easily 100% of the "anodized" finish and also 99.9% of the original protective lacquer; this is a terrific-looking straight scabbard shell. The nickel scabbard mounts exactly match the dull patina of the crossguards. Both mounts are in totally perfect condition, to include the lower, never-dropped ball. The four original nickel screws are in place and are unturned. The scabbard is equipped with the original-to-the-piece vertical hanger and belt loop. The vertical is in near full mint condition having supple, coffin-shaped reverse leather and fine leather to the two cross straps. The buckle is the usual nickel-plated type showing no age or rust and the snap clip is a nickel example being marked, "A" and "DRGM". The belt loop leather is also nice and it is equipped with a pebbled "D" ring. A superb scabbard here!

The blade is just the best, remaining completely mirror-bright and having 100% of the factory crossgrain. It is a remarkable mint example. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre Heisst Treue" is deeply etched and has easily 110% of the original factory background blackening. Turning the blade over, the viewer's eyes are treated to a fabulous Himmler dedication. "In herzlicher Kameradschaft H. Himmler". The inscription just could not be any better! The ricasso is matching etched with the double oval trademark used from 1933-1934, enclosing the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn/ Solingen". Inside, is the seated squirrel grasping a nut in his paws. It is the style rodent with a smooth tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard curvature.

Well, there you have it - an absolute top-of-the-line Himmler dagger here. If you have been holding out to buy the absolute best, this example should ring your chimes. One of the best examples we have seen.

Mint Minus. $19.995.00

SSDAG #40854C Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

This early example is in fine collectible condition, showing only nominal age. The crossguards are all nickel being the common style we see with these chained daggers, marked internally, "P.A". The guards have good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. They have the usual dull patina we see with these. The ebony grip had a small chip in the obverse upper area as well as the lower area, but the flaws have been repaired in an undetectable manner. This grip is now in virtually mint condition and fits the guards like a glove. The SS runes button is perfectly being positioned at about 6:30 o'clock. The runes and accompanying surrounding circles have a fine patina to the silver. The nickel grip eagle is a fine example showing all details to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A good classic hilt here.

The scabbard shell is completely straight throughout. It has great original paint, still maintaining its period brightness.Other than a couple of very small chips which occur naturally from the awkwardness of the ungainly chain when not in wear, this scabbard paint is 99%. The scabbard mounts are all solid nickel type and they are in fine condition to include the lower ball. The nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered. The center ramp is the early type having very sharp edges. The ramp features three intertwined swastikas on each side. The backgrounds of the swastikas have the factory darkening and remain at near 100%. The ramp is retained by a single matching screw. The Type II chain assembly is a fine nickel example. The links feature the alternative skulls and SS runes, all having a fine pebbled background and all of the factory blackening. The skulls show only the most modest of wear and retain their leering smile to all of the teeth. The connector tabs are all in good shape with no openings. The reverse of the first upper chain link has the Kulturzeichen stamping. The closed-style clover leaf nicely matches the chain, having a good working snap clip. Attached to the clip is an excellent-conditioned black leather belt loop, complete with pebbled "D" ring. A fine scabbard here being identical to the example I show in my SS Book on Page 135.

The blade is a fine bright example having its grain in place, needle-like tip and good SS motto. The motto is crisp and has its factory darkening in place at 99%. Other than a little light, minor age stains just at the very first point of the ricasso, this blade is in near full mint condition. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

A good textbook, early Type II dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $7,250.00

SSDAG #40877C Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

This dagger is one of the rarely-seen Chained-SS varieties that is early-produced and is equipped with a "anodized" scabbard and Type I chain. The dagger is the same as the example shown in my SS chapter in Tom Johnson's, Volume 5, Pages 30 and 31, originally owned by my good buddy, the late Jack Staehle.

This dagger has never been apart. The dagger is equipped with all nickel crossguards. The guards are in choice condition, having smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. In fact, I may have discovered something here, as the curvature of the lower crossguard is unmistakably that of the guards made in Suhl and are what we see on daggers by Wilh Kober, J.P. Sauer and Haenel. So, despite the fact the blade is unmarked, it is my opinion that this dagger was made in Suhl. These guards have excellent even patination and have just the slightest accumulation of that green stuff we all like so well just at the point where both guards meet the ebony grip. The reverse of the lower crossguard has a Gruppe stamping of "Sa", something we occasionally see on Chained-SS daggers and represents the using-up of parts. I show a Chained-SS in my SS Book on Page 625 also with a Gruppe marking, "Sa" on the guard. This dagger in the book was vet-purchased by me and also represents the using up of parts. The ebony grip of this dagger is a very choice example. The obverse is completely flawless, showing no usage at all. The reverse is the same, except for a tiny flake off the wood surface where it meets the guard at the left bottom. The grip nicely fits the crossguards. The SS runes button is positioned straight up and down and has perfect enamel surfaces. The two surrounding circles are patinated the same as the silver runes. The nickel grip eagle is a fine example being the style with "beak that points upward" slightly. Full detail remains to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. There is also a little green stuff in the backgrounds of the bird's head and wreath. A choice hilt here!

The scabbard shell is a real dandy being straight as an arrow. It has an anodized finish that is second to none. Beautiful and easily at 100%. Nearly all of the original lacquer still remains on the surfaces - nice. The lower scabbard mount is the nickel type. It is in fine condition having only the slightest of usage signs. The upper mount is a nickel-plated example as the hardware producer that provided the Type I chains included the upper mount, center ramp and chain with the package - this is what we see on Type I chains. This upper mount is in fine condition, not exactly matching the crossguard color tone due to the differences in the metal composition. (They matched when the daggers were new). As mentioned, the center ramp is the nickel-plated type, featuring the three intertwined swastikas on each side. The backgrounds are all pebbled and are not blackened, as was the case with these Type I chains. The ramp is retained by two nickel screws, being the same as the other four screws, which are all unturned. The Type I chain is a fine example featuring skulls that are slightly larger and slightly different shaped than those seen on the Type II chains. The skulls all have exciting toothy smiles that leer at the viewer. They alternate with links of SS runes. The backgrounds of all of the links reflect pebbled surfaces, matching those of the center scabbard ramp. The links are connected with the more substantial link tabs used on Type I chains. The links show only the most nominal of age and could be easily cleaned if desired. The first SS link connected to the scabbard is deeply marked with the SS Kulturzeichen proof stamping. The two chains are connected to a fine open style snap clip. It is the type where the letters "DRGM" are visible inside and below the upper loop of the clip. A fine Type I scabbard and chain here.

The blade is a true pleasure to examine. This blade remains mirror-bright and is in full mint condition. It has all of its crossgrain with fine shape and needle-like tip. The motto is crisp and has 100% of the darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. The unmarked blade reverse is also in full mint condition. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.

A very fine Type I Chained-SS here. SS Chained Daggers of this type and vintage are quite rare and are very desirable.

Mint Minus. $8,695.00

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

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

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

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

A good basic Model 1933 here.

Excellent Plus. $3,595.00

SSDAG #40887C Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger

It is fairly rare that we encounter an early SS EM. with no maker marking, but I have had my share over the years. Most likely the unmarked daggers were ordered by the SS to be assembled by a number of firms working together to perhaps fill the demand void created by the massive initial orders. This dagger is virtually the same piece that would be found in an early Chained-SS dagger.

Looking at the nickel tang nut, this dagger does not appear to have ever been apart, having all nickel mounts. The dull-patinated crossguards are beauties having excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The reverse crossguard is unmarked. This dagger is identical to the examples that would have been used with an early Chained-SS scabbard.

The ebony grip is a fine example with no repairs. It is in perfect condition showing little usage. This grip nicely fits the crossguard with a little minor shrinkage at the right grip side. The SS runes button is perfectly set straight up and down and has perfect enamel surfaces. The runes are slightly patinated matching their dual circles around them. The nickel grip eagle is a fine example being the style with a beak that points slightly upward. The bird has all details to his head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.

The scabbard is also a fine example. It has all of the "anodized" surfaces with a line of preserved lacquer that remains in the area around the scabbard retaining leather of the vertical hanger. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel and are in good shape, although the ball is slightly bent forward, but is not noticeable from the front. The scabbard nickel screws are all in place and unturned.

