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 #43972C Model 1933 Enlisted Man's Ground Röhm Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
This SS dagger is in untouched condition and does not appear to have been ever apart. The crossguards and tang nut are of nickel, being nicely dull-toned. These mounts have their smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves, typical of the Eickhorn firm. The reverse lower guard is district numbered, "III", The ebony grip has some minor "flecks" of the surface wood edges at all of the meeting points of the guards. Other than this, the grip is in good condition, showing only nominal wear and usage. There is a small gouge mark in the reverse center of the grip which is no doubt attributable to a once-present vertical hanger clip. The SS Runes button is positioned at about 7:00 o'clock and the enamel remains in perfect condition. The runes and the double circles around them are toned matching the dagger mounts. The nickel grip eagle is a fine example showing only the most minor wear to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has period black paint over the original "anodized" surfaces. The paint shows age and usage, but overall is about 85%. In the spots where there is wear to the paint, it is possible to see the original "anodizing" showing through. (Due to the easy wear to the anodized finish, many SS men re-painted their scabbards). The scabbard is equipped with matching nickel mounts having a patina matching the crossguards. They are in good shape with the lower ball showing some usage signs and a couple of minor hits, but it is not pushed-in nor are there splits. The nickel screws are all in place.
The blade obverse is still bright for the most part, having a couple of minor smudges, mostly in the ricasso area. The blade grades at excellent plus. The reverse blade has had a complete grinding of the once present Röhm inscription. It has been re-polished and appears to be a factory job. There are also a couple of minor smudges here at the ricasso area. The trademark is the small double ovals. They contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn/ Solingen". In the center is the seated squirrel, being the type with the smooth tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
Accompanying the dagger are a couple of period 8 X 10 black and white photos allegedly of the returning veteran sergeant. There is also a wood framed grouping of the sergeant's stripes along with a couple of US patches. The name of the veteran and his outfit are mounted at the bottom of the frame being printed on cloth, "Mongrieff/ 5th F.M.S.". These personal items were included with the dagger when the consignor bought this piece at auction. There could be enough information to research this veteran sergeant.
A good, basic Eickhorn Ground Röhm dagger here.
SSDAG #44907C Model 1933 SS EM with Exclamation Point - RZM 324-38 SS
This dagger produced in 1938 is equipped with nickel crossguards. The guards are in nice condition throughout having good surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The matching nickel tang nut is in good condition and does not appear to have been out.
The gip os this example has some mild wearing signs to the ebony. There is little spot out next to the runes button at the right and there are a couple of mild hits above the grip eagle and one below the eagle's right wing. The reverse has a crack at the top and also shows some usage signs in the center area. Overall though the grip is not too bad and it nicely fits the crossguards.
The SS runes button has fine enamel and is positioned straight up and down. It is a silvered variety with double circles around it. The grip eagle is a nickel example with the beak pointing upward. The details to the bird are just about all there with only the most modest of wear to the breast feathered area. The head talons wreath and wings are in good condition.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has its original black paint. The paint has some scuffs on the upper obverse area and also a few scuffs on the reverse upper area. The lower portion of the paint is still in pretty good condition.
the scabbard mounts are also of nickel. They are in good condition with the lower ball having a minor tap which goes toward the bottom reverse area but it is nothing. These mounts are retained by unturned nickel screws.
The blade of this example is still fairly bright but it does show some minor light age in the surfaces of both sides. The blade also has been retipped and is about one quarter inch short. The motto is still fairly crips having about 80 percent of its original darkening in the letter backgrounds and it ends with the exclamation point. The reverse of the blade is matching etched with a double shaded RZM under the code "324/38 SS". I show one of these 324 marked daggers in my SS book on page 687 and 688. This dagger is virtually identical to the example that I show.
A good original piece here with some flaws but it is priced accordingly.
SSDAG #44738 Model 1933 SS EM with Vertical Hanger - Robert Klaas
The tang nut does not appear to have ever been out. The crossguards have good smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves.
The ebony grip is in very nice condition on the obverse. There is a minor crack at the top of the grip but the portion effected has not lifted and does not appear to be going anywhere. The rest of the grip is in beautiful condition and looks almost unworn. The reverse grip is also in nice condition but it does have a small surface chip out of the upper left and also a tiny one out of the upper right. This grip nicely fits the crossguards.
The SS runes button is in fine condition having perfect enamel. The runes have been turned to about 8 o'clock. They are fine silvered examples with double circles around them The grip eagle is a nickel example with matching patination. This grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. It remains in perfect crisp condition with all details remaining to the bird's head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It is a anodized example and still has a pretty nice anodized finish. The anodizing seems to all be there however there are a few age spots here and there more being on the reverse than the obverse. Still a nice shell here.
The scabbard mounts are matching nickel. The upper mount is in perfect condition. The lower mount has a split in the lower ball. I don't know why this is as there is no crushing to the ball so apparently it was just not a very good soldering job when the mount was produced.
The vertical hanger is missing the retainer lower loop which is gone to time. The upper belt and buckle is in place showing wear but it is still sound. The coffin shaped reverse is in excellent condition. The snap clip is an early clip being of conventional shape and marked on the reverse with the letter "A" and "DRGM".
The best part of this dagger has to be the blade. This blade is in remarkable condition the obverse being in full mint. It has beautiful 100 percent grain and a very fine deep SS motto. All of the blackening is in the backs of the letters and this motto really jumps. The reverse of the blade is also in near full mint condition having one tiny spot just one the edge next to the trademark area. Otherwise it is mint on the reverse too.
