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 #37215C Mid-period Model 1936 Chained SS Officer's Dagger
This fabulous Chained-SS Officer dagger is probably the best-conditioned, mid-period example I have ever handled. Robbie and I went to Philadelphia and picked it up directly from the son of the veteran that brought it home. The son stated that the dagger has been safely stored all of these years until last week, when the family decided it was time to sell. I don't know where the piece was stored, but it is a certainty that this dagger has not seen the light of day since the war; we're looking at a superb state of preservation here and a very, very striking dagger.
The original owner could not have worn it much, if at all, as the only sign of wear on the whole piece is a couple of minor touches on the reverse grip. These were undoubtedly caused by the chain being wrapped about the dagger, probably after its liberation. To make this great edged weapon even more rewarding, the son had a picture of his father, a combat engineer, actually "wearing" the dagger. We have included a copy of the old photo. The veteran is shown wearing his "souvenirs": a top hat, a dressy walking cane, a pistol in a white cloth holster rigging, and best of all there is this terrific Chained-SS dagger attached to the left side of his belt. The man next to him must be a local German, perhaps e a butcher or shop keeper. On the reverse is written by the vet, "Bod Cubling 1944 or 1945". I can't find the town the way it is spelled on the photo, but maybe one of you computer savvy types can figure out the proper spelling of the place. The consignor also has provided us with photographic proof of the 'bring-back' paper itself. Unfortunately, I do not believe that he wants to part with this original document, but the photo is just as good. In line #3 the items brought back are referred to as 'Shoulder Pads', which are of course shoulder boards. Listed next are two bayonets and finally "German Dagger". A nice piece of documentation to further the magnitude of this piece.
The dagger is of mid-period vintage and shows a few transitional factors. The cross guards are of solid nickel silver, both being in pristine condition. The tang nut is a nickel-plated steel example not only in new condition, but absolutely has never been turned. This dagger has never been apart! The grip is a fine ebony wood, the obverse being in perfect condition. The reverse has one tiny indentation in the center ridge, which as I mentioned above, was caused by the chain storage, maybe during the shipment home. The SS runes button is perfectly installed from north to south. The enamel is flawless, having a fine toned silver set of runes with matching double circles around it. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak that points upward slightly. This eagle shows no wear whatsoever, and is as new. It is interesting to note that the obverse and reverse upper and lower edges of the grip are slightly higher than the cross guards. Usually when we see this, there will be chips in the wood, but not on this dagger; it is still perfect! The grip fits the guards like a rubber glove. A really great hilt here!
The scabbard shell is totally straight on the obverse - perfect. The reverse has a couple of the tinest signs of touching something, but they are minor. This choice scabbard shell has 110% of its original anodized finish - incredible. The original factory lacquer is at least 98% - hard to believe, but true. The scabbard mounts are nickel-plated steel examples. They too, show no usage, retaining the bright factory finish of something made yesterday. There is a tiny pimple on one side of the lower ball, but it is nothing. There mounts are retained by dome head steel screws. They have never been turned and even retain all of their nickel finish on the heads - a real time machine here! The center ramp has the later rolled-style edges and displays the three intertwined swastikas on each side. The ramp background areas have nice stippling and retain 99% of the original factory darkening. As we usually see on anodized scabbards, the center mount is retained by two screws, one on each edge. These screws are the matching, full-plate dome head style.
The Type II chain is really something to write home about. It is the steel based-type, retaining 100% of the nickel plated finish. The SS rune links as well as the skull and bones links are completely factory fresh. The teeth of all three of the skull links just jump-put at the viewer. These links also have stippled backgrounds with all of the darkening intact. The connecting tabs are the nickel type. One tab was missing, which we restored. These tabs are all nicely closed on the reverse. The Wotan's Knot clover leaf and snap clip are in fine matching condition. The clip spring was missing, which we also restored. The reverse of the links have all patinated to a desirable black, indicating they have a fine silvered finish. The reverse of the first link on the top chain assembly is properly SS proofed with the SS-Kulturzeichen stamping. A remarkably preserved chain assembly.
Well, I guess if you have taken the time to read this verbose description, you're probably wondering when I'm going to get to the blade... That would be now. Is it as nice as the rest of the dagger? Yes, yes, yes it is! The unmarked blade is in stone mint condition. We have a real beauty here, having 100% full grain, mirror-bright finish and crisp SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue". And, yes, all of the darkening remains in the backgrounds of the letter fonts. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contours.
If you are the ultimate picky person and have been looking for a long time for the best of the best, you have found it here. A wonderful dagger representing a vet pick-up and the best condition we have seen. The original owner must have only worn this piece to a single Party meeting as it does not appear to have even suffered the rigors of a single parade. This dagger is identical to the example I show in color in my SS Book, "Exploring the Daggers and Swords of the German-SS", on Page 156. A great opportunity here for the right person; not cheap, but quality never is.
