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 #38722 Model 1936 Type I Chained SS Dagger
This desirable SS Dagger is an early example having fine solid nickel cross guards and tang nut. The tang nut does not appear to have been out on this dagger. The guards are in fine condition having just a mild dull patination. The guard surfaces are smooth, the edges crisp and the accent grooves are very precise.
The ebony grip is of medium contour construction being in perfect condition on the obverse and having a couple of mild wearing signs on the reverse, but nothing negative. The grip fits the cross guards nicely. The runes button is a fine perfect enameled example being placed straight up and down. The runes have excellent silvering matching the double rings around the circumference. The nickel eagle is the style with beak which points upward. All details are visible to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shell is completely straight on the obverse, having one extremely minor wearing "pin" hit on the reverse. The shell has excellent anodized surfaces, rating at 100%. I don't see any lacquer present, but then again, there may never have been any on this scabbard. The upper scabbard mount is a nickel-plated example as is the norm with Type I chained assemblies as this part came with the hardware assembly package. The lower mount on this example is a nickel example. It is in excellent condition having a couple of ripples at the bottom of the ball area, but no crushing or problems. The center ramp is very impressive with its intertwined three raised swastikas on both sides. The ramp has outstanding factory black backgrounds extended over fine pebbled base. As we often see on anodized scabbards, this ramp is retained by two matching dome head screws, one on each side.
Attached to the scabbard is an impressive Type I chain. This chain has the matching very dark backgrounds in all of the chain links. These links have outstanding definition to the alternating SS runes and the skull and cross bones. The teeth are all there and leering at the viewer. The skulls on these Type I chains are larger and of a slightly different shape than the Type II variety. The links also have fine pebbled backgrounds beneath the blackening. The links are retained by the thicker, strong-style tabs used specifically on Type I chains. The first link on the upper chain assembly is deeply stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen proof marking. The clover leaf assembly at the top of the chain is the pierced style and the "DRGM" marking is visible on the snap clip surface below. The original snap clip spring is in good shape and well-working. This chain assembly is the same as the example shown in my SS book on pages 126 and 127, with the exception that this chain has a much darker patination then the book piece. An exceptional chain assembly here with great looks.
The unmarked blade is a nice as you will see them. It is completely bright and has all of its cross grain with needle-like tip. Other than the usual runner marks, this blade is in mint condition. Great to see a blade in this condition as it gives great pleasure and a beacon of light when pulled from this scabbard with its dark features. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is completely crisp and retains 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the cross guard contours.
If you have been holding back on buying a Chained SS dagger, waiting for a fine Type I piece, please think seriously on this example. It has a stunning look to the outside and the blade will really get you smiling. An example you will be proud to display on your collecting wall for a lifetime.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $7,995.00(#062516)
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 #38488 Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger – Gottlieb Hammesfahr
This early SS Dagger is in choice, untouched condition. Looking at the tang nut it does not appear to have been taken apart in modern times. All of the solid nickel mounts have a very desirable dully patinated tone.
The crossguards are in very fine condition throughout. The lower reverse guard has the district mark, “III”.
The grip is also a beauty. The ebony is in very fine condition, with no repairs and showing only the most minor traces of usage. The upper left corner shows some hand wear to the surface of the wood, revealing a hint of wood grain; nothing at all serious, and if anything speaks to the service time of the dagger. The grip fits the guards perfectly. The SS runes button has a couple of minor hits to the surface, but they are superficial and the black enamel is still intact. The runes and circular borders on this button have toned to match the guards. The nickel grip eagle is the style is a slightly upturned beak, and retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, as well as the talons and wreathed mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is also an outstanding example; it is straight as an arrow and retains 100% of the original “anodized” finish. Much of the protective lacquer also remains, with maybe about 40% on the reverse and 50% on the obverse. The matching nickel mounts are in fine condition. The lower ball bears some signs of wear but has no dings or dents. The mounts are retained by four original nickel screws, all of which are unturned.
The original-to-the-piece short hanger is in place on this dagger. It has fine, supple black leather and is complete with a small retainer loop. The hardware is of solid nickel and the snap clip is the “long nosed type” with a riveted spring.
The blade is a fine example which remains bright throughout. It shows almost no age, retaining much of the origin crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SS motto is crisp and deep, with 100% of the frosted background. The Hammesfahr Pyramid logo is matching-etched on the reverse ricasso, and the blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
If you are looking for an SS Dagger you can keep for a lifetime (and always have something nice to show off to your friends) you could not go wrong with this piece.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,495.00 (#061516)
SSDAG #38495 Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger RZM M7/81, RZM 1241/39 SS
This later-made SS Dagger has nickel-plated mounts. The plating is still outstanding throughout, with almost no lifting. There is only a tiny line along the upper guard were it meets the ebony grip. The tang nut is also a beauty, with 100% intact plating.
