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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 Nazism and 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 rune 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 #47543 Mid-Period Model 1936 Chained-SS Dagger W/ Type 1 Chain and Original Portepee - No Maker

If you are a condition phanatic and at the same time have been looking for a choice Chained-SS dagger, then this example should be for you. This dagger is a real beauty and has a very large "wow" factor attached to it.

The dagger is probably of about later 1937 or 1938 vintage. The dagger is equipped with nickel cross guards. The guards are still in a mint-like state with very smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. As we see occasionally on original Chained daggers, the lower guard has a Gruppe stamping, "He". This represents the using-up of original parts left-over from the massive manufacture of initial production SA daggers a couple of years prior. The ebony grip wood shows little to no carrying time and nicely fits the cross guards. The SS runes button has some "ticks" to the enamel of the runes, but the material appears to all be there. The silvered runes are turned to 7 o'clock and are surrounded by the two matching silvered circles. The grip eagle is an aluminum example, still being crisp throughout. It is the "point-behind the head" variety.

Wrapped about the upper part of the grip is the original-to-the-piece portepee. The tie of the portepee is definitely not per regulations, but it has a great look, being double-looped around the upper area and also with an additional knot in the cord. Examining the portepee, the viewer can easily see that the area where the slide section was positioned on the cord has been virtually worn away by the swinging of the portepee while in wear. Only a small portion of the slide remains. There is no question that this portepee is original to this dagger, and most probably adopted by the wearer after he joined the Waffen-SS. Other than the wear to the slide section, this portepee remains in mint condition. I like things like this a lot as the wear features tell much of the story of the dagger's history. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard is also a superb example. It is straight throughout and has a tremendous anodized finish that still retains much of the original protective lacquer. There is a small portion along the dagger's lower right edge where the anodizing has deteriorated slightly, but otherwise this anodized finish remains at 100%. The upper and lower scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated variety, still remaining in pristine condition, to include the lower ball. The mounts are retained by nickel screws. The center ramp features the three intertwined raised swastikas on each side, with fine crisp background pebbling. As we often see on anodized scabbards the center ramp is retained by two screws.

The chain assembly is the very desirable Type I. The links are just the best with their large raised-up skulls, bones, and leering teeth. The alternating links of SS runes are also extremely impressive. These Type I links have larger and more raised-out features than the Type II examples.The pebbled backgrounds are still factory fresh. These links remain in full mint condition with full plating and no signs of rust or age. The connecting tabs that retain the links are the more substantial type used on these Type I chains, and they too, are in mint condition. The clover leaf is also perfect and is the cut-out type that reveals the "DRGM" letters on the snap clip below. The snap clip is in fine condition with good working spring. The reverse, first upper link is deeply stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen marking. A great chain assembly here.

The unmarked blade is the best you will see. It is full mint, (except for a small age mark on the reverse), having all of the cross grain, The motto, "Meine Ehre heist Treue" is perfectly etched and has 100% of the frosting in the backgrounds of the lettering. Rare to see a Chained-SS blade in this fine condition.

A really wonderful dagger here and very rare to encounter one in this advanced condition.

Near Mint. $10,995.00

SSDAG #46785C Early Model 1936 Chained SS - No Maker

This dagger is a fine textbook early model Chained dagger. The grip mounts and tang nut are the early nickel type. The hilt mounts are in fine condition, appearing to have been cleaned sometime in the past. The ebony grip is a very fine example in perfect condition with no repairs. The grip wood shows only the most modest of wear and nicely fits the cross guards. The SS runes button is installed straight up and down and has perfect enamel finish. The runes are surrounded by the dual matching silver circles. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. There is modest surface wear to the bird's head, breast feathering and talons, whereas the wings, wreath and swastika remain still crisp throughout. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard is straight throughout, showing only modest carrying signs. The original black-painted finish remains bright. There are a few carrying signs in the paint, but overall this paint still rates at close to 95%. The scabbard mounts are also nickel. The upper mount is perfect. The lower mount has a minor ding in the lower center area of the ball, but it is not bad and there is no splitting of the seams. The mounts are retained by nickel screws, all appearing unturned. The center ramp is the fine early type with crisp edges. It is retained by a single matching nickel side screw. It features the three intertwined swastikas on each side, and the background pebbling is all there. There is no blackening in the backgrounds and it appears this example was produced without this feature. The nickel Type II chain assembly is in fine condition. It features the skulls with leering teeth alternating with links having raised SS runes.. The pebbled backgrounds in the links remains excellent. The clover leaf is the closed type and remains in nice condition with good working snap clip and spring. The reverse of the first upper chain link is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen proof marking. The nickel tabs that connect the links are all in perfect condition with no seam splitting.

