The SS (Schutzstaffel) was originally formed in 1925, ostensibly to act as a small, loyal bodyguard unit to protect theFührer, Adolf Hitler. Under the direction of the Reichsführer-SSHeinrich 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 reflect the traditions of medieval Teutonic knights, was held on 9 November, the date of the martyred unsuccessful 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 #36717C Early SS Ground Röhm Dagger with Serial Number – Gottlieb Hammesfahr
This early SS Dagger is serial numbered, and belonged to one of Himmler's Reichsführer-SS staff officers who held the job for many years; it comes with a dossier that must have at least 100 pages! Just looking through the pages there appear to be many interesting letters and copies of signatures. When translated I'm sure that this dossier would be most interesting. There are also pictures of this officer, who was SS-Hauptsturmführer Kurt Rohland. These photographs do not show a man who looks very pleasant. At any rate we will leave the diagnosis of this huge dossier to the next owner of the dagger.
The dagger features uncleaned solid nickel mounts throughout. These guards have good, highly patinated surfaces which are smooth, with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut is also in excellent condition, and looks to have been turned only once. The lower reverse guard is stamped with district marking, “I”. Above this is Rohland's serial number, individually die-stamped, “27938”.
The ebony grip is still completely intact, having no repairs. This grip shows quite a bit of usage signs throughout both the obverse and reverse facings. There are a couple of bruises in the wood, but the appear to have been caused by the short hanger which is still with the scabbard. The grip has no chips, just a couple of extremely minor flakes at the lower obverse where it meets the lower guard. This grip nicely fits the guards. The SS runes button is turned to about 8 o'clock, and has good enamel throughout with fine silver SS runes and double circles. The nickel grip eagle is the style the a slightly upward pointing beak. There is only minor wear to the bird, and for the most part all the detailing remains.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has an anodized surface which shows age and wear mostly confined to the edges and the rear; the obverse is still pretty good. The matching nickel scabbard mounts also show some wearing time, but overall they are in good condition to include the never-dropped lower ball. The original nickel screws are in place and are unbuggered.
The original-to-the-piece short hanger is a matching early style. The leather is still in good, supple condition, showing some wear to the edges here and there but not bad and still having the original retainer loop in position. The hard is matching early nickel, with a “snout nosed” clip with a river held spring.
The blade of this example is a Ground Röhm and there are some minor grind marks showing around the edges of the obverse blade, but badly. Overall it is slightly gray and showing minor age. The SS motto is crisp and deep, although most of the factory darkening is gone for the letters. The reverse appears to have been fully ground with an attempt at a re-polish. The grinding goes slightly up into the trademark and takes out a few of the letters, but the pyramid is still there. The logo is the double oval variety, with the firm's name “Gottlieb Hammesfahr / Solingen-Foche”. As mentioned, the pyramid logo is still there, but the “+” on the front is gone. The blade shoulders nicely match the crossguard contour.
Given the extent of the dossier and the amount of information it must provide, we've got an interesting dagger here. The dagger itself is not in terrific condition but it still collectible, and given the fact the the original wearer carried this dagger from '34 probably to the end of the war, it has held up quite well. An interesting serial numbered dagger here, with a large dossier.
SSDAG #36807 Mid-period Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger
This mid-period Chained SS Dagger was recently purchased from a family in Minnesota. The dagger is in very fine condition throughout, and look identical to the piece I show, in color, on page 155 of my SS Book.
This dagger has nickel-plated fittings throughout. The crossguards are in very fine condition, showing only the most minor signs of age; nearly all of the plating is intact throughout. The matching nickel-plated steel tang nut is also in fine condition.
The ebony grip is a beauty, having High Ridge construction and absolutely no repairs. This grip is in completely perfect condition, showing almost no usage. It has a very fine black tone to the wood and is very nicely shaped, fitting the crossguards perfectly. The SS runes button is the style that is slightly convex. It is a copper button, which is positioned straight up and down. The double circles around the SS runes are in matching copper. The grip eagle is also a copper type. It is the “High Neck” style, and retains full detailing throughout. It is interesting to note that the example I show in my book on page 155 also has the identical insignia.
Wrapped about the grip is a fine 42cm portepee. The dagger came it a portepee, but unfortunately it was partially frayed so I elected to tie this much better conditioned example to the dagger. It really looks great, and although it was on a dagger in the past there is no fray and it only shows some minor age. A very fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is perfectly straight. This shell has a wonderful anodized finish which remains 100% intact throughout both sides. The majority of the original protective lacquer is still present over the anodized surface, with only a few areas that are slightly worn. This lacquer is probably about 90% intact. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated over a steel base, with their original factory bright finish. The lower mount ball has never been dropped and is in perfect condition. These fine mounts are retained by steel dome-head screws which also still have most of their plating. The center ramp is the later style, having the rolled edge which is not as crisp as the earlier type. It looks excellent, however. It is decorated with three intertwined swastikas on each side. The recesses of the mount are totally factory blackened, at 100%. This darkening really makes the intertwined swastika design jump out at the viewer. This ramp is retained by two screws, one on the left outside edge and another on the right side edge just below the chain attachment. These screws have never been turned.
The chain is identical to the book piece, also having all of the original factory darkening in the backgrounds of the links. Each of these links has been pebbled to give the almost raised look that we like to see on the skull and bones and SS runes. The teeth of the skulls are all there and are leering at the viewer. The runes are high off the surfaces. All of the tabs which connect the links are secure, with no openings on the reverse. The reverse links have a black patination, an indication of lots of silver in the construction. The first link on the upper chain is properly stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen. The clover leaf is the closed style, and it too has all of the darkening. The snap clip is in good condition, with a fine, working spring. You won't see a better Type 2 chain!
The blade of this example retains much of the original crossgraining. It is nice and bright and has a typical, lightly etched motto. I would say that there is about 95% of the original darkening in the letters of the motto. There is just a slight amount of smudge in the surfaces of the blade. It is not bad though, and the blade is easily rates at Excellent Plus, Plus. It retains the original needle-like tip and the shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.
This is a keen opportunity to acquire a vet purchased Chained SS Dagger that has never been in a collection and remains in choice condition. I would say that the vintage of this dagger is probably about 1938.
Near Mint. $7,495.00
SSDAG #36809 Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger – Böker
The crossguards of this dagger are in excellent condition, with smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The tang nut is also an outstanding example which shows no signs of ever being removed from the dagger. The reverse of the lower guard is district marked with a Roman numeral “I”.
The ebony grip is a fine example of Medium Contour construction. There was a small chip on the lower reverse facing which we repaired. This grip is now in absolutely perfect condition. This grip fits the guards flawlessly. The SS runes button has a good enamel surface, and is turned to about 7 o'clock. The runes are nicely silvered, with a matching dual-circle border. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a slightly upward-pointing beak. This bird shows some modest wear to the head, breast feathering and talons, but most of the detailing remains. The wing feathering, wreath and mobile swastika are still nice and crisp. A fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is perfectly straight on the reverse, and has just the tiniest “BB” hit barely visible on the obverse, just off the right edge. It is nothing, though. The anodizing appears to all still be intact, and much of the the original lacquer remains. I would say that it remains somewhere between 30 and 40%. The anodizing at the top of the scabbard, together with the protective coating, is completely intact as there has been a vertical hanger attached to the dagger. The nickel scabbard mounts exactly matching the patina of the guards. These mounts are in excellent condition, with the lower ball having just a tiny dimple hit at the bottom; no real damage here, though. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered. A nice scabbard here.
The aforementioned hanger is in good condition, with the standard “coffin” back. The retainer strap that goes around the upper part of the scabbard was rotted, but we were able to replace it and it looks as good as new. The snap clip is a nickel-plated type, and is marked “DRGM”, “A”, “RZM M5/8” on the reverse.
The blade of this dagger is still bright throughout. I don't see a lot of crossgrain in the surfaces, but it still presents itself very well. The SS motto is crisp, having about 90% of the original darkening in the letters. There is a little bit of pimpling visible beneath the factory black, but we often see this on Böker examples. The blade retains a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the “mausoleum” style Böker trademark, featuring a stark, leafless tree in the center. Below is the firm's name and location, “Böker / Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.