The ebony grip is in nice condition with no repairs. There are a couple of traces of wear here and there, as well as some minor lifts where the meet the guards but they are nothing. This grip nicely fits the guards. The SS button is turned to about 5 o'clock, which is the opposite of the way we usually see them. Also about half of the enamel has gone from the button. The runes and circular borders are not damaged, and the missing enamel is not noticeable unless you look closely. The grip eagle is aluminum type with a slightly upward pointing beak. All of the fine detailing is present on this bird.
The scabbard shell is straight on the obverse and has just a minor ding on the reverse; it is not serious, however. The original paint retains a factory shine and rates at about 98%. The steel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition, still with the original brightness to the nickel-plated surfaces. These mounts are in perfect condition to include the lower ball. The original screws are also in place. They are the dome head type and retain their original plating.
The carrying ring has the original-to-the-piece hanger. This hanger is a beauty, with perfect, supple black leather and a retainer loop. The nickel-plated mounts are in perfect condition and are free of rest. This hanger alone is worth upwards of $250.00.
The blade is still mostly bright on the reverse and just slightly gray on the obverse. Almost all of the original crossgrain is still visible. The SS motto etch is good, with about 90% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The practiced eye will notice that the tip looks slightly odd, as this blade has been re-tipped at some point. It is only slightly short, though, perhaps a quarter of an inch. If the blade tip edges were tapered more this repair would probably be undetectable. The reverse is of the blade has a seldom seen marking; you can see this identical mark in my SS Book on page 174. It consists of a shaded double RZM circle positioned over the code, “M7/81”. This code was used by the firm of Mack & Eicklenberg. Below this is the contract code for this group of daggers, “RZM 1241/39 SS”. This is a rarely seen marking.
Because of the re-tip this dagger is priced very reasonably. If you can live with a nice dagger with a reworked tip this piece is a real bargain; without the tip issue this dagger would easily be $1,000.00 more than we are asking.
SSDAG #38491C Full Röhm Inscription SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
This full inscription Röhm dagger is probably the nicest one I have had to offer over the years, not that I have had many. These daggers in their original full state are extremely rare. Just imagine the penalty an SS man could risk for not following the order to have the offending name/and or inscription ground off! Usually these daggers existed where they were owned by elderly SS people who may have retired or by higher-up honorary SS members that may have been complacent types that did not not take the shocking politics of the time all that seriously and merely put the dagger in a drawer and purchased a standard example. Several full examples I have seen over the years have had the tip broken off with the inscription remaining intact, being a Teutonic form of disgrace. Whatever the reason, though, this example is fully intact and shows only the most nominal of wear, being an indication it was not worn after the 30 June 1934 purge. I show a similar conditioned example of this rare dagger on Page 65 and 66 of my SS Book.
This dagger does not appear to have been ever apart. The nicely toned nickel cross guards and tang nut remain crisp throughout, with no scratches or even wearing signs across the surfaces. The accent grooves are the typical outstanding Eickhorn type, being hand-cut very deeply into the surfaces in a "v" shape. Most certainly they are the in-house fabricated, internally marked "H.E" type. The lower reverse guard is District stamped, "I". Interestingly, the stamping is hit sideways as we see sometimes.
The ebony grip is as fine as they come, still remaining in perfect condition with no repairs and little sign of being around for over eight decades. The SS runes button has perfect enamel surfaces and toned silver runes matching the dual circles around them. The button is turned to about 7:00 o'clock. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Neck" variety, having crisp detailing throughout the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed swastika. The grip fit is typical for an Eickhorn piece, being almost perfect, but having a minuscule gap on both the upper and lower left sides.
The scabbard shell is straight as an arrow on both sides. The original anodized blue surfaces are 100% and perfect throughout with no wear spots. There are original factory lacquer traces around the mount areas as well as around the original-to-the-piece vertical hanger. The matching toned nickel scabbard mounts are also exceptional with no drop signs to the lower ball; there is a small tap on the obverse on the ball, but it is hardly worth the mention. These mounts are retained by all four of the original nickel screws, all being unturned.