The trademark is etched in circular letters which form the name "Robert Klaas Solingen". In the center are the two kissing cranes. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A good early original SS dagger here.
SSDAG #44849 Model 1936 Chained SS
This 36 model is of mid period production and remains in nice condition. The crossguards and tang nut are the nickel plated type. Great to day though that the plating is still 100 percent intact across these mounts.
The tang nut is in good condition and does not look to have been taken down.
The ebony grip shows some usage and there is a small chip that appears to have been broken out and was replaced but in its position and looks fine this is one the lower obverse right. On the reverse there is a tiny sliver of wood that has flaked off on the upper right and the same on the lower right. Otherwise the grip is pretty nice throughout. The runes button is slightly convex and is the copper color type. There is a small amount of enamel long the upper edge which has been chipped but it is really not noticeable. The grip eagle is a early high necked variety. There is minor wear to the bird's head breast feathering and talons but the wreaths swastika and wings are still quite crisp.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has 100 percent of the original anodized finish and there is about 85 percent of the original protective lacquer still there. An extremely nice scabbard here. The scabbard mounts are they nickel plated steel type. The obverse of the mounts is in perfect condition to include the upper and the lower. On the reverse the lower mount has a rub at the upper portion of it where perhaps someone removed some rust in the past. The other two mounts on the reverse are fine. The mounts have the original dome head style screws which are unturned.
The center ramp is the later type having the wider edges where the seam is turned. It features the three intertwined swastikas raised out on each side. The backgrounds were blackened by the factory and about 70 percent of this blackening remains. This mount is retained by two dome head screws something we see quite often with these anodized mid period scabbards.
The chain is a fine example being a type two. It is plated chain but it in very fine condition with no rust or age problems. Each one of the links has just about 100 percent of the original black background in the recesses. The skull and bones links show little wear still having the leering teeth looking back at the viewer. The same is true of the lack of wear to the runes links.
The connecting link tabs are all in good condition with no openings. The chain links are connected to a closed style cloverleaf mount which is applied to a plated snap clip which works well. The reverse of the first upper link is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen. A nice type two chain here.
The unmarked blade is a real winner. This blade remains in mint condition throughout having all of its grain and a very fine SS motto. The motto is crisp and easily has 100 percent of its background frosting. This blade is in full mint condition. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A very nice mid period chained dagger here.
Excellent Plus. $6,895.00
SSDAG #44709C Model 1933 EM with Exclamation Point Motto - RZM M7/29 (Klittermann & Moog)
the crossguards are the solid nickel type and they have never been cleaned being toned with a dull finish. The tang nut has the same finish and has never been removed.
The grip shows some usage with some hits here and there one above the eagle at the right edge and a couple spaced around the wings on the left and also just below the swastika. Also there is a sliver of surface wood that has come loose from the lower left portion of the grip. The reverse grip other than more usage signs has no flaws. This grip fits the crossguards perfectly. The SS runes button is in good condition having fine enamel. It is positioned straight up and down. In features the silver runes with a double circle around them. The nickel grip eagle is toned exactly to the patina as the crossguards. It is the style with the beak which points upward slightly. This bird has full details remaining throughout its head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has original black paint. The paint shows age crazing on both sides and rates at about 90 percent. The scabbard is equipped with matching nickel mounts. These mounts exactly match the patina of the crossguards. Both mounts are in good condition to include the lower ball. They are retained by nickel unturned screws.
Attached to the scabbard is the original to the piece vertical hanger. It is easy to see that this vertical is original as the area between the strap buckle and the retaining strap still has 100 percent black paint where it was protected. This vertical still has fairly good leather to the strap the buckle being slightly over to the right and behind the carrying ring. This is the way the vertical has always been and it should not be changed.
The coffin shape on the reverse is still good throughout. The snap clip is a nickel plated type whereas the plating has gone to time on the obverse of the clip. Oddly enough the plating is still perfect on the reverse of the clip where it is stamped "A" and "DRGM".
The blade of this example has slightly grayed and it does show some age spots on both sides. This blade only grades at about excellent. The motto is still all there with the exclamation point at the end. The darkening in the backgrounds of the motto remains at maybe 30 percent. The reverse of the blade is matching etched with a double shaded RZM circle over the Klittermann & Moog code "M7/29". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
An all original untouched exclamation point SS dagger here.
SSDAG #44949 Later SS EM - RZM M7/49 and 1203 / 38SS
the crossguards are the nickel plated type. The crossguards show some mild abrasion across their surfaces and also some age. They still are in passable condition throughout and possibly could be cleaned up by the next owner. The tang nut is firmly in place and has never been apart.
The ebony grip is in fairly good condition. It has one small hit just to the left of the runes button but otherwise is pretty much in perfect condition and fits the crossguards like a glove.
The SS runes button has perfect enamel with the runes being set straight up and down. There are double circles around them. The grip eagle is the aluminum type. It is the style with point behind the head eagle. All details are still crisp on this eagle to include the birds head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has it's original paint which shows some light crazing in the finish and there are a few chips mostly toward the bottom area. Overall though this paint still remains at about 95 percent. The nickel plated scabbard mounts are the steel based type and they have a patina on them as they have never been cleaned. It is easy to see though that they are in fine condition below the patination. These mounts are retained by nickel plated steel screws which are unturned.
