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The SA or Brown Shirts, were a private political formation which Adolf Hitler and the NSDAP used to maintain order at organized Party meetings and demonstrations. The group was formed in 1921, and grew to a huge force of nearly 3,000,000 men by the later 1930's. To instill esprit de corps, as well as create employment for the Blade City of Solingen, it was decided each SA man would carry a dagger with his Brown Shirt uniform. Huge quantities needed to be produced to accommodate the demand. The dagger initially was produced of hand-fitted nickel mounts with attractive finished wood grip and brown anodized (a bluing process) finished scabbard.

The blade was etched with the SA motto, Alles für Deutschland. Examples produced prior to 1935 were stamped with the German sector of the SA group on reverse lower crossguard. Later examples underwent standardization through the RZM ministry. These pieces were produced of cheaper plated zinc-base fittings and scabbards were simply painted brown.

Prior to his "unmasking" as a traitor, Ernst Röhm was the leader of the SA. In 1934, he distributed approximately 100,000 SA daggers with his personal inscription on the reverse blade. These daggers were to honor individuals who had served with the SA prior to December, 1931. Other than the inscription, these pieces were identical to the standard M1933 SA dagger. After the Röhm purge, the inscription was ordered to be removed. Many examples were returned to the factory for grinding. Others were simply ground in the field by whatever means were available. Examples will occasionally be encountered with remnants of the original inscription remaining on the blade, but mostly none will remain. Some blades exist with an intact inscription, exhibiting only the removal of the Röhm signature. Very, very rarely is an example seen with a full, untouched inscription, as the holder would have surely risked a charge of treason.



SADAGGERS #45434C Early SA by Friedirus Schmitz

This early dagger is in its original condition not looking to have been cleaned. The fine nickel crossguards and tang nut all appear to be untouched and have a fine dull patination across their surfaces. The surfaces of the guards are smooth with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is gruppe marked “Om”.

The grip is a fine lighter color wood being in perfect condition and showing very little to no wear. It fits the crossguards perfectly. The SA runes button has good enamel. The nickel eagle is the style with beak which point upward. There is just a tad of wear to the breast feathering and talons but the head wings and wreath and swastika are still crisp. A good hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has all of the anodizing but there is just a little bit of age evenly spread throughout the obverse and reverse but not bad. The matching patinated nickel scabbard mounts remain in perfect condition retained by the four early screws.

The blade is still mostly good being just a tiny bit gray and also having a minor amount of sharpening on both sides of the edges but it is not bad and not really noticeable. This blade still grades at excellent. The SA motto is in good condition with about 95 percent of the original darkening in the letters. The reverse ricasso is marked with the interesting trademark of this maker. It consists of two kettle pots having a spoon in both of them. Above the pots is the firm’s namer Frider. Aug. Schmitz Solingen. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard.

The Schmitz rating on the McSARR scale is a 6 but I don’t remember seeing very many of these in the past and I think this rating could be a little low.

Excellent. $1,095.00

SADAGGERS #45440C Early SA by Hermann Hahn

This early dagger is not seen too frequently with the Hahn logo having an “8” on the McSARR scale. The dagger does not to have ever been cleaned.

The crossguards have a very fine even dull patina throughout which extends to the tang nut which does not appear to have ever been turned. The crossguards have excellent smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is gruppe marked “Nm”.

The grip is a fine example which fits the guards like a rubber glove. It is a pleasing lighter color wood having subtle grain running vertically. The grip remains in perfect condition. The runes button is in fine condition with perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with the beak which points upward slightly. The bird still has all of its details to its head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is also in nice condition. It appears to have 100 percent of its anodizing with just the slightest bit of light age noticeable in the surfaces. The scabbard mounts have nice matching patination and they both are in good condition with the slightest of minor taps at the bottom ball. The nickel screws are all in place.

Attached to the carrying ring is what appears to be the original to the piece short hanger. This short hanger has fine leather complete with the retainer loop. The hardware is the early nickel type with a conventila snap clip which is unmarked. The hardware exactly matches the patination of the dagger.

The blade of this example is in extremely choice bright condition. It has all of its crossgraining needlelike tip and the SA motto is crisp with 100 percent of the darkening in the backgrounds. This blade basically grades in mint condition showing just a couple of very very vague signs of age. The reverse ricasso is marked with double ovals which contains the firm’s name and location Hermann Hahn Sol-Wald. In the center are the firm’s monogram ‘HH”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

A very very nice dagger which is quite difficult to find.

Near Mint. $1,395.00

SADAGGERS #45563 Early SA by Haco Berlin

I don’t know anyone who collects SA’s who doesn't have a soft spot in their heart for Haco daggers. They are unique in their own way and of course other than NPEA blade are the only dagger we know of that was produced in Berlin.

The crossguards are the typical Haco type having the slightly unusual shape to them but very pleasing look. The lower crossguard has the look of being thinner than the upper crossguard and also has a straighter appearance than most guards giving it a pretty cool look. These guards are in perfect condition throughout to include the tang nut. The reverse lower crossguard is marked with the usual gruppe “B” for Berlin.

The grip is also a very fine example having very sharp ridge contours and a most pleasing grain running vertically which is most prominent on the reverse of the dagger. The grip shows a little bit of usage but not much still remaining in fine condition and fitting the crossguards like a glove. The runes button has fine enamel. The grip eagle is the nickel “high necked” type. All details are still there to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A dynamite hilt here.

The scabbard is also a real winner. It is straight throughout and has 100 percent of the anodized finish. Most of the original lacquer is also still there. Other than a little bit of age on the reverse right edge area this scabbard is in mint condition. The scabbard mounts are also absolutely perfect with no dropping to the lower ball. The original screws are in place and are untouched.

As we would hope the blade is as nice as they come. Other than the usual in and out runner marks this blade is still in mint condition having all of the crossgrain. The tip is needlelike and the motto is totally crisp with 100 percent of the frosting in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse ricasso looks like a lifesaver candy being double circles. Within the circles are the firm’s name and location “Haco Berlin”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

An extremely nice and very desirable SA dagger here.

Mint. $1,495.00

SADAGGERS #45452C Early SA by Rob. Giersch

This Giersch produced dagger is in very nice condition here. The nickel crossguards have never been touched and have a fine patina to their smooth surfaces crisp edges and fine accent grooves. The tang nut does appear to have been out of this example. The reverse lower crossguard is gruppe marked “Wm”.

The grip is in perfect condition being a more rounded type. It fits the crossguards lie a rubber glove. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The nickel eagle the high necked variety having full details there to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.

The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout. It has good anodizing also having a little bit of lacquer showing here and there and some age over the surfaces but all in all a very nice shell here. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel and they are in good condition. The lower ball has just one small line shaped tap across the bottom of it. The four screws are all in place and are unturned.

The dagger is equipped with the original to the piece short hanger. This short hanger has excellent original leather still having the fine factory color and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is the nickel type and the clip is a conventional shaped style being marked on the reverse “A” and “DRGM”.

The blade is a great example. It is bright throughout and has a very fine motto with 100 percent of the darkening remaining in the letters. The crossgrain is all there and there is a fine needlelike tip. This blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is interesting as the trademark depicts a schoolmarm appearing to be on her way to the classroom complete with hat dress and a portfolio in her right hand. Above the woman is the firm’s name “Rob. Giersch” in an oval and below the location city “Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

A very nice dagger not seen too often and always interesting with this trademark.

Mint Minus. $1,595.00

SADAGGERS #45443C Early SA by Jacobs & Co.

This early SA is in very fine condition appearing to have been cleaned not too long ago. The nickel crossguards are in very fine condition throughout as is the tang nut. It looks like the nut may have been turned once. The guards have excellent smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower guard is gruppe marked “He”.

The grip is in perfect immaculate condition showing no usage whatsoever. It perfectly fits the crossguards. It is a fine pleasing furniture like wood with very subtle grain. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The grip eagle is a nickel variety being the type with beak that points upward slightly. The bird has full details to its head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. An extremely fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is also a beauty. It has 100 percent anodizing and shows almost no age at all. The scabbard mounts are also in perfect condition to include the never dropped lower ball. The four nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.

We don’t see many Jacobs daggers and they rated as an 8 on the McSARR scale. This is a excellent opportunity to acquire a very fine rarely seen SA dagger.

Near Mint. $1,595.00

SADAGGERS #45449C Early SA by Kaufmann & Sohne

This Kaufmann piece is in very choice condition throughout. The crossguards have a very fine dull even patination which exactly matches that of the scabbard mounts. The tang nut does not appear to have been removed. These guards have very fine smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is gruppe marked “Wm”.

The grip is extremely attractive being one of this orange color woods. It is in perfect condition throughout and has beautiful nice vertically running grains under the surfaces. It fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The grip eagle is a high necked version having head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard is also a real winner. Both sides are straight throughout and the anodizing is easily at 100 percent. The lacquer is also at about 90 percent. You don’t see many scabbard in this nice of a state. The scabbard mounts are perfect to include the never dropped lower ball. All four screws are in place and are unturned.

The blade is one to write home about. It is completely mint with all crossgraining and fine needlelike tip. The motto has 100 percent of the dark backgrounds in the letter. The reverse blade is just as nice. The trademark consists of a seal having a crown at the top of it and in the center it appears to have a twig of three roses. Around the seal trademark is the firm’s name and location Kaufmann & Sohne Solingen. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

The Kauffmann maker is rated as a number 7 on the McSARR scale. A very beautiful dagger here considering the grip color and the state of the scabbard. It is the kind of piece that if you’re only going to buy one SA this will please you for a lifetime.

Near Mint. $1,495.00

SADAGGERS #45442C Mid Period SA RZM M7 / 19 1938 (Ed Wüsthof)

This Wusthof produced piece is in very very fine condition. The nickel plated crossguards have 100 percent of their plating and and show virtually no age. The tang nut also appears to be unturned.

The grip is a nice medium color wood having a more rounded effect than many we see. It fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. There is a nickel grip eagle being the type with beak which points upward slightly. All of the details are there to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and mobile swastika. A fine hilt here.The scabbard shell is also a beauty being nice and straight and having 100 percent of its original lighter chocolate brown color. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated steel type and they remain factory fresh. The lower ball has never been dropped. The original dome head screws are all in place and are unturned.

The blade is in full stone mint condition. It is mirror bright having all of its crossgraining and needlelike tip. The SA motto is crisp having 100 percent of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is marked in two lines with a single open RZM and to the right of it the Wusthof code M 7 / 19 and then below is the date of production “1938”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

If you are looking for a very fine RZM SA dagger to add to your collection it would be difficult to top this piece.

Mint. $1,195.00

I’ve always liked Aesculap daggers and I know a lot of you out there do also. This example is textbook throughout.

The crossguards are in fine condition having a good even dull ton. Their surfaces are smooth with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is gruppe marked “Sw”.

The grip of this example has the usual varnish coating that we see from the Aesculap producer. About 98 percent of the varnish still remains across the surfaces of the wood. This wood is a darker color and has a bit of grain in its surfaces. The grip fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. The details are all there to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.

The scabbard is also a beauty. The scabbard is straight throughout and it has 100 percent anodizing which is that more coppery color finish that is so pleasing to the eye. The scabbard also appears to have about 85 to 90 percent of the original lacquer. The nickel scabbard mounts are toned matching the crossguards. The lower ball is in fine condition. The four nickel screws are all in place and unturned.

The blade is as nice as you will see. It is in full mint condition having very dark backgrounds to the letters which really makes the motto jump to the eye. The reverse blade is also mint and has the trademark that many of us are familiar with. It features double circles which have the firm’s name and location Aesculap-Tuttlingen and inside is a crown atop the caduceus medical symbol being a staff snake wrapped around it. The reason we see this logo from this producer was that Aesculap main business was making medical instruments and they were apparently able to adapt to SA production early on helping with the huge order of dagger that needed to be filled in 1934. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

A very very nice dagger here.

Mint Minus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #45439C SA Transitional Double Proof RZM M7 27 / Puma

This beautiful dagger is as nice as they come. It is in beautiful new like condition. The crossguard have 100 percent of the nickel plate finish and show almost no age at all. The tang nut does not appear to have ever removed.

The grip is a RZM type with sharp ridges and contours being in pristine perfect condition and fitting the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The grip eagle is an aluminum example being the high necked type. It is crisp as the day it was made having full details to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A beautiful hilt here.

The scabbard shell is also immaculate. The original chocolate brown paint is 100 percent and shows no wear. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated steel type having factory fresh bright finish and no sign of a dropped ball. The throat is the thicker type we start to see on this vintage dagger. The original dome head screws are all in place and unturned.

Attached to the carrying ring is a very crisp three piece hanger. The short hanger portion is in new like condition and is marked on the back “L2/5/39”. The nickel plated hardware remains in perfect condition throughout and the conventional snap clip is unmarked on the back. Attached to the snap clip is a fine brown belt loop with pebbled D ring and attached to the D ring is a outstanding regain leather loop complete with working snap.

As we would expect the blade of this dagger is in full mint condition. It has mirror finish 100 percent grain with needelike tip. The motto is crisp and has 100 percent of the dark backgrounds in the letters. On the reverse the blade is double proofed having a single open RZM circle above the code “M 7 / 27”. Below this is the diamond containing the cat head and the maker “Puma” below the head. Below the diamond is “Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.A beautiful piece here that would be suitable for an issue tag if someone out there had one.

Mint. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #45444C Late SA RZM M7-40 / 41 (Hartkopf & Co)

This Hartkopf produced late SA appears to have never been issued. It is in pristine condition throughout. The nickel plated crossguards are in newlike condition as well as the tang nut. The tang nut does not look to have been taken out.

This Hartkopf produced late SA appears to have never been issued. It is in pristine condition throughout. The nickel plated crossguards are in newlike condition as well as the tang nut. The tang nut does not look to have been taken out.

The scabbard is also in choice newlike condition. The darker chocolate brown paint is absolutely perfect and looks like it was done yesterday. The scabbard mounts are also pristine new like. They are the steel base type being nickel plated. The lower ball has never been dropped. The four dome head screws are all in place and are unturned.

