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 #45974 Late Model 1933 SS EM RZM M737 RZM 1051/39 SS
This later produced SS enlisted man is in nice condition throughout. It has nickel plated crossguards which are still quite bright. The obverse of both guards is nearly newlike whereas at the top of the reverse guard there is some very minor age which could conceivably be cleaned off. The tang nut is of matching nickel plated steel.
The ebony grip is in excellent condition with no flaws. It shows little usage and fits the crossguards quite nice with a minor gap at the top left but this is the kind of thing that we do see on RZM pieces. The SS runes button is placed straight up and down and has perfect enamel. The runes have fine silvering with double circles around them. The nickel grip eagle is the style which points upward slightly. It is still in fine condition with full details remaining to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.
The scabbard is a fine example. The shell is straight throughout. The original paint is still in nice condition being bright and showing some attic crazing at the left lower side of the obverse and at the right side of the reverse. No paint is missing however. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated steel type and they too are in nice condition to include the lower ball. The dome head style screws are in place.
The blade of this example is still thoroughly bright throughout. It has all of its crossgrain and is in mint condition. The SS motto is crisp and has 100 percent of the frosting in the backgrounds. The reverse blade is in the same condition and is marked with a double shaded RZM circle over the code M737 RZM 1051/39 SS. This trademark would be the code for the Robert Klaas firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
A nice SS dagger here.
Excellent Plus Plus $3,495.00
SSDAG #45976 Late Model 1936 SS EM RZM 780 RZM 1197/38 SS
The hilt of this later made SS dagger has nickel plated crossguards. The plating is basically all there but does show some age in the surfaces but not too bad. The tang nut is the nickel plated steel type and is in good condition.
The ebony grip has a tiny surface chip at the upper right and also at the lower right. There is also a tiny surface chip at the upper right reverse. Otherwise the grip is in nice condition not showing much more wear. The grip exactly fits the crossguards. The SS runes button is positioned straight and down and has good silvering to the SS runes and their double circles. The aluminum grip eagle is the “high necked” version. This eagle has all detail remaining to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The obverse has excellent paint being near 100 percent. The reverse has some wear at the upper portion most likely caused by the original wearer’s hand. The paint on the reverse is about 60 percent. The nickel plated steel scabbard mounts are in good condition throughout to include the lower ball. This scabbard is equipped with the thicker throat we often see on later pieces. The original dome head screws are still in position and have the majority of their plating.
There is a good short hanger on this piece that appears original to it. The hanger has excellent black leather and is complete with the small retainer loop. The nickel plated buckle and snap clip also have very nice plating. The clip is marked on the reverse “A” “DRGM” “RZM M5-8”.
The blade of this example is extremely nice being in near mint condition. It has a couple of extremely minor age spots but still grades at near full mint condition. All of the crossgraining is there. The SS motto is crisp and has 100 percent of the darkening in the letter backgrounds.The reverse ricasso features a large double shaded RZM code “M7/80” and beneath this the SS code 1197/38 SS. This RZM marking equates to the Spitzer firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A nice later SS dagger.
SSDAG #45990 Model 1933 SS EM with Exclamation Point Motto RZM M7/29
This example features solid nickel crossguards and tang nut. The guards are patinated with the dull look we see on nickel mounts. The guards are both in good condition with smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The reverse guard is not district marked as these exclamation daggers were made after that time period.
The ebony grip shows some usage throughout having a couple of deeper scratches around the nickel eagle and along the right edge as well as some tap taps in the center that were caused by the snap clip on the vertical hanger which is original to this piece. The grip fits the crossguards like a glove. The SS runes button has good enamel and the runes are positioned straight up and down. They have good silvering with double circles around them. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. This bird is still very crisp with all details to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has original paint which is showing its age. There is some lifting and crazing on both sides of the scabbard but still, the majority of the original paint still exists. The matching nickel patinated scabbard mounts are in good condition with the lower ball having just a couple of minor taps. These mounts have their original screws in place.
Attached to the scabbard is the original to the piece vertical hanger. This vertical is still in decent condition throughout and the buckle is secured to the right of the ring which must have been done by the original owner as it is set in place and appears to have always been this way. The leather strapping and buckle are still in good condition as is the coffin shaped reverse. The clip is a nickel plated example of which the obverse portion has rust across the surfaces. The reverse still has all of its plating and is marked A and DRGM.