Attached to the carrying loop is what appears to be the original short hanger. The leather shows some age throughout but it is still sound and is complete with its retainer loop. The hardware is the plated type and the buckle shows some age as does the snap clip. The snap clip is marked on the reverse "RZM M5/71 OLC".
As a surprise to the viewer the blade of this example when it comes out is in great condition. This blade is mint. It has fine mirror bright surfaces with 100 percent of the original crossgrain. The SS motto is beautifully done with 100 percent of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse blade is also mint having a double shaded large RZM circle positioned over the code "M7/49" and also the SS contract number 1203 / 38 SS. The 7/49 code would indicate that this dagger was made by the Friedrich Herder firm. The code number below would have been the contract number assigned by the SS for this run of daggers in 1938. I have seen these double marked blades in the past and I mention them in my RZM chapter in my SS book.
This is a known example and is quite rare.
SSDAG #44708C Named and Serial Numbered SS EM with Dossier - Richard Abr Herder
The crossguards are in excellent condition having good smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is district numbered Roman numeral "I".
The grip is in nice condition showing average usage but there are no chips or problems anywhere and the grip tightly fits the crossguards. The runes button is the style that is slightly convex and it has perfect enamel. It is positioned at a straight up and down angle. The grip eagle is a nickel high necked example still having full detail to the bird's head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A fine hilt here.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It has an anodized finish. The anodizing is still all there but there is some minor age in the surfaces on the reverse and some age also on the obverse with a rather large age mark about two thirds down. All of this is not bad though as they anodizing still is really nice. The scabbard mounts are nickel and exactly match the patination of the hilt mounts.
The lower ball on this example does have a hit that favors towards the backside of the bottom area. There is no splitting or any problems and it really doesn't show straight on looking at the obverse. The original nickel screws are all in place.
Attached to the hanging ring is a fine SS short hanger. This hanger appears to be just slightly later than the dagger itself so perhaps it's a period replacement or whatever. It is certainly a fine hanger though having very good black leather complete the retainer loop. On the reverse of the hanger it is heavily stamped with a dual circle around SS runes with the number of the company and the year it was made "19 / 38" and a double circle around the RZM at the end. The hanger is equipped with fine nickel plated hardware. This hardware is in very fine condition still being bright throughout. The reverse of the clip is marked with the letter A and "DRGM". There is also a black leather belt loop attached. The leather is in good condition and the D ring appears to be an aluminum type.
The blade itself is in fairly nice condition still being bright and just showing only nominal age. This blade easily grade at excellent plus plus and maybe with a good cleaning could grade higher. The SS motto is deeply etched and appears to have about 95 percent of the frosting in the backgrounds. What is really neat about this blade however is the fact that the original owner had his SS number and name engraved into the lower edge of the obverse. It is engraved "S. S. No. 11207 K. Huber".
Obviously this presents a golden opportunity for research here as not only do we have the man's SS number but also his name. The reverse of the blade is etched with the double ovals which contain the producer firm and company "Richard Abr Herder Solingen" and inside is the diamond logo.
This Karl Huber was researched and as it turns out he was an enlisted man who attained the highest rank of SS-Oberscharführer which is a high sergeant. He was assigned to SS-Sturm I/62. SS-Standarte. He also was a member of the NSDAP having membership number 579 757. There is a fairly large dossier here which details Huber which also has a picture of him wearing a SS cap. The dossier has about 30 pages with the usual race and resettlement research as well as his NSDAP membership files. There are about 30 pages here in the dossier most of them surrounding the years 1934 and 1935. There are many inner departmental letters between personnel officers and the SS-Obersturmbahnführer who represented Huber. These letters need to be translated and I'm sure that this would reveal some most interesting information about this SS-Oberscharführer. Lots of good stuff here all you need is someone who is fluent in the German language and I'm sure this dagger would be very exciting to own. It is very unusual to see the original owner's name and serial number both on the blade of the dagger. Also the dagger is very nice reasonable condition.
Excellent Plus. $6,495.00
SSDAG #44866C SS EM with Exclamation Point - RZM M7/29
This fine exclamation point with the RZM M7/29 has been identified as the work of Klittermann & Moog. This is a textbook example having all nickel mounts throughout. The nickel crossguards and tang nut are in exceptional condition each having very fine smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut appears that it was out once or twice.
The grip is a nice ebony example being totally perfect on the obverse. The reverse is also very nice having a tiny sliver out of the surface of the wood at the left upper area. The runes button is in good condition having fine enamel and is of slightly convex shape. The button is turned to about 8 o'clock. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. The bird still has all crisps designs to his head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A very nice hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout and it reflects original black paint. This paint has age spidering that is evenly running throughout its length on both sides. All in all though about 95 percent of the paint is still here but it does have the spidering. The scabbard mounts are also nickel and are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. The nickel screws are all in place.
And now for the best part of this dagger being the blade. This blade is still in nice bright condition. It does have crossgrain and shows just the slightest of age in the surfaces but all in all is in a near mint state. It is deeply etched with the SS motto Meine Ehre heißt Treue with the exclamation point at the end of it. The darkening in the letter backgrounds remains at about 90 percent. The reverse blade is also in nice condition showing some minor age but not bad. It features a matching etched double shaded style RZM circle which is positioned over the Klittermann & Moog code "M 7/29". The blade shoulders nicely meet the crossguard contours.
An outstanding original exclamation point dagger here. It is not in mint condition but is in very acceptable collectible condition and is you have been looking for a nice example with this rarity motto this is a great opportunity to fill that void.