Attached to the carrying ring is a very fine mint SA short hanger. The leather still has its new like look to it and it is also marked with a RZM maker as well as the year 1941 which corresponds with the year that this dagger was produced judging by the RZM “1941”. As to the hardware to the hanger it looks like the buckle although in newlike condition appears to be the type that was not highly plated and the snap clip is in mint condition being marked with the commonly seen “A” “DRGM” “RZM M5-8”.

The blade is in newlike condition being mirror bright and having all of its crossgrain and needlelike tip. The SA motto is crisp having 100 percent of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is marked with a double shaded large RZM circle over the code for Hartkopf being “M 7/40 / 41”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A great dagger for those of you out there that are looking for unissued mint pieces.

Unissued Mint. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #45433C SA Ground Rohm by Carl Eickhorn

This ground Rohm dagger has a classic Carl Eickhorn hilt. The nickel crossguards are beauties having smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tan gnut does not appear to have been out. The lower reverse crossguard is gruppe marked “Nrh”.

The fine Eickhorn grip is a pretty furniture like wood being in perfect condition throughout having fine vertical grain in the surfaces.The grip fits like a rubber glove. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the high necked variety and it remains in complete newlike condition with full details to the head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is also extremely nice. It has an outstanding anodized surface which at first glance looks like it could be painted because it's so nice but it is not it is the anodized finish. There are a couple of minor wear spots but they are very negligible. The nickel scabbard mounts are also beauties to include the never dropped lower ball. The four nickel screws are all in place and are in good condition.

The blade is still bright however there appears to be a little but of surface wear over the motto area. This looks like a blade that probably the original owner maybe wiped it off when he got home every night. The motto is still there but the backgrounds are fairly vague at this point. This blade still grades at excellent to excellent plus. The reverse reflects a fully ground Rohm inscription. It must have been factory done as the job is extremely well done and also regrained. A small amount of the logo is gone mostly at the upper left side. The logo is the small ovals which contains the firm’s name and location Carl Eickhorn Solingen. Inside is a serrated type squirrel.

A nice ground Rohm dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #45441C Early SA by F. W. Backhaus

The Backhaus daggers are not too common and they do have a interesting logo which we’ll get into later in the description. This piece has very fine nickel crossguards and scabbard mounts. They look to have been cleaned maybe a few years ago. The crossguards are in excellent condition with smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut does not look to have been removed. The lower reverse crossguard is grupped marked “Wf”.

The grip is in very nice condition showing little to no usage. This grip is a darker wood having much eye appeal. The SA runes button is the type with darker enamel and although the enamel is all still there there is a couple of minor surface chips at the left side of it. The grip eagle is a early nickel style with high necked bird. It shows only the most modest of wear but all details are still there to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard is a very fine example. It is straight throughout and has 100 percent of the original anodizing and appears to have about oh 60 percent of the original lacquer still in place. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition the lower ball has a slight little tap to the left bottom but it is nothing. The four original nickel screws are all in place.

the blade of this piece is a extremely fine example. It is in mint condition being mirror bright and still having its needlelike tip and all of the crossgrain. The SA motto is very dark with 100 percent of the backgrounds in the lettering. The reverse ricasso has the interesting trademark I mentioned above. It features a stork with a baby on its back. Above the logo in an arch is written the firm’s name F. W. Backhaus and below is Solingen in an upward arc. The Backhaus maker rates at an 8 on the McSARR scale. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

A nice dagger and well worth adding to a quality collection.

Mint MInus. $1,350.00

SADAGGERS #45453C Early SA by SMF

This early piece was recently cleaned and really looks its best. The crossguards are real beauties with smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut appears to have been out once or twice. The lower reverse crossguard is gruppe marked “Wf”.

The grip is a very pleasing example having darker wood than we normally see. It shows only the most modest amount of wear signs but remains perfect. It nicely fits the crossguards. The SA runes button has fine enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the high necked variety having all of its details visible to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has all of the anodized covering showing just a little bit of age staining on both sides but it is not bad. The scabbard mounts are in good condition with the lower mount having no dings. The nickel screws are all in place.

The blade on this example is in incredible condition. It is full mint mirror bright and has all its crossgrain. The SA motto is absolutely perfect with 100 percent of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse is in the same condition and features the etched seated king over the firm name “SMF”. Below the logo is the location city of “Solingen”. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

A very nice dagger here and in very fine condition.

Mint Minus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #45447C “Name Only” Partial Rohm SA by Gebruder Heller

This textbook Heller example is in very nice condition and for you guys looking for a partial example to put with a fully ground and possible a full Rohm this one should fill your bill.

The crossguards are extremely nice early nickel having smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. Studying the tang nut it does not appear to have ever been out. The lower reverse crossguard is stamped with the gruppe “MI”.

The grip is a very fine example showing very little usage. It is a pleasing brown wood with subtle veining running vertically. The grip is in perfect condition and fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button has excellent enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. It has all of its details remaining to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A very nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard still has all of its anodized finish. There is minor amount of age in the surfaces of the anodizing but it detracts little. The scabbard mounts are toned to exactly match the crossguards. Both are in excellent condition to include the never dropped lower ball. The four screws are in place and are unturned./

The original to the piece short hanger is in place on the carrying ring. The hanger has been put on in the reverse position which appears to be the way the original wearer chose to suspend the dagger. If the next owner wants to reverse it that would be his call. The leather is still in excellent condition and complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is the early nickel type with the unmarked snap clip being the snout nose variety having the rivet which retains the spring.

The blade of this example is as nice as you will see. The obverse blade is still in full mint condition having a very dark lettered motto which is typical of this producer. The motto easily has 100 percent of the darkening in the backgrounds. On the reverse blade it too is in mint condition. The signature only has been ground out and the area has been nicely and professionally repolished although the keen eye will see that the removal was done. The etch remaining is fantastic also having the very dark backgrounds in the lettering. The reverse ricasso has the smaller logo that Heller used for their Rohm daggers. The logo however is the same as the large standard type except for its size. It consists of double circles which enclose the firm’s name and location Gebruder Heller Schmalkalden. In the center is an anchor. Just the tiniest bit of the upper portion of the logo was rubbed off during the Rohm process. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower contour of the crossguard.

An extremely nice partial example here and very very collectible.

Mint Minus. $2,495.00 (#041521)

SADAGGERS #45448C Early SA by Gebruder Bohme Nachtfel

This dagger is not commonly seen rating a 6 on the McSARR but this particular piece really has a lot of eye appeal.

The crossguards are nicely toned being smooth with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut does not appear to have been removed. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked “Th”.

The grip of this example however is a real eye catcher. I don’t know what kind of wood it is but this grip is almost a bright orange color being much different than we normally see. It remains in mint condition throughout and exactly meets the crossguards. The SA runes button is one of the copper types having excellent enamel. The grip eagle is the early high necked version. This eagle shows little to no wear having full details to its head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A really fine rarely seen hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent anodizing being 100 percent on the obverse and just a small rub on the reverse area keeping that portion from also being 100 percent. The scabbard mounts exactly match the patination of the crossguards and both are in good condition to include the never dropped ball. The mounts are retained by the four original nickel screws.

The blade is a pleasure to gaze upon. This blade remains in mint condition throughout with all of its crossgrain. The motto has very day lettering and really jumps off of the blade surface. The reverse ricasso has a matching dark etched logo which consists of two ovals which contain the firm’s name Gebruder Bohm Nachtfl Brottterode. The center of the logo is left plain. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard. The blade shoulder perfect;y meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very very fine dagger and with its grip it will stand out from other SA’s you may have in your collection.

Mint Minus. $1,295.00(#041521)

SADAGGERS #45446C Early SA - F. ED. Ohliger

This Ohliger piece is in nice condition throughout and is rated as a "9" on the McSaar scale, so not an easy piece to find. The nickel cross guards have a fine even dull patina throughout, having excellent smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked, "Wm". The grip remains in perfect condition having appealing even-colored brown wood. The grip perfectly fits the cross guards. The SA runes button enamel shows a little usage on the surfaces, but the enamel is still all there. The matching nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety. All details remain to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent anodizing being near mint on the reverse. The obverse anodizing is still all there, but where there is wear to the lacquer, it gives the impression of age, where there really is not - you got to get used to looking at these things to appreciate the subtleties. The scabbard mounts are patinated to the same hue as the guards. They remain in perfect condition to include the never-dropped ball. All nickel screws are in place and are unturned. There is an original-to-the-piece short hanger. The leather is excellent and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is nickel and the clip is the ":snout-nosed" variety being the style with rivet that retains the spring.

The blade is really gorgeous, being in full mint condition. It is mirror-bright and has all of the cross grain and needle-like tip. The SA motto is extremely dark, having 100% of the blackening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse blade is in the same choice condition. The desirable, and seldom-seen trademark depicts a circle with a hand and fist holding what appears to be some kind of a lighting device that is pointed upward.. Around the circle is the firm's name and location, "F. Ed. Ohliger / Solingen". A really neat and seductive trademark here. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard.

A rare dagger here in very fine condition.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $,1395.00

SADAGGERS #45367 Untouched Mid Period Transitional SA RZM M7 66 Carl Eickhorn

This Eickhorn produced SA was recently purchased from a veteran family. It is in untouched condition and the crossguard and mounts have never been cleaned. The mounts are the nickel plated type but looking at the you would at first think they were solid nickel as they have that fine even dull patination we all like to see. The mounts look to be in perfect condition beneath the patination and I suppose if someone wanted to clean them they would come up to be in perfect condition. I myself prefer the dull natural look. These mounts have never been part and there is no sign that the tang nut has been moved.

The grip is a fine RZM type having a high ridge line in the center. It remains in god condition throughout having maybe just the tiniest of lifts just at the area where it meets the crossguard but they are nothing. The grip perfectly fits the crossguards. The SA runes button has the same matching patination. All of the enamel is intact. The nickel eagle is the style with beak that points upward slightly. The eagle shows almost no wear with just a little bit on the breast feathering but that is about it. The rest of the bird is completely crisp.

The scabbard is nice and straight. It has the original brown paint which is still at 100 percent. The paint shows a little bit of usage in the surfaces but is all there. The scabbard mounts are also the nickel plated type. The upper mount is slightly more patinated than the lower mount and exactly matches the crossguards. The lower mount is little bit brighter as perhaps this part was stored in a more air free area. The lower ball is in perfect condition. These mounts are retained by the original dome head screws which are unturned.

Attached to the carrying ring is the original to the piece short hanger and belt loop. Both leather parts match exactly. The leather to the hanger is in perfect condition still having its original fine brown surfaces. It is equipped with a nickel buckle still having a little greenish look to it as well as a nickel snap clip. The clip is an unmarked variety. This is one of the first type transitional dagger and maybe this is why we still see these nickel parts on the hanger. The belt loop also has all of the factory brown finish with a good D ring.

The blade is a nice example still being bright throughout still having all of its crossgraining and a needlelike tip. It has just a couple of extremely minor age spots but they are really nothing and the blade still easily grades in near mint condition. The SA motto is deep as has that real dark blackening in the backgrounds of the letters. On the reverse it is double proofed featuring an open single RZM circle of the code M 7/66. Beneath this is etched the 1935 through 41 squirrel. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the contour of the lower crossguard.

A very nice untouched and desirable Eickhorn transitional piece here.

Mint Minus. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #45197C Early SA by Gottfried Müller

This Müller dagger is in uncleaned condition having a nice even patina across the nickel mounts. Looking at the tang nut it does not appear to have been out. These guards have smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked "Wf".

The grip is a fine example with a pleasing color lighter brown wood having subtle grains running vertically. The grip fits the crossguards perfectly. The SA runes button has all of the enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with the "point behind the head". This bird has complete full details throughout his head breast and feathering talons wreath and swastika. A nice untouched hilt here.

The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout. The shell has all of the anodized finish showing just a little bit of age staining running evenly throughout both of the surfaces but it is very nominal. The nickel scabbard mounts have matching patina and they are in good condition to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.

The blade is bright throughout and is nearly perfect on the obverse just showing a couple of extremely minor age stains. The SA motto is also one of those real dark ones that jump out to the eyes of the viewer. The reverse blade is also in good condition except that the tip where it seems to be some staining which could have been caused by moisture but I am not sure. The trademark is one that is not seen too frequently. It is double ovals which contains the firm’s name "Gottfried Müller" the town within the ovals is one we don’t see being "Herges-Vogtei". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

I don’t see this trademark on the McSARR rating but I know I have seen it in the past so I know it is not ultrarare but unless I am just missing it is strange that it is not listing on the McSARR. A fairly nice dagger here.

Excellent. $995.00

SADAGGERS #45113 Late SA RZM M7 66 1941 (Carl Eickhorn)

This Carl Eickhorn dagger would have been on the last dagger that were produced. The crossguards are the nickel plated type. There is some freckling in both of the crossguards but the plating is still remaining. The tang nut is also in good condition.

The grip is a typical RZM type with prominent center ridge. It remains in perfect condition and is a very nice looking wood with vertical grains. The SA runes button is in fine condition with all enamel. The grip eagle is a copper example example being the "high necked" variety. The eagle shows all of its details throughout and most likely would have had a light plating on it when new although on daggers this late it is hard to say.

The scabbard shell is in nice straight condition. It has its original chocolate brown color paint. The paint is in perfect condition on the reverse and has a couple of small spots on the obverse which seem to be more crazing than they are chips. The nickel plated steel scabbard mounts are still in excellent condition being bright throughout. The lower ball has never been dropped and they throat is the thicker type that we see on these later RZM varieties. The mounts are retained by 4 dome head screws.

The original short hanger is in place. It is in very fine condition with the leather still being almost newlike. The leather is also marked with an RZM stamping and the code L2 / 260 / 41 which ties in nicely with the date on the blade. The original mounts remain in good condition being a nickel plated buckle and a fine nickle plated snap clip. The clip is marked on the reverse OLC.