The original-to-the-piece vertical hanger is in fairly good shape. The coffin back is perfect, whereas the cross strap with buckle shows a little age, but will be o.k. if the next owner resists pulling the leather while taking it off - take my word for it, as the leather has the proper RZM markings. The rectangular buckle is the standard nickel-plated variety. The snap clip is a plated type indicating that this dagger was produced probably late in 1935 or early 1936. It is marked, "DRGM", "A", and "RZM M5/8". Attached to the clip is a fine black leather belt loop, complete with a pebbled "D" ring.

The blade is a fine example, still being bright. It has most of its crossgrain and rates at near full mint condition. The SS motto is perfectly etched and appears to have nearly 100% of its original background tone in the letters. The unmarked reverse blade remains in the same condition. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A nice unmarked early dagger here, which for those of you out there that collect SS variations, should be treated as a fairly rare acquisition. As mentioned above, this dagger could also be used to complete an early Chained-SS, in the event there is someone out there with a scabbard only and has been looking for the proper dagger. If so, I would be glad to buy the superfluous "anodized" scabbard and vertical hanger back from the purchaser.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,995.00

SSDAG #40886C Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - Boker

This fine and most desirable dagger has the Boker name and all of the classic qualities associated with this respected producer.

The crossguards are nickel having a fine dull patina. They are the distinctive in-house variety having excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves, The lower reverse guard is district marked, "I".

The ebony grip has no repairs. It shows some usage signs with some minor "tap-taps" around the SS runes button and some also around the grip eagle. There are also some taps at the center reverse of the grip where the original-to-the-piece vertical hanger clip has rested. Nothing bad here, though, and this grip fits like a rubber glove. The SS runes button has a couple of minor blemishes in the enamel surface, but there is no enamel missing. The silver SS runes are in perfect condition with their accompanying dual circles around them. The nickel grip eagle is the type with a head that points upward slightly. There is minor wear to the breast feathering, but the bird's head, wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika remain crisp.

The scabbard is straight throughout, having 100% anodized surfaces. There is also a lot of lacquer clinging, rating at about 20%. A fine scabbard here. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel. They are in fine condition, to include the never-dropped lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.

As mentioned above, the scabbard is complete with the original vertical hanger. The hanger has the classic coffin-shape backing. Both of the scabbard shell retaining straps are still quite supple, with the buckle being the standard nickel-plated variety. The nickel snap clip is the style that is marked, "DRGM" and "A".

The blade is as nice as they come still being in a full mint state. It is mirror-bright and has all of its crossgrain. The SS motto is deeply etched and has an extremely dark background in the letters as Boker's are famous for. The motto literally jumps off the blade when viewed by the on-looker. The reverse blade has the stark, leafless tree trademark, positioned within a mausoleum-style structure. Beneath is the factory name and location, "Boker/ Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

A great dagger here and perfect for the collectors out there seeking a choice Boker to complete their SS collection.

Near Mint. $4,495.00

SSDAG #40784 Full Rohm Inscription SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This SS full Rohm dagger was recently received from a consignor that purchased it from a 94 year old veteran of a field artillery group. The purchase only occurred recently on March 6, 2018. The consignor contacted me and initially sent me pictures, and eventually the dagger. It was not in a good state. The grip had a couple of mean chips in it. The scabbard was an SA type with "anodized" finish that had traces of black paint throughout and under the mounts, but there was an early proper SS short hanger. In addition, the blade reflected pitting on the obverse and reverse of the ricasso, but otherwise was in nice condition.

If there was ever a dagger that needed our attention, it was this example. I had a choice early SS anodized scabbard I have been saving for a project like this, and now had come the time to put it into action. The grip repair was not a problem and something that we have performed successfully for many years, so we did so here. Other than take the rust off the ricasso pitted area, there was not much we could do, but since the rest of the blade is so nice, it is not the worst thing in the world. We cleaned the dagger to match the fine scabbard fittings and the result of our work has made for a pretty nice, ultra-rare SS Full Rohm dagger. The description is below.

The hilt of this dagger is equipped with nickel tang nut and matching crossguards. The guards have been cleaned and they now look their best, the lower guard being marked with the District "III". The guards are marked internally with the Eickhorn in-house monogram, "H.E". As stated above, there were chips mostly at the front and reverse of the bottom grip, which we were successfully in repairing and they are undetectable. The grip perfectly fits the crossguards. The SS runes button has perfect enamel and is turned to about 7:00 o'clock. The silver runes and circle around them have nicely patinated. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety. It has all remaining details to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. This hilt really looks great!

Since the original scabbard was not practical to use, we substituted an original early Eickhorn example from my "parts" bin. It is a real beauty having all nickel mounts, being in perfect condition to include the lower ball. The nickel screws are all in place and are unturned. The scabbard shell is completely straight throughout, having 100% of the original "anodized" surface - great "anodizing" here. The original SS short hanger from the original scabbard was removed and has been mounted to the hanging ring.

And now to the blade. The ricasso area of both sides have spots of pitting, and as you collectors know, once this occurs, other then clean the area to prevent further deterioration, there is little that can be done. (Apparently at some time in the past, the vet had a portion of the blade exposed and it must have gotten wet, resulting in the pitting). Amazingly, though, the rest of the blade is easily in near full mint condition. This blade is bright and still has it crossgrain. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue", is deep and crisp, still retaining nearly 100% of the original factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. Turning the blade over, reveals a matching-etched Rohm inscription, having the same factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. "In herzlicher Kameradshaft Ernst Rohm" - beautiful! The reverse ricasso, although pitted, still easy reveals the 1933-1934 Eickhorn double-oval trademark. It is tough to see whether the squirrel has the serrated or smooth type tail, but the animal is still plainly visible. Also the company name, "Carl Eickhorn" is quite clear within the ovals. The "Solingen" name is not. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

So, there you have it - a real SS Rohm here. Given, it does have some restoration, but it is priced accordingly. If you have ever wanted to add one of these ultra-rare daggers to your collection, but your budget was not up to the 20K to 30K that they generally sell for, here is your opportunity.

Excellent. $9,995.00

SSDAG #40754C Mid-period Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

This Chained SS Dagger comes from about 1938 production. As such, it is equipped with nickel-plated mounts throughout.

The tang nut does not appear to have been removed. The crossguards show some nominal age to the plating, but it is all there and there is no flaking, so they would clean-up quite a bit if desired.

The ebony grip shows some usage signs, but no gouges or problems. There is a small flake of wood missing at the top obverse area, probably caused by the crossguard - it is very minor. The SS runes button has fine enamel and is perfectly placed straight up-and-down. It is a copper type with matching double circles around it. The grip eagle is also a copper variety; these were nickeled originally, but the plating in most cases went to time. The eagle's head, breast and talons show some hand ware to the details, but the wreath and swastika are still detailed. The grip fits the guards fairly well, being typical for this vintage.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has a fine anodized finish which is still there at 100%. There are some very nominal age sings in the surfaces, but they are nothing and hard to see. The upper and lower scabbard mounts are in fine condition to include the lower ball. They retain their original brightness in the plating. They are retained by four dome head steel screws, all being unturned.

The center scabbard mount is the later type with turned edges, featuring the three intertwined swastikas on the obverse and reverse. The original blackening still remains in the backgrounds throughout. The center ramp is retained by two matching dome head screws. The chain assembly is the Type II nickel-plated variety. Like the ramp, all of the blackening is in the backgrounds of the chain links. The skull and bones links have choice detail, all with teeth leering at the viewer. The SS runes links are also fine being raised out nicely. The upper chain assembly has the Kulturzeichen SS proofing stamped on the first link next to the scabbard. The reverse chain links are also black, indicating silvering was used on these links. All of the link connecting tabs are in excellent condition with no openings and no twisting. The clover leaf clip is in good condition, matching the chain assembly. The snap clip has a good working spring.

The unmarked blade is a fine one, being still nice and bright and having all of its crossgrain. This blade is easily in near full mint condition, having only a few very slight age markings. The motto remains crisp and appears to have 100% of the factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. A fine blade here. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A good textbook, untouched, basic example here in very collectible condition. This dagger is reasonably priced.