The original vertical hanger remains in fine condition with standard coffin-shape back. The leather throughout remains supple to include the scabbard securing loop and also to the buckle and hasp retainer. The buckle is the nickel-plated, square type. The upper scabbard mount surfaces beneath the hanger have the greenish residue we often see when leather butts against nickle for long periods.
The blade of this example is a sight to behold. It is absolutely mint throughout with no flaws; it is really amazing! The surfaces are bright and all of the crossgrain is intact. The motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is still in a new-like state. Beautiful! The letters are deep and crisp and all have 100% of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. Turning the blade over is a treat seldom seen by most collectors. The complete Röhm inscription reflects the same depth and background darkening as the motto, "In Herzlicher Kameradschaft, Ernst Röhm". The etch attributes apply to the fine 1933-35 trademark featuring the small double ovals which contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". As we often see on these daggers (and the later Himmler pieces) the squirrel's eye was left out of the etch. The squirrel is the smooth tail version.
Well, if you are looking for the best of the best, this is your chance to step-up to the plate. This is an investment-quality piece. A dagger of this magnitude and in this choice condition is seldom offered to the collecting community. Because of the uniqueness and desirability of this dagger, we are asking that the full price be paid on this piece and we do not want to except any trades.
SSDAG #38273C Himmler Inscription SS Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
This Himmler Dagger is not in mint condition but it is 100% original and completely textbook. It is reasonably priced and an excellent opportunity to acquire a real Himmler for half of what you would normally pay.
The crossguards have good, smooth surfaces which have never been cleaned and are dull from age. The tang nut shows no signs of being touched by a wrench, but it is loose to the touch so the insides can be easily looked at if so desired. The edges of the guards are crisp and the accent grooves are the typical deeply cut and precise Eickhorn style. The guards are very, very dirty inside, but I can make out that they are marked with the “AR” that we occasionally seen on Himmler pieces. The underside of the lower guard is inspection marked “0”.
The ebony grip of this dagger shows some minor flaking of the wood around the upper obverse area. The lower obverse of the grip has a chip on the left side. The reverse of the grip remains in good condition, however. The SS runes button is the style that has a slightly coppery look to it. It has been turned slightly and the enamel remains perfect throughout. The nickel grip eagle is the “High Neck” style which retains full detail throughout.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The “anodized” finish is basically intact but there are age stains evenly spread the length of both sides. The matching deeply patinated nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are all unbuggered.
Attached the to the carrying ring is the original short hanger. This short hanger still has excellent leather although it shows a bit of scuffing on the black surfaces. The original retainer loop is also in place. The solid nickel hardware is the type we see with Himmler daggers, with an unmarked conventional clip.
The blade of the dagger also has some minor graying in the surfaces as well as evenly spread age stains throughout. The tip remains needle-like and I don't see any remaining crossgrain. The SS motto is well executed and looks to have about 85% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The Himmler inscription is also well executed, with easily 90 to 95% of the original darkening present in the recesses. The reverse is marked with the early variant of the Eickhorn trademark; the seated squirrel holds a nut in his paws and has a smooth tail. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the contour of the lower guard.
As I say a 100% original Himmler here for approximately half the price if you can live wiht the condition.
SSDAG #38355C Early Model 1933 SS Dagger – Gottlieb Hammesfahr
This SS Dagger is far from being in good condition. It is 100% authentic, though, and since the consignor is a good customer I agreed to run this dagger as a favor. Perhaps there is someone out there on a budget who is just looking for a real example with little concern about condition; this would be a good piece for such a person. In any event I suspect that this dagger was under water at some point.
The dagger is equipped with nickel guards that have a mild patination. They are in reasonably good condition, as is the tang nut, presumably since nickel is not easily damaged by water. The reverse guard is district marked “III”.
The ebony grip is in pretty good shape on the reverse. There is a flake missing on the lower right but it is very minor and the rest of the reverse is in good condition. The obverse grip has a chip out of the right hand corner and also shows a little age to the left of the SS runes button. The lower portion of the grip is missing a chip just to the left of the center. The SS runes button is in place and is slightly turned. The enamel on this button is still good but it does show traces of wear. The nickel grip eagle is the “High Neck” variety; this bird still has excellent detail throughout.
The scabbard of this example is in terrible condition. It has been drastically pitted from laying in water. It looks as though it may have been painted over in an attempt to stop the rust, which was successful as the scabbard now shows only age and serious pitting. The mounts came through it all in fairly good condition, however. The upper mount is good while the lower shows some signs of wear and has a hit to the front of the ball. The original screws are in place and are unbuggered.
