The SS (Schutzstaffel) was originally formed in 1925, ostensibly to act as a small, loyal bodyguard unit to protect the Führer, Adolf Hitler. Under the direction of the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, the SS grew to be the most ruthless and feared organization of the 20th century. They were the vanguard of Nazism and eventually controlled nearly every function of German life and much of Occupied Europe. The SS dagger was introduced in 1933. Early on, members of the SS were awarded their daggers during a ceremony at the Feldherrnhalle Memorial in Munich. The annual ritual, charged with mysticism and meant to evoke the traditions of medieval Teutonic knights, was held on 9 November, the date of the unsuccessful Munich Putsch of 1923. Both officers and enlisted men wore the identical dagger until 1936. After this time, only enlisted men wore the M1933 dagger.
The SS Dagger was equipped with nickel crossguards with an ebony wood grip. The black grip contained a National eagle with swastika insignia recessed in the center area and an SS rune button inset at the top. On early examples the scabbard shell surface was factory blackened using a metal bluing process. The scabbard had nickel mounts. The SS blade was a polished type containing the SS motto, Meine Ehre Heisst Treue (My Honor is Loyalty). Early examples bore one of three district stampings on the lower reverse crossguard of I, II, or III. Early examples were mostly hand-fit. Production of later examples was more standardized, using cheaper, nickel-plated fittings with black painted scabbard shells.
SSDAG #45727C The SS Full Röhm Dagger Dedication Model 1933 Belonging to Hitler’s Chauffeur SS-Sturmbannführer Erich Kempka - Carl Eickhorn
This dagger is one of the most important historical examples that I have had to offer over the years. I originally purchased the dagger about 1998, and subsequently sold it twice over the last 20 years to two different advanced collectors, and now have the pleasure of offering it once again. As most of you are aware, a full SS Röhm dagger is among the rarest of all standard 3rd Reich patterns, as conforming to the orders issued three days after Röhm's disposal on June 30, 1934, orders were given to remove the inscriptions from existing daggers. There were a total of 9900 Röhm-inscribed daggers issued to SS members who had loyally served the SS before December of 1931. It was a punishable offense to not have the inscription removed, so knowing the seriousness and no nonsense of SS rules, very, very few of these daggers escaped the grinding process. We are fortunate that the example owned by Hitler's driver, valet and security official, Erich Kempka was one of them.
The dagger reflects a fine even dull patina throughout the scabbard and hilt mounts. The cross guards are the type as produced by the Carl Eickhorn firm, having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and the precise accent grooves for which this firm is known. The tang nut matches exactly and shows no signs of being turned.
The ebony grip remains in perfect condition, showing little, if any, usage signs. It perfectly fits the cross guards, and reflects a small amount of the green tint patina we often see, located where the bottom grip meets the guards. The SS runes button has perfect, unblemished enamel. The silvering to the button and the dual circles around it reflects an even patina. The button is turned to about the 8:00 o'clock position. The nickel grip eagle is the "high-necked" variety, and its patination exactly matches that of the crossguards. The bird shows only the most modest of surface wear, still easily having all details remaining to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A very fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is completely straight, with no dents or dings, or any flaws. It has a fine "anodized" surface, being at 100 percent. In addition, there is about 25 percent of the original protective lacquer still in place about the areas. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel. They too, reflect a matching dull patina. The lower scabbard ball remains in perfect, un-dropped condition. The original nickel screws are all in place and are unturned.
Now for the blade. The blade remains in bright condition. It is not perfect, as there is a small age spot just to the right and slightly above the last SS motto letter "e" in the word "Treue" Other than this age mark, any other signs of age on the blade are few and far between and are very modest. The reverse blade is also bright, having some very modest age marks, but nothing severe. This blade grades at about excellent plus condition. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue", is crisp and has 100% of the factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse has a matching etched, fully intact Ernst Röhm dedication, "In herzlicher Kamradschaft Ernst Röhm". It too has matching darkening in the inscription letter backgrounds. The ricasso is matching etched with the small dual oval trademark used from 1933-1935. Within the two ovals is the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn / Solingen". Inside, is the seated squirrel grasping a nut in his paws, and having the "smooth" style tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contours.
