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 #44472C Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger
This initial production Chained SS Dagger has excellent solid nickel fittings throughout and a Type II chain. The guards remain in very fine condition, internally marked "PA" and have lots of the green residue we like to see. The tang nut is similarly nice.
The grip, unfortunately, shows lots of wear and perhaps a little abuse. The ebony is cracked near the top and bottom of both sides, along with some gouge marks along the center ridge. Obviously if you could employ someone to fix this grip it would add much to this dagger. The grip perfectly fits the guards, however. The SS runes button is positioned straight up and down. It has a few minor surface hits to the enamel, mostly at the center of the button. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a slightly upturned beak. The bird shows some wear to the head, talons, and breast feathering, but the remainder is crisp.
The scabbard shell is straight on the reverse but the obverse has a tiny impression, very minor and easy for the right person to remove. The scabbard paint is original and remains about 98% intact. This paint shows little usage and retains the original finish. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition, to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by nickel screws throughout. The center ramp is an early nickel type, with nice sharp edges and featuring three intertwined swastikas on each side. Some of the original factory darkening remains in the backgrounds of this ramp, perhaps being 40-50% intact.
Connected to the ramp and the upper clip is a nice, solid nickel Type II chain. The chain retains good detailing to the skulls, with visible teeth, and the SS rune links are also nicely formed. Like the center ramp there is about 50% of the original factory darkening left on the pebbled surfaces of the links. It is marked with the SS-Kulturzeichen stamp. The cloverleaf snap clip is the solid type seen on Type II chains, and it works well.
The blade of this example is slightly gray on the obverse but brighter on the back. The SS motto shows some wear and has little (sat 10-15%) of the original background darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. There is not pitting, however, and the tip remains needle-like.
Not a bad Chained SS Dagger here, with some issues but priced accordingly. Have the grip restored would add much value to this piece.
SSDAG #44456C Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger
This Chained SS Dagger is of initial production, with fine nickel mounts and a Type II chain. The crossguards remain in very fine condition throughout. I took a look inside of them and in addition to the the greenish mold are the marks "ST/ST". The tang nut remains in good shape.
The ebony grip remains in perfect condition, and fits the guards flawlessly. it is the type with a smooth surface, lacking a distinct center ridge. The SS runes button retains excellent enamel and the runes have patinated to match the rest of the dagger. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a point behind the head. This bird remains in excellent condition throughout.
Wrapped abut the grip is what appears to be the original portepee. This knot has been looped around the lower area but the places where the bullion is worn line up exactly with the parts of the dagger which would have rubbed against it. This knot does have some fray but is one of the rare, original types.
The scabbard shell remains straight throughout. It looks to have an anodized finish but has quite a but of age on both sides. It would remarkable improve the appearance of the dagger if the next owner has it professionally painted. The scabbard mounts are solid nickel and all remain in excellent shape, including the never-dropped lower ball. The original screws are all in place. The center ramp is an early nickel type, with nice sharp edges and featuring three raised and intertwined swastikas on each side. This ramp is the style that was not darkened in the factory and the same is true of the chain. The skulls and runes of the chain links remain crisp, and the connector tabs are firmly sealed. The first upper link is marked with the SS-Kulturzeichen. The chain is connected to a fine cloverleaf with a good working snap.
Attached to the snap clip is a very rare original SS teardrop hanger. The black leather of this hanger remains in excellent condition and it has a finely pebbled "D" ring. The leather is marked "SS 48/38 RZM". I don't know if this clip is original to the dagger but it is authentic and very rare.
The blade of this dagger makes up for a lot. It remains bright and retains the original crossgrain. The SS motto looks to have 100% of the original background darkening. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
If the scabbard were repainted the value of this dagger would increase dramatically.
SSDAG #44383C Enlisted Man's Model 1933 SS Dagger with Vertical Hanger & Belt Loop - Gottlieb Hammesfahr
This is a fine, very collectible example that does not seem to have been apart. It is equipped with excellent nickel cross guard mounts, having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is district-stamped, "III". The ebony grip is as fine as they come, being in totally perfect condition with no repairs and very little visible wearing time. The fit to the guards is also excellent. The perfect enameled SS runes button is a beauty, being turned to just about 7:00 o'clock. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety and remains totally crisp, showing so wear at all - nice. A very fine hilt here.