The water also got to the blade of this dagger. It is pitted throughout but is free of active rust. It still has the SS motto, although it has thinned and lost about 40 to 50% of the original darkening. It is also possible to make out the trademark on the reverse ricasso; the pyramid and “+” of the Hammesfahr firm is still visible. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
The consignor he told me that this was the first dagger he could afford and was the piece that got him started in the hobby. He thought that someone else, perhaps a young collector or someone on a budget might be interested in this piece. In any case it is what it is!
SSDAG #38280C Early SS Partial Röhm Dagger with Serial Number and Dossier - Rich. Abr. Herder
This most interesting early SS Dagger has not be cleaned nor does it appear to have been apart in modern times. The nickel crossguard and tang nut have a rich, dull patina. The guards are smooth throughout, still having crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is district marked, "I". On either side of the district numeral is the stamped SS number of the original owner, "16 831".
The stamping is one of the neatest I have seen, the numbers being hit into the bottom of the grip at the same time they were stamped into the cross guard. The reason for this is not necessarily carelessness on the part of the person doing the stamping, but rather, the dies that were used to make the numbers are of too large a size to be confined only on the guard surfaces. In addition, the "6" numeral was hit twice, as the stamper decided the positioning was too low on the first stamping. Some real good stuff here to study; once you see this job, it is obvious that this stamping was either done by the owner himself or by someone that was not truly talented with working with his hands. The number is traceable to the original owner, who was indeed qualified for the Röhm Honor Dagger.
The ebony grip has no repairs, and other than some normal hand wear is still in excellent condition. It is the typical Herder type, being thinner than most other maker types and having a low-set grip eagle. The grip fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is the convex type we usually see on Herder daggers. The enamel has a couple of hits; one to the left of the runes and one under the runes, but neither is bad and no enamel is missing. The nickel grip eagle shows only minor traces of wear, still having the good detail throughout the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The "anodized" finish is still covering at 100%. It is beginning to thin somewhat, but it still looks good. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in good shape; the lower ball has a hit to the center bottom area resulting in a small push to the left, but there is no crushing or spitting. Three of the screws are the original nickel type. The lower right screw is a replacement nickel type, having a slightly higher head.
There is a vertical hanger which appears original-to-the-piece. It is an early type, having good leather throughout the coffin-back, as well as both of the straps that retain the shell and secure the hanger in place with square nickel-plated buckle. The early nickel snap clip is marked, "A" and "DRGM".
The blade shows some age and has a little graying of the surfaces, but remains in excellent condition. The SS motto is deeply etched and has about 90% of the blackening in the backgrounds. The reverse blade has matching excellent etching to the Röhm dedication. The signature only has been taken out and the area has been nicely refinished; a fine job here that certainly was not done by the man that did the SS number stamping! On the reverse is the Herder trademark; a set double ovals that contain the firm's name and location, "Rich. Abr. Herder, Solingen", with the famous Diamond logo in the center. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. I notice the blade sticks a little on the lower weight in the scabbard, but otherwise is OK.
This dagger was the property of SS-Obersturmführer Anton Frank, SS No. 16 831. The dagger is accompanied by an outstanding dossier consisting of about 100 pages listing the career of Frank. The dossier has been compiled by professional researcher, Ross Kelbaugh. Anton Frank was born 19 April 1890 and participated in the Great War winning the Iron Cross 2nd, The Bavarian Merit Cross as well as the Hindenburg Cross for combatants. Frank joined the SS on 1 November 1931, qualifying him for the Röhm honor dagger. He moved up the nco ranks and became an officer on 20 April 1937 when he was promoted to SS-Untersturmführer. He was promoted to Obersturmführer on 9 November, 1941. Frank was with the 29th SS Standarte until August 1944 where he is listed as being with an SS Panzer training and replacement unit. In addition to the SA Sports Badge, he also held the SS Totenkopf Ring and the SS Julleuchter. Frank was also awarded the Alte Kämpfer Chevron and the Nine Year Service Award. He was also a member of the NSDAP. The dossier contains many applications and records and would require some study to really dig into this SS officer's career. Just the fact that his SS membership extended about 15 years would have been an experience we would have all like to have heard about.
A captivating dagger and dossier here and a great addition to any advanced SS collection.
SSDAG #38221 Mid-period SS Enlisted Man's Dagger, RZM 1053/38 SS
The crossguards are the nickel plated type. They show a little bit of flaking on the areas where the guards meet the grip but nothing bad. The rest of the guards are still nice and bright. The tang nut is in good condition with no little sign of being taken down.
