The SS (Schutzstaffel) was originally formed in 1925, ostensibly to act as a small, loyal bodyguard unit to protect the Führer, Adolf Hitler. Under the direction of the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, the SS grew to be the most ruthless and feared organization of the 20th century. They were the vanguard of Nazismand eventually controlled nearly every function of German life and much of Occupied Europe. The SS dagger was introduced in 1933. Early on, members of the SS were awarded their daggers during a ceremony at the Feldherrnhalle Memorial in Munich. The annual ritual, charged with mysticism and meant to evoke the traditions of medieval Teutonic knights, was held on 9 November, the date of the unsuccessful Munich Putsch of 1923. Both officers and enlisted men wore the identical dagger until 1936. After this time, only enlisted men wore the M1933 dagger.
The SS Dagger was equipped with nickel crossguards with an ebony wood grip. The black grip contained a National eagle with swastika insignia recessed in the center area and an SS sigrunne button inset at the top. On early examples the scabbard shell surface was factory blackened using a metal bluing process. The scabbard had nickel mounts. The SS blade was a polished type containing the SS motto, Meine Ehre Heisst Treue (My Honor is Loyalty). Early examples bore one of three district stampings on the lower reverse crossguard of I, II, or III. Early examples were mostly hand-fit. Production of later examples was more standardized, using cheaper, nickel-plated fittings with black painted scabbard shells.
SSDAG #37812 Late Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger, RZM M7/80/1197/39 SS – C. Gustav Spitzer
The ebony grip is of Medium Contour Construction. This grip has no repairs and is in choice condition throughout. This grip nicely fits the crossguards. The SS runes button is positioned straight up and down, with fine silvering throughout the runes and borders. The grip eagle is of aluminum in the style with a point behind its head. This bird retains full detailing throughout.
The scabbard shell is also quite nice, being completely straight. The fine black original paint is still bright, showing only the most modest traces of usage. The matching nickel plated scabbard mounts are choice, perfect throughout down to the the lower ball. The nickel plated screws retaining their head plating and are unturned.
The blade of this dagger is nice and bright throughout. There are only the most modest signs of age in the surfaces. The motto is crisp and deep, having a frosted background which is still mostly all there. The reverse ricasso is etched with a shaded double RZM circle. It is positioned over the code for the Spitzer firm, “RZM M 7/80”. Beneath this is the SS code assigned to dagger contract, “RZM M7/39 SS”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.
A very nice conditioned RZM, late production SS Dagger here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,095.00
SSDAG #37906C Himmler Inscription SS Dagger in Early Chained SS Scabbard – Carl Eickhorn
This combination Himmler Inscription SS Dagger and early Chained SS Scabbard was acquired as a walk-in at the recent OVMS MAX show, directly from the family of the veteran who brought it back from the war. It was quite a exciting experience for me; in this day and age it is rare indeed that a rare package such as this one crops up at a show. It just goes to show you that in this hobby you still need to attend the shows, as you never really know what can happen!
This example is a original Himmler Dagger, obviously awarded to a SS officer in 1934. When the 1936 Chained SS Dagger was introduced to SS officers the original owner of this piece obviously decided that it was not sensible to purchase a dagger with the new scabbard as he already had one! This Himmler dagger was worn with the SS Chained scabbard throughout the period. For the last seven decades it has been resting in a Leechburg Pennsylvania home, finally seeing daylight again at the MAX.
The dagger has lots of appeal to it in that it has never been cleaned. The cross guards are the traditional nickel type. Both guards, as well as the tang nut, have a deep patina with slight traces of green where the guards butt against the grip. The cross guards are the typical Eickhorn type that you could probably identify from across the room. They have the very deep “V” shaped accent grooves that were so well done and unique to this firm. The surfaces of the guards are nice and smooth, with no scratches and extremely crisp edges. The lower guard on this Himmler does not have an inspection number, which is something we do occasionally see; I mention this fact in my book. It is not uncommon to see Himmler pieces without this inspection number. The tang nut shows no sign that this dagger has ever been apart.
The grip of this example is a very fine ebony. There are no traces of repair on this grip, and other than small slivers that have come off the top left edge and lower right edge it is perfect. The grip is of Medium Contour Construction. It shows some signs of minor usage here and there, but has no problems with the wood. The runes button is turned to about 8 o'clock on this piece. The enamel is perfect and the runes and borders have a very deep golden patina. The grip eagle has a matching patina to its nickel finish and is a “High Necked” type. This bird retains full detailing to the head, breast and wing feather, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.
The scabbard is a an example to write home about! It is extremely rare that we see one of these black painted scabbards having this amount of paint remaining as well as retaining the original luster. The reverse facing of the scabbard is totally perfect, while the obverse has but a tiny scratch that was most likely caused by the chain. Other than this tiny flaw the obverse paint is similarly perfect. It is really something to see!
The nickel scabbard mounts have a nice patina that exactly matches the tone of the hilt mounts. These mounts are in totally perfect condition throughout; even the lower ball is pristine. There are no signs of wear, dents, scratches or any flaws whatsoever on the surfaces of these mounts. They are retained by the original early nickel screws which are unturned. The center ramp is the style we all love so much, with very crisp edges and extremely dark backgrounds highlighted the raised, intertwined swastikas on both sides. This ramp is identical to the example I show on page 140 of my SS Book. 100% of the original blackening remains in the backgrounds of this pebbled ramp. It is retained by a single matching screw.
Attached to the center ramp and the upper mount is a solid nickel Type II chain. This chain also has almost all of the blackening in the chain links. The blackening really highlights the toothy grins of the leering skull designs. The SS runic links are also beautifully rendered, their grisly symbolism immediately understood by the viewer. These great links are retained by matching nickel tabs. Remarkably none of the tabs are open and they all remain in outstanding original condition. The clover leaf at the the top also has lots of blackening in the backgrounds. When I acquired the dagger the snap clip on the clover leaf was missing. This was an easy thing to restore, and there is now a fine working clip of the exact vintage attached. This chain assembly appears identical to the example I show on page 135 of my SS Book. The first upper chain link is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen marking, also the same as I show on page 138 of my book.