You might ask how a Röhm dagger owned by an important inner circle member like Kempka would have remained unground? Well, the day after the Röhm inscriptions were ordered removed, Himmler instituted SS daggers produced with his own inscription to be awarded to SS men that were involved in the arrest and the crushing of Röhm, along with a couple of hundred sympathizers. Since Kempka surely would have been a candidate for one of these Himmler daggers, he may have simply put the old Röhm dagger in a drawer and hooked-on his new Himmler example. This is just conjecture, but it could have been true. Either way, the dagger survived, as we have it! It is also very possible that Kempka was wearing this dagger during the "Night of the Long Knives", as Kempka was chosen to drive Hitler from the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior to the Pension Hanselbauer where Röhm was enjoying a few days vacation. It was Kempka and Hitler, along with an SS officer, who crashed into the sleeping Röhm's room, with Hitler screaming at the top of his lungs and pointing a pistol at the head of the accused traitor. Kempka literally could have been wearing the dagger during the arrest of Röhm!
Erick Kempka had been a mechanic during the 1920s and apparently an expert driver. He joined the SS in 1930. Kempka served as a chauffeur for Josef Terboven, the Gauleiter of Essen until 1932, when Terboven recommended Kempka to Hitler. Beginning in 1927, Julius Schreck served as Hitler's personal driver, but Kempka replaced him as primary driver, valet and bodyguard for Hitler in 1934. Schreck later died in 1936. In the summer of 1933, Kempka was driving Hitler from Munich to the Obersalzberg, when there was engine trouble. Kempka was able to figure out that the carburetor was the culprit while Adolf held the light! He fixed the problem. After this demonstration of his abilities, Hitler was very impressed with Kempka, as although he knew about engines, he had no clue how to fix them. This timely show of expertise gave Hitler a life-long confidence in Kempka, thus eventually, the job of prime chauffeur.
Kempka remained with Hitler until the end, being present at the bunker in the final days. After Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide, it was Kempka's job to acquire a quantity of gasoline for the burning of their bodies, as per Hitler's orders. Kempka arrived with the gasoline to confront Bormann carrying Eva Braun's body up the steps of the bunker. Kempka took over the carrying duty, eventually passing Eva's body to Hitler's adjutant, Otto Guensche. Kempka left the bunker on the following day and was captured by the Americans at Berchtesgaden.
A once-in a lifetime opportunity to acquire an incredibly rare and important dagger accompanied with a large dossier of Kempka's SS records, letter copies of SS officials affecting him, as well as an article written about and picturing the Kempka dagger for the respected British militaria magazine "Armour", by blade expert and author, Frederick J. Stephens. There is also a period envelope having the original signatures of Kempka, Hitler’s SS adjutant Julius Schaub, and Hienz Linge, Hitler’s valet.
Excellent Plus. $64,995.00
SSDAG #45660C Early Model 1936 Chained SS Dagger with Original Portepee
This Chained-SS dagger is a classic early example having all nickel mounts, Type II nickel chain and painted scabbard. The dagger has never been cleaned, nor has it been apart. The cross guards have a desirable dull patina with smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut remains in unturned condition. The ebony grip shows little usage signs, having no flaws and nicely fitting the cross guards. The SS runes button has fine unmarred enamel. The runes and accompanying dual circles around them are nicely patinated. The button is positioned straight up and down. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak pointed slightly upward. The eagle shows only the most modest of wear, still having all of its details. Wrapped about the grip is the original-to-the-piece, 42cm aluminum portepee. It has a single knot around the upper grip portion and a double knot around the lower grip portion. The wear to the portepee exactly complies with its position on the dagger when it was worn some eight decades ago. It is quite rare to find a '36 Model, still with the original portepee. As we know, only SS members with the Waffen-SS were entitled to wear the portepee. A very captivating hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight and has all original black paint. The paint is evenly aged with crazing throughout its length on both sides, but the paint itself is almost all there at 100%. The early scabbard mounts have dull patina exactly matching the hilt mounts. They are in excellent condition with the lower ball having only a minor ding in the bottom located just off the center area, but no damage to the seams. The original unturned screws are all in place. The center scabbard ramp is the early type having the sharp contour edges. The ramp portrays three raised interconnected swastikas on each side. The original background blackening is all there on both sides of the ramp. The Type II nickel chain has matching patina to all of its links. Also, all of the blackening is in the pebbled backgrounds, and matches that of the center ramp. There is fine detail to the link skulls with their leering teeth and to the sigrunne links. All of the link connector tabs are in fine condition with no openings and no stress bends. The upper first link is lightly stamped on the reverse with the SS Kulturzeichen proof stamping. The two chains are connected to a matching clover leaf mount with working snap clip. The clover leaf is the closed variety. A fine original scabbard here.
