The SS (Schutzstaffel) was originally formed in 1925, ostensibly to act as a small, loyal bodyguard unit to protect the Führer, Adolf Hitler. Under the direction of the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, the SS grew to be the most ruthless and feared organization of the 20th century. They were the vanguard of Nazismand eventually controlled nearly every function of German life and much of Occupied Europe. The SS dagger was introduced in 1933. Early on, members of the SS were awarded their daggers during a ceremony at the Feldherrnhalle Memorial in Munich. The annual ritual, charged with mysticism and meant to evoke the traditions of medieval Teutonic knights, was held on 9 November, the date of the unsuccessful Munich Putsch of 1923. Both officers and enlisted men wore the identical dagger until 1936. After this time, only enlisted men wore the M1933 dagger.
The SS Dagger was equipped with nickel crossguards with an ebony wood grip. The black grip contained a National eagle with swastika insignia recessed in the center area and an SS sigrunne button inset at the top. On early examples the scabbard shell surface was factory blackened using a metal bluing process. The scabbard had nickel mounts. The SS blade was a polished type containing the SS motto, Meine Ehre Heisst Treue (My Honor is Loyalty). Early examples bore one of three district stampings on the lower reverse crossguard of I, II, or III. Early examples were mostly hand-fit. Production of later examples was more standardized, using cheaper, nickel-plated fittings with black painted scabbard shells.
SSDAG #39336 Himmler Inscription SS Dagger
This Himmler dagger is a textbook example, but unfortunately, is not in mint condition, as it was one of the few of these daggers that were apparently worn for the duration. The dagger has nickel cross guard mounts, all having a fine dull patina. These mounts are marked internally, "A.R", and the lower mount has the under surface inspection marked, "0". The guards have excellent surfaces with crisp edges and the usual deep and precise Eickhorn accent grooves. The grip had a chip at the lower right obverse and also some splitting around the upper obverse area, so we elected to make these repairs. The grip is now in fine condition. This ebony grip nicely fits the cross guards. The runes button is turned to about 8:00 o'clock. The enamel is all there, having a couple of usage sings, but no chips. The runes are patinated, nicely matching the dual circles around them. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety. All details are visible to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. The area around the eagle has a couple of taps in the wood, but they are not bad. A good hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The anodizing covers all of the surfaces, however, there are some age spots evenly spread throughout, but it is not bad and there is no rust. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel. They are in excellent condition. The lower ball shows some usage signs, but there are no dings and dents. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are all unbuggered. Attached to the hanging ring is the original-to-the piece short hanging strap. The strap is the Himmler type still having good supple black leather being complete with the short retainer strap. The hardware is solid nickel and the snap clip is the unmarked type being of conventional design.
The blade is still fairly bright, but does have some age spread evenly across the surface. The original brightness is still visible around the ricasso areas. The blade overall rates at about excellent. The SS motto is very deeply etched, and has about 85% of the original factory darkening still remaining in the letter backgrounds. The dedication on the reverse, "In herzlicher Kameradshaft H. Himmler" is in the same condition as the obverse motto. All letters remain crisp. The lower ricasso is matching etched with the small double oval trademark containing the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn". In the center is the seated squirrel with nut in his paw, having a smooth-style tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A good strong Himmler dagger here that aside from the small repairs mentioned above, is 100% original. It is an excellent opportunity to add this dagger to your collection without breaking the bank. Should the time come in the future to upgrade this piece, it is always something you could do. In the meantime, you would have this slot filled in your SS stable.
SSDAG #39338 Model 1933 SS Dagger with Exclamation Point Motto - RZM 324/38 SS
This interesting SS dagger is the style having an exclamation point after the motto. This variation is always popular with SS type collectors. This particular original piece is identical to the example I show in my SS Book on Page 679 upper, and also I show another nearly identical example on Pages 687 and 688, the only difference being the blade code is 324/37 indicating that the book piece was made a year earlier than this example. The dagger is equipped with solid nickel cross guards. They are in outstanding condition having an excellent nickel tone to the finish. As is the case with the book example on Page 688, these guards are also marked internally, "E.L". The piece shown on Page 679 upper is also equipped with "E.L" guards and it is interesting to note that the tang nut on the book piece is thicker than most - also the case on this dagger. The ebony grip is in wonderful condition with no flaws. It is a mostly smooth-surfaced ridge type, nicely fitting the guards. The SS runes button is straight up and down having perfect enamel and good double circles around the runes. The nickel grip eagle is perfectly set, being the style with beak that points upward slightly. All details are there to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout the obverse, having a very small B-B hit on the lower right edge of the reverse - very minor. It has terrific black paint which is original - this paint is still 100% and has a good sheen to the surfaces. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel. These mounts are in excellent condition, to include the lower ball. They are retained by nickel screws which are all in place. There is a hanger attached to the carrying ring. The hanger has excellent black leather and is complete with the retainer loop. The hardware is the nickel-plated type. The nickeled surfaces show a little age, but basically they are still nice, the clip being marked on the reverse, "A" "DRGM" / "RZM M5/7".
The blade is still bright throughout, although I do not see any grain. The blade is the style with higher center ridge, being the style we often see on later pieces produced after 1938. The motto etch, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue!", has the well-placed exclamation point. There is some minor wear the the centers of the etch letters where the surfaces wore slightly against the blade's runners, but it is not bad. The original factory background darkening in the letters is at about 85%. The reverse ricasso is matching etched, "RZM 324/38 SS" and is identical in every way to the etch on the piece in my SS Book shown on Page 679 upper. This piece probably also had the same forge marks on the tang as the one shown on Page 688, but unfortunately, the tang on this example has accumulated substantial rust over the years. A fine, guaranteed original here - a rare dagger!
SSDAG #39330 Early Model 1933 SS Dagger - Böker
This excellent SS Dagger comes directly from a family whose father was in the Rainbow Division, one of the outfits that brought back the most stuff - particularly from München and Berchtesgaten. The family states the dagger has been stored for many years and other than some spotting on the blade, is in very fine condition. This dagger has never been apart, nor has it been cleaned - we did what we could to remove as much age from the blade as possible, but that is it.
The nickel cross guards and tang nut all have an even dull patination - just like we like to see them. These guards are in perfect condition having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The guards are the secondary type used by Böker, not the in-house produced ones with the unique look. The reverse lower cross guard is district marked, "I". The ebony grip is a very fine example being in perfect condition. It is of high-ridge center construction and virtually shows no usage signs other than the normal "lay-down" marks on the center reverse ridge area. The grip nicely fits the cross guards. The SS runes button is placed at about 6:30 o'clock and has totally perfect enamel with matching silver dual rings around the runes. The nickel grip is a fine "high-necked" version having full details to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A fantastic untouched hilt here.
The scabbard is really one to write-home about - a real killer here. The shell is completely straight and believe it or not, has 100% of the original "anodized" surfaces - terrific. Also, about 95% of the factory protective lacquer remains. It is not often we see a scabbard shell in condition like this. We see it a lot on Himmler's as they really were not worn much, but it is really rare to see this kind of a condition on a Model 1933. To go with the superb shell, the nickel scabbard mounts are also outstanding, to even include the lower ball - great mounts here. The mounts are retained with all of the nickel original screws and all unturned. Adding to the fun of this outstanding scabbard is the original short hanger. This hanger has still-supple, fine black leather with the little retainer loop being in place. This short hanger is equipped with early unmarked nickel hardware. The clip is the "snout-nosed" variety being the type with the rivet that retains the spring. You will not find a better scabbard, guaranteed to make you smile.
The blade, although still bright, had a large surface age blemish in the center of both sides. Apparently the vet liked to grab the dagger by the center blade area and just did not know to wipe it off before he put it away. We did get most of the age out of it, but there are still the tell-tale signs remaining on both sides. Overall, though, the blade is still in excellent to excellent plus condition. There is still a lot of original grain and the motto is deeply etched. As we often see with Böker blades, there is a little "pimpling" in the depths of the motto, but it is not bad. (See the two Böker daggers I show in my SS Book on Page 56.) The reverse ricasso is etched with the famous trademark of this prestigious firm. It is the interesting mausoleum-type structure featuring a stark tree in the upper area and the firm's name and location in the lower, "Böker/Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
If you are looking for a nice dagger you can live with, this one will do the job without breaking the bank. Should you have a mint Böker blade laying around, this mid-priced dagger would easily be worth about $6000-$7000, given the superb condition of the outside.
Excellent Plus. $3,495.00
SSDAG #39327 Late Model 1933 Double-proofed SS Enlisted Man's Dagger - 1163/38 SS / F.& A. Helbig
Well collectors, here is your chance to acquire a fairly rare dagger, although the Helbig product was not much for quality. They were the only producer to use steel-based cross guards as well as the only one to factory chrome-plate them. The Helbig cross guards are obvious from across the room, as the lower guard is also much larger than the norm. The guards on this Helbig are classic examples and you can test the truth of my statement that they are actually steel by putting a magnet on them - they stick like glue. The original chrome plating is still good throughout these guards, with the upper example still being perfect and the lower having a few mild surface scratches. The ebony grip is still in good shape, although it did have a chip in the upper reverse, but we decided to fix it, so it is now undetectable. The grip fits the guards like a glove. The runes button is a standard type having two surrounding matching circles, and being placed straight north-to-south. The enamel shows a few taps, but only in the surfaces and basically the enamel is all there. The aluminum grip eagle shows wear in the center areas to the eagle's head, breast feathering, talons and wreath. The wings and swastika are still pretty clear. Another anomaly of these Helbig pieces is the placement of the grip eagle. This bird is actually positioned slightly above the grip's center line, rather than below it, as was the norm with other makers. I remember when we first discovered these Helbig SS daggers and no one thought they were even real until a couple of decades ago, when an original box of these daggers was discovered - they were all mint and all had SS issue tags. They certainly were genuine and we changed our tune in a hurry after this unveiling. If you want to see one of these daggers, please look in my SS Book on Page 175, where there are two pictures and you will see the book daggers have all of the crazy things I talk about in this description. The book dagger is identical to this one I am offering.