The blade of this example remains nice and bright ans still has all of its crossgrain. It is in mint condition. The motto has the very dark backgrounds to the letters of the motto. The reverse blade is matching etched with a single RZM circle positioned over the Carl Eickhorn code M 7/66 and below is the production date of 1941.

A good example here of a late produced dagger.

Excellent. $895.00

SADAGGERS #45451C Early SA by Artur Melcher (Armeso)

This dagger is in extremely nice condition and to add to the fun of it its maker marking is listed as a "10" on the McSARR scale. I believe I have had one of these in the past but is the only example I can remember.

The crossguard are very very nice on this example having a rather unique look to their shape. They have they look that the pieces from Suhl have or also the Berlin maker Haco. The guards are in very nice condition with smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The guards also show a little of that greenish look where they butt the grip. Studying the tang nut it does not appear to have ever been off of this dagger.

The grip is a nice example fitting the guards like a glove. This grip shows just the slightest bit of usage with a couple of mild wearing hits in the finish but nothing serious. The SA runes button is in good condition with perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the high necked bird having all details still remaining to its head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. The reverse lower crossguard is gruppe marked "Wf".

The scabbard is a beauty. It is nice and straight throughout and still has all of its anodizing with about 90 percent of the original lacquer. A very very fine scabbard shell here. The nickel scabbard mounts are also in nice condition with the lower ball showing just a couple of usage sings but no dings. The original screws are all in place and unturned.

Accompanying this nice dagger is the original hanger which is a fine short example still having much of its original surface brown color to the leather. The leather is still supple. It is also interesting to note that the small retainer loop is sewn in a different manner than we normally see them being similar to the way we see police scabbard leather sewn. The hanger hardware is all nickel and the conventional shaped snap clip is marked on the reverse with "A" and "DRGM".

And for the best part, the blade is immaculate still being in mint condition with all of its factory grain and crisp motto with 100 percent frosted backgrounds. The reverse is in the same condition and on the ricasso displays this extremely rare logo which consists of a diamond aid on its ellipse edge. Inside of the diamond is the maker name and location Artur Melcher Solingen Merschied and in the center are letters to reflect the name ARMESO. A very very rare trademark here and very desirable. As indicated above this trademark is rated a 10 in the McSARR scale. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A great opportunity here to acquire a very rare maker and also in very very fine condition.

Mint Minus. $1,795.00

SADAGGERS #45454C Early SA by Anton Wingen Junior

This SA is in nice overall condition having fine uncleaned nickel fittings. The crossguards are in excellent condition with smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut does appear to have been out. The lower reverse crossguard is gruppe marked "Wm".

The grip is a very very fine example which has a prominent grain running vertically throughout. A little furniture polish would really bring out this grain although it is readily seen on its own. The grip remains in perfect condition and fits the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The matching toned nickel grip eagle is style with bird having the beak that points upward slightly. All details are completely crisp to this bird. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has all of its anodizing which has dulled slightly from age but it is still there. There is also some traces of lacquer mostly on the obverse center area. The scabbard mounts nicely match the tone of the crossguards and are in good condition. The four original nickel screws are in place.

The blade of this example is bright and mint. It is a beautiful blade with all the crossgraining and nice deep dark shadowed motto. On the reverse the familiar small knight acts as a logo with the firm’s name over it and over it Anton Wingen Junior and the city of Solingen beneath the knight. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very nice Wingen piece here.

Excellent Plus Plus. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #45456 Early SA by Emil Kaiser

The Emil Kaiser name is not seen very frequently at all and I am very happy to offer this fine condition piece. Kaiser is rated at a "9" on the McSARR scale.

The hilt mounts are very fine nickel throughout having smooth surfaces crisp edges precise accent grooves. The tang nut does not look to have been turned.

The grip would be perfect except for a minor surface chip on the left lower obverse. Other than this the grip really appears unused. It is a pleasing color wood with subtle grain in the surfaces. The runes button is in good condition throughout. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly and it still has all of the bird's details. The reverse lower crossguard is gruppe marked "No".

The scabbard of this example is a real gem. This scabbard is straight as an arrow and has absolutely 100 percent of the original dark purple color anodizing. Very beautiful to see this. The reverse still has quite a bit of the original lacquer whereas on the on the obverse the lacquer is mostly gone. The scabbard mounts are in choice perfect condition with the never dropped ball. The original four screws are in place.

The blade of this example is extremely nice and in full mint condition. It has a very dark well etched motto with all of the backgrounds in the letters. The reverse blade has a simple logo consisting of its name in an arch Emil Kaiser & Co positioned above "Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

An extremely nice conditioned dagger here which is high on the McSARR scale. A very worthy purchase. We don’t see many of these Emil Kaiser pieces.

Mint Minus. $1,495.00 (#033021)

SADAGGERS #44167C Partial "Name Only" Ground SA - Carl Eickhorn

This extra fine example is equipped with all nickel cross guards and tang nut. The tang nut does not appear to have ever been turned. The guards do not look to have been cleaned and have a rich even dull patination.. The guard's surfaces are smooth with crisp edges and precise accent grooves being typical of this producer. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe-marked, "Wm". The grip remains in perfect condition being a pleasing darker wood being of classic ERickhron shape. The SA runes button has a coppery look to the enamel. The enamel to the right side of the "A" letter has chipped out some and has now assumed a greenish tinge color in the area. The nickel eagle is the "high-necked" variety still maintaining excellent detail throughout all of the parts. The grip nicely fits the cross guards with a little even mild shrinkage evident. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent anodizing, appearing to still be at nearly 100% and having a pleasing copper-brown color. The nickel scabbard mounts exactly match the patination of the cross guards. They remain in perfect condition, to include the never-dropped lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned. The SA short hanger is attached to the carrying ring. The leather shows a little age, but for the most part, the original brown finish is still there and the hanger is sound. The small retainer loop is in place. The buckle is the later plated type, but the snap clip is the early variety, exactly matching the patina of the other dagger parts. The clip is stamped, "A", and "DRGM". A good scabbard here.

The blade obverse is bright and in mint condition. All cross grain remains. The blade sports a fine motto, having all of the original factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse blade also is in a mint state with the exception of the area where the Röhm signature was removed. The name is fully gone and there are some mild grinding marks, but the craftsmen did his best to try and re-grain the area. It really is a fine example here. The trademark is the early small double ovals which contain the firm's details, "Carl Eickhorn / Solingen". Inside, is the seated squirrel being the type with serrated trail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard.

A very fine example here that would go well with a fully ground piece and possibly, if you are lucky enough, a full Röhm example. We generally don't see these "partials" this nice.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,395.00

SADAGGERS #37189 Early SA by Konejung

This early example has nice toned nickel mount which do not appear to have been cleaned. The tang nut is in excellent condition being out maybe once.

The guards have smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The reverse lower guard is gruppe marked "B".

The grip is a very fine example being a pleasing wood having subtle grain which runs vertically. The SA button is in good condition with good enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the "high necked" type with all details visible. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is in good condition throughout being nice and straight. The anodizing is still mostly there having some minor age spots which are spread evenly across both surfaces. The scabbard mounts nicely match the patination of the hilt. The lower ball has never been dropped. The four screws are all in place.

The blade is still bright throughout showing inly the most nominal of age and still having its crossgrain. The motto is deep and has 99 percent of the darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso has the double ellipses which enclose the firm's name and location "Herm. Konejung Solingen AG". Inside is the familiar set of spectacles. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

A nice early untouched dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $895.00(#030821)

SADAGGERS #45219 Personalized Early SA by SMF

This nice SA dagger has its original patination and does not look to have been cleaned. It was recently purchased from a veteran family.

The crossguards and tang nut are in excellent condition throughout and the tang nut does not appear to have been turned. The guards have smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The reverse of the crossguard is not gruppe marked on this example. On the obverse however is the original owner’s name very neatly and professionally engraved Curt Giersch. To go with this the upper obverse scabbard fitting is also personalized with Herr Giersch’s monogram CG. The monogram is nicely done with shading to the letters and they are connected together from top to bottom.

The grip is a very pretty example having smoother type surfaces and a good prominent straight up and down grain. The SA runes button has fine enamel. The grip eagle is a nickel high necked type showing little to no wear with full details to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout still having fairly good anodizing. The anodizing is just starting to thin slightly but for the most part it still remains. The scabbard mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball.

Attached to the carrying ring is the original to the piece hanger. The hanger is missing the snap clip and well as the retainer loop but perhaps the next owner of this dagger could find an early snap clip to complete the hanger. The buckle is the early nickel type matching the dagger.

Unfortunately the blade of this example has turned a bit gray from age. There is no pitting or age marks really on the blade just the overall graying. It retains its good original shape with needlelike tip. The SA motto is also still crisp and has about 98 percent of the original darkening in the letters. The reverse ricasso is marked with the seated king trademark over the firm’s initials "SMF Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

An interesting dagger here that I would think could possibly have some research prospects. Outstanding engraving to the personalization.

Excellent. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #45221C SA Ground Röhm by Gebr Heller

This SA dagger is in nice untouched condition and does appear to have ever been cleaned nor has it been apart. The nickel mounts all have an even dull patination. The surfaces are smooth with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The reverse lower crossguard is gruppe marked "He".

The grip is a very fine example having high ridge center and being in near perfect condition showing only the most modest of usage. It fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA enamel to the button is 100 percent. The nickel grip eagle is the style with the point behind the head. This bird has full details throughout to its head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is also in nice condition still having good anodizing with minor age in the surfaces but nothing that is bad. The scabbard mounts are matching patinated nickel and they are in fine condition to include the never dropped lower ball. All four screws are in place and are unturned.

The obverse blade of this example is a beauty still being bright with all of its grain. It has a outstanding SA motto for which the Heller company was famous four. It has the very dark backgrounds and really looks great jumping out at the viewer. The reverse of the blade has been completely ground with the original grind marks still in the surfaces. The trademark is the small version that Heller used with Röhm daggers. The marking consists of two small circles with the firm’s name and location inside being Gebruder Heller Schmalkalden. Inside is their traditional logo of an anchor. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

An extremely nice ground Röhm dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #45153C Ground Röhm SA by Carl Eickhorn

This Eickhorn example has the fine solid nickel crossguards. The guards are in fine condition with smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut does not appear to have been turned in modern times. The lower reverse crossguard is gruppe marked "Ns".

The grip is in fine condition showing little usage with no problems whatsoever. It is fitted with the SA runes button having perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the "high necked" type. All details remain to the bird to its head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has received a paint job somewhere along the line. It looks as though it could well be period. It is a good brown color and other than a few tiny taps in the paint on both sides it is in fine condition rating at 99 percent. The scabbard mounts are the early nickel variety. They are in nice condition to include the lower ball. The four original nickel screws are in place.

Attached to the carrying ring is a very fine early short hanger. The leather is still in nice condition and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware to the hanger is the nickle type having a snout nosed style snap clip being the style with rivet that holds the spring.

The obverse blade is in choice mint condition still having it’s crossgrain and a very fine deep etched motto with 100 percent of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse has had the Röhm inscription professionally removed. This looks like a factory job as the blade has been regrained. The grain does not exactly match the original but it is pretty close. During the process a portion of the early trademark was removed which is the area being about one third on the left side. The trademark is the early ovals having the firm’s name and location Carl Eickhorn Solingen. The Carl portion of the name is gone. In the center is the seated squirrel being a smooth tail variety. The head breast and centers of the squirrel were also the victims of the Röhm removal process. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A nice ground example here.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #45129 Early SA by Chromolit

We do not see too many Chromolit daggers and I think they are interesting from the standpoint only a few years ago we realized that Chromolit was also the producer of the Luftwaffe forestry bayonet. For you collectors familiar with these type bayonets you will remember they have the initials "CH" stamped into the blade. This CH stamping jibes with the logo used by Chromolit which will get to further down in the description of this dagger.

The crossguards are in nice condition having a fine even patina. The tang nut is also fine looking to been out out maybe once. The crossguards have that nice greenish look were they meet the grip. They have smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The reverse lower guard os gruppe marked "Mn".

The grip is a dark reddish color wood being in perfect condition and having nice high well defined center ridge. There is some interesting grain that runs under the surfaces. The grip perfectly fits the crossguards.

At the the reverse upper left I notice there is just the tiniest piece of surface wood that has come off of the grip however it is hardly noticeable. The SA runes button has perfect enamel. The grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. It has good detail throughout all of its features. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is in extremely nice condition showing only the most modest of wearing signs. It still has all of its coppery anodized finish just thinning slightly on the reverse at the upper area. There are also still traces of the original factory present in the recesses. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition. The lower ball has a couple of minor tap taps but no crushing. The four original screws are in place and are unturned.

The blade still remains bright and has its crossgrain. There are a couple of extremely slight age signs in the blade but it easily rates at near mint. The SA motto is nice and crisp with about 99 percent of the original background frosting. The reverse ricasso has the firm's name and location written in capital letters in a circle "CHROMOLIT SOLINGEN" and as stated above it has the initials "CH" written in a rather nice script in the center formed by the circle.

A nice dagger here with an interesting maker.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #36980 Early Untouched SA Dagger - Wilhelm Kober

This Kober SA Dagger does not appear to ever have been cleaned. It is a textbook Suhl example, and really looks great.

The crossguards are in the Suhl style, with the characteristic upward pointing quillon ends on the lower guard. These guards have excellent smooth surfaces, with well-defined edges and sharply cut accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Th".

The walnut grip is a beauty, with lots of wood grain in the surfaces and an appealing pattern of contrasting color tones in the surface. It is of High Ridge construction and in perfect condition. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has excellent enamel, while the nickel grip eagle is fully detailed throughout. It is the style with the upward pointing beak. This grip fits the crossguards like a your pants after a five course dinner. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The anodized finish on this shell is really in fine condition, appearing to be 100% intact and with that purple sheen we like to see. There are also traces of protective lacquer clinging to the areas that were protected by the mounts. The mounts are also choice through to the lower ball. They exactly match the patination of the crossguards, and are retained by four unbuggered nickel screws.