The blade is bright throughout and still has its cross grain. It remains in a near mint state. The SS motto is crisp and appears to have near 100% of the original frosting in the letter backgrounds. The unmarked reverse remains in the same condition. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard mount contour. A nice early example here, ready to be enjoyed for a lifetime by the next collector.

Excellent Plus Plus. $7,495.00

SSDAG #47281C Early Model 1933 SS Ground Röhm with SS Serial Number - Rich. Abr. Herder

This early dagger appears to be in untouched condition. All nickel mounts have a deep desirable yellow patination. There is no sign that the tang nut has been turned. The cross guards have excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse cross guard is District stamped, "I". To the right of the District stamp is the original SS owner's serial number, "8919". This is a very low number, indicating a very long term SS membership. I looked up the number, but unfortunately, it is not listed in the SS Dienstaltersliste, indicating that this SS man was not an officer. There is always the hope, however, that in the future this number will be identified, as lots of good work is being done in this field. The ebony grip is a beauty, still having its crisp center ridge on both sides. The grip shows little usage with no flaws or chips. It absolutely fits the cross guards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is turned to about 8:00 o'clock. The enamel looks fine, but there is a little wear to the enamel surface at about 9:00 o'clock. The runes and dual circles around them are nicely patinated. The grip eagle is located low in the grip, as is typical for this producer. The Herder grips are also slightly thinner than others. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" type. It has all details remaining to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A very fine, untouched hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight on both sides. It has excellent anodized surfaces, showing just the slightest traces of age here and there, but it is very mild. The matching nickel scabbard mounts have the same deep patination as the hilt. Both mounts are in fine condition, the lower ball having just the slightest of a tap just off the center lower edge. The four original nickel screws are in place. There is an original-to-the-piece vertical hanger. Apparently the original wearer preferred to wear the dagger with the hanger ring on the left side, as perhaps he felt this method better accommodated the leather strapping of the vertical. This positioning of the hanger should be left as is. The vertical shows much wear to the surfaces, but it is all in place and does not appear to have ever been off the scabbard (With verticals like this, we should never attempt to remove them, as usually the leather will break causing catastrophe). This vertical is equipped with a plated snap clip showing some age. The clip is marked, "A' and "DRGM".

The obverse blade of this example is completely mint with all of its grain, needle-like tip and bright finish. The SS motto is crisp and reflects 100% of its frosted backgrounds. The reverse blade is also mint, however, it reflects just a slightly different grain than the obverse. It appears to have been a factory-done Röhm inscription removal, as the process is perfect, and did not damage the firm's trademark. The logo consists of double oval circles containing the company's name and location, "Rich Abr. Herder / Solingen". Inside, is the well-known logo of the diamond. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

A fine untouched Ground Röhm with an extremely low SS serial number. Great dagger.

Excellent Plus. $6,495.00

SSDAG #47069C Early Model 1936 Chained-SS No Maker

This is a most beautiful Chained-SS, having been cleaned by its previous owner, revealing all of the astounding genius to this design originated by Himmler's chief of all items "appropriate for SS usage", Prof. Carl Diebitsch. The dagger is of early production being fitted with all nickel mounts and Type II chain assembly. The cross guards are in remarkable mint condition with their smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut does not appear to have been disassembled. The ebony grip is the best you will see, being in perfect condition with fine crisp ridges and perfectly fitting the dagger's cross guards. The runes button has untouched enamel and fine silver runes with the two circles surrounding them. The button is set at exactly straight up and down. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "beak pointed upward slightly". It shows no wear and is crisp throughout its head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. An impressive hilt here.

The scabbard shell is completely straight It has a beautiful anodized finish that is nearly a full 100% - rare to see an early Chained-SS dagger with anodized scabbard. The nickel scabbard mounts are also in perfect condition to include the lower ball. All nickel screws are present and are unturned. The center ramp is the early variety with the crisp edges. It features the three raised intertwined swastikas on each side. The backgrounds are all pebbled. They are the style that do not have blackened surfaces. Connected to the center ramp is a fine all-nickel Type II chain assembly. These chains feature alternating skulls and SS runic symbols. The figures are nicely raised out. The skull links at the top sections of the two chains show some mild wear to the leering teeth where the original carrier's arm obviously rubbed against them, but the lower skull, at the bottom chain assembly retains full teeth. All links have a fine pebbled background, matching that of the center ramp. The clover leaf at the top of the chained assembly is the closed variety, having a good working spring and snap clip.The first reverse link at the upper chain assembly is lightly stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen proofing. The connecting link tabs are all in excellent condition with no separations. There is a fine black leather belt loop attached to the snap clip, having a pebbled "D" ring.

