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After 1936, NSKK Officers and long-term NCO's were designated with a new pattern dagger. It was a chained version of their original example. There were four upper and five lower links. The chain was to have one link marked, NSKK Musterschutz Korpsführung, on the reverse, and usually will be RZM marked with a factory code; most are M 5/8, but there are others.

Some NSKK Officers chose to only purchase the chain and center ramp, installing it accordingly on their existing early dagger. Many of these "field upgrades" will lack RZM markings on the chain, and will sometimes have only three upper links. Factory produced examples will normally have RZM markings as well as the standard stamping indicated above.



NSKK #45445C Transitional Double Proof NSKK EM RZM M7/37 / Robert Klaas

This Klaas produced transitional dagger is a real beauty. The crossguards are the nickel plated type and 100 percent of the plating remains and shows very little age if at all. The tang nut is in fine condition appearing unturned.The grip is a typical RZM type with sharp ridges and nice contours. It is in perfect condition and exactly fits the crossguards. The SA runes button has fine enamel. The nickel grip eagle is style with beak which points upward slightly. All the details remain to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original black paint remains in 100 percent condition. It shows just a tad of attic crazing but if anything it tells you that the paint is old. This paint still has its original bright finish. The scabbard mounts are nickel plated steel type. They are in fine condition to include the never dropped lower ball. There is a very minor little ding towards the end portion of the lower mount but it is nothing. The original dome head screws are all in place and unturned.

The blade is as good as they come. It is in full mint condition being mirror bright having all of its crossgrain and also having a nice dark motto with 100 percent of the backgrounds in the letter. The reverse blade is in the same condition and is etched at the ricasso with the kissing cranes having the firm’s name and location in a circular method around the birds “Robert Klaas Solingen”. Beneath is the code “RZM M7/37”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

A very fine double proofed NSKK.

Mint Minus. $1,295.00(#041521)

NSKK #45248C NSKK EM Ground Rohm by Carl Eickhorn

The crossguards of this dagger are fine nickel examples. They have good smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut appears to have been out maybe once or twice.

The grip is a fine pleasing wood having vertically running subtle graining. The grip is in perfect condition and nicely fits the crossguards. The runes button has fine enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the high necked version and all details remain to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.

There is no gruppe marking on these crossguards which we do see once in a while especially on original Rohm daggers.

The scabbard of this example is an NSKK type but it is a late period than the dagger. It is possible that the original owner purchased this scabbard rather than paint his original but we have no way to know. The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has excellent original black paint. This black paint is till 100 percent and only shows the most minor of age. The nickel plated scabbard mounts are in perfect condition still having their original luster. The lower ball has never been dropped. The four dome head screws are all in place and are unturned.

The blade remains mostly bright on the obverse showing only the most minor or age. This blade is in near mint condition. The motto is still crisp and has about 95 percent of its original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse reflects a full grind. The grind is well done and there was a good attempt at regraining and it looks like a factory job. The original logo is still there featuring the double small ovals. They contain the firm’s name and location “Carl Eickhorn Solingen” and inside is a serrated tail squirrel. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A nice dagger here although not textbook with the later scabbard.

Excellent. $995.00

NSKK #44571C Early Enlisted Man's NSKK Dagger - Carl Julius Krebs

This early NSKK EM Dagger is equipped with nickel fittings which remain in nice condition throughout. The tang nut does not appear to have been off this dagger, and the reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "Sw".

The high quality, dark brown grip perfectly fits the guards and remains in choice condition throughout. This grip shows some nice, subtle vertical wood grain. The SA runes button has good enamel and the nickel, "High Necked' grip eagle retains crisp detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, with fine, period black paint over the original anodized finish per the order of 1936. The paint has quite few chips on both sides, revealing the anodized finish beneath. The paint is about 85% intact overall. The scabbard mounts are in good condition, with just a tiny ding in the center of the lower ball. The four original scabbard screws are all in place and unturned.

Attached to the scabbard is a fine, very dark short hanger would could possibly be a SA example darkened by the original owner, or perhaps even an early SS piece. Either way it looks great, with fine leather and nickel hardware, including and a snout-nosed snap clip with a riveted spring.

The blade is mint. It remains mirror-bright and retains 100% of the original crossgrain. The SA motto is deeply etched, having 100% of the original darkening in the letters. The reverse of the blade is marked with the Crowned K trademark of the Krebs firm and the blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very, very nice standard, early NSKK example here.

Near Mint. $1,395.00

NSKK #45107C Personalized Early NSKK EM - Gebr. Heller

This early NSKK has a very fine hilt. The crossguards are in outstanding condition having fine smooth surfaces crips edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut is in place and does not appear to have been turned. The reverse lower crossguard is gruppe marked "Th".

On the obverse crossguard the original owner has his name professionally engraved. The engraving is very nicely done all in capital letters being "A. Kahnt". On the lower upper obverse fitting in the same professional engraving is the town from which the owner hailed "Suhl".

The grip is in nice condition throughout fitting the crossguards like a rubber glove. The runes button shows some usage in the surfaces but the enamel is still there. The nickel grip eagle is the "high necked" variety. All details there to the bird's head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is also in very nice condition. It is straight throughout and has the original paint on it that would have been done in 1936 per the NSKK order. The paint is easily about 95 percent showing some modest age in the surfaces but not bad at all. Both scabbard fittings are they nickel type. Unfortunately the lower ball has been banged in. The original screws are all in place.

Attached to the upper carrying ring is a fine early short hanger which is probably original to the piece. The leather is still in excellent condition although it is missing the littler retainer loop. It is also interesting to note that on the leather it shows signs of being period blackened by the original owner ad many NSKK guys did with their existing brown hangers after the order to paint the scabbards came into effect. The hanger hardware is the early nickel type and the unmarked clip is the "snout nosed" variety having a rivet which retains the spring.

The blade of this piece is still mostly bright but it does have some age staining on both the obverse and the reverse. The blade still grades excellent and could clean up some with a little work. The SA motto is deep and still has most of the original dark blackening in the recesses for which this maker often did. I would say that the blackening is about 90 percent anyhow. The reverse of the blade is marked with the horizontal stamping "Gebr. Heller". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A nice personalized NSKK here which should have good research potential.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

NSKK #44875C Marine Chained NSKK Officer - RZM M7/66 1939 (Eickhorn)

This marine dagger shows some wear to the original gilt finish but there is enough gilt still visible to easily identify it as a marine piece. This dagger comes from the estate of the late Joe Santucci.

The crossguards are the nickel plated type. They show some mild age under the surfaces but the plating is still all there. On the top crossguard there are portions of original gilt which remain under the lower sections of the guard and also quite a bit on the upper section of the guard. The tang nut also has quite a bit of gilt remaining. On the lower mount more gilt remains being about 50 percent on both sides.

The grip is a fine RZM type featuring a fairly high center ridge. It has nice grain running vertically and it still remains in nice condition showing only mild usage. The grip perfectly meets the scabbard mounts. The SA runes button is in good condition with all enamel present. The nickel grip eagle is the high necked version and there is just minor wear to the bird's head breast feather and talons but the wings wreath and swastika are still quite crisp.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout the obverse there is one tiny little tap on the lower reverse but it is nothing. This scabbard has about 99 percent of its original paint. The paint is still nice and bright having some attic crazing noticeable here and there on both sides. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated type. Like the hilt fittings there is wear to the gilt finish. There is however lots of gilt still remaining. On the upper mount there is a about 40 percent on the obverse and perhaps 15 or 20 percent on the reverse. The top of the throat also has about 30 percent of the gilt remaining. The center ramp has gilding in the recesses of the obverse and also along the edges with about 50 percent gilt remaining on the reverse of the center mount. The lower mount still has quite a bit of gilt finish remaining being about 85 to 90 percent. The lower ball has no dings in it but there is a line where the ball was soldered together but it is not hurtful in any way. The original dome head style screws are in place and unturned.

The eyelets of the center ramp and the upper ramp exactly match in size. The chain has survived quite well regarding the gilt finish. It consists of the standard 4 links on the top and 5 links on the lower. The links alternate the NSKK eagles and sunwheel swastikas. The lower link has the NSKK triangle in the center area. There is a about 95 percent of the original gilt remains on the obverse of these links and perhaps more so on the reverse of the links. The connectors are all in good condition and the two chains connect to the snap clip. The snap clip has quite a bit of gilt remaining on the lower area as well as the upper area and the shield area has all of the gilt surrounding the acorn placed between two oak leaves. The chain is marked on the reverse on the two top links that connect to the snap clip bing the NSKK Korpsführung stamping on one and the "RZM M5-8" on the other. Connected to the top clip is a small belt loop having very fine brown leather with a gilded D ring.

The blade of this example is still in near full mint condition. It has all of its original grain and the SA motto is very crisp having 100 percent of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse blade is matching etched with a single RZN circle positioned over the Carl Eickhorn code "M 7/66". Below this is the date of manufacture "1939". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

A nice absolutely original chained marine NSKK here. These daggers are quite rare and this one would be a fine example to add to an advanced collection.