The blade of this example remains nice and bright. This blade has most of the original graining, and is in nearly Mint condition. The SA motto is extremely dark ,having 100% of the original blacking in the recesses of the letters. The reverse ricasso is etched with the firm's name and location, "Wilh. Kober & Co. / Suhl" contained with ovals. Inside a logo in the form the the mythical Greek centaur, set above the start-up date "Gegr. 1874".

It is interesting to note that the original owner has his name etched into the upper edge of the reverse blade at the ricasso. The etching reads "E. Voigt". There may be enough here to research his original wearer. Either way the name makes for an interesting dagger, especially coupled with one in such nice condition.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #45125 Partial "Name Only" Ground Röhm by Carl Eickhorn

This partial Röhm example is a classic Eickhorn dagger. The nickel crossguards and tang nut are in exceptional condition with good smooth surfaces crisp edges and having the very precise accent grooves that was typical of the Eickhorn firm.

The crossguards are also marked inside HE which indicates that they were produced by this factory.

The grip is also very nice on this piece having just the slightest bit of burl noticeable in the wood of both sides. A little bit of furniture polish would really bring this out if the next owner wanted to do so. The grip itself i sin absolute perfect condition and fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button has fine enamel. The grip eagle is a nickel type and is the high necked version still having all the details to the bird's head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. The lower reverse crossguard is marked with the gruppe "Fr". A nice hilt here.

The scabbard is also a beauty. This shell is completely straight throughout and has 100 percent of the anodizing still present. There is also a lot of the original protective lacquer spread evenly throughout the scabbard surfaces. This lacquer rates at perhaps 30 percent. The nickel scabbard mounts remain in perfect condition to include the never dropped lower ball. The mounts are complete with the four nickel unturned screws.

the obverse blade of this example is till bright throughout having just the slightest couple of age stains mainly in the upper blade surface coming off of the ricasso area. This blade still though on the obverse is easily in near full mint condition. The SA motto is very crisp and deep and all of the background darkening in the letters. On the reverse blade there is a bit more age which may have been caused by the original grinding and the process that it went throughout. The reverse blade though is still bright showing only a little bit of smudge on the upper portion of the blade at about the center area. The inscription In herzliger Kamaradeschaft is still in perfect condition and only the Röhm signature was removed with no damage to any other part of the blade. There was a effort to repolish the area and it was quite well done. The trademark is still all there being the double ovals which contain the firm's name and location Carl Eickhorn Solingen and in the center is the seated squirrel logo. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very nice high quality partial Röhm here.

Near Mint. $2,495.00

SADAGGERS #45117 Early SA by F. A. Kirschbaum

This beautiful piece is in about as good a condition as a collector is likely to find. The nickel crossguard and tang nut are pristine throughout. The tang nut does not appear as though it has been out of the dagger.

The crossguards throughout are smooth and have crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is gruppe marked "Wm".

The grip is in complete perfect condition having a dark mahogany looking wood. The wood is very attractive and in indeed furniture like. It fits the crossguards perfectly. The SA runes button has fine enamel. The grip eagle is style with high neck. It has a little bit of wear on the bird's head only but the breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika are still new like. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard shell is just outstanding. It is completely straight and easily has 100 percent of the original anodized finish. There is also probably 85 percent of the original protective lacquer. It is not often we see a scabbard in this nice of a condition. The scabbard mounts are nickel and they are in nice condition to include the never dropped lower ball.

The blade absolutely exquisite mint. It is mirror bright with 100 percent crossgrain and fine deep SA motto. The letters to the motto have all of their darkening and literally jumps off the blade. The reverse blade is in the same choice condition. The reverse ricasso is marked with the double ovals which is marked with the firm's name and location F. A. Kirschbaum Solingen and in the center is "& CO". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very elegant dagger here which is rated an 8 on the McSARR scale. If you are looking for that special SA in top condition this one should meet your need.

Mint. $1,350.00

SADAGGERS #45105C Early SA with Blade Dedication - F. Dick

This SA has fine nickel crossguards with a tang nut which does not appear to have been moved.

The guards are in nice shape with smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower guard is marked "Sw".

The grip is in very fine condition fitting the crossguards like a rubber glove. It is a good looking wood with vertical grain and having some different tines in the wood that make it interesting to look at. There is also a set of carved initial in the lower reverse grip which appear to be "SE". The grip SA runes button is in perfect condition. The grip eagle is the high neck variety having perfect detail throughout the head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard is straight throughout the obverse. There is just the tiniest of a little ding at the bottom left side near the scabbard mount. This anodizing is in good condition throughout. The scabbard though is a bit of mystery as the scabbard mounts are the plated type. This is very unusual to see with a anodized finish. Perhaps this piece was produced later in the run just before the transitional period or it is possible the original owner replaced the scabbard. The scabbard mounts are in excellent condition throughout having all screws present and unturned.

Connected to the hanging ring is a fine early three piece hanger. This is another reason why I think the scabbard could have been replaced by the original owner and his original hanger retained. The hanger leather is in good condition throughout although the little retainer loop is missing. The hardware is all the early nickel type with a early unmarked snout nosed variety clip the variety being the type with the rivet that holds the spring in place. Connected to the snap clip is what appears to be the original to this piece belt loop being the type which fold over and has a boss holding it in place and there is also a grip retainer loop but unfortunately the leather is broken where it is connect at the snap but the snap portion is still there.

The blade is a very fine example being in mint condition. The motto is nicely done having 100 percent of the frosting in the background. On the reverse is a dedication performed by a SA officer that I have seen probably a half a dozen times in the past. The inscription is lightly etch In trueue kamaradeschaft Carlo Kraemer / Sturmführer 10 / M / 86. Herr Kraemer was a prolific gift giver because there most have been many more dedicated daggers with his name when I have have seen at least five or six of the in the past. The dedication however is absolutely original. It would be nice if someone cold do some research on Kramer to see just who he was. The group that he was with when this was presented appears to have been one of the SA motor groups. The blade ricasso is etched with the arrow pointing downward with the name "F. Dick". The blade shoulders perfect meet the lower crossguard.

A fine interesting dagger here.

Excellent. $2,495.00

SADAGGERS #44910C Transitional Double Proof SA Dagger - Carl Böcker / RZM M7/45

The crossguards of this example are in very fine condition having excellent nickel plating. There is little age and they still remain bright throughout. The tang nut does not appear to have been removed.

The grip is a darker brown color having a very pleasing look to it and it remains in perfect condition. It fits the crossguards perfectly. The SA runes button has full enamel. The grip eagle is an aluminum example being the high necked style bird. All details are there to the bird's head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The chocolate brown paint is in perfect condition here rating at 99.9 percent. Very beautiful paint. The scabbard mounts are the nickel plated steel based type and they retain their original brightness. The lower ball is in perfect condition. The mounts are retained by dome head unturned screws.

And now for the best part of this dagger. Although the blade is still bright it is not full mint as it has just a little bit of age in some of the surfaces. The original crossgraining though is still there and the blade would grade near mint. The SA motto is deeply etched and it has 100. percent of the frosted backgrounds.

But the real fun on this dagger is the double proof mark. It features the stupid looking stick bird ostrich logo used by the Carl Böcker company. This crazy looking bird is retained within double oval circles with slim distances between the oval lines. The bird is pictured with a dwarfed head and very long neck on a strange round body with three feathers sticking out the back. His legs are single long lines with the left leg being held upward with the claw featuring downward. It is really a very funny cartoon like logo and every time I see one of their early daggers it always amuses me. However this is first time in all my years that I have seen a double proof mark with this captivating ostrich. I know that this has to be the rarest of all of the transitional examples we see. So for you guys out there that collect double proofs this is an amazing find.

Beneath the ostrich is a the code and even this is done weird like at the left is a tiny etched double RZM open circle and then to the right of the circle is the Böcker code "M7/45". If anybody else has ever seen one of these trademarks I would like to hear about it. I think this dagger is a real find for the right person. It is not priced cheaply but then again I think you will have something that no one else has and that is always fun.

Near Mint. $1,795.00

SADAGGERS #44735C Early Chained SA High Leader's Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

It is always a pleasure to offer one of these beautiful and very rare early High Leader's pieces. This is an example I sold maybe twenty or twenty five years ago and it still remains in the same condition it was back then. The fittings on the dagger have not been touched and exhibit a desirable patina. The cross guards and tang nut are all silvered surfaces. The tang nut is in fine condition throughout. The upper cross guard features the Eickhorn textbook raised oak leaves and acorns. This upper guard portrays an acorn in the center area of both sides and there are three overlapping oak leaves which run out from the acorn on both sides. Each of the leaves has been heavily hand-enhanced as to the veins, and additionally, each leaf has a finished edge where it terminates at the quillion end - I always love to see this fine jeweler work on these early daggers. The center acorn also has nice checkering to the acorn cap, but not overdone, as we like to see on originals. The lower cross guard features the same fine enhancement treatment to the three outflowing oak leaves on each side, but features three acorns in the center that are grouped together. Again, the enhancing detail to the acorn caps here is nominal and correct. I took a look inside these cross guards and as we normally see on early pieces, they are numbered. And, as is often the case, the numbers do not match - a common occurrence with these daggers. The top guard is stamped, "173", and curiously, the "1" in the digits has been stamped up-side-down! Even these Eickhorn masters were not perfect! The lower guard is stamped, "222". While I was looking, I took a look at the tang, and this is stamped, "209", as well as with the Eickhorn traditional factory marking on Damascus tangs, "DAMAST", all in capital letters. Also, while I was looking, I discovered that there are three little numbers stamped into the covered upper edge of the grip which appear to be, "177 ". The grip of this example is a very appealing dark wood being quite beautiful, and having a pleasing subtle vertical-running grain. The grip fits the guards like a glove - perfect. The grip shows only the most nominal of usage, and virtually having no flaws. The SA runes button has perfect enamel and some nice patina in spots to the metal ring around the runes. The grip eagle is silvered, and is the "high-necked" variety. It is a beauty, having all details to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. A really nice grip eagle here enhancing what is a really nice Honor dagger hilt!

The scabbard is also a great example. It is completely straight. It is covered with what appears to be original leather. The leather is a stunning brown color, having beautiful fine grain throughout. The leather shows a few signs of usage here and there, but no cuts, nips or wear-thru problems. On these early daggers the leather covered the entire scabbard shell and ran beneath the center ramp, whereas on later-period High Leader daggers, the leather ran up to the center ramp at top and bottom. The scabbard mounts all have a silvered surface matching the cross guards. The silvering remains in perfect condition throughout the mounts. The condition of all of the mounts is exemplary, to include the lower ball. Each mount has the recessed lines which run around the edges of both the obverse and reverse. All of the original factory blackening remains in the recesses - nice. The center ramp is the fold-over variety only seen on early version daggers. There are two rivets on the right edge of the mount that hold it in place. The four original silvered scabbard screws are in place and appear unturned.

Attached to the upper scabbard hanging ring and the center ramp is the carrying chain. The chain is of a steel base, heavily silver-plated. The chain features five links at the upper and seven links at the lower. Each link projects a raised immobile swastika. The links all have built-in loops in their edges, to which the connecting oval tabs are connected. The four ending chain links have centered holes drilled in their upper area for the connection to the scabbard tabs, as well as to the top snap clip. The clip features an applied medallion with a large SA rune. The ends of the SA letters pierce the outside rim of the medallion. The snap clip below is in good working order complete with original spring. This chain is in perfect condition with no age issues anywhere.

The blade is a most beautiful, hand-forged Damascus steel. It displays a prominent "Maiden Hair" pattern, remaining in mint condition. Raised-out in the center is the SA motto, "Alles für Deutschland". The motto is flanked by raised three-leaf oak leaf sprigs, each with one acorn at its lower. The motto and oak leaves retain their original gilded finish. The gild shows some mild age wear, but still is visible throughout. The reverse ricasso features the raised 1934-35 trademark. It portrays double ovals which contain a seated squirrel. The squirrel is the variety with a serrated tail. Within the ovals is the firm name and location, "Carl Eickhorn/ Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.

An outstanding original High Leader's dagger here, offered at an affordable price. The price is firm.

Excellent Plus. $54,995.00

SADAGGERS #44581C Early SA Dagger - Carl Jul Krebs

This dagger has toned nickel fittings throughout not appearing to have ever been cleaned. The crossguards and tang nut are in fine condition and the tang nut does not appear to have ever been removed. The surfaces are still smooth with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is gruppe marked "He". The grip remains in perfect condition with a good vertical grain. it perfectly fits the crossguards. The runes button is one of the more coppery types and it has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the high nicked type. It shows just a tad of wear to head and breast feathering but the wing feathering talons wreath and swastika are still crisp. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. it appears to have all of its anodized finish although the finish is a slightly darker color. It is all there however. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition to include the lower ball and all four screws are in place. The blade is in very fine condition still being bright with needlelike tip and rating mint. It has a very fine deep and dark motto with 100 percent of the blackening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso feature double ovals which contain the firm's name and location "Carl Jul Krebs Solingen". Inside is a crown over the letter K. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

Excellent Plus. $1,150.00

SADAGGERS #44560C Early SA Dagger with Crossguard Dedication - Sud Messerfabrik Gefrees

This early dagger is produced by a not too often seen maker Sud Messerfabrik located in the small town of Gefrees. This producer is rated at a 8 on the McSARR scale. The crossguards and tang nut are of solid nickel the tang nut looks to have been removed maybe once. The surfaces are in good condition as are the edges and accent grooves. The reverse lower crossguard is gruppe marked "He". On the reverse crossguard is the dedication "in kameradeschaft standarte 83". Apparently on of the members of this standarte gave the dagger to a friend. The engraving work is very nicely done being professional and beautifully fit to the space allotted. The grip is a fine darker wood having a more rounded surface. The obverse remains in perfect condition whereas the reverse has a couple of minor indents in the ridge area of the wood but they are not bad. The grip fits the crossguards like a glove. The SA runes button has all of the enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with point behind the head. The bird shows a little minor wear to the head breast feathering and talons but the wreathed swastika and wings are still quite crisp. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has 100% of the original anodizing and also has about 50 to 60 percent of the original protective lacquer more being on the obverse than the reverse. The nickel mounts are in very fine condition to include the lower ball and they are retained by the four original unturned nickel screws. Attached to the upper hangin ring is a period short hanger which appears to be original to the piece. The hanger still has excellent leather and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger hardware is of all nickel with the clip being of conventional style and unmarked. Attached to the clip is a fine brown belt loop which seems to match the hanger. This loop is equipped with a nickel D ring. The blade of this piece is mostly bright but there are a couple of smudges that are concentrated around the center ares of the blade on both sides. The grain is still all there but these smudges do effect the rating so this blade is only at excellent plus. The SA motto is crisp with good dark lettering. On the reverse the logo is of two ovals which enclose the firm's name and locations "Sud Messerfabrik Gefrees". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the the lower crossguard. An interesting early SA dagger.