The ebony grip is of Medium Contour construction. The obverse of the grip shows some mild usage but there are no chips or any problems. The SS runes button is placed straight up and down and retains perfect enamel. The patinated silvered SS runes and double borders are very eye catching. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward, and retains full detailing throughout. The grip fits fairly well, with just a couple of small gaps. Nothing abnormal, however, and in fact typical of this vintage. The reverse grip shows more traces of wear, possibly mild bruises from the hanger clip. It is still intact but for a tiny sliver of surface chipping that came out at the left bottom corner.
The scabbard is nice and straight, having really exceptional period paint. This paint has really held up well, still being nearly 100% intact. It still retains the original brightness, with just a trace of age cracking here and there but overall a very, very nice looking shell. The scabbard mounts are of nickel-plated steel. The upper mount retains all of its brightness and is in perfect condition. The lower mount shows some mild age on the obverse and a little more on the reverse, but it still looks good and compliments the overall look of the dagger. These mounts are retained by the original steel dome head screws which are all present and unturned.
The original-to-the-piece short hanger has fairly good leather which is still mostly supple. The original retainer loop has been lost to time. The nickel-plated buckle also shows age and some rust but this could be cleaned up. The snap clip is in good condition. It is a nickel-plated type marked “RZM M5/71” on the reverse.
The nearly mint blade of this example is still bright, having most of the crossgrain and a needle-like tip. There are a couple of mild runner marks which are normal. The SS motto is crisp and has 100% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is marked with a double open RZM circle positioned over the code, “1053/38” indicating that the dagger was made in 1938. At this time the identity of the firm that used this contract number is still unknown. There is also another open double circle with a set of SS runes inside. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A decent SS EM Dagger here which is still quite collectible and representative of the 1938 period.
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 #38198C Late Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger, RZM M7/81, RZM 1241 /39 SS
This pristine conditioned dagger appears in my SS Book on page 174.
This dagger has flawless nickel-plated crossguards. These guards are mirror-bright and show little evidence of carrying time. The matching tang nut is in choice condition and does not appear to have been removed in modern times.
The ebony grip of this dagger is a Medium Contour type and remains in perfect condition, fitting the guards like a rubber glove. The grip has a very fine, perfectly positioned SS runes button. The silvering to the double circle border and the runes is nicely patinated. The aluminum grip eagle is the style with a point behind its head; all of the fine detailing is present throughout this bird, and it remains very crisp.
The scabbard shell is also a real beauty. It retains all of the original paint in a factory bright condition. The only flaw on the whole scabbard is an extremely small “BB” ding near the upper obverse mount but it is so minuscule it hardly warrants mention at all. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel type, in new-like condition. These beautiful mounts are retained by steel dome head screws, all of which are in place, unturned, and fully plated.
The upper carrying ring is equipped with what appears to the the original SS short hanger. This short hanger has good, supple black leather and fine nickel-plated hardware. The snap clip is still bright, being marked “A” and “DRGM” and “RZM M5/8” on the reverse. This hanger is complete with the small retainer loop.
The blade of this dagger is mirror-bright with 100% of the original crossgraining. The SS motto is nice and crisp, but there is some wear to the backgrounds of the lettering, possibly caused by the scabbard runners. This minor wear does not really detract from the dagger, however, the blade still being in a near mint state. The reverse of the blade is in the same fine condition, with full grain. It is matching etched with a large shaded double RZM circle set above the code “M 7/81”. Below this is the SS code used for the production of these daggers “RZM 1241/39 SS'. This code was assigned to the Mack & Eichelnberg firm. This company did not make a lot of daggers, although we occasionally see early SA and Hitler Youth pieces from them. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
This is an investment quality SS Dagger. The fact that it is pictured in a book also makes it additionally desirable, to say nothing of the rare SS code. A very beautiful piece here!
SSDAG #38195C Mid-period Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger, RZM 941/37 SS
This dagger is in untouched condition with a nice, light patina spread across the nickel-plated mounts. The crossguards are in very good condition, with almost all of their plating intact. The lower reverse guard has a small amount of wear in the center, presumably from friction cause by the vertical hanger. The upper guard has just the slightest amount of lifting where it meets the grip. These flaws, however, are extremely minor. The tang nut matches nicely and bears no evidence that it has ever been removed.