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 #37100 Late Model 1936 Chained SS Officer's Dagger
This Chained SS Officer's Dagger has about the nicest outside that you will see. The blade shows some minor usage, but we'll get to that further down in the description. The hilt mounts are all nickel-plated, and the plating is still all there remaining nice and bright. There is some minor age where the guards meet the grip but no lifting. The tang nut is matching, being apart a couple of times only.
The ebony grip is a fine example having no repairs. The SS runes button has perfect-conditioned enamel with a slight coppery look to the runes and surrounding border circles. When we purchased the dagger, there was no eagle in the grip, so we installed an aluminum example as this would have been the type used, judging from the vintage of the parts. The eagle is the "high-necked' variety, showing some minor wear to the head and breast feathering, but all detail remains to the wings, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The grip overall is in perfect condition and fits the guards like a glove.
There is an interesting original portepee that was on the grip. It is tied in a somewhat "Army" style, similar to the SS regulation tie for the daggers carried by the Waffen-SS. (See page 623 in my SS book for "tie" regulation for the SS portepee.) One side of the knot that wraps around the cross guard/quillon has been period tacked with thread to keep it in place and the other side still has the old thread traces where this was also done, but has subsequently has given out. This style of "tie" was not normally able to keep in place given the short length of the political dagger quillon arms. As a result, we do see various methods used to keep the portepee in place when it is worn with the crossed-over method that was per regulations. Generally, though, most SS portepees, are found from veteran "bring-backs" to be looped about the grip only; we can assume that most SS personnel could not be bothered with a knot that was always coming loose or completely off, so they employed their own method. A fine, interesting hilt here.
The scabbard is about the best you will see. The shell is as straight as an arrow and has just outstanding 100% anodized, intact finish - beautiful! The nickel-over-steel mounts are in perfect condition and retain 100% of their original finish and brightness. The upper mounts have the flared ends that we see on later style parts. The mounts are retained by the original never-turned dome head screws. These screws also possess their original plating - nice. The center ramp is the later style having the smooth turned edges. The mount depicts the three intertwined swastikas on each side. The center ramp also has the two-screw retainer we often see an anodized scabbards.
The Type 2 Chain is a real killer, being nickel-plate over a steel base. There is no rust or lifting on this great chain. The links are all impressive strikes with their alternating skull and bones, and the SS runic symbols. All links reflect crisp detail, especially the glaring teeth of the skulls. The original background over the pebbled surfaces is also all in place. The line-decorated connecting tabs are also in choice condition throughout with no open joints on the reverse. The clover leaf, with its fine Wotan's knot design, also remains crisp with all plating. The reverse of the first upper link is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen marking. Attached to the clover leaf snap clip is a fine-conditioned black leather belt loop with "D: ring. This dagger, scabbard and chain assembly look the same as the example I show in color in my SS Book on Page 156.
The unmarked blade is bright throughout. It shows some mild in and usage and a couple of extremely minor signs of age. A close look will reveal some cross grain still in place. The motto is the typical type we see on these daggers, being crisp and having about 90% of the original factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. This blade grades at about excellent plus condition. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A very fine example here that will make you smile for many years with this one hanging on your collecting wall. A real looker!
Near Mint. $7,495.00
SSDAG #37102 Early Model 1933 SS EM Dagger with Unusual Hanger
This great untouched SS dagger was the first piece I bought when I ventured out from my table at the recent SOS Show. I saw another dealer/collector eyeing it up and I kept hoping he would put it down. He kept looking, though, driving me out of my mind. The God of SS daggers must have been looking out for me, because finally the guy put the dagger down on the table. I thankfully caught it before it touched the table cloth and immediately began to enjoy the great merits of this piece.
The nickel mounts have never been cleaned and are all a matching dull yellow color, just the I (and hopefully you) like them. Examining the tang nut, I do not believe this dagger has ever been apart; it is fresh out of the woodwork. The guards are entirely smooth with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse cross guard is district-marked, "III".
The ebony grip is in great condition with no repairs and showing only modest usage signs. It has medium contour construction and adequately fits the guards. There are a couple of flecks of wood surface just at the very edge where the grip meets the guards at the top mount on both sides. But we see this a lot, and, as far as I am concerned, it is a natural process that occurs when the piece is worn. Unless the ebony is perfectly flush with the guards this wear is simply unavoidable, so therefore it is not so much a flaw as a testament to the life of a piece that began over 70 years ago. The SS runes button is set perfectly straight. The runes are a toned silver with matching double circles around them. The black enamel surface of the button is pristine. The matching nickel eagle is the style with head having a point at the rear. Full detail remains to the bird's head, wing and breast feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. This bird is one of the examples that is set perfectly into the wood with no edges showing or split, and looks great.
The scabbard shell is totally straight on the obverse, having a couple of extremely minor wearing signs on the reverse, but not dings. The scabbard shell still retains 100% of the anodized finish. Additionally, there is about 30% of the original protective lacquer still on the obverse and only minor traces on the reverse. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition. The lower ball does have a small ding in the center area, but it does not show from the front. The upper mount still has lots of desirable green residue on the surfaces that are covered by the original-to-the-piece vertical hanger.