Excellent Plus. $1,495.00

SADAGGERS #44561C Early SA Dagger with Blade Dedication - Carl Eickhorn

This SA has early nickel Eickhorn-style guards which remain in nice condition throughout, with the deep accent grooves typically produced by this company. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "Wf".

The light brown grip has some nice vertical wood grain. It remains in fine condition on the reverse, but the obverse has a small surface chip on the upper right. It also looks as if the SA runes button was pressed deeper into the wood of the grip somehow. In any event the grip perfectly fits the guards and the button has undamaged enamel. The nickel "High Necked" grip eagle shows only modest wear.

The scabbard remains straight and has a good anodized finish. It is all there but there is some mild age spotting spread evenly throughout both sides. The nickel scabbard mounts are both in good condition and are retained by the original unturned nickel screws.

The blade of this dagger has turned slightly gray and looks to have been sharpened at one time. This sharpening was apparently removed, leaving the blade slightly thinner than it should normally be. It is not immediately noticeable but the keen of eye should spot it. The SA motto is still crisp but has only about 50% of the original darkening in the letters.

On the reverse there is a three line dedication which reads, "In treuer kampfverbundenheit! / Weihnachten 1934 / Hager Brigadeführer. This literally translates to something like, "In true battle-belongingness! / Christmas 1934 / Hager Brigade Leader". A very interesting dedication here, with an expression used by almost exclusively men who had fought together during the early days of the Party and the Great War.

It is interesting to note the Eickhorn trademark is the "small double ovals" type, presumably used to free up space on the blade for the dedication. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A very interesting dagger here; it is a shame about the condition issues but it is what it is.

Good Plus. $1,995.00

SADAGGERS #44564C Early SA Dagger with Crossguard Dedication - Gebr. Heller

This early SA Dagger has finely tone nickel mounts. The tang nut appears to have been off perhaps once, and the guards remain in fine condition throughout. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "Th".

Engraved on the obverse crossguard is a two line dedication which reads, "Unserem Res Truppf. i. Dankeb. Anerk / v. St. 12/M43". This appears to translate to, "With sincere thanks to our reserve troop leader / from Group 12 M43". The "M" most likely indicated a motorized group.

The scabbard shell is nice and straight. The anodized finish is fairly good, intact but showing age on both sides. The scabbard mounts are in good condition, including the lower ball. The four original screws are in place.

The blade of this dagger is as nice as you will see. It remains bright and only has a few extremely mild surface spots. The SA motto is deeply etched and retains 100% of the original darkening. The reverse ricasso has the seldom seen Heller trademark that is not horizontally stamped; this version is etched and aligned vertically. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower guard.

A nice dagger here, with a very fine period dedication.

Excellent Plus. $1,695.00

SADAGGERS #35483 Early SA Dagger - C.G. Haenel

This Suhl-produced dagger is in nice, uncleaned condition. The nickel crossguards are in fine condition as is the unturned, nickel tang nut. The surfaces are smooth throughout, with excellent, crisp edges, and precise, accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked "Th". The grip is one of the gunstock walnut types. It has medium to high ridge construction with nice, pleasing, grain running vertically throughout. The grip is in perfect condition, and fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed. The enamel appears to have a small rub, just next to the "a Sigrunne". The grip eagle is the "beak pointing upward" type. This bird shows a little minor wear to the head and talons, but the wings, wreath, and mobile swastika still appear to be crisp.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has excellent, anodized finish. There is very little age in the finish, and there portions of the original lacquer covering remaining in the protected areas. This is a fine, anodized shell. The scabbard mounts have nice, matching patina, and they too are in perfect condition to include the lower ball. The early nickel screws are all in place and appear to be unturned. There is also an original-to-the-piece short hanger. This hanger has still fairly good leather, but the little retainer loop has gone to time. The hardware is the early nickel type, with the snapclip being the "snout nose" type, having the rivet which retains the spring.

The blade of this example, although still being bright, does show some wear, and some age to its surfaces. I don't see a lot of crossgraining on this blade, and also most of the darkening is worn out of the backs of the SA motto letters. The tip is still needle like, however. This blade rates at about excellent. Perhaps it would clean up some with a little work. The reverse ricasso is etched with the arrow logo, containing the firm's name "HAENEL" within the arrow. Beneath the arrow is the firm's name and location, and the fact that they made weapons, as well as bicycles. A portion of this wording is worn on the center area. It is marked, "C.G. HAENEL/SUHL WAFFEN FAHRRAD" The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour. A good dagger here with a better outside than blade. It is priced accordingly though, and is a good starter piece, and possibly if a better blade could be found in the future, it would not hurt the looks of this dagger.

Excellent. $995.00

SADAGGERS #44470 Early SA Dagger - Gustav Wirth

This SA Dagger is equipped with a very fine nickel tang nut and crossguards The dagger looks to hav been taken down perhaps once but the hilt fittings remain in very fine condition throughout. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "P", for Pomerania.

The grip is made of dark mahogany, with subtle vertical wood grain. The dark color of this grip is striking and it will certainly stand out in a collection. The grip is in perfect condition and fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes has all of the enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the type with a slightly upturned beak; this bird retains crisp detail throughout, with just a hint of wear to the right talon.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The anodized finish is intact, with just traces of age evenly spread on both facings. The mounts are in nice condition, although the lower mount has a small crease above the ball. It is not bad, however, and the ball itself has only a tiny divot. The original screws are all in place.

Although the blade is bright is does show signs of light sharpening on both sides. It is not too bad but it is visible and does detract somewhat from the dagger. In light of this piece has been priced accordingly. The SA motto is a frosted type and remains about 50% intact. The Wirth trademark on the reverse is one we don't see too often. It consists of a serifed capital "W" enclosed in a ring of closely spaced dots which decrease in size as they run out from the equator. Above the dotted ring is the name of the firm, "Gustav Wirth", and below we see "Solingen Grafrath". The Wirth firm is rated a 9 on the McSARR scale, so you aren't like to see many more of these floating around. The blade shoulders are a perfect fit to the contour of the lower guard.

A nice SA dagger here, from a very, very rare maker. It would sell for a lot more were it not for the sharpening.

Excellent. $795.00

SADAGGER #44150C Early Full Röhm Inscription SA Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This fine example is textbook throughout and remains in very nice condition. The nickel cross guards are the "H.E" internally-marked variety and reflect all of the nice features the Eickhorn firm was noted for. The surfaces are smooth throughout, with fine crisp edges. The accent grooves are very deep, being the beautifully rendered variety that only Eickhorn produced. The tang nut remains nice and crisp, being only hand-tight, so no one has used a tool on this piece. The reverse lower guard is Gruppe-marked, "Fr", stranding for Franconia, being the area around Nürnberg, land of the lovable Gauleiter Julius Streicher. The grip is an impressive lighter color wood having an appealing prominent grain pattern that runs lengthwise. This grip fits the guards like a rubber glove. The grip is in totally perfect condition, but for a small surface hit to the wood area just above the right section where it meets the lower obverse guard. (I don't find the flaw detrimental at all and if anything, it gives the dagger its own character). The runes button is perfectly set and has excellent enamel showing usage but no chips or missing areas. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety. It is a beauty with full detail to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. This eagle shows no wear. A really nice hilt here.

The scabbard shell is completely straight, and has 100% of the original "anodized" finish - a nice coppery color. There are lacquer remains just visible at the scabbard mount edges. The nickel scabbard mounts are in perfect condition, to include the ball at the lower mount. The original nickel screws are all in place and are untouched. Attached to the hanging ring is a good-conditioned early hanger. The leather is still excellent, although the little retainer loop is gone to time. The hardware is the early nickel type, with the snap clip being the "snout-nosed" variety having the rivet which retains the spring to the clip. Nice scabbard here.

The blade is completely bright and has all of its original cross grain. There are a couple of very vague smudges around the :"Deutschland" word in the motto and a little around the signature on the other side. However, they hardly noticeable, and in my opinion, this blade still grades at almost full mint - nice. The motto is crisp throughout and has 100% of the factory frosting in the backgrounds. The inscription on the reverse, "In herzlicher Komradship Ernst Röhm", is a nice as you will see. Its etching depth and background frosting exactly match the obverse. A quality inscription on this fine blade. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the small 1933-34 double ovals. They contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn/ Solingen". Inside, is the smooth-tail version squirrel.The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contours.

This is a very fine Röhm example, and judging by its appearance, I would venture to say that its original owner probably put it away after the game-changing "Night of the Long Knives" and perhaps purchased another dagger. Everybody likes Eickhorn's, so now is your chance to acquire a worthwhile dagger, and something you can enjoy for many years to come.

Mint Minus. $7,995.00

SADAGGERS #43831C Early SA Dagger with Hanger - J. P. Sauer

This Suhl piece has a nice, dull patina on its solid nickel mounts. The mounts are typical Suhl examples, with the lower guard having slightly upturned ends. The reverse of the lower reverse is Gruppe marked "Fr." The tang nut is in nice condition and does not look to have been turned.

The grip is a fine walnut Suhl example. It has a nice, subtle wood grain and a little bit of burl in the reverse center. The grip is in completely perfect condition throughout and fits the guards like a glove. The SA runes button is in good condition, and the nickel grip eagle is the type with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird shows only the most minor wear.

The scabbard is straight and has a very fine anodized finish that is nearly 100% intact. There are only the most minor traces of surface age. The nickel scabbard mounts have a fine matching patina and are in choice condition to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are in place and unturned.

Attached to the hanging ring is what appears to be the original short hanger. This hanger has outstanding brown leather, an intact retainer loop, and choice, solid nickel hardware.

The blade is in perfect, mint condition, with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is very, very dark, a hallmark of Suhl manufacture. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the club-wielding Hercules trademark of the Sauer firm, complete with his loincloth. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard

A choice Suhl SA Dagger.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #43868 Early SA Dagger - J. E. Dittert & Co.

This early SA Dagger has excellent nickel crossguards. The tang nut is in nice condition, looking to have been off perhaps once or twice. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked, "Sa".

The grip is quite attractive, having some subtle burl and a bit darker than the usual woods used on SA grips. It remains in perfect condition and fits the guards like a glove. The SA runes button has excellent enamel, and the nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward. This bird shows only slight wear to the beast and talons.

The scabbard shell is in choice condition. It is straight throughout and looks to have 100% of the coppery-brown anodized finish. I don't see any of the original lacquer but it may not have ever had any. The nickel mounts nicely match the hilt fittings and remain in perfect condition, including the lower ball. The four original nickel screws are in place and unturned.

The blade remains bright but there are some minor age stains on both sides. The SA motto is crisp and deep, with good, dark lettering. The reverse ricasso is etched with the trademark of the J. A. Dittert firm; the name and location of the firm, "Neustadt i SA", are arranged in an ellipse, with a bisected triangle in the center. This maker is not one we see very often and is rated a 6 on the McSARR scale. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A scarce SA Dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #43712C Personalized Early SA Dagger - August Merten

This early SA Dagger remains in nice condition. The tang nut does not appear to have been removed and the guards are in very good shape throughout. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "S".

Neatly scratched on the obverse of the guard is the name of the original owner, "RAYDT". This personalization was not professionally done but still looks quite good.

The grip is a very fine example, showing little to no wear and fitting the guards like a rubber glove. The SA roundel is a nice example, with 100% of the original enamel, and the nickel grip eagle is the style with a point behind the head. This bird retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The anodized finish is darker and looks to be all there, with a muted color. The nickel scabbard mounts are good although the lower mount has a small ding in the center. There is also a ding on the right side of the ball, but there is no crushing or problems. The original nickel screws are in place and unturned.

The blade remains bright and retains all of the crossgrain. There are some mild traces of wear but they do not really detract. The tip is needle-like and the SA motto is crisp and dark. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with "M" and oak leaves trademark of the Merten firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #43628C Mid-period Double Proof SA Dagger - RZM M7/27 / Puma

This SA Dagger is one of the desirable double proof types. These daggers represent the apparently reluctant transition from manufacturer trademarks to RZM codes. By 1939 RZM markings had pushed many of the interesting trademarks, making these double proof examples very interesting.

This example has outstanding nickel plated crossguards which remain in bright, mint condition. The tang nut is in the same condition and does not appear to have been turned.

The grip is a very fine RZM type with a high center ridge. The SA runes button retains perfect enamel. The grip eagle is a "High Necked" copper type, with full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is completely straight and has very fine original brown paint. This paint remains bright and is 100% intact. The scabbard mounts are plated and remain in perfect condition, to include the lower ball. The original dome head screws are in place and unturned.

Attached to the hanging ring is a fine short hanger. This hanger has perfect leather and a good retainer loop. The nickel plated hardware also is in perfect condition, being bright and free of rust. The snap clip is marked "A", "DRGM", RZM M5/8" on the reverse.

The blade of this example is a beauty, with full crossgrain, a dark SA motto, and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with an RZM circle atop the code "M7/27" and a fine Puma Cat Head trademark in a diamond. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower guard.

An exceptional Double Proof SA Dagger here.