Excellent Plus. $5,495.00

NSKK #28689 Early Enlisted Man's NSKK Dagger - Arthur Schüttlehöfer

This early dagger is in good collectible condition and is a good historical testimony to the NSKK paint application ordered for the scabbards of SA daggers in 1936. First off though, the hilt has nickel crossguards which are in good condition throughout having smooth surfaces, sharp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut appears to possibly be a later example as it is a steel one with nickel plating versus the solid nickel type. At any rate though, it looks like it's been there a long time and possibly it was installed at the same time as the scabbard paint. The lower crossguard is stamped with the gau marking, “Ns”. The grip is a fine mahogany being a beautiful reddish color and having subtle vertical graining running beneath the surfaces. This grip is in perfect condition throughout and it is of medium to sharp construction. It fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has fine enameled surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the point-behind-the-head variety bird. This eagle though, has full details remaining to his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons and mobile swastika. A pretty nice hilt here! The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It reflects some very thick black paint that appears to have been sprayed on. This paint has some age to it but it still is good and bright and rates at about 98%. This paint job would have been one of the ones that were ordered in 1936 for the NSKK branch of the SA. Up to this point these NSKK people were wearing the exact same dagger as the SA and this black paint was a way to distinguish these people who ran the motor pools for the SA. This scabbard is equipped with matching nickel mounts. These mounts are in excellent condition throughout to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by four nickel screws all having unbuggered heads. The blade of this example is nice and bright and has 100% of the original crossgraining. It is interesting to note that the SA motto etch is slightly lower than the position they are usually seen. When one looks on the reverse it is also interesting to note that the manufacturer’s logo is slightly higher than it is normally seen to be. The collector will see this once in awhile where the etch template was perhaps placed a little bit off center with this type of result. Some times the etches will also run slightly diagonal for the same reasons. The SA etch on this example though is outstanding. It is still in mint condition and has 100% of the dark backgrounding. The same is true of the interesting maker’s logo on the opposite ricasso. It features the dual set of hobby horses with the firm’s abbreviated name above, “Asso” and below being the location city of, “Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours. This is a very fine NSKK dagger here and if you have looked for a nicely done early example you know they are difficult to find. This one should satisfy most of the “knit-pickers” out there. A nice overall dagger.

Near Mint. $1095.00

NSKK #35082 NSKK Partial "Name Only" Ground Röhm Dagger - Gebr. Heller

This early example is equipped with fine, patinated, solid nickel mounts throughout. The piece does not look to have been cleaned since the War. The tang nut does not appear to have been out of this piece. The guards have good, smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The lower crossguard is Gruppe marked, "Mi". The grip appears to be a mahogany wood, featuring fairly high ridge construction, and pleasing grain running vertically throughout the length. The grip remains in fine condition, with no problems, and fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is slightly turned to the left, and the enamel is still perfect. The grip eagle is the nickel type, being the style with "beak which points upwards slightly". This bird retains its details to its head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika. A good hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It reflects the original, black, painted surface done in 1936, over the old, anodized type. This paint shows usage with wear along the edges. Overall, the paint is perhaps 85%. The paint still has good luster to it, and looks well with this dagger. The upper scabbard mount is in perfect condition. The lower mount has a hit to the ball, which has knocked it upwards slightly at the left side. There is no splitting, however, in the ball. The screws are all in place. There are a couple of "force" marks around the holes on the lower mount. This would have happened when the scabbard was dented. The dagger is equipped with a short hanger and belt loop connected to the carrying ring. The leather to both pieces is a matching, very dark, brown. The hanger is the early type, and is missing the little retainer loop. It is equipped with early nickel mounts, the snap clip being the "snout nosed" type, having the spring retained by a rivet. The matching belt loop is in good condition, having a nickel plated, steel "D" ring.

The obverse blade of this example is in excellent condition, still being nice and bright, and having all of its original, factory grain. The SA motto is crisp and deep, having 100% of the darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. This company is known for their dark letters, and they really jump out of this blade. Other than the mildest of age signs, the obverse blade is in mint condition. The reverse blade shows some grinding across the surfaces, which was done when the Rohm signature only was removed. The rest of the inscription is all there, and has the same black backgrounds as the SA motto. Apparently, the grinder felt that the best way to make this look reasonable was to match the rest of the blade with a slight grain. That is the reason why the blade looks gray on the reverse. It is interesting to note, the trademark is the small circles used by this company specifically for Rohm inscriptions. The two small circles contain the firm's name and location, "GEBRUDER HELLER/SCHMALKALDEN". In the center is an anchor. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A very nice, "name only" dagger here, in very collectible condition. We do not see many Gebruder Heller Rohm examples.

Excellent Plus. $2,295.00

NSKK #32651 Early Brigade Marked NSKK EM Dagger With Unusual Grip Eagle – Haco, Berlin

This early NSKK EM Dagger is an interesting example which I purchased directly from the family of the deceased veteran. Nothing has ever been done to the dagger and the way it is is the way it came back from the war. This dagger is covered with a deep dull patination. The nickel mounts have never been cleaned and the tang nut indicates that it has never been turned. These cross guards retain their smooth surfaces under the patina and the edges are still crisp with good, precise accent grooves. The lower cross guard is stamped with a Gruppe mark “p”. (Normally these Haco daggers are gau-marked from Berlin, so this also is quite unusual.) The grip though is by far the most unusual I think I have seen. This grip is extremely dark and looks as though it may have been pained black at one time but it is hard to tell. The grip shows some usage throughout with a small crack at the lower reverse and a slight gauge just above the bottom reverse section but if anything, it gives it character. The SA runes button shows some extra room around its perimeter as we would see on a replacement and perhaps this has occurred, but, as I said above, if it did, it was during the period. The grip eagle area, though, is the most curious of all. The original eagle appears to have been cut out of the grip and a portion of differing wood containing an open-winged copper eagle has been carefully placed into the area. It is not a job that a master craftsman did by any means but it still looks pretty good. I think this copper eagle is from one of the long service ribbon bars that were worn with the uniform. Why the original owner chose to replace his standard eagle with one like this is not known to me. This eagle, though, still has good detail throughout its copper surfaces. The head, breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath and mobile swastika are still quite crisp. This grip fits the cross guards very well.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It is one of those shells that looks like it was either a “dip job” or painted with a broom or toothbrush. It has lots of thick black paint on it and still rates at perhaps 98%. It shows lots of age throughout and is definitely a paint job per the order given to NSKK people in 1936 to paint their anodized scabbard black using whatever means possible. The scabbard mounts exactly match the hilt mounts and are in excellent condition. The lower ball has a slight flattening at the very bottom and there is a small split at the left side. All of this sounds worse than it is, as it all seems to flow nicely with the looks of this odd dagger. A very interesting thing also is a beautifully engraved brigade number which appears stamped on the reverse of the scabbard mount. The number is “Br. 16/9522”. This engraving is very nicely done and certainly was not accomplished by the same person that did the grip eagle or painted this scabbard!

The blade of this example is still mostly bright. It shows some age here and there and some in and out marks, but it still grades at excellent plus. The motto is still quite deep and crisp and it has about 95% of the original frosted backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is marked with the lifesaver style trademark of this firm with their name and city etched between the two circles, “Haco Berlin”. The blade shoulders nicely fit the cross guards, although there is a tiny space on both shoulder ends. It is not enough, though, to cause eyebrow raising. The area surrounding the blade shoulders on the lower cross guard is still bright where the cross guard seated against the scabbard throat. An interesting piece here that appeals to me and hopefully will appeal to other collectors out there.

Excellent. $1,195.00

NSKK #34065C Early NSKK “Unofficial” Officer Conversion with Personalization and Dedicated Blade – Wilh. Kober

This early dagger is a real anomaly here but absolutely a period piece and should be of much interest to those of you out there that like “one-off” pieces. The dagger started life as an early SA example. Probably after the NSKK was ordered to paint their scabbards black this conversion may have occurred. The scabbard shell shows signs of once being a brown anodized type however it was painted black in a rather crude form. It is my belief that many times some of the NSKK people also painted their grips black. This is the case here and the grip appears to have been painted the same time as the scabbard and by the same individual. The paint to the grip shows wear in places and the original brown color wood does show through. The crossguards and tang nut do not look to have been removed in modern times. These all nickel mounts have a very dull patination and do not appear to have been cleaned since the period. The mounts are the typical Suhl type. They have good smooth crossguards, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard has the gruppe mark, “Th”. In addition, on either side of the gruppe stamping are the original owner’s initials, “R.S.”. This engraving has been professionally done with double scribed letters. The grip is still in fairly good condition having no chips or problems. The paint was extremely rough the way it was applied and some of it has cracked and wrinkled some probably by heat in an attic. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has all of its enameled surfaces. The early grip eagle is the high-necked variety. This eagle still has all of its details to include the bird’s eye, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A most interesting hilt here!

The scabbard shell as indicated above has been painted black over the original brown anodizing. The scabbard surfaces are a little rough here and there but they are still basically straight. The nickel mounts are in place and are the early type exactly matching the patination of the crossguards. The upper mount is still in good condition whereas the lower mount has had the ball hit at about the center of the bottom where it is pushed in. There is no splitting however. There appears to be a replacement screw at the lower right portion of the mount. The other three screws are original and are unbuggered. There has been a center ramp added to this scabbard. This ramp appears to have been locally made and it is by no means “official”. It is cut in the same design as the official style ramps but it has no turning to the edges. The borders are only straight metal cut in the normally seen arch design along the borders. There is an eyelet that has been added along with a smaller style brass ring. There is no screw holding this ramp in place and assumedly it is pushed up to the point where the expanding portions of the scabbard shell hold it in place. Attached to the upper and center eyelet is an early Luftwaffe chain. This nickel chain has eight ringlets at the top and ten ringlets at the bottom. The clip is the standard unmarked Luftwaffe nickel type. It is interesting to note that the chain is attached in the same way that we see NPEA leader chains attached to their scabbards. Two strips of brass were cut and made into attaching tabs. The connecting points were soldered on the reverse. Also interesting to note is that the reverse of the upper scabbard mount has more personalization with the owner’s initial and portion of his last name, “R.Sch.”. More than likely this man’s name was Schultz or something to that nature. This engraving was professionally done and has attractive engraving between the double scribed letters.