A very nice Böker dagger here, not mint but in very collectible condition, with only a couple of minor restorations. It is priced accordingly.
Excellent Plus. $3,695.00
SSDAG #77777 SS Full Röhm Inscription Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
A few months ago I had this SS full Röhm inscription dagger on consignment coming from the son of a Florida veteran. I have subsequently purchased the dagger myself, and since it is now mine, I chose to substitute a much better-conditioned Eickhorn scabbard of the exact vintage, that was in better condition than the previous example. Additionally, I have also added a proper vintage vertical hanger to this scabbard. The dagger really looks great now and although I would not mind keeping it myself, my cash flow in this economy will not permit it. One of these days I will get to add an SS Full Röhm to my collection. Have had a number of them over the years, but the price was not comfortable, or I was short of money, so I never kept one.
The dagger is equipped with solid nickel cross guards, being the internally marked, "H.E" variety, produced in-house by the Eickhorn firm. These guards are in outstanding condition throughout, having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and excellent deep accent grooves, typical of this producer. The tang nut is also in fine condition only showing signs of maybe being out once or twice. The ebony grip is in choice condition, as we did fix a couple of bad places at the corners, but honestly, it is impossible to tell. The grip looks terrific. It is of sharp contour construction and nicely fits the cross guards. The SS runes button is nearly straight up and down. The button has perfect enamel, as well as fine silver runes and double surrounding circle borders. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" variety. This bird shows only the most modest of wear, still retaining all detail to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A very good-looking, textbook hilt here.
The scabbard is a dandy, being straight as an arrow throughout. The anodizing is still 100%, and has the original factory luster still in the finish; you don't see many SS scabbards having this fine a finish and it really adds a lot to the good looks of this dagger. The dull nickel scabbard mounts exactly match the patination tones of the cross guards. These mounts are in fine condition. The lower ball has just a couple of extremely minor taps in the round edges, but no damage to the bottom. The four original nickel screws are in place and are unbuggered. Attached to this outstanding scabbard is an equivalent conditioned, early vertical hanger. The leather throughout is still sound, particularly to the retainer scabbard strap and to the cross strap with buckle. The leather retains its original black color. The buckle is the square, commonly-seen, nickel-plated type. The matching patinated snap clip is the solid nickel type, being marked, "DRGM" and "A". A fine scabbard and vertical here.
And now for the best part of the piece; the blade. It is bright throughout, retaining nearly all of its original factory cross grain. There are the usual "in-and-out" marks, but they are mild. There are a few age stains here and there, but they are not embedded in the medal and if anything, act to show that this is not a blade that was produced yesterday. This blade remains in excellent plus condition. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue", is totally crisp, retaining 100% of the original background darkening in the letters.
The reverse blade has the extreme rare quality of retaining a full 100% Röhm dedication. It is perfectly etched and exactly matches the depth and background darkening of the obverse motto - a great sight here, as SS daggers bearing original untouched dedications are among the rarest of all 3rd Reich daggers. The inscription reads, "In herzlicher Kamradschaft Ernst Röhm". The trademark is the 1933-34 small double oval type. The ovals contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". Inside, there is a seated squirrel holding a nut in his paws. The squirrel is the style having a "smooth" tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the cross guard contours. A fine dagger here.
These inscribed daggers were only given to SS men that had served three or more years prior to Hitler coming to power. Many of the recipients were considered "Old Fighters", in that they helped the Nazi Party through the 1920s and early 1930s to finally victoriously emerge to lead Germany on January 30, 1933. Unfortunately for Röhm, by June, 1934, Hitler could no longer stomach the SA leader and the demands made for he and his SA to share power or merge the SA with the Army with Röhm at its head. Ernst felt that he was legitimately entitled to something, as surely Hitler could have never come to power without his help. The truth of the matter really was that Hitler know longer needed the SA or its ambitious leader, Röhm. So, poor Ernst finally wore out his welcome with all of these demands, and accordingly, he, along with many of his "closest friends" were shot after that fateful day of 30 June. After the purge, Hitler was adamant about getting rid of anything relating and/or pertaining to his once dear friend. Orders were given to immediately remove the offender's name from all dedicated daggers.
Given the seriousness consequences of disobedience under this regime, it is hard to believe that any daggers escaped the grinding wheel - especially those of the SS. But, with people being the way they are, somehow a few of these daggers survived intact. There are always those that never get around to doing what they are told, or perhaps in some cases, new daggers were ordered and the inscribed Röhm piece was discarded in a drawer or cabinet someplace. Whatever the reason, though, a miniscule of these daggers survived the grinding wheel - I feel that they are among the rarest of all 3rd Reich pattern types, and over the years, they have proven to be an extra-sound investment. There are only a few originals available, so with the expected future growth in this hobby it is hard to imagine that these daggers will not make for outstanding investments for the future.
Excellent Plus. $22,995.(#120114)
SSDAG #36688 Mid-period SS Enlisted Man's Dagger, RZM 1196/38 SS
This Mid-period SS Dagger shows some normal, period wear but really has the look of history about it. The dagger does not look to have been cleaned since the war, but really it is not dirty and only shows minor period carrying wear.
The crossguards are the nickel-plated variety. This plating shows some usage marks in the surfaces, but overall it is still in 100% intact condition, have good, precise accent grooves. There is some nice darkening on the lower guard where the grip meets the edges. The matching nickel-plated tang nut is also in excellent condition and does not appear to have been taken apart in modern times.
The ebony grip is a Medium/High Ridge Contour example. This grip shows only hints of usage, and is completely free of chips or repairs. The SS Runes button is placed at about 6:30, and it has perfect enamel. The runes have a good, silvery look, with matching double circles around them. The grip eagle is the aluminum type, apropos of a 1938 production dagger. It is the style with a slightly upward pointing beak. The bird shows some minor wear, although the wings and wreathed mobile swastika are still crisp. There is some background toning around the eagles head which also speaks to this daggers time and grade. The grip perfectly fits the nickel-plated crossguards.
The scabbard shell is nice and straight. It has excellent original black paint. This paint shows some spidering and signs of use, having more wear on the obverse than reverse. Overall, however, this paint is still very nice and rates at least 95%.
The scabbard mounts are nickel-plated, and in excellent condition through to the lower ball. These mounts exactly match the toning and condition of the crossguards, and are retained by the original in place nickel-plated screws.
Attached to this scabbard is what appears to be the original vertical hanger. This vertical rig has outstanding leather, still supple through the retaining loop and strap. I didn't take the strap apart to look to see if the hanger is marked; I don't like to do this as when straps are weak from age. I can tell you, however, that this is a choice, original hanger. The buckle is the square type, and is nickel-plated. The snap clip is the later variety, appropriate for the late vintage of the dagger. This clip still has fairly decent plating on the obverse, while the reverse shows some wear. The clip is marked, “DRGM”, “A”, and “RZM 5-8”. Attached to the clip is a fine, black leather belt loop. The leather on this component is excellent throughout, with a heavy-duty nickel-plated “D” ring.
The blade of this example is also quite nice. It appears to have nearly 100% of the original grain, and is still bright throughout. The SS motto is crisp and deep, with about 99% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. This blade is in Excellent Plus, Plus to Near Mint condition. The reverse ricasso is marked with an open RZM circle positioned over the code “1196-38 SS”. We still don't really know who “1196” was, but certainly the date of manufacture was 1938. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
An excellent mid-period SS Dagger here, for those who are collecting type, or just want one that is not as expensive as the early examples.
Excellent Plus. $3,195.00
SSDAG #36716C Early SS Partial Röhm Inscription Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
This Eickhorn produced partial Röhm is an exciting SS Dagger, as most of the Röhm signature remains as well as being numbered to an SS officer that was on Himmler's staff for his entire career, to include the Waffen-SS.
The dagger has the typical “H.E” crossguards. These guards have smoother surfaces and crisp edges, and the usual deeply hand cut accent grooves we see from Eickhorn. The tang nut is in good shape and does not appear to have be out in modern times. The lower reverse guard is district marked with a Roman numeral, “I”. It appear as though this numeral was scraped over slightly because the original owner put on the guard in accordance with the order of the day. Individually die stamped is the number “89041”. I'll get into the identity of the owner later in the description.