This vertical is one of the early pre-RZM custom-made types, being produced locally, prior to the standardization after 1934 or 1935. This vertical has a built-in belt loop at the top and then flairs outward when it reaches the upper scabbard starting point. The shape then straightens and is squared at the bottom. The lower area has a closed retainer strap that affixes beneath the scabbard lower point. Above, is a leather strap with nickel belt buckle and hasp that secure the dagger, All leather parts are in outstanding condition showing only nominal age, but no disintegration evidence anywhere.
The blade completes the show of this dagger just the way you want it to. It is a beauty, remaining in bright condition and still retaining all of the crossgrain. Other than the standard in-and-out runner markings, this blade is in mint condition. The SS motto is perfectly deep-etched and has 100% of the factory darkening in the letter font. The reverse ricasso has the double-oval trademark of this producer. Inside, is the firm's name and location, "Gottlieb Hammesfahr, Solingen-Foche". In the center, is the pyramid design having the "+" sign on one side of the figure. The blade shoulders could not fit the lower crossguard any tighter.
A very fine, untouched SS Dagger here. I you are looking or a piece that has never been in a collection, never has been cleaned, and never has been oogled over (other than by me), this is a dagger for you. A wonderful piece here.
Near Mint. $4,495.00
SSDAG #36887 Early Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man's Dagger, 121-34
This SS Dagger is an early example of finest quality, and in unbelievable condition. All of the mounts are of fine nickel silver. The crossguards are in perfect condition, having nice yellow tones and smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent marks. There is no district marking on the lower mount; this indicates that this dagger was made right after the first distribution. The tang nut also nicely matches the guards, and looks to have been out only once.
The grip is of fine ebony, with a nice vertical grain to the wood. The grain is there if you look hard, running throughout the wood. This grip shows no sign of repairs, and other than some indicates of very light usage remains in perfect condition. It fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is places at about 7:30 o'clock. It has perfect enamel, with fine silver runes and a single matching silver border. The nickel grip eagle is the style the a point behind the head. This bird still has detail remaining to the head and breast feathering, and is crisp throughout the wings, wreath, and mobile swastika.
The scabbard is absolutely the best you will see. The shell is choice, straight condition. It has a very tiny “BB” ding at the lower obverse, but it is miniscule. The anodizing is absolutely 100% intact, and the original factory lacquer is at least 98% intact. It is very rare to see an early scabbard in this fine of a state. The scabbard mounts are the style that we often see from the E. Pack company. These scabbards frequently are encountered with the 121-34 marked daggers. In fact, if you take a look in my SS Book, I show an early anodized scabbard on page 38 (right) which is identical to the scabbard on this example. Both my scabbard and the one in the book show the shorter upper mount produced by Pack, as well as the distinctive lower mount which has slightly less roll to the edges. These mounts are in totally perfect condition through to the never dropped lower ball. Both mounts have the original, unturned nickel screws.
Attached to the upper scabbard is the original-to-the-piece vertical hanger. Like the rest of the dagger this hanger remains in outstanding condition, having good, supple leather throughout. Although this dagger was cleaned a few years ago, the original green residue left by moisture combine with the leather is still visible on the carrying ring, the rim of the upper obverse scabbard mount, and also on the throat and the leather from the hanger directly behind the throat. I like to see this, especially when there is an original-to-the-piece hanger. This hanger has a coffin-shaped back, which remains in a new-like state, and the leather strap with square buckle is also in excellent condition. The retainer strap around the lower portion is new-like, still having the distinctive accent lines along both edges. The snap clip is nice and bright, being marked “A”, “DRGM”, and “RZM M5/8” on the reverse. An outstanding hanger here.
As we would hope with such a fine outside, the blade is in absolutely pristine condition. This blade still retains 100% of the original crossgrain, is completely bright, and is in a Mint state. The motto on the blade is crisp and deep, still having all of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse of the blade is marked with the distinctive “121-34” mark. I show a picture in on page 20 of my SS book of another 121-34 dagger. What becomes apparent with these daggers is that the positioning of the trademark is actually opposite to what we normally see. The 121-34's as well as the 120-34's are all positioned towards the tip of the blade rather than the hilt. Look out for reproductions, as they have the trademarks positioned incorrectly. On the lower side of the marking there is a set of SS runes within a double circle, and on the upper side of the markings there is a “RZM” within a double circle. The “Z” on the 121 daggers always has a cross mark in the center, whereas the 120-34 daggers the “Z” does not always have the marking. This outstanding early blade perfectly fits the lower crossguard contour.
A terrific SS Dagger here if you are looking for an early piece in tip-top condition. Don't make the mistake of going by this piece thinking it is a typical RZM type; it isn't. These marking represent the initial production period when the RZM first got involved with dagger production. Although we do not know who 120 or 121 was, we do know that these daggers are every bit as good in terms of quality as their maker marked contemporaries.
Mint Minus. $4,495.00
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 #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 #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 #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 #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.