Mint. $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #43720C Early SA Dagger - Carl Bender

Daggers from the Carl Bender firm are very hard to find, rating a 9 on the McSARR scale. The dagger has fine nickel crossguards that remain crisp throughout, and the tang nut does not appear to have been turned. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "Ho", all the way off to right.

The grip remains in nice condition and shows little wear. The SA runes button has good enamel, showing some wear but without any breaks. The grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward; this bird retains full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight and has an excellent, 100% intact. "anodized" finish. There are a few light age spots in the finish but nothing bad at all. The scabbard mounts are in good condition, to include the lower ball, and all four of the original screws are in place and unturned.

The blade is a beauty, still bright and with all of the original grain. The SA motto is crisp and dark. The interesting trademark of the Bender firm is one the reverse, in the form of a pair of coffee pots sitting next to each other. They rest atop the name and location of the firm, "Carl Bender Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A fine SA Dagger here, from a rare maker.

Excellent Plus. $1,395.00

SADAGGERS #43617 Early SA Dagger with Scabbard Dedication - SMF

This SMF SA Dagger remains in very fine condition overall, with a scabbard dedication to boot. The nickel guards and tang nut remain in perfect condition, the latter looking to have been out maybe once in the past. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "Wf".

The grip is a fine, rounded type and in totally perfect condition, fitting the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button retains perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the type with a beak that points slightly upward; this bird retains full detail throughout.

The scabbard shell is completely straight and has a wonderful "anodized" finish which is 100% intact, along with some lacquer residue. The upper scabbard mount is in fine condition although the lower mount looks to have been dropped on the left side of the ball, resulting in a split. This could most likely be repaired if so desired. The obverse upper mount has a four line dedication which reads, "IN TREUE KAMARADESCHAFT / GW. v. SA TRUPP 7 / 105 / TANNENBERGSTAHL / 8.6.35". The dedication is professionally done and means the dagger was a gift from SA Troop 7 / 105 for "true comradeship". A very nice dedication here.

The blade remains nearly mint, showing no age and with full crossgrain. The SA motto is deep and dark, with 99% of the original blacking. The reverse ricasso is marked with the familiar Seated King trademark of the SMF firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.

A very nice SA Dagger here with a desirable dedication.

Near Mint. $1,595.00

SADAGGERS #42562C Personalized Early SA Dagger - Max Weyersberg

This early SA Dagger is in very nice condition overall. The crossguards are nickel, with good smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The tang nut appears unturned, and the lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "No".

The grip is a dark wood, with a subtle grain. It shows only modest wear and perfectly fits the guards. The SA runes button is slightly to the right, but the enamel is in fine condition. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that is slightly upturned. The bird shows only modest wear and retains generally good detailing.

The scabbard is a tremendous item, with one of the best "anodized" finishes I've ever seen. The rich brown color is very bold and 100% intact. It is interesting to note that, on the reverse of the scabbard, is the personalization of the original owner. It has been scratched into the surface and reads "Carl Salomon / Nachr", with a lightning bolt rune and the number "166". Apparently we has in the Signals group, given the use of the lightning bolt. There might be enough information here to trace this man, if someone was so inclined. The scabbard mounts are perfect solid nickel example, in perfect condition down through the lower ball. All of the original screws are in place.

Attached to the carrying ring is what appears to the original short hanger. It is an early type, with good leather and nickel hardware. The little retainer loop, however, has been lost to time.

The blade of this dagger is just about perfect on the obverse, with only a little smudge around the ricasso. The SA motto is deep and looks to have 100% of the original darkening. The reverse of the blade has more smudging, but not much more. The Max Weyersberg Solingen trademark is clearly marked on the ricasso, and the blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

A very, very nice SA Dagger here, with a fantastic personalization that really sets it apart.

Mint Minus. $1,395.00

SADAGGERS #42573C Early SA Dagger - Puma

This Puma SA Dagger has very fine tang nut and crossguards. The reverse of the lower guard is Gruppe marked "No".

The grip is a deep cherry color, having more of a rounded surface than we normally see, and some subtle wood grain that is visible if you look closely. This fine grip is sure to stand out in a SA collection, and fits the guards perfectly. The SA runes button retains perfect enamel, and the nickel grip eagle is the type with slightly upturned beak. This bird retains good detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is an excellent example, being straight throughout and with a 100% intact anodized finish. There is about 30% of the original lacquer remaining, spread throughout both sides. The mounts are in generally good condition, with the exception of the lower ball which is slightly squashed. The next owner might like to look into finding an early scabbard mount to replace it as it would help the dagger immensely. The for original nickel screws are in place.

The original short hanger is attached to this piece. The dark brown leather remains supple and the retainer loop is intact. The nickel clip is marked "A" and "DRGM".

The blade is an extremely nice example. It remains bright throughout, with full crossgrain. The SA motto is deeply etched and retains 100 of the darkening. The reverse ricasso is etched with the familiar Cat Head logo of the Puma firm.

A fine Puma piece here.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #42191C Late SA Dagger with Gilded Crossguards - RZM M7/51 1938 (Wingen)

This SA Dagger is a late production example and quite odd in that it has gilded crossguards. It is possible that these guards are original as they do show appropriate age and craftsmanship. We do see daggers that were made by Atwood by in the late 60's and early 70's, so it is hard to tell the difference.

The tang nut on this example is a standard type, showing age and without the original plating. The grip is a fine RZM type that remains in perfect condition, fitting the guards perfectly. It has a pleasing vertical subsurface grain. The SA runes button retains good enamel, and the aluminum grip eagle is the "High Necked" type. It is interesting to note that there is some residual gilding left on this bird, so it is very possible this dagger was meant for Marine use but I don't know for sure.

The scabbard has standard nickel plated steel mounts, showing some minor age. The lower ball has a hit to the center and a split on the right side. The shell, however, remains straight and has good chocolate brown paint with only minor wear.

The blade, unfortunately, has tuned gray over the years. The motto also shows wear and only has about 50% of the original darkening. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with an RZM circle set atop the Anton Wingen Jr code, "M7/51 1938". Below the RZM coding the the Little Knight trademark of the Wingen firm. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A pretty neat dagger for those of you that like unusual pieces. It is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $695.00

SADAGGERS #41021 Mid-period SA Dagger - RZM M7/101 / Fritz Weber, Wein

This mid-period SA Dagger have good nickel plating and remain in nice condition, with some minor lifting at the point where the grip meets the lower guard. The tang nut is in good condition, looking to have been turned maybe once or twice.

The grip is a fine example and perfectly fits the guards. This grip has a pleasing vertical wood grain and shows little to no wear. It is a darker shade of brown than we normally see, and has much eye appeal. The SA runes button is in place, with perfect enamel. The grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward; this bird retains fine detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, with perfect, 100% intact chocolate brown paint. The nickel plated scabbard mounts are in nice condition, although the lower ball has a slight dimple ding on the very bottom. This does not show from the front, however. The plated dome head screws are in place and unturned.

The original short hanger is attached to the scabbard, along with another thin hanger I've ever seen before. The conventional hanger is in the usual brown leather and has no retainer strap. The hardware is the nickel plated and the clip is marked "A" and "DRGM".

The small mystery strap also has a miniature buckle which looks really neat. I am not sure how it was used but it looks to have been with the hanger since day one, as the leather matches that of the short hanger. Quite an interesting anomaly here!

The blade is a fine example. It is bright and has good crossgrain, with a slightly raised center section. The SA motto is a bit lighter than we normally see but the backgrounds look to have about 95% of the original darkening. The reverse ricasso is marked with a double open RZM circle set atop the Wein code, "M7/101". The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour.

A nice dagger here, from a very rarely seen producer.

Near Mint. $995.00

SADAGGERS #40907C Late SA Dagger RZM M7/42 - WKC

This late production SA Dagger is in nice condition overall. The crossguards remain bright, showing some wear in the surfaces but with no flaking whatsoever. The tang nut is also in good condition.

The grip had a couple of fractures on the upper area but we successfully restored it. It now looks very good and fits the guards like a glove. The initials of the original owner, "RB", are carved into the grip just above the eagle. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has good enamel, showing only a small amount of wear. The aluminum grip eagle is the "High Necked" type; this bird remains in perfect condition, with full detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is completely straight on the reverse and has just a minor ripple on the lower obverse. The chocolate brown paint remains in mint condition. The steel scabbard mounts retain 100% of their nickel plating. These mounts are in perfect condition down through the lower ball. The four original dome head screws are in place.

The blade remains nice and bright, showing only the most modest amounts of age. The SA motto is outstanding, deeply etched and with 100% of the original darkening. The reverse ricasso is etched with a double open RZM circle set atop the WKC code "M7/42". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A good late production piece here.

Excellent. $795.00

SADAGGERS #40908C Early SA Dagger - J. P. Sauer

This early Sauer SA Dagger has fine solid nickel crossguards. The lower guard has the unique upturned ends that identify it as a Suhl example. The lower guard is Gruppe marked "Fr". The tang nut is in nice condition and does not look to have been removed.

There were some problems on the upper portions of the grip. We opted to restore it and the job came out very nicely. This grip is the walnut "gunstock" Suhl type and perfectly fits the guards. The SA runes button is in good condition, showing some minor wear to the enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the type with a beak that points slightly upward. The head of the bird shows some slight wear but the rest of the detailing remains quite crisp.

The scabbard shell is in good condition, being straight throughout. It has an excellent "anodized" finish which remains completely intact. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition. The lower mount shows some wear but the ball is free of crushing. The four original nickel screws are in place.

The blade of the dagger remains bright but it is slightly short, having been re-tipped. The crossgrain remains intact on the blade and the motto is deep and dark. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Sauer Hercules trademark, complete with massive club. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A good Suhl SA Dagger here, priced accordingly given the re-tip.

Good Plus. $795.00

SADAGGERS #34105C Early SA with Scabbard Dedication - F. Herder

This early SA Dagger does not appear to have been cleaned and has good patination throughout its all nickel mounts. The tang nut does not appear to have been removed from the dagger. These hilt mounts have good smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked "Wf".

The grip is an even, dark brown wood which appears to be mahogany. This wood is of a Medium to Sharp Contour construction. The grip fits the nickel mounts like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has fine enameled surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the type with "point behind the head". Most of the details are still there to the bird's head and breast feathering with full details to the wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell is one of the seldom seen types that is painted instead of having an anodized finish. The paint is a dark brown purple color. There is quite a bit of chipping and wear across this scabbard paint. Maybe 50% remains. It is interesting to note that since the dedication of this dagger is dated a late 1936, that perhaps this was a period when the changeover time to paint rather than anodizing took place. The upper nickel mount is in excellent condition, and the lower mount unfortunately has a pushed up ball. There is some splitting on the left side of the ball, but none on the right. The screws are all in place, and show some turning, especially on the lower ones. The upper screws are still in unbuggered condition.

The reverse of the upper scabbard mount has a five-line dedication. The dedication is beautifully done in tiny Gothic style lettering. It reads "Unseren/Korporalschaftsfuhrer/Zur Erinnerug/Hans Eck/25.12.36". This dedication appears to read "Given to Hans Eck in memory of the corporal leader staff December 25th, 1936." Perhaps this was a Christmas gift to Eck who was probably the leader of this group. The blade shows a little bit of in and out work as well as some age, but the surfaces still remain bright. There is not a lot of crossgraining on this blade, and the backgrounds of the letters in the SA motto only have about 50% of the factory darkening remaining. The reverse ricasso is etched with a set of crossed keys positioned over the firm's name and location "F. Herder A.S./Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A fine Herder SA Dagger here.

Excellent. $1,495.00

SADAGGERS #34058C Mid-Period SA Dagger with Crossguard Dedication RZM M 7/70 - F & A Helbig

This Helbig produced SA dagger has all of the normal characteristics we see with this producer. The Helbig daggers were the only examples to be equipped with steel crossguards having chromed surfaces. The same was true of the scabbard mounts. The steel crossguards were only produced by the Helbig firm. This example has a tang nut which appears to have been turned at least once as there are some small rounded scratches below it on the crossguard surface.

The crossguards, despite their chrome finish, have quite a bit of patination which is probably attributable to nicotine. The guards are slightly larger than normally seen nickel examples. The obverse guard is professionally engraved, "1939 DEM SIEGER". This dedication of course means, "To the 1939 Winner".

The grip is a fine mahogany type and it shows some usage but is still in good condition with no chips or flaws. The SA runes button is nicely placed and is turned to about five o'clock. The enamel is still in excellent condition. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "beak pointing upwards slightly". This eagle shows only modest wear to the surfaces but the beak, eye, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika are still in good condition. It is also interesting to note that the grip eagles on Helbig daggers are placed higher on the grip than the norm. As we know grip eagles were to be placed just below the center line of the bulbous portion of the grip, not in the center.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has good chocolate brown paint showing a few scratches here and there but it still has its original brightness and rates at about 98%. The chrome plated scabbard mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. These mounts also have matching patination. The mounts are secured by dome head steel screws which are unturned. The blade of this example remains in a bright condition still having all of its crossgraining. As is typical of the Helbig firm the etching to the SA motto is extremely light. Despite this the motto still remains quite clear. The reverse of the blade is matching lightly etched with a double RZM circle having a shaded center. Below the circle is the code, "M 7/70". It is also interesting to note that the shoulder to crossguard contour fit is not very good but again this is yet another Helbig trait.

Not a high quality dagger here but it is what it is.

Excellent $895.00

SADAGGERS #34064C SA/NSKK Officer's Dagger Conversion, RZM 7/13 - Schüttlehöfer

This most unusual dagger represents a period conversion that looks to have once been an SA dagger and perhaps the original owner joined the NSKK as an officer. Since the wearer may have been unable to order an officer's dagger because of the demands of the war it appears as though he chose to convert his existing SA to an NSKK with a chained suspension. The dagger has the standard nickel-plated crossguards with steel tang nut. The crossguards show a little bit of mild freckling in the surfaces but the plating is still all there and mostly bright.

