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

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



SSDAG #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. $8,995.00

SSDAG #42404 Early Model 1933 SS Dagger with Owner's Serial Number - Robt Klaas

TThis initial production SS dagger is in choice condition throughout. The nickel cross guards remain in perfect condition with smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. They have a fine even dull patina throughout. The tang nut does not appear to have ever been out of the dagger. The reverse lower cross guard is District marked, "III" and the numeral is stamped sideways, as we sometimes see. To the right of the Roman numeral is the original owner's SS serial number. It is neatly stamped, "153 984". I looked up the number in the Dienstaltersliste and unfortunately, the number is not there, so the original owner of this dagger was an enlisted man. The ebony grip is a beauty showing only the most nominal of usage, having no flaws anywhere and no repairs. The grip perfectly fits the cross guards - none better. The runes button is the convex style, being positioned at about just short of 7:00 o'clock. The enamel surfaces show some minor usage signs on the surface, but the enamel is all there with no chips. The nickel grip eagle has matching patina and is the "high-necked" version. All details remain to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. It is also great to see that there are no chips or any kind of flaws around the eagle placement, something rare to see on these ebony grips due to their inherent hardness. This is a really fine hilt!

The scabbard shell is completely straight throughout. It still has all of its "anodized" finish and there is quite a bit of original factory protective lacquer remaining at the protected areas above the lower scabbard mount. The lacquer is still 100% on the upper scabbard shell area where it is protected by the original-to-the-piece vertical hanger. The nickel scabbard mounts exactly match the patina of the cross guards and both are in fine condition. The lower ball has a minuscule dimple at the very center bottom, but that is it. The vertical hanger is also a beauty still having fine leather to the lower cross strap and the retainer strap leather is still supple. The strap is equipped with the typical nickel-plated square buckle. The coffin-shape reverse is perfect. The matching patina nickel snap clip is stamped on the reverse, "A" and "DRGM". Attached to the snap clip is what appears to be the original leather belt loop. The black leather nicely matches the tone and wear of the vertical, being complete with a "D" ring.

The obverse blade is completely mirror bright mint, still having all of its cross grain. The motto is deeply etched, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue", and retains all of the factory blackening in the letter font backgrounds. The reverse blade is almost as nice as the obverse, having just a little minor smudge just after the trademark. The blade overall, however, easily grades in near full mint. The reverse ricasso has matching dark etch to the trademark. It consists of the firm's name and location in circular block letters, "Robt Klaas/ Solingen". The two kissing cranes appear in the center. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard curvature.

A very fine dagger here, especially having the very desirable SS number stamping on the cross guard. Even though the number belonged to an NCO, that does not mean it is impossible to identify the original owner. Ross Kellbaugh, the SS researcher, has been working to record a lot of these numbers from the Berlin files, located near his home in Maryland. It would be a good idea for the next owner of this dagger to contact Ross and let him put the number on his list. He has turned up a lot of NCO identities in the past, so there is no reason to believe there is not the possibility of also doing the trick with this dagger. Either way, though, an outstanding SS in original untouched condition - don't see many like this example today.

Near Mint. $4,795.00

SSDAG #40037C Enlisted Man's SS Dagger with Exclamation Point Motto - RZM M7/29 (Klittermann & Moog)

This K & M SS EM Dagger has a couple of problems but it is the genuine article and really has nothing wrong with it that couldn't be repaired in the future.

The crossguards and tang nut are solid nickel. They are darkly patinated and look quite nice. I took a look inside and they are marked "EL", something commonly seen on Exclamation Point daggers. The guards remain in choice condition throughout.

The grip is in nice shape. The reverse is perfect, but the obverse looks to have been repaired at the top and bottom. If the next owner would like to have this rectified we could do so for a reasonable price. Other than the two repairs the obverse is good, with the original center ridge line and closely fitting the guards. The SS runes button has perfect enamel and is set straight up and down, with fine silvered runes and borders. The nickel grip eagle has a beak which points slightly upward, and retains outstanding detail throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. Although it looks to have a nice, "anodized" finish, it looks to me as though it has been redone in the past. The work is quite good but it is detectable to those who are used to those looking at these daggers. The nickel scabbard mounts are in nice condition, with only a small hit to the left side of the ball. The original nickel screws are in place and unbuggered.