The grip is of fine ebony, and Medium Contour construction. It is in fine, untouched condition. It has a small sliver that has come off at the upper obverse edge as well as one on the reverse upper edge, both flaws being right at the crossguard edge. These are not really chips, and are fairly typical of what we see on an untouched piece. The rest of the grip shows only normal, and very minor, carrying wear. The runes button is a beauty, being positioned at about 7 o'clock. This button has perfect enamel and bright silvering throughout the runes and double circled border. The nickel grip eagle is a fine example as well, with good detailing throughout. This grip fits the guards adequately but not perfectly; Eickhorn was never known for great fitting grips.
The scabbard is nice and straight throughout, and does have the majority of the original anodizing over the surfaces. The anodizing has turned slightly dark with age, and also has some age spattering in the surfaces; it is not bad, though. The scabbard mounts are typical of Eickhorn daggers of this vintage, having a slightly yellowish cast to the surface tones. The mounts are in good condition, including the lower ball. They show some usage as this dagger was carried throughout the entire term of the Reich. The original nickel screws are in place and are unturned.
The original short hanger is still attached to the carrying ring. Much of the original black surfaces have gone from the hanger; I'd say about 40% remains, but it is obvious that it is a black example. The small retainer loop has also been lost to time. The hardware on the hanger is the early solid nickel style, and the clip is the “snout-nosed” variety, having a rivet held spring.
The obverse of this blade is a real winner, still having the original brightness as well as much of the original grain if you look closely. It retains a needle-like tip, and the SS motto is in outstanding condition. It is deep and crisp and retains at least 89% of the original factory darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. When the blade is turned over, it certainly looks great to those of us who enjoy the history of these daggers, namely the tale of the elimination of Ernst Röhm on June 30th, 1934. The reverse is still bright, except in the center area. This area the original inscription is still almost all there, except for the last four or five letters in the word “Kameradschaft”. At this point there is scraping over these letters, as well as grinding over the Röhm signature. The grinding, though, was half-hearted, as about 50% of the original Röhm signature is still visible in the areas where it was ground, and where it was not ground the tops and bottoms of the letters are still completely visible, including the umlaut and the top of the “E” in Ernst. Quite a look here, and I'd say that if we took the inscription and signature as a whole, it is about 80% intact. The removal requirement only demanded the Röhm inscription be ground, but did not specify how. Because of the vagueness of this order, we get to see a great many different variations in the execution of this order. This example is most pleasing to the ardent SS Dagger collector. The trademark is the Eickhorn/Solingen double oval 1933-34 type, and is 100% intact. The seated squirrel holds a nut and has a smooth style tail. As is often the case with this etching, the squirrels eye never made it through the etch process. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours. Overall this is quite a blade here, rating in Near Mint condition and with an engrossing history.
The owner of this dagger was with the Reichsführer-SS staff from the beginning of his career. Obviously that is why he got the Röhm dagger, as these were issued to personnel that were with the SS prior to 1933. He was also a recipient of an SS Honor Ring. The owner of this dagger was SS-Sturmbannführer Josef Blasl. He shows on most of the SS rank lists, as well as the July 1944 Waffen-SS rank list, still being on the personal staff of Himmler. He was born 28 September, 1899. There would be lots of research that could be done on this officer, as all I have done is look through a few rank lists. This would be a good dagger to have researched by the ardent SS expert Ross Kelbaugh, as more than likely he could turn up quite a bit on this man.
In my opinion this is a very exciting dagger, and a real must for those of us out there that are serious about building an SS collection. The dagger is not mint, but given the long span pf time in which it was worn, I would say that Herr Blasl was very careful with it. It is still in extremely collectible condition and a great investment piece for the future.
Excellent Plus. $8,995.00
SSDAG #36673 Early SS Ground Röhm Dagger – Böker
This early Böker dagger has the standard crossguards, which the firm used approximately 40% of the time. The dagger does not look to have ever been cleaned, and it has a fine, dull patination throughout the nickel. The tang nut is also in excellent condition, as does not look to have been removed more than once or twice over the years. The guards of this example have smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and fine, deep, precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard bears a district mark, “I”.
The ebony grip of this dagger is a fine example, showing only normal signs of wear but with no faults. The obverse is in slightly better condition that the reverse, which has a few “tap-tap” marks caused by the clip of the vertical hanger. This grip, typical of Böker, fits the guards like a glove. The SS runes button is the type that is slightly beveled on the surfaces. It has excellent enamel throughout, with no breaks and only a few minor taps for usage. The runes are tipped to about 7 o'clock, and have a good silver color through to the double circle borders. The grip eagle is a “High Necked” variety, and is still crisply detailed throughout. A fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout. It has almost all of he original anodized surfaces, being at 100% on the reverse, and thinning just slightly on the obverse but still being at about 90%. There is some age in the anodizing, but it is also interesting to not that there is some of the original lacquer still clinging around the borders of the scabbard mounts.
The mounts are a fine, matching dull nickel color, and both are in good condition. The lower ball has a minor ding to the center bottom, but it does not show from any of the forward angles. The original nickel screws are all in placed and are unturned.
Attached to the scabbard is an early style, pre-RZM vertical hanger. This vertical hanger has the traditional “coffin” shape. On the reverse the leather is still bright, as is the retainer strap at the bottom. The cross strap was beginning to give way, so we had some old leather which we used to repair it utilizing the original nickel-plated square buckle. The snap clip is one of the “dog leash” types, having some rust on the obverse facing, while the unmarked reverse is still in pretty good shape. This style snap clip has a river which retains the original spring.
The blade of this piece is still bright throughout. This blade has some grain if you look at it closely. It retains the original shape with a good, needle-like tip. There is some extremely minor age that is noticeable in the obverse, but it is hardly anything; the blade still rates at about Excellent Plus. The motto etch is nice and deep, with about 90% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds.
The reverse blade is a bit of a surprise, as it bears all of the grinding marks with no attempt made to smooth them out! These grinds cover almost all of the blade, but do leave the trademark mostly untouched. It is interesting to note that despite the rather brutal grinding some of the lettering could not be eradicated from the very hard steel of the blade. It is mostly at the tops of the words, but a few lower areas survived as well. Only 8 to 10% of the inscription remains, but it is enough to tell the story of this dagger experiencing the history of the Röhm purge. The trademark is the smaller double oval type that Böker used on their Röhm blades. This trademark contains the firm's name and location with the ovals, “Böker / Solingen”. Inside is the stark, leafless tree. The blade perfect fits the lower crossguard contour. It is also interesting to note that the area on the lower guard that was sealed by the scabbard throat is still shiny, contrasting nicely with the dull patination seen elsewhere.
A worthwhile ground Röhm dagger here, especially as it was produced by Böker and in good, untouched, and highly collectible condition.
Excellent Plus. $4,195.00
SSDAG #36715C Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger with Serial Number
This early Chained SS example has fine nickel mounts throughout. The crossguards are the “PA” marked style, having fairly smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut appears to have been out a couple of times but it is not bad. The obverse lower guard is marked with a serial number, that is to say the number is stamped on the obverse the way this crossguard is set, but it is always possible that is has been turned in the past. The number is in individually die-stamped, and reads, “21353”.
I found this officer's number in the 1937 and 1938 Officer's Rank List. The original owner was Untersturmführer Karlheinz Siemsen. He was the recipient of an SS Honor Ring, as was assigned to the 40th Standarte. This officer deserves to be researched; it would be easy to contact crack SS researcher Ross Kelbaugh and see if he can turn the records for this man. Interestingly, he is not listed on any other SS records after 1938. I don't know the reason for this; perhaps he joined the Army and that was the end of his SS career. This apparently happened a lot. Siemsen was born 9 February 1917, so he would have been a fairly young man prior to the war. He was promoted to Untersturmführer 30 January, 1937.