Excellent. $5,495.00

SSDAG #40778 Late Chained SS Dagger

I recently obtained this first-rate condition SS Chained dagger from a family. It belonged to the man's father that brought it home with a dress fire ax of all things, and fortunately for us collectors, it was stored superbly and remains in near mint condition.

The dagger is circa 1939 and has not been cleaned, looking the same as when it was put away some 7 decades ago. The dagger is equipped with nickel-plated mounts throughout. The crossguards and tang nut remain bright with no flaking and have only the slightest signs of age in the surfaces - a real pleasure to see plated crossguards in this condition. The tang nut shows no sign that it has ever been apart.

The ebony grip is a beauty, precisely fitting the crossguards. The grip virtually shows no usage and fits the guards like a rubber glove. The reverse lower right has tiny flake of wood missing, but it is nothing. The runes button is positioned straight up-and-down and has perfect enamel. The silver SS runes and accompanying rings around them have patinated slightly - nice. The aluminum grip eagle is the "High Necked" style. It remains in new condition with no wear signs at all. A great hilt here! The scabbard shell is a real dream being straight throughout. It is the type with an "anodized" finish. The beautiful "anodizing" is 100% and also has traces of the protective lacquer here and there. The plated upper and lower scabbard mounts retain their original brightness. The reverse of the upper mount has some minor age in the plated surfaces, as does the lower ball, but it is nothing and could be cleaned off, if desired.

The center scabbard mount is the later variety with rolled edges and featuring the three intertwined swastikas on each side. The backgrounds of the ramp have all of their original blackening and look great. This ramp has two screws retaining it, as we often see on anodized scabbards. The other scabbard mount screws are all matching being the dome head steel type. They are all unturned. The nickel-plated chain is the Type II variety. It is a great example being just like we like them, having all of the blackening behind the skulls and cross bones and the SS rune symbols. The link detail is outstanding, especially to the toothy grin of the skulls.

The link connectors are the thin nickel type, and as we see often on Type II's. The first link off the scabbard on the lower chain has a little pull and twist in the metal, suffered from the stress created by it original SS man carrying it so many years ago. I could fix this easily enough if the next owner desires it, but I kind of like it, as it speaks of the daggers history. The backs of the chain have all turned black with patination indicating there was some silver finish applied originally. The first upper link off of the scabbard has the Kulturziechen SS proof stamping. The clover leaf is the closed style also having fine plating.

It is interesting to note that loose or broken springs in the snap clip happened during the period also, as this dagger has a very clever period repair to the original clip spring. Inside the clip, half of the original spring has been held in place with a small rivet-like device. The head of this "rivet" is positioned in the center of the clover leaf - a very neat and clever way of fixing a problem. Since the "half" spring still seems to work well, best is left alone here, and again, this kind of stuff is part of the integrity of the dagger. A thoughtful and very worth repair. I like it a lot.

Pulling the unmarked blade out of the scabbard is sure to bring a smile to the next owner. This blade is as good as it could possibly ever be - still looks brand new having 100% of the original factory grain. A flat-out mint blade here having only the usual in-and-out marks in the surfaces. The SS motto is a good as you will ever see. !00% of the factory darkening remains in the letter backgrounds with no sign of any wear. If you are a blade freak, you will just love this one - none better. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A really fine chained dagger here. Fresh out of the woodwork, never been cleaned, never been in a collection and virtually close to mint. This one should not last very long. A real treasure here!

Near Mint. $6,995.00

SSDAG #40690C Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - Boker

This Boker example is in really nice condition and is very desirable. The mounts have been recently cleaned and look their best.

The dagger is equipped with the distinctive Boker in-house produced crossguards and tang nut, being of solid nickel construction. The guards have fine smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and deep accent grooves. The reverse lower crossguard is district stamped "I".

The black ebony grip is a beauty with no repairs and fitting the crossguards like a rubber glove. This grip shows almost no signs of usage and is as good as they come. The runes button has perfect enamel surfaces with toned silver SS runes enclosed within a double circle. This button is turned to about 8:00 o'clock. The matching nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety. It virtually shows no wear to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. An outstanding hilt here!

The scabbard is straight as an arrow. It has choice anodizing that is 100% throughout - beautiful finish. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are also in perfect condition, to include the never-dropped ball. The nickel screws are all in place and are unturned. Attached to the hanging ring is a fine short hanger and belt loop. The hanger is slightly later than the dagger, but it goes well being in nice condition. The hanger leather is still supple and is complete with the small retaining ring. The plated hardware is still bright with the snap clip being marked, "A" "DRGM" "RZM M 5/8". The matching black belt has matching leather and is complete with the "D" ring.

The blade is bright throughout, having just a couple of minor areas where a small amount of smudge is on the surfaces, but the blade still rates at near mint condition. The blade has good original crossgrain. The SS motto is deep and crisp having about 99% of its original darkening in the backgrounds. There is a little pimpling in the letter depths, but this is commonly seen on Boker blades and is caused by impurities in the metal that react to the acid bath. The reverse ricasso is etched with the "mausoleum" style trademark featuring the stark leafless tree in the center and the firm's name, "Boker" beneath. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very nice, highly collectible dagger here!

Near Mint. $4,895.00

SSDAG #40698C Mid-period Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

This Chained SS Dagger is a good looker, being textbook throughout. It is equipped with excellent nickel-plated crossguards and matching tang nut still being bright and showing only the most modest of age.

The ebony grip is a fine example showing no restoration and little to no wearing hits. It fits the crossguards perfectly throughout. The runes button shows a little surface usage, but there are no hits. The silver button is straight up and down showing some patina to the runes and the surrounding rings. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" variety. The bird shows a little mild surface wear to the head, breast feathering and talons, but the wings, wreath and swastika still remain crisp.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout both sides. It retains 100% of its original "anodized" finish; it looks really nice, and there is also about 30% to 40% of the original lacquer clinging throughout the surfaces. The nickel-plated mounts are all in good shape. The lower ball had a bad ding in it, but we managed to repair this and it now looks good. The mounts are all retained with the original screws; two being in the center ramp as we often see (but not always) on these daggers when they have anodized scabbards. The center ramp is the typical type we see with Type I chains, being plated (as all Type I chains will be) and having the stippling in the backgrounds of the three intertwined swastikas that decorate the obverse and reverse of the ramp. The turned edges of the ramp are very crisp.

The Type I chain shows very little age, still having 100% plating to the fearsome surfaces. The large skulls are highly detailed with their leering teeth and bones. The SS runes links also show fine relief. Each link has fine stippling matching that of the center ramp. The links all have choice, substantial connecting tabs typical of Type I's, much more sturdily constructed than those utilized on the Type II examples. The clover leaf is in the same matching condition and is the open style, revealing the "DRGM" letters beneath. The reverse chain is also in the same fine condition. The reverse of the first link of the upper chain assembly is deeply stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen proof marking. The ramp spring works well.

The blade shows still mostly bright, with only some mild age signs here and there. The SS motto is crisp, but does not have a lot of background darkening in the recesses. This blade had some sharpening on the edges. We were successful in removing it, and if you did not know this, you would probably not notice it. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lowercrossguard contour.

Other than the blade restoration issues mentioned (the dagger is priced accordingly) the outside of this dagger is really fine. If you are looking for a great original display piece for your wall showcase, this example is tops.

Excellent Plus. $5,495.00

SSDAG #40482C Ground Rohm SS Dagger - Richard Abr. Herder

This SS Dagger is equipped with solid nickel mounts. These mounts have a fine, dull, even patina throughout to include the tang nut. The dagger does not look to have been apart for many years.

The crossguards have good, smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is District marked "I".

The ebony grip is in excellent condition throughout, with no chips or repairs, and fitting the guards perfectly. The SS runes button shows a few "tap-taps" on the enamel but there is none missing. The runes have a patina that matches the circular borders. The grip eagle is an eagle, "High Necked" type; it retains fine detailing throughout the head, breast, and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight on the obverse and shows a repaired ding on the reverse, but it is not bad. The "anodized" finish is thinning and shows a little bit of the steel surface beneath. I'd say it is about 90% intact. The mounts are of matching nickel and the lower ball has never been dropped. The original screws are all in place.