The blade remains bright throughout and has a very nice Exclamation point etch. The background darkening looks to be about 90-95% intact. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a double shaded RZM circle atop the K & M code "M7/29". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

I took a look at the tang on this dagger and it is most interesting as the hilt fittings and tang are identical to the example I show in my SS Book on page 688. The book piece is marked "RZM 324/37", but this is just a later SS code marking which was assigned to Klittermann & Moog. The tang shown on the book is identical to the tang on this M7/29 dagger. It has intertwined KM initials and the number "3" stamped into it. So this blade was forged the same way as the book piece and the guards both purchased from the "EL" manufacturer.

A nice dagger here, with a rare motto. The minor grip repairs can easily be perfected, and although the scabbard shell looks redone it is not hard to live with as it was done well.

Excellent. $3,495.00

SSDAG #42259C Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - RZM M188/35 SS

This early SS Dagger is one that we do not encounter very often, but I have had them in the past and have made notation of this RZM marking in my SS Book.

The dagger is of initial production, with a nickel tang nut and crossguards. The lower reverse guard is district marked "I". The guards are in fine condition throughout, with a dull, even patina.

The grip of the dagger is a fine example with no repairs. It fits the guards like a glove. It is a bit thinner than we normally see, with a fine center ridge that shows little wear. The SS runes button is the slightly convex style, with perfect enamel and fine silver runes and double borders. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward; this bird retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is also a fine example. It shows a couple of carrying signs but remains totally straight, with fine, original black paint. This paint remains 100% intact and shows only a few minor traces of crazing. The mounts remain very good, including a fine, undropped lower ball and original screws.

The blade is very good. Other than the usual "in-and-out" marks it has no issues, being mirror bright with a needle-like tip. The SS motto is lightly etched but still has 100% of the original darkening the in recesses of the lettering. A very nice, mint blade here. The reverse ricasso is marked in the same tip-down fashion as the 120 and 121 marked daggers. It reads "SS 188/35". Below this is a douvble open RZM circle. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower guard contour.

A very scarce early SS Dagger here, one of the first to utilize the RZM job order codes from the SS. An extremely nice dagger, and a very rare marking.

Near Mint. $3,595.00

SSDAG #42315 Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A decent original example here, priced accordingly.

Excellent. $4,995.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $3,495.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

A fine, untouched, early SS Dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $3,795.00

SSDAG #42170 Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - E. P. & S.

This early Pack example is extremely nice being in untouched condition,.The nickel cross guards have a very fine dull patina. The tang nut looks like it may have been out once many years ago. The guard's surfaces are smooth, the edges are crisp and the accent grooves are precise. The lower guard is district stamped on the reverse, "I". The ebony grip is the kind you like to see. Choice condition throughout with no repairs, and only the slightest usage signs - really nice grip here. The grip fits the cross guards like a rubber glove. The SS runes is turned to about 8:00 o'clock. It has perfect enamel and looks great with its silvered symbols and dual circles around it. The early nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" version showing full details to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A superior hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has all of the anodized surface except for a small area on the reverse, where it looks as though there was once a vertical hanger. There is some minor surface age in the anodizing, but it is negligible. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in fine condition, to include the never-dropped lower ball. There is a portion of the seam area that shows on the lower right edge of the lower mount, but we see this sometimes. (These mounts were stamped in two parts and then soldered together). The original screws are in place and are unbuggered. There is an early hanger attached to the ring. The hanger is in nice condition with all nickel hardware and the early "snout-nosed" clip, which is unmarked. The leather appears to be black, but the small retaining strap is a brown color. (This is the hanger that was on the dagger when we acquired it.)

The blade is a very choice example. Mirror bright and still having 100% of the cross grain - you'll love it! The SS Motto is absolutely perfect with 100% of the factory darkening in the backgrounds - doesn't get any better. The reverse ricasso is matching dark etched with the motto of the hammering Siegfried, with the initials above, "E.P. & S." and the location, "Solingen" below. The blade shoulders perfectly match the cross guard contour. A superlative dagger here and not an easy maker to find.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,295.00

SSDAG #42171 Late Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - RZM 1052/38

The nickel-plated guards on this dagger are in fine condition showing no lifting and an excellent patina evenly spread throughout the surfaces. The matching plated tang nut appears to have been out once or twice in the past, but no buggering. The ebony grip is in incredible condition having no repairs and almost no signs of usage. The SS runes button has perfect enamel and is positioned perfectly from north to south with its double circles surrounding it. The grip eagle is the aluminum type. It is the "high-necked" variety retaining with all of its detail remaining to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. The grip adequately fits the guards, having a couple of minor gaps, but not major and typical of RZM pieces.