Unfortunately the blade of this example shows some age staining which is fairly even across both surfaces. Perhaps the next owner might want to try to clean some of this up. The SS motto is all there with the exclamation point at the end. There is about 60 percent of the original darkening in the motto letters. The reverse has the large double shaded RZM circle positioned over the Klittermann & Moog code M7/29. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
This is a good dagger for someone one a budget that is looking for an exclamation point dagger. In the future perhaps it could be upgraded for a better example and is probably worth having for the meantime. As I say it is all completely original and un untouched condition.
SSDAG #45981 Early Model 1936 Chained SS No Maker
The crossguards are in choice condition with smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut is in good condition also and does not appear to have been out.
The grip is a nice example having just a tiny bit of surface flaking where the obverse lower section meets the crossguards but it is very negligible. The grip shows some minor usage throughout and there are also a couple of “tap taps” at the upper part of the grip where someone may have mistook it for a hammer at one time. These taps are not bad though and possibly could even be swelled out by someone who knows how to work with wood. The grip itself is quite attractive in that there is some subtle tiger tripping running horizontally on the grip and is more noticeable on the reverse than the obverse. It is a nice look however. The grip fits the crossguards perfectly. The SS runes button is in good condition having all the enamel and silver runes are positioned straight up and and down between the two circles around them. The grip eagle is a nickel variety being the type with the beak that points upward slightly. The head breast and talons show some surface wear but the eye is still there and some of the breast feathering also shows. The wings remain crisp as does the wreath and swastika in between. A good hilt here.
The scabbard shell is absolutely straight throughout. It has excellent original paint. The paint is still bright showing some carrying time but overall the paint is still at about 95 percent. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent shape throughout. The lower ball has a small dimple in the center but otherwise is in fine condition. All screws are in place.
The center ramp is the early variety with the sharp edges. It features the interlocking raised swastikas on both sides. All of the original factory darkening is in the backgrounds of these swastikas and really makes the ramp jump to the eye. The type 2 solid nickel chain is also a fine example. It has the majority of the darkening in the backgrounds of the links with just a little bit of wear on the two center bottom links as this would be where the chain would rub against the wearer’s arm. The skulls are in very fine condition all with the leering teeth that we like staring at us. The connector tabs are all in perfect condition with no separations. The cloverleaf at the top is fine matching nickel being the closed variety we see on type 2 chains. The snap clip also works well. The reverse of the chain is lightly stamped on the first link of the top chain with the SS-Kulturzeichen. Attached to the snap clip is a fine black leather belt loop with D ring.
The fine blade is bright throughout having only the usual runner marks. This blade easily grades in near mint condition showing just a couple of extremely slight age stains but they are nothing. The tip is still needlelike. The blade is the unmarked variety as we see in these early daggers. The blade shoulder perfectly meet the crossguard.
This is a fine early chained SS dagger and the type of example which many collectors would like to add to their collection. There never seems to be enough of these to go around so here is your opportunity to acquire one of these fine daggers and enjoy it for a lifetime.
Excellent Plus Plus., $7,995.00
SSDAG #46008 Early Model 1936 SS Enlisted Man with Dachau Marked Crossguard by Gottlieb Hammesfahr
This early SS daggers has fine nickel crossguards. The guards are in nice condition with smooth outside surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. There are a couple of tiny spiral marks on the top of the upper crossguard where someone long opened the tang nut with a tool that scratched it slightly. They are not deep however. The reverse crossguard is marked with the district “III”.
On the obverse crossguard in double scribed lettering is the word in all capital letters “DACHAU”. I do not know what this would be on there but perhaps one of the early SS men assigned to Dachau had an engraver do this work, but this is total speculation on my part. The Dachau camp was started soon after Hitler took power, and in the early days was primarily used to hold political prisoners.
The grip is in very fine condition showing almost no wear. It is outstanding ebony wood throughout and fits the crossguards like a glove. The SS runes button has a couple of hits to the enamel surface but none of the breakages are through the enamel. The runes are still nice and crisp being straight up and down with their double circles. The nickel grip eagle is the style with point behind the head. It is in perfect condition still being totally crisp to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A nice hilt here.
The scabbard is straight throughout. This scabbard has 100 percent anodizing and is in very very nice condition. The scabbard mounts are the solid nickel type matching the crossguards. They also remain in perfect condition to include the lower ball. The four original screws are all in place.