The scabbard is straight and has the original black-painted surface. The paint shows some age and a little rust, but it still rates at about 90%. Like the guards, the scabbard mounts are also steel base with a chrome plated finish. These mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. The mounts are retained by their four original dome head screws - even these are different, as they have a distinctive brass look to their surfaces. These screws are all unturned. Not a bad scabbard here.
The blade, though, just ain't nice, no matter how I try to describe it. Unfortunately, someone just had to sharpen this baby. Both sides have sharp edges and the scarring that goes along with the effort. Additionally, the blade has turned gray, but as the saying goes, it is still all there. Helbig was also not known for good motto etches, and that is the case here. The "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is still visible and all there, but not a deep as most etches. This blade only grades at maybe "good". The reverse, though, is quite interesting as it has a double-etch to the trademarks. It is identical to Page 175 of my SS Book. At the upper, is the double oval trademark containing the name, "F.&A. Helbig, Steinbach", with the "Saeffler" word in the center. Below is the code of "1163/38/SS", indicating that the blade was produced in 1938. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour. The blade sticks a little coming out of the scabbard - probably hung-up on the scabbard weight somewhat.
Anyhow, not a great-conditioned or well-made dagger, but a good chance to pick-up an original SS piece cheap, or if you are an SS "type" collector, you got to have one of these "Helbigs" to accompanying a major collection.
Good Plus. $895.00
SSDAG #36421C Model 1933 SS EM/Possible Ground Röhm Dagger with Serial Number – Rich. Abr. Herder
This early SS Dagger does not appear to ever have been cleaned, nor has it been apart in modern times. The all-nickel mounts have a very dull patina throughout. The crossguards have crisp edges, precise accent grooves, and fine, smooth surfaces. There are minor signs of green growth apparently on the areas of the guard that meet the ebony grip. The lower guard has a Roman numeral “I” district stamping in the center.
It is interesting to note that the original owner also stamped his serial number on the guard, “14340”. The “3” is stamped just to the right of the district marking. The original stamper also stamped a “3” on the reverse of the grip, directly across from the “3” on the guard. I believe what happened was that the stamper did not know how to deal with the Roman numeral “I” district number, and therefore thought he would put the “3” above it. Apparently he changed his mind! A most interesting (and very human) quirk here, which could have easily happened and explains the presence of the “3” in the grip. I looked up this serial number, and unfortunately it is not on the SS Officer rank list so we can conclude this dagger was the property of an NCO.
The grip is in fairly good condition, have no repairs. It does some some signs of use on the reverse and obverse. There is hit to the center ridge of the grip, just above the grip eagle. The grip fits the crossguards like a glove. The SS runes button is perfectly placed, being positioned at about 7 o'clock. This button has perfect enamel surfaces, with a nicely toned runes that match the dual circles that run around the circumference of the emblem. The grip eagle is the “High Necked” variety, and shows only minor surface wear. Full detail is visible throughout the feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika of this bird. Attached to the upper portion of the grip is a black retainer loop with a working snap. This retainer is in turn attached to a fine black leather belt loop with a nickel-plated “D” ring.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It has fairly good anodized finish on the obverse, which is at 100% and shows only minor age. The reverse also displays good anodizing, but there is also quite a bit of visible age marking spread throughout the surface. The scabbard mounts have patinated to exactly match the dull color of the nickel guards above. These mounts are in excellent condition; the lower ball shows only a minor tap, but it is not bad. The mounts are retained by four unbuggered nickel screws.
Attached to the carrying ring is the original-to-the-piece short hanger. This hanger as good black leather, but the retainer loop has gone to time. The hardware throughout this hanger is all nickel, and the snap-clip is the unmarked variety.
The obverse facing of the blade is a real beauty, still having most of the cross-grain and excellent, bright surfaces. The SS motto is deep and crisp, with 100% of the darkening present in the backgrounds of the lettering. The reverse of the blade, for some reason, has some scratching on the surfaces. There is also a slight waver visible in the center line. I would conclude that this dagger may have been a full Röhm which had the inscription removed at the factory. This would be the only way to explain the grain running vertically instead of horizontally, as well as the waver at the point where this signature would have been present. The trademark is all there. It is the double oval type, which contains the firm's name and location, “Rich. Abr. Herder/Solingen”. Inside can be seen the Herder diamond logo. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A very nice SS example here, with real character.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,295.00
SSDAG #39194C Early Model 1933 SS Dagger - Böker
About a month ago I had the pleasure to offer a dynamite-conditioned Böker SS dagger. It was expensive, but amazingly, the collecting community did not let me down with their zest and demand for the best. Despite the record price, though, there were literally collectors standing in line to buy this dagger and I almost had to pick and chose as to which collector deserved it the most. Believe me, selling daggers can be a lot of fun when something like that happens! Well, as you may have guessed by now, I have another one that is almost just as nice.
This Böker is also a true treasure, being in nearly unheard of condition. It has the special cross guards that were a signature of this firm. The tips of the Böker guards are different than all others - kind of have the look of the ends of a pair of Dutch shoes, These guards are pristine throughout with choice smooth surfaces, crisp edges and good, precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard has the district stamping, "I".
The ebony grip is oe to write home about - really great, being perfect throughout and fitting the crossguards like only Bökers seem to do. For some reason Böker grips did not seem to experience the shrinkage over time that virtually all other maker's product did. They must have used a specialty grip maker that prepared his wood with some two-century old secret or something, as normally no other maker can touch the fit of a Böker grip even after over 8 decades of being around. The runes button is one of the convex type. It has good enameling, although there is a little tap to the right of the runes, but you have to look through a loupe to see it. The SS runes are turned to about 8:00 o'clock, and are patinated matching the dual circles around them. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "beak that looks upward slightly". This bird shows virtually no wear with full details to his head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. This hilt is tremendous.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has absolutely 100% of the original "anodized" finish and at least 90% of the original protective factory lacquer. This scabbard "anodizing" has the same look as one of those mint Himmler daggers that were rarely, if ever worn. Mint anodizing is "special" to me, as there are so few daggers that still have it after all of these years, and it is something that you never get tired of admiring. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition. The lower ball has a slightly used look to it, but it remains in excellent condition. The four nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.
There was no hanger on this dagger, so I took the liberty of putting one on. The short hanger has a minor repair on the strapping, put the area is covered by the small retainer loop, so it does not show. This hanger still has a "freshness" to the leather finish and it is the proper vintage having unmarked nickel snap clip and buckle. It looks really good on this dagger.
Well, the blade on this dagger is a real show-stopper. Absolute mint, factory new-looking. The best you will see. The blade has 100% of the cross grain and is mirror bright. And the one thing all Böker's had when they were new was a black,black,black SS motto. You will never appreciate the reading experience of, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue", like you will on this dagger. The visual snap to your neck when viewing this blade as it comes out of the scabbard for the first time is truly a collector's "wet dream". The best blade you will see short of going back in time to the Böker factory and standing at the end of the Model 1933 production line. The reverse has our favorite trademark being the matching dark-etched mausoleum-like structure having a stark, leafless tree in the center. Below is the boldly printed name, "Böker" over the location city of "Solingen". The blade shoulders fit the cross guard so well, they appear to be growing out of them.
Oh, I forgot to mention; the number "22" is neatly stamped on the left side of the lower guard. I do not have a clue what the meaning of this number would be... I guess it is possible it could be an SS number, as apparently the SS started membership with #1, as Julius Schreck and Julius Schaub have SS numbers of "5" and "7" respectively. Wouldn't that be something if this #22 was actually an SS membership number that belonged to an early NCO! Maybe that is why the dagger is in such choice condition, as, if there was in fact an assigned SS #22, perhaps the holder of the number left the SS early on after he got his dagger in 1934 and went into the bratwurst business!
A great-conditioned dagger here and perfect for someone looking for a superb SS investment. Daggers in this condition are very seldom encountered, and there is no question that the desirability to own an SS weapon in this condition will always be there.
SSDAG #39188C Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger
Since the tang nut was loose to the finger, I took a look inside, and these guards are marked, "St./St," The ebony grip is a fine example, the obverse being perfect throughout and showing little usage signs. The reverse is just as nice, although there is a small sliver of wood at the bottom left that has been glued back into place where apparently it came out at one time - not noticeable. The SS runes button has perfect enamel finish. The runes are positioned at just about 7:00 o'clock and have good patina matching the single circle around them. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "beak that points upward slightly". The eye in the bird's beak is still visible, but there is some hand wear to the breast area and talons. The wreath and swastika still remain mostly crisp. This grip perfectly fits the crossguards on all angles. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has a good "anodized" surface appearing to still be at near 100%. - there is a minor amount of age and rust that have accumulated forming a line above the outline of the lower fitting upper area. There are also minor amounts of original lacquer still clinging here and there. The scabbard upper and center mounts are the nickel-plated type, as they will be on Type I chains. Type I Chains produced together with the upper mount and center ramp are normally always nickel-plated. The lower mount is also matching nickel plate. These mounts are all bright and are in good condition, contrasting with the dull nickel crossguards. When new, of course, all of the mounts were shiny.