The scabbard is equipped with an early vertical hanger. This hanger is the type with a "dog leash" type clip. The leather shows usage but remains sound throughout the coffin-shaped backing and strapping. The buckle and hasp remain in good condition.

The blade of this dagger is still mostly bright but there is some mild age in the surfaces of the obverse. The motto is still crisp and has about 98% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse of the blade has had the Rohm inscription ground off. This appears to have been a factory job as I see no traces of it remaining and there has been a good effort to re-grain the surface. A small amount of the trademark was also taken off during the removal of the inscription. It is still possible to see the Herder Diamond trademark, though, as at least 60% of it remains. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

Not a bad SS dagger here. It shows period wear but is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $2,495.00

SSDAG #40402C Early Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This SS EM Dagger has had some restoration. The nickel mounts, however, have not been touched and retain a deep, almost green patination.

The crossguards are the "HE" marked type and are in good condition throughout. The tang nut is also in good condition, being removed a few times during our restoration of the grip. The lower reverse crossguard is District marked "III". The bottom of the guard is marked with the inspector number "0".

The top and the bottom of the grip was restored as it came to us in rather rough shape. It looks fairly good now, with some usage signs on both sides. We did not want to make the restoration work too perfect as it would not really fit with the rest of the dagger. In any event the grip is now in good condition and precisely fits the guards. It is a Medium Contour example, with a nicely patinated SS runes button. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" version. This bird shows modest wear about the head, breast and talons, but the wing feathering, wreath and swastika remain quite crisp.

There was no finish on the scabbard shell when we received this dagger. We took the liberty of repainting it, using a method which almost perfectly replicates the original "anodized" finish. At first glance you would might think it is actually "anodized", but it is not. In any event it looks great. The scabbard mounts have the same matching patina, and are in good condition throughout. The lower ball only has traces of wear on the very bottom. The mounts have the original nickel screws which are all buggered.

The blade, unfortunately, was exposed to water and has substantial spotting. It is not very deep but it is not the type of staining that can be removed. The tip is still in good condition. The SS motto is fairly good, with most of the original darkening although the center of the lettering does show some thinning. The reverse ricasso is marked with the early double oval Eickhorn "Smooth Tail" Squirrel trademark, indicating that this dagger was once a Rohm example that was factory ground. There is no trace of the inscription, however. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

This dagger has a poor blade but it is absolutely original. This might be a good example for someone on a budget.

Good. $1,950.00

SSDAG #40403C Mid-period Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - 9 41/37 SS (Carl Eickhorn)

This SS EM Dagger has never been cleaned. The nickel mounts have an appealing, extremely patinated look, being almost a deep green color. Eickhorn continued to use nickel mounts through most of the 1937 production year.

The crossguards are the typical "HE" type, in fine condition, with the very deep accent grooves that were a hallmark of Eickhorn. The tang nut is also in good condition. We did have to remove it to perform a repair on the grip, but it has not been marred.

The Smooth Contour grip is a fine example. It arrived with some very slight damage which we managed to repair. It fits the guards quite nicely. The SS runes button is positioned straight up and down. This button shares the same level of patination as the guards. The nickel grip eagle is a "High Necked" version. This bird retains good detailing throughout. There are a few "tap-taps" around the bird but it is not a replacement.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has original black paint. The both sides show age, but the reverse has quite a bit more. The scabbard mounts have the same degree of patination as the hilt mounts. They are in good condition down through the lower ball, which does show wear but is free of dents. The edge around the lower mount has a couple of problems; it looks as if it was bent on the upper reverse area. The original screws are all in place and unbuggered.

Unfortunately the blade is nothing to write home about... It looks as though water got into the scabbard at one time, as there are definite sigs of water damage on the finish of either side. There are areas that were undamaged, however, and the tip remains needle-like. The motto is fairly good, with water stains here and there, but remarkably the background darkening in the letters remains mostly intact. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a single open RZM circle atop the code "9 41/37 SS". The "37" is obviously the production year. The blade shoulders nicely meet the lower crossguard contour.

This dagger show quite a bit of age and has some condition issues, but it is still a genuine example; it is priced accordingly.

Good. $1,500.00

SSDAG #40671C Himmler Inscription SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This Himmler SS Dagger is not in a mint state, but it is not bad either and is priced accordingly.

It is a textbook example. The crossguards and tang nut are nickel having a good patina; they don't look to have been cleaned in many years, if ever. The underside of the lower guard has the Eickhorn inspector's number "2" deeply stamped into its surface. The guards are internally marked with Eickhorn's in-house terminology, "H.E".

The grip had a chip in the upper area on the reverse, so we fixed this and it is undetectable. The SS runes button is in good shape, having no issues to the enamel. The silver runes are toned to match the double circles around them. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" variety. It is nicely placed and has all details still remaining to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. The grip adequately fits the guards.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The anodized surfaces are still all there, however, I do not see any lacquer remaining. This shell still looks great. The scabbard mounts are in excellent condition having just a slightly more golden look than the guards like we usually see on these Himmler's. The lower ball remains in perfect, never-dropped condition. All four nickel screws are in place and are unturned. Sorry to say, there is no hanger on this scabbard.

Although the blade is still bright, there are some age signs here and there, mostly due to the normal in-and-out of the blade. There is also just the slightest signs of some long ago edge sharping - it hardly shows and was a meager attempt at best. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue", is etched deeply and remains very crisp. About 80% of the original factory darkening remains in the letter backgrounds. The reverse blade has a matching depth to the inscription, "In herzlicher Kameradschaft H. Himmler", always an impressive sight. The ricasso is etched with the rarely double oval small trademark featuring the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn/ Solingen", and inside, is the seated squirrel with a nut in his paws. This animal is the type with serrated tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

If you are looking for a good, original Himmler piece to add to your collection without breaking the bank, this example should suit you perfectly.

Excellent. $8,795.00 (#032918)

SSDAG #40417 Early SS Enlisted Man's Dagger - SS 120/34 RZM

This early SS EM Dagger is in as-found condition, having been recently purchased from a veteran family.

The dagger is equipped with a nickel tang nut and crossguards. The guards have a deep patination, with good surfaces, edges, and accent grooves. The lower guard has been reversed, with the District marking "I" on the obverse. Since this dagger doesn't look to have ever been apart I'm going to leave it the way I found it. It can be flipped by the next owner, if so desired. The tang nut shows no evidence of ever being removed.

The grip of the dagger is nice example, having a smooth center line and fitting the guards like a rubber glove. A small sliver of wood has come out of the reverse upper right of the grip, but I did not feel it was serious enough to warrant restoration. The grip has a nice look to it, with some visible wood grain. The SS runes button is straight up and down and has good enamel. The runes and borders have toned to match the guards. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a slightly upturned beak; this fine bird shows hardly any wear whatsoever.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. Although it shows a bit of age here and there it retains 100% of the original "anodized" finish, as well as many traces of factory lacquer. The scabbard mounts exactly match the guards in terms of patination. These nickel mounts are in excellent condition, the lower ball having a tiny ding in the center. The original screws are all in place and unturned.

The carrying ring has a nice short hanger attached, I put this hanger on myself as I thought it would make the dagger a little more attractive. The hanger is about a year or two later than the dagger, but it looks good, with fine leather and a intact retainer loop. The hardware is the nickel-plated type and the buckle is marked "RZM M5//71 OLC".

The blade is a nice, bright example, with only runner marks. It shows some minor wear but in the main is nearly mint. The original crossgrain is visible in the surfaces and the tip is needle-like. The SS motto is crisp and deep, with 100% of the original darkening in the lettering. The reverse ricasso is etched "SS 120/34 RZM", running towards the tip as they should on this type of dagger. The "Z" on the 120/34 is not struck through the center. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.

A very nice early SS EM Dagger here, reasonably priced and in extremely collectible.