Attached to the hanging ring is a fine short hanger of the same period. This hanger has excellent leather throughout and it is complete with its small retainer loop. The snap clip is the unmarked conventional style seen early on.
The blade is a outstanding example. It is still bright throughout and grades in near mint condition. There are a couple of extremely tiny nicks mostly on the lower edge but they are very very slight and not noticeable. The tip is still needlelike. The SS motto is crisp and still has 100 percent of the darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso has the double ovals with the firm’s name and location "Gottlieb Hammesfahr Solingen Foche". Inside is the pyramid logo. The blade shoulders nicely meet the crossguard being not totally perfect but sometimes you see just that thousandths of an inch of a gap which is still a factory job. A very interesting and nice conditioned SS dagger here.
Excellent Plus. $4,795.00
SSDAG #46044C Late Model 1933 SS EM RZM 1198/39 SS
This SS dagger is in very nice overall condition. It is a later model so it has the nickel plated crossguards and tang nut. The tang nut does not appear to have been apart. The crossguards plating is still in very good condition the upper example still being near mint and nice and bright. The lower example shows a bit more age but still, the plating is still all there and bright.
The ebony grip is in good condition having a tiny sliver out of the edge at the obverse left top. There is also just the slightest sliver at the top edge of the reverse grip. Otherwise the grip is in perfect condition and fits the piece like a glove. The SS runes button is straight throughout with straight up and down silver runes with double circles. The nickel grip eagle is the high necked version. This eagle is set quite deep in the grip so it is still in perfect crisp condition having full details to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.
The scabbard of this example is a real beauty. This scabbard is straight as an arrow and has perfect original black paint. It is quite rare to see original paint in this condition. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated type over steel base. They too are bright throughout and remain perfect to include the lower ball. They are retained by the original dome head screws.
Attached to the carrying ring is a mint conditioned SS short hanger. This short hanger is really nice with all of its plating still being perfect with no rust or deterioration anywhere. The hanger is complete with the small retainer loop. The snap clip is marked M5/25 RZM.
The blade is also extremely nice. This blade is bright throughout and has all of its crossgrain. Other than some very vague age on the surfaces toward the tip the blade is still in mint condition with its needlelike tip. The SS motto is crisp throughout and has 100 percent of the darkening in the backs of the letters. On the reverse it is marked with an open RZM circle positioned over the code 1198/39 and beneath are the SS runes. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A really nice RZM SS here.
Excellent Plus Plus. $3,295.00
SSDAG #45951C Early SS Model 1933 with Vertical Hanger by SS 121/34 RZM
This early SS dagger is in about the best condition you are likely to encounter. It has nickel crossguards and tang nut all in very fine condition. The guards have smooth surfaces crisp and precise accent grooves. The tang nut is also in choice condition. This example is not district marked because it would have been made right after the initial distribution of SS daggers.
The ebony grip is an extremely fine example being in perfect condition. The obverse shows virtually no usage whatsoever and the reverse has a couple of scuffs in the reverse where it was rubbed by the vertical hanger that is still on this dagger. Otherwise the reverse grip is also in perfect condition. The SS runes button is turned to about 7:30 and it has a nice patina to runes and the circles around it. The grip eagle is an early nickel variety being the “point behind the head” type. It shows good detail to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. An extremely fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is the best you will see. The original paint is still in 100 percent condition and still has its original sheen to the finish. Other than just one tiny tap at the very left end of the scabbard edge this paint is completely perfect. The scabbard is fitted with matching nickel upper and lower mounts. The mounts are in very fine condition to include the lower ball. The mounts are retained by the four original screws which are unturned.Attached to the scabbard is a remarkably good conditioned SS vertical. This leather is about the best you’ll see on an original hanger. It has a very fine coffin shaped reverse and the retainer strap as well as the strap with buckle are in excellent condition. Even the nickel plated buckle still has a good finish. Rare to see and early scabbard this nice.
In keeping with the rest of this dagger the blade is also in a beauty having all of the crossgrain and fine original shape with needlelike tip. The blade is in mint condition with a crisp motto having very fine darkening to the letter backgrounds. The reverse blade is in the same fine condition. It is marked with the maker code reading towards the point as is correct with daggers of this type. The reproduction blades are easily seen as they are marked towards the hilt which you don’t want to see on this maker dagger. It presents a set of double circled SS runes atop the code 121/34 and below a double open RZM circle. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
An extremely fine early SS dagger. Despite the fact that it is an RZM piece it was the beginning of the RZM time and these pieces were made with the same quality and the same fine construction as any early maker marked example. A great piece if you are looking to add something very fine to your collection.