And now to the best part... the blade! This Himmler blade is in fine, bright condition and is nearly full Mint. It has the graining throughout the blade and there are some minor tones of age here and there in the surfaces. This is the type of thing we can usually clean off a blade, but since this dagger is a coveted Himmler and the rest is untouched we do not feel it is right to clean it. It speaks for itself and is the real deal. The obverse of the blade is crisply etched with SS motto “ Meine Ehre heißt Treue”. All of the original blackening appears in the letters and it is impressive as the blade is drawn from the scabbard. The reverse blade has an extremely well executed Himmler inscription, having the same dark matching backgrounds, "In Herzlicher Kameradschaft H. Himmler”. The inscription and the blade condition are about the same as the example I show on page 111 of my SS Book. The ricasso has the small double oval Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. The squirrel has a serrated tail and retains full detailing, even to his eye. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
If you are looking to kill two birds with one stone here is your chance to acquire an outstanding original Himmler Dagger along with an amazing original Chained SS Scabbard with all the bells and whistles. This is a wonderful artifact that only by the grace of Providence has risen up to the light of day. I am sure there will be someone out there that can appreciate owning this dagger as much as I did turning it up. Great investment potential here!
Excellent Plus, Plus. $22,995.00
SSDAG #37792C Mid-period SS Enlisted Man's Dagger, RZM 1198/39 SS
This mid-period SS Dagger is identical to the piece I show in my SS Book on page 173.
The cross guards are the nickel-plated type; both are in bright condition, showing only the most minor traces of age in the surfaces and totally free of flaking. The tang nut is also in good condition, appearing to have been out only once or twice.
The ebony grip of this dagger is a beauty, having High Ridge Construction. This grip fits the guards perfectly. It shows little to no signs of usage, with graceful lines throughout its construction. The SS runes button is nicely set North to South. The enamel is still in perfect condition on this button, and the runes and dual borders have excellent silvering. The grip eagle is a early nickel example, the style with a slightly upward pointing beak. This bird has full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is also in choice condition. This shell is straight throughout and has outstanding original black paint. This paint retains the original factory sheen and is easily 99% intact. The nickel-plated steel scabbard mounts are also in perfect condition, to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by the original dome head nickel-plated screws, which are all unturned and fully plated.
The blade of this dagger remains bright throughout, but for a little bit of very light smudging in some areas of the obverse and reverse, mostly in the portions that extend from the halfway point downward. Nothing serious, however. The SS motto is etched very crisply on this blade, and retains about 95% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a single small open RZM circle positioned over the SS code “1198/39 / SS”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A very nice, textbook 1198 SS Dagger here.
Excellent Plus. $3,295.00
SSDAG #37791C Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's SS Dagger – Rich Abr Herder
The cross guards are in very fine condition, having crisp edge definition, precisely cut accent grooves and smooth surfaces. The tang nut also is a fine example, appearing to have never been off the dagger in modern times.
The grip of this dagger is in exceptional condition, showing no evidence of repair. It is the traditional Herder type, being slimmer than most and with the grip eagle set nice and low. The lower reverse guard is marked “I”. This grip has Sharp Contour Construction and fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is set at 1 o'clock, The enamel on this button is still 100% intact, with a little but of noticeable wear to the left of the left rune. The enamel is still intact, however. The runes and borders have a good silvery look to them. The grip eagle is the “High Necked” type, and shows no wear at all, with exceptional detailing throughout.
The scabbard shell is a dandy. It is straight throughout and has 100% of the original “anodized” surface. I don't see any lacquer remaining, but the finish is most pleasing to the eye and is a wonderful sight to see. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition, the lower mount showing some traces of usage and with just the slightest tap to the lower ball. Nothing serious, though, and it does not really show. The nickel screws are all in place and in good, unbuggered condition.
There is a fine early short hanger attached to the carrying ring. This hanger has good, supple leather and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger has a solid nickel buckle which matches the unmarked solid nickel snap clip.
The blade of this dagger is about as nice as you could hope to see. It looks to have almost all of the cross grain and shows only some mild “in-and-out” wear. This blade shows only the most subtle signs of age. The SS motto is deeply etched, and has good, dark letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the well known Herder Diamond trademark. The blade shoulders exactly fit the cross guard contours.
An exceptionally nice early SS Dagger here. Examples in this kind of condition are getting very difficult to locate.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,295.00
SSDAG #37837C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger – Rich Abr Herder
The guards are in excellent condition, with precisely cut accent grooves, crisp edges and nice, smooth surfaces. The lower reverse guard is district marked “II”.
The grip is a typical Herder example, evidenced by being slightly thinner than most and having the nickel grip eagle set slightly lower than center. This ebony grip is in completely perfect condition, with good, sharp geometry and fitting the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is set just past 7 o'clock. It has perfect enamel, with nicely toned silvering to both the runes and the circular borders. The nickel grip eagle is the “High Necked” type. It shows minor wear to the head, breast and talons, but the wings, wreath and swastika are still fairly crisp.
The scabbard shell is perfect throughout. It has a pristine “anodized” surface with retains quite a bit of brightness. This finish appears to be 100% intact. The nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. These mounts are all retained by the original unturned nickel screws.
There is a fine vertical hanger attached to this dagger. It has very supple leather and an excellent coffin-shaped reverse. The cross strap and scabbard strap are in perfect condition, the cross strap having the traditional square nickel-plated buckle. The snap clip shows some age and wear to the plating, but it is still in good working order. It is marked “A”, “DRGM”, and “RZM M5/8” on the reverse.
The blade of this dagger is a real killer. It is in Mint condition, having all of the crossgrain and a really fantastic SS motto. The motto is is crisp as the day it was made, having 100% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. This motto really jumps off the blade!
The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the Herder trademark; a set of dual ovals enclosing a diamond shape, along with the firm's name and location of “Solingen”. The blade shoulders nicely fit the contours of the guards.
A really fine conditioned Herder SS Dagger here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,495.00(#102015)
SSDAG #37802 Uncleaned Early SS Enlisted Man's Dagger, SS 121/34 RZM
I recently purchased this SS Dagger from a veteran family. This example has never been cleaned, and although it is not in top condition it is nonetheless an interesting piece. The 121/34 were made at the same time as the initial distribution, and as such have all of the attributes of an early production dagger.
The crossguards are solid nickel and have a fine green patination throughout; they have good smooth surfaces, fine accent grooves, and excellent edge definition. The tang nut also has matching patination and has not been apart from this dagger in modern times. There are some marks from what appears to be a pair of pliers on the lower section of this nut, but they are very, very old.