The scabbard shell is a fine example. It has one minor ding toward the top edge just below the center ramp. Other than this the scabbard is a real beauty, having outstanding original paint. This paint shows some minor scratches, but overall is about at 90%. It also retains the original luster; it is rare to see paint as nice as this. The upper and lower scabbard mounts are in excellent condition, including the never-dropped lower ball. The original nickel screws are in place and unbuggered.
The center ramp is a real beauty, having the crisp, turned edges and fine, raised intertwined swastikas on both sides. The original darkening in the backgrounds is at about 99% intact. The Type 2 chain is a solid nickel type, having quite a bit of silver left on it. The reverse links have all of their original silvering intact. The obverse links have full dental work to each of the grinning skulls. These skulls are very crisp and are set against excellent pebbled backgrounds. The same is true of the SS runes links. All of the nickel connecting tabs are in excellent shape and none of the are open on the reverse. The first link of upper chain is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen. The nickel clip is the closed style seen on Type 2 chains, and it has a good working snap with the original spring. A great early chain assembly here.
The blade of this dagger is one of the typical early types, having a fairly shallow SS motto. The first word of the motto, “Meine”, shows some in-and-out wear, and overall most of the applied darkening is gone from the backgrounds of the lettering. The darkening remains at about 30 to 40%. The blade is still mostly bright, although it does show some minor graying from age. There are a couple of marks on the reverse which could have been caused by moisture, but they are not bad. This unmarked blade grades at about Excellent. It retains a needle-like tip, and perfectly meets the lower crossguard contour.
An interesting early Chained SS Dagger here, which is fine condition especially on the outside, and given the fact that it has the owner's serial number makes it an excellent candidate for further research.
SSDAG #36559 Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger – Bertram Rienh
This early SS Dagger is in an uncleaned condition. The mounts are all nickel throughout. The tang nut is in good condition and the crossguards are excellent, with smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is district stamped with a Roman numeral, “I”.
The grip is a fine untouched piece with no repairs. It is in near perfect condition, having only a tiny mark (not a chip) just at the right corner, while the reverse has some lines cut in which appear to be the remnants of an old monogram. Either way these are not bad and the grip looks fine. It is a fine Smooth Contour example, showing some graining in the center area, particularly on the obverse facing. The grip nicely fits the guards. The SS runes button is a convex style. The enamel is still in good condition throughout and features a fine set of silvered SS runes and a matching silver border line. The grip eagle is the early “High Necked” variety. This eagle shows only modest wear on the head, breast feathering and talons, while the wing feathering, wreath and mobile swastika are still crisp. A fine hilt here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has an excellent anodized surface which is still all there; it is slightly dull, but looks good. The matching scabbard mounts are in good condition, the lower ball having a minor hit to the bottom left but it is not crushed or a problem. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are unbuggered.
There is a short hanger on this example. The leather is in very fine condition, and it is complete with a small retainer loop. The buckle is a nickel-plated type, still bright. The snap clip is an early nickel example, and is marked on the reverse, “A” and “DRGM”.
The blade is still relatively bright, having much of the original crossgraining visible. There is some mild “in-and-out” marking on the blade, but it still grades at Excellent Plus and has a needle-like tip. The SS motto is crisp and deep, and has about 95% of the original darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse has the well know logo of this tough-to-find company. It consists of two nested circles with the firm's name and location in the center, “C. Bertram Rienh Sohn * Solingen”. In the center of the circles are two chickens – a rooster and a hen. The detail to the chickens is quite good, showing the combs on both heads, and the wattle on the rooster. The tails and feet are similarly detailed. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A good, basic early SS dagger here.
Excellent Plus. $3,495.00
SSDAG #36425C Early Model 1933 SS EM Dagger - Böker
This early SS dagger has the traditional Böker crossguards, being the style that I refer to as having tips that resemble the curvature of a Dutch wooden shoe. The curvature is immediately recognizable from a distance if you are used to looking at these dagger. The guards on this example have some scratching on the surfaces, where it looks like someone long ago may have improperly cleaned them. It must have been many moons ago, however, as the overall toning is a deep yellow. A matching nickel tang nut shows some signs of being out a few times as well.
The grip on this example had some chips on the lower obverse and upper reverse, which we successfully repaired. These chips are invisible now. The grip is of Medium Ridge construction, and the grip fits the dagger like a glove, typical of Böker pieces.
The SS runes button is the slightly convex style, with perfect enamel and good, silvery runes and double-circled borders. The grip eagle is a solid nickel type, being the “High Necked” style. This bird retains outstanding detail throughout.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It appears to have an anodized finish, which is still in pretty good condition. It looks as though someone long ago may have paint the scabbard, as there is some evidence of paint, or perhaps even old lacquer.
The scabbard mounts are nickel throughout, and are in good condition to include the lower ball, which has not been dropped. These mounts are retained by nickel screws, which are unbuggered.
There is a vertical hanger attached to this dagger. The hanger is a traditional “coffin” shaped type, having a strap that is equipped with an oval buckle instead of a square type. The leather, though, is still good throughout. There is a snap clip which is a nickel-plated type, being marked, “RZM M5/8”.
The downside on this piece on this example is the Böker blade. The obverse of the blade does not look too bad, still being mostly bright. It does have some age pitting at the lower portion, near the tip on the upper right edge. The motto is still crisp and retains roughly 85 to 90% of the factory darkening in the letters. The reverse blade, however, appears to have possibly has some type of inscription on it, but since it is a traditional Böker trademark we would not normally see a Röhm inscription. It is possible that Böker did make some Röhm inscription daggers with the traditional logo. At any rate something was on the reverse blade as there has been substantial grinding. There was some attempt at removing the grind marks, but the effort was meager at best. There are also a couple of nicks on the edges of the blade. All in all this blade only grades at Excellent Minus. The logo depicts the stark Böker tree, surrounded by what has always looked to me like a mausoleum entrance. The firm's name and location are beneath. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contours.
A decent outside here, having a couple of flaws with the cleaning of the guards, and a roughly handled blade. If you think you can live with these challenges, the price is right on this piece.
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 #35857C Model 1933 SS EM Ground Röhm Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
This early dagger has excellent, textbook mounts throughout. The crossguards are the traditional “HE” variety, and they still have a good, dull nickel finish. The edges of these guards are crisp, the surfaces smooth, and the accent grooves are precisely executed. There is no district number on the reverse crossguard, but we often see this on original Röhm Daggers, as some were given to honorary members and thus were not distributed like the standard examples. The guard is marked on the lower surface with a “9”. These marking were done by factory inspectors at the Eickhorn firm.
The grip has some chips in the upper and lower portion which we has successfully (and undetectably) repaired. This grip is now in perfect condition and really looks great, nicely fitting the crossguards. The SS runes button is perfectly placed. It has good, silvered runes which match the double-circled borders. The nickel grip eagle is the “High Necked” type. The bird does show a bit of wear to his head, but the remainder of the detailing throughout his feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika is intact.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has an excellent anodized finish, which remains at 100%, showing only minor age in the surfaces. Some traces of original lacquer can be seen in the upper areas. The scabbard mounts are the typical Eickhorn type of this vintage, having the slightly golden glow to them. These mounts are in excellent condition, to include the lower ball, and are retained by nickel screws which are all present and unbuggered.
Attached to the carrying ring is a fine, early SS short hanger. This hanger has good leather and the retainer loop is still in position. The hardware on this hanger is the nickel type. The clip is the “snout-nosed” variety, having a rivet which holds the spring in place.
The blade of this example is a little gray on the obverse, and does show some signs of age in the surfaces. This blade grades at about Excellent. The SS motto is crisp, and still has about 90 to 95% of the original darkening left in the backgrounds of the letters. The blade, on the reverse, appears to have been a professionally ground Röhm, leaving no traces of the inscription or the makers logo for that matter. The graining has been redone on the blade and is very, very close to the original.
An interesting Ground Röhm Dagger here, and definitley an Eickhorn product. This example does have a restored grip, but overall remains very collectible.