The blade is an early type and appears to be a ground Röhm on the reverse. The obverse still has much of the original crossgraining but does show some in and out usage and there is also a very minor nick at the upper edge. The motto is crisp however most of the original background darkening has gone to time. This blade only grades at about excellent. On the reverse the crossgraining indicates that there must have been a Röhm inscription that was removed. What is really interesting is that an additional inscription has been added on the reverse. It is etched in two lines, “In Treüe / Franz Fischer”. This of course would mean, “In Loyalty Franz Fischer”. Apparently Fischer may have had this crazy dagger put together for R. Schultz. The original factory logo is on the reverse ricasso. It is a double oval type which traps the firm’s name and location inside, “Wilh. Kober & Co. Suhl”. Inside is the half man half horse animal known as a centaur. The animal is positioned over the start up date of this factory, “Gegr. 1874”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contours.

Obviously this is a most interesting dagger especially for those who like to study original variations and contemplate why they were done and who wore them. Since there were many millions of officers and men wearing daggers during the Third Reich time it is inevitable that we are going to see pieces that we don’t thoroughly understand. I believe that this is a real gem here if you are the type of guy that does not have to collect “cookie cutter” style pieces. As the hobby becomes more and more advanced pieces of this nature become more and more important to the collecting community. An outstanding opportunity here to expand your collection into a piece that currently may have more questions than answers but that certainly will be an eye catcher and a piece to discuss with your like thinking friends. Absolutely a totally original dagger of the period.

Excellent. $1,995.00

NSKK #33502C Early Ground Röhm NSKK EM Dagger – J.A. Henckels

This early NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger is in nice overall condition and is an interesting dagger. The crossguards are the standard solid nickel type and they were cleaned not too long ago and present a good shiny state. The tang nut appears to have been out a few times but it is still fairly crisp. These crossguards have smooth surfaces with crisp edges and good precise accent grooves. It is interesting to note that the gruppe mark on the reverse lower crossguard is stamped way over on the right, “B.O”. (Usually when we see this it is the “H.o.” marking so this is somewhat of an anomaly.) The grip is a fine mahogany having a good subtle grain in the surfaces. The obverse grip is in choice condition throughout while the reverse shows a couple of hits towards the upper areas. The grip is of medium to high ridge construction and it absolutely fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has fine enameled surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the “point-behind-the-head” style. This bird is extremely crisp having full details to the head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has received a black coat of paint which was definitely done during the period. The paint shows wear and usage but it still retains its brightness having a little bit of spidering but still rating at about 85-90%. On the areas where the paint is scraped it is possible to see the original anodized surface below the paint. As we collectors know, in 1936 NSKK men were ordered to paint their scabbards black as a way to designate the difference between the SA and the NSKK dagger. The scabbard mounts are all nickel matching the crossguard. These mounts are in excellent condition throughout, the lower ball just having the smallest tap to the left in the center. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws which are unbuggered. A nice rarely seen scabbard here.

The obverse of this blade is in choice mint condition, having all cross grain and deep etched motto. The motto has all of the dark background. There a couple of extremely minor age marks at the ricasso area, but not enough to take away from a mint rating here. The reverse blade has had the Röhm inscription neatly ground from the etched area only. There was new grain applied, but it is a far-cry from the original factory type and the viewer will easily see where the Röhm autograph and his pronunciation of his affection to his early fighters once was placed. The areas of the blade after and before the inscription, still retain the original brightness and grain on their surfaces - a fine ground blade here that really gives a feel for this exciting time in German history. The logo is still all there, having just a small "rub" of grinding at the very top of the oval logo. The double ovals contain the firm's name and location, "J. A. Henckels, Zwillingswerk, Solingen". Inside, is the traditional symbol still used today by this fine blade company, the conjoined twins in an Egyptian-like pose. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour. A fine example here!

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

NSKK #43643C Field Upgrade Chained NSKK Officer's Dagger - Tiger

This NSKK Officer's Dagger is a very high quality. When NSKK Chained Daggers were first offered in 1938 there were some officers who decided to retain their daggers and simply add the new chain. This example is one of those field upgrades.

The dagger itself is a beauty. The nickel guards remain in choice condition, with the reverse of the lower guard Gruppe marked "He". The tang nut is in perfect condition and may have been out once but not in a long time.

The grip is very fine, with pleasing, high quality wood with subtle grain. It remains in perfect condition, fitting the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button has excellent enamel, and the nickel, "High Neck" grip eagle retains new-like detailing throughout.

The scabbard is original to the dagger and has been painted black during the period. The paint remains in very fine condition and is 100% intact. Added to the scabbard is a center ramp and an NSKK chain. The center ramp is one of the early types, with good, crisp edges and a matching eyelet. The fittings throughout the scabbard remain in good condition, including the lower ball. The upgrade screws which replaced the originals are all in place and unturned.

The chain is a conventional type, with four upper and five lower links. The links alternate between NSKK eagles and raised sun-wheel swastikas. The center link on the lower chain has the triangular rune used by the NSKK. Each of these links remains in perfect condition, with no rust whatsoever. The connecting rings also have a fine, original finish with no rust. The two chains are connected to a fine snap clip. This clip has a shield on the front with a pair of oak leaves and acorns. The snap works well. The two links that connect to the snap clip are marked, one with "RZM M5/8" and other with the NSKK "Korpsührung Musterschutz".

The blade is a beauty in mint condition, with a needle-like tip and all of the original crossgrain. The obverse blade is etched with a dark SA motto. The reverse is marked with the eponymous cat trademark of the Tiger firm, and the blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very high quality NSKK Dagger here.

Near Mint. $3,695.00

NSKK #42105C Early Enlisted Man's NSKK Dagger - F. Dick

This early example has nickel crossguards which remain in excellent condition throughout, and the tang nut does not look to have been turned. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Sw".

The grip is in perfect condition, constructed of light brown wood with subtle grains. The SA runes button retains perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle the the style with a beak that points slightly upward and retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight and looks to have been repainted at some point. The paint looks fairly good but there is a run on the reverse side. This could probably be compounded out. The upper nickel scabbard mount remains in good condition, although the ball is pressed in on the lower mount. It is not split, however. The original nickel screws are still in place.

The blade of this dagger is starting to show a little grayness and age spotting, but it is not too bad. The motto is crisply etched and retains about 90% of the original darkening in the letters. The reverse is marked with the horizontal Arrow trademark of the F. Dick firm, and the blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

Not a bad dagger here; with a little work on the scabbard paint it would show nicely.

Excellent. $750.00

NSKK #41928 Early Enlisted Man's NSKK Dagger with Blade Dedication - August Merten

The crossguards of this example do not appear to have been cleaned. They are in good condition, with smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The tang nut does not appear to have been out of this example. The lower reverse crossguard is marked with the Gruppe "S". It is also interesting that scratched into the crossguard as well as the upper scabbard reverse scabbard mount is a brigade marking with serial number which appears to be "16-10971". The work is done rather crudely but I am sure that this is a period scratching made by the original owner of this dagger.

The grip is a rounded type having a darker color wood. It is in good condition except for a chip which is out just about the grip eagle. This grip fits absolutely like a rubber glove. The SA runes button has good enamel. The grip eagle is the style with point behind the head and it has excellent detail to the bird's head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and mobile swastika. The scabbard mounts are also nickel matching the patina of the hilt. These mounts are in excellent condition throughout to include the lower ball. They are retained by the four original nickel screws.

The scabbard shell appears to be an old repaint. The paint job was done using a thick coating of paint and it is possible that this is a period job.

The blade is also a very interesting example. This blade is basically still in mint condition having a very fine motto. The motto has all of the blackening in the backgrounds of the letters. On the reverse side there is a two line dedication "Sportkampftag 1936 / Standarte 187". Apparently this dagger was awarded as a trophy prize in 1936 for a sports competition day that was held by this particular standarte. The etching is extremely well done and appears to be professional in all ways. The reverse ricasso is marked with an "M" over two oak leaves and below this the name of the firm and location "Aug Merten Ww. / Solingen Gr.". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

Avery interesting dagger here that would be a good candidate for research into the event that occurred back in 1936.

Excellent Plus. $2,195.00

NSKK #40544C Early NSKK Dagger with Crossguard Number & Ultra Rare Maker - Gebr. Bohme, Brotterode

This early NSKk Dagger has never been cleaned nor been taken apart. The crossguards and tang have a very fine dull, even patination throughout.

The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "Th". It is interesting to note that there is also a number stamped on the obverse guard, "0635", which looks to have been struck upside down. The "5" digit was inadvertently stamped partly into the grip; it looks like the stamper then sobered up and did better on his second attempt. This could be either an Ausweiss or SA number, but there is no way for me to sure. It does make for an very interesting dagger, however!