The ebony grip is in nice condition, without a trace of repair. It is of Medium/High Contour Construction, showing some very mild traces of usage, and fitting the crossguards flawlessly. The SS runes button is set to just past 6 o'clock. The runes and borders are patinated to match the guards. The early grip eagle is of nickel, and is the style with a point behind its head. This bird retains full detailing throughout.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has period black paint which is still in fairly good condition; this paint looks like it may have been the type that was “dipped” as we often seen on SS daggers. It has a few carrying signs but is about 98% intact. The nickel scabbard mounts have matching patination. The lower ball has been hit on the left side but it is not split. The original nickel screws are all in place and unturned. It is interesting to not that the reverse upper scabbard mount has the original owner's SS number scratched into the surface. The number is “124 623”. Above the number there is also some other scratching which I think is a repeat of the SS number, only smaller. I looked up the number and could not find it on the list, so it must have belonged to an enlisted man.
The blade of this dagger is still bright, but does have some scratches here and there. Overall, though, they are not too bad. The SS motto is good and crisp, retaining about 90% of the original darkening in the backgrounds of the lettering. One the reverse is the code “121/34” which has a set of SS runes above it, contained in double circles. Below is double circled RZM mark. As is normally the case with these daggers the numerals and markings read towards the tip as opposed to the hilt. If you see one of these daggers where the markings run toward the hilt it is a reproduction. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A good starter dagger here; it is early and has all of the features that avid collectors enjoy.
SSDAG #37758C Early Model 1936 Ground Röhm Chained SS Dagger – Robert Klass
This is an interesting SS example. The chained scabbard of this piece is equipped with a fine Klass SS dagger, as opposed to the unmarked piece we would expect to find. Apparently the original owner decided to use his existing dagger in the chained rig rather than replace it with a new, unmarked blade. We see this quite a bit with Chained SS examples.
The dagger itself has never been cleaned and the crossguards have a very green patination that has developed over the last seven decades. These guards are in good condition, with crisp edge definition, precisely cut accent grooves, and fine, smooth surfaces. The lower reverse dagger does not have a district mark, something that we see with Röhm daggers. All SS daggers were not gruppe marked, as some were given on special occasions as well as other non-standard purposes. The tang nut is in matching condition, having never been removed by the looks of it.
The ebony grip is in good condition, being of Smooth Contour Construction. The obverse of the grip is in nearly perfect condition, with just a small sliver off the surface at the bottom right where it meets the guard. The reverse shows a little bit of wear along the high center ridge, as well as having a couple of small, nonthreatening cracks at the upper portion. There are no repairs to this grip and it nicely fits the guards. The SS runes button is positioned almost straight up and down, listing slightly to the right. The runes and the circular borders on this button are nicely patinated. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points upward slightly. This bird shows some very modest wear and is in generally crisp condition.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It is the “anodized” style, and although this finish is still mostly intact there are age marks evenly spread throughout the surfaces. Some of this could be cleaned off with an oily rag, if so desired. The scabbard mounts are the early, solid nickel type. The upper mount is in excellent condition, and the lower mount has a crushed ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.
The matching center ramp is the early style with crisp rolled edges. The inside of the mount has all of the original darkening, and the mount features the three intertwined swastikas which run around both sides. This mount is secured by a single matching nickel screw.
The Type II Chain is a solid nickel example. The chain also has the darkening in the backgrounds of links, as well as good pebbled surfaces. The skulls are still in good condition, leering at the viewer, with most of their teeth still prominent. The SS runic links are in similarly good condition. These links are retained by nickel connecting tabs, all of which are in place with some solder showing in a few areas where the links perhaps came undone over time. The reverse upper first link is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen. The clover leak is the closed type, and is in good condition with a working snap clip.
The blade of this dagger is still somewhat bright, having some age in the surfaces as well as traces of usage. The SS motto is still quite crisp, with 95% of the original darkening still present in the letter backgrounds. This dagger was originally a Röhm inscription. It appears the inscription was removed at the factory as there is no real trace of it. There is some added graining whose application was well executed. The Robert Klass trademark is the small, round type that was only used on Röhm daggers. It features the name of the firm and the location, “Solingen”, in a circle. Inside of the circle we see the iconic Kissing Cranes logo. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A good, honest Chained SS Dagger here, perfect for someone who wants a piece that shows evidence of its history and with the character of period wear. This dagger is in totally untouched condition.
SSDAG #37784C Enlisted Man's Model 1933 SS Dagger with Personalized Blade – A. Schüttlehöfer
This dagger is in choice condition, and is a real keeper. The crossguards are the solid nickle silver type, and are internally marked “P.A.”. The lower guard has no district marking as Schüttlehöfer daggers were produced after the initial order. These guards are in very fine condition throughout, with smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The tang nut is also in excellent condition, showing little in the way of evidence of being removed.
The ebony grip of this dagger is a real beauty. There are no repairs to this grip, and it is of Medium Contour Construction. It shows little to no signs of usage, and fits the guards perfectly. The SS runes button is perfectly placed, with fine enamel. The runes are set at about 7 o'clock. They have a fine silvered surface, as does the double circle border of the button. The grip eagle is also a nickel type, being the style with a slightly upturned beak. The bird retains full detailing to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.
The scabbard is nice and straight throughout. The original black paint shows some age and traces of use, but it is not too bad; it rates at about 90% intact and is still quite acceptable. The scabbard mounts are of matching nickel silver. They are in fine condition through to the lower ball, which shows no hits. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered.
Gracing the scabbard is an outstanding early vertical hanger. This hanger still has fine, supple leather and is equipped with a standard style square nickel-plated buckle. The snap clip is marked “A”, “DRGM”, and “RZM M5/8” on the reverse. Both the snap clip and the buckle are in fine condition.
The blade of this dagger is as nice as you will see, bright throughout and with most of the original crossgrain. The SS motto is crisp and deep, retaining about 99% of the original factory-applied background darkening.
The reverse ricasso is interesting as it has the engraved monogram of the original owner, “J.W.”. Above the monogram is the date “1936”. Below the date and monogram is the rarely seen Schüttlehöfer trademark; a pair of crossed hobby horses, along with the firm's name and location of “Solingen-Wald”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
I don't think there is enough information to be extracted from a simple monogram to do any research on this dagger. It does, however, add a nice touch to a dagger from a very scare manufacturer, as well as affording us a date (1936) nailing down when Schüttlehöfer was involved in making this type of piece. This also nicely explains the lack of a district number on the guard, as well as the painted scabbard.