The scabbard shell, is straight throughout. Its original black paint on the obverse scabbard is near mint. The reverse has an age spot about half way down, but it is not bad. The plated nickel scabbard mounts have matching patination on their surfaces. They are in fine condition, to include the undropped lower ball. The original dome head, steel-based screws are all in place and they are in unbuggered condition. Attached to the hanging ring is a fine black leather short hanger. Although the hardware is not marked, it is the plated type, which we would expect with this vintage dagger. The leather is still supple throughout and is complete with the small retainer loop.

The blade is as good as you will see. It is mirror-bright and has 100% of its original cross grain. The motto is crisp and deep having 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds - nice. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a large double circled RZM that is shaded in the center. It is positioned over the SS run code, "RZM 1052/38 SS". (I think that this code was assigned to Puma, but can't say for sure.) The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour. A fine later-produced SS E.M. If you are looking for a quality RZM-marked piece for your collection, take a hard look at this piece.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,395.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $3,295.00

SSDAG #42100 Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger with Exclamation Point Motto - RZM M 7/29 (Klittermann & Moog)

This very desirable dagger is missing from most SS collections, and in my opinion, it is a gotta have piece. It is the classic product produced by Klittermann & Moog. I show an identical dagger in my SS Book on Page 679 lower. The nickel cross guards have taken on a fine dull patina and look great. Their surfaces are smooth and edges remain crisp. The accent grooves are precise. The matching tang nut shows little sign of being out. The ebony grip is in perfect condition, but for a slight little lift on the lower obverse edge - nothing. The runes button is positioned straight north to south. It has good enamel with a couple of minor surface usage signs, but no problems. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. It still has all of its details to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. The grip nicely fits the cross guards.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. As we generally see on these M 7/29's, the scabbard is painted black. The paint is period, showing some minor age and a few tiny carrying chips, but overall, the paint is about 98%. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition. The lower ball has a slight fattening to the very bottom, but it is nothing. The mounts are secured by the original nickel screws.

The blade is just what we want to see - bright and having all of the original cross grain. The motto with elusive exclamation point at the end is still factory black easily having 100% of the original blackening, "Meine Ehre heist Treue!" This blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the RZM double circle with shaded center. Below is the code of Klittermann & Moog, "RZM M7/29". The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower cross guard contour.

A fine dagger here and if you are collecting Model 1933 SS daggers by "types", this example will easily, permanently fill this hole. A good potential investment value dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,895.00(#103018)

SSDAG #42039 Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - Rich. Abr. Herder

This early dagger is basically in an untouched state. It is equipped with all nickel tang nut and cross guards. The cross guards have patinated to a pleasing dull yellow. The guards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The reverse lower guard is district marked, "I". The ebony grip is in fine condition showing little usage and no flaws. The grip fits the cross guards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button shows a little usage over the enamel surfaces, but there are no chips. The button is turned to about 7:00 o'clock. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety, having good detail remaining to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A fine untouched hilt.

The scabbard is straight throughout. It has excellent period-done black paint. This paint is still in nearly 100% condition, having some minor crazing in the surfaces, but still maintaining its original brightness. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel. They are both in fine condition, to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.

The blade is a real winner, still remaining in full mint condition. It has its original grain and needle-like tip. The SS motto is deep and crisp having 100% of the factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. The blade is etched on the reverse ricasso with double ovals which contain the firm's name and location, "Rich Abr. Herder/ Solingen". Inside, is the diamond trademark of this firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour. A fine SS dagger in very collectible condition.

Near Mint. $3,995.00

SSDAG #42007C Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger

This initial production SS Dagger is on good condition overall. The original owner apparently had the mounts chrome plated; we see this once in a while on SS daggers. Chrome was relatively new in the mid 1930's and was a good option as it eliminated the need to constantly be shining the nickel plating.

All of the parts including the guards, scabbard mounts, and chain have been chromed. The chrome finish on the reverse of the chain is quite worn and reveals the nickel plating below, but it is obviously this was not some half-assed chrome job knocked up by a GI. I've had genuine chromed SS Daggers in the past (including a Himmler inscription!) and the authentic examples are easily distinguishable from the "aftermarket upgrades".

The crossguards are internally marked "PA". These guards are in good condition throughout, with smooth surfaces and precise accent grooves. The age of the dagger can be seen in the minute surface wearing signs in the chrome finish. The tang nut is also chrome but shows little to no wear at all.