The grip appears to have been an SA example as despite the fact that it has been painted black there is still quite a bit of brown original color which shows where the paint has worn or flaked off. There is also a chip in the surface of the right hand obverse and the right hand reverse section of the grip. The SA runes button is in place with perfect enamel surfaces. The grip eagle is an aluminum type. The eagle appears to be the type with "beak which points upwards slightly". There is some wear to the head and breast feathering area or it may be a rub from something along the way. The same is true of the swastika within the wreath. The top portion of the swastika is also rubbed. The rest of the bird still appears OK to include the open wings and the wreath.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell also shows traces of being brown underneath and having a rather crude black painted surface. The paint job appears to have been done with a brush and no doubt was accomplished by the same individual who painted the grip. There are traces of black paint still on the edges of the scabbard mount so apparently the painter did not bother to remove these mounts prior to the new finish. In addition to the paint job there has also been a center ramp added to the scabbard. This ramp appears to have been made locally as it is not anywhere near what a "standard" example would be. It is only about º-inch wide with high center and rounded edges. It is retained by a steel dome head screw which is slightly larger than the normal scabbard screws. There is an eyelet on the right end with a carrying ring being smaller in dimension than the norm. The scabbard mounts are the standard nickel-plated type and they still retain their original brightness. The four dome head screws are all in place and they are unbuggered.

The blade is a typical RZM type having a high center ridge and lightly etched motto. The motto has most of its original factory darkening gone to time. The blade shows some of the original crossgraining but most of it is gone and the surfaces are beginning to turn gray. This blade only grades at excellent. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a double open RZM circle positioned over the Schüttlehöfer code "M 7/13". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

An interesting dagger here for those that are prone to collecting oddities. An absolute period conversion here that probably had some sort of a chain hanger. The hanger of course is now missing.

Excellent $750.00

SADAGGERS #34071C Early SA with Period Leather-covered Scabbard - C.G. Haenel

This early SA Dagger is quite interesting to collectors as it has a period leather-covered scabbard. We will get to this further down in the description. The dagger has the standard Suhl nickel mounts. The upper cross guard is slighter wider than the lower cross guard, which has the distinctive curvature seen on daggers from this area. These mounts have a fine, dull patination and do not look like they have ever been cleaned. When studying the tang nut, there is no evidence that this dagger has been opened in modern times. The lower reverse cross guard is Gruppe marked "Sa".

The grip is a fine, High Ridged walnut which was the standard wood used for Suhl daggers. Walnut, of course, was the wood used to make gunstocks, so it was readily available for build SA Daggers. This grip still has its original varnished finish, and has some fine vertical grain running throughout its length. The grip shows some minor usage, but overall is in near perfect condition. The SA Runes Button is one of the copper types. It is slightly outward from its corresponding hole, and this has caused most of the enamel to have been broken out from around the runes. The enamel is still intact within the "A" rune. The nickel grip is of the "beak which points upward" style. This eagle is in excellent condition, having full details to the eye, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The grip fits the cross like a rubber glove. A nice hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. As indicated above was been period covered in fine, dark brown leather. This leather has excellent, fine graining, and other than a little bit of under the surface lifting is still in perfect condition. The leather appears to have been run beneath both of the scabbard mounts. The upper mount is in fine condition. The lower mount is in good condition to the ball, and also fairly good condition to the obverse area. The reverse area of this lower mount has some bumps and scratches. The original nickel screws are in place and appear unturned.

The blade of this example is a fine one, being bright and having all of its cross graining. It has a little bit of "in-and-out" marking at the lower area, but overall this blade still grades in near Full Mint condition. The motto etch is deep and crisp and appears to have about 95% of the original background darkening intact. The reverse ricasso is etched with an arrow running across the blade, having the firm's name in capital letters, "HAENEL". Beneath this is the firm's full name and location, "C.G. Haenel/Suhl/Waffen/u. Fahrrad/Fabrik". The meaning of the words indicates that Haenel was both a weapons and a bicycle factory. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower cross guard contour.

I have no reason to give why this scabbard was leather covered. I do not think it was any kind of an acknowledgement of rank, rather it was just a whim done by the original carrier. Although there were rules against changed the appearance of a dagger, when there are 3 million people wearing them there is always someone who does follow those rules. Either way, this is an absolute period job and done in an excellent, professional manner.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,350.00

SADAGGERS #33489C Early SA Dagger - Axt und Hauerfabrik

This Early SA Dagger has a very rare trademark that we seldom see. The Axt und Hauerfabrik company did make quite a few RAD daggers and RAD hewers, and once in a while we see their name on RAD Officer's too, but it is quite rare to see the name on a SA dagger. For those who collect Army's, I'm sure that you will agree that this name is the premier army dagger as far as the rarest of the rare. On the army dagger, though, they used a different trademark.

At any rate, this fine SA has good solid nickel mounts throughout. These mounts look as though they may have been cleaned a decade or so. They are starting to dull to a nice even tone. The mounts have good crisp edges, smooth surfaces, and precise accent grooves. The reverse ricasso is Gruppe marked "Wf".

The grip is a darker brown wood which may be mahogany, but doesn't have the usual reddish tones in it that mahogany seems to always have. Either way, though, the grip is extremely nice not having any obvious grain, but some under the surfaces. This grip is of Medium Contour construction, and it is in perfect condition throughout. It fits the crossguard fairly well, but there is a little bit of even shrinkage throughout. The SA runes button is in good condition with perfect enamel, and there is just the tiniest of surface flaking gone from the top of the button. The grip eagle is the "High-necked" version, having complete details to the birds' head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath, and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has the coppery color anodizing and most of it is all present on the obverse. The reverse has a little bit of age in the surfaces and some thinning, but not bad. The scabbard mounts are in choice condition throughout, to include the lower ball. They have all of the original screws, which are in place and unbuggered.

The blade is an outstanding example, having only runner marks. This blade still remains in mint condition, having all of its original crossgraining. The crisp SA motto has very dark backgrounds and really looks great. There is a slight bit of "pimpling" that can be seen in the motto, but the black coating covers it. The reverse of the blade, just where it meets the crossguard contour, has a slightly dark line running across that could be a little age, or it could clean off. Either way, it is not much and does not really affect the blade's mint rating. The reverse ricasso has the double circles that contain the firm's name and location, "Solinger Axt - und Hauerfabrik". Inside is the head of a horse looking to the viewer's left.

A great dagger here if you are collecting SA trademarks.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #30433 Early SA Dagger - Josef Münche, Brotterode

This is a fine early SA Dagger which does not look to have ever been cleaned or taken apart. It has desirable dull patination throughout the fittings. The crossguards have excellent smooth surfaces, with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut matches in perfectly and shows no breaks in the patination between the upper guard and the wrench cut section. The lower reverse crossguard is gruppe marked, "BO".

The grip is an outstanding brown color fruitwood. This wood has attractive grain running vertically throughout. It is in perfect condition, showing little usage and it fits the crossguards literally like a glove. The SA runes button is in good position and has perfect enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the "point behind the head" type and details are still visible to the head, breast feathering, wing feathering, legs, wreath and raised mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is also straight throughout. This shell has good anodizing which is still all there. There is a little bit of age in the surfaces but not much and there are still faint traces of original lacquer in the areas protected by the mounts. The scabbard mounts exactly match the dull patination of the hilt. The ball has not been dropped but there is a little ding in the obverse of it where something may have fallen on it. It is not bad though, and is just one of those things that we as collectors have to put up with. The mounts are retained by the original nickel screws and all appear unturned.

There is a short hanger on this example however it is a later type not having solid nickel mounts. The leather though is good and it is complete with the original retainer loop. The snap clip is bright as is the buckle. The grip is marked, "RZM M5/8".

The blade of this example is really a fine one. It has all of its crossgraining and other than the normal "in-and-out" markings is in mint condition. The SA motto is crisp and deep and appears to have 100% of its original darkening. The reverse of the blade is quite interesting as it appears to have been originally a Rohm inscribed dagger. I did not know that Josef M¸nch made Rohm inscribed daggers but he certainly could have. This example was definitely a factory grind as the inscription is totally removed and the dagger has the same graining as the obverse. A beautiful job here and would be completely undetectable were it not for the fact that about 25% of the Münch logo is missing. The logo consists of double ovals which trap the firm's name and location, "Josef M¸nch Brotterode" and inside the area is blank. Most of the last name is missing from the inscription. The letters "Jos" are still there so it is easy to tell who the maker is. This mint blade is fitted perfectly to the crossguard contour.

A really nice dagger here by a rarely seen producer.

Excellent Plus, Plus $1,195.00

SADAGGERS #39311C Early SA Dagger - Herbeck & Meyer

This early SA Dagger is in very nice condition. The nickel crossguards are in very fine shape, with good, smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Nrh".

It is interesting to note that the overly-aggressive stamper hit the "Nrh" just on the edge of the guard where it meets the handle. It resulted in an interesting look we don't normally see, but was obviously still passable the guard did not get bent. It also goes to show that, as we know from looking at many of these, that Gruppe stampings were all done by hand, with a hammer and a die.

The grip is a Smooth Contour type, being a little thinner than most and with a subtle vertical grain. It is in perfect condition, fitting the guards like a glove. The SA runes button is perfectly placed, with good enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" type and is in perfect condition throughout.

The scabbard shell is basically straight throughout, with only a couple of very modest traces of wear. The "anodized" finish is intact, just at the point it would thin if the dagger were worn again. It retains a nice coppery-brown tone. The nickel scabbard mounts are all in good shape, including the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and unturned.

The blade is remarkable, fully mint with all of the crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The SA motto is crisp with dark background lettering. The reverse of the blade is marked with the seldom seen maker, "Herbeck & Meyer / Solingen - Höhschied". This maker is rated an 8 on the McSARR scale, so you won't see one often, if at all. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A nice dagger here, scarcely seen and priced to sell.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,095.00

SADAGGERS #38332C Early SA Dagger - Axt und Hauerfabrik

This early SA Dagger is equipped with early nickel mounts. These mounts are in excellent condition throughout. The tang nut appears to have been out perhaps once. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Wf".

The grip is a Medium Contour type and shows very little in the way of usage. It fits the guards perfectly. The SA runes button is in good condition with perfect enamel, and very good detailing remains throughout the nickel grip eagle. This bird is the type with a slightly upturned beak.

The scabbard shell is a fine example. The reverse is completely straight while the obverse has just a small "BB" ding at the lower left. The "anodized" finish is still all there on this scabbard, showing only the most modest of age. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition, with just a tiny ding to the right side of the lower ball. The four original screws are present and unturned.

The blade of this dagger is quite good, showing just a hint of graying on the obverse, but not bad. It has a very dark SA motto which really jumps off the blade. The reverse facing shows a bit of smudging spread here and there. The ricasso is etched with the larger Axt und Hauerfabrik trademark, featuring the Horse Head set within double circles. Within the circular border we see the words "SOLINGER AXT - UND HAUERFABRIK". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A good, strong SA example here.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

SADAGGERS #38159C Double Proof SA Dagger - H. & F. Lauterjung

This Lauterjung SA Dagger is rarely seen and is a key piece for those out there who are collecting SA types or double proofs.

The crossguards are the nickel-plated type. The guards have just a touch of wear on the quillon ends, but the rest of the surface is in good condition. The plating remains nice and bright. The tang nut shows no sign of ever being apart from the dagger.

The grip is a RZM type, with High Ridge construction. The grip has a rich brown color and a nice grain running lengthwise; it is in perfect condition, fitting the guards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has good enamel. The grip eagle is one of the zinc examples that we seen used late in the period. This eagle is the still with a slightly upward pointing beak, and retains good detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has light chocolate brown paint which is 100% intact, having only a few minor traces of wear. The nickel-plated steel scabbard mounts are in bright, perfect condition through to the lower ball. These mounts are retained by steel dome head screws which are qll present and unbuggered.

The blade of this example is still nice and bright and retains most of the crossgraining. There are a couple of age smudges located on and around the SA motto as well as on the back. Overall, though, the blade is in very nice condition. The SA motto is the style with a frosted background. This frosting is about 95% intact. The matching reverse ricasso is etched with a shaded double RZM circle set above the code "M 7/6". Below this is the name and location of the firm, "H & F Lauterjung Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A fairly rare double proof SA Dagger here that should make for a good investment.

Near Mint. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #38177AG Early SA Dagger - Gebr Becker

This Gebruder Becker SA Dagger is in an untouched state, recently coming form a veteran family. This dagger has a fine, dull, even patination throughout, and studying the tang nut it looks to have never been taken apart in modern times.

The crossguards are nice and smooth throughout, with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "No".

The grip of this dagger is a fine, reddish color and is in perfect condition, fitting the guards like a rubber glove. This grip has some pleasing wood grain under the surfaces. The SA runes button is perfectly placed on the grip, with good enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the "High Neck" type, with good detailing throughout.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout the obverse. The reverse has a couple of very minor "BB" dings, but they are superficial at best. The "anodized" finish is all there, with much of the original lacquer coating intact. The nickel mounts have matching patination, and they are in good condition with just a small hit to the left center to the lower ball. There is no splitting, however. The original screws are all in place and unturned.

The original short hanger and belt loop are in good condition. There leather is still quite supple and the small retainer loop is intact. The hanger hardware has matching patination. The snap clip is the early "snout nose" type with a built-in rivet retaining the spring. The belt loop is of matching brown leather and has an interesting metal loop on the end that is not in the normal "D" shape; we see this type of variation once in a while.

The blade of this dagger is nice and bright throughout, showing only the most minor signs of age in the surfaces. Most of the crossgraining remains visible. The SA motto is deep and crisp, retaining about 98% of the original darkening in the backgrounds of the lettering. The reverse ricasso is marked with the desirable logo of the Gebruder Becker firm; a wry-looking chef, complete with hat, wielding a large knife and fork. Obviously the firm was in the cutlery business at one time. Beneath the chef is the name and location of the firm, "Gebr. Becker / Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.

A very fine SA Dagger here, in excellent condition.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

SADAGGERS #37928C Early SA Dagger - Gebruder Becker

This Becker SA Dagger does not look to have ever been cleaned and has a fine, dull, even patination throughout the nickel mounts.