The grip is a fine, early example, being constructed from what looks like cherry. It has some subtle subsurface wood grain and remains in perfect condition, fitting the guards like a glove. The SA runes button is the type with a copper background and has perfect enamel. The grip eagle is the style with a visible point behind the head. This bird retains fine detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell was painted black as per the 1936 NSKK directive. The paint is about 60% intact on the obverse and only about 10-15% on the reverse. The parts were the paint has gone reveal the original "anodized" finish. Is anyone still needs proof that the "anodized" scabbards were indeed ordered to be slapped with black paint, they need only look at this piece to have their bell rung.

The scabbard is equipped with fine early nickel mounts with matching patination. They remain in perfect condition through to the never dropped lower ball. These mounts are retained by early nickel screws which are unturned.

The original short hanger remains with the dagger. The hanger is the early type and has fairly good leather. The small retainer loop is intact but the two threads on the reverse have come undone; it is still hanging in there, however. The hardware is solid nickel, the clip being marked "A" and "DRGM".

After enduring the rather grungy exterior of this dagger the collector will be very pleased when the blade is drawn. This blade is in mirror bright, mint condition, with all of the crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SA motto retains 100% of the original darkening and really looks great against the bright metal.

The reverse of the blade is marked with the trademark of a very rarely seen producer. Ovals contain the firm's name and location, "Gebr. Bšhme Nacht Fl. Brotterode". It is interesting to note that this maker is apparently so rare they do not even appear on the McSARR rating scale. I guess when this rating was complied none of these Bšhme daggers were on hand.

A great dagger here, appealing to those who like the untouched, pieces with numbers, rare makers, or that just talk to you. This dagger has it all.

Excellent Plus. $1,295.00

NSKK #38653C Early NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger – Fritz Barthelmess

This early NSKK Dagger is a great example for those who are looking for a piece that straddles the change of scabbard paint from brown to black; this piece reflects both.

The early nickel crossguards are in excellent condition throughout. The tang nut does not look to have been out of this dagger more than once. The reverse guard is Gruppe marked “Fr”.

The grip is a very fine, dark wood, being of Medium Contour construction and remaining in perfect condition. It fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is in nice condition, having good enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a point behind the head. This bird retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is completely straight. As mentioned above it reflects both the SA and NSKK paint. The black finish that was applied after 1936 per NSKK orders has thinned to reveal a fine brown “anodized” finish beneath. I would say the finish is about 50/50, but it gives a very fine look to the piece. I find it to be a fascinating, visual evidence of the changeover. The scabbard mounts are of fine matching nickel, in perfect condition to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by early, unturned nickel screws.

Attached to the scabbard is what appears to the be original short hanger. This brown leather hanger has matching nickel hardware and an unmarked clip. It is interesting to note that this clip is installed in reverse; the original owner must have found it easier to affix it to his belt loop in this direction. The leather throughout this hanger is still supple and complete with the original retainer loop.

The blade is a real beauty; in full mint condition, bright with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The motto is crisp and deep, retaining all of the original factory background darkening. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the trademark of Barthelmess firm; a pair of double ellipses enclose the name of the firm and a location of “Muggendorf”. In the very center is “Bavaria”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very fine NSKK Dagger here, which should have appeal to collectors looking for pieces with real interest.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

NSKK #38659C Mid-period NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger RZM M7/8 - Ed. Gembruch

This NSKK Dagger is most interesting, being made by the small producer Gembruch.

The very fine crossguards on this example are of solid nickel. The are not Gruppe marked, so they were not made early on. I suspect that Gembruch had extra nickel guards which they used up on RZM pieces, probably about 1937. These guards have an excellent patina and have not been cleaned since the war. The tang nut is also nickel and looks to have never been removed.

The grip does not show a lot of grain but is a pleasing color. Other than a tiny lift on the upper obverse right it is in perfect condition and fits the guards perfectly. The SA runes button is slightly turned and retains perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle has a patination which matches the guards. It is a “High-necked” version which retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard is absolute original to this piece. The shell is straight throughout and has nearly perfect original paint. This paint shows almost no usage and is 100% intact with a factory sheen. The scabbard mounts are nickel plated, patinated to near match they guards. Since they are plated they will never get as dark as the solid nickel. These mounts are in excellent condition, the lower ball having just a tiny ding in the bottom center. The throat is the thicker type we see on RZM daggers.

The blade is nice, bright example with all of the original crossgrain. There are minor traces of age here and there but the blade remains in nearly mint condition. The motto is crisp and dark. The reverse ricasso is marked with a double open RZM circle set above the code for Gembruch, “M 7/8”.

This is a very rare maker to see on a NSKK dagger, or a SS for that matter! A great, original NSKK dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

NSKK #37531C Early NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger – Hugo Linder Deltawerk

This early NSKK EM Dagger is absolutley untouched, never having been cleaned or taken apart. The mounts, of course, are the solid nickel type. There is a dark patination across all of the surfaces, with some of that greenish residue visible where the guards meet the grip. This dagger should be of particular interest to those of you out there who love this kind of vintage look.

The crossguards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked “Ns”.

The grip looks to be a Medium Contour type, crafted from a fine mahogany. This grip absolutley fits the guards like a rubber glove, and shows little in the way of usage being nearly perfect throughout. The only problem on the grip is with the SA runes button; the enamel has taken a few hits. Luckily it is so deeply patinated that the damage is not really that visible. The grip eagle is the early “High Neck” bird, and it retains full details to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika. A nice, untouched hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. I'm sure many of you guys have been looking for an early NSKK Dagger that has a decent period black paint job. This example is one of the best. This black paint on this scabbard is absolutley original and even with a couple of really minor signs of age still rates at 100%. It is really a great looking shell.

The scabbard mounts have a matching level of patination and retain the same untouched look as the guards. The lower ball has never been dropped and is in perfect condition. The mounts are retained by four original screws with are in unbuggered condition.

Taking the blade out of the scabbard affords you a view of one of those contrasts that will raise your eyebrows as this blade is very nearly in full Mint condition. It is mirror-bright and retains all of the original cross grain. The SA motto on the blade is crisp and deep, with a 100% intact frosted background. There are a couple of in-and-out marks as well a a few very tiny nicks on the upper edge of the blade, but they do little to detract from the beauty of this untouched dagger.

The reverse ricasso of the blade is matching etched with the triangular logo of HLD. Arching above the triangle is the name of the firm, “Hugo Linder Deltawerk”, while inside is what appears to be a detailed oak leaf. Beneath the name of location city, “Solingen” can be seen. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the contour of the lower guard.

A really fine, untouched early NSKK Dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

NSKK #36629 Chained NSKK Officer's Dagger RZM M7/66 1942 - Carl Eickhorn

This Chained NSKK Officer's Dagger has superficial age here-and-there as well as patination. The dagger has typical nickel plated crossguards with steel tang nut. The tang nut shows minor age, and the crossguards still have most of the original brightness visible. The grip is a typical RZM type, having a sharp contour construction. It is in perfect condition, having a medium-brown color with vertically running grain. It fits the crossguards fairly well, but this is the way we see them on last ditch efforts. The SA runes button is well placed and does have perfect enamel. The zinc grip eagle is nicely set in from the wood recesses. This zinc grip eagle has good detail to the bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.

The scabbard shell is nice and straight. It has its original black paint. This paint shows some mild spidering and there are some flake spots but, over-all, it’s about 85% and would certainly clean up with a little work. The scabbard mounts are the typical nickel plated type. The upper example is in perfect condition with the fat throat we see with this producer. The center ramp is also in excellent condition. The lower mount has some wear to the original plating. The original screws are also all in place and they are unturned.

The chain is a typical factory type, having the 4-link top and 5-link bottom. This chain shows mild age on the surface areas of the front and back. The chain is properly marked “RZM M5/8” on the reverse of the bottom link, and “NSKK Musterschutz Korpsführung”. The snap clip also shows mild age. It has the proper positioned acorn between the oak leaves. The blade of this dagger is fairly bright throughout the surfaces. The SA motto is still fairly good, having about 90% of the original background darkening. The reverse ricasso is marked with an open RZM positioned over the Eickhorn code “M 7/66”, and underneath is date of manufacture, “1942”. This has to be one of the last mass produced daggers made in 3rd Reich Germany.