The unmarked blade is a beauty. It is in mint condition being fine and bright and having its original cross grain. The motto is crisp-etched like we see on these early chained examples and appears to have all of its frosted backgrounds. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A very fine early Chained-SS dagger here showing some existence of time toning, but absolutely no abuse and basically in the identical condition from the time it was liberated. It is quite rare to see a piece like this that is virtually in an untouched condition. It really speaks of its history. A fine investment quality piece.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $7,995.00
SSDAG #45650 Early Model 1933 SS with Factory Ground Rohm Inscription and Period Scabbard Dedication by Carl Eickhorn
This Eickhorn dagger remains in extremely nice condition. It has the typical nickel Eickhorn crossguards with smooth surfaces crisp edges and the deep precise accent grooves typical of this manufacturer. The tang nut is in outstanding condition being of matching nickel. The lower crossguard is district marked I.
The ebony grip is a fine example the front side being just about perfect and the reverse side having a small surface chip at the reverse upper area. Otherwise the grip is in nice condition being the typical Eickhorn shape and showing little usage. The SS runes button is set in place showing some signs of usage on the enamel but there are no chips in the surfaces. The runes are set at just about straight up and down and have toned nicely to include the two surrounding circles. The nickel grip eagle is the “high necked” type. This eagle has full detail to the bird’s head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. The grip perfectly fits the crossguards.
The scabbard shell is a real beauty. It is completely straight throughout on both sides and has 100 percent of its original anodized finish. A very very nice anodized scabbard shell here. The matching nickel scabbard mounts have toned to exactly match the patina of the nickel crossguards. These mounts are in perfect condition to include the never dropped lower ball. The original four screws are in place and are in unturned condition.
The reverse of the upper scabbard fitting has a three line professionally done dedication. The dedication reads “Zum 10 jahr / Dienstjubiläum / Berlin 1942”. This dedication would indicate that the dagger was given for a ten year anniversary in 1942 in Berlin. This would indicate to me that this anniversary of a group of SS people was probably a fine dinner celebration or whatever and apparently this dagger was ordered to commemorate the occasion. Apparently Eickhorn had some older higher quality daggers and they used an example to make this tribute.
Attached to the upper carrying ring is a later short SS hanger. This hanger has good leather and shows some minor age to the buckle but the snap clip has excellent plating. The leather is in perfect condition to include the small retainer loop. The snap clip is marked on the reverse RZM M5C/93.
The obverse blade is in choice bright condition still having all of its crossgrain and fine SS motto with all of the darkening in the backgrounds of the letters. There is a minor amount of age on the tip but it is only on the surface and it is nothing. The reverse blade once had a Rohm inscription. The inscription has been completely and professionally removed by the Eickhorn factory. The grain that was put on it is just slightly different from the obverse but unless you are used to looking at these things you would not know it. Eickhorn also re-etched their trademark as it was removed during the inscription removal process. The trademark is the small ovals used from 1933 to 1945. They constrain the firm's name and location Carl Eickhorn Solingen and within is a squirrel with smooth tail. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
I believe that this dagger was sent back to the factory after the Rohm purge and most likely the original owner purchased another dagger. Eickhorn most likely had a number of these daggers on hand as we seem them reused and etched with RZM marked in 1936 and we also see ground Rohm Eickhorn daggers with additional dedications put on the reverse the Furth sport daggers being a good example. Most likely when this group of SS men celebrated their anniversary Eickhorn furnished this dagger saved as one as the old returns. This would probably also account for the short hanger not being an early example but rather a later type. A really great dagger here in superb condition.