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 #36426C Model 1933 SS Ground Röhm Dagger with Serial Number – Carl Eickhorn
This Eickhorn Ground Röhm example is in an untouched and never cleaned condition. The classic Eickhorn crossguards have a fine, dull patination throughout, exactly matching the tang nut. Looking at the nut, it appears as though this dagger has not been apart in modern times. The crossguards have the good, smooth surfaces and crisp edges, as well the very deep, hand-cut accent grooves typical of the Eickhorn firm. The reverse crossguard is district marked with the Roman numeral, “III”. In addition, it is stamped with the original owner's SS serial number, “13912”. I looked this number up in the SS rank list, but unfortunately it is not there, which indicates that the owner was an NCO. There is hope though, as much work is now being done to uncover the identities of these NCO owners, so perhaps the purchaser of this dagger will choose to contact Ross Kelbaugh and ask him to see what he can find in the Berlin document center.
The grip is a fine Eickhorn example, having medium to high contour construction. This grips shows only the most minor signs of use, and has no repairs or problems. There are a couple of scratches on the bottom reverse, that at first glance appear to be cracks, but they are not. The grip nicely fits the crossguards. The SS runes button is turned to about 7 o'clock. This button has a perfect enamel surface, and fine silver runes which match the double-circled circumference.
The grip eagle is the nickel “High Necked” variety. This bird shows only hints of wear, with good detail throughout his feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. A great hilt here, especially with the stamped serial number!
The scabbard shell is also a fine example. This shell has 100% anodizing on both sides, with no dings or dents, and shows only the slightest signs of age in the surfaces. The shell is equipped with matching patinated nickel mounts. These most are in excellent shape generally, with the lower ball having a couple of minor signs of wear but no real problems. The nickel screws are in place throughout.
Attached to this example is what appears to be the original-to-the-piece vertical hanger. This vertical rig is the traditional “coffin” type, which I'm sure has a RZM stamping on the inside leather, but I don't want to open it up to look. As most collectors know these retaining straps can become very delicate and it is best to leave them in place when possible. The hanger leather is in good condition throughout, though. The buckle is the traditional square type, showing some age in the surfaces. The snap clip is the early style, again with matching patination and stamped with both an “A” as well as “DRGM”.
The blade is mostly bright on the obverse, showing just the tiniest bit of gray. I don't see a lot of cross grain in it, but it still rates at least an Excellent Plus. The motto is deep and crisp, having about 90% of the original darkening in the background recesses. The reverse blade has been professionally ground and repolished. It appears to have been a factory job, as the regraining is nearly perfect. You can see a couple of similar Eickhorn Ground Röhm daggers on page 89 (upper) of my SS Book. The trademark is the small double oval style, containing the firm's name and location, “Carl Eickhorn/Solingen”. Inside can be seen a smooth tailed Eickhorn squirrel. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.
A great dagger here if you're look for an untouched and factory ground example, with the added bonus of a serial number. It's very hard to find this type of dagger in an untouched state.
Excellent Plus. $4,295.00
SSDAG #36434C Model 1933 SS Ground Röhm Dagger with Serial Number – Robert Klass
This Ground Röhm example does not appear to have been apart in many years. The crossguards and scabbard mounts have taken on a nice, dull nickel patina. The tang nut and guards are all in crisp condition, with precise accent grooves and smooth surfaces throughout. The lower reverse crossguard is district marked with a Roman numeral, “I”. It is interesting to note that the original owner has applied his serial number to the lower face portion of the crossguard. The number is very deeply stamped with individual dies, “98980”.
I looked this number up in the SS officer's rank list but it is not there, so we can deduce this person was an NCO. Recently some work has been done researching these NCO numbers by SS expert Ross Kelbaugh; it is possible the next owner could collaborate with Ross and learn the identity of the original owner of this dagger.
The grip is of ebony, being in excellent condition on the reverse. The obverse has a minor crease line that runs to the left of the eagle and terminates below the bird - things like this happen during normal wearing situations and in my mind are part and parcel of the dagger's integrity. There are a couple of sliver lifts at the grip meeting point of the obverse upper and lower sections, but they are nothing. The SS runes button is the convex style. It has perfect enamel with good silvering to the runes and double circles surrounding them. The button is turned to about 7 o'clock, The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety and still has full details to the head, breast and wing feathering, as well as the talons and wreathed mobile swastika. The grip fits the guards like a rubber glove.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, and has almost all of the original anodized finish. The area above the cross strap of the vertical hangers still has 100%, to include all of the original lacquer coating; the lacquer is spattered about the rest of the scabbard, but is still nice to see. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition. The lower ball has a small "tap" to the lower center area, but does not show facing straight on. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered.
The vertical hanger is a fine, early, textbook RZM type. It shows some minor age, but remains sound throughout. It is the standard coffin-back with retainer and a strap with a buckle and hasp. The buckle is the squared, nickel-plated type. It is most interesting to see that the original owner cut out the area of the cross strap that goes over the eyelet. This allows the hanger to rest flush in place in this area; this is first time I have ever seen this modification. The snap clip is the early solid nickel type, being marked, "A" and "DRGM". There is also another most interesting tidbit on this hanger. Held in place with a strap in the reverse is a brown leather covering fitted over the snap clip. It must have been meant to aid in easing wear to the dagger grip. This leather is also "SS" stamped within a circle. When lifting it from its position on the snap clip, there is lots of greenish waxy build-up, an indication that the dagger was worn this way and has stayed this way all of these years. A very neat little accoutrement here!
The blade of this example remains in fine, bright condition, having only runner marks. This blades at Near Mint on the obverse facing. The SS motto is crisp and deep, with 100% of the original blackening in the backgrounds of the lettering. The reverse appears to be a factory done Ground Röhm. The grinding process was very well done, as evidenced by the nice regraining. A portion of the original Robert Klass trademark has been removed, but at least 85% of it is still there, making it easy to discern the maker. The Klass firm used a smaller trademark that was closer to the crossguard when the Röhm inscription was offered on SS blades. This same mark can be seen in my SS Book on page 89, bottom left. The trademark has the letters of the “T” missing from the first name, and the “Kl” from the surname. Also one of the Klass Kissing Cranes has been completely obliterated, while the other has about half of his body (and one leg) still in place. The location city of Solingen, however, is still fully intact. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower contour of the crossguard.
A most interesting numbered Ground Röhm SS Dagger here, in extremely collectible condition.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,295.00
SSDAG #36147 Early Model 1933 SS EM with Serial Number & Monogram in Grip – Rich. Abr. Herder
This early SS Dagger does not appear to have been cleaned in many years. Looking at the tang nut I do not see any signs where this has been out in recent times. The crossguards are the typical Herder type and most likely are marked internally, “PA”. These guards have an appealing even dull patina throughout and retain their good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is district stamped, “I”. The grip is a classic Herder type, which are thinner than most and have the eagle located further down the grip than other types. This grip is in perfect condition showing only nominal usage. It has no repairs and nicely fits the crossguards. The runes button is the type that is more convex and the silver runes are tilted to about seven o’clock. The button enamel has a couple of hits to the surface but they are not bad. This button has double silver border rings which match the silver runes. The grip eagle is a nickel style being the “high-necked” type. All of the details are there to include the bird’s eye, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.
On the reverse of this grip this dagger gets most interesting. Nicely carved into the reverse of the upper grip is the original owner’s initials. This monogram is “HB” having the letters intertwined. On the bottom of the reverse grip is the original owner’s serial number “98583”. I looked this serial number up and unfortunately it is not in the officer’s list. This would indicate that the original carrier of this dagger was an enlisted man. There is hope though as expert SS researcher Ross Kelbaugh has been able to do wonders with some (not all) with these NCO SS numbers. Possibly the next owner would like to contact Ross to see whether he can locate a dossier for this SS man. The monogram and serial number really add a lot to the character of this dagger however.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It has good anodized finish which is nearly all there only thinning a little along the edges and showing some minor age. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition to include the lower ball. The lower fitting shows a few carrying signs but nothing that would be a deduct. The scabbard mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are all in place and appear unturned. There is an early short hanger having excellent brown leather. The small retainer loop is also there. The hardware for this loop is of about 1936 vintage as it is nickel-plated and the snap clip is marked, “OLC”. The hanger, however, does look original to this piece.