Excellent Plus. $3,295.00

SSDAG #40349C Early Model 1933 Partial Rohm Inscription SS Dagger - Gottlieb Hammesfahr

The nickel mounts of this dagger have not been cleaned, showing a desirable fairly even patina. The crossguards are in fine condition showing good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is district marked, "III". The matching tang nut is also in good condition. When we received the dagger, the ebony grip had some chips missing from the bottom and the upper areas and we took the liberty of restoring this grip. It came out great, perfectly fitting the guards. The SS runes button is turned to about 7:00 o'clock. The enamel has some wear across the surfaces, but no bad chips. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. The details are still there to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons wreath and swastika. A good hilt here.

The scabbard shell is basically straight throughout. It has received a period paint job like we often see on these early daggers. (Even during the period, the anodized finishes did not hold up very well). The paint appears fairly well done, showing some crazing in the surfaces and a few carrying chips here and there, but overall, it is not bad and rates at about 95%. The nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition, the lower ball showing some usage, but no dings or problems. These mounts are retained by the four nickel screws all being unbuggered.

The blade is still bright showing good original grain. It shows some in-and-out usage signs also, but overall this blade is quite nice, being at least excellent plus. The SS motto is deep and crisp having about 98% of the original frosting in the backgrounds. The tip remains needle-like. The reverse has a matching depth Rohm etch having just the words, "In herzlicher Kameradschaft". The Ernst Rohm signature has been professionally taken out. The job was well done leaving little sign that it was once there, and the area subsequently re-polished. The logo appears at the ricasso being the double ovals. Inside the ovals is the firm's name and location, "Gottlieb Hammesfahr/ Solingen Foche". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

All and all, a good original "partial" Rohm dagger here, only having minor restoration to the ebony grip. We see many fully ground examples, but it is quite rare to encounter them in this fine state with only the signature gone. A real piece of history here and a good dagger to add to an SS "type" collection.

Excellent Plus. $4,795.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $5,495.00 (#110917)

SSDAG #40284C Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger with Runic Wedding Dedication

We know that on occasion daggers were given as wedding gifts, as I have had many SA's over the years the years given for this purpose. This outstanding Chained-SS Model 1936, however, is the only one I know of that was as given at the nuptials of an SS Officer. I have known about this dagger for many years, and, in fact, it is featured it my SS Book on Page 262. With its runic symbols engraved on the blade it is a real treasure falling into the mystical pagan beliefs followed by the SS especially during wedding ceremonies.

The dagger is a later example having all nickel-plated mounts, but being in superb condition. The plated crossguards are in fine condition with all plating intact and only the slightest of lifting where the guards meet the grip which is almost a norm. The ebony grip is a fine example being in near perfect condition, having only a couple of minor sliver lifts, one being at the upper right and the other at the lower right. Otherwise, the grip appears in near new-like condition, retaining the sharp ridge line down the center. The runes button has a slight coppery look to it and is turned just slightly to about 6:30 o'clock. Te aluminum grip eagle is the "High Necked" variety showing full details to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and raised swastika. This grip fits the crossguard like a rubber glove. The upper part of the grip has an original-to-the-piece 42cm aluminum portepee, double-looped around it and remaining in mint condition.

The scabbard is straight throughout. It has a great anodized finish which remains in 100% condition. Lacquer traces remain throughout the lower reverse area - a really nice shell here. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel type and both remain in choice condition to include the never-dropped lower ball. The original dome head steel screws are all in place. They are unturned and retain their original plating. The center ramp is the later type, having fine pebbled surfaces and being the type without factory blackening in the backgrounds. It features three intertwined swastikas on each side. The ramp is retained by two matching screws. Attached to the scabbard is a Type II nickel plated chain assembly. The chain remains in mint condition with full plating to all links. The skull and bones depictions are nicely raised off the surface and retain all of the glaring dental work. The SS runic links are also raised and crisp. All links have outstanding pebbled backgrounds, matching that of the center ramp. The clover leaf is the closed variety being in matching condition and having good working snap clip. The first link at the reverse upper chain has the SS-Kulturzeichen stamping. All of the connecting tabs are in good condition. A great scabbard and chain here!

The blade, though, is the most interesting part of this rare dagger. This bright blade remains in mint condition. The crossgrain is evident throughout. The motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is nice and crisp and retains 100% of its background frosting. On the upper section of the reverse blade are etched the SS version of the Life runes and the Death runes. In between is the wedding date "2.8. 1939". On the lower portion of the reverse blade is the etched inscription, "Führer u. Stab 19. SS Standarte". Or translated, "From the Leader and Staff of the 19th SS Standarte". The etched inscription is beautifully rendered. It must have been quite a honor for the groom to receive a dagger like this from his fellow Standarte members. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

An opportunity to receive an original, one-of-a-kind Chained-SS with a dedicated wedding inscription. Really cool here and a most desirable dagger first time offered to the collecting community in many years.

Mint Minus. $15,995.00 (#102617)

SSDAG #40234C Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger with "Smiling Skull" Chain

This Chained SS Dagger has the very rare "Smiling Skulls" variant chain. It is a typical, early chained type, with the standard nickel guards whose internals I have not looked at as this dagger has never bee taken apart. The tag nut exactly matches the other mounts and it is immediately apparent that a wrench has never been taken to it. The crossguards are very choice, with deep, precisely cut accent grooves, crisp edge definition, and fine, smooth surfaces.

The grip is also in perfect condition, having no trace of repairs or flaws anywhere to be seen. It is a Medium Contour example, showing very little in the way of wear and fitting the crossguards like a glove. The SS runes button is perfectly placed and retains 100% of the enamel with no scraped or problems. The SS runes and dual circular borders nicely match the rest of the mounts. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a slightly upturned beak. This bird retains full detailing, including a deeply struck eye and finely raised breast and wing feathering.

Adding to the look of this piece is what appears to be the original portepee. This 42cm example is tied in the method that we see used on many Chained SS Daggers, with one loop at the top and two loops at the bottom. There is just the slightest amount of fraying where the cord exits the knot. This portepee is definitely original to this dagger and other than the slight fraying at the knot it is in perfect condition.

The scabbard is straight throughout. This shell retains 100% of the original "anodized" finish which really look great. The upper and lower mounts are also of nickel and remain in fine condition down through the lower ball. These mounts have the original nickel screws which look to be in unbuggered condition. The center ramp is a fine example, being the type with background pebbling that was never factory darkened. The mount is fashioned with three intertwined swastikas on both sides and is retained by a single matching nickel screw.

Attached to the upper and center mount is what we call the "Smiling Skull" chain. Both the links and the connecting tabs on this chain are constructed of nickel. The links also have pebbled backgrounds which match the center ramp. The skulls on this type of chain have a far more dramatic look to them in that the smile is much more pronounced than the standard type, imparting an cheerfully macabre look; the effect is quite eerie! The bones are interesting in that their knob ends are smaller than those we normally see. The nose is a triangular cut out (not unlike a jack-o-lantern) and the eyes are oval shaped. The teeth are also a bit different, but they are completely intact and do much to complete the look. The SS runes are nicely rendered, high off the surface and with nicely pebbled backgrounds. The cloverleaf clip is also slightly different than the norm. It is the open type and is constructed of thinner nickel than a standard type. The opening at the top reveals the "DRGM" letters on the below snap clip surface. The first link of the upper chain has the SS-Kulturzeichen stamp proofing. The connecting tabs are the type that we see on the Type I chains, being smaller and solid-looking without the usual openings we often see on Type II connecting tabs. A most interesting original chain.

The unmarked blade is extremely nice being bright throughout, also having most of its grain. Other than the normal in-and-out markings, this blade is in mint condition. The SS motto is crisp, having 100% of its frosting in the background letters. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A great dagger for those out there looking for something slightly unusual and absolutely original.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $6,995.00 (#102617)

SSDAG #40277 Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

If you have been looking for a textbook early Chained-SS dagger at a reasonable price, perhaps this one is for you. Please read on. it is a recent MAX Show acquisition coming from a long time friend of mine from Florida.