The grip of this dagger is a beautiful ebony in the High Ridge style. It is in absolutely perfect condition and fits the guards like a surgical glove. The SS runes button is straight and has perfect enamel, with nicely toned SS runes and matching borders. The aluminum grip eagle is the “High Necked” type, and retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is totally straight throughout. It has a couple of very minor signs of age in the paint, but they do very little to detract from the appearance. Overall this point is very close to mint. The nickel-plated scabbard mounts have toned to exactly match the guards. They are in perfect condition, with choice plating and all of the fully plated original dome head screws in place.
Accenting the dagger is a fine early vertical hanger. This hanger has excellent leather throughout the straps and coffin shaped backing. The hanger has a square nickel plated buckle, and the snap clip at the top is the early unmarked “snout nosed” style with a rivet-retained spring. Also included with the hanger is a fine black leather belt loop complete with a nickel-plated “D” ring.
The blade is one of the nicest you will see. This mint blade is mirror-bright and retains all of the original grain. The SS motto is finely etched and retains 100% of the original background darkening. The reverse of the blade has the transitional proof marks; an open RZM circle set above the code “941/37/SS” and the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel logo.
This is an outstanding, investment quality SS Dagger; most serious SS collectors want a transitional Eickhorn example.
Near Mint. $4,595.00
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. $5,995.00
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 #37906C Himmler Inscription SS Dagger in Early Chained SS Scabbard – Carl Eickhorn
This combination Himmler Inscription SS Dagger and early Chained SS Scabbard was acquired as a walk-in at the recent OVMS MAX show, directly from the family of the veteran who brought it back from the war. It was quite a exciting experience for me; in this day and age it is rare indeed that a rare package such as this one crops up at a show. It just goes to show you that in this hobby you still need to attend the shows, as you never really know what can happen!
This example is a original Himmler Dagger, obviously awarded to a SS officer in 1934. When the 1936 Chained SS Dagger was introduced to SS officers the original owner of this piece obviously decided that it was not sensible to purchase a dagger with the new scabbard as he already had one! This Himmler dagger was worn with the SS Chained scabbard throughout the period. For the last seven decades it has been resting in a Leechburg Pennsylvania home, finally seeing daylight again at the MAX.
The dagger has lots of appeal to it in that it has never been cleaned. The cross guards are the traditional nickel type. Both guards, as well as the tang nut, have a deep patina with slight traces of green where the guards butt against the grip. The cross guards are the typical Eickhorn type that you could probably identify from across the room. They have the very deep “V” shaped accent grooves that were so well done and unique to this firm. The surfaces of the guards are nice and smooth, with no scratches and extremely crisp edges. The lower guard on this Himmler does not have an inspection number, which is something we do occasionally see; I mention this fact in my book. It is not uncommon to see Himmler pieces without this inspection number. The tang nut shows no sign that this dagger has ever been apart.
The grip of this example is a very fine ebony. There are no traces of repair on this grip, and other than small slivers that have come off the top left edge and lower right edge it is perfect. The grip is of Medium Contour Construction. It shows some signs of minor usage here and there, but has no problems with the wood. The runes button is turned to about 8 o'clock on this piece. The enamel is perfect and the runes and borders have a very deep golden patina. The grip eagle has a matching patina to its nickel finish and is a “High Necked” type. This bird retains full detailing to the head, breast and wing feather, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.
The scabbard is a an example to write home about! It is extremely rare that we see one of these black painted scabbards having this amount of paint remaining as well as retaining the original luster. The reverse facing of the scabbard is totally perfect, while the obverse has but a tiny scratch that was most likely caused by the chain. Other than this tiny flaw the obverse paint is similarly perfect. It is really something to see!
The nickel scabbard mounts have a nice patina that exactly matches the tone of the hilt mounts. These mounts are in totally perfect condition throughout; even the lower ball is pristine. There are no signs of wear, dents, scratches or any flaws whatsoever on the surfaces of these mounts. They are retained by the original early nickel screws which are unturned. The center ramp is the style we all love so much, with very crisp edges and extremely dark backgrounds highlighted the raised, intertwined swastikas on both sides. This ramp is identical to the example I show on page 140 of my SS Book. 100% of the original blackening remains in the backgrounds of this pebbled ramp. It is retained by a single matching screw.
Attached to the center ramp and the upper mount is a solid nickel Type II chain. This chain also has almost all of the blackening in the chain links. The blackening really highlights the toothy grins of the leering skull designs. The SS runic links are also beautifully rendered, their grisly symbolism immediately understood by the viewer. These great links are retained by matching nickel tabs. Remarkably none of the tabs are open and they all remain in outstanding original condition. The clover leaf at the the top also has lots of blackening in the backgrounds. When I acquired the dagger the snap clip on the clover leaf was missing. This was an easy thing to restore, and there is now a fine working clip of the exact vintage attached. This chain assembly appears identical to the example I show on page 135 of my SS Book. The first upper chain link is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen marking, also the same as I show on page 138 of my book.