A very fine, investment quality SS Dagger here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $7,495.00
SSDAG #37838C Enlisted Man's Model 1933 SS Dagger with Ground Röhm Inscription – Böker
Examining the tang nut I can find no evidence that it has been removed in modern times. The guards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. They are the secondary style of guard used by Böker, not those that have the distinctive shape. The lower reverse guard is district marked “I”.
The grip of this dagger is of very fine ebony, with no trace of repair and remaining in totally perfect condition. It is of Medium Contour Construction. It fits the guards fairly well, with a small opening on the lower right, but contrary to popular belief these fits were not always exact, and the wood grip is susceptible to shrinkage. The SS runes button is a beauty, with perfect enamel surfaces. The runes are set to about 7 o'clock, with nice silvering throughout. The nickel grip eagle is in perfect, crisp condition, being the “High Necked” variety. The bird retains full detailing to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout the obverse. The reverse has a couple of minor traces of wear, but they do not detract from either the look or the value. This shell is extremely nice, with 100% of the original “anodized” finish, and about 50% of the applied lacquer on the obverse. The reverse retains even more of this original lacquer. It is always a pleasure to see an SS dagger with in this kind of well preserved condition. The scabbard mounts are of matching nickel and in good condition. The lower ball has a small split on the lower portion as well as the right edge, but these are have not opened and really are not that noticeable. We'd be happy to repair this flaw for the next owner. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are unturned.
There is a most unusual vertical hanger attached to this dagger. It has the usual “coffin” shape, but it is slightly wider than the norm. The lower strap and the retainer strap have much larger rivets than we normally see. There is also a large “dog leash” style snap clip; it is marked “DRGM / M5/86”, “RZM A” on the reverse. Additionally the scabbard strap is thinner than most, as is the retainer strap. There is an unusual roller buckle and a secondary area that retains the end of the strap. This is the first time I have seen this configuration; it in and of itself is quite a rarity and, in my opinion, quite desirable.
The obverse blade of the dagger is good example, showing only the most modest of age in the surfaces. It has a very deep, crisply etched SS motto. The letter backgrounds look to be nearly 100% intact and are quite dark, something we often seen on Böker daggers.
Turning the blade over is somewhat of a shock, as the grinding of the Röhm dedication was done with no fooling around! The grindstone has taken most of the inscription out, although I can still see the tops of the letter “I”, as well as the umlaut on the “O” in Röhm's name. There was no attempt to smooth out the grinding, imparting a brutal, no nonsense look which a lot of collector's like to see. This sort of thing is history speaking to you!
The trademark is the smaller type used by Böker specifically for Röhm daggers. A pair of twin ovals state the firm's name and location of “Solingen”. Inside is the stark, leafless tree. This style of trademark omits the “mausoleum” that we normally see in the standard marking. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the curvature of the guards.
A very fine Böker SS Dagger here, with a most interesting vertical hanger.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,695.00
SSDAG #37859C Enlisted Man's Model 1933 SS Dagger with Exclamation Point Motto, RZM M 7/29 – Klittermann & Moog
This K&M Exclamation Point SS Dagger has all nickel mounts throughout. The crossguards are in excellent shape, the upper guard retaining a fine, dull patina. They are in smooth, crisp condition with precise accent grooves. The tang nut is in good shape and does not appear to have ever been removed.
The obverse of the grip is in perfect condition, and is of Medium Contour Construction. The reverse of the grips has a couple of “tap-tap” marks at the left center, which may have been caused by a short hanger. I don't think it was a vertical hanger as the marks are more to the left. There is also a tiny sliver missing from the surface of the upper left corner where the grip meets the guard. The SS runes button is in good condition with fine enamel, and is placed exactly North to South. The button has some nice patination on the runes and well as the dual border circles. The nickel grip eagle is also nicely patinated. This eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward, and it retains full detailing throughout. The grip fits the guards like a glove.
The scabbard is as straight as an arrow. It has nearly 100% of the original “anodized” surfaces, as well as quite a bit of lacquer remaining on the areas protected by the in-place mounts. These mounts are of matching nickel and are in choice condition through to the lower ball. The screws are all in place and are unbuggered.
The blade of this dagger is in nice condition, with minor traces of age on the surfaces but nothing bad. The SS etch, ending in an exclamation point, is quite shallow and retains about 98% of the original background darkening. The reverse of the blade has the same traces of age in the surfaces, and a matching shade to the etch on the ricasso. It features a large, shaded double RZM circle positioned over the code “M 7/29”. We used to think this was the code for the Jacobs firm, but we have since learned this was not the case and it actually stands for Klitterman & Moog. If you are interested in these details you can look them up in my SS Book on pages 684 and 685. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A fine example here of an exclamation point motto SS Dagger; these are very difficult to find and are very desirable.
SSDAG #37593C Himmler Inscription SS Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
This dagger does not look to have been apart, so i will respect that status and leave it alone. The dagger looks like it may have been cleaned about 10 or so years ago and is now developing a good natural dull patina. The guards appear to be the "H.E" marked type, being the cross guards that were made in-house by this prestigious firm. The tang nut and guards all have great smooth surfaces with good crisp edges; most of these Himmler pieces were not worn much, as they were honor daggers and their recipients already had their standard daggers to wear. So, many times they are well-preserved like this one. The accent grooves are deep, being the hand-cut types we see on these daggers. As is sometimes the case with Himmler daggers, the underside of the lower cross guard is not stamped with an inspection number; nothing to worry about here as I have seen this several times in the past.
The ebony grip is a real beauty with absolutely no wear signs, and fine medium contour construction. In the case of this grip, all of the corners fit the guards like a rubber glove. Eickhorn is not known for great fitting grips, so it is nice to see one like this. The runes button is set straight being positioned from north-to-south. There is a slight amount of copper color that shows through the silvering of the SS runes, and the double circular lines surround it. The grip eagle is the "High Necked" variety. All of the bird's details are there with maybe the slightest wear to the breast feathering, but it is still very visible, as are the wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A very choice ebony grip here.
The scabbard is straight as an arrow. It has 100% of the anodizing remaining on the surface and a goodly amount of factory lacquer. The lacquer shows some mild wear throughout the surfaces, but the remaining lacquer still is hanging in there at about 50%, with more on the obverse than reverse. The scabbard mounts have a fine matching patina and are in excellent shape. There is a slight hit to the very bottom of the ball, but it is nothing. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.