Mint Minus. $4,995.00
SSDAG #45651 Late Model 1933 SS EM RZM 1053/39 SS
The crossguards show just the slightest of age and it is basically where the guards meet the wood just at the edge.
The grip is a nice example with no real flaws. It shows only minor usage. The grip retains its nice shape with sharp center ridge. The SS runes button is straight up and down and it has perfect enamel. The runes and the double circles around them are toned nicely. The grip eagle is an aluminum type being the style with “high neck”. This bird has fulls to his head breast and wing feather talons wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has fine original black paint. The paint has some minor attic crazing on the obverse and the reverse but overall the paint is still there at 100 percent. The paint also has a nice shine to its surfaces. The shell is equipped with nickel plated scabbard mounts. These mounts are still very bright and remain in choice condition. The lower ball has never been dropped. The mounts are retained by dome head screws all of which are unturned.
The blade is a very fine example still having the majority of its crossgrain. The SS motto is very crisp and has very dark backgrounds to the letters. The blade looks impressive as it is pulled out of the scabbard with this dark etch. This blade still has its needlelike tip and grades in near full mint condition. The reverse is etched with a double open RZM circle positioned over the code 1053/39. Below the code is a set of SS runes within double circles. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
A very fine RZM later SS dagger.
Excellent Plus. $3,295.00
SSDAG #45610 SS Himmler Inscribed Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
This SS Himmler recently comes out of the woodwork and has never been in a collection. The dagger has never been cleaned and retains its 8 decades dull patina over the nickel-silver mounts. Other than the vertical hanger, (which I added), this dagger is totally untouched and has never been apart. It is not in mint condition, but it has a lot going for it, as the blade is really nice.
The cross guards are classic Eichhorn type having good smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and the precise accent grooves for which this company is well-known. The tang nut has never been loosened and is totally free of any wrench marks. There is no inspector's numeral stamped into the lower bottom guard, as is sometimes the case with these daggers - they are not always inspector-marked The ebony grip has an appealing grayish-black color. Unfortunately, there is a chip at the obverse bottom left side, as well as a couple of surface chips on the reverse lower edge. It is my feeling, however, that these faults do add to the history and the integrity of the dagger, so it is best to leave the chips unrepaired. The grip nicely fits the cross guards. The SS runes is a beauty being completely perfect and free of any enamel faults. The button is turned to about an 8 o'clock position, but again, best to be left as it is. The runes and double-circles around them reflect a fine patina to the silver. The patinated grip eagle is the "high-necked" version. Although there is slight wear across the eagle's surfaces, all details still remain to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shell is completely straight on the reverse, with one very minor carrying sign on the obverse, just below the retainer strap of the vertical hanger. The anodized finish is all still there, showing some minor age stains here and there, but no rust problems. The matching patinated nickel scabbard mounts are in excellent condition, to include the lower ball. The four original screws are in place and are un-turned. The vertical hanger, that I put on the dagger, goes well with this piece. The leather is good to both the leather retainer strap and the strap with buckle.. The coffin-shaped reverse leather remains in perfect condition. The snap clip is also age-toned and is a plated type marked, ":DRGM" and "RZM M5/8". The leather to the hanger is internally SS RZM marked. The hanger is a little later than the dagger's manufacture, but looks well with the piece. The blade is bright throughout and still has its original grain. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue", is deep, and retains 100% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. This blade rates in near full mint condition. The reverse is etched with the Himmler dedication, "In herzlicher Kameradshaft H. Himmler". Like the motto, all of the factory darkening remains in the backgrounds of the letters. The ricasso is matching dark-etched with the small double ovals containing the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn / Solingen". Inside the ovals is the seated squirrel being the type with the serrated tail. All details are there to the squirrel, including the animal's eye, which is frequently missing on these daggers. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A good original piece here, which I say, is not mint, but it still is in very collectible condition, is totally textbook, and is not priced high in the sky. It would be a fine piece to add to an SS collection, where the owner finds period usage and accompanying faults acceptable. It is kind of neat to find one of these Himmler's that was worn over the years, instead of most, where the owner chose to put the dagger away, and wear his standard service dagger.