And now to the best part... the blade! This Himmler blade is in fine, bright condition and is nearly full Mint. It has the graining throughout the blade and there are some minor tones of age here and there in the surfaces. This is the type of thing we can usually clean off a blade, but since this dagger is a coveted Himmler and the rest is untouched we do not feel it is right to clean it. It speaks for itself and is the real deal. The obverse of the blade is crisply etched with SS motto “ Meine Ehre heißt Treue”. All of the original blackening appears in the letters and it is impressive as the blade is drawn from the scabbard. The reverse blade has an extremely well executed Himmler inscription, having the same dark matching backgrounds, "In Herzlicher Kameradschaft H. Himmler”. The inscription and the blade condition are about the same as the example I show on page 111 of my SS Book. The ricasso has the small double oval Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. The squirrel has a serrated tail and retains full detailing, even to his eye. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
If you are looking to kill two birds with one stone here is your chance to acquire an outstanding original Himmler Dagger along with an amazing original Chained SS Scabbard with all the bells and whistles. This is a wonderful artifact that only by the grace of Providence has risen up to the light of day. I am sure there will be someone out there that can appreciate owning this dagger as much as I did turning it up. Great investment potential here!
Excellent Plus, Plus. $22,995.00
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 #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 (#102015)
SSDAG #37784C Enlisted Man's Model 1933 SS Dagger with Personalized Blade – A. Schüttlehöfer
This dagger is in choice condition, and is a real keeper. The crossguards are the solid nickle silver type, and are internally marked “P.A.”. The lower guard has no district marking as Schüttlehöfer daggers were produced after the initial order. These guards are in very fine condition throughout, with smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The tang nut is also in excellent condition, showing little in the way of evidence of being removed.
The ebony grip of this dagger is a real beauty. There are no repairs to this grip, and it is of Medium Contour Construction. It shows little to no signs of usage, and fits the guards perfectly. The SS runes button is perfectly placed, with fine enamel. The runes are set at about 7 o'clock. They have a fine silvered surface, as does the double circle border of the button. The grip eagle is also a nickel type, being the style with a slightly upturned beak. The bird retains full detailing to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.
The scabbard is nice and straight throughout. The original black paint shows some age and traces of use, but it is not too bad; it rates at about 90% intact and is still quite acceptable. The scabbard mounts are of matching nickel silver. They are in fine condition through to the lower ball, which shows no hits. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered.
Gracing the scabbard is an outstanding early vertical hanger. This hanger still has fine, supple leather and is equipped with a standard style square nickel-plated buckle. The snap clip is marked “A”, “DRGM”, and “RZM M5/8” on the reverse. Both the snap clip and the buckle are in fine condition.
The blade of this dagger is as nice as you will see, bright throughout and with most of the original crossgrain. The SS motto is crisp and deep, retaining about 99% of the original factory-applied background darkening.
The reverse ricasso is interesting as it has the engraved monogram of the original owner, “J.W.”. Above the monogram is the date “1936”. Below the date and monogram is the rarely seen Schüttlehöfer trademark; a pair of crossed hobby horses, along with the firm's name and location of “Solingen-Wald”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
I don't think there is enough information to be extracted from a simple monogram to do any research on this dagger. It does, however, add a nice touch to a dagger from a very scare manufacturer, as well as affording us a date (1936) nailing down when Schüttlehöfer was involved in making this type of piece. This also nicely explains the lack of a district number on the guard, as well as the painted scabbard.
A very fine, investment quality SS Dagger here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $7,495.00
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 #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 #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 #37217 Late SS Model 1936 Chained Dagger
The crossguards are the late variety having a zinc base. The nickel-plated surfaces, although still smooth, have thinned over the years and are slightly dull in color; this is something you don't want to clean, as the remaining plating could easily be rubbed off. They are still very presentable. The tang nut is a nickel-plated steel example still in choice condition.
The ebony grip is a beauty having fine Medium Contour construction and a perfect original shape. This grip shows little to no wear whatsoever. The runes button is a gem, being positioned straight up and down and having perfect black enamel background. The SS runes have a fine silver finish, with matching double-circled borders. The aluminum grip eagle is an excellent example being the "High Necked" variety, and retains full detail to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. This grip fits the cross guards like a rubber glove.