Excellent. $2,995.00

NSKK #33581C Chained NSKK Marine Officer Dagger RZM M 7/66 1940 - Carl Eickhorn

This Chained NSKK Marine Officer Dagger is showing some age throughout the gilding and also to the scabbard paint but it is what it is and it is priced accordingly. The crossguards are the standard nickel-plated type that have been factory gold washer. This gilding is probably about 40-50% on the upper crossguard and perhaps about 80-85% on the lower crossguard. The tang nut is the nickel-plated steel type and it also has about 60-70% of the gilded finish remaining. The grip is a standard RZM type having high ridge construction. It has the typical vertically running graining with a pleasing brown surface to the wood. The grip is in superb condition. It features an SA runes button which is perfectly set and has 100% of the enameled surfaces. The grip eagle is the aluminum type being the style with beak that points upward slightly. The bird still has full detail remaining to its eye, breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath and swastika. There is a little wear to the talon area and slightly on the bottom of the breast feathering. The grip adequately fits the crossguards.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It reflects original black factory paint. This paint still has some luster to it but it also has some spidering and quite a bit of age and chipping which most likely occurred from the chain being wrapped around the scabbard shell. This paint remains at approximately 80-85%. The scabbard mount are the typical nickel-plated RZM type. They have good nickel plating throughout but like the crossguards these hilt mounts are also showing wear to the gilt. The lower reverse mount has nearly all of the gilt remaining and the reverse of the center ramp has maybe 80% of it. The upper reverse mount has maybe 50% with about 90% still remaining on the throat. On the obverse the upper mount has about 50% gilt, the ramp has perhaps 30% and the lower mount is about 90%. The lower ball is still intact and has never been dropped. These mounts are retained by unturned matching dome head screws. The eyelets exactly match each other in size. The chain is the convention RZM type having four upper and five lower links. These links feature alternating NSKK eagles with swastikas and sunwheel swastika links. The lower chain has a center link featuring the RAD triangular rune. The connectors to the links are all in good shape. The links appear to have a little bit of rust here and there but not bad with fairly good plating. The gilding on these links is clinging throughout the recesses but there is not much on the high relief areas. The nickel snap clip is also the conventional type having a shield featuring an acorn placed between the recesses of two leaves which flank the acorn. The gilding is intact in the recesses of the shield and there are also remains of it here and there around the snap clip but not much. The two lower chain links which connect to the scabbard eyelets are marked. The upper example is stamped, “Musterschutz / NSKK- / Korpsfürung”.

The blade of this example makes up for some of the lack of gilding. This blade is still factory bright and has all of its crossgraining. The SA motto on this blade is nice and crips and appears to have 100% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. Other than the most modest of age signs this blade rates in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a single open RZM circle which is positioned over the Carl Eickhorn code, “M 7/66”. Beneath is the production date of this dagger, “1940”. The crossguard area on the lower surfaces where it was protected by the scabbard throat has nearly all of the original finish. An interesting dagger here which absolutely was a marine version of the chained NSKK officer. It is in collectible condition and although it is nowheres near mint it may be a good piece to acquire until a better example comes along. It is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $5,495.00

NSKK #36376 Field-upgrade Chained NSKK Leader Dagger – F. Dick

This Chained NSKK Dagger was most likely a upgraded during the 1936 period when the approval was given for officers of the NSKK to wear the addition of a suspension chain. The dagger was most likely the original owners early dagger. He apparently did not wish to purchase an entirely new, factory-made piece, opting to have his original example upgraded instead.

The dagger has all nickel crossguards, with a fine nickel tang. This dagger does not appear to have been apart in modern times. The guards are in excellent shape, still having precise accent grooves, smooth surfaces, and crisp edges. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked, “Sw”.

The grip is a most pleasing dark, furniture-like mahogany. This grip has deep colored grains which run vertically under the surfaces. The grip also appears to still have quite a bit of the original protective coating, some variety of either varnish or lacquer. This grip is of Medium Ridge construction and remains in perfect condition, showing only normal usage. The grip fits the crossguards perfectly.

The SA runes button is one of the early copper types, still having excellent enamel surfaces. The matching nickel grip eagle is the “Point Behind the Head” style, and retains full details throughout.

The scabbard of this example is ultra-interesting and, in my opinion, has much appeal. The scabbard is straight throughout and instead of a painted black finish this example is a fine anodized type. The anodizing is still all in place, and a good part of original protective lacquer also remains. I would say the lacquer is at about 80 to 85% intact.

The upper and lower scabbard mounts are standard nickel types. They are in good condition, although the lower ball has a minor hit to it; a tiny ding, barely noticeable at the bottom. None of this is bad however. The mounts are retained by original nickel screws, which are unbuggered.

The center ramp is extremely interesting, appearing to be of all-nickel material, most likely fabricated either in a machine shop or local smithy. This ramp is of a wider proportion than the standard factory types we see, and it is also made with fine, crisp edges. The ramp is soldered together at the inner seam area, which also features a soldered eyelet. The eyelet of this ramp is the same size as the upper eyelet.

Connected to the scabbard is an outstanding, and solid nickel NSKK Chain with a silvered coating. This is the type of chain that we would see on a chained NSKK Honor Dagger. The chain is extremely well done, with fine patination throughout the surfaces. There are four upper links on this chain, and five lower links. The links feature the NSKK eagle with swastika, alternating with the sun-wheel swastika runic symbol link. The lower chain, in the center, has the triangular rune unique to the NSKK. The holes on all the links have highly defined dome shape to them. The connectors are all matching, and show no openings whatsoever. The reverse of the two links that attach to the scabbard ring are stamped. The upper link is marked with the Assmann Hardware Company code, “RZM 5/8”. The lower link has the standard stamping, “NSKK-Musterschutz/Korpsführung”. These beautiful nickel links are connected to a beautiful, all-nickel snap clip, featuring the seal on the obverse. The seal depicts a sprig of oak leaves with a acorn in the center. The oak leaves have nice detailing to the veins.

Attached to the clip assembly is a nice brown belt loop, which has good leather and an excellent “D” ring.

The blade of this dagger is a high-quality, mirror-bright example, having all of the graining and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is deep and crisp, with 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse blade is etched with the trademark of the F. Dick firm; a vertically aligned rectangle containing an arrow that points to the name of the firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard surface.

This is a really great early piece here, that no only talks to you, but is of quality and workmanship that we would never see on a later made chained NSKK dagger.

Excellent Plus. $4,995.00

NSKK #31027C Mid-Period NSKK Dagger – Gebrüder Heller

This mid-period NSKK Dagger is equipped with nickel cross guards and tang nut. The nickel guards are in excellent condition, still having good, smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. There are no Gruppe markings on this example. The grip is a fine lighter toned brown wood having nice vertically running graining. The grip shows only the most minor of usage signs and still remains in perfect condition. It fits the cross guards like a glove. The SA runes button is nicely installed and has 100% of the original enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with “beak which points upward slightly”. This bird shows a little minor wear to the head and breast feathering as well as the talons. The wing feathering, wreath and swastika are still all there. A good hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It is an excellent example, having good original factory done black paint. This paint is near 100% and is in almost full mint condition, showing only the most minor or crazing. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated type. They retain their brightness and are in perfect condition throughout to include the lower ball. The dome head steel screws are all in place and are unturned. Chances are, the original owner of this example purchased the scabbard separately rather than have his original example repainted. Attached to the scabbard is an early SA short hanger and belt loop. The hanger has fairly good leather and the nickel snap clip is marked “RZM M5/71 OLC”. The belt loop is an early type having fine pebbled nickel “D” ring.

The blade of this example is still nice and bright. It has nearly all of its cross graining and there is only the slightest of age on the surfaces. It would grade at near mint except there is just a little bit of an inward line from the blade shoulders which may indicate that this blade had some sharpening which was honed off in the past. I can’t be sure and maybe its nit-picking, but I want to give you full disclosure where I can. This would rate the blade at about excellent plus. The SA motto is very deeply etched into the surface, however, about only 50% of the blackening remains. What does remain, though, is a very dark color tone. The reverse of the blade has the stamping running horizontally with no logo “Gebr. Heller”. I have never really learned whether this is the same Heller Brothers that used the anchor as a logo or whether it is an entirely different company. I know many collectors feel that it is a different company. I guess it is one of those things that we will discover in the future. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the cross guard contour.

Excellent Plus Plus. $1,095.00

NSKK#31818 Chained NSKK Officer's Dagger Field Upgrade - Carl Eickhorn

This NSKK Chained Officer's Dagger is one of the field upgrade types where the original recipient, rather than buy a new dagger, ordered the necessary hardware to upgrade his existing NSKK. In the case of this example, his NSKK was also a Ground Roehm. It is an Eickhorn piece. The hilt mounts are the standard solid nickel crossguards and they are in excellent condition throughout, having good smooth surfaces, still crisp edges, and the very deep hand-cut accent grooves we often see with this producer. The guards have a fine dull patination that goes throughout the dagger. The tang not does not appear to have ever been off of this dagger. The grip is a tobacco-leaf looking texture, as well as color. There is no sheen to this grip. It does have some good close graining that runs mostly north-to-south. Other than the lack of finish, the grip is in perfect condition. It would be an easy job to put a little wax on this grip, which would completely wake it up. The grip nicely fits the crossguards. The fit is not terrific, but it is typical of Eickhorn daggers. The SA runes button is perfectly placed. It does have a small “hit” to the left of the “S” rune, and also a small “hit” just above the top portion of the “A” rune. These flaws, though, are not bad. The grip eagle is the high-necked style and it is in excellent condition. All details remain to the bird’s head, beak, breast feathering, wing feathering, legs, wreath, and mobile swastika. The reverse lower crossguard is Gruppe stamped, “BO”. This Gau is at the bottom of Germany on the border of Bavaria and Austria.

Usually, I go to the scabbard next with my descriptions, but this time I will break with tradition and go to the blade as it tends to be the next discussed on this dagger. This blade shows some graying to the finish. It was a Röhm inscription originally, and the inscription was totally removed. In fact, it looks like one of the removals done by the Eickhorn factory where they reapplied their trademark. The trademark in this instance is the small double oval that contains the firm’s name and location, “Carl Eickhorn, Solingen”. Inside is a seated squirrel with serrated tail. Usually when we see this trademark on an SA, it is indicative of a Röhm dagger or some other presentation type. The removal area was regrained by the factory, but the graining is slightly more coarse than the original was. Unfortunately, there is some black age that has also spotted the blade here-and-there. Eickhorn also chose to re-do the front of the blade at the same time, and this also has some of the same problems. The SA motto is still fairly good, having some depth to it and about 60% of the original darkening. This blade only grades at about good to excellent. Perhaps, with a little work someone could renew it slightly.