The scabbard is also an extremely fine example having 100% of the "anodized" surfaces with some bits of original lacquer visible here and there. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are perfect, to include the lower ball. The mounts are retained by unturned nickel screws. The upper scabbard has the desirable green patina under the vertical hanger, being a sign that this hanger is original to this piece. The vertical hanger still has supple leather and is in fine condition throughout the coffin back and the two cross straps. The buckle is the standard square-shaped type, being nickel-plated. The snap clip is the standard shape, being a nickel example and marked, "A" and "DRGM". Connected to the clip is also what appears to be the original belt loop. It too, has choice leather and is equipped with a pebbled "D" ring. A fine scabbard here.
The blade is bright and still has its grain in place. It easily rates at near full mint condition, having only the usual in-and-out runner marks. The SS motto etch is crisp and has all of the original factory black in the letter backgrounds.The matching etched trademark on the reverse ricasso features the double ovals having the firm's name and location inside, "Gottlieb Hammefahr/ Solingen Foche". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
If you are looking for a good clean SS E.M. that you will be happy with for a lifetime, I believe this example is for you. It does not appear to have been cleaned, and has all of the early attributes we all desire on a Model 1933. Well worth the price charged!
Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,995.00
SSDAG #44143C Serial Numbered Full Röhm SS Dagger - Rich Abr. Herder
This original Röhm dagger is fitted with classic Herder mounts. The nickel cross guards are marked internally, "P.A", being a usual for this producer. The lower reverse cross guard is District stamped with Roman numeral "I". On the bottom of this cross guard is the original owner's SS serial number, "270 029". The digits appear to have been stamped with single dies. Obviously, this SS man conformed to the April 1934 order from Röhm, to have his dedicated daggers stamped with his serial number. I looked up the number, and unfortunately, it is not on the SS Dienstaltersliste, so it can be assumed the original owner was an enlisted man. (This does not mean that in the future researchers such as Ross Kellbaugh may not be able to identify this man. He has been able to identify many of these non-officer numbers in the last couple of years, so contacting him could be of value). The ebony grip is the typical Herder type, having the thinner look of this maker and also having the eagle mounted lower in the grip than other dagger types.
The grip remains in perfect condition with no repairs. It shows little wear, still remaining quite crisp throughout. The grip perfectly fits the cross guards. The runes button is turned to nearly 8:00 o'clock. It is the more convex surfaced type, and the black enamel surfaces show some usage, but remain in fine condition. The runes are presented with the two circles around them.The nickel grip eagle is the style with "point behind the head". It remains crisp throughout the bird's body, wings, wreath and swastika. There is a minute hit to the left side of the bird's head - can only be seen with a loupe, but I mention it though, as I know a lot of collectors like to look at these things through a microscope instead of the naked eye, as they were meant to be seen. This grip eagle is beautifully set in the ebony - it is perfect.
I took a look at the inside of the numbered lower guard and notice there is a little minor filing where the tang passes through. This seemed strange, as this dagger is 100%, even having the Herder diamond raised out of the tang and all proper Herder parts. Comparing the inside patina of the two guards, they both have the identical amount of green age we normally see and are absolutely a matched set. The only thing I can conclude is that perhaps when the SS number was applied during the period, perhaps the workman could not get the cross guard back over the tang and did this minor adjustment to solve his problem. This is the only answer I can conclude, as there is just no reason to believe that this guard has been changed, as it is an exact match with everything else on this dagger.
The scabbard shell is completely straight. It has excellent anodizing still remaining looking to still be 100%, having only the slightest bit of mild age in the surfaces. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in place, with the upper example being in fine condition. The lower mount has a hit to the lower ball and it is mostly crushed in, but no real splitting. The original nickel screws are in place with no signs of turning.
The blade is still bright, showing only the most minor of age. This blade still grades at excellent plus. The SS motto is crisp and has about 98% of the original factory darkening in the backgrounds. There is just a tad of commonly seen "pimpling" that shows in the recesses of the etch, but it is not really noticeable. The reverse blade is matching etched with a fine complete inscription, "In herzlicher Komradshaft Ernst Röhm" done with his facsimile signature. There is also grain visible on the reverse blade.The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the double ovals which contain the firm's name and location, "Rich. Abr. Herder. In the center is the Herder diamond logo.
A rarely seen original example.
Excellent Plus. $20,995.00
SSDAG #42315 Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger
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.