The blade is a good conditioned example still having good brightness throughout and some of the crossgraining is still there. The blade shows some in and out marks but overall grades at about excellent plus. The SS motto is crisp and deep with about 98% of the original factory darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the double ovals logo of this company. Within the ovals is the firm’s name and location, “Rich. Abr. Herder. Solingen”. Inside is the diamond trademark. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard curvature.
A fine interesting dagger here which would make a great addition to any SS collection.
Excellent Plus. $4,295.00
SSDAG #35812 Early Model 1933 SS EM Dagger – Robert Klaas
This early Model 1933 SS EM Dagger is in an uncleaned state. The crossguards are the solid nickel type and they are both in excellent condition having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut is also in fine condition and does not look to have been removed in modern times. The ebony grip is a good example having high ridge construction and being in perfect condition. I believe that there was a chip at the upper obverse right that we repaired but honestly I can’t remember and if there was the work is undetectable. The SS runes button is the style that is turned slightly to seven o’clock. These runes have perfect enamel surfaces and a good silver tone which matches the double circles around the border. The grip eagle is the early nickel variety having the beak which points upwards slightly. This eagle still has good detail throughout his head, wing and breast feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The lower reverse crossguard is district marked Roman numeral, “I”.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has fairly good anodized finish although there is age which is evenly spread throughout both sides. The scabbard mounts are matching early nickel. The upper mount is in perfect condition whereas unfortunately the lower mount has the ball crushed to the left. It is also split on the right edge. These screws are all original and in unturned condition.
The blade of this example is still bright and on the reverse has all the crossgraining and is in near mint condition. On the obverse there is a little bit of moisture damage on the ricasso area but it is not too bad. The tip of this dagger was gone when we acquired it and we decided to weld a new tip onto it. It came out fairly good but there are a couple of air holes in the weld which sometimes is impossible to control. The dagger is priced accordingly however and taken into consideration with the condition of the rest of the piece this retipping is not a real deficit. The SS motto is crisp and deep having about 95% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched featuring the kissing crane birds. Above the birds in a circle is the firm’s name, “Robert Klaas” and below, completing the circle is the location, “Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A decent early example here, having some restoration but it is certainly priced accordingly.
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
SSDAG #35850 Transitional SS EM Dagger, RZM 941/38 SS – Carl Eickhorn
This transitional Carl Eickhorn SS Dagger shows some usage of the period, but no abuse. The dagger is equipped with nickel-plated crossguards. The crossguard show some age in the surfaces and also a little bit of lifting where the guards meet the ebony grip. Overall these guards are still fairly presentable and are still bright. The tang nut is a steel base and much of the nickel plating has worn from its surfaces. The grip had a couple of chips and we did repair these accordingly. This grip came out quite well and is a very presentable ebony example. The grip perfectly fits the crossguards. This grip is a high ridge construction type. The runes button is perfectly placed being straight up and down. The button shows some usage over the surfaces but the enamel is still good. There is toning to the runes which nicely match that of the double circle border. The nickel grip eagle is a fine example being the “high-necked” style bird. This bird still has all of the detail to his head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has the original factory black paint. This paint shows some spidering and is also missing on the upper edges. Overall though the paint is really not too bad and for what it’s worth, it still does have the original factory sheen. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel type and they are in excellent condition throughout. The lower ball shows a couple of very minor taps but it is still very much intact. The throat is the thicker style that we frequently see on Eickhorn and other daggers of this vintage. The original dome head screws appear to be the nickel variety. There is a short black hanger which still has good bright nickel-plated hardware. The leather shows a little bit of mild age in the surfaces but it is still basically sound. The snap clip is marked on the back, “RZM M5/71 OLC”.
The blade of this example is still basically bright throughout and does have about 50% or so of the original crossgrain. The tip is still needlelike and the SS motto is crisp and deep, having at least 95% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. This blade grades at Excellent Plus. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the double proofing. It features a single open RZM circle positioned over the code, “941/38 SS”. This is positioned over the 1935-41 trademark which features the squirrel holding a downward pointing sword. Above the animal is the quality word, “original” and below is the name of the firm and the factory, “Eickhorn Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.
A decent transitional SS EM Dagger here, one that is not in mint condition, but overall a good basic piece which should go nicely in a beginning collection.
SSDAG #35474 Mid-period Model 1933 SS Service Dagger, SS 807/37 RZM
This Mid-period SS example is equipped with all nickel mounts to the hilt and scabbard. The cross guards and tang have a fine patination spread evenly throughout. The cross guards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. There is a desirable greenish tinge where the guards meet the wood of the ebony grip.
The ebony grip has a medium ridge contour construction, showing mild usage signs here and there. The reverse grip is still in perfect condition, while the obverse has a small lift of the grip wood at the meeting point on the lower left, and also a minor lift of wood (although the wood is still there) on the upper right side. These are minor flaws and in my opinion, are not worth fixing. The runes button is placed straight from north to south. It has perfect enamel surfaces. The runes are enclosed with two matching silvered circles. The nickel grip eagle has the same greenish tinge as the guards. It features the eagle style with beak which points upward slightly. There is only mild wear and the detail is still there to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A decent hilt here; one that is indistinguishable from the early initial production types.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. At first glance it appears to have an aged anodized finish, but the area above the vertical hanger shows some old black paint, so obviously, this scabbard was originally painted. The paint has pretty miuch gone to time, but I kind of like it, as it really does look like an old anodized finish. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel having a fine patination. The mounts are both in good condition, to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained with the original screws, which are the early nickel type.
The original-to-the-piece vertical hanger shows some age, but basically, a little black "Meltonian" cream polish would do wonders and bring back its original suppleness and finish, as the leather is not rotted. The cross strap is equipped with a heavier-than-normal nickel-plated buckle. The snap clip is the plated type, which does have some flaking and rust, but will also clean up some.
The blade makes up for some of the failing mentioned above. This blade is bright throughout, still having all of its cross grain. There are some minor areas of light surface smudge, but it is not bad at all. This blade still grades at near mint condition. The SS motto is very deeply etched and has 100% of the darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the SS contract code and production date, "807/37". Above the code, is a double circle containing SS runes, and below, is a double RZM circle. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A good mid-period piece here, showing wear of the period, but no abuse. I like this dagger! I show this same "806" code dagger with a "36" production date on page 162 of my book, but had not seen one of these "37" dated pieces before the printing of the book - so, this is not a frequently seen dagger.
SSDAG #35532C Model 1933 SS Service Dagger with Exclamation Point Motto, RZM 324/38 SS
This SS dagger is very desirable because the SS motto has an exclamation point at the end. These daggers with this etch variation are quite rarely seen.The dagger is thought to have been produced by the Klittermann & Moog firm and is the same as the example I show in my SS Book on Pages 687 and 688. The mounts throughout the dagger are solid nickel. The tang and cross guards have an appealing yellow color tone indicative of high nickel content. The guards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. These guards are marked internally, "E.L", the same as the book piece. The book piece has a tang that is marked with intertwined "KM" initials. Chances are the tang of this piece was also marked the same, but the tang has been badly rusted from age, and the initials are no longer visible.
The ebony grip is a fine-conditioned example having smooth to medium ridge construction. There are no repairs or problems and the grip nicely fits the cross guards. The runes button is nearly straight up and down, being at about 5:30 o'clock. The runes are surrounded by matching double circles and has perfect enamel surfaces. The grip eagle is the nickel variety having the style bird with beak which points upward slightly. The bird shows some mild wear to the head and breast feathering surfaces, but the details are still crisp to the wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A good hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has outstanding original black paint. This paint appears to have little usage signs and remains in a 100% state - nice indeed! The scabbard mounts are matching nickel construction. They both are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. The nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered. The upper screws are not completely parallel, something we see occasionally, particularly on scabbards produced by Pack. The lower scabbard mount also has the edge roll familiar to the Pack firm - it is possible Pack produced the scabbard as it is doubtful Klitterman & Moog made their own parts.
There is a short hanger attached to the carrying ring. The black leather is in good supple condition complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is the plated type. The buckle has some minor surface rust, while the snap clip reveals some under-the-surface movement, but no missing plating. The snap clip is marked on the reverse, "A", RZM M5/8, and "DRGM".