Now as to the scabbard. This scabbard was the original example that was always with the dagger. The shell itself was painted black after this order was made for NSKK people in 1936. The black paint job was not done too well, but at least most of it is still there. It is possible to also see the old brown anodized finish coming through on areas where the black has flaked off. The original nickel scabbard mounts are in good shape, exactly matching the patination of the crossguards. Even the lower ball has not been dropped. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws showing some turning to the bottom examples, which was no doubt done when the mount was removed to put on the center fitting. This center ramp is a typical field upgrade type, having the thinner rolled rim and the large eyelet. These eyelets on the upgrade examples are normally larger than the eyelet at the upper scabbard mount (if the ramp eyelet is smaller than the one at the top, this is an indication that the ramp is not correct). The original upper carrying ring was removed and the chain assembly was then hooked to the two remaining eyelets. In the case of the upper chain, there are 3 links and the lower chain has the standard 5 links. The links are the nickel plated steel type and they all are in excellent condition with good plating through both sides. The link that connects to the snap clip at the top is stamped in the back “NSKK Musterschütz/ Korpsführung”. There is no RZM stamping on this chain because a field upgrade was not under the guise of the RZM.

The snap clip is also a fine example. The shield contains an acorn properly positioned between two oak leaves. The veins to the oak leaves are well done. The snap clip shows a little rust toward the bottom portion of the reverse, but this is easy to clean off. The original spring is in place and works well. It is interesting to note that on the center ramp of this example, the ramp would not go up to the normal position because of the thickness of the original scabbard shell. Therefore, this ramp is down lower than we normally see them. This position, though, is frequently observed on field upgrade pieces. Apparently, this ramp was forced up as far as it would go, and there was no need to screw the mount in place as it is held in position by pressure. This is a good chance to acquire a field upgrade chained NSKK at a reasonable price. This piece is not in complete A-1 condition but it is what it is, and for someone out there that wants to do a little restoration work, I’m sure that this piece could be made much better. It is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $3,395.00

NSKK #30059 NSKK Chained Officer (RZM M7/27) - Puma

This chained NSKK dagger has a nice appearance throughout. The plated crossguards are in excellent condition being nice and bright and having no flaking or problems. There are a few normal scratches in the surfaces but overall these crossguards look very nice indeed. The tang nut is also nicely matching and looks to have been taken down maybe only once or twice. The grip is an appealing brown wood which is in medium to high ridge contour construction. This grip does have a pleasing grain running lengthwise. The grip is in perfect condition and nicely fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is in good condition with no hits or chips to the enameled surface. The early nickel grip eagle is a fine example being the high-necked variety and having perfect details throughout the bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. I noticed that the wing tips stick up a tiny bit out of the wood cut out. There are also a couple of scars in the grip above and below the right portion of the bird. This could indicate that the bird was removed sometime after the war and perhaps a replacement bird was put in. If this is the case there is no crime here as the replacement bird is a beauty and looks well in the grip.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent black paint spread over its surfaces but I do think it is most likely a repaint as there are a couple of places where there look to have been chips below and they were not sanded out properly before the new paint was put on. Other than this though the paint really does look good and adds a lot to the dagger. The scabbard mounts are the traditional type and they exactly match the plating of the crossguards. The upper and lower mount are in excellent bright condition on the obverse and on the reverse there are a couple of plating lifts that show on both fittings. The upper is a small lift and the lower has a large lift in the center area where there is also some small plating peeling. The center ramp is in good condition on the obverse and also has a small plating lift on the reverse but it is not bad. This center ramp is the style that has a larger eyelet than the eyelet at the upper mount. This is OK and is seen quite frequently. You have to watch out when the center ramp has an eyelet that is smaller than the upper eyelet.

The chain hanger is really a fine example. This hanger still has all of its plating and quite honestly is a real beauty. The plating is perfect on both the obverse and the reverse. Judging by the other plating on the dagger it is possible that this chain was either replated or may be a replacement for this dagger. It just seems that the plating is too good to be true. At any rate, the chain is 100% proper having a good four length top. The two center links have the sunwheel swastikas and the two end links have the traditional NSKK open-winged eagle clutching a swastika. The chain below has alternating links and in the center there is the special triangle style runic symbol used by the NSKK exclusively. The round connectors also have 100% plating, another reason I think that maybe the chain was redone. The shield is also a choice example. It positions an acorn between the two recesses of the oak leaves and the snap clip is in good working order. Attached to this clip is a fine black leather belt loop having a nickel-plated D-ring. The reverse of the chain has the two stampings at the top links that connect to the snap clip. On the upper link it is stamped, “NSKK Musterschütz Korpsfuhrüng”. The other link is stamped with the hardware manufacturer’s code, “RZM M5/8”. This code belongs to the Assmann Corporation. The blade of this dagger is as nice as you will see. It has mirror bright surfaces and all of its crossgraining. The SA motto is deeply etched with 100% black background. Other than the usual runner marks the blade is in mint condition. The reverse of this blade has a matching shaded RZM double circle which is positioned over the code of the producer, “M 7/27” which equates to the Pumawerke Company. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

This is a fine dagger which may have a little bit of restoration work but nothing that challenges the integrity of the piece. A very nice chained NSKK which is priced accordingly.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,895.00

NSKK #35350 Early NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger with Serial Number – August Bickel

This early NSKK EM Dagger is equipped with all nickel mounts. The crossguards are in excellent condition having a fine even patina. These guards have smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut appears to have been removed a few times but is not buggered. The grip is a high ridged early variety. It has a small chip which has come off the wood surface at the upper left obverse and also a small example on the lower left obverse. The bare wood below does not show as apparently these chips have been here for many, many years. The rest of the grip is in perfect condition showing little usage. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The grip eagle is the nickel type being the style with “beak which points upwards slightly”. The details to this bird are all there throughout his head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The reverse lower crossguard is Gruppe marked, “Mn”. Just to the left of the Gruppe marking is a serial number stamping, “6025”. Assumedely this number represented the SA serial number of the dagger’s original carrier.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has been period painted black as per the NSKK orders of 1936. This black paint is still in quite a good condition showing some scratches, chips and age but overall is at least about 95%. The scabbard mounts are the nickel variety in overall good condition. The lower ball does have a small tap to the bottom but there is no crushing or splitting. These mounts are retained by the original nickel screws and they are unbuggered.

There is an original to the piece short hanger. This hanger has dark brown leather and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger hardware is the solid nickel type with the snap clip being the early snout nose variety having its spring retained by a rivet.

The blade of this example is still fairly bright but I have a feeling it has been buffed that way as there is no darkening left in the etch backgrounds of this SA motto. Normally on a dagger by Bickel we see fairly dark mottos so this is a sign that the blade has been cleaned fairly severely. The reverse also shows some signs of some old pits along the edges. This blade still grades at about excellent. The reverse ricasso is etched with the fine Bickel logo which consists of a diamond on its side. The upper portion of the diamond is split off and has the firm’s initials, “AB”. Below this the firm’s full name and location are in capital letters in two lines, “August Bickel / Steinbach. Hallenberg”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

An interesting NSKK dagger here with the serial number stamping.

Excellent. $895.00

NSKK #27001 Field Upgrade NSKK Chained Officer Dagger with Period Leather Covered Scabbard - Wilhelm Kober

This NSKK Chained Officer Dagger is a most interesting piece. It is not for someone who is buying their first chained NSKK, but it is rather for the seasoned collector that understands some of the many variations we see in this hobby. This example began its life as an early SA dagger produced by the Wilhelm Kober Company in Suhl. The NSKK in 1938 decided to add a chain hanger to their existing daggers for officers. As collectors know, these pieces were available through factories such as Carl Eickhorn or WKC with complete chain assemblies and new matching parts. Some of the NSKK people chose to add the new chain to their existing early dagger. In many cases, this early dagger was an SA type which had the scabbard painted black per the orders of 1936. In the case of the owner of this example, he elected to not paint his scabbard, but cover it with leather. In addition, he chose to purchase his own NSKK chain and have it added to the dagger. Also, in order to make all of the fittings look the same, this original NSKK officer had all of the metal fittings period chrome plated. Knowing all of this information, now we will go ahead with the description of the dagger.

The hilt of this example is a typical Suhl made piece, having the distinctive curvature to the lower cross guard. As indicated previously, the cross guards and the tang nut have been chrome plated. The chrome shows minor age, but is still all intact and is in good condition. These cross guards have good accent grooves and still have crisp edges. The reverse lower cross guard is Gau. stamped “Th”. The grip of this piece is a fine-looking example which appears to be walnut. The Suhl manufacturers generally used walnut to produce their grips, as there was plenty on hand that normally would be used for gun stocks. This grip is a medium to sharp contoured construction type and it shows normal usage signs throughout, but there are no problems at all. The wood has a beautiful orange tone and also has fine graining which runs lengthwise. It is quite pretty and appears to have a fine coat of varnish, probably done when the guards were chrome plated. The runes button is in good condition, having perfect enameled surfaces. The nickel grip eagle still looks to be in good shape, being the style with beak pointing upward. There is quite a bit of patination around the bird, but you can still see the definition to the bird's head, breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath and raised out swastika. The grip fits these cross guards absolutely like a rubber glove.