It is interesting to note that the upper mount as had the two side lower tips curved around to point upward. This alteration is definitely period and probably was done by the original owner to perhaps eliminate the possible "sharpness" of the fitting's ends against his hand or uniform. This is the first time I have seen this alteration and actually, it looks kind of neat and is barely noticeable. The plated center ramp features the three intertwined raised swastikas on each side. It has excellent pebbling in the backgrounds. On this chain type, the backgrounds of the ramp and also those of the chain links were not factory blackened. The ramp is retained by a single screw on the right side. Many times "anodized" scabbards will have two screws retaining the center ramp, but this one is the exception and is seen occasionally.
The Type I chain is a classic example having the large raised skull and bones and SS runes typical of this type. The teeth are so clear on the skulls that each and everyone could be counted with a loupe - nice detail here. This chain is really nice, not having one spot of rust - rare to see - and all the finish being bright throughout. The background pebbling is also crisp throughout the links. The link tabs are the substantial steel type and each and every one is in perfect condition. The clover leaf clip is the open style we see with these chains. The "DRGM" is visible through the opening at the upper clover loop. The reverse upper chain first link is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen stamping.
The unmarked blade is a very satisfying visual pleasure, as it remains in full mint condition. It is completely bright and retains all of its cross grain. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is crisp and all of its darkening remains in the letter backgrounds. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A fine original dagger here in good, livable condition. If the next owner would want to clean the cross guards, then the scabbard mounts will all match.
Excellent Plus. $6,995.00
SSDAG #35386C Early SS Factory Ground Röhm Dagger Reissued During Inital RZM Period
This most interesting SS dagger is identical to the example that I show in my SS Book on Page 167. This dagger was initially issued as a Full Röhm example. It was subsequently returned to the factory after June 1934 and the Eickhorn firm ground the inscription off and repolished the blade; the owner presumably purchased a new dagger. Rather than waste these perfectly good daggers, the factory chose to re-issue them as a new product in 1936. The RZM marking of the time was etched below that of the old large double oval trademark. Additionally, the district stamping (if it had one, as not all Röhm examples did) was also polished off of the cross guard. Other than the re-polished blade and the additional RZM trade marking, the dagger appears identical to an early model 1933 piece.
The crossguards are in excellent condition, being the style that is marked internally, "AV". Eickhorn used this "AV" fitting contractor in addition to the in-house "H.E" marked pieces. This may have been to take up slack in the production of the in-house guards during the initial rush to satisfy the marketplace. These guards have excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and deep, hand-cut accent grooves. The ebony grip shows some usage throughout the surfaces, as well as at areas where the guards meet the grip; there is some light lifting of the wood surfaces in these areas. Otherwise, the grip is in good condition. The grip fits the guards fairly well, in a manner typical of Eickhorn products of the period. The SS runes button is turned to about 7:00 o'clock. There is a mild patina to the silvered runes and the surrounding double circles. The grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety having good patination. The bird has full details to his head, wing and breast feathering, talons and mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is almost completely straight on the obverse with just a small "BB" ding at center. The reverse facing is totaly straight. The choice "anodized" finish is still all there and has at least 70% to 80% of the original factory protective lacquer. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are also in great condition, to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all present and are unturned. Attached to the upper carrying ring is an early short hanger. The leather is a little limp from age and the retainer small loop has gone to time, but the hanger is still serviceable. The hanger hardware is the early nickel variety, the unmarked clip being the "snout-nosed" variety having rivet which retains the spring. An outstanding scabbard here.
The blade is as fine as they come. Both sides of this blade are in stone mint condition having full grain and choice SS motto. The motto is crisp, deep, and retains 100% of the background letter darkening.The reverse has the original large-style, double-oval trademark used from 1933-1935. It features the firm's name and location within the ovals, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". Inside, there is a seated squirrel holding a nut in its paws. The tail of the animal is the serrated variety. The squirrel is positioned over the firm's monogram, "C.E.". Below the trademark is a small, open-style RZM circle positioned over the Eickhorn SS code, "941/36 SS" The background etch of the RZM code is darker than that of the original double ovals, an indication that these two important markings were executed by separate etches and probably at different times.The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
This rarely seen re-issued dagger is a legitimate variation and is considered a "must" for an advanced SS collection. It is an interesting piece that speaks to the frugality of the period, and in turn, creating a "separate" dagger variation and more resultant interest for our great and beloved hobby. A fine quality investment piece.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,500.00(#121916)
SSDAG #39163C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger - Arthur Schüttlehöfer
This rarely seen Schüttlehöfer example is a real treasure. Asso daggers (as the name was abbreviated) are extremely rare as few were made. So, we have a tough-to-find maker combined with outstanding condition - so, to me, that makes for a very desirable SS dagger.
This dagger is fitted with choice all-nickel crossguards and scabbard mounts. The lower mount reverse is not district marked, as Asso pieces were made after the initial orders placed originally in February of 1933. The mounts appear to have been cleaned not too long ago, so they really look their best. The tang nut is also a beauty not appearing to have been turned.
The ebony grip is a fine example being totally perfect on the obverse. The reverse has a couple of mild usage marks, but they are nothing. The button has perfect enameling and is set at about 8:00 o'clock.The SS runes and double circles around them have fine silvering. The grip eagle is a nickel example being the style with beak which points upward slightly. All details to the head and breast feathering are there, which is a sure sign the dagger has received little wearing time, as these eagle parts are the first to show wear. Naturally, the remainder of the eagle is also crisp including the wreath and swastika. The grip fits like a rubber glove.
The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow.The original bright paint is marvelous, showing almost no carrying signs and being 99%. The nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition, to include the lower ball. The scabbard is equipped with a fine early vertical hanger. The hanger leather is still good and supple showing only mild age. The scabbard shell cross strap is sound. The retaining strap is fitted with a nickel oval buckle. The matching nickel snap clip is the unmarked type and is standard shape. There is some of that green gunk we all like, located in the area where the snap clip connects to the coffin-back.
The blade is a fine bright example virtually being in mint condition. All of the factory grain is prominent and the tip remains needle-like. There is a small line in the tip area metal, but it appears to be a minor factory flaw leftover from the forging process. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue", is deep and crisp, having 100% of the darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse ricasso is etched with double ovals. The ovals contain the company name and location, "A. Schüttlehöfer & Co./ Solingen-Wald". Inside in the center is the logo of the crossed hobby horses with the abbreviated name of the firm, "Asso" below the horses. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.
An outstanding opportunity to acquire a rarely seen maker-marked dagger in exceptional condition. A fine SS investment here.
Mint Minus. $7,995.00P>SSDAG 39134C Full Röhm Inscription SS Dagger - Gottlieb Hammesfahr
Yes, collectors this is an original full Röhm in very nice condition. We don't see may Hammesfahr pieces of this type; I remember when I was doing my book on SS daggers I had a helluva time finding one! So, this is a good opportunity to acquire not only a full Röhm piece, but one from a tough maker to boot.
The crossguards and tang nut are in choice condition throughout. They have excellent smooth surfaces, good crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The guards are internally marked "P.A". The lower guard is not district marked. This is not unusual, as many of these Röhm pieces were sent out to special officials and the like, rather than going through the normal channels.
The ebony grip is an excellent example showing almost no usage and only a minuscule edge flake where the obverse grip meets the lower guard. The runes button is positioned at about 8:00 o'clock. The enamel surfaces are perfect. The silvered SS runes and double circles around them have a nice matching patina. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" type. It remains in crisp new-like condition, showing no wear to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering and to the talons, wreath or swastika; nice, and a good sign attesting to the little wear this dagger has seen.
The scabbard shell is a fine example being straight as an arrow. The "anodizing" is 100% having a few signs of minor age and a small age spot on the first third quadrant of the obverse - it is not bad. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition. The lower ball has a small hit to the right side, but there is no crushing.
The blade remains bright throughout and still retains its cross grain. There are some small age spots here and there in the blade, but they are extremely small. The blade also has the usual runner marks. This blade still grades in near mint condition. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is crisp and deep. All of the factory blackening is in the letter fonts in the backgrounds.
The reverse blade has the full Röhm inscription; a rare sight indeed! The inscription, "In herzlicher Kameradschaft Ernst Röhm" is identical to the motto in terms of depth, crispness and background darkening. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals which contain the firm's name and location, "Gottlieb Hammesfahr, Solingen". Inside, is the pyramid logo having the "+" mark on the front. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A great chance here to acquire a full SS Röhm by one of the rarer makers. A nice dagger here and desirable condition.
Excellent Plus. $22,995.00
SSDAG #39140C Himmler Inscription SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
Studying the nickel cross guards and tang nut, this dagger does not appear to have been ever apart. The guards are the typical Eickhorn "H.E" marked type having the deep, hand-done accent grooves. The surfaces of the guards are completely smooth, having excellent crisp edges. Like most Himmler daggers we see, this piece does not really appear to have been worn much, if at all. Recipients already had their Model 1933 service daggers, so many of these honor daggers were put in a drawer as a keepsake. The lower surface of the bottom cross guard is stamped with the Eickhorn inspector's number, "4". The ebony grip is literally in mint condition.