The dagger is of all early production, not appearing to have ever been apart. The crossguards are the early nickel type with fine dull patina. They appear to be the typical guards we see on these early pieces, most certainly marked, "P.A." internally. These guards have excellent smooth surfaces, fine crisp edges and precise accent grooves. As indicated above, the matching tang nut appears completely unturned. The ebony grip is an outstanding example with no repairs. There are a couple of minor wearing signs in the wood, but nothing out of the ordinary. This grip absolutely fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The runes button is perfect place. The enamel shows a couple of minor wearing signs, but no material missing. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak that points upward slightly. All details remain to this bird to include the eye, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and raised swastika. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout. The original paint, although still all there at 99%, does have even crazing throughout the surfaces of both sides. Even so, it is unusual to see all of the paint on one of these early scabbard shell. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition, the lower ball having a little mild pushing in the surface, but no dings. The original nickel screws are in place and are unbuggered. The center ramp is the early type having the crisp rolled edges. 90% of the original blackening is in the surfaces over the pebbled pattern. The ramp features the three intertwined swastikas on each side. The ramp is retained by a single nickel screw in the left side edge. The Type II chain is the solid nickel variety. It has excellent detail to the skull-and-bones links, and all teeth are present and glaring at the viewer. The SS rune links are crisp and nicely raised. Like the center ramp there is at least 90% of the original blackening in the backgrounds of the links. The pebbling in the backgrounds is also all there. The nickel clover leaf assembly is the closed type, having good working snap clip. The nickel connecting tabs have some of the normally seen usage signs, but there is no separating on the joints. The reverse first upper link is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen marking. Nice early scabbard and chain.

The blade of this dagger makes up for any short comings in the rest of the piece. It is a real killer being a mint-conditioned beauty, having only the usual in-and-out marks. This unmarked blade has all of the crossgraining, with needle-like tip. The motto etch is absolutely perfect, being crisp and having 100% of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. You won't see a better blade. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A really nice SS dagger here showing some signs of the time, allowing the viewer the inner experience of wondering where this dagger has been and the sights that it has witnessed. It is completely textbook throughout and priced reasonably. A great piece to put on your wall and enjoy for a lifetime.

Excellent Plus. $7,495.00 (#102517)

SSDAG #40223 Late Enlisted Man's SS Dagger with "Rat" Trademark - RZM 9/41/39 SS (Carl Eickhorn)

This late production SS Dagger is easily one of the rarest types of all. Only a few daggers with this distinctive "rat" style Eickhorn trademark were produced; this is only the second or third example I've ever had to offer. This dagger is the same as the example pictured in my SS Book on page 182. I recently purchased this dagger directly from a veteran family.

The nickel-plated crossguards are in superb condition. These guards are completely bright and totally free of lifting or flaking. The only sign of age is a small amount of patina in the area where they meet the grip, and this could easily be cleaned off if so desired. The tang nut is also in very fine condition and has never been removed.

The grip is a RZM type, being of fine ebony with an extremely high, sharp center ridge. This grip remains in perfect condition, showing no sign of wear. The fit of the grip to guards is adequate but nothing special, typical of RZM pieces. The SS runes button is copper style, with straight runes and good borders. The enamel remains perfect. The grip eagle is an aluminum, "High Necked" type, which shows absolutely no wear whatsoever. This eagle is totally pristine throughout.

The scabbard shell is perfectly straight throughout both sides. It retains excellent original black paint, which has a touch of crazing on both sides but is nevertheless totally intact. This paint also has the original brightness. The two scabbard mounts both have a choice, nickel-plated finish. These mounts are in perfect condition and are retained by means of new-like, dome head screws. The throat is the thicker style that we often see on Eickhorn daggers of this vintage.

There is a fine short hanger accompanying this dagger. The leather remains quite good throughout, and it is fitted with nickel-plated hardware. The plating remains nice and bright. The snap clip is marked "A" ,"DRGM" and "RZM M5/8" on the reverse. In addition the leather of this hanger is stamped "SS 68/38 RZM", which is a very desirable marking.

But as nice as the outside is the blade is where it is really at! The blade is in choice, mint condition, with full crossgrain and good brightness. The SS motto is crisp, dark, and deep, easily with 100% of the background darkening. The reverse ricasso has a single RZM circle set atop the Eickhorn code "9 41/39 SS". Beneath this code is the scrawny looking Eickhorn Squirrel referred to as the "rat" style by the collecting community. This squirrel is totally black, perfectly matching the blade motto. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

A very rare Eickhorn variant here, in choice condition. This is a great dagger often mission from eve the most advanced SS collection.

Mint Minus. $4,495.00(#102517)

SSDAG #40235C Late Production SS Enlisted Man's Dagger - RZM 1196/38 SS

This late production SS EM Dagger is in very nice condition throughout. The crossguards are the plated type, in excellent condition throughout with no flaking. The lower obverse guard has a small line on the right crossguard arm which may have been purposefully applied.

The ebony grip is in fine condition, showing only minor traces of wear. This grip perfectly fits the guards and is a Medium Contour example. The SS runes button has fine enamel, with the runes set straight up and down and a single circular border. The grip eagle is a aluminum, "High Necked" type which shows very little wear.

The scabbard shell is a really beauty, being completely straight and having outstanding original black paint. This paint is still in nearly mint condition, with a fine factory shine. The scabbard mounts have nice nickel plating. The lower mount is totally perfect while the upper mount shows some very minor age on the upper left obverse. The original dome head screws are in place and unturned.

The blade is a very fine example, being nice and bright throughout and nearly mint with only the slightest traces of visible age. The SS motto is deeply etched and has about 90% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is marked with a single open RZM circle set atop the code "1196/38 SS". To date this code has not been identified. I picture an identical dagger on page 172 of my SS Book.

A very fine, late production SS Dagger here.

Near Mint. $2,995.00

SSDAG #39569C Early SS Ground Rohm Dagger - Boker

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,250.00

SSDAG #40015C Himmler Inscription SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

If you have been looking for a fine Himmler Inscription SS Dagger this one bears your notice. It is a classic example being completely textbook throughout.

Looking at the tang nut, the dagger does not appear to have been apart, being equipped with standard Eickhorn crossguards. These guards are no doubt the "H.E" marked type produced in-house. On the bottom of the lower guard is the inspection number, "1". These have very fine smooth surfaces with extra crisp edges and typical deep and crisp accent grooves. These guards are really in perfect condition.

The ebony grip is also a great one, being in perfect condition. This grip has an extremely crisp center ridge of Medium Contour, and it nicely fits the crossguards. The SS runes button appears to be deeply patinated, or it may be one of the copper types we also see on these daggers. The grip eagle is in total mint condition, being the "High Necked" variety. The eagle is the best you will see with full details to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.

The scabbard shell is completely straight on the obverse. The reverse has a small crease-like flaw at the left lower edge, but it is very minor. The anodizing is still all there having some minor age spots spread evenly across the surfaces. They are not bad, however. The scabbard mounts have the usual slight yellow tone we see on Himmler's, and they remain in full mint condition. The lower ball has a spot or two, but they are nothing.

Attached to the scabbard ring is the original-to-the-piece SS short hanger. The leather is in good condition and is compete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is the early nickel type, with an unmarked snap clip in the conventional shape. A good, textbook scabbard here.

The blade is extremely nice, still having its graining. It is completely bright throughout having the usual in and out markings and just a couple of tiny surface stains, but otherwise is in mint condition. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is deep and crisp, having 100% of its background frosting. The reverse of the blade has a matching etched dedication, "In herzlicher Kameradshaft H. Himmler". The dedication is absolutely perfect. The trademark below is the double oval type, the ovals containing the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". Inside is a seated squirrel with a nut in his paws. The eye is missing from the squirrel, something we often see on Himmler pieces. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A fine, textbook Himmler SS Dagger here, priced reasonably and a great addition to any SS collection.

Near Mint. $14,500.00

SSDAG #39937C SS Partial Rohm Inscription Dagger – Boker

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $3,495.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $3,095.00

SSDAG #39995 Early/Mid-period Model 1933 SS Service Dagger - SS 188/36 RZM

This SS Dagger was produced in 1936, and thus is still fitted with solid nickel mounts. It was one of the first to use the RZM numbers, and as of today, the maker using this SS contract code has not been identified. The hilt parts are all nickel, including the tang nut, which shows no signs of opening. The guards have a mild dull tone to them and their surfaces remain smooth throughout. The edges are crisp and the accent grooves are precise.