As mentioned above, the shell has been period covered with a black fine grain leather. In fact, the leather very much looks like the type we see on honor daggers with the exception that the seam is placed just off of center on the reverse. Other than this, though, the leather is done quite well and does meet the upper and lower fitting, as opposed to going underneath. This leather shows age and some usage signs but, for the most part, it is still in good condition, having no nips that go through its surfaces.

The center ramp, which was purchased along with the field upgrade chain, has been installed over the leather. Since this center ramp was originally desired to be slid over the basic steel shell, the result of the leather installation is that the ramp would not go to the center position of the scabbard shell. Therefore, this ramp is positioned only up about three inches from the lower fitting. Apparently, this must have been okay with the original wearer, as it obviously has always been in this position and the dagger hangs quite nicely when extended from the chain. The center ramp, as we usually see with field upgrade chains, has an eyelet which is larger than the eyelet of the upper fitting. The chain assembly is a three-link top and a five-link bottom. This is the normal number of links seen with field upgrades. The upper chain assembly features a center link of a raised sun wheel swastika and the two end links are the NSKK style eagle with swastika. The detail is outstanding to these links.

The lower chain is the standard five-link type having two each of the above-mentioned links with the center being the triangle runic symbol used exclusively by the NSKK. The two chain assemblies are connected to a fine snap clip with the shield device applied. The shield device depicts two outstanding detailed oak leaves with the acorn and cap positioned at the proper recess point. This snap clip and chain assembly exactly matches the chrome plate finish of the other fittings. The reverse of the top lower link is stamped with the traditional markings “NSKK Musterschutz Korpsführung”. Attached to the snap clip is a black leather belt loop. This belt loop is equipped with a good-conditioned “D” ring. This dagger is quite a sight here, and will be extremely interesting for those who like to think a little bit in this hobby.

To add to the fun of this example, the early blade on the obverse is just terrific. It is nice and bright, and still has all of its cross graining. Other than runner marks and just the slightest amount of staining towards the bottom, this blade is in mint condition. The SA motto is deeply etched and has about 98% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse of the blade has a little bit of smudge in some of the areas, but also still has all of the cross graining and rates in near mint condition. This blade is etched with the double ovals which trap the firm’s name and location “Wilh. Kober & Co. Suhl”. Inside of the ovals is the centaur creature consisting of half man and half horse. The creature is standing above the start up date of this company “gegr. 1884". The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower cross guard contour.

A magnificent example here of an upgraded dagger done locally and fixed up with all the bells and whistles available at the time. An absolute genuine, guaranteed original example.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,995.00

NSKK #28689 Early NSKK EM Dagger – ASSO (Arthur Schüttlehofer)

This early dagger is in good collectible condition and is a good historical testimony to the NSKK paint application ordered for the scabbards of SA daggers in 1936. First off though, the hilt has nickel crossguards which are in good condition throughout having smooth surfaces, sharp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut appears to possibly be a later example as it is a steel one with nickel plating versus the solid nickel type. At any rate though, it looks like its been there a long time and possibly it was installed at the same time as the scabbard paint. The lower crossguard is stamped with the gau marking, “Ns”. The grip is a fine mahogany being a beautiful reddish color and having subtle vertical graining running beneath the surfaces. This grip is in perfect condition throughout and it is of medium to sharp construction. It fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has fine enameled surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the point-behind-the-head variety bird. This eagle though, has full details remaining to his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons and mobile swastika. A pretty nice hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It reflects some very thick black paint that appears to have been sprayed on. This paint has some age to it but it still is good and bright and rates at about 98%. This paint job would have been one of the ones that were ordered in 1936 for the NSKK branch of the SA. Up to this point these NSKK people were wearing the exact same dagger as the SA and this black paint was a way to distinguish these people who ran the motor pools for the SA. This scabbard is equipped with matching nickel mounts. These mounts are in excellent condition throughout to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by four nickel screws all having unbuggered heads.

The blade of this example is nice and bright and has 100% of the original crossgraining. It is interesting to note that the SA motto etch is slightly lower than the position they are usually seen. When one looks on the reverse it is also interesting to note that the manufacturer’s logo is slightly higher than it is normally seen to be. The collector will see this once in awhile where the etch template was perhaps placed a little bit off center with this type of result. Some times the etches will also run slightly diagonal for the same reasons. The SA etch on this example though is outstanding. It is still in mint condition and has 100% of the dark backgrounding. The same is true of the interesting maker’s logo on the opposite ricasso. It features the dual set of hobby horses with the firm’s abbreviated name above, “Asso” and below being the location city of, “Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours. This is a very fine NSKK dagger here and if you have looked for a nicely done early example you know they are difficult to find. This one should satisfy most of the “knit-pickers” out there. A nice overall dagger.

Near Mint. $1295.00

NSKK #34117C Transitional Enlisted Man's NSKK Dagger RMZ 7/8 - Ed. Gembruch

This NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger is an interesting piece, as it clearly shows the use of mixed parts with a small manufacturer. Ed Gembruch did not make a lot of SA daggers, and they even made fewer SS daggers. They more than likely purchased parts in quantities, like any manufacturer would, and when things changed due to the RZM cheapening of materials, they certainly were not going to throw out the parts inventories they had on hand. This dagger is a really excellent example of this type of occurrence. The crossguards on this piece are of solid nickel construction, as is the tang nut. The tang nut does not look as though it's ever been taken down. The crossguards have toned to a fine dull patination. They still have good smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. There is no Gruppe marking on these guards.

It is interesting to note that the upper scabbard fitting is a standard nickel plated type, however, the throat is a nickel example matching the crossguard. It is also interesting in that the carrying ring is nickel, not plated steel, as you would think to see on an upper scabbard mount of this vintage. Adding further to the curiosity factor is the fact that the lower scabbard mount is nickel having matching patination. So, we have a dagger with all nickel mounts, except for the upper scabbard fitting which is plated. For what it's worth, the screws also are early nickel types, and they are in good, unbuggered condition. This dagger simply represents a clear fact of using up of existing parts prior to taking on the plating fittings which would have been used after the nickel mounts were exhausted. Going back to the grip, unfortunately the grip is not in very good condition, but it is also reflective of the transitional period. The grip is a fruitwood type, of medium brown color. It has surface chipping at the upper obverse and reverse, as well as a couple of surface chips on the bottom right obverse and left reverse. They are only surface though. The rest of the grip is in good shape and fits the crossguards absolutely perfect. The runes button has turned to about 4 o'clock, but the enamel still looks to be 100%. A nickel eagle was used in this grip, being the style with "beak which points upward slightly". This bird still has good detail to its head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, and has excellent original black factory paint. This paint shows some minor spidering on both sides, but overall, it is nearly 100%. The blade is still mostly bright throughout, having all of its crossgraining. There are a few scratches here and there, and on the reverse upper edge, there are some signs that someone might have wanted to sharpen the blade, but gave up very quickly. There is no sharpening to the blade, just the scratches. Overall though, the blade is not bad, and certainly grades at excellent plus. The SA motto is deep and crisp, and has 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso has a double open RZM circle, positioned over the code for Ed Gembruch, "M. 7/8". This is a rarely seen RZM mark, by the way. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour. An interesting dagger here, that should prove to all of your friends who disbelieve that parts can be mixed and the dagger still be original.

Excellent. $895.00

NSKK #34329C “Last Ditch” NSKK EM Dagger – WKC

This NSKK Enlisted Man's Dagger must have been one of the last examples produced during the period. It reflects many of the short cuts taken at the end of the blade period when there lacked skill to produce the daggers as well as materials to assemble them. This example has nickel-plated crossguards. The crossguard shows some minor age in the surfaces but they look as though they would easily clean up to near mint. The same is true of the tang nut. The grip is a typical RZM type having a high ridge construction. Apparently there was no one left in the factories to inset the insignia into the grip so this dagger’s SA button has its center pin pushed into the wood with the rest of the insignia remaining outward on the grip’s surface. The same is true of the grip eagle. This eagle is one of the late zinc types and it is pushed in by its pins into the grip’s surface but the entire insignia lies on the upper wood. It is also interesting to note that the person who made this installation installed the eagle at the center bulbous area instead of right below the center bulbous where the insignia should be. This grip does not fit the crossguards very good but we do see some RZM pieces in with these kind of gaps. An interesting hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has outstanding original factory black paint. This paint is near 100% and still has its original luster. The scabbard fittings are the usual nickel-plated over steel. It is interesting to note that the upper scabbard fitting has only one screw in the left edge. The other side of the mount has never been drilled for screw placement. It is also interesting to note that the left screw was put in a little bit off of center. The lower mount does have both of the screws in place. Adding further to the enigma of last ditch production is the fact that the blade in this example is not an SA blade. Actually it is an RLB enlisted man’s blade. The W.K.C. firm also made RLB enlisted man’s daggers and apparently they had some of these blades left over whereas the SA blades were long since used up. The blade is of course plain on the obverse and has beautiful mirror finish with 100% crossgraining. This blade is easily in mint condition. The reverse ricasso has the trademarks that we see on only the RLB pieces being a knighthead trademark positioned over the firm’s bold etched initials, “W.K.C.”, and below this the words for weapon’s factory, “Waffenfabrik / Solingen”. The blade shoulders fit fairly well onto the crossguard. An interesting last ditch attempt here and a good one for collectors that are interested in following the history of Third Reich blade production through their collection.