SSDAG #44129 Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - Rich. Abr. Herder
This is a very fine Model 1933, being the type that everyone wants to add to their collection, as look as you might, there just is nothing wrong with it, and its condition is all there. I sold this dagger to a good customer about ten years ago and since he has several others, he decided to part with it in order to make a trade deal with me. The dagger is equipped with fine nickel crossguards and matching tang nut. These mounts remain in fine condition with smooth surfaces, crisp edges and good precise accent grooves. The tang nut looks like it might have been turned once, but that is about it. Although I didn't look, I am sure these guards will be internally marked with the "P.A" initials, as they were the ones we normally see with Herder daggers. The lower reverse crossguard is marked with the numeral "II". This was the smallest of the districts used for distribution, so we don't see this numeral as much as the "I" and the "III".
The ebony grip is a very fine example showing only the most nominal of usage signs. It is a beauty having no repairs and no flaws - really nice grip here. The runes button is one of the ones with the coppery color. It has perfect enamel and the runes are turned to about 7:00 o'clock. The nickel grip eagle is the type where the head is pointed upward slightly. The bird could not be nicer having full details to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika - no wear here at all. Nice hilt!
The scabbard shell is also a real winner. It is completely straight, and the anodizing is basically all there. There are a couple of faint age dots here and there, but they are really nothing. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in choice condition, to include the lower ball. The ball has a couple of wearing signs, but no dings. All four original nickel screws are in place. The scabbard is equipped with a fine early vertical hanger. The hanger is in nice stable condition throughout with no rot or problems. The cross strap has a nice nickel-plated square buckle. The snap clip is a nickel example marked "A" and "DRGM". Attached to the vertical is a fine-conditioned belt loop. Great overall scabbard here - just what you guys really like!
The blade is completely bright and has all of the cross grain. It is just about full mint, having a couple of the most modest signs of age, but still is a beauty. The SS motto is crisp and has all of the blackening in the letter backgrounds.The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the dual ovals which contain the firm's details, "Rich. Abr. Herder/ Solingen". Inside, is the famous diamond logo insignia. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower cross guard contours. Outstanding blade here.
This is a really nice early example here, and of the quality and condition that that will enjoy in your collection for a lifetime.
Near Mint. $4,695.00
SSDAG #44073C Himmler Inscription SS Dagger Belonging to SS Obersturmbannführer Dr. Bernard Frank
This choice-conditioned SS Himmler dagger was originally awarded to Dr. Bernard Frank, who held the rank of SS-Obersturmbahnführer, SS #105 013, and was the SS commander in charge of the Berghof at the mountain Obersalzberg compound of Hitler at war's end. Hitler, while hunkered down in the Reich Chancellery Berlin bunker on April 25, 1945, received a telegram from Göring that he received information that Hitler was no longer able to conduct the 3rd Reich government and that he (Göring), according to a previous agreement from 1939, would take over control. Bormann, of course, with his manipulating abilities always attempted to make everyone in the government look bad but himself. So, he used the message to its full due, convincing Hitler that Göring was a traitor. A furious Hitler telephoned Frank at Berchtesgaten where Göring was waiting out the end of the war in his chalet. He ordered Frank to arrest Göring and have him shot. Since the war was at an end, (and Frank liked Göring), Frank exercised a house arrest of Göring, but disobeyed the execution order. He later aided Göring in his eventual surrender to the Americans. Frank later wrote a book about his experiences entitled, "Hitler, Göring and the Obersalzberg" He was a long term, well thought of officer and was one of the few SS selections by Himmler for the induction into the rites at Wewelsburg Castle.
Frank lived to be 98 years old and toward the end of his life, he sold his original SS weapons. In the past I had handled the sale his early silver SS lion head sword, as well as his early Model 1933 SS dagger with his monogram engraved on the upper scabbard fitting. The Himmler SS dagger described below was also part of the grouping sold by Frank prior to his death. Included with the dagger are autographed pictures of an elderly Frank with the Himmler dagger at a table in front of him.
The Himmler dagger, produced by Carl Eickhorn, is a complete textbook piece in extremely fine condition. The cross guards and tang nut are of nickel. The guards are completely smooth with crisp edges and the well-known Eickhorn deep-accent grooves. The tang nut was loose to the finger, so I took a look inside. The guards are internally marked, "H.E". The lower guard is inspection stamped on the bottom, "3". The ebony grip shows no usage. It remains completely crisp with the center ridge line still factory sharp. The grip fits the guards fairly well having a couple of small Eickhorn notorious gaps typical of this firm. The runes button is completely new-like, being positioned straight up and down, with the silver finish to the runes and the double circles around them. The nickel grip eagle is pristine with all details to the bird being crisp. It is the "high-necked" variety. Other than a tiny flaw to the wood, just beneath the right eagle wing and wreath connecting area, the grip is totally perfect. An extremely fine hilt here!