The grip of this dagger has High Ridge construction. It has an interesting, vertically-running grain on the obverse side and the reverse side also has vague signs of these grain. There are no chips, cracks, gouges or anything on this ebony;really a remarkable loking grip here. In addition, the grip fits the guards like a glove, which is a rare site on an Eickhorn dagger. The runes button has perfect black enamel, nicely setting off the SS runes and the twin circles around them. The runes are pointing at about 7:00 o'clock. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" style and it remains completely new-like.
The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow. The "anodized" surface appears to be 100%, with about 50% of the original factory protective lacquer spread here and there. There are a few very mild age spots in the surfaces, but they are negligible. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in pristine condition throughout, to include the lower ball. They are retained by the original nickel screws, all of which are unturned.
Attached to the hanging ring is the original-to-the-piece Himmler short hanger with nickel hardware. The leather is in first rate condition and is complete with the small retaining loop. The snap clip is the Himmler type, being the standard shape and being unmarked. Attached to the snap clip is a fine matching condition belt loop with "D" ring.
The blade is in choice condition, being bright throughout and having all of its factory grain. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is deeply etched and retains the factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. There are a few tiny "pimples" in the etch background, but they are negligible and something we see frequently on these blades; these pimples are cause by impurities in the steel that react differently with the acid mix.
Other than a very small runner mark which appears above and below the "T" letter in the word, "Treue", the blade is in full mint condition. The reverse blade is in full mint condition with no flaws. The dedication is a beauty being deep and crisp, "In herzlicher Komeradschaft H. Himmler". The trademark is the small double oval variety. The ovals contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". Inside, is the seated squirrel with a nut in his paws. The squirrel has the serrated tail variety. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contours.
A very fine Himmler here and absolutely a "must" for you SS "type" collectors out there. No advanced SS collection is complete without the highlight of a nice Himmler. These daggers have always been a great investment in this hobby and no reason to believe they will not continue to climb in value. As a testament, I bought my personal my Himmler dagger at the 1985 MAX Show for $2,500.00 from Steve Wolfe. The appreciation in value over the last 2 decades is certainly not just inflation! A fine opportunity here.
Near Mint. $16,995.00
SSDAG #39133C Uncleaned SS Full Röhm Dagger with Traceable SS Serial Number - Carl Eickhorn
This SS full Röhm Dagger remains in an uncleaned condition, covered with green patina over the nickel mounts and unturned tang nut. The mounts are solid nickel, so there is no danger of deterioration by leaving the green build-up on them - I personally love this look.
Other than the patina, the guards appear in good condition, being internally marked, "H.E". The lower reverse guard has the district numeral "III" marked between the die stamping's of the original owner's SS serial number. "28967". The district stamping is spaced between the "9" and the "6" numerals, with the "9" stamping slightly overlapping the district number. I looked up this number in the SS-Dienstalterliste and it belongs to SS-Sturmbannführer Dr. Helmut Schmidt - I will get into Schmidt's record further down in this description.
The ebony grip is in fine condition, having virtually no wearing signs - it appears this dagger was put away after the Röhm purge and probably Schmidt purchased another. Other than a hairline crack which runs down the obverse from the runes button to the eagle, and also a little on the reverse on the opposite side, the grip is in perfect condition. It fits the crossguards nicely. The runes button also has the green patina covering to the SS runes and the double circles around them. The enamel is perfect and the button sits straight up and down. The nickel grip eagle is the "point-behind-the-head" variety. It too, is covered in green patina, but looks perfect beneath the grime.
The outstanding scabbard shell was not affected by the patina. It is straight throughout and has about 90% of the "anodized" finish remaining - there is some age to the finish around the scabbard edges and also a round age spot on the reverse scabbard about halfway down. The original factory lacquer also appears to be about 90%. The scabbard mounts are also patinated, but not to the extent of the cross guards. These mounts are in superb condition, to include the perfect lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.
Attached to the scabbard is the original-to-the-piece vertical hanger. This hanger is an early non-standard type, but it does have the standard coffin shape. It has dual stitching running the length of the coffin back. This leather is still supple and in excellent condition. The cross strap is also in fine shape and it is equipped with a nickel oval buckle. The upper snap clip is the early "snout-nosed" type being unmarked and having the rivet that retains the spring. The snap clip has the matching green patina of the hilt mounts.
The blade is mostly bright having a light residue of age smudge on the surfaces, but it is not bad. There is also some mild pitting that has developed on the reverse ricasso where the blade meets the lower guard - we cleaned this in order to arrest any further damage. This blade still grades at about excellent to excellent plus. The SS motto is crisp and deep appearing to have 100% of the background darkening in the letter fonts of the motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue". The reverse of the blade has the full Röhm inscription, a rare sight indeed. The inscription depth and letter background darkening exactly matches that of the motto, being very impressive to study and salivate over, "In herzlicher Kameradschaft Ernst Röhm". The logo is the small double-oval style containing the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". Inside is a smooth tail-style squirrel. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.
SS-Sturmbannführer Dr. Helmut Schimdt, born March 1, 1910, is listed in the 1938 Dienstalterliste as being with the medical staff of SS Abschnitt III, being the holder of the SS Honor ring. He was first promoted to an officer, SS-Sturmführer, on January 30th, 1934. It can be assumed he was an NCO with the SS prior to that time. I also found Schmidt on the Juli 1944 Waffen-SS rooster where he is listed as being with the SS-Pioneer School and also the 14th Wiking Grenadier. Div-SS. Obviously, a professional researcher like Ross Kelbaugh should be retained as he could really run away with this man's war record and make him come alive - a truly worthwhile project.
So, this is a rare opportunity to acquire an un-researched, SS numbered Full Röhm inscription dagger. This could be the highlight of an advanced SS collection. An extremely rare dagger here and the ultimate piece.
Excellent Plus. $19,995.00
SSDAG #39020C Himmler Inscription SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
The nickel crossguards are the internally marked, "H.E" variety. They have a desirable dull patina looking not to have been cleaned in many years. These guards have excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and the usual precisely cut Eickhorn accent grooves. The nickel tang nut matches perfectly and shows no signs of being out. As is usually (but not always) the case with these Himmle daggers the bottom of the lower cross guard has the inspection number, "2", stamped into the surface.
The grip had a couple of minor chips, so we elected to fix them; the ebony grip is now in nice condition throughout. It has medium contour surfaces and fits the cross guards perfectly. The runes button has perfect enamel and is turned to about 7:00 o'clock. The SS runes are nicely toned matching the double circles which surround them. The nickel grip eagle is the "High-necked" variety. All details remain to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.
The scabbard is a good, straight example, with all of the original "anodized" finish intact. About 50% of the original protective lacquer still remains; a very nice looking shell here. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in good shape, the upper being perfect, and the lower having some mild carrying signs, but they are not bad and the lower ball is still good. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered.
The original short hanger is attached around the hanging ring. The leather under the ring was somewhat distressed from age, so we did install a support within the inside to make it strong and avoid having to use a replacement hanger.
The blade is just how you want to see them; it remins bright throughout and retrains all of its factory grain. Other than the normal in-and-out marks, this blade is in mint condition. The motto is deep and crisp, having all of the original factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse inscription matches the depth and darkening on the motto. It is in totally perfect condition, "In herzlicher Kammeradschaft H. Himmler" (facsimile signature). The logo is the early small double ovals which contain the name and location of the producer, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". The squirrel is the style with smooth tail and on this example, the eye is still there. Many times it will be missing on these Himmlers. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contours.
A very fine Himmler SS Dagger, that is not full mint, but right up there. A good original example worthy of investment.
Near Mint. $15,995.00
SSDAG #39011C Model 1933 Enlisted Man's Ground Röhm SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
This dagger does not appear to have ever been cleaned, the nickel hilt mounts having a deep, dull yellow patina. These mounts have good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and the precisely cut accent grooves typical of an Eickhorn piece. The tang nut has a few old plier scars around the edge, but they are not bad and were done a long time ago. The fine crossguards are marked internally, "H.E", indicating they were produced in-house by the Eickhorn firm. The lower reverse guard is district marked, "I", and the bottom portion of the guard has the inspection mark, "5".
When we received this dagger the grip had a couple of mild chips at the top and bottom, so we elected to make the repair. It came out great and is not detectable. The SS runes button has perfect black enamel and is positioned at about 7:00 o'clock. The nickel eagle is the "High-necked" version. It shows a little surface wear to the bird's head, but the breast and wing feathering, talons. wreath and swastika are still fairly crisp. The grip nicely fits the cross guards.
The scabbard shell is a fine example showing a couple of wearing signs, but basically being straight throughout. The "anodized" finish is still all there at 100%. There are a couple of minor age signs in the "anodizing", but they are negligible. A good-looking shell here. The nickel scabbard mounts have good matching patina. The upper mount is perfect, while the lower mount has some minuscule wearing signs, but they are minor and the lower ball is still in fine condition. The four original nickel screws are all in place.
The obverse blade is bright throughout. It also has pretty good grain in the surfaces and a fine SS motto. The motto has about 95% of the factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. This obverse blade remains in near mint condition. The reverse blade has had the Röhm inscription entirely removed, to include the Eickhorn trademark. Despite the missing trademark, we know for sure that this dagger is an Eickhorn example as determined by the "H.E." cross guards and the fact that there is an inspection number stamped into the lower guard surface - no other maker did this. The blade reverse inscription removal has been professionally done and a fine job of re-graining the blade was also performed; you can tell it is not factory, but it is really done well. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A good ground Röhm here reasonably priced.