Near Mint. $795.00

NSKK 34116C Late NSKK Dagger with Period-added Center Ramp RZM M7/33 1940 - F.W. Höller

This unusual NSKK Dagger was originally produced as an enlisted man's piece, and most likely due to the demands of the war, an officer's example would have been desired by the original wearer. Apparently the mounts or chain hanger was not available, so the wearer took it on his own to have a center ramp put on to this scabbard. We'll talk about this addition a little bit later in the description. The nickel plated crossguards are typical late examples. Studying the tang nut, it appears as though the dagger may have been apart once, but there is little evidence of a wrench. The crossguards have a little bit of minor freckling, but it is not bad, and the nickeling still covers completely. The grip is an RZM type, being a rather nice quality wood, having a pleasing vertical running grain. The grip is in perfect condition, and it perfectly fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is placed a little bit deeper in the grip than most. It also has perfect enameled surfaces. Instead of a zinc or aluminum eagle, there is an early nickel eagle in the grip. It is the style with "upward pointing beak". The bird still has full detail to his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and swastika. The eagle is also placed slightly higher in the grip than we normally would see. (As we know, the eagle was placed just below the most bulbous section of the grip). The fact that the runes button is installed slightly different, as well as the fact an early eagle is used in a slightly higher position, lends me to believe that this dagger was produced well into the war when shortages of materials as well as personnel were prevalent.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has a coat of black paint, but the paint appears to be done slightly less than we would expect under normal factory conditions. The scabbard upper and lower mounts are the typical nickel plated steel type, and both are in perfect condition. There has been a center ramp added. The ramp appears to have been constructed out of sheet metal and then soddered at the left edge. The construction of the ramp is slightly haphazard. Again, this points to non-factory assembly. The ramp also has a rather crudely soldered eyelet at the right edge, with a fairly small carrying ring. The standard carrying ring that should be at the upper mount, is now replaced with a ring which is approximately the same diameter as the center ramp ring. Because of the smallness of these rings, there is no question that a hanger using some sort of snap devices was utilized. All of this points to an NSKK man who was appointed an officer, and was not able to get the proper dagger, so he took measures in his own hand, and did what he could to get a reasonable facsimile. The workmanship throughout though, is less than we would see during normal operating times, as most likely there were no available personnel due to the war. I believe all of this to be true, as this type of altertion was certainly not done by some GI or some collector after the war. These mounts, paint, et cetera, are very, very old.

The blade of this example is a fine RZM type, still being bright, and having all of its crossgraining. It has a few very minor signs of age in the surface here and there, but a lot of this might clean out, and even still, the blade grades in a near mint condition. The SA motto is deeply etched, and has near 100% of its original letter backgrounding. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a double RZM open circle. The circle is positioned over the code of the F.W. Höller firm "M 7/33". Below is the date "1940". The date 1940 is not the earliest date we see on political daggers as some are even dated 1942. This however, does not mean that dagger parts were plentiful at the Holler firm. This blade very well may have been a shelf item that could have been utilized in 1942. Daggers like this are very interesting, and hopefully, thought provoking. This is not the kind of dagger you want to buy as your first NSKK. It is however, a provocative addition for those out there that are interested in collecting political daggers and all of the nuances that prevailed.

Excellent. $1,195.00

NSKK #33581C Chained NSKK Marine Officer Dagger RZM M 7/66 1940 - Carl Eickhorn

This Chained NSKK Marine Officer Dagger is showing some age throughout the gilding and also to the scabbard paint but it is what it is and it is priced accordingly. The crossguards are the standard nickel-plated type that have been factory gold washer. This gilding is probably about 40-50% on the upper crossguard and perhaps about 80-85% on the lower crossguard. The tang nut is the nickel-plated steel type and it also has about 60-70% of the gilded finish remaining. The grip is a standard RZM type having high ridge construction. It has the typical vertically running graining with a pleasing brown surface to the wood. The grip is in superb condition. It features an SA runes button which is perfectly set and has 100% of the enameled surfaces. The grip eagle is the aluminum type being the style with beak that points upward slightly. The bird still has full detail remaining to its eye, breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath and swastika. There is a little wear to the talon area and slightly on the bottom of the breast feathering. The grip adequately fits the crossguards.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It reflects original black factory paint. This paint still has some luster to it but it also has some spidering and quite a bit of age and chipping which most likely occurred from the chain being wrapped around the scabbard shell. This paint remains at approximately 80-85%. The scabbard mount are the typical nickel-plated RZM type. They have good nickel plating throughout but like the crossguards these hilt mounts are also showing wear to the gilt. The lower reverse mount has nearly all of the gilt remaining and the reverse of the center ramp has maybe 80% of it. The upper reverse mount has maybe 50% with about 90% still remaining on the throat. On the obverse the upper mount has about 50% gilt, the ramp has perhaps 30% and the lower mount is about 90%. The lower ball is still intact and has never been dropped. These mounts are retained by unturned matching dome head screws. The eyelets exactly match each other in size. The chain is the convention RZM type having four upper and five lower links. These links feature alternating NSKK eagles with swastikas and sunwheel swastika links. The lower chain has a center link featuring the RAD triangular rune. The connectors to the links are all in good shape. The links appear to have a little bit of rust here and there but not bad with fairly good plating. The gilding on these links is clinging throughout the recesses but there is not much on the high relief areas. The nickel snap clip is also the conventional type having a shield featuring an acorn placed between the recesses of two leaves which flank the acorn. The gilding is intact in the recesses of the shield and there are also remains of it here and there around the snap clip but not much. The two lower chain links which connect to the scabbard eyelets are marked. The upper example is stamped, “Musterschutz / NSKK- / Korpsfürung”.

The blade of this example makes up for some of the lack of gilding. This blade is still factory bright and has all of its crossgraining. The SA motto on this blade is nice and crips and appears to have 100% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. Other than the most modest of age signs this blade rates in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a single open RZM circle which is positioned over the Carl Eickhorn code, “M 7/66”. Beneath is the production date of this dagger, “1940”. The crossguard area on the lower surfaces where it was protected by the scabbard throat has nearly all of the original finish. An interesting dagger here which absolutely was a marine version of the chained NSKK officer. It is in collectible condition and although it is nowheres near mint it may be a good piece to acquire until a better example comes along. It is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $5,495.00

NSKK #32439 Early NSKK EM Dagger – Johanniswerk, Bayreuth

This is a fine early NSKK EM Dagger. It is an outstanding example which is in an untouched state. There are some minor scars at the top cross guard, but looking at the tang nut it is one of those types that has the very thin wrench area and it does not appear that the person originally trying to disassemble this dagger succeeded. By the looks of the marks, this also probably goes back to the war. This dagger definitely has not been opened, at least in recent times. The cross guards and tang nut are the early nickel type. These guards have excellent, smooth surfaces with good, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. They feature a nice, dull, even patina throughout. The lower reverse cross guard is Gruppe marked “Fr”. The grip is a nice example which appears thinner in the center area than most other grips. That is probably because this dagger was made in Bavaria, not Solingen. The grip has a nice under-the-surface vertical grain. The reverse is absolutely perfect, showing little to no wear. The obverse shows a little bit of scraping around the upper part of the eagle and also below the wings and wreath, but these appear to be done possibly when the eagle was originally set. This grip is in medium to high-ridge construction. The grip fits the cross guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has perfect enamel surfaces. The grip eagle exactly matches the patination of the other nickel parts. It is the style with the “beak that points upward slightly” and the detail is still excellent throughout the bird’s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A nice hilt here. The scabbard shell is completely straight throughout. This shell reflects outstanding black paint. As we know, these daggers were ordered to be painted black by the NSKK hierarchy and normally, the paint jobs leave a lot to be desired. That is not the case with this original paint. It is extremely well done and still retains its original factory brightness. It shows a normal amount of wearing signs and a few chips but, overall, the paint is at least 95% and grades at excellent plus plus on the obverse and near full mint on the reverse. A nice shell here. The scabbard mounts are matching patina nickel types and they are in perfect condition to include the lower ball. The original low head screws are in place and are unbuggered. Attached to the upper scabbard ring is what appears to be the original short hanger. The leather shows some mild age across the surfaces and some scuffing, but it is still very sound and is not age fragile. The leather hanger is complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware consists of all nickel components and the conventional shaped snap clip is unmarked. I would think a little bit of Meltonian shoe cream would bring this leather back to a near mint state. The blade of this example is also very nice. It has a little bit of in-and-out scratching but overall it still retains its original brightness and grades in near mint condition. The SA motto is crisp and deep and has about 95% of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. The cross graining looks to be at about 80% - 85%. The reverse ricasso has a fine logo etch, being double ovals. The ovals contain the firm’s name and location “Johanniswerk, Bayreuth”. Inside, there is a seal-like figure which has something similar to an arrow inside being tipped slightly to the left. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour. If you are looking for a nice-conditioned early NSKK, this is an outstanding example and I must say it is very difficult to find an NSKK with this nice of an original scabbard paint and overall condition.

Excellent Plus Plus. $1,195.00