The blade, although still being bright, does have some in-and-out marks and a little wear to the center ridge area which includes a small portion of the motto center letter darkening. Due to the center wear, the motto with exclamation point has background darkening remains at about 90%. There is some grain remaining throughout the blade - maybe 10% to 20%. This blade grades at about excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a large shaded RZM circle, which is positioned over the code and year the dagger was produced, "324/38 SS". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the cross guard contour.
An excellent example here of a tough-to-find SS Dagger.
SSDAG #35376C SS Partial "Name-Only" Röhm Dagger with Vertical Hanger - Böker
This early SS dagger has a fine Böker hilt having the in-house nickel cross guards. These guards show nominal usage having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and excellent precise accent grooves. The tang nut shows some signs of removal, but no bad knurls. The lower reverse guard is district marked, "I". The ebony grip is a very fine example showing little wear and good crisp center ridge. The grip has no repairs and nicely fits the cross guards The SS runes button is turned to nearly 8:00 o'clock and has a single silvered circle encompassing the runes. There is no enamel damage. The grip is the style with "head pointing upward" slightly. There is little wear to the bird having good details to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A fine hilt.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has been period black painted. This paint shows much age and wear, and maybe rates at about 50% - I guess a new paint job would really help this scabbard, but I'll leave that to the next owner of this dagger. The matching patinated nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition, to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned. Helping the looks of this scabbard is a fine pre-RZM early vertical hanger. This hanger is equipped with good conditioned, supple leather. The hanger is shaped the same as the standard types, having a coffin-shaped reverse. The differences are that the two retaining straps are slightly larger than the standard types and the coffin-shape reverse piece does not have finished leather to the outer area. Additionally, there is a "dog leash" style snap clip having some minor surface rust. This hanger is retained with four rivets at the reverse. The nickel-plated square-shape buckle shows some age and is equipped with a roller feature.
The blade is a beauty, virtually being in mint condition. The original cross grain is all there, and the SS motto is deeply etched, with fine dark letter backgrounds. The reverse inscription is all there, but for the Röhm signature. A period craftsman has skillfully ground only this "offending" area. There are some small remains of the signature, but not much; a little of the "M" and also some of the umlaut are vaguely visible. The area has had some finish grain put in, but it does not exactly match the original finish. The trademark is the smaller double oval type reserved for use with Röhm inscriptions - it took up less room than the standard logo and therefore must have been thought to look more symmetrical with the inscription. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.A fine opportunity here to acquire a good "Partial" here, with a really nice blade.
Excellent Plus. $7,495.00
SSDAG #35381 Early Uncleaned 1933 SS Service Dagger with Ground Röhm Inscription - Carl Eickhorn
This fine early example is exactly the way a lot of us like them, being uncleaned and having a desirable greenish patrina spread evenly over the surfaces of the nickel mounts. The cross guards are the typical Eickhorn type, being "H.E" marked internally. These guards remain smooth throughout, have crisp edges, and the accent grooves are the deep, hand-cut type, we normally see produced by Eickhorn. The lower reverse guard is district-marked, "III". The grip shows some normal usage signs and a few hits on the reverse center, caused by the vertical hanger. There was a small chip at the bottom obverse when we first acquired this dagger from the family of a veteran. We successfully repaired this flaw and it is now invisible. The SS runes button is turned to about 7:00 o'clock. It has perfect enameled surfaces and reflects a slight patination to the silvered runes and the double-circle border around the circumference. The matching nickel eagle is the "high-necked" variety. Other than a little wear to the bird's head area, the rest of the details are all there to include the breast and wing feathering, the talons, and the wreath with enclosed swastika. The grip fits the cross guards like a rubber glove - the meeting areas of the ebony and the nickel have dark green residue, trapped by moisture over the years - nice! A very fine hilt here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, but does show a few signs of carrying, but no dings or dents. The anodized surface is outstanding, being all there and looking great. There is only slight age in the surfaces here and there. The matching patina nickel scabbard mounts are in good shape, although the lower ball has taken a slight hit which pushed it slightly to the right, but no crushing. These mounts are retained by their original, unturned nickel screws. Attached to the upper mount carrying ring is a fine conditioned pre-RZM vertical hanger. The leather is still supple throughout. From the obverse, the hanger looks almost standard - the two straps are slightly larger than the RZM sanctioned examples. The reverse has an almost square-shaped backing. The backing leather finish is left in the natural leather color and is uncolored.. The upper portion has a folded leather loop which is riveted and contains the "dog-leash" style snap clip. This clip is nickel-plated and has excellent original finish. The retaining strap is equipped with a square-shape buckle having the "roller" feature - a great early hanger here!
The blade of this example is a real marvel. The obverse is stone mint, being mirror bright. The SS motto is the best you will see being crisp, deep and having 100% of the factory darkening in the reverse - a most impressive SS blade here. The reverse reflects what is probably a factory re-done ground Röhm inscription. The entire inscription is gone and the blade has had its surfaces re-grained. The grain is almost as good as the original, but the trained eye will easily pick it up - looks really good, however. The original trademark has been left intact. It features the early 1933-35 small double ovals. Within the ovals is the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn". In the center, is the standing squirrel holding a nut in his paws. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
This is an outstanding Ground Röhm example. If you are a serious collector, it is hard to imagine there would not be a place in your collection for this choice piece!
Excellent Plus. $4,495.00
SSDAG #35386C Early SS Factory Ground Röhm Re-Issued During Initial RZM Period - Carl Eickhorn
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 and after being returned to the factory after June1934, (the original owner probably bought a new dagger), the Eickhorn firm ground the inscription off and repolished the blade. 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's 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 cross guards 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 -not perfect - but typical of Eickhorn products of the period. The 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 the center, and is totally straight on the reverse. The choice anodized finish is still all there and has at least 70% to 80% of the original factory protective lacquer. An outstanding scabbard here. 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 #35322C Early Model 1933 Service Dagger in Later Scabbard SS 121/34 RZM
This early SS EM Dagger is one of the examples produced under the RZM's first venture into the control of edged weapons. The dagger was produced right after the initial period, evidenced by the fact that the mounts are the early nickel type, but with no District Roman numeral stamping on the reverse cross guard. These daggers seem to be seen with and without this stamping. These nickel guards are in fine condition with good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The ebony grip has some surface lifts to the wood at the upper obverse and a small amount on the reverse upper area. There is also a small surface lift to the wood at the lower right obverse. On the reverse, the guard is pressing against the wood and is forcing some lifting at the lower reverse, but the wood is still intact. In the past, this "pressing" of the tight guards against the ebony wood caused the flaws mentioned above. These flaws are not serious, but they are tough to repair as the amount of wood missing is just on the surface - the big chips are much easier to repair. The grip perfectly fits the cross guards with no gaps. The runes button is nearly straight having a slight patina to the runes and to the double circles which circumvent them. The nickel grip eagle is the "point-behind-the-head" variety. It reflects all detail to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, wreath, talons and swastika
As mentioned above, the scabbard appears to be of a later vintage, in that the mounts are the nickel-plated, steel-based type. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The black paint is outstanding throughout - it may have been newly done sometime in the last few years, as it looks too good to be true, having just the slightest of orange peel traces in the surfaces. Overall, though, this professional paint job looks very nice and is in 100% condition. The plated scabbard mounts are in good condition with a little rust and freckling on the upper reverse area. The lower mount is good with just the slightest of a center ding in the lower ball. The dome head steel screws are all in place and are unbuggered. There is a black leather short hanger attached to the carrying ring. The leather is sound, but could use a little mild black leather polish to cover some scuffs. The strap is complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger hardware is mismatched - there is a plated buckle and hasp, while the unmarked nickel snap clip is the early "snout-nosed" type having the spring-retained with a rivet.
The blade makes up for a lot on this dagger. It is pristine mint. This bright blade has 100% factory cross grain in the surfaces. The SS motto is crisp and deep, having a 100% frosted background. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the code of the SS contract extended for these daggers. The code is always read toward the tip on these blades - if it reads toward the grip, the blade is one of the fake ones I have recently seen on the marketplace.. The code is, "SS 121/34 RZM", The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A fine example here with great potential; it would sell for substantially more if the scabbard were from the correct vintage. It is priced accordingly.