Excellent Plus. $2,995.00
SSDAG #39044C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
This dagger is of initial production being etched with the early large double oval trademark. The crossguards are the classic "H.E" marked type having a desirable dull patina to the nickel finish. The surfaces remain smooth with crisp edges and the high quality Eickhorn accent grooves. The tang has some mild old signs of a applied pair of pliers, but the scars fade into the medal so this was done a long time ago and is hardly noticeable. The lower reverse cross guard is district marked, "I".
The ebony grip is an outstanding example having no repairs and showing virtually no usage. This grip has fine sharp contour ridge construction and fits the cross guards adequately. Typical of Eickhorn, there are a couple of very small gaps on the upper and lower left side of the grip - Eickhorn is not known for great grip fits. The flat style runes button is perfectly placed being straight up and down. The enamel is perfect throughout highlighting the SS runes and the double circles around it. The nickel grip eagle is the style with the beak pointing upwards slightly. All details remain to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika..
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has a very fine "anodized" surface, still rating at 100%. The nickel scabbard mounts are beauties, both being in choice condition to include the never-dropped lower ball. The original nickel scabbard screws are all in place and are unturned.
Attached to the hanger ring is a good-conditioned black short hanger. The leather is still supple and in good condition to include the small retaining ring. The hardware is the solid nickel type and the snap clip is the "snout-nosed" variety being unmarked.
The blade is bright throughout still having good grain. If it were not for a small pit in the reverse about 2/3rds down, this blade would be in near mint condition. The SS motto is deep and crisp, having about 95% of the original darkening in the letters. The reverse ricasso has a matching etched large double oval containing the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". The center area presents a serrated tail squirrel having the firm's initial's "C.E". below. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
A fine original SS dagger here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,995.00
SSDAG #38961C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn (Large Double Oval Logo)
This initial production Model 1933 SS Dagger is very desirable. The mounts are of nickel throughout, with a fine patina to them. Where the crossguards meet the grip there is a little of the greenish reside that is a sure sign of an untouched piece. These guards are in very fine condition throughout, with the very deep accent grooves typical of Eickhorn construction. The lower reverse guard is district marked “I”. Underneath the guard is a stamped inspection number “3”. We often see these inspection numbers on very early Eickhorn daggers. The tang nut does not look to have been take out in modern times so I will leave it alone.
The ebony grip of this dagger has no evidence of period repairs and showing only minor traces of hand wear. There are a few bumps on the obverse center line and some minor damage to the center reverse, no doubt caused by the clip of the vertical hanger. Other than this the grip is quite fine and fits the guards perfectly. The SS runes button is in good shape with just a minor tap to the enamel to the right of the right SS rune. The runes and circular border remain nicely silvered. There is also some greenish reside that surrounds the runes button. The grip eagle is of nickel and is the style with a beak that points slightly upward. This eagle shows only minor wear to the head and breast but the remainder of the bird is relatively crisp.
The scabbard shell is as straight as an narrow. It is really nice, still having 100% of the “anodized” finish and about 60 to 70% of the original protective lacquer; it rare to see a scabbard in this fine condition. The shell has fine matching nickel mounts, in perfect condition to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by the original unturned nickel screws.
Attached to the scabbard is what appears to be the original vertical hanger. This hanger shows age and looks to have been on this piece for a very long time; the reverse, coffin-shaped backing shows some bends at the edges that corroborate this theory. The hanger is retained by a cross strap with a nickel buckle. The snap clip is nickel plated and shows quite a bit of rust. It is marked “RZM M5/71 OLC”. This vintage snap clip would indicate that the hanger may have been changed at some point, either during the period or by a previous collector but either way it looks to have been present for a very long time.
The blade of this dagger is as nice as you will see, bright throughout and with all of the original crossgrain. The SS motto is very crisp and darkly lettered and the tip remains needle-like. The reverse of the blade is just as nice. It is etched with the 1st Style Eickhorn trademark indicating initial production. This trademark variant has large double ovals that contain the firm's name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen”. Inside is a seated squirrel holding a nut in his paws. He has smooth tail and sits above the initials of the firm “C.E”. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the crossguard contour.
If you are in the market for a really nice SS dagger to put into your “Save Forever” box, I believe you will be satisfied with this piece. There is nothing like an initial production Eickhorn SS Dagger.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,895.00
SSDAG #38960C Ground Röhm SS Dagger – Robert Klaas
This SS Dagger has a very fine patina throughout the nickel mounts. Looking at the tang nut we can see that this dagger was likely never taken apart. The nickel guards are in very fine condition throughout. The lower reverse guard is district marked “III”.
The ebony grip is in good condition with no evidence of repairs. The shows normal hand wear and has a couple of taps about the eagle on the right. Nothing bad, though. The reverse has some friction wear from the snap clip on the vertical hanger. The SS runes button is the type with a convex surface. It shows some taps on the enamel but none of the surface is missing. The button is slightly turned. The grip eagle is the “High Neck” type and retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika. This grip nicely fits the guards.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It has a good “anodized” finish with just some minor age discoloration but it is not bad and is something we normally see. The scabbard mounts are patinated to match the guards. These mounts are in good condition overall, with the lower ball having a minor hit to the left. There is no crushing or splitting, however. All of the original nickel screws are in place and unturned.
The vertical hanger looks to be original to the piece. It shows age but the leather is still sound and serviceable. The cross strap has a square buckle that shows surface age. The snap clip is an early, conventional type, constructed of solid nickel and marked “A” and “DRGM” on the reverse. This snap clip also matches the rest of the dagger in patination, leading one to believe this hanger is original to the piece.
The blade of this dagger is nice and bright. The obverse is perfect, with an outstanding crisp, dark SS motto and full graining. The surprise is when the blade is turned over to reveal a fully removed Röhm inscription. I don't see any of it left and there are some scratches from the grinding process. It does not look bad but most collectors would easily detect this as a ground piece. To further add to the authenticity of this piece we see that the Klaas trademark is the smaller type only used with a Röhm inscription blade. It features the famous Kissing Cranes logo, as well as the firm's name and location. If you want to look on page 87 of my SS Book I show this same smaller trademark used on Röhm examples. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower guard contour.
An extremely fine Ground Röhm SS dagger here' to find one by Klass is quite difficult. A great piece for a truly dedicated SS collector.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,695.00
SSDAG #38986C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger - Böker
The guards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges and excellent precise accent grooves. The reverse lower cross guard is district marked, "I". These guards are the secondary type used with Böker examples and probably purchased from another firm.
The ebony grip has no repairs and remains in fine condition, showing only trace usage signs; there are tap-taps around the center right area of the grip, apparently done during the period, but they are not serious and somewhat give the dagger a little character. This grip fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The runes button has perfect enamel and is turned to about 7:00 o'clock. The silver runes and the double circles around them are attractively patinated. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "beak which points upward". All details are there to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shows a couple of extremely minor carrying signs, but basically it is nice and straight. The "anodized" finish is not only 100%, but it also has about 85% of the original protective lacquer covering; a great shell here. The nickel scabbard mounts are also in excellent condition, the lower ball having a couple of minor taps at the bottom area, but no crushing and it does not show from the front or back. The upper scabbard mount is the shorter type we usually associate with the Pack firm, but it is well-known that this company sold many of their parts to their competitors. The original nickel screws are all in place and appear unturned.
The blade is a pleasing example, not showing a lot of grain, but still being bright. The blade shows some minor in and out signs and extremely light age. The SS motto is outstanding, being deep and crisp and easily retaining all of its original dark backgrounds in the letters. The reverse ricasso has the standard trademark featuring the leafless tree over a mausoleum-style structure. The maker and location is below, "Böker, Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A very nice original SS dagger here.
Excellent Plus. $3,695.00
SSDAG #37837C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger – Rich Abr Herder
The guards are in excellent condition, with precisely cut accent grooves, crisp edges and nice, smooth surfaces. The lower reverse guard is district marked “II”.
The grip is a typical Herder example, evidenced by being slightly thinner than most and having the nickel grip eagle set slightly lower than center. This ebony grip is in completely perfect condition, with good, sharp geometry and fitting the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is set just past 7 o'clock. It has perfect enamel, with nicely toned silvering to both the runes and the circular borders. The nickel grip eagle is the “High Necked” type. It shows minor wear to the head, breast and talons, but the wings, wreath and swastika are still fairly crisp.
The scabbard shell is perfect throughout. It has a pristine “anodized” surface with retains quite a bit of brightness. This finish appears to be 100% intact. The nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. These mounts are all retained by the original unturned nickel screws.
There is a fine vertical hanger attached to this dagger. It has very supple leather and an excellent coffin-shaped reverse. The cross strap and scabbard strap are in perfect condition, the cross strap having the traditional square nickel-plated buckle. The snap clip shows some age and wear to the plating, but it is still in good working order. It is marked “A”, “DRGM”, and “RZM M5/8” on the reverse.
The blade of this dagger is a real killer. It is in Mint condition, having all of the crossgrain and a really fantastic SS motto. The motto is is crisp as the day it was made, having 100% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. This motto really jumps off the blade!
The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the Herder trademark; a set of dual ovals enclosing a diamond shape, along with the firm's name and location of “Solingen”. The blade shoulders nicely fit the contours of the guards.
A really fine conditioned Herder SS Dagger here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,495.00
SSDAG #38456 Mid-period SS Enlisted Man's Dagger 941/38 SS – Carl Eickhorn
This Eickhorn SS EM Dagger is equipped with a nickel-plated tang nut and crossguards. The guards are still bright throughout and have no lifting. They do show some very mild scratching here and there, but this is normal service wear and does not detract from the dagger's appearance.