The scabbard shell is a dandy, being straight as an arrow on both sides. It has a great anodized surface that remains in 100% condition; it really looks impressive, having a factory new look. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated type. They have a steel base and remain completely bright throughout - nice. The lower ball shows some minor usage, but no dings. The original screws are all in place and are unturned. The center ramp has the rolled edges, typical of the later types. They present three intertwined swastikas on each side. They have mild pebbled backgrounds, but no factory blackening as usually the Type I chains did not employ this touch. This ramp is retained by one side screw. Many times we see two screws with anodized scabbards, but not always. The Type I chain has fine plating throughout the steel-based links. The clover leaf Wotan's Knot and snap clip show a little "freckling" in the finish, but it is not bad. The "DRGM" markings on the clip surface are visible through the open-style cloverleaf mount. The links, with their alternating skull and bones, and SS runics are in choice condition, being very crisp strikes and showing the leering skull, with the teeth and other features just the way we like to see them. The connecting tabs on these Type I chains are stronger material than the Type II, so they are all in fine condition.
It is interesting to note that there is a slight taper to the two tabs that connect the clover leaf. Usually these are straight on Type I chains. This would indicate a smaller producer than most, as we do not usually see this feature. Another example of us "know-it-all's" not being able to ever say something has to "always" be a certain way; I love stuff like this, as it shows there is always more to learn in this hobby. A very fine scabbard and chain here.
The unmarked blade is as nice as we ever see; it is pristine. This blade has full crossgrain and has maintained its factory mirror finish. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is most impressive having a good deep and crisp etch, with easily 100% of the factory background still being in all of the letter fontsl Other than the usual runner marks, this blade is in stone mint condition. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contours.
A fine dagger here, despite its late production. To me, it appears as though it may have been one of the last Chained-SS daggers manufactured, but despite this, there is no lack of workmanship or craftsmanship. A nice example here, reasonably priced.
Excellent Plus. $6,995.00
SSDAG #36420C Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's Dagger – E. P. & S.
This Pack Dagger is in nice condition overall, not appearing to have been cleaned in many years, if ever. The nickel tang nut nicely matches the nickel crossguard mounts. These guards have a dull patination throughout. The mounts have good, smooth surfaces, precise accent grooves and crisp edges. The lower reverse guard is district marked with a Roman numeral, “I”; the hit of the numeral was slightly off-center, so only half of the “I” is visible.
The grip of this example is constructed of fine ebony. There are no repairs to this grip. It is in good condition throughout, showing only some minor wearing signs in the form of a little “tap-tap” to the left of the grip eagle, but is otherwise nice and clean. There is a tiny sliver that has lifted on the obverse left edge, where the grip meets the guard. Looking closely I noticed a tiny piece that may have been loose and put back in, just below the SS runes button, but it is nothing. The runes button has perfect enamel, with double-ringed borders which match the silvering of the runes. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak which points slightly upwards. This eagle shows some wear to the to the surfaces of his head, breast feathering, and talons. Some of the detail is still there, though; the wings, wreath, and mobile swastika are still in excellent shape. This grip perfectly fits the crossguards.
The scabbard is a very fine, straight example. It has an excellent anodized finish. The anodizing appears to all be there, and there are also some traces of original lacquer. There is a little bit of age of the surfaces, but this appears to be dulling of the lacquer, and should not effect the anodized finish below. The scabbard mounts are the typical Pack variety. They are in excellent condition throughout, to include the lower ball. The lower mount has the distinctive edge rim we normally associate with E. Pack. The upper mount is also typical, as the screws holding the throat are not quite parallel, as well as being placed slightly lower than we see from other manufacturers. You can see this screw placement anomaly on the piece I show on page 197 of my SS Book.
The blade of this example is nice and bright, having normal runner marks. All of the cross-grain appears to be intact throughout. This blade is in near Full Mint condition. The SS motto is deep and crisp, and looks to have about 98% of the original background darkening in the letters of the motto. The reverse of the blade has a matching-etched trademark, depicted the hammering Siegfried logo of the Pack firm. Above and below this logo can be seen, “E.P.&S.” and “Solingen” respectively. This trademark is identical to the example I show on page 18 of my SS Book. The blade shoulders perfect meet the contour of the lower crossguard.
E.P. & S. SS Daggers are not encountered very frequently, and as such they are a key piece if you are collecting SS types, as well as daggers in general.
Excellent Plus. $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 #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 #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