Excellent Plus. $5,695.00
SSDAG #44864C Model 1933 SS Officer's Dagger with Serial Number - Rich Abr. Herder
This SS dagger is another example coming from the estate of the late Joe Santucci. It has the original owner's SS serial number deeply stamped into the reverse cross guard. I looked up the number, and sure enough, he appears on the SS Officer's Dienstaltersliste and I'll give you the details in the below description.
The dagger is equipped with fine nickel cross guards and tang nut. All mounts have a fine even light dull patination. The tang nut does not appear to have been ever out. The guards both have good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The reverse lower guard has the Roman numeral district number stamped into it being, "II". To the left of the district stamping is the original owner's SS serial number, "82 496". The numbers are stamped with individual dies and are neatly done. I looked up this number, and it equates to SS-Obersturmführer Wolfgang Bürtner. In the 1938 SS Dienstaltersliste, Bürtner was listed as being born 13 January 1906. He held the Party number of "2 022 020" and he is listed as being with the staff of "Da Mitte", which I do not know what this means, but some of you guys out there that study the SS and their terms for things will probably know. At any rate, since Bürtner is listed in the officer listing, there is no reason why the next owner of this dagger could not commission the talented researcher, Ross Kelbaugh, to look into compiling a dossier on this officer. I am sure a lot more than what I find on the listing will come to light.
The grip of the dagger is in very nice condition, being the thin type grip that Herder produced, having the low-set grip eagle. The runes button is in fine condition being the slightly convex type. The enamel is perfect and there is fine patination to the runes and to the surrounding two cicles.. The runes are placed straight up-and-down. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "point behind the head". It shows some wear to the bird's head, but the rest of the animal is still crisp to include the breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell shell is straight throughout. The anodized finish shows some age in the surfaces and has darkened evenly throughout the shell. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition. The lower ball has a couple of dings and is pushed-in just slightly, but not bad. The four original screws are all in place and unturned. Connected to the carrying ring is a short hanger and belt loop. The hanger is just slightly later than the dagger's vintage and may have been a period replacement when and if the original wore out. This hanger has good leather and is complete with the retainer loop. The hardware is the plated type, and the buckle appears to have lost its plating, as it is dark-toned. The buckel also shows age toning on the obverse, but still has good plating on the reverse. It is marked, "RZM M 5/71" and "OLC". Attached to the hanger is a choice black leather belt loop with "D" ring. The reverse leather is stamped, "SS 8/35 RZM". This appears to be the original belt loop, as the "35" date goes nicely with the rest of the dagger.
The blade of this dagger also shows some even age in the surfaces, but it still retains its fine shape and needle-like tip. It grades only at about excellent. The SS motto is still impressive though, having about 95% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse blade also shows the same age, and is etched with the double ovals trademark. The ovals contain the firm's name and location, "Rich. Abr. Herder/ Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A good original serial-numbered SS piece coming from an officer. It is just sitting and waiting for the next owner to commission a dossier and therefore bring a "life" to this piece.
SSDAG #44863C Early Model 1933 SS Dagger with Officer's Serial Number - Robert Klaas
This SS dagger is another fine piece coming from the estate of my friend and ardent collector, Joe Santucci. The dagger is a fine example and has the SS serial number deeply stamped into the lower reverse cross guard. I was able to find him on the SS Dienstaltersliste and will give some details in the below description of the dagger.
The cross guards and tang nut are in an untouched, uncleaned condition having a fine even dull patina throughout. The guards have smooth surfaces, with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut has never been turned on this dagger. The lower reverse cross guard is stamped with the district roman numeral "III". The stamping was done side-ways on the guard. The original owner's SS serial number is stamped across the center of the reverse guard. The number is done with individual die stamps and is, "42 705". The "7" digit in the serial number appears slightly positioned over the "III" district number. The ebony grip is a fine example being totally perfect on the reverse, and on the obverse, the grip is perfect except for a very, very tiny lift of wood at the right upper top. It is not anywhere near a chip, however, and is hardly noticeable. The grip fits the cross guards like a glove. The runes button is the type that has a slightly convex surface. The enamel remains in perfect condition, featuring patinated runes and double circles around them. The runes are turned to almost 7:00 o'clock. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety. The bird shows a little wear to the features of his head, breast feathering and talons, but the wings, wreath and swastika are still crisp. A fine grip here.
The scabbard is basically straight throughout, showing a few wearing signs. It is hard to tell the actual state of the "anodizing", as the "anodized" finish seems to remain totally intact on the reverse and there is also much of the protective lacquer there. The obverse has a slightly darker tone to the finish. It is possible the original owner may have had the obverse shell sprayed with a little lacquer as a period touch-up. Whatever was done here, it does not appear to be paint. This is nothing that really shows, but I am mentioning it to give you a full description as best I can. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel and in good condition, to include the lower ball. There is a small "line" ding at the obverse rolled edge, that runs slightly downward into the mount's surface - not bad, however. The lower ball remains in perfect condition. The original nickel screws are all in place and are un-turned. Attached to the carrying ring is a fine early short hanger, as well as belt loop. The leather is in good shape to include the retainer loop. The hardware is the early nickel type, with the snap being the "snout-nosed" variety having the rivet that retains the clip spring. The leather on these accouterments has a slight brown tone to it, but I think this is just age, which may have affected the black color slightly. The hanger does appear original to this piece.