The blade is completely bright throughout. The SS motto is very crisp and retains all of the frosting in the backgrounds. This blade is in mint condition,. The unmarked reverse blade is in the same mint state. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

A real show piece here!

Mint Minus. $9,995.00

SSDAG #46431 Mid-period Model 1936 Chained-SS - No Maker

This classic mid-period piece has nickel-plated cross guards, still having good original finish, showing little age. The plated tang nut is still completely fresh and does not seem to have been removed. The ebony grip is in fine condition throughout, being the style with raised center ridge. The grip shows little usage. Other than the slightest of a surface chip at the upper obverse right corner, this grip is perfect. The runes button is a coppery color and has the convex shape reflecting perfect enamel and the double circles surrounding the runes. The grip eagle is a copper base type which still shows quite a bit of the original nickel coating finish in the recesses. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has a choice anodized finish which remains at 100%. There is also much original protective lacquer spread throughout the anodized finish. The scabbard mounts are also the nickel-plated type, having a steel base. The lower ball remains in perfect condition. The plating throughout is in fine condition. The mounts are retained with plated steel screws, all unturned. The center ramp is a nickel-plated steel type having the more rounded edges typical of this period. The ramp features three intertwined swastikas on each side. The backgrounds of the ramp retain their original black backgrounds, which are at 100%. The center ramp is retained by two screws, one on each side, as we often see with anodized scabbards. The Type II chain is a solid nickel example, while the clover leaf assembly is nickel-plated. The skull head links and SS rune links are of outstanding detail, with 100% blackening in the backgrounds. There is a fine pebbled ground in each of the links. There is no wear visible to any of the links - nice. The nickel tab connectors are also all in fine condition. The reverse of the first link of the upper chain is clearly stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen proof marking. Although being a plated fitting, the clover leaf assembly also matches the chain assembly perfectly.

The unmarked blade is a very fine example being in near full mint condition and having all of its original factory grain. This bright, impressive obverse blade sports a dark etch to the SS motto, "Meine Erhe heisst Treue". The reverse blade is totally mint throughout. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the contour of the lower crossguard. A very fine blade here.

All in all, an extremely nice Chained-SS dagger here. It is in fine collectible condition and should make a fine lifetime investment of enjoyment, and most probably a nice profit when the time comes for all of us to eventually sell.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $7,495.00

SSDAG #45185C Early SS EM with SS Serial Number by Gottlieb Hammesfahr

This early SS dagger is equipped with all nickel mounts. The tang nut and crossguards are in excellent condition having good smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is marked with the district number Roman numeral "III". In addition it is stamped on wither side of the district number with the original owner’s SS serial number "206 387". I have tried to look the number up on the Dienstalterliste but it is not there which indicates the original owner was an enlisted man.

The grip of this dagger is in fairly good condition on the reverse and on the obverse it shows some surface chips which have come out surrounding the SS runes button. There are also some tap taps in the grip which are mostly under the grip eagle. The runes button has fairly good enamel showing usage but no material missing. The silver runes are nicely patinaed and are surrounded by double circles. The runes are positioned at about 8 o’clock. The grip eagle is the high necked variety and it still is in good condition with all details still being there with little to no wear. The grip also perfectly fits the crossguards.

The scabbard of this example does not appear to be the original one as it is equipped with nickel plated mounts. The mounts are in outstanding condition to include the lower ball which just has a tiny tap in the lower bottom. The throat is thinner type that we see in usage from about 1938. The scabbard shell has nice original black paint showing a minor scuff on the reverse part but otherwise throughout is in fine condition with the usual minor attic crazing. This paint rates at easily 95 percent. The original screws in place and are unturned.

Attached to the upper ring is a black short hanger. It is missing the retainer ring leather but is in otherwise in good condition. The hardware is the plated type and the snap clip is marked "RZM M5/71 OLC". It is possible the original owner had his scabbard changed later on in the period because it possible the other scabbard became in poor condition.

The blade of this example shows some age and usage and some signs of past sharpening but overall it is not too bad and grades at excellent. The SS motto is still in fairly good condition having perhaps 20 percent of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals which contain the firm’s name and location "Gottleib Hammesfhar Solingen Foche". Inside the double circles is a pyramid with a plus on its obverse. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

I know that this dagger has a few failings but it is still in collectible condition and of course the SS serial number also makes it interesting. It is possible that in the future we may be able trace enlisted men's numbers so it is a worthwhile dagger to keep. It comes from the Joe Santucci collection.

Excellent. $3,295.00