The grip is a fine ebony example in near perfect condition. It has a small crack on the lower left obverse but it is extremely minor. The grip perfectly fits the guards. The SS runes button is perfectly placed and retains good enamel. The runes have a slight patination, as have the borders. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward, and remains in crisp condition throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has good black paint which looks to be original. This paint has some minor chipping but is about 95% intact overall. The scabbard mounts are in good condition although the lower ball is slightly crushed at the bottom, but there is no splitting. The original nickel screws are all in place on these fittings. The center ramp is the early type with sharp rolled edges and three intertwined swastikas on both sides.

The chrome plated chain is a Type 2 nickel example. All of the skulls retains good teeth and leer at he viewer. All of the SS rune links remain crisp, but the snap clip shows a bit of wear. The chain is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen marking. The cloverleaf is the closed style we normally see with a Type 2 chain.

The unmarked black remains bright but does show a few minor age spots from the runners. These marks are not bad, however. The SS motto is the lightly etched type we see on these early blades. Little of the factory darkening remains but the motto is still crisp. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

It is interesting to note that there appears to have once been a serial number on the lower guard. It seems to have been ground off at some point but some traces of it remain.

An interesting SS Dagger here, priced to sell.

Excellent. $4,495.00 (#101818)

SSDAG #41968C Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - Robert Klaas

This Klaas SS Dagger is in nice, untouched condition and does not look to have ever been cleaned.

The tang nut does not look to have ever been removed, and the crossguards are in exceptional condition throughout. This dagger must have been made in 1935 as it does not have a district number stamped on the reverse of the guard.

The ebony grip is nice condition, with no repairs or problems. The grip is the style with a more rounded look to it and fits the guards like a glove. The SS runes button is in good condition, with full enamel and perfectly placed. The grip eagle is the style a distinctive point behind its head. This bird remains in good condition, with full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is nice and straight, with the original black paint intact. This paint remains fairly bright and is about 90 to 95% intact. It is equipped with matching, deeply patinated mounts. These mounts are in excellent condition to include the never-dropped lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place.

The scabbard is equipped with the original vertical hanger. This hanger shows age but if it is left alone and not removed I'm sure it will last a long time. The strap is intact but shows some cracking. It is fitted with a square, nickel-plated buckle. The snap clip is a patinated nickel example, marked "A" and "DRGM" on the reverse.

The blade is a very fine example which is still bright. There is some crossgrain on the blade and it is easily near mint. SS motto is deeply etched and has most of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Kissing Cranes trademark of the Klass firm, and the blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower guard.

A good, sound original SS Dagger here, in untouched condition.

Excellent Plus. $3,795.00

SSDAG #42014C Grouping Consisting of Numbered SS Dagger, SS Honor Ring & Extensive Documents Belonging to SS-Standartenführer Heinrich Knote

This grouping is quite exciting as the original owner, SS-Standartenführer Heinrich Knote has quite a special career being one of Himmler's SS judges in the section known as "Hauptamt SS-Gericht" and also holding rank in the Waffen-SS. SS-Gericht was their legal department and was in charge of administering the disciplinary side of the special code of laws to which SS men were subject. It could be compared to the modern "internal affairs" within American police departments of today. SS-Gericht controlled the SS and Police Tribunals in the larger towns of Germany and Occupied Countries.

Knote became an officer in the SS on April 20, 1934 with the rank of SS-Untersturmführer and was initially a member of the staff of the Reichsführer. He obviously caught the eye of Himmler early on, as he received the SS Honor Ring on June 30, 1934. Knote was born July 10, 1910 and his SS number was 16 365. He was promoted both In 1935 and 1936, and in 1937 was promoted again achieving the rank of SS-Sturmbannführer and was also awarded the SS Sword of Honor. By 1942 he was a member and judge of the SS Court system (SS-Gericht) and in the July 1944 SS Dienstaltersliste he also held the rank of Oberstrumbannführer in the Waffen-SS.

I have only touched on the this man's record. There is a huge complete dossier that details his entire career with many documents coming from SS offices relative to Knote's performance, a 10 x 8 picture of Knote, his SS application and genealogy research documents, etc. There are many many documents here to study for the research student interested in the SS. In addition to these extensive records, there is Knote's SS Soldbuch complete with his picture. There are lots of interesting notations in the Soldbuch, one of them being dated "1/1/40" with an SS rubber stamping along with the signature of Sepp Dietrich. The passbook also indicates that Knote went on to be promoted to SS-Standartenführer on 20 February 1945. Other passport style books that are included (all with his picture) are a "Deutscher Reichsbund für Leibesübungen", a "Deutsches Reich Reisepass" and an additional "Nationalsozialistischer Reichsbund für Leibesübungen". Literally a treasure trove of history in these documents.