The grip had some chips on the upper portion which we elected to repair. This restoration work was done very well and does not show. The grip itself is of ebony and is a Medium Contour example. It shows mild signs of hand wear but overall is in nice condition. The fit to the guards is adequate. The runes button is one of the convex types with a copper base. It is positioned nice and straight and, like the guards, shows a few scratches. There is also a tiny hit to the area above the runes but none of the enamel seems to be missing. The grip eagle is an early nickel type with a slightly upward pointing beak. This eagle is in good condition and retains all of the detailing throughout.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent original black paint which shows only some modest carrying wear. This paint remains 100% intact and retains much of the original luster. The scabbard mounts are also nickel-plated and remain bright, nicely matching the guards in terms of wear. The lower ball has a slight hit to the left but there is no crushing and no problems. These mounts are retained by dome head screws which are all in place.
Attached to the scabbard ring is a black leather short hanger. The leather remains in good condition and the original retainer loop remains intact. The reverse of the hanger is marked with an RZM circle and a SS circle, the latter having the code “19/38” in the center. The hardware is the later, plated style and is in good condition complete with a working snap.
The blade of this dagger is still bright, having some of the normal “in and out” marks and just the slightest amount of smudging spread here and there. The tip is still needle-like, and the SS motto remains in good, crisp condition. The etch retains about 95% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a single RZM circle set over the code “941/38 SS”. Beneath this is the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.
A decent RZM SS Dagger here, from one of the most prolific period manufacturers.
SSDAG #37859C Enlisted Man's Model 1933 SS Dagger with Exclamation Point Motto, RZM M 7/29 – Klittermann & Moog
This K&M Exclamation Point SS Dagger has all nickel mounts throughout. The crossguards are in excellent shape, the upper guard retaining a fine, dull patina. They are in smooth, crisp condition with precise accent grooves. The tang nut is in good shape and does not appear to have ever been removed.
The obverse of the grip is in perfect condition, and is of Medium Contour Construction. The reverse of the grips has a couple of “tap-tap” marks at the left center, which may have been caused by a short hanger. I don't think it was a vertical hanger as the marks are more to the left. There is also a tiny sliver missing from the surface of the upper left corner where the grip meets the guard. The SS runes button is in good condition with fine enamel, and is placed exactly North to South. The button has some nice patination on the runes and well as the dual border circles. The nickel grip eagle is also nicely patinated. This eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward, and it retains full detailing throughout. The grip fits the guards like a glove.
The scabbard is as straight as an arrow. It has nearly 100% of the original “anodized” surfaces, as well as quite a bit of lacquer remaining on the areas protected by the in-place mounts. These mounts are of matching nickel and are in choice condition through to the lower ball. The screws are all in place and are unbuggered.
The blade of this dagger is in nice condition, with minor traces of age on the surfaces but nothing bad. The SS etch, ending in an exclamation point, is quite shallow and retains about 98% of the original background darkening. The reverse of the blade has the same traces of age in the surfaces, and a matching shade to the etch on the ricasso. It features a large, shaded double RZM circle positioned over the code “M 7/29”. We used to think this was the code for the Jacobs firm, but we have since learned this was not the case and it actually stands for Klitterman & Moog. If you are interested in these details you can look them up in my SS Book on pages 684 and 685. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A fine example here of an exclamation point motto SS Dagger; these are very difficult to find and are very desirable.
SSDAG #38721 Model 1936 Type I Chained SS Dagger
This Type I equipped Chained SS is the same as I show in my SS Book on Pages 126 and 127 and also Pages 132 and 133.
The dagger is equipped with early nickel cross guards and matching tang nut. The tang nut does not appear to have been out in modern times. These guards do not look to have ever been cleaned, so they have a deep dull nickel patina, being darker than the plated mounts of the Type I chain assembly - Type I assemblies only seem to come in nickel plated form. The cross guards are in fine condition having smooth surfaces and precise accent grooves. There are a couple of minor rubs just on the lower edge of the lower guard, being one on the front and one on the back, but they are nothing.
The ebony grip is in fine condition having no repairs. The grip has medium contour construction and shows only the most modest signs of wear. This grip fits the guards like a glove. The SS runes button is a concave shape having excellent enamel with a couple of usage signs on the surface, but no breaks. The runes and the dual circle around them have a slight dull patina. The "high-necked" nickel grip eagle shows minor wear to the bird's head and a little to the breast and talons, but the feathering is still visible. The wings, wreath and swastika still have crisp detail.
The scabbard shell is straight on both sides. The anodized finish is still all there at 100%, having traces of lacquer still visible at the upper obverse quadrant. On the reverse, there is a little age that appears on the lower quadrant, but it is very minor and does not affect the anodizing. The upper and lower scabbard mounts are the plated type; this is usual for Type I assemblies. They are in excellent condition with the lower ball having a tiny "press"at the very bottom area. The throat is a nickel example having a patina matching the cross guards, nicely tying them in with the dagger. The center ramp features the three raised intertwined swastikas on both sides. The backgrounds have fine pebbled surfaces. The ramp assembly is the same as Page 132. Like we usually see on anodized scabbards, this ramp is retained by two screws, one on each side.
The matching bright, nickel-plated Type I chain is as fine as they come, with the plating is still in mint condition throughout the assembly. The links, with their depictions of alternating skull and bones with SS runes are terrific. These links have everything you would ever want to see on an SS dagger. The large skulls on these Type I's really have a sinister look with their glaring smiles setting off all of the crisp dental work; some really awesome stuff here! The connecting tabs are the thick type being much more substantial than the thin nickel tabs used on the Type II examples. No worries of anything ever breaking with these tabs! The links also have extra fine pebbled backgrounds which also gives relief to the scary design. The reverse of the first link of the upper chain is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen proof marking. It is deeply hit and identical to the one I show on Page 130 of my book. The snap clip/clover leaf assembly is the open style and the "DRGM" marking is visible below on the upper snap clip area. The original snap clip spring is in good working order. This is the chain that everyone would like to have in their collection!
The unmarked blade is bright throughout and still has all of its cross grain and needle-like tip. There are a couple of smudges on the obverse. One is on the motto word, "Ehre" and the other on the word "heist". These same smudges line up on the reverse, so it can be concluded that the blade was touched long ago by the same person, leaving the acid in his fingers to forever "personalize" this blade. The blemishes are not bad, though, as the rest of the blade is still very close to mint condition. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A very sound, textbook Type I Chained SS Dagger here; you can't beat the condition of the chain. If the blade were totally mint, this dagger would sell for a lot more. So, if you can live with a less than totally perfect blade, you have a very good deal here. Type I daggers are always in big demand, so now is the time to obtain yours!
Excellent Plus. $6,995.00
SSDAG #38344 Mid-period Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger, RZM 1196/38 SS
This choice-conditioned dagger is one of two Chained-SS examples that I recently purchased from a family in Germany. Apparently they had no Fatherland contacts as I was solicited through my website; isn't the Internet great sometimes! This dagger is of 1938 vintage, most likely being worn with standard Model 1933 scabbard until the original owner was promoted to officer status or fulfilled the three year service requirement. This dagger looks identical to the fine piece I show on Page 142 of my SS Book.
The dagger is equipped with fine nickel-plated cross guards. Fortunately, these guards were not exposed to any moisture, as both have a mirror finish with no lifting anywhere; it's quite rare to see this. The plated tang nut shows a few minor indent scars around the circumference where somewhere along the line, a family member must have gotten curious and took a look inside. There was no real damage here, though.
The ebony grip is a nice example being of high center ridge construction. This grip remains in perfect condition with no repairs and little sign of wear. The grip fits the guards nicely and is acceptable for its vintage. The SS runes button is slightly turned to about 7:00 o'clock. The runes are toned, perfectly matching the patina throughout the dual circles that circumvent them. The enamel is untouched and perfect. The grip eagle is the aluminum type. It is the style bird that has the "point behind the head". There is some minor surface wear to the bird's head, breast feathering and also to the talons and wreath. The swastika is still fairly crisp.
Wrapped about the grip is the original-to-the-piece 42 cm aluminum bullion portepee. The original owner of this piece was a Waffen-SS NCO or officer. Amazingly, this knot has not be touched since the war. It is tied in a loop about the upper grip, and then a double loop around the lower grip. There is a little fray at the lower double loop cord and then some where the cord comes out of the knot, but boy does this knot talk to you! A great thing here as because this knot is in place, we can get a feel for the history of this dagger. I am sure the knot also helped to preserve the fine condition of this grip, as basically, the only real exposed area is the grip eagle, which shows commensurate wear... I love to look and study stuff like this, don't you? It really almost gives you an inner feeling of where this dagger has been and the possible action that it has been through.
The scabbard and chain assembly are one of the best-conditioned examples I have seen. The scabbard shell is as straight as an arrow and simply beautiful! The shell as the best anodized finish you will see. It is totally mint, still having its full lacquer covering. What a site this shell is; it is guaranteed to make you smile!
Like the hilt mounts, these plated scabbard mounts are still in nearly factory new condition. They retain their original luster to the nickel finish, and the lower ball has never been dropped, not even once. The mounts are retained with the dome head steel screws. These screws are unturned and still retain their plating to the screw heads. The center scabbard ramp is a fabulous example, featuring the three intertwined swastika on both sides. The edges are the later more rolled type being the same as the example shown on Page 141 of my SS book. The original darkened background is still 100% throughout this center ramp. As we see many times on anodized scabbards, the ramp is retained by two matching screws, one on each edge.