SSDAG #43991C Model 1933 Ground Röhm SS Dagger with Only Signature Ground - Böker
This classic Böker SS Dagger was originally produced with a full Röhm inscription and per the orders of June 1934, in this case, only the signature was removed, leaving the entire dedication intact on the blade. The dagger is equipped with solid nickel crossguards, being the textbook Böker shape. These mounts have fine smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The nickel tang nut does not appear to have been ever out. The lower reverse cross guard is district stamped, "I". The obverse ebony grip is completely perfect showing little to no wear. The reverse of the grip has a couple of small depressions next to each other, which appear to have been caused by perhaps a once present vertical hanger clip. They are not bad however, and if anything, give the dagger some character. The runes button is position at about 7:00 o'clock and it has perfect enamel. The SS runes and double circle around them have nicely toned to match the guards. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "beak that goes upward slightly". The eagle shows some minor surface wear, however, the details remain to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. This grip fits the guards like a rubber glove - nice. A fine hilt here!
The scabbard shell is a beauty being straight as an arrow throughout. Although I don't see any lacquer, the "anodized" surface is 100% and really looks great. The nickel scabbard mounts are in choice condition to include the lower ball. All screws are present and are un-turned. Attached to the upper carrying ring is a very fine, mint black short hanger, The hanger is the early type with supple fine leather and being complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger hardware is nickel and the clip is the "snout-nosed" variety having the rivet which retains the spring.
The blade shows some usage, but remains bright. I don't see any grain in the surfaces, however, it probably is just a case of this blade being wiped over the years, most likely by its original owner. The overall condition of the blade is still excellent. The SS motto is crisp and deep, having about 50% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. Like we see on many Böker daggers, there is just the slightest of pimpling in the depths of the letters. This is cause by impurities in the steel and become visible during the acid eating process. The pimpling, however, is very slight. I show pictures of this condition with Böker daggers in my SS Book on Page 56, explaining that once the darkening in the letter backgrounds begins to wear, we often see this minor flaw. The reverse of the blade has a still fine etch to the partial inscription, "In herzlicher Komradschaft". The area where the Röhm signature once appeared was ground and professionally re-polished. It appears to have been done by someone who knew their trade. There is just a slight rub to the top of the trademark. The trademark is the small double oval variety that Böker used with Röhm inscribed blades. The purpose of the small logo was to leave better visual room for the inscription, as their larger standard logo with the "mausoleum" and stark tree was much larger. The double ovals of this logo contain the firm's name and location, "Böker/ Solingen". The stark leafless tree is positioned in the center. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A fine Partial Röhm dagger here.
Excellent Plus. $4,800.00 (#042321)
SSDAG #45436C Late SS EM Blade
The tang is marked with a large “0” and it is also properly threaded.
The reverse of the blade is marked with a single RZM circle above the code 1196-38 SS.
This blade is ready to be used and would make a perfect replacement for a late SS dagger having the plated crossguards and painted scabbard.
SSDAG #45185C Early SS EM with SS Serial Number by Gottlieb Hammesfahr
This early SS dagger is equipped with all nickel mounts. The tang nut and crossguards are in excellent condition having good smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is marked with the district number Roman numeral "III". In addition it is stamped on wither side of the district number with the original owner’s SS serial number "206 387". I have tried to look the number up on the Dienstalterliste but it is not there which indicates the original owner was an enlisted man.
The grip of this dagger is in fairly good condition on the reverse and on the obverse it shows some surface chips which have come out surrounding the SS runes button. There are also some tap taps in the grip which are mostly under the grip eagle. The runes button has fairly good enamel showing usage but no material missing. The silver runes are nicely patinaed and are surrounded by double circles. The runes are positioned at about 8 o’clock. The grip eagle is the high necked variety and it still is in good condition with all details still being there with little to no wear. The grip also perfectly fits the crossguards.