Knote's dagger is a Carl Eickhorn-produced Ground Röhm example. The nickel crossguards are internally marked, "A.R", being the alternative crossguard types used by Eickhorn during this early period. There is no district stamping on the lower guard, but we see this lacking on daggers that may have been handled specially and were not part of the initial distribution system, as most likely was the case here, as at this time Knote was a member of Himmler's office. The bottom of the lower guard is stamped with Knote's SS number, "16365". The grip is in near perfect condition, although I see in some previous correspondence, that the grip had a crack in it at that time, so we can assume the grip has had some restoration, however, the repairs are undetectable. The runes runes button has perfect enamel and is set at about the 7:00 o'clock position. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" variety, still showing good detail to the eagle. The grip has a gap at the upper obverse right, but this is pretty much normal with Eickhorn grips, having shrunk over the years.

The scabbard is straight throughout. It has excellent paint which appears to have been done period, over the original anodized surface. This paint is about 98%. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel. They are in perfect condition to include the never-dropped lower ball. All original nickel screws are in place and are unturned.

Attached to the upper carrying ring is what appears to be a period replacement leather short hanger. It is installed with the buckle being on the rear and the snap clip facing forward. I have left it this way, as apparently this was the manner in which Knote wore the dagger. The clip is marked, "OLC, RZM M5/71", indicating a later hanger of about 1936/37 vintage. Chances are that Knote had this replaced when the previous example became worn.

The blade still remains bright, showing some minor age here and there, but no pitting and still having some minor grain remaining. The SS motto is located a little low on the obverse surface, but we see this on occasion with these etches. There is about 90% of the original factory darkening in the backgrounds of the motto. The reverse blade reflects a complete grind and repolishing of the original Röhm inscription. The repolishing also included most of the Eickhorn trademark, but there is still enough there to easily recognize the small double oval proof with a squirrel having a smooth tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

Also included is Knote's SS Honor Ring. The outside of the ring has almost completely worn off - obviously, Knote wore this ring with pride everyday. The inside of the ring, however, still has a good readable inscription being, "S. lb. Knote 30.6.34". So, literally, this ring was worn for over ten years, so it is not surprising that the ring remains in this worn state. The ring is accompanied by a Don Boyle certificate of authenticity with the accompanying comment, "All runic symbols are worn off the ring. Has nice seam. Inside engraving has been cleaned but is still visible and has nice date 30.6.34."

So, there you have it; quite a grouping here of dagger, ring and tons of documents detailing the life and career of an SS Judge. An outstanding opportunity here to own a significant piece of 3rd Reich history and also the opportunity to further translate and analyze these extensive records. I have only touched the highlights of this man's career. I am sure there are many other interesting facts concerning Knote's life buried in all of these records. A great and possibly rewarding challenge here for the next owner of this historical grouping.

Excellent Plus. $11,500.00 (#101118)

SSDAG #41483C Himmler Inscription SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

I have offered many Himmler daggers over the years and frankly have had some really nice ones. But this one, I think is probably the best example that I have offered. This dagger was purchased directly from a veteran in a motel buy many years ago, and the current owner has elected to save it all of these years until a proper time in his life - the time has arrived.

First off - this dagger has never been apart! Just looking at it in-hand, I can understand why - there is no reason to take it apart! The condition and originality of it just screams at the viewer. The dagger is completely textbook throughout and gorgeous. The dagger does not appear to have ever been cleaned, as there was no reason to do it. The nickel mounts have only slightly patinated and really look their best. The nickel crossguards and tang nut are completely mint, having great smooth surfaces, crisp edges and deeply carved, precise accents grooves for which this company is legendary. They certainly appear to be the factory in-house made types which normally are marked internally, "H.E.", but I am not going to look - no need here. The lower crossguard has the factory inspector's number, "1" on the bottom left side surface.

The ebony grip is the best you will see, still having the factory glow to the surfaces. Other than one tiny "nub" at the right lower obverse edge, the grip ridge lines are still new-like and totally crisp. On the reverse, there is a tiny hair-liner in the surface upper section, but it is not going anywhere. The SS runes button has perfect enamel and the runes are faced directly north to south The silvering of the runes and the two circles around them have toned slightly. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety, having complete factory detail with no wear what-so-ever. The ebony grip perfectly fits the cross guards. A phenomenal Himmler hilt here!