The blade is a very choice, bright example, still being in mint condition. It has all of its cross grain and needle-like tip. The SS motto is as good as you will see, having 100% of the darkening in the backgrounds of the letters - great-looking motto here. The reverse blade is in the same fine condition. The ricasso is matching etched with the "kissing cranes" logo. The birds are surrounded by letters formed in a circle with the firm's name and location, "Robt Klaas/ Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
Now as to the SS serial number. The number, "42 705" belongs to SS-Hauptsturmführer Ewald Wolff. I found him listed in every one of the SS Officer Dienstaltersliste running from 1935 thru 1938. It is possible he joined the SS prior to the 1935 time as an enlisted. As of 1938, Wolff had earned the rank of SS-Hauptsturmführer and held the SS Honor Ring, so apparently he was well thought of by superiors. He was born 12 February 1891 and held the Party number "846 828". In 1938 he was assigned with "Stammabt 47", which doesn't tell us much. Since our dagger carrier is identified, however, the next owner of this dagger should contact the expert SS researcher, Ross Kelbaugh, and I have no doubt that Ross will be able to assemble a fine dossier on Wolff, that will provide details to Wolff's racial qualifications, date joined the SS, various assignments, letters and promotions coming from the SS hierarchy; and perhaps even a picture of him. Lots of fun ahead for the next owner of this dagger. I guess Joe Santucci never got around to doing this research, but it should be done now, and accordingly, it will make for a very interesting dagger here.
A very nice-conditioned SS dagger here and a great opportunity for the next owner to expand his horizons with a dossier on SS-Hauptsturmführer Ewald Wolff.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $5,495.00
SSDAG #44862C Model 1936 SS Serial-numbered Early Chained-SS Scabbard with Böker Ground Röhm Dagger
This very historic Chained-SS dagger coming from the estate of my late friend and ardent collector, Joe Santucci. The same dagger is pictured in my SS Book on Page 158. The dagger also comes with a dossier compiled on the original owner, SS-Obersturmführer Thomas Schieben, a long term SS member.
The dagger is in an uncleaned state and presents a fine dull even patina throughout. The dagger does not appear to have been apart in modern times. The cross guards and tang nut are the signature Böker type with the quillons being thicker then other types and having slightly turned-up ends. The guard surfaces are smooth, with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The reverse lower guard is district marked "I". In addition, the guard is individually die-stamped with the SS serial number, "49791". The district Roman numeral stamping position lies between the "7' and "9" numerals. A matching SS serial number is also stamped on the reverse mount of the chained scabbard, nicely tying both of these parts together. The ebony grip remains in perfect condition, fitting the cross guards like a glove. The grip wood shows little to no usage, still having its fine crisp contours. The SS runes button is turned slightly to about 7:00 o'clock. The enamel is in perfect condition, featuring the silvered runes surrounded by a double circle. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "beak with points upward slightly". The eagle still displays all of the detail to its head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A very fine grip here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has outstanding original black painted surfaces. There are a few modest signs of wear in the paint and a few age spiders, but basically, this paint is in near 100% condition. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in nice condition throughout. The lower ball has a couple of "dimple" dents, but no crushing or spitting, and it looks perfect from the front and reverse. The original nickel screws are all present and are un-turned. The center ramp is the early nickel type having the very crisp edges. It features the three intertwined, raised swastikas on each side. Additionally the pebbled backgrounds still retain at least 95% of the factory blackening - really makes this mount jump to the eye. The Type II nickel chain is also great. It features the alternating SS rune links and the links with skull and cross bones. Like the ramp, the black backgrounding is all still there. You just can't miss the raised skulls coming out of this blackness and giving the viewer that gruesome toothy smile - great stuff here! All of the nickel tab connectors are also in prime condition with no separations. The two chain assemblies are connected to a matching nickel, closed-style clover leaf. It retains the snap clip on the reverse. The reverse chain link surfaces are also really nice, retaining fine black surfaces, an indication that there is a lot of silver on these. The first upper chain link is lightly stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen proof stamping. Attached to the snap clip is a super-rare, black teardrop hanger. It is composed of black leather with the top area formed to a belt loop with "D" ring, and the lower portion in the teardrop shape. The reverse is covered with black felt, and a small part of the lower area of the felt is worn off, obviously from "swing" wear. A great scabbard here!
The blade is a Ground Röhm type, as this dagger would have been the first example owned by Schieben. As a long-term SS man, when the new Chained scabbards were introduced, he saw no reason to buy a new dagger also, as there was nothing wrong with his original piece. We see this kind of thinking demonstrated frequently when we find maker-marked daggers in chained scabbards. The obverse blade is still bright throughout, and still displays its grain. The SS motto remains crisp and has nearly all of the original factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. If you look real close, there is just the slightest sign of "pimpling" in the letter backgrounds - this was caused by impurities in the steel when it was etched. This obverse blade grades at near mint. The reverse appears to have been a factory preformed Röhm removal, as it is perfectly accomplished and re-grained. The only way to know it was a Röhm is that a small portion of the Böker logo is gone around the upper area. Also, the trademark is the dual small ovals-type, only used by Böker on full Röhm blades. All and all, this reverse blade is also is near mint condition. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contours.