The scabbard shell is also terrific. It is straight throughout and has 100% of the original "anodized" finish. I would say that at least 90% of the original protective lacquer is there also. A great shell here! The nickel scabbard mounts are in mint condition throughout. They have that slightly different tone to the metal finish from the cross guards, as we often see on Himmler's. The four original nickel screws are in place and are un-turned.
The blade is the best you will see. It is stone mint having mirror surfaces and all of the cross grain. The SS motto is deeply etched, "Meine Erhe heisst Treue", and has all of the factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse blade is in the same spectacular condition with its etched sentiment, "In herzlicher Komradschaft H. Himmler". Beautiful inscription here!. The trademark is the small ovals, containing the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn/ Solingen". The seated squirrel is the style with a smooth tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A magnificent example here, formally owned by a notable SS officer. The dagger is totally documented with complete provenance. I can't think of a better 3rd Reich investment potential than the ownership of this outstanding example.
Mint Minus. $20,995.00
SSDAG #43972C Model 1933 Enlisted Man's Ground Röhm Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
This SS dagger is in untouched condition and does not appear to have been ever apart. The crossguards and tang nut are of nickel, being nicely dull-toned. These mounts have their smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves, typical of the Eickhorn firm. The reverse lower guard is district numbered, "III", The ebony grip has some minor "flecks" of the surface wood edges at all of the meeting points of the guards. Other than this, the grip is in good condition, showing only nominal wear and usage. There is a small gouge mark in the reverse center of the grip which is no doubt attributable to a once-present vertical hanger clip. The SS Runes button is positioned at about 7:00 o'clock and the enamel remains in perfect condition. The runes and the double circles around them are toned matching the dagger mounts. The nickel grip eagle is a fine example showing only the most minor wear to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has period black paint over the original "anodized" surfaces. The paint shows age and usage, but overall is about 85%. In the spots where there is wear to the paint, it is possible to see the original "anodizing" showing through. (Due to the easy wear to the anodized finish, many SS men re-painted their scabbards). The scabbard is equipped with matching nickel mounts having a patina matching the crossguards. They are in good shape with the lower ball showing some usage signs and a couple of minor hits, but it is not pushed-in nor are there splits. The nickel screws are all in place.
The blade obverse is still bright for the most part, having a couple of minor smudges, mostly in the ricasso area. The blade grades at excellent plus. The reverse blade has had a complete grinding of the once present Röhm inscription. It has been re-polished and appears to be a factory job. There are also a couple of minor smudges here at the ricasso area. The trademark is the small double ovals. They contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn/ Solingen". In the center is the seated squirrel, being the type with the smooth tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
Accompanying the dagger are a couple of period 8 X 10 black and white photos allegedly of the returning veteran sergeant. There is also a wood framed grouping of the sergeant's stripes along with a couple of US patches. The name of the veteran and his outfit are mounted at the bottom of the frame being printed on cloth, "Mongrieff/ 5th F.M.S.". These personal items were included with the dagger when the consignor bought this piece at auction. There could be enough information to research this veteran sergeant.
A good, basic Eickhorn Ground Röhm dagger here.
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. $5,495.00
SSDAG #44041 Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger with Type 1 Chain
This Chained SS is a very desirable dagger being in the best of condition. The crossguards and tang nut are of nickel. Although the mounts have been cleaned, the dark green residue is inside the guards and looks great. The guards have good smooth surfaces, sharp edges and precise accent grooves.
The ebony grip is a very fine example, showing little usage. It had a chip in the reverse lower left side, however, we had it properly repaired and the work is undetectable. This grip fits the crossguards perfectly. The runes button has perfect enamel with the SS runes set at about 7:00 o'clock. The runes and the dual circles around them have patinated nicely. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak that points upward slightly. The breast and talon areas show a little surface wear, but the bird's head, wings, wreath and swastika still remain crisp.