The scabbard of this example does not appear to be the original one as it is equipped with nickel plated mounts. The mounts are in outstanding condition to include the lower ball which just has a tiny tap in the lower bottom. The throat is thinner type that we see in usage from about 1938. The scabbard shell has nice original black paint showing a minor scuff on the reverse part but otherwise throughout is in fine condition with the usual minor attic crazing. This paint rates at easily 95 percent. The original screws in place and are unturned.
Attached to the upper ring is a black short hanger. It is missing the retainer ring leather but is in otherwise in good condition. The hardware is the plated type and the snap clip is marked "RZM M5/71 OLC". It is possible the original owner had his scabbard changed later on in the period because it possible the other scabbard became in poor condition.
The blade of this example shows some age and usage and some signs of past sharpening but overall it is not too bad and grades at excellent. The SS motto is still in fairly good condition having perhaps 20 percent of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals which contain the firm’s name and location "Gottleib Hammesfhar Solingen Foche". Inside the double circles is a pyramid with a plus on its obverse. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
I know that this dagger has a few failings but it is still in collectible condition and of course the SS serial number also makes it interesting. It is possible that in the future we may be able trace enlisted men's numbers so it is a worthwhile dagger to keep. It comes from the Joe Santucci collection.
SSDAG #44907C Model 1933 SS EM with Exclamation Point - RZM 324-38 SS
This dagger produced in 1938 is equipped with nickel crossguards. The guards are in nice condition throughout having good surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The matching nickel tang nut is in good condition and does not appear to have been out.
The gip os this example has some mild wearing signs to the ebony. There is little spot out next to the runes button at the right and there are a couple of mild hits above the grip eagle and one below the eagle's right wing. The reverse has a crack at the top and also shows some usage signs in the center area. Overall though the grip is not too bad and it nicely fits the crossguards.
The SS runes button has fine enamel and is positioned straight up and down. It is a silvered variety with double circles around it. The grip eagle is a nickel example with the beak pointing upward. The details to the bird are just about all there with only the most modest of wear to the breast feathered area. The head talons wreath and wings are in good condition.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has its original black paint. The paint has some scuffs on the upper obverse area and also a few scuffs on the reverse upper area. The lower portion of the paint is still in pretty good condition.
the scabbard mounts are also of nickel. They are in good condition with the lower ball having a minor tap which goes toward the bottom reverse area but it is nothing. These mounts are retained by unturned nickel screws.
The blade of this example is still fairly bright but it does show some minor light age in the surfaces of both sides. The blade also has been retipped and is about one quarter inch short. The motto is still fairly crips having about 80 percent of its original darkening in the letter backgrounds and it ends with the exclamation point. The reverse of the blade is matching etched with a double shaded RZM under the code "324/38 SS". I show one of these 324 marked daggers in my SS book on page 687 and 688. This dagger is virtually identical to the example that I show.
A good original piece here with some flaws but it is priced accordingly.
SSDAG #44866C SS EM with Exclamation Point - RZM M7/29
This fine exclamation point with the RZM M7/29 has been identified as the work of Klittermann & Moog. This is a textbook example having all nickel mounts throughout. The nickel crossguards and tang nut are in exceptional condition each having very fine smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut appears that it was out once or twice.
The grip is a nice ebony example being totally perfect on the obverse. The reverse is also very nice having a tiny sliver out of the surface of the wood at the left upper area. The runes button is in good condition having fine enamel and is of slightly convex shape. The button is turned to about 8 o'clock. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. The bird still has all crisps designs to his head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A very nice hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout and it reflects original black paint. This paint has age spidering that is evenly running throughout its length on both sides. All in all though about 95 percent of the paint is still here but it does have the spidering. The scabbard mounts are also nickel and are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. The nickel screws are all in place.
And now for the best part of this dagger being the blade. This blade is still in nice bright condition. It does have crossgrain and shows just the slightest of age in the surfaces but all in all is in a near mint state. It is deeply etched with the SS motto Meine Ehre heißt Treue with the exclamation point at the end of it. The darkening in the letter backgrounds remains at about 90 percent. The reverse blade is also in nice condition showing some minor age but not bad. It features a matching etched double shaded style RZM circle which is positioned over the Klittermann & Moog code "M 7/29". The blade shoulders nicely meet the crossguard contours.
An outstanding original exclamation point dagger here. It is not in mint condition but is in very acceptable collectible condition and is you have been looking for a nice example with this rarity motto this is a great opportunity to fill that void.
Excellent Plus. $5,695.00