The ebony grip is an outstanding example, being completely trouble-free and with no repairs. It is the "Smooth Contour Ridged" type, and fits the guards like a rubber glove. The runes button is positioned straight north to south and the enamel is perfect. The SS runes and surrounding dual rings are also nicely toned. The aluminum grip eagle is the style with beak that points upward slightly. The bird shows a little wear to the bird's breast and talon area, but the head, wings, wreath and swastika are still quite crisp.

The scabbard is straight throughout. This shell is a quality example and judging by the heavy heft of it, it has the early style heavy weight in the bottom. It is a painted type having the looks of being touched-up many years ago or perhaps during the period. There are some bare spots in the paint, but overall, it is not too bad; a re-paint, or failing that, the addition of a vertical hanger would do wonders for this quality dagger. The scabbard mounts are the all nickel type. The lower ball is in good shape, having only a small ding at the back rear area. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered.

The blade makes up a lot for the scabbard paint being somewhat lacking. This blade remains bright and appears to have all of the original grain. Other than the normal in and out marks, this blade is in mint condition. The SS motto is very crisp and has 100% of its factory darkening in the backgrounds. A fine blade here. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A good, sound SS Dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $3,195.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $2,850.00

SSDAG #36435C Model 1933 EM Ground Rohm 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 Rohm 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.

Excellent. $2,995.00

SSDAG #36421C Model 1933 SS EM/Possible Ground Rohm 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 Rohm 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. $3,695.00

SSDAG #36420C Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's Dagger – E. P. & S.

This Pack Dagger is in nice condition overall, not appearing to have been cleaned in many years, if ever. The nickel tang nut nicely matches the nickel crossguard mounts. These guards have a dull patination throughout. The mounts have good, smooth surfaces, precise accent grooves and crisp edges. The lower reverse guard is district marked with a Roman numeral, “I”; the hit of the numeral was slightly off-center, so only half of the “I” is visible.

The grip of this example is constructed of fine ebony. There are no repairs to this grip. It is in good condition throughout, showing only some minor wearing signs in the form of a little “tap-tap” to the left of the grip eagle, but is otherwise nice and clean. There is a tiny sliver that has lifted on the obverse left edge, where the grip meets the guard. Looking closely I noticed a tiny piece that may have been loose and put back in, just below the SS runes button, but it is nothing. The runes button has perfect enamel, with double-ringed borders which match the silvering of the runes. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak which points slightly upwards. This eagle shows some wear to the to the surfaces of his head, breast feathering, and talons. Some of the detail is still there, though; the wings, wreath, and mobile swastika are still in excellent shape. This grip perfectly fits the crossguards.

The scabbard is a very fine, straight example. It has an excellent anodized finish. The anodizing appears to all be there, and there are also some traces of original lacquer. There is a little bit of age of the surfaces, but this appears to be dulling of the lacquer, and should not effect the anodized finish below. The scabbard mounts are the typical Pack variety. They are in excellent condition throughout, to include the lower ball. The lower mount has the distinctive edge rim we normally associate with E. Pack. The upper mount is also typical, as the screws holding the throat are not quite parallel, as well as being placed slightly lower than we see from other manufacturers. You can see this screw placement anomaly on the piece I show on page 197 of my SS Book.

The blade of this example is nice and bright, having normal runner marks. All of the cross-grain appears to be intact throughout. This blade is in near Full Mint condition. The SS motto is deep and crisp, and looks to have about 98% of the original background darkening in the letters of the motto. The reverse of the blade has a matching-etched trademark, depicted the hammering Siegfried logo of the Pack firm. Above and below this logo can be seen, “E.P.&S.” and “Solingen” respectively. This trademark is identical to the example I show on page 18 of my SS Book. The blade shoulders perfect meet the contour of the lower crossguard.

E.P. & S. SS Daggers are not encountered very frequently, and as such they are a key piece if you are collecting SS types, as well as daggers in general.

Excellent Plus. $3,695.00

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.

Excellent. $2,995.00(#022818)

SSDAG #39910C Late Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - RZM M7/80 / 1197/38 SS (Gustav Spitzer)

This SS Dagger has been left basically in the way it came in, except for some minor grip repair and minor paint work.

The crossguards are the nickel-plated Boker type. They are heavily toned, but if cleaned-up would come up fairly nicely as the plating looks to be mostly in place. Personally I like them the way they are.

The upper portion of the ebony grip had some problems, so we repaired this accordingly. Overall, now, the grip looks in perfect condition, being the RZM type, having high ridge center construction. It fits the crossguards nicely. The SS runes button is set straight up and down. It has perfect enamel with good toning to the SS runes and accompanying circles. The grip eagle is the aluminum type. It is the high-necked" variety still having good detail to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.

The scabbard is straight throughout. It has painted surfaces. The obverse shows a bit of paint loss around the center area and also in the lower part and it is not too bad. The reverse looks good, but we did touch up this paint some to improve its appearance. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel type. The plating is still good and remains fairly bright, as these mounts tend to do over the years. The lower ball is in good shape showing some usage, but no dents.

Accompanying the dagger is an original-to-the piece vertical hanger. The leather to this hanger is in exceptional condition to include the cross strap with square buckle and the coffin-shape reverse. The snap clip has some minor surface rust and is the Assmann-marked variety.

The blade is mostly bright on the obverse, having some minor smudge evenly spread on the surfaces. The reverse has more of the same. In the main, however, the blade is still excellent. The SS motto is a very crisp and deeply etched with about 70% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is etched with a double-shaded RZM circle, is positioned over the Spitzer code, "RZM M 7/80". Beneath is the SS code and the year of production, "1197/38 SS". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard curvature.

A good starter piece here that is original (with a little restoration) and still in collectible condition. This dagger is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $2,595.00

SSDAG #39838C Early Model 1933 SS Dagger - Robt. Klaas

This outstanding initial production SS Dagger is in superb condition throughout.

The crossguards are of early nickel. They are still nearly new-like with very crisp edges, smooth surfaces and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is District-marked, "I". The tang nut shows little signs of turning.

The grip has a superb ebony finish, having no repairs and being in perfect condition. It fits the crossguard absolutely like a glove. The grip is constructed with a medium center ridge design. The SS button is placed at about 6:30 o'clock and has perfect enamel finish. The runes are nicely age-toned as are the dual circles around it. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. This grip eagle shows no wear to the surfaces, still being completely crisp and a sure sign of the condition of this dagger.

The scabbard is also a remarkable example. The shell is completely straight, having 100% of the "anodized" finish. The obverse area also retains about 70% of the original protective lacquer finish, while the reverse still has lacquer around the protected areas of the mounts - rare to see a scabbard in this nice of a condition. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are also beauties, to include the lower ball. The mounts are retained by their four original nickel unbuggered screws.

Attached to the hanging ring is an early short hanger. The leather shows usage and is missing the small retainer loop, but is still sound. It is equipped with the early nickel hardware and having the clip with "snout-nose" shape.

The blade is just as nice as the outside of this dagger. It is completely bright and in full mint condition. The SS motto is one of those very dark types that just jump off the blade surface, and all of the original crossgrain is in place. The reverse ricasso has the motto featuring the two kissing cranes. Around the birds is the firm's name and location, "Robert Klaas/Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

If you are looking for an SS EM dagger that you can be happy with for a lifetime, this example would be very difficult to beat and it is priced very fairly.

Mint Minus. $3,995.00

SSDAG #39839 Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

This early Chained SS Dagger is of initial production, having all textbook qualities.

The crossguards and tang nut are early nickel. They have excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and fine precise accent grooves. They are internally marked, "P.A", being the crossguard maker mostly seen on these early pieces.

The ebony grip is a very fine example being in perfect condition and fitting the guards like a glove. The grip has a subtle grain under the surfaces and is very attractive. The original owner has neatly curved his initial, "T", in the grip reverse; nothing here that can be researched, but it is a nice touch and a way to always identify your dagger should you be the next purchaser. The SS runes button is a fine example with perfect enamel and is installed straight up and down. The grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety retaining all of the details to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.