SSDAG #43991C Model 1933 Ground Röhm SS Dagger with Only Signature Ground - Böker
This classic Böker SS Dagger was originally produced with a full Röhm inscription and per the orders of June 1934, in this case, only the signature was removed, leaving the entire dedication intact on the blade. The dagger is equipped with solid nickel crossguards, being the textbook Böker shape. These mounts have fine smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The nickel tang nut does not appear to have been ever out. The lower reverse cross guard is district stamped, "I". The obverse ebony grip is completely perfect showing little to no wear. The reverse of the grip has a couple of small depressions next to each other, which appear to have been caused by perhaps a once present vertical hanger clip. They are not bad however, and if anything, give the dagger some character. The runes button is position at about 7:00 o'clock and it has perfect enamel. The SS runes and double circle around them have nicely toned to match the guards. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "beak that goes upward slightly". The eagle shows some minor surface wear, however, the details remain to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. This grip fits the guards like a rubber glove - nice. A fine hilt here!
The scabbard shell is a beauty being straight as an arrow throughout. Although I don't see any lacquer, the "anodized" surface is 100% and really looks great. The nickel scabbard mounts are in choice condition to include the lower ball. All screws are present and are un-turned. Attached to the upper carrying ring is a very fine, mint black short hanger, The hanger is the early type with supple fine leather and being complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger hardware is nickel and the clip is the "snout-nosed" variety having the rivet which retains the spring.
The blade shows some usage, but remains bright. I don't see any grain in the surfaces, however, it probably is just a case of this blade being wiped over the years, most likely by its original owner. The overall condition of the blade is still excellent. The SS motto is crisp and deep, having about 50% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. Like we see on many Böker daggers, there is just the slightest of pimpling in the depths of the letters. This is cause by impurities in the steel and become visible during the acid eating process. The pimpling, however, is very slight. I show pictures of this condition with Böker daggers in my SS Book on Page 56, explaining that once the darkening in the letter backgrounds begins to wear, we often see this minor flaw. The reverse of the blade has a still fine etch to the partial inscription, "In herzlicher Komradschaft". The area where the Röhm signature once appeared was ground and professionally re-polished. It appears to have been done by someone who knew their trade. There is just a slight rub to the top of the trademark. The trademark is the small double oval variety that Böker used with Röhm inscribed blades. The purpose of the small logo was to leave better visual room for the inscription, as their larger standard logo with the "mausoleum" and stark tree was much larger. The double ovals of this logo contain the firm's name and location, "Böker/ Solingen". The stark leafless tree is positioned in the center. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A fine Partial Röhm dagger here.
Excellent Plus. $4,800.00 (#042321)
SSDAG #45436C Late SS EM Blade
The tang is marked with a large “0” and it is also properly threaded.
The reverse of the blade is marked with a single RZM circle above the code 1196-38 SS.
This blade is ready to be used and would make a perfect replacement for a late SS dagger having the plated crossguards and painted scabbard.
SSDAG #45231 Late SS EM with "Rat" Squirrel Logo RZM 9/41/38 (Eickhorn)
This "rat" logo SS dagger is very seldom seen on the collector market and is very desirable for those of you out there that specialize in SS types. It is very seldom we get a chance to offer one of these so good luck to the collector who is successful in purchasing this example.
The dagger is equipped with nickel plated crossguards. The crossguards still have all of their plating however there is a bit of freckling in the surfaces but not of it has come through the plating. The tang nut appears to have been never opened and has lost a good percentage of its plating.
The grip is a very fine ebony example. It still retains its very crisp center ridge and virtually shows no wear. A very beautiful grip here. The grip also fits the crossguards like a rubber glove. The SS runes button is in place being turned to about 7 o’clock. It features a fine pair of patinated silver runes surrounded by a single silver circle. The grip eagle is the aluminum type. It is finely set and is the high necked style. The eagle shows a little bit of wear to its head breast feathering and talon surfaces but the wings wreath and swastika are still crisp throughout.
The scabbard is the style that we usually see with this vintage dagger having the "thick throat". The scabbard mounts are nickel plated and both and the upper and the lower are in very fine brihgt condition to include the never dropped lower ball. These mounts are retained by dome head scerws which are unturned and still have their plating.