Well, to make things even better, we do have a dossier assembled by Ross Kelbaugh. The dossier concerns Schieben's career when he was still an SS-Oberscharführer. I looked into his record and did find Dienstaltersliste recordings of him, and also found that by 1938, Schieben not only became an officer, but had achieved the rank of SS-Obersturmführer. Further reviewing Ross' dossier, I see that Schieben, born in 1884, and joined the SS October 1, 1932. He was also a musician, and served in WWI. During WWII, he served in the 5th SS Motorized unit, and was lucky, as he was discharged March 31, 1944, no doubt due to his age. He also was the holder of the Golden Party Badge and also held the SS Honor Ring. There is a lot of material in this dossier, which the next owner will enjoy looking through and possibly translating.
This is a grand opportunity to acquire an absolute original, SS numbered Chained dagger, that also appears in my SS reference book. I feel a dagger of this consequence will provide years of enjoyment for the next owner, and also should be an excellent SS investment for the future.
Excellent Plus. $8,995.00
SSDAG #44547 Partial Röhm Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - Böker
This fine, early SS dagger good nickel crossguards, of the alternate type used by Böker about 25 or 35% of the time. The reverse of the lower guard is District marked "I". The tang nut remains in very good shape, looking to have ben off perhaps only once or twice.
The ebony grip remains in perfect condition. This grip is the "rounder" type and fits the guards like a glove. The SS runes are turned slightly clockwise and retain good enamel and silvering. The grip eagle is the type with a beak that points slightly upward. Apparently the original owner like to grip his dagger while walking as the detailing to the bird is slightly rubbed off in places. I think this kind of normal hand wear is interesting to study as it speaks to the life of the piece.
The scabbard is straight throughout, with very fine black paint which looks original. This scabbard could have been anodized when first issued, but we often see Böker daggers with period repainting. In any case the paint is extremely nice and shows only a few very minor nicks here and there. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition, including the lower ball. The original screws are all in place and unbuggered.
Attached to the carrying ring is a fine early black leather short hanger. The leather remains in good condition but the small retainer loop has been lost to time. The hardware is the early nickel type, with a "snout nosed" snap clip that has a riveted spring.
The blade of this dagger shows minor age and staining, as well as some pimpling to the motto etch. We see this type of pimpling quite frequently on Böker daggers, caused by the etching acid reacting to impurities in the metal of the blade. This was fairly common with Böker pieces and I show this trait in my SS book. The reverse of the blade is in slightly better shape. The original Röhm etch is still there, with just the signature of the "traitor" having been polished out. This job was done fairly well but collectors in the now will have no trouble detecting it. The Böker trademark is the smaller type used on Röhm inscription dagger for space reasons. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
A good original SS Partial Röhm Dagger here. We see a lot of ground Röhm pieces but these partials are much more rare.
SSDAG #44545C Model 1933 SS Dagger with Exclamation Point Motto - RZM M7/29 (Klittermann & Moog)
The crossguards and tang nut remain in excellent condition, the latter looking to have been off the dagger perhaps once or twice.
The grip is a fine example, with no chips or evidence of repairs. The SS runes button has perfect vertical alignment and good silvering. The enamel surface of the button shows wear but does not appear to have any missing material. The nickel "High Neck" grip eagle is in excellent shape, showing no wear.
The scabbard remains straight throughout and has excellent original black paint. This paint shows some crazing on both sides but overall it remains nearly 100% intact. The scabbard mounts are of matching nickel and all of the original screws are in place.
Attached to the scabbard is a vertical hanger. Unfortunately this accoutrement looks to be a copy with what looks to be original hardware attached to it. It looks good for what it is, but the next owner might want to replace it with a genuine example. There is no extra charge built into the price of this dagger for this addition.
The blade is a nice example. It remains bright and shows only minor age here and there. The SS motto features an exclamation point. It remains quite crisp, with about 90% of the original darkening. The reverse ricasso is marked with a RZM circle positioned over the Klittermann & Moog code, "M 7/29". The blade shoulders perfectly mee the lower crossguard contour.
A very hard to find SS piece here, and a must for those dedicated collector.
Excellent Plus. $5,995.00
SSDAG #44572 Mid Period Model 1933 SS EM - RZM 120/38 SS
This 1938 mid period piece is in nice overall condition. The crossguards are the nickel plated type and have the look of Böker production. The guards have all of the nickel plated surfaces and show only the most nominal of age not having been cleaned. The tang nut is also in good condition looking to have been out once or twice.
The ebony grip is a fine example which would be in perfect condition were it not for a tiny sliver at the edge of the obverse lower left and also a small sliver at the edge of the reverse lower left. These are very minor flaws and are just caused by the crossguard against the grip after the drying process of years. Otherwise the grip is in perfect condition. It perfectly fits the crossguards. The runes button is a fine example positioned straight up and down. It has 100% enamel and the silver runes are circled by two silver circles. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak that points upward slightly. It is in perfect condition having all details to the bird's had breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A nice hilt here.
The scabbard shell is the best you will see. This shell is completely straight on the obverse having just the slightest little BB type ding on the reverse lower but it is nothing. The original paint here still rates at 100% and is bright and shiny throughout. The scabbard is equipped with nickel plated mounts which are the steel base and still remain factory bright. The lower ball is in perfect condition. The mounts are retained by the four original dome head screws still having their plating. Attached to the upper carrying ring is a like period short hanging strap. The leather is still fairly good throughout the strap and it is complete with its small retainer loop. The strap has nickel plated hardware and the snap clip is marked "RZM M5/71 OLC".
The blade is nice and bright throughout with 100% of the crossgrain. Other than a couple of really slight smudges this blade is in full mint condition. The motto is nicely etched with 100% of the frosted backgrounds. The reverse has the code that we see on earlier daggers and yet has still to be identified. It consists of an open double RZM circle positioned over "121/38" and below this is a open double SS circle. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A very nice mid period dagger here.