There is a fine early short hanger in place. The hanger has solid nickel mounts, with the snap clip being marked, "DRGM" and "A". Usually Himmlers' have an unmarked snap clip, but nothing wrong with this one. The leather of the hanger is still supple and in good condition. The little retainer loop, however, has gone to time.
And now for the astounding blade! It is a bright example having the usual slight in-and-out runner marks, but the crossgrain is all still there. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is a beauty being crisp and deep, and easily having 100% of the background darkening in the letter fonts.This blade is in mint condition. The reverse is the same, having a sensational inscription being in Himmler's handwriting, and exactly matching the depth and dark background tones of the obverse SS motto, "In herzlicher Kameradschaft H. Himmler". The trademark is the small double oval which contains the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". The appealing squirrel is positioned to the viewer's left, holding a nut in his paws. He has the serrated tail format. The details to the squirrel are all there including the eye, which is sometimes missing. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contours.
A great-conditioned Himmler here, not being (obviously) brand-new, but having very exciting condition with just enough wear to give the next owner a true feel for the period and this very exciting history these daggers represent. In my opinion, without a Himmler dagger, no SS collection is complete, nor is it as exciting as you want it to be. This dagger will not last long, so if you have been considering one for your collection, I would not delay another minute.
Mint Minus. $16,995.00(#110615)
SSDAG #37629 Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger – Rich. Abr. Herder
Studying the tang nut it does not appear to have been loosened in modern time. The guards have very fine smooth surfaces, with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is district marked with the Roman numeral “I”.
The grip is a typical Herder example, thinner than those offered by other makers and with the grip eagle placed much lower than we normally see. This grip is in perfect condition throughout with no repairs, and fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is turned to about 7 o'clock. Studying this button it appears that most of the original enamel as been lost to time. The button, however, has excellent silver runes and dual border circles. The grip eagle is of solid nickel. It retains good detail to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is nice and straight. The anodized finish appears to be intact, but there is some age even spread across the surface. The scabbard mounts exactly match the uncleaned patina of the hilt. They are in excellent condition through to the lower ball. It appears this ball may have a slight hit on the left side, but I see no denting or problems. The original nickel screws are all in place and appear unturned.
There is a vertical hanger which appears original to the piece. This hanger has the standard coffin-shaped backing. The leather shows signs of age and use but it is still supple throughout, to include the scabbard strap and well has the strap with the hasp and buckle. The buckle strap shows some wear to the black surface coloring, and has tones on brown in some areas. The square nickel-plated buckle has rusted surfaces where the plating has worn away over the years. Despite this it is a good hanger with a matching, deeply patinated nickel snap clip. This clip is marked “A” and “DRGM” on the reverse.
The blade of this dagger has certainly been well protected over the years; it remains in a mirror-bright state with a needle tip and all of the original crossgrain. This blade, other than the usual runner marks, rates in Mint condition. The SS motto is deep and crisp, with 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the a set of double ovals that contain the name and location of the maker, “Rich. Abr. Herder Solingen”. In the center of the logo is the diamond logo of this firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A nice early SS EM Dagger here, which I believe has not yet been in a collection; this dagger comes to you via a friend of mine in Florida who purchased it from a veteran source.
Excellent Plus. $4,195.00(#110615)
SSDAG #37599 Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger, SS 120/34 RZM
This early 123/34 SS Dagger is in nice condition throughout. The crossguards and tang nut are of solid nickel and in excellent condition. The tang nut has no wrench burring and remains quite crisp. The crossguards have nice, smooth surfaces, with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is district stamped with a Roman numeral “I”.
The fine ebony grip fits the guards perfectly. It is of Smooth Contour construction, with no repairs and remaining in perfect condition. The SS runes button is turned to about 7 o'clock and has perfect enamel throughout. The SS runes and silver borders present themselves well. The matching nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is one of the types we identify as coming from the Pack concern. It has the smaller upper mount and a lower mount with a more shallow upper lip than we see from other producers. These mounts are in perfect condition to include the lower ball. The upper mount has the mounting screws placed quite low and not exactly parallel, another design quirk we see on this style of scabbard. The shell itself is in very nice condition and appears to have 100% of the original anodized finish. The original lacquer coating is still evident between the leather straps of the vertical hanger as well as spread through the surfaces. A very nice shell here.
As I mentioned above this dagger is equipped with the original vertical hanger. It is the early style with the coffin-shaped backing. Unfortunately the two straps which retain the scabbard shell and the closing strap with the buckle and hasp were bad on this hanger so we replaced them. The replacements are very good looking and almost exactly match the original straps. The upper snap clip is a nickel-plated type stamped “A” and “DRGM” on the reverse.
The blade of this dagger remains nice and bright, showing only the normal runner marks. It is in near Mint condition with a needle-like tip. The SS motto is crisp and has at least 98% of the original background darkening. The reverse ricasso is marked with the special 120/34 code which is upside down from what we normally would expect; it is read towards the blade rather than towards the hilt like most codes. Above the marking is a set of SS runes within double circles and below is a RZM marking in a similar set of circles. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A very nice SS EM Dagger here.
Excellent Plus. $3,995.00
SSDAG #37594C Late Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger, RZM 1198/39 SS
The crossguards are the nickel-plated type. The surfaces show a few scratches and a couple of minor dings, but the plating has weathered the rough treatment and is all remaining in place. The tang nut is the steel base type, and although there are some circles around it in the cross guard metal below, the nut itself, does not appear to have been out.
The ebony grip is the smooth contour type. This grip has some bumps on the surfaces here and there, but it too, has held up well and there are no flaws or repairs. Also, this grip fits the cross guards like a rubber glove. The runes button is slightly turned to about 7 o'clock. The silvering is still there to the SS runes as well as to the two surrounding circles. The button enamel must have taken a hit somewhere in time, as this enamel is missing to the left of the leftrune; you have to look close to see it, though. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak looking upward slightly. The bird and swastika retain good detail throughout.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent period black paint, and aside from a few carrying signs, this paint is all there and still has good sheen to it. The nickel plated scabbard mounts are in good condition showing a little minor age, but not bad at all. The lower ball is still in never-dropped condition.
The original-to-the-piece hanger is of the same period as the dagger. Apparently the hanger got wet somewhere along the line, so there are shrinkage signs particularly to the lower scabbard loop and also the retaining strap; you would not want to try and take this hanger off the dagger, as I am sure the leather would break. Best to leave it alone. It is interesting to look at the area of upper scabbard mount which is behind the hanger, as there is a lot of telltale rust back there; a sure sign of water on this leather at one time, but also proof that the hanger is right, and original to this dagger. The snap clip is the plated type, marked, "RZM M 5/71" and "OLC".