The scabbard shell is completely straight. It has a fine anodized surface which is nearly 100%, having only a minor amount of age, just above the lower mount area - very minor, however. There are also traces of the original protective lacquer over the anodized surfaces. As we see with Type I chains, the scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated type. They are both in excellent condition having good bright surfaces. The lower ball remains in perfect, never-dropped, condition. The center ramp is the style usually seen with Type I assemblies. It features the three intertwined, raised swastikas on each side with the backgrounds being pebbled. The backgrounds were not darkened on this type assembly. The ramp is retained by a single screw on the left side. Connected to the ramp and the upper scabbard mount is a great-conditioned, Type I Chain. This nickel-plated chain is as nice as you will see with 100% plating - it is mint. The chain links feature the large, raised out skulls with extremely toothy grins at the viewer. The SS links with the runes are also higher and more detailed than the Type II chains. The links are retained by the special tabs used for Type I chains. They are very substantial and not subject to the bending and splitting we sometimes see on the more fragile Type II nickel examples. Each link has fine background pebbling. The chain is connected to the clover leaf snap clip. The upper loop of the clip is the open type, which reveals the "DRGM" lettering on the snap below. The snap below has a good spring and works fine. The reverse of the chain also has perfect nickel surfaces. The link attached to the upper scabbard mount is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen stamping. A groat chain assembly here!
And now for the blade. This unmarked blade is as nice as the outside of the dagger. It has all of its cross grain and is completely bright, with needle-like tip. This blade is in mint condition. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is crisp and has 100% of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A really nice SS dagger here with the rarer Type I Chain. These daggers are always a good investment, a great hedge for inflation, and something that you can enjoy for a lifetime.
Near Mint. $7,695.00
SSDAG #43790C Transitional Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger with Original Grip Tag
This transitional SS piece is rarely seen and comes with the original grip tag still attached. The hilt has a nickel tang nut and crossguards. The nut does not look to have been turned and the guards remain in very nice condition throughout.
The ebony grip remains in pristine condition and beautifully fits the guards. The enamel SS runes button is set straight up and down. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a slightly upturned beak; this bird retains full detailing throughout.
Attached to the grip via a rivet is the original paper tag. This tag is off-white with SS runes and black text that indicates that this is in fact a SS dagger. There is also a RZM mark and a run number of "006934". The tag remains in perfect condition. It is very, very rare to see an issue tag remaining on a SS dagger after all these years.
The scabbard shell is completely straight and has just about 100% of the original black paint. This paint retains a fine luster. The scabbard mounts are nickel plated examples which remain factory bright, retained by the original, unturned dome head screws.
Attached to the upper carrying ring is a fine SS short hanger and belt loop. This short hanger has good leather although the retainer loop is gone to time. The hardware is nickel plated. The snap clip is marked, "RZM M5/71 OLC". The belt loop is constructed of matching black leather with a fine plated "D" ring.
The blade remains bright. It easily has 100% of the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SS motto is extremely crisp, with 100% of the darkening in the letters. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with an RZM circle atop the SS code, "1053/38". Below this is a set of SS runes. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A very rarely seen transitional SS dagger here, with an even rarer attached tag.
Near Mint. $3,995.00
SSDAG #43625C Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger
This dagger is a classic early example with all nickel mounts. The cross guards are in perfect condition throughout, having fine smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The matching tang nut remains crisp throughout and shows no sign of ever being opened - nice. The ebony grip is a beautiful perfect-conditioned example with no flaws and no repairs. In fact, this grip is in wonderful condition, not showing any wear or hits anywhere. The SS runes button is totally perfect being set straight up-and-down with choice enamel over the runes with double circles around them. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. The bird still has complete details to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. An extremely fine hilt here!
The scabbard shell is also a beauty. It is straight throughout, having only a tiny wearing sign at the lower obverse, but it is nothing. The original paint is terrific, still having its original factory sheen. There are some cracks in the paint here and there and minor signs of age, but if anything, these give the scabbard fine character. This paint actually is 100%.The scabbard mounts are all nickel. They are in overall nice condition, although there is a minor hit to the left side of the lower ball, but there is no splitting of the seam. The mounts are retained by their original screws, which all appear to be un-turned. The center ramp is the early style having the sharp, crisp edges. It features the three raised intertwined swastikas on both sides. There is little darkening in the backgrounds, matching the backgrounds of the chain links. The chain is the Type II variety. The links are all nickel. having excellent nickel connector tabs. All tabs are closed. The skull links all have 100% of the toothy grin showing no wear. The SS runic links are also in a crisp state. All links have fine background pebbling. The two chain assemblies are connected to a matching clover leaf with good working snap with original spring. The clover leaf is the closed type normally seen with Type II chains. The first link of the upper chain is lightly stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen proof marking. Overall, a fine scabbard here.