Excellent Plus. $2,995.00
SSDAG #42315 Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger
The tang nut and crossguards are the solid nickel variety, the latter being internally marked "P. A.". The nut shows little to no take-down signs, and the guards have a fine, dull tone.
The ebony grip remains in perfect condition, with no evidence of repairs and fitting the guards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is straight up and down and has fine enamel surface. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" variety. This bird has a little greenish patina on the surfaces, but all details are intact throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original black paint shows some minor crazing and wearing chips evenly spread throughout. Overall, the paint is about 90%. The scabbard mounts are the nickel variety having patina matching that of the hilt mounts. The upper and lower scabbard mounts are in excellent condition, to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are in place.
The center ramp is the early style with crisp edges. It features three intertwined swastikas on each side. The backgrounds are pebbled and have nearly 100% of the dark color applied to the areas, The ramp is retained by a single side screw.
The nickel chain assembly is the Type II version. The links have excellent detail to the skull and bones examples and the runic symbol type. All of the teeth are in place on the skulls, leering out at the viewer. All of the nickel connector tabs are in place and in good condition. The link attaching to the upper scabbard mount is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen proofing. The nickel clover leaf with snap clip is the solid style, also having good background darkening.
The unmarked blade is still bright, although there are some even spread minor smudge marks in the obverse and reverse. They are not bad and do not really detract from the quality of the blade. There is still some grain visible. The motto is crisply etched and retains about 90% of the original background darkening. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A decent original example here, priced accordingly.
SSDAG #43991C Model 1933 Ground Röhm SS Dagger with Only Signature Ground - Böker
This classic Böker SS Dagger was originally produced with a full Röhm inscription and per the orders of June 1934, in this case, only the signature was removed, leaving the entire dedication intact on the blade. The dagger is equipped with solid nickel crossguards, being the textbook Böker shape. These mounts have fine smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The nickel tang nut does not appear to have been ever out. The lower reverse cross guard is district stamped, "I". The obverse ebony grip is completely perfect showing little to no wear. The reverse of the grip has a couple of small depressions next to each other, which appear to have been caused by perhaps a once present vertical hanger clip. They are not bad however, and if anything, give the dagger some character. The runes button is position at about 7:00 o'clock and it has perfect enamel. The SS runes and double circle around them have nicely toned to match the guards. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "beak that goes upward slightly". The eagle shows some minor surface wear, however, the details remain to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. This grip fits the guards like a rubber glove - nice. A fine hilt here!
The scabbard shell is a beauty being straight as an arrow throughout. Although I don't see any lacquer, the "anodized" surface is 100% and really looks great. The nickel scabbard mounts are in choice condition to include the lower ball. All screws are present and are un-turned. Attached to the upper carrying ring is a very fine, mint black short hanger, The hanger is the early type with supple fine leather and being complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger hardware is nickel and the clip is the "snout-nosed" variety having the rivet which retains the spring.
The blade shows some usage, but remains bright. I don't see any grain in the surfaces, however, it probably is just a case of this blade being wiped over the years, most likely by its original owner. The overall condition of the blade is still excellent. The SS motto is crisp and deep, having about 50% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. Like we see on many Böker daggers, there is just the slightest of pimpling in the depths of the letters. This is cause by impurities in the steel and become visible during the acid eating process. The pimpling, however, is very slight. I show pictures of this condition with Böker daggers in my SS Book on Page 56, explaining that once the darkening in the letter backgrounds begins to wear, we often see this minor flaw. The reverse of the blade has a still fine etch to the partial inscription, "In herzlicher Komradschaft". The area where the Röhm signature once appeared was ground and professionally re-polished. It appears to have been done by someone who knew their trade. There is just a slight rub to the top of the trademark. The trademark is the small double oval variety that Böker used with Röhm inscribed blades. The purpose of the small logo was to leave better visual room for the inscription, as their larger standard logo with the "mausoleum" and stark tree was much larger. The double ovals of this logo contain the firm's name and location, "Böker/ Solingen". The stark leafless tree is positioned in the center. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A fine Partial Röhm dagger here.
Excellent Plus. $5,495.00
SSDAG #44041 Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger with Type 1 Chain
This Chained SS is a very desirable dagger being in the best of condition. The crossguards and tang nut are of nickel. Although the mounts have been cleaned, the dark green residue is inside the guards and looks great. The guards have good smooth surfaces, sharp edges and precise accent grooves.
The ebony grip is a very fine example, showing little usage. It had a chip in the reverse lower left side, however, we had it properly repaired and the work is undetectable. This grip fits the crossguards perfectly. The runes button has perfect enamel with the SS runes set at about 7:00 o'clock. The runes and the dual circles around them have patinated nicely. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak that points upward slightly. The breast and talon areas show a little surface wear, but the bird's head, wings, wreath and swastika still remain crisp.