The blade makes up a lot for any of the detrimental characteristics of the dagger. This blade remains nice and bright and still has most of the cross grain. The motto is crisp and deep, retaining 100% of the darkening behind the letters. In fact the obverse is nearly in full Mint condition. The reverse is also very fine, having a couple of minor age or rust spots on the left edge ricasso and also a little where the shoulders meet the lower cross guard. This blade fits perfectly, exactly meeting the lower cross guard contour. A pretty good SS dagger here, with the original hanger and priced reasonably.
SSDAG #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 #37350 Early Model 1933 SS Dagger with Serial Number and Name – Böker
This very interesting dagger has the serial number of the original, “10593”, owner deeply carved into the upper guard. The lower reverse guard bears the owner's name stamped into the center area by means of individual stamps. It reads “Stadt”. I took the liberty of looking up the number, but unfortunately Herr Stadt was apparently not an officer as his number does not appear in the Dienstalterliste. This could be an interesting project to assign to the professional SS researcher Ross Kelbaugh, as he has become quite proficient at finding records for SS NCO's. This type of information, to me, makes for a very exciting challenge.
The grip is a fine example, with smooth contours and showing very little usage. There is a small “tap” on the ridge area below the nickel eagle, but beyond this the grip is completely chip-free and in really nice condition. This grip perfectly fits the crossguards. The SS Runes button is the type that is slightly convex. It has good silvered runes with matching double circles. The enamel is still perfect. The grip eagle is a nickel example, being the style with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird shows some minor wear, but the details are still mostly intact. The wings and wreath are very crisp, though. An interesting hilt here!
The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout. This shell has a period black paint job which is still quite bright, the only flaws being some cracking that runs through the paint and just a tiny piece that has released from the reverse. It is otherwise nearly perfect. This cracking indicates to me that this scabbard was originally dipped when the painting was done during the period. It still looks great.
The scabbard mounts have a matching patination and are in excellent condition. The lower ball has a couple of minor taps but no problems with splitting or other flaws. The mounts are retained by nickel screws which are all there and unbuggered.
Attached to the carrying ring is a fine early SS short hanger which appears original to this piece. This hanger has good black leather which is still supple and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is the early nickel style, the clip being the “snout-nosed” type which has a rivet that retains the internal spring.
The blade is still mostly bright, having some minor age in the finish; not bad, and still grading excellent. The needle tip is still there, and you can still pick up some of the original graining if you look closely. The SS motto is deep and crisp as Böker examples usually are. The blackening in the letter backgrounds looks to be about 98% intact.
The reverse ricasso features the “mausoleum” style Böker trademark, complete with the leafless tree along with the firm's name and location of “Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly find the lower crossguard contour.
A very nice SS example here is you would like to try researching this SS NCO. A fine, untouched dagger which should bring much pleasure for many years.
Excellent Plus. $3,995.00 (#062115)
SSDAG #37217 Late SS Model 1936 Chained Dagger
The crossguards are the late variety having a zinc base. The nickel-plated surfaces, although still smooth, have thinned over the years and are slightly dull in color; this is something you don't want to clean, as the remaining plating could easily be rubbed off. They are still very presentable. The tang nut is a nickel-plated steel example still in choice condition.
The ebony grip is a beauty having fine Medium Contour construction and a perfect original shape. This grip shows little to no wear whatsoever. The runes button is a gem, being positioned straight up and down and having perfect black enamel background. The SS runes have a fine silver finish, with matching double-circled borders. The aluminum grip eagle is an excellent example being the "High Necked" variety, and retains full detail to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. This grip fits the cross guards like a rubber glove.
The scabbard shell is a dandy, being straight as an arrow on both sides. It has a great anodized surface that remains in 100% condition; it really looks impressive, having a factory new look. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated type. They have a steel base and remain completely bright throughout - nice. The lower ball shows some minor usage, but no dings. The original screws are all in place and are unturned. The center ramp has the rolled edges, typical of the later types. They present three intertwined swastikas on each side. They have mild pebbled backgrounds, but no factory blackening as usually the Type I chains did not employ this touch. This ramp is retained by one side screw. Many times we see two screws with anodized scabbards, but not always. The Type I chain has fine plating throughout the steel-based links. The clover leaf Wotan's Knot and snap clip show a little "freckling" in the finish, but it is not bad. The "DRGM" markings on the clip surface are visible through the open-style cloverleaf mount. The links, with their alternating skull and bones, and SS runics are in choice condition, being very crisp strikes and showing the leering skull, with the teeth and other features just the way we like to see them. The connecting tabs on these Type I chains are stronger material than the Type II, so they are all in fine condition.
It is interesting to note that there is a slight taper to the two tabs that connect the clover leaf. Usually these are straight on Type I chains. This would indicate a smaller producer than most, as we do not usually see this feature. Another example of us "know-it-all's" not being able to ever say something has to "always" be a certain way; I love stuff like this, as it shows there is always more to learn in this hobby. A very fine scabbard and chain here.
The unmarked blade is as nice as we ever see; it is pristine. This blade has full crossgrain and has maintained its factory mirror finish. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is most impressive having a good deep and crisp etch, with easily 100% of the factory background still being in all of the letter fontsl Other than the usual runner marks, this blade is in stone mint condition. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contours.
A fine dagger here, despite its late production. To me, it appears as though it may have been one of the last Chained-SS daggers manufactured, but despite this, there is no lack of workmanship or craftsmanship. A nice example here, reasonably priced.
Excellent Plus. $6,995.00
SSDAG #19807 Model 1936 SS Officer Dagger with Period Custom-Made Chain Assembly and Ramp, RZM M 7/81 & RZM 741/39 SS
This dagger is an unusual original and is for the student of the hobby who thoroughly understands the variants that were produced after the war caused demands on production. It is my belief that the chain assembly and scabbard ramp were produced by a local machinist after the original wearer qualified for a Chained example and was unable to secure an example from SS channels or blade factory due to war demands.
The dagger is a late example produced in 1939 and no doubt was originally supplied with a standard scabbard. As we know, SS men were qualified to wear the Chained Scabbard after two years of honorable service; many elected to keep their original RZM dagger and simply order the chained scabbard version.