The unmarked bright blade is also a choice example having no flaws or age spotting. It has all of the original grain and remains in mint condition. The SS motto is as good as you will see. It still has 100% of the original darkening in the etched backgrounds - a really impressive blade here. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the contours of the lower cross guard.
This is an exceptional early Chained dagger here. Other than the ding in the lower ball, this dagger is near perfect throughout. A very fine original example here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $7,295.00
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.
SSDAG #43224 Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - Robert Klaas
This early SS Dagger is equipped with nickel crossguards. The guards are in excellent condition throughout, with good smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precisely cut accent grooves. The reverse of the guard is district marked "I". The tang nut looks to have been out a couple of times, but there is no buggering.
The ebony grip is in good shape, showing some mild wear and a few minor cracks here and there. They aren't going anywhere and everything looks fine, with no repairs. The runes button is a convex type with perfect enamel throughout. The runes are nicely silvered, as are the borders. The matching nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" type; this bird retains complete detailing throughout.
The scabbard shell is straight and has an "anodized" surface. This finish, however, is starting to thin and remains only about 40% intact, perhaps a little more in the areas protected by the scabbard mounts. The mounts are of matching nickel and both are in good condition. There is a minor dimple in the lower ball but it is not bad and does not show from the front. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered.
There is an interesting short hanger on this dagger. It has good black leather and is complete with the retainer loop and nickel hardware. The reverse is stamped twice with the three-legged swastika we see sometimes, and has the maker's name "Kernstück / L2 / 4 / 35". I can't recall seeing this exact stamping before on an SS short hanger so I think it would be quite desirable.
The blade remains in nice condition, showing only minor age and with most of the original crossgrain. There are the usual "in-and-out" marks. The SS motto is crisp and has about 90% of the original background darkening in the letters. The reverse of the blade is etched with the Klaas Kissing Cranes trademark, and the blade shoulders nicely meet the lower guard.
A good, basic SS EM Dagger here.
SSDAG #43143 Early Model 1933 SS E.M. Ground Röhm - Böker
This classic Böker dagger is equipped with nickel cross guards. The guards are the in-factory type produced by Böker having the distinct shape to the slightly turned-up ends. The matching nickel tang nut does not appear to have been turned. The reverse lower cross guard is stamped with the district numeral, "I". The guards have excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The ebony grip remains in choice, untouched condition with no repairs. The grip shows only the most modest of usage. It fits the guards like a rubber glove. The runes button is turned to 7:00 o'clock. It has perfect enamel. The runes are a fine silvered color matching the double circles around them. A very fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is completely straight. It has all of the anodized finish, and maybe about 15% of the original lacquer speckled around the surfaces. A nice shell here. The nickel scabbard mounts are in fine condition. The lower ball has a little pushing upward, but it is still intact and looks good. The screws are all in place and are not buggered.
The blade obverse is completely bright, having most of its original cross grain. It rates just about mint. The motto is deeply etched having all of its frosted backgrounds. The reverse blade has had the entire once-present Röhm inscription ground off, but the job was very neatly done. The area has been re-grained, but the knowing eye will surely recognize this as having once been a Röhm. The trademark is the small double oval logo that Böker used with their Röhm daggers in order to give the original inscription the most space as possible. The top portion of the double ovals was also a victim of the grind, but it is not bad. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A fine, textbook example here of a Böker Ground Röhm dagger.
Excellent Plus. $3,895.00
SSDAG#42737C Early Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - E. P. & S.
The ebony grip is in nice condition throughout, showing only modest wear and with no trace of repairs. The grip nicely fits the guards. The SS runes button shows some surface wear to the enamel but it is all present, and the runes are turned slightly clockwise. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" type and retains full detailing throughout.
The obverse of the scabbard is straight and has only a small ding in the reverse center, but it is minor. The "anodized" finish mostly covers the shell, although there are age spots on both sides. The upper nickel scabbard mount is in good condition, but the lower ball has been pushed up. It is, however, still rounded and not totally squashed. The original screws are all in place and unbuggered.
Unfortunately the blade is not in good condition. There is a ripple dent on the end, presumably from the blade being stabbed into something and wiggled back and forth. We tried our best to straighten it out but it just cannot be done. The rest of the blade shows even age smudge spread throughout the surfaces. The motto is fairly good, with about 50% of the original darkening left in the letters. The reverse ricasso is etched with the familiar Hammering Siegfried of the Pack firm, and the blade shoulders perfectly fit the crossguard contour.
A decent starter dagger here, or perhaps of use to someone with a nice Pack blade.
Good Plus. $2,295.00
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