Looking at the tang nut it does not appear to have been taken apart in modern times. The crossguards have good, smooth surfaces, with crisp edges and precisely cut accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Wf".

The grip is a very dark, high quality wood and is of Medium Contour construction. The wood is in excellent condition throughout, with a few minor traces of wear but no problems. It fits the guards perfectly. The SA runes button is nicely installed and although there are a coupe of hits to the enamel none of the surfaces are missing. The matching nickel grip eagle is the "High Necked" version, and retains full detail throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons and wreathed mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The "anodized" finish is showing some modest wear and has some age in the surfaces. Overall, though, it is still about 95% intact. The mounts are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. The four nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.

The original-to-the-piece short hanger and belt loop accompany this dagger. Both accouterments have very fine dark brown leather. The small retainer loop is missing from this hanger. The hardware is the early nickel type, with a "snout-nosed" snap clip. The clip is installed on the "backwards" side; perhaps this was the way the original owner preferred to wear his dagger. The belt loop is equipped with a nickel "D" ring.

The blade of this dagger remains bright throughout, with only a couple of extremely minor smudges in the surfaces. It has a nice needle-like tip, and the SA motto is deep and crisp. It retains 100% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the appealing logo showing a chef, complete with hat, holding a carving knife and a meat fork. Obviously this company was in the cutlery business prior to taking on the production of SA daggers. Below the chef is the firm's name, "Gebr. Becker", and the location, "Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.

A good, sound SA Dagger here, with a great trademark.

Excellent. $895.00

SADAGGERS #37930C Early SA Dagger - Gebruder Berns

This early SA Dagger is in uncleaned condition. It has fine nickel guards and the tang noes not appear to have been taken down in modern times.

The crossguards have precisely cut accent grooves, crisply defined edges, and fine, smooth surfaces throughout. The lower reverse guard is Gruppe marked "Ho", set off to the right and upside down. We often see this sort of craziness from the Hochland Gruppe; the stamper must have routinely been three sheets to the wind.

The Smooth Contour construction grip is in perfect condition, being a medium brown color wood. This grip perfectly fits the guards. The SA runes button is nicely placed and has perfect enamel. The nickel grip eagle is the style with a beak that points slightly upward, and retains full detailing to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It shows some darkening to the "anodize" finish as well as some age evenly spread throughout. The finish, though, is still mostly present. The scabbard mounts are of matching nickel and are in good condition to include the lower ball. It is interesting to note that there is some brown patination on the lower ball which matches that seen on the upper mount and lower guard. This kind of thing nicely ties in the two pieces and, in my opinion, adds some character to the dagger and should not be cleaned off. The four screws are in place and are unturned.

The blade of this dagger is still bright but does show some modest age smudging in a couple of places. Nothing bad, though. The SA motto is crisp and deep, retaining about 90% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the seldom seen logo of this firm. We see the firm's name and location, "Gebr Berns Solingen" set in ovals. In the center there is the image of an otter with a fish in his mouth! The word "Otter" is written underneath the hungry water weasel. The McSAAR scale rates this dagger at a 7 out of 10 in terms of rarity.

A nice SA Dagger here, and a good one for a "type" collection.

Excellent. $895.00

SADAGGERS #30083 Late SA Dagger, RZM M7/27 - Pumawerke

This later made SA Dagger is in "as found" condition. It has a pretty nice outside and some interesting aspects about it. The dagger does not look to have ever been apart nor has it been cleaned. The crossguards are still bright beneath some mild patination. I would think that they would clean up very nicely with very little effort. The grip is a typical RZM type being a mild brown having a vertical grain. The grip is of medium ridge construction. The SA runes button is good condition throughout the enamel. The grip eagle was one of the nickel-plated copper types. Some nickeling still remains in the wing areas as well as the recesses of the wreath. The bird is the "point-behind-the-head" type and much of its original details remain throughout the head, breast feathering, wing feathering, wreath and swastika. The grip fits the crossguards like a glove.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has outstanding original chocolate brown color which is still there at 100%. It is possible to see that the surfaces were sanded beneath the paint rather than a prime coat. The scabbard mounts are also in choice condition showing original factory luster beneath the patination. The lower mount has a small rounded ding in its surfaces which would easily come out with very little effort. The ball has a little hit but it is intact. These mounts are held by the original dome head screws which are in place, unturned and still have their plating. The interesting part about this dagger is also the hanger. It is the original hanger to the piece and the original wearer elected to put the belt loop portion within the leather rather than hook it to the snap hook. It has remained this way as I have not opened it up. The leather to the short hanger is marked, "L2/60/41". The belt loop is also marked, "L2/5/39". Despite the different dates the rigging is all original to its self. The hardware is the nickel-plated type and there is a little bit of age on the buckle marked, "571".

Unfortunately the blade on this example is not as nice as the outside but it should have some potential for someone that wants to work on it. The blade still has most of its crossgraining and it has a good strong SA motto with 100% of the black backgrounds. The trouble is some staining in the surfaces and it also looks as though someone put the edges through one of those electric can opener knife sharpeners. There is some scarring in the blade caused by this. Overall though I think the blade would clean up quite a bit but I doubt if the scarring could be taken out without ruining the crossgraining. The reverse of the blade is matching etched having an open single RZM circle over the code, "M/7/27". The blade nicely fits the crossguard contours. A good dagger here for someone that is a little bit handy and wants to make a better example out of it. If nothing else the leather that is attached is certainly desirable and very collectible.

Excellent. $695.00

SADAGGERS #36890 Double Proofed Transitional SA with Rare Aluminum Crossguard, RZM M7/10 1938 - Henckels

This transitional SA Dagger is most interesting in that the crossguards are constructed out of aluminum. We see this once in a while. It seems as though, to me, the producers experimented with aluminum early on to see if it was durable enough to withstand daily wear. We see this with some of the Army daggers, in particular those from Alcoso and E. P. & S. They later abandoned these efforts and went with a base of pot metal. SA daggers of course had nickel silver guards, eventually ending up as nickel-plated pot metal types. Once in a while, though, we do see aluminum guards on them, as well as SS daggers.

The guards on this example have fairly good surfaces; the top example having just a few scratches. The lower guard, however, is still in fine condition. Both of the guards have very deep accent grooves and nice, crisp edges. The tang nut is the standard nickel-plated steel type.

The grip is a mahogany looking example, being in fairly good shape throughout with no flaws and showing only modest usage. It fits the crossguard very nicely. The SA runes button is perfectly placed and has a good enamel surface. The nickel grip eagle is the style with an upward pointing beak. This bird still has good detail remaining to the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. An interesting hilt here.

The scabbard shell is perfectly straight. This shell has a lighter chocolate brown paint which remains in 100% condition. This paint has no chips and looks very fine. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated steel types. They are in perfect condition through to the lower ball. These mounts are retained by unturned dome head screws.

The blade of this dagger is mostly bright, but does have a few marks which have been created by something that happened to it during its tenure. There are three marks which appear to be in the metal on the obverse, while the reverse has the usual smudges here and there, but not too bad. Overall this blade, taken on its own, grades at Excellent. Perhaps with a little work with some Simichrome these spots could be brightened up. The motto is crisp and has about 90% of the original factory blacking in the recesses of the letters. The matching etches on the reverse ricasso help to make up for a lot, as they begin with the desirable, almost hieroglyphic "twins" logo at the top. They are an apt logo, as Henckels uses the name "Zwillingswerk" which, in English, means "Twins Factory". Beneath the twins is a double RZM circle with a shaded center, positioned over the Henckels code, "M 7/10", and the year of production "1938". The blade shoulders perfectly fit the lower contour of the guards.

An interesting dagger here for those out there interested in double proofs, as well as the rare aluminum crossguards.

Excellent. $750.00

SADAGGERS #35898C Mid-Period SA Dagger with Partially Ground Blade Dedication - Unmarked Helbig

This dagger is of mid-period construction and is equipped with the larger chrome plated steel crossguards indicative of the Helbig manufacturer. These crossguards show some age in their surfaces but they are not too bad and if anything give some character to the dagger. The grip is a fine fruitwood which is dark in color and has subtle graining which runs horizontal rather than vertical. The grip is of medium to high ridge construction and is in good condition having no flaws. This grip fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SA runes button is nicely placed having perfect enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the "point behind the head" variety. This bird shows only nominal wear to the surfaces but all details are still visible to his head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell reflects a chocolate brown paint. The paint still has good luster to it and on the reverse, is all there showing only some crazing and minor carrying signs. The obverse has a little more of the same but is still in good condition. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated type. These mounts also show some minor age in the surfaces but nothing that would not clean off if someone chose to do so. The scabbard mounts are retained by dome head steel screws and are unturned.

The obverse of the blade is still quite good easily rating in excellent plus condition. The motto is a bit shallow but still crisp and has about 90% of the original dark backgrounding. The reverse of the blade is quite interesting as it originally had a large rendered two-line inscription. The top of the inscription has been ground off. It is possible to see that the first two words apparently were, "Meinem Kameraden". Apparently there was a name engraved into the surface after this but there has been extensive grinding to this name as well as to the first two words. The lower part of the inscription still remains being, "Weihneichten 37 Schmiedmaier". Obviously this dagger was given as a Christmas present in 1937 from Schmiedmaier. It might be useful for the SA researchers out there to see if they could find the giver's name somewhere in the records. An interesting dagger here from the aspect of the dedication but it is also interesting to see it is equipped with the rarely seen Helbig steel crossguard mounts. A good one here for the ardent SA collector.

Excellent. $1,695.00

SADAGGERS #35891C Early SA Dagger - Ernst Erich Witte

This Witte trademark is not seen very often on SA daggers so that makes this piece desirable for those of you out there that are collecting maker marked SAs. The mounts on this example are all solid nickel. The crossguards and tang nut do not appear to have been apart in modern times. It appears as though someone may have cleaned this dagger a long time ago using a light emery cloth or perhaps steel wool as there are some just noticeable narrow lines on the mounts. I don"t know why people do stuff like this but we can"t help what returning veterans think will enhance the appearance of their war trophy. Other than the thin scratches the crossguards are crisp throughout with deep precise accent grooves. The lower crossguard is Gruppe marked, "Wm". The grip is a fine furniture-like wood having a pleasing grain running lengthwise. This grip is of medium contour construction and is in perfect condition exactly meeting the crossguards. The SA runes button has good enamel and is perfectly placed. The grip eagle is the style with "point in the back of the head". This eagle is in fine condition throughout having full details to its head, eye, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.

The scabbard shell is a real beauty. This shell has an impressive coppery look to it and is 100%. The original protective lacquer is still coating the finish and other than some usage signs this protective lacquer is nearly 100%. It is interesting to look into the anodized finish and it has the signs that it was originally put on or received a final touchup in the bluing tank with a brush. We see this look quite frequently on some anodized scabbards. The scabbard mounts have the same minor scratching from the Brillo pad that was used originally but like the hilt mounts the scratching is not bad. The ball has a very slight push-in at the bottom area but it is nothing. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered. A nice scabbard shell here!

The blade of this example is still mostly bright but does have just the slightest of gray color to it. It appears that the pad may have been used on the blade also although it is hard to see. This blade has a lightly etched motto with about 85-90% of the original darkening in the letters. It matches the trademark on the reverse ricasso which consists of a diamond having a crown in the center positioned over the word, "Kroneck". Below this is the initial, "W". Below the diamond is the firm"s full name and location city, "Ernst Erich Witte Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. A nice dagger here with a rarely seen trademark.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

SADAGGERS #35260 Early SA Dagger with Blade Dedication and Leather Covered Scabbard - Carl Eickhorn

This early SA Dagger is of initial production and apparently was a ground Röhm that had a dedication done over the original inscription after it was removed. The dagger must have been important to the recipient as it has a period leather covered scabbard; we will get to these details further down in the description.

The hilt section is a typical Eickhorn variety. The all nickel mounts have good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and the hand cut deep accent grooves typical of this producer. Studying the tang nut I do not see where this dagger has ever been apart. All nickel parts have a good even patina throughout. The lower reverse crossguard is Gruppe marked, "Wf". The grip is a standard fruitwood type having a rich brown color with some interesting fine grains in the finish. The grip shows only nominal usage and remains in perfect condition. The grip is of medium to high ridge construction, and exactly fits the crossguards. The SA runes button is nicely placed, with perfect enamel surfaces. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" type having all details remaining to the bird"s head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. As indicated above, this shell has been period covered with a finely grained leather. The brown leather is a rich color and the leather was sewn up the center of the rear section similar to a hunting cutlass. The leather meets both of the mounts but does not go under it. This leather shows some scuffs and usage but no cuts or problems. The scabbard mounts are the nickel type and they are in good condition throughout to include the lower ball. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unbuggered.

There is a fine conditioned early style short hanger which appears original to the piece. This short hanger has good supple leather and is complete with the small retainer strap. The hardware is all nickel with a standard variety unmarked snap clip.

The obverse blade is still quite bright throughout having some mild age at the ricasso area and running up to the ending of the SA motto. It is not bad however and just appears as a cloudiness on this part of the blade. The rest of the blade is nice and bright throughout. The SA motto is crisp and has 100% of the frosted backgrounds in the letters. The reverse blade was apparently a Röhm as the grain is slightly different from the obverse grain. This was certainly a factory job however as the removal is quite expert.

The trademark on the dagger is the early double ovals and we know that these were normally used only with full Röhm examples. There is a two line dedication on the reverse blade. The dedication is apparently in the facsimile handwriting of the giver. The first line apparently is "In treue Kamaradschaft" with a illegible signature at the bottom. It would be interesting if someone could interpret this signature as this of course would be the key to possibly researching this dagger. As mentioned above the trademark is the small double ovals which contain the firm"s name and location, "Carl Eickhorn Solingen". Inside is a seated squirrel with serrated tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the crossguard contour.

A most interesting SA Dagger here, and a great addition to an advanced collection.

Excellent Plus. $2,995.00