Attached to the hanging ring is a fine SS black leather short hanger. The hanger still has supple leather and is complete with its retaining loop. The buckle is the nickle plated type as is the snap clip. The clip shows a little minor age in the surfaces but it is not bad. This clip is marked on the reverse "M5 / 25 RZM". The paint on the scabbard is in terrific condition showing only a little modest age crazing but overall this paint is still at 100 percent and easily rates in near mint condition.
The blade of this example is still nice and bright. It retains all of its crossgrain and shows only the most modest of age still easily rating in near full mint condition. The SS motto is finely done being crisp and having 100 percent of its original background darkening. The reverse blade has a single RZM open circle and below is the Carl Eickhorn code 941/39/SS. Beneath the RZM code is the very seldom seen single squirrel without oval. The squirrel has all of the etched darkening in the backgrounds and really looks great. This "rat’ squirrel variation can be seen in my SS book on page 181 and also on page 182. It is a very desirable variation that is seldom seen and is highly collectible. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.A very nice rarely seen dagger here!
Mint Minus. $4,695.00(#031521)
SSDAG #45185C Early SS EM with SS Serial Number by Gottlieb Hammesfahr
This early SS dagger is equipped with all nickel mounts. The tang nut and crossguards are in excellent condition having good smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse crossguard is marked with the district number Roman numeral "III". In addition it is stamped on wither side of the district number with the original owner’s SS serial number "206 387". I have tried to look the number up on the Dienstalterliste but it is not there which indicates the original owner was an enlisted man.
The grip of this dagger is in fairly good condition on the reverse and on the obverse it shows some surface chips which have come out surrounding the SS runes button. There are also some tap taps in the grip which are mostly under the grip eagle. The runes button has fairly good enamel showing usage but no material missing. The silver runes are nicely patinaed and are surrounded by double circles. The runes are positioned at about 8 o’clock. The grip eagle is the high necked variety and it still is in good condition with all details still being there with little to no wear. The grip also perfectly fits the crossguards.
The scabbard of this example does not appear to be the original one as it is equipped with nickel plated mounts. The mounts are in outstanding condition to include the lower ball which just has a tiny tap in the lower bottom. The throat is thinner type that we see in usage from about 1938. The scabbard shell has nice original black paint showing a minor scuff on the reverse part but otherwise throughout is in fine condition with the usual minor attic crazing. This paint rates at easily 95 percent. The original screws in place and are unturned.
Attached to the upper ring is a black short hanger. It is missing the retainer ring leather but is in otherwise in good condition. The hardware is the plated type and the snap clip is marked "RZM M5/71 OLC". It is possible the original owner had his scabbard changed later on in the period because it possible the other scabbard became in poor condition.
The blade of this example shows some age and usage and some signs of past sharpening but overall it is not too bad and grades at excellent. The SS motto is still in fairly good condition having perhaps 20 percent of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is etched with the double ovals which contain the firm’s name and location "Gottleib Hammesfhar Solingen Foche". Inside the double circles is a pyramid with a plus on its obverse. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
I know that this dagger has a few failings but it is still in collectible condition and of course the SS serial number also makes it interesting. It is possible that in the future we may be able trace enlisted men's numbers so it is a worthwhile dagger to keep. It comes from the Joe Santucci collection.
SSDAG #44547 Partial Röhm Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - Böker
This fine, early SS dagger good nickel crossguards, of the alternate type used by Böker about 25 or 35% of the time. The reverse of the lower guard is District marked "I". The tang nut remains in very good shape, looking to have ben off perhaps only once or twice.
The ebony grip remains in perfect condition. This grip is the "rounder" type and fits the guards like a glove. The SS runes are turned slightly clockwise and retain good enamel and silvering. The grip eagle is the type with a beak that points slightly upward. Apparently the original owner like to grip his dagger while walking as the detailing to the bird is slightly rubbed off in places. I think this kind of normal hand wear is interesting to study as it speaks to the life of the piece.
The scabbard is straight throughout, with very fine black paint which looks original. This scabbard could have been anodized when first issued, but we often see Böker daggers with period repainting. In any case the paint is extremely nice and shows only a few very minor nicks here and there. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition, including the lower ball. The original screws are all in place and unbuggered.
Attached to the carrying ring is a fine early black leather short hanger. The leather remains in good condition but the small retainer loop