The nickel-plated chain is the Type II variety. The chain has 100% nickel plating and the reverse of all of the links have turned black, being an indication of silver plating on the reverse. The chain is the same as I show in full in my SS book on Page 136. Each of the three skull links is as crisp as the day it was produced. All dental work is 100% and will make you smile back as you view the teeth. The three links with the SS sigrunne are crisp and vaulted. All links not only have full background pebbling, but also have all of the original blackening in the backgrounds. The link connecting tabs are all original and in good condition. A couple show the connecting seams, but this is normal on later chained scabbards. The reverse of the first link that connects the chain to the scabbard is SS Kulturzeichen stamped. This same link has a small bend in it where something heavy may have landed on it. It is nothing, however, and if anything, is a way to always identify this dagger as your property. The closed-style clover assembly is matching throughout and has good working snap clip with spring in place.
The obverse blade is bright, still having its factory cross grain. There are a few minor age stains, but this obverse blade easily still grades at near mint. The SS motto is crisp throughout and 100% of the black background remains in the SS blade motto. The reverse blade has a little more light staining in the surfaces, probably made bysome unwiped finger prints left there a generation ago. It is not bad, though as they are not deep. The reverse ricasso is maker-marked, "RZM" over "1198/38 SS". Although we don't know the identity of "1198", it is a commonly seen SS maker. The "38" would indicate the date of the blade's manufacture. Since this dagger has been together since war's end, it is a plain and simple case of the original wearer buying a scabbard only (probably in 1940-41) as he already possessed the dagger and was not going to waste money on another. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A fine Waffen-SS Chained dagger here. The outside condition is nearly full mint, with some normal age to the blade, but nothing that you can not live with. If you are looking for a beautiful display model to set off your other SS pieces, this example will act as a nothing short of a strobe light. A superb original dagger here!
Excellent Plus, Plus. $7,495.00
SSDAG #37988 Model 1933 Ground Röhm SS Enlisted Man's Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
The nickel crossguards are in fine condition having been cleaned not too long ago. They have excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and deep accent grooves, typical of Eickhorn. These guards are internally marked, "A.R", a crossguard maker also used by Eickhorn when apparently their own in-house guards may have been in limited supply. The reverse lower guard is district marked, "III", an indication the dagger was originally issued somewhere in the Berlin area. The lower crossguard is stamped on the under section with the inspection number, "1".
The grip is an outstanding untouched ebony, having no repairs. It is a beauty, fitting the guards perfectly. The grip has a few indentations in the reverse center area caused by the vertical hanger snap clip. Other than this, this grip shows little period usage. The SS runes button is perfectly placed having fine enamel and good silvered runics with matching dual circles. It is positioned at about 7:00 o'clock. A fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, having a couple of minor wearing signs in the metal, but no dings. The "anodized" finish remains at 100% and really looks good. There are no signs of lacquer, but the fine finish makes up for any lacking. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition. The lower ball has a couple of minor hits but they are negligible. The four original nickel screws are in place and appear unturned.
The original-to-the-piece vertical hanger is in place. The hanger is in good condition with supple leather to the coffin-shaped back and also to the straps. The nickel buckle is the style with oval shape and the snap clip is a solid nickel, unmarked type. It is interesting to note that there is a period repair to the hanger leather portion that retains the snap clip. It is not detractive, and reflects a very fine sewn job which has continued to hold up after all of these years.
The blade obverse is a good bright example having fine tip and deeply etched, crisp SS motto. The motto appears to have all of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. There are the usual runner marks, but overall, this blade easily grades at excellent plus. The reverse has had the Röhm inscription removed. It looks like a professional factory job; there are no fragments of the original inscription remaining and the repolish effort was quite well done, with only a little "touch" to the trademark. The logo is the early 1933-35 small double oval variant. The ovals contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". It features a crouching squirrel, looking to the viewer's left and holding a nut in his paws. The squirrel depicted is the smooth tail version. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A good solid SS example here.
Excellent Plus. $4,295.00
SSDAG #37791C Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger – Rich Abr Herder
The cross guards are in very fine condition, having crisp edge definition, precisely cut accent grooves and smooth surfaces. The tang nut also is a fine example, appearing to have never been off the dagger in modern times.
The grip of this dagger is in exceptional condition, showing no evidence of repair. It is the traditional Herder type, being slimmer than most and with the grip eagle set nice and low. The lower reverse guard is marked “I”. This grip has Sharp Contour Construction and fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is set at 1 o'clock, The enamel on this button is still 100% intact, with a little but of noticeable wear to the left of the left rune. The enamel is still intact, however. The runes and borders have a good silvery look to them. The grip eagle is the “High Necked” type, and shows no wear at all, with exceptional detailing throughout.
The scabbard shell is a dandy. It is straight throughout and has 100% of the original “anodized” surface. I don't see any lacquer remaining, but the finish is most pleasing to the eye and is a wonderful sight to see. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition, the lower mount showing some traces of usage and with just the slightest tap to the lower ball. Nothing serious, though, and it does not really show. The nickel screws are all in place and in good, unbuggered condition.
There is a fine early short hanger attached to the carrying ring. This hanger has good, supple leather and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger has a solid nickel buckle which matches the unmarked solid nickel snap clip.
The blade of this dagger is about as nice as you could hope to see. It looks to have almost all of the cross grain and shows only some mild “in-and-out” wear. This blade shows only the most subtle signs of age. The SS motto is deeply etched, and has good, dark letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the well known Herder Diamond trademark. The blade shoulders exactly fit the cross guard contours.
An exceptionally nice early SS Dagger here. Examples in this kind of condition are getting very difficult to locate.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,295.00
SSDAG #37838C Enlisted Man's Model 1933 SS Dagger with Ground Röhm Inscription – Böker
Examining the tang nut I can find no evidence that it has been removed in modern times. The guards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. They are the secondary style of guard used by Böker, not those that have the distinctive shape. The lower reverse guard is district marked “I”.
The grip of this dagger is of very fine ebony, with no trace of repair and remaining in totally perfect condition. It is of Medium Contour Construction. It fits the guards fairly well, with a small opening on the lower right, but contrary to popular belief these fits were not always exact, and the wood grip is susceptible to shrinkage. The SS runes button is a beauty, with perfect enamel surfaces. The runes are set to about 7 o'clock, with nice silvering throughout. The nickel grip eagle is in perfect, crisp condition, being the “High Necked” variety. The bird retains full detailing to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout the obverse. The reverse has a couple of minor traces of wear, but they do not detract from either the look or the value. This shell is extremely nice, with 100% of the original “anodized” finish, and about 50% of the applied lacquer on the obverse. The reverse retains even more of this original lacquer. It is always a pleasure to see an SS dagger with in this kind of well preserved condition. The scabbard mounts are of matching nickel and in good condition. The lower ball has a small split on the lower portion as well as the right edge, but these are have not opened and really are not that noticeable. We'd be happy to repair this flaw for the next owner. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are unturned.
There is a most unusual vertical hanger attached to this dagger. It has the usual “coffin” shape, but it is slightly wider than the norm. The lower strap and the retainer strap have much larger rivets than we normally see. There is also a large “dog leash” style snap clip; it is marked “DRGM / M5/86”, “RZM A” on the reverse. Additionally the scabbard strap is thinner than most, as is the retainer strap. There is an unusual roller buckle and a secondary area that retains the end of the strap. This is the first time I have seen this configuration; it in and of itself is quite a rarity and, in my opinion, quite desirable.
The obverse blade of the dagger is good example, showing only the most modest of age in the surfaces. It has a very deep, crisply etched SS motto. The letter backgrounds look to be nearly 100% intact and are quite dark, something we often seen on Böker daggers.
Turning the blade over is somewhat of a shock, as the grinding of the Röhm dedication was done with no fooling around! The grindstone has taken most of the inscription out, although I can still see the tops of the letter “I”, as well as the umlaut on the “O” in Röhm's name. There was no attempt to smooth out the grinding, imparting a brutal, no nonsense look which a lot of collector's like to see. This sort of thing is history speaking to you!
The trademark is the smaller type used by Böker specifically for Röhm daggers. A pair of twin ovals state the firm's name and location of “Solingen”. Inside is the stark, leafless tree. This style of trademark omits the “mausoleum” that we normally see in the standard marking. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the curvature of the guards.
A very fine Böker SS Dagger here, with a most interesting vertical hanger.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,695.00
SSDAG #37594C Late Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger, RZM 1198/39 SS
The crossguards are the nickel-plated type. The surfaces show a few scratches and a couple of minor dings, but the plating has weathered the rough treatment and is all remaining in place. The tang nut is the steel base type, and although there are some circles around it in the cross guard metal below, the nut itself, does not appear to have been out.
The ebony grip is the smooth contour type. This grip has some bumps on the surfaces here and there, but it too, has held up well and there are no flaws or repairs. Also, this grip fits the cross guards like a rubber glove. The runes button is slightly turned to about 7 o'clock. The silvering is still there to the SS runes as well as to the two surrounding circles. The button enamel must have taken a hit somewhere in time, as this enamel is missing to the left of the leftrune; you have to look close to see it, though. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak looking upward slightly. The bird and swastika retain good detail throughout.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent period black paint, and aside from a few carrying signs, this paint is all there and still has good sheen to it. The nickel plated scabbard mounts are in good condition showing a little minor age, but not bad at all. The lower ball is still in never-dropped condition.