Wrapped about the grip in a double-loop fashion is a choice 42 cm aluminum portepee. The portepee remains in perfect condition.

The scabbard shell is also an outstanding example, being perfectly straight. The original paint is in amazing condition and retains its fine factory sheen. There are only a couple of modest signs of carry time, but overall, this paint rates at about 98%. It is refreshing to see original paint in this condition. The scabbard mounts match the hilt examples, being all nickel. Both the upper and the lower mounts are in fine condition, to include the lower ball. The mounts are secured with the original nickel unbuggered screws. The center ramp is the early type having the crisp turned edges. It features three intertwined swastikas on each side. They have a background of pebbling. The background has about 80% of the original darkening in the surfaces. This mount is retained by a single matching screw in the left side edge.

Attached to the upper and center mounts is a nickel Type II chain. The detail to the chain links remains superb, with the three skulls all leering at the viewer, and all displaying full dental work. The runes insignia are nicely raised and still crisp. The backgrounds of the links match that of the center ramp. The reverse of the first top link is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen marking. Each and every one of the link nickel retaining tabs is in good condition and there are no openings. The clover leaf is the closed variety having a good working snap clip.

As we would hope, the blade is extremely nice easily grading near mint having the usual in and out marks. It is bright throughout and there is grain to be seen on the blade. The SS motto jumps right off the blade, being crisp and having all of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A fine, initial production piece here being completely textbook throughout. An investment quality piece here, one you will enjoy keeping for a lifetime.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $7,995.00

SSDAG 39577C Early Model 1933 SS Service Dagger - Boker

If you have been looking for an fine SS dagger to lead the thrust of your collection, this example should do the trick. It is a very pleasing piece in the best of condition, and who doesn't want a fine Boker SS! This dagger appears to have been cleaned not too long ago, so it now shows at its best.

The crossguards are the signature Boker type that you can see from across the room. They are in outstanding condition having ultra smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut exactly matches and appears to have not been out in modern times. The lower reverse crossguard is stamped with the district numeral, "I". The ebony grip is as good as they come; it is beautiful throughout with extremely crisp center ridge. This grip, like most Boker examples, fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is the convex type. the enamel remains in perfect condition,. The SS runes are turned to about 8:00 o'clock. The grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety. All details remain to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A tremendous grip here.

The scabbard is also sure to please. Although I don't see any lacquer on the surfaces, the original "anodizing" is still all there. The nickel scabbard mounts are in perfect condition, to include the lower ball. All screws are in place and are untouched.

Enhancing the scabbard shell is a vertical hanger and belt loop, which appear original to this piece. The scabbard's surface areas below the hanger leather show marks of this hanger being in place for many years, and there are also a couple of "tap-taps" on the reverse of the grip that line up with the vertical hanger's snap clip. This vertical hanger is in excellent condition with good connecting strap. The buckle is the nickel-plated square type with no rust. The coffin-shape backing is sound throughout equipped with two large brass color rivets. The snap clip is the early nickel type being marked, "DRGM" and "A". The black leather belt loop matches the vertical leather and is complete with a "D" ring.

The blade is also very impressive. It is bright throughout having excellent crossgrain and needle-like tip. The SS motto is very deep- etched and crisp. It has all of the darkening in the letter backgrounds.This blade easily grades in near full mint. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the large "mausoleum" style trademark featuring a stark, leafless tree at the upper, and below, is the name of the firm and location, "Boker/ Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard curvature.

A great classic Boker dagger guaranteed to enhance either a beginning collection or add additional luster to an advanced one.

Mint Minus. $4,495.00

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 crossguards 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 crossguard 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 crossgrain 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 crossguard 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!

Mint. $17,995.00

SSDAG #37594C Late Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger, RZM 1198/39 SS

This SS dagger shows a few signs of being wet at one time and also has some usage signs, but overall, it is still in collectible condition and also has the original-to-the-piece vertical hanger.

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 crossguard 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 crossguards 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 crossgrain. 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 crossguard. This blade fits perfectly, exactly meeting the lower crossguard contour. A pretty good SS dagger here, with the original hanger and priced reasonably.

Excellent. $2,795.00(#011218)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $3,995.00

SSDAG #39571C Early Model 1933 SS Dagger – Boker

This Model 1933 SS Dagger is in very fine condition on the outside, and were it not for the fact that someone put the blade to a buffing wheel would sell for $3,000 more than we are asking.

The crossguards are beautiful solid nickel, in very fine overall condition with precisely cut accent grooves, smooth surfaces, and crisp edge definition. The tang nut is similarly excellent. The lower reverse guard is marked with the district number “I”.

The grip of the dagger fits the guards like a rubber glove. It ha no repairs and remains in very nice condition, with only the most minor traces of wear. The SS runes button is slightly turned. It has perfect enamel and the SS runes and double circular borders share a fine patina. The grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward; it retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is simply outstanding. It is perfectly straight and retains 100% of the original “anodized” finish and well as about 90% of the protective lacquer intact on the surface. What a wonderful scabbard this one is! The scabbard mounts are also outstanding, constructed from matching nickel and retained by the four original unbuggered screws.

Adding to the great looks of this scabbard is a very choice, pre-RZM vertical hanger. This hanger is the first of the type I have seen. It has a very wide band which is riveted to a coffin-shaped leather mount at the upper portion. There is a retainer loop which is also riveted to the leather. This retainer still has supple leather and has a wide, rectangular buckle with a roller fitting. The snap clip on this cleverly designed hanger is the “dog leash” type.

The blade, at first glance, looks to be mint. In fact it probably was when someone decided they would “clean it up” even moreo Although it has no buffing marks it does have the telltale shine indicated over cleaning. This is shame as most of the grain has been stripped away. If you like bright metal, though, this one will get your attention. The SS motto is still crisp, deep and black, although I think someone put some darkening in the letter backgrounds as it looks to good to be true after the polishing. The reverse is marked with the Boker “Mausoleum” trademark.

This blade is hard to rate with the polishing; to a novice it looks perfect but the experienced collector sees the truth of the situation. It’s a real shame here because the dagger has such a spectacular outside. If you can live with the blade the price is reasonable.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,995.00

SSDAG #39581 Mid-period Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $7,495.00

SSDAG #39497 Model 1933 SS Dagger with FŸrth 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 Rohm 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 crossguards. 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 crossgrain 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 crossguard 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 (#080917)

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 #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 crossguards. 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!

Excellent. $5,895.00

SSDAG #39188C Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

This early dagger is equipped with deeply patinated nickel crossguards and tang nut. The guards have good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves.

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 crossgrain. 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 crossguards, then the scabbard mounts will all match.

Excellent Plus. $6,995.00

SSDAG 39134C Full Rohm Inscription SS Dagger - Gottlieb Hammesfahr

Yes, collectors this is an original full Rohm 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 Rohm 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 Rohm 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 crossgrain. 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 Rohm inscription; a rare sight indeed! The inscription, "In herzlicher Kameradschaft Ernst Rohm" 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 Rohm by one of the rarer makers. A nice dagger here and desirable condition.

Excellent Plus. $22,995.00(#080917)

SSDAG #39140C Himmler Inscription SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This Himmler SS Dagger is a very fine, original example.

Studying the nickel crossguards 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 crossguard 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 crossguard 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 Rohm Dagger with Traceable SS Serial Number - Carl Eickhorn

This SS full Rohm 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 Rohm 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 crossguards. 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 Rohm 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 Rohm". 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 Rohm 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(#080917)

SSDAG #39011C Model 1933 Enlisted Man's Ground Rohm 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 crossguards.

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 Rohm 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." crossguards 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 crossguard contour.

A good ground Rohm 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 crossguard 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 crossguards 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.

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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 #38960C Ground Rohm 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 Rohm 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 Rohm 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 Rohm examples. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower guard contour.

An extremely fine Ground Rohm 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 (#081517)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A good solid SS example here.

Excellent Plus. $4,295.00

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