The dagger has excellent nickel-plated cross guards, still retaining 100% of their plating and showing only modest age. The matching, nickel-plated tang nut is in good condition. The ebony grip is a fine, RZM type, having sharp contour ridges. The grip is in perfect condition with no repairs. The SS runes button is nicely-placed, having perfect enamel and double circles around the matching runes button. The grip eagle is the aluminum type, having "high-necked" style eagle. All details are visible to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. The grip nicely fits the cross guards.
Wrapped about the grip is what appears to be the original-to-the-piece aluminum bullion portepee. The portepee is looped about the upper grip and double looped around the lower portion. There is no fray, with only minor age to this knot.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has a fine anodized finish. Most of the original protective lacquer remains, however, there are some wear-thru areas in the finish, which give greatcharacter to the piece. The upper and lower scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated variety. They both are in good condition, although the lower ball has a small seam split at the bottom, but no denting. These ramps are retained by dome head screws. The center ramp and chain assembly have been hand-made. The matching nickel-plated ramp has smooth surfaces throughout. The edges have had decorative engraved lines cut in on both sides. The obverse center ramp is engraved with a diamond, having a pebble pattern design punched into the middle area. The ramp has no securing hardware, so it must have been installed on the scabbard hot. When the metal cooled, it contracts and secures the ramp tightly to the scabbard shell.
The chain assembly is also hand-made. It consists of the standard number of chain links, having alternating skull and bones, and SS runes. The links are thicker than the norm. Each link is composed of a rectangular frame with crimped corners with border line engraved within the borders. Inside are engraved skull and bones and SS runes respectively. The engraved skulls and runes have smooth areas inside the border lines. The details of the skulls, to include the eyes, nose, teeth, and bones have been done with a center punch - somewhat crude, but this was what the craftsman had available - he was master machinist, but not a jeweler-engraver. The connector tabs are also beautifully made to resemble the Type II variety, but like the links, they are much thicker and substantial. The clover leaf is also representative of master craftsmanship, having the Wotan knot configuration running under each other - nice. The snap clip behind is cut-down from a original hardware and beautifully installed to last forever. Naturally, there is no SS Kulturzeichen marking on the reverse chain link as this example was hardly subject to inspection. If you like to study expert metalwork and craftsmanship, this piece will keep you busy with admiration for a long time. Great stuff here, especially if you understand what you are looking at.
The blade is a choice example having bright finish and 100% of the factory grain. The SS motto is deep and crisp having outstanding frosted backgrounds that appear to be 100%. Other than normal runner markings, this blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is dark-etched with a large shaded double RZM circle, placed over the political code of the Mack & Eickelnberg, "RZM M 7/81" and beneath the SS contract code of this firm, "RZM 1241/39 SS". The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower cross guard contour.
This is a rare opportunity to pick up something very interesting and absolutely period - a great piece for the "thinking man-collector" out there. I am aware of an example identical to this one in an advanced collection in France. Apparently, our craftsman here made a few of these to satisfy frustrated SS Officers out there unable to obtain the official Chained Model. It is also possible that this craftsman could have been set up at the Dachau forge, as a lot of custom work was done there for SS personnel desiring special swords. There is no reason why they could not have done this work also.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,995.00
SSDAG #36420C Early Model 1933 Enlisted Man's Dagger – E. P. & S.
This Pack Dagger is in nice condition overall, not appearing to have been cleaned in many years, if ever. The nickel tang nut nicely matches the nickel crossguard mounts. These guards have a dull patination throughout. The mounts have good, smooth surfaces, precise accent grooves and crisp edges. The lower reverse guard is district marked with a Roman numeral, “I”; the hit of the numeral was slightly off-center, so only half of the “I” is visible.
The grip of this example is constructed of fine ebony. There are no repairs to this grip. It is in good condition throughout, showing only some minor wearing signs in the form of a little “tap-tap” to the left of the grip eagle, but is otherwise nice and clean. There is a tiny sliver that has lifted on the obverse left edge, where the grip meets the guard. Looking closely I noticed a tiny piece that may have been loose and put back in, just below the SS runes button, but it is nothing. The runes button has perfect enamel, with double-ringed borders which match the silvering of the runes. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak which points slightly upwards. This eagle shows some wear to the to the surfaces of his head, breast feathering, and talons. Some of the detail is still there, though; the wings, wreath, and mobile swastika are still in excellent shape. This grip perfectly fits the crossguards.
The scabbard is a very fine, straight example. It has an excellent anodized finish. The anodizing appears to all be there, and there are also some traces of original lacquer. There is a little bit of age of the surfaces, but this appears to be dulling of the lacquer, and should not effect the anodized finish below. The scabbard mounts are the typical Pack variety. They are in excellent condition throughout, to include the lower ball. The lower mount has the distinctive edge rim we normally associate with E. Pack. The upper mount is also typical, as the screws holding the throat are not quite parallel, as well as being placed slightly lower than we see from other manufacturers. You can see this screw placement anomaly on the piece I show on page 197 of my SS Book.
The blade of this example is nice and bright, having normal runner marks. All of the cross-grain appears to be intact throughout. This blade is in near Full Mint condition. The SS motto is deep and crisp, and looks to have about 98% of the original background darkening in the letters of the motto. The reverse of the blade has a matching-etched trademark, depicted the hammering Siegfried logo of the Pack firm. Above and below this logo can be seen, “E.P.&S.” and “Solingen” respectively. This trademark is identical to the example I show on page 18 of my SS Book. The blade shoulders perfect meet the contour of the lower crossguard.
E.P. & S. SS Daggers are not encountered very frequently, and as such they are a key piece if you are collecting SS types, as well as daggers in general.
Excellent Plus. $4,495.00
SSDAG #36418C Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger with Tiger-stripe Grip – Robert Klass
This early dagger is equipped with nickel crossguards and tang nut. These guards are in good shape. Appearing to have nickel-plating over the nickel base metal; we do see this type of plating done occasionally during the period. Often chrome was even used, as the new metal was just coming in play, but as mentioned above these particular mounts are nickel over nickel. The guards are still in good condition, showing an average amount of wear from use. The lower reverse guard is stamped with the district Roman numeral, “III”.