Excellent Plus. $2,995.00(#032414)
SSDAG #35185 Early Model 1933 SS EM Dagger - Robert Klass
This early example is in nice condition throughout. The mounts are all solid nickel construction. Studying the tang nut, it may have been out once, but shows little signs of it. The crossguards have crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The surfaces appear to have just the slightest traces of some old cleaning, with possibly a brillo pad. They are not really scarred, as it is only the surfaces where the abrasion shows. The same is true on the scabbard mounts. Chances are, a vet cleaned this dagger a long time ago, thinking that a brillo pad would be as good as anything else to clean it up. These very slight abrasions are so light in the surface, that I would think with a good semi chroming, most if not all of this, would come out. It is also fine just to leave it alone, as it is not bad. The lower crossguard reverse is district marked, "I." The ebony grip is an outstanding example. This grip shows virtually no wear, and is perfect throughout, with no repairs. The SS runes button is the more bulbous type, having a coppery look to the runes and the circles around them. The black enamel is in perfect condition. The grip eagle is the nickel, "high necked" variety, being in very choice condition, having all details to the bird's head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. This beautiful grip fits the crossguards like a rubber glove.
The scabbard of this example is nice and straight throughout. This scabbard has a fine coat of black paint, which appears to be period. Many times the anodizing wore thin, and the original owners had their scabbards repainted. Usually the repaint is not very good, but in this case of this example, it is outstanding. This paint shows some age cracking in the surfaces, and only a couple signs of carrying. Overall, this paint is near 100%. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel, having the slight abrasions in the surfaces, as mentioned above. The mounts are in fine condition, to include the lower ball. The original, nickel screws are all there, and are unbuggered.
There is an early vertical hanger, which is in good condition. The leather strap contains a nickel plated buckle. The snap clip is an early nickel type, which is marked on the reverse, "A" and "DRGM". There is also the addition of what appears to be a delicately painted number, "988.22.233". I do not know what this number would stand for, as it is too long to be an SS serial number, and it also cannot be the Social Security number of the American that brought it back. Possibly, it is some kind of a code number put on by the veteran once the dagger was returned, but I don't know. Either way, if the next owner wants to take it off, I am sure that a little rubbing with some semi chrome, or even paint remover, if required, would get the number off. This vertical has pretty good leather throughout, and if left alone, will survive many years to come.
The blade of this example is really nice. This blade has fine, bright, surfaces throughout the obverse, with needle-like tip. The crossgraining can be seen if the dagger is tipped slightly. This blade appears in mint condition. The SS motto etch is deep, and crisp, having 100% of the darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse blade is in the same condition, showing only normal, runner marks. The reverse ricasso is matching etched, with the kissing cranes trademark. Above the birds, is the firm's name, "ROBERT KLAAS", and below the location city of, "SOLINGEN". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A fine, early model 1933 SS EM.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,295.00
SSDAG #28464 Late Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger
This Chained SS Dagger overall looks to have had a repainted scabbard but other than that is in OK condition. The hilt is very similar to the dagger that I show on page 199, upper. These hilt fittings are nickel-plated and are the type that have the boker look to their shaping. The plating is still all there on these mounts and the same is true of the fine looking tang nut. These mounts are really in nice condition. The grip is a black ebony type being of medium contour construction. It did have a couple of fractures in the lower obverse and reverse so we repaired them accordingly and the repair really came out good. It would be very difficult to detect these repairs. The SS runes button is nicely placed being straight up and down. It has a couple of signs of hits in the surfaces but there does not look to be any enamel missing. The grip center features an aluminum high-necked style eagle. This eagle has good detail throughout and shows only modest wear. The detail is there to the eye, breast feathering, wing feathering, legs, wreath and swastika. There is a minor hit to the bottom leg of the wreathed swastika but it is nothing. A good looking hilt here!
As noted above, the scabbard is straight throughout and in my mind does appear to have a newly painted shell as it is fresh looking and too good to be true. The paint though has been done beautifully and does not detract from the dagger. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated type as this is a type I chain. These mounts are in good condition showing some age and a little bit of dulling but overall they certainly grade at excellent plus and the scabbard ball is completely intact. All screws are present. It is interesting to note on the center ramp that it is the style with only one screw, which is what we usually see with painted scabbards, so apparently this scabbard has always had paint on it. The center ramp is the type which has good pebbled backgrounds but does not have darkening. It has excellent intertwined swastikas on both sides. The type I chain links exactly match the center ramp also having good pebbling. The skull and crossbone links are the typical type I variety having excellent detail throughout having good smiling teeth. The links having the SS runes also have excellent detail. The cloverleaf above is the style with open top and you can see the stamping, “DRGM” on the snap clip below. This chain shows a little bit of age but if someone wanted to clean it up I’m sure it would come up nicely. The top chain link that is connected to the scabbard mount is deeply stamped on the reverse with the SS Kulturzeichen.
The blade of this example is still bright and has quite a bit of the original crossgraining on it. There are a couple of marks on the lower edges of the blade but they are not bad and probably come from someone using the blade as a tool at one time or another. The SS motto is the lightly etched type and it still has about 85-90% of the black backgrounding. This blade grades at excellent to excellent plus. It is the unmarked type and it nicely fits the lower crossguard contours. As stated in the description there are a couple of restoration aspects about this dagger but it still looks outstanding and it is priced accordingly.
SSDAG #35106 Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger
This early Chained SS Dagger is in a fine, untouched, uncleaned state. The nickel crossguards and tang nut have an exceptional, dull patina with very smooth surfaced guards, with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The grip is also an absolute beauty, being fine ebony with medium to high contour construction, and having no repairs whatsoever. This grip shows little to no wear, and it fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is straight up and down, and still has good enamel to the surfaces. The silvered runes exactly match the double circles around the button. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "beak which points upwards slightly". This bird also has full detail to his eye, beak, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. A really great hilt here, which will bring a smile to the knowing collector's face.
The scabbard is a straight example. This shell has all original, black paint. This paint still has a nice shine to it, and other than normal usage signs, and some minor crazing, is still nearly 100%. A very nice, original shell here. The scabbard mounts exactly match the patination of the nickel crossguards. These mounts are in excellent condition, the lower ball having a couple of minor taps, but nothing that shows from the front, and there is no crushing. The original, unturned nickel screws are all in place here. The center mount is the very early type, that has the crisp, rolled edges. This center mount has almost all of the original darkening in the backgrounds and looks identical to the example I show on page 140 of SS Book. The center mount, of course, depicts three intertwined swastikas on each side. The type two chain also has nearly 100% of the original darkening in the backgrounds of the links. This dark background really brings out the fiercesome looks of the stamped skull and bones, as well as the SS runic symbols on the alternating links. The teeth are all there on all of the skulls, and there is little wear to these links. All of the nickel connectors are in excellent condition, with virtually no separations.
When we acquired this dagger, the tab which connected the upper chain to the square link at the scabbard was missing. We fabricated a tab by using an old nickel scabbard mount. This is the identical material that was used during the period, so there is virtually no difference between this newly produced tab and ones that were made during the period. The clover snap clip is the closed variety, and there is matching darkening throughout the backgrounds. The snap clip works well, and is complete with the original spring. The upper link, which attaches to the square link on the scabbard mount, is lightly stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen. It is identical to the example we see on page 138 of my SS Book. The reverse of this chain also has some nice patination, indicating silver plating of these pieces.
The unmarked blade of this piece is still bright, and does have quite a bit of the original crossgraining, with good, needle-like tip. The SS motto is the standard, more shallow style etch we see on these early blades. The etch is nice and crisp, and there is about 90% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. There are some shallow watermarks appearing on this blade where the runners lay against it, where some moisture was trapped, but it is very nominal. The blade still grades at excellent to excellent plus on the obverse. The reverse blade is in slightly better shape than the obverse, as there are no watermarks that appear on this blade. There are a couple of minor pits fairly near the tip, but overall this reverse looks pretty good. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A very fine, early dagger and the outside looks just can't be beat. An excellent example to add to your collection.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $8,495.00