The scabbard shell is completely straight. It has a fine anodized surface which is nearly 100%, having only a minor amount of age, just above the lower mount area - very minor, however. There are also traces of the original protective lacquer over the anodized surfaces. As we see with Type I chains, the scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated type. They are both in excellent condition having good bright surfaces. The lower ball remains in perfect, never-dropped, condition. The center ramp is the style usually seen with Type I assemblies. It features the three intertwined, raised swastikas on each side with the backgrounds being pebbled. The backgrounds were not darkened on this type assembly. The ramp is retained by a single screw on the left side. Connected to the ramp and the upper scabbard mount is a great-conditioned, Type I Chain. This nickel-plated chain is as nice as you will see with 100% plating - it is mint. The chain links feature the large, raised out skulls with extremely toothy grins at the viewer. The SS links with the runes are also higher and more detailed than the Type II chains. The links are retained by the special tabs used for Type I chains. They are very substantial and not subject to the bending and splitting we sometimes see on the more fragile Type II nickel examples. Each link has fine background pebbling. The chain is connected to the clover leaf snap clip. The upper loop of the clip is the open type, which reveals the "DRGM" lettering on the snap below. The snap below has a good spring and works fine. The reverse of the chain also has perfect nickel surfaces. The link attached to the upper scabbard mount is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen stamping. A groat chain assembly here!
And now for the blade. This unmarked blade is as nice as the outside of the dagger. It has all of its cross grain and is completely bright, with needle-like tip. This blade is in mint condition. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is crisp and has 100% of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A really nice SS dagger here with the rarer Type I Chain. These daggers are always a good investment, a great hedge for inflation, and something that you can enjoy for a lifetime.
Near Mint. $7,695.00
SSDAG #39570C Early Model 1933 SS Dagger with Ground Dedication - Boker
This SS Dagger has the traditional Boker-shaped guards with very fine dull patination throughout the nickel. There is no district marking on the lower guard, but the fact that this dagger had a dedicated blade seems to indicate that it did not go through the normals channels of distribution.
The grip is in good condition, with no repairs. It shows only minor traces of hand wear and beautifully fits the guards. The SS runes button is the slightly convex type. The enamel shows wear but remains intact, and the button is turned slightly. The SS runes and double borders have a good looking patination. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" type; this bird shows almost no wear whatsoever throughout the detailing.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, and looks to have 100% of the original "anodized" finish. I don't see any lacquer on it but the finish looks great. The nickel scabbard mounts exactly match those on the hilt, and the lower ball is in excellent condition. The original screws are all in place and unbuggered.
There is a vertical hanger attached to this piece. This hanger retains excellent leather and is the type with a strap that has an oval buckle, instead of the more common square type. The snap clip is nickel-plated and marked "RZM M5/8". This hanger may be slightly later than the dagger but it looks good on the piece.
The obverse of the blade is still mostly bright, showing some wear and scarring in the surfaces. There is also a pit at the bottom left edge which is about the size of a UD ten cent piece. The reverse looks to have had some type of inscription or dedication which was roughly removed. There are a few gouges and scrapes on the blade and not much done in the way of re-polishing. The large sized Boker insignia leads me to believe this was not a Rohm dagger; Böker Rohm pieces used the smaller sized trademark. Why the dedication was removed is a mystery, but chances are someone was trying to distance themselves from involvement with the SS after the end of the war, which was probably a wise decision.
This dagger is what it is and looks good on the outside. If you like pieces that have seen a lot of life this example should be right up your alley.
SSDAG #39581 Mid-period Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger
This Chained-SS dagger is in an untouched state having never been cleaned, nor has it been apart. It is a dagger for those out there that like virgin pieces complete with all of the original patina. The dagger was probably produced about 1938 and has a couple of transitional aspects.
The crossguards are the nickel-plated variety, however, they are completely patinated to a yellow-green color. Looking under the patina, it appears as though the plating has lifted just slightly in a couple of areas, but overall, most of it looks very sound. The steel tang nut nicely matches.
The ebony grip is as fine as they come. It is completely perfect with no repairs and fits the guards like a rubber glove\d. This grip is of medium contour construction having good high center ridge. This grip shows little usage. The SS runes button is perfectly placed north to south and has 100% enamel with no damage anywhere. The runes and dual lines around them have also patinated, matching the fittings. The aluminum eagle is the "high-necked" variety. It shows no wear to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. This dagger saw very little wear during the period.
The scabbard shell has excellent "anodized" surfaces. There are a few age spots here and there, but overall, this anodizing is 100%. It is interesting to note that the producer of this weapon used solid nickel hardware on the scabbard, all except for the throat which is a plated steel base variety. The nickel upper and lower scabbard mounts are also a matching deep patinated variety and they are in fine condition, including the lower ball. All screws are in place and are unturned. The center ramp, despite the fact that it has the later style thicker rolled edges, is also nickel. The center ramp portrays the three intertwined swastikas on each side. It is the style that never had darkening in the backgrounds and that also applies to the matching nickel chain links. This ramp is retained by two screws, something we see quite a lot on "anodized" scabbards.
The nickel Type II chain has fantastic detail, showing no wear at all. The dental work to the skulls is the best you will see and the SS runic links are fine and crisp. The nickel tab connectors exactly match the patina and there are no openings whatsoever on the reverse of any of these tabs - very rare to see and a sure sign of little usage. The links are connected to a closed-variety clover leaf with good working spring. The first link of the upper chain is stamped on the reverse with the Kulturzeichen marking. An outstanding scabbard and chain assembly here.
As we would hope, the blade continues the fine attributes of this dagger. This untouched blade remains bright throughout and has all of its crossgraining with needle-like tip. This fine unmarked blade remains in mint condition. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue" is crisp and has 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours. It is also pleasing to see that the crossguard area that is covered by the scabbard throat remains bright and mint - neat!
A great dagger here for those of you out there that like the uncleaned, untouched appearance. This dagger has never been in a collection.
Near Mint. $7,495.00