The most interesting part about this dagger is the grip. Although it is constructed from a fine ebony, it has a distinctive tiger-stripe that runs slightly downward on the horizontal, through both the obverse and reverse facings of the grip. The stripe itself is very subtle, but is easily picked up upon closer inspection of the grip. It is very rare to see tiger-stripes in the grains of ebony wood; I believe this is only the second example of this type I've ever seen. This grip shows no repairs, and fits the crossguards like a glove. There are some indications of wear on this grip, with a crack that may have once been a chip that was put back into place on the right upper portion, as well as a small gouge to the right of the grip eagle. In additional there is a minor lift in the wood to the left upper obverse, and a few minor cracks on the upper reverse. The runes button is placed fairly high on the grip. It displays good enamel, and the silvering to the runes and double-circled borders nicely match. The button is rotated to about 7 o'clock. The grip eagle is the early, “High Necked” variety. All the details are visible throughout the bird's feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. An interesting grip here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has old black paint, which was mostly likely applied over the original anodized finish when it became too worn. On the obverse facing this paint remains in near perfect condition, bring quite bright. The reverse has some cracks and a couple of chips, but they aren't really bad and don't detract from the piece. The scabbard mounts perfectly match the crossguards, as they too were nickel plated over a nickel base. These mounts are in good shape, with a little bit of use visible on the lower mount. The lower ball, however, is still sound. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws.
The blade of this example is still in fairly nice condition, with just the slightest amount of gray in the surfaces. I don't see much cross-grain in it, but the blade still grades at Excellent. The motto shows some wear to the center letters, but overall it has about 85 to 90% of the original darkening intact. The reverse ricasso of the blade is matching-etched with the circular design formed by the firm's name and location, “Robert Klass/Solingen”. In the center is a pair of stylized kissing cranes. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
An interesting dagger here, for those who like something of of the ordinary, and a great addition to an SS collection. Tiger-stripe grips are very rarely seen.
SSDAG #36421C Model 1933 SS EM/Possible Ground Röhm Dagger with Serial Number – Rich. Abr. Herder
This early SS Dagger does not appear to ever have been cleaned, nor has it been apart in modern times. The all-nickel mounts have a very dull patina throughout. The crossguards have crisp edges, precise accent grooves, and fine, smooth surfaces. There are minor signs of green growth apparently on the areas of the guard that meet the ebony grip. The lower guard has a Roman numeral “I” district stamping in the center.
It is interesting to note that the original owner also stamped his serial number on the guard, “14340”. The “3” is stamped just to the right of the district marking. The original stamper also stamped a “3” on the reverse of the grip, directly across from the “3” on the guard. I believe what happened was that the stamper did not know how to deal with the Roman numeral “I” district number, and therefore thought he would put the “3” above it. Apparently he changed his mind! A most interesting (and very human) quirk here, which could have easily happened and explains the presence of the “3” in the grip. I looked up this serial number, and unfortunately it is not on the SS Officer rank list so we can conclude this dagger was the property of an NCO.
The grip is in fairly good condition, have no repairs. It does some some signs of use on the reverse and obverse. There is hit to the center ridge of the grip, just above the grip eagle. The grip fits the crossguards like a glove. The SS runes button is perfectly placed, being positioned at about 7 o'clock. This button has perfect enamel surfaces, with a nicely toned runes that match the dual circles that run around the circumference of the emblem. The grip eagle is the “High Necked” variety, and shows only minor surface wear. Full detail is visible throughout the feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika of this bird. Attached to the upper portion of the grip is a black retainer loop with a working snap. This retainer is in turn attached to a fine black leather belt loop with a nickel-plated “D” ring.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It has fairly good anodized finish on the obverse, which is at 100% and shows only minor age. The reverse also displays good anodizing, but there is also quite a bit of visible age marking spread throughout the surface. The scabbard mounts have patinated to exactly match the dull color of the nickel guards above. These mounts are in excellent condition; the lower ball shows only a minor tap, but it is not bad. The mounts are retained by four unbuggered nickel screws.
Attached to the carrying ring is the original-to-the-piece short hanger. This hanger as good black leather, but the retainer loop has gone to time. The hardware throughout this hanger is all nickel, and the snap-clip is the unmarked variety.
The obverse facing of the blade is a real beauty, still having most of the cross-grain and excellent, bright surfaces. The SS motto is deep and crisp, with 100% of the darkening present in the backgrounds of the lettering. The reverse of the blade, for some reason, has some scratching on the surfaces. There is also a slight waver visible in the center line. I would conclude that this dagger may have been a full Röhm which had the inscription removed at the factory. This would be the only way to explain the grain running vertically instead of horizontally, as well as the waver at the point where this signature would have been present. The trademark is all there. It is the double oval type, which contains the firm's name and location, “Rich. Abr. Herder/Solingen”. Inside can be seen the Herder diamond logo. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A very nice SS example here, with real character.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,295.00
SSDAG #36435C Model 1933 EM Ground Röhm Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
This early SS Dagger has traditional Eickhorn crossguards. These guards do not to have been cleaned in some time. They are the “H.E” variety, internally marked, with smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and the deep, hand-cut accent grooves typical of Carl Eickhorn. Th reverse of the lower crossguard is district marked with a “I” Roman numeral. The lower section of the bottom guard also has the Eickhorn inspector's number, “5”, stamped in.
This grip had some significant signs of wear on the surfaces, with a couple of poorly done repairs. We were able to recondition the grip quite nicely, however, and now it is in excellent shape. The SS runes button also shows some wear to the enamel, but it looks fairly good, with the silver SS runes nicely matching the double-circled border of the button. The grip eagle is the early nickel type, of the “High Necked” variety. All the details are visible throughout the bird's feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, with an excellent, nearly 100% anodized finish. It shows only the slightest of wear. The mounts are in good condition, with the lower ball having just a couple of minor taps at the bottom area only. These mounts are retained by original nickel screws, each in place and unbuggered.
The blade of the dagger shows some overall wear, with some “in-and-out” markings here and there. It is slightly gray, but still in good condition. The SS motto remains deep and crisp, having about 95% of the factory darkening intact the recesses of the lettering. The reverse blade has had the full Röhm inscription ground from the surfaces. The grinder installed a graining that runs vertically as opposed to horizontally, and there is some minor wavering evident in the center line. Overall, though, not a bad job. The original Eickhorn trademark survived the procedure, and is at 90% intact. The mark is the double oval style, with the firm's name and location, as well as a smooth-tailed squirrel holding a nut in his paws. The grinding has come into the trademark just slightly, taking out the “ch” in Eickhorn as well as the backside of the seated squirrel. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
Not a bad SS Dagger here; a good starter example or perhaps for someone on a budget.
SSDAG #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 #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 #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 #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 #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.