The original-to-the-piece hanger is of the same period as the dagger. Apparently the hanger got wet somewhere along the line, so there are shrinkage signs particularly to the lower scabbard loop and also the retaining strap; you would not want to try and take this hanger off the dagger, as I am sure the leather would break. Best to leave it alone. It is interesting to look at the area of upper scabbard mount which is behind the hanger, as there is a lot of telltale rust back there; a sure sign of water on this leather at one time, but also proof that the hanger is right, and original to this dagger. The snap clip is the plated type, marked, "RZM M 5/71" and "OLC".
The blade makes up a lot for any of the detrimental characteristics of the dagger. This blade remains nice and bright and still has most of the cross grain. The motto is crisp and deep, retaining 100% of the darkening behind the letters. In fact the obverse is nearly in full Mint condition. The reverse is also very fine, having a couple of minor age or rust spots on the left edge ricasso and also a little where the shoulders meet the lower cross guard. This blade fits perfectly, exactly meeting the lower cross guard contour. A pretty good SS dagger here, with the original hanger and priced reasonably.
SSDAG #36420C Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's Dagger – E. P. & S.
This Pack Dagger is in nice condition overall, not appearing to have been cleaned in many years, if ever. The nickel tang nut nicely matches the nickel crossguard mounts. These guards have a dull patination throughout. The mounts have good, smooth surfaces, precise accent grooves and crisp edges. The lower reverse guard is district marked with a Roman numeral, “I”; the hit of the numeral was slightly off-center, so only half of the “I” is visible.
The grip of this example is constructed of fine ebony. There are no repairs to this grip. It is in good condition throughout, showing only some minor wearing signs in the form of a little “tap-tap” to the left of the grip eagle, but is otherwise nice and clean. There is a tiny sliver that has lifted on the obverse left edge, where the grip meets the guard. Looking closely I noticed a tiny piece that may have been loose and put back in, just below the SS runes button, but it is nothing. The runes button has perfect enamel, with double-ringed borders which match the silvering of the runes. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak which points slightly upwards. This eagle shows some wear to the to the surfaces of his head, breast feathering, and talons. Some of the detail is still there, though; the wings, wreath, and mobile swastika are still in excellent shape. This grip perfectly fits the crossguards.
The scabbard is a very fine, straight example. It has an excellent anodized finish. The anodizing appears to all be there, and there are also some traces of original lacquer. There is a little bit of age of the surfaces, but this appears to be dulling of the lacquer, and should not effect the anodized finish below. The scabbard mounts are the typical Pack variety. They are in excellent condition throughout, to include the lower ball. The lower mount has the distinctive edge rim we normally associate with E. Pack. The upper mount is also typical, as the screws holding the throat are not quite parallel, as well as being placed slightly lower than we see from other manufacturers. You can see this screw placement anomaly on the piece I show on page 197 of my SS Book.
The blade of this example is nice and bright, having normal runner marks. All of the cross-grain appears to be intact throughout. This blade is in near Full Mint condition. The SS motto is deep and crisp, and looks to have about 98% of the original background darkening in the letters of the motto. The reverse of the blade has a matching-etched trademark, depicted the hammering Siegfried logo of the Pack firm. Above and below this logo can be seen, “E.P.&S.” and “Solingen” respectively. This trademark is identical to the example I show on page 18 of my SS Book. The blade shoulders perfect meet the contour of the lower crossguard.
E.P. & S. SS Daggers are not encountered very frequently, and as such they are a key piece if you are collecting SS types, as well as daggers in general.
Excellent Plus. $4,495.00
SSDAG #36418C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger with Tiger-stripe Grip – Robert Klass
This early dagger is equipped with nickel crossguards and tang nut. These guards are in good shape. Appearing to have nickel-plating over the nickel base metal; we do see this type of plating done occasionally during the period. Often chrome was even used, as the new metal was just coming in play, but as mentioned above these particular mounts are nickel over nickel. The guards are still in good condition, showing an average amount of wear from use. The lower reverse guard is stamped with the district Roman numeral, “III”.
The most interesting part about this dagger is the grip. Although it is constructed from a fine ebony, it has a distinctive tiger-stripe that runs slightly downward on the horizontal, through both the obverse and reverse facings of the grip. The stripe itself is very subtle, but is easily picked up upon closer inspection of the grip. It is very rare to see tiger-stripes in the grains of ebony wood; I believe this is only the second example of this type I've ever seen. This grip shows no repairs, and fits the crossguards like a glove. There are some indications of wear on this grip, with a crack that may have once been a chip that was put back into place on the right upper portion, as well as a small gouge to the right of the grip eagle. In additional there is a minor lift in the wood to the left upper obverse, and a few minor cracks on the upper reverse. The runes button is placed fairly high on the grip. It displays good enamel, and the silvering to the runes and double-circled borders nicely match. The button is rotated to about 7 o'clock. The grip eagle is the early, “High Necked” variety. All the details are visible throughout the bird's feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. An interesting grip here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has old black paint, which was mostly likely applied over the original anodized finish when it became too worn. On the obverse facing this paint remains in near perfect condition, bring quite bright. The reverse has some cracks and a couple of chips, but they aren't really bad and don't detract from the piece. The scabbard mounts perfectly match the crossguards, as they too were nickel plated over a nickel base. These mounts are in good shape, with a little bit of use visible on the lower mount. The lower ball, however, is still sound. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws.
The blade of this example is still in fairly nice condition, with just the slightest amount of gray in the surfaces. I don't see much cross-grain in it, but the blade still grades at Excellent. The motto shows some wear to the center letters, but overall it has about 85 to 90% of the original darkening intact. The reverse ricasso of the blade is matching-etched with the circular design formed by the firm's name and location, “Robert Klass/Solingen”. In the center is a pair of stylized kissing cranes. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
An interesting dagger here, for those who like something of of the ordinary, and a great addition to an SS collection. Tiger-stripe grips are very rarely seen.
SSDAG #36435C Model 1933 EM Ground Röhm Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
This early SS Dagger has traditional Eickhorn crossguards. These guards do not to have been cleaned in some time. They are the “H.E” variety, internally marked, with smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and the deep, hand-cut accent grooves typical of Carl Eickhorn. Th reverse of the lower crossguard is district marked with a “I” Roman numeral. The lower section of the bottom guard also has the Eickhorn inspector's number, “5”, stamped in.
This grip had some significant signs of wear on the surfaces, with a couple of poorly done repairs. We were able to recondition the grip quite nicely, however, and now it is in excellent shape. The SS runes button also shows some wear to the enamel, but it looks fairly good, with the silver SS runes nicely matching the double-circled border of the button. The grip eagle is the early nickel type, of the “High Necked” variety. All the details are visible throughout the bird's feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, with an excellent, nearly 100% anodized finish. It shows only the slightest of wear. The mounts are in good condition, with the lower ball having just a couple of minor taps at the bottom area only. These mounts are retained by original nickel screws, each in place and unbuggered.
The blade of the dagger shows some overall wear, with some “in-and-out” markings here and there. It is slightly gray, but still in good condition. The SS motto remains deep and crisp, having about 95% of the factory darkening intact the recesses of the lettering. The reverse blade has had the full Röhm inscription ground from the surfaces. The grinder installed a graining that runs vertically as opposed to horizontally, and there is some minor wavering evident in the center line. Overall, though, not a bad job. The original Eickhorn trademark survived the procedure, and is at 90% intact. The mark is the double oval style, with the firm's name and location, as well as a smooth-tailed squirrel holding a nut in his paws. The grinding has come into the trademark just slightly, taking out the “ch” in Eickhorn as well as the backside of the seated squirrel. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
Not a bad SS Dagger here; a good starter example or perhaps for someone on a budget.
SSDAG #35889C Early Model 1933 SS EM Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
This fine initial production Eickhorn Model 1933 SS EM Dagger is in an untouched, uncleaned state. The crossguards are the solid nickel variety having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and very deep hand done accent grooves. The tang nut does not appear to have been apart in modern times. These crossguards appear to be the “H.E” variety and the lower bottom portion of the crossguard is stamped, “4” which is an inspector’s mark. The lower reverse crossguard has the district stamping being Roman numeral, “I”. The ebony grip is a good high ridge contour example. It has no repairs and on the edges where the grip meets the guards, there is a little bit of lifting on all sides. It is very minor however and the kind of thing we often see. These types of flaws are so small that they are not even to be normally noticed. Other than the small lifts at the grip edge, this grip is in really choice condition showing little usage. The runes button is placed at about six thirty o’clock. The runes have a fine silvered finish nicely matching the double border circles. The matching nickel grip eagle is the style with “high neck”. This bird still has all of its detail to its head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A good solid hilt here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has nearly all of its original anodized finish. There are several age spots which are more prevalent on the reverse than they are on the obverse but they are not bad. Overall this is a very nice anodized scabbard. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are also in good condition. These mounts show little usage and the ball is still totally intact showing only normal usage signs. The original nickel screws are all in place and they are unturned.
The blade of this example is a fine bright one. It has nearly all of the crossgraining still present and other than a couple of marks which were caused by the runners sitting in place, this blade is nearly in mint condition. The tip is still needlelike. The SS motto is deep and crisp etched. This motto has more than 95% of its original darkening and really looks great. On the reverse ricasso is the very desirable large double oval logo. This logo contains the firm’s name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen”. Inside is a seated smooth tail squirrel holding a nut in his paws. Below the animal is the initials of the firm, “C.E.”. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour. A very nice initial production SS dagger here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,995.00