The scabbard shell is also incredible. It is straight as an arrow. It has absolutely 110% of the original anodized surface - beautiful! Additionally, the factory protective lacquer is about 95% on the obverse and maybe 80% on the reverse. Very rare to see a shell in this condition. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are also beauties. The lower ball has never been dropped, but there is a line vaguely showing at the bottom of the ball where the two halves were originally soldered together - not a flaw though. (I'm nit-picking here). The original un-turned four nickel screw are all in position. The original-to-the-piece short hanger is a real killer. Very rare to see a mint SS hanger these days, but this one is in that condition. The leather still has the new-like luster to the finish. It also clearly shows the decorative lines that run along both edges - usually this is the first detail to go on hanger leather. The unmarked hardware is nickel and the clip is the standard shape we see on Himmler's. The fact that the inner upper portion of the leather that goes through the carrying ring shows no rounding is a good sign that this dagger was never worn or only worn a couple of times at the most. What a scabbard!

As we would expect and hope, the blade is in the same condition as the dagger. MINT! This blade is incredible, remaining completely factory bright and retaining 100% of the original grain. The tip remains needle-like. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is very darkly etched and really jumps off the blade in the viewer's face. Other than the usual in-and-out runner marks, this blade is new-like. The Himmler inscription can't be beat. It has the same dark tone and depth as the SS motto on the observe side, "In herzlicher Kameradshaft H. Himmler". The trademark is the early double oval type used from 1933-1934. Inside the ovals is the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". In the center is the seated squirrel with a nut in his paws. The squirrel on this example has the "serrated" tail style. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

If you are looking for a true investment quality Himmler, this dagger should fit your bill. We see a lot of nice-conditioned Himmler's, but this one is way up there. A remarkable dagger that will give you many years of pleasure. It is also hard to believe that this dagger will not continue to escalate in value, as from my personal experience of over 50 years in this hobby, I do not know a collector that does not want to someday add a Himmler dagger to his collection. Since only so many were made, it stands to reason that values will continue to rise.

Mint. $19,995.00

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. $4,995.00(#052518)

SSDAG #40919C LATE MODEL 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger - RZM M 7/37 (Robt Klaas)/ RZM 1051/39 SS

This double-proofed SS dagger carries a trademark not often seen and makes it interesting in itself. It is overall a nice dagger.

The crossguards are the nickel-plated variety. The plating has a little freckling in the surfaces, but it is not bad and is all there. The tang nut is matching nickel-plated steel. The ebony grip is a fine example being in near perfect condition, the only flaw being a tiny flake off around the left top of the runes button. The grip perfectly fits the cross guards. The runes button is a fine example having perfect enamel and being placed straight up-and-down. The runes and dual circles around them have a good patina. The grip eagle is the aluminum type in that the dagger was constructed in 1939. This eagle is placed a little higher in the grip than we usually see them, but no question it is original. The eagle is the "high-necked" version and has complete details to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A good hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It is a beauty, still retaining 100% of the paint and showing only the most modest of usage. This paint also retains its original factory brightness. The nickel-plated steel scabbard mounts retain their original bright factory finish. They are both beauties, to include the perfect lower ball. The original dome head steel screws are all in place and are unbuggered. There is a fine SS short hanger. The leather is sound throughout and is complete with the small retainer loop. The buckle and slap clip are nickel-plated. The clip shows a little age, but it is minor. The clip is marked, "RZM" "DRGM" "RZM M 5/8". An excellent scabbard here.

The blade of this dagger is one to write home about. It is really nice having all of the crossgrain and being bright throughout. The motto is crisp and dark having 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. This is easily a full mint blade. The reverse ricasso is interesting as it is double-proofed giving the maker RZM marking as well as the SS contract marking and year of production - normally we only see the contract numbering. It has a double-shaded RZM circle positioned over the Robert Klaas code, "RZM M7/37" and below is the contract RZM code and the date of production, "RZM 1051/39". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A very nice RZM dagger. If you are collecting SS, you need one of all types. This is a good one condition-wise as well as the interesting double proof marking.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,895.00

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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #39937C SS Partial Rohm Inscription Dagger Boker

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $3,495.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $3,095.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $2,850.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $3,995.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A good solid SS example here.

Excellent Plus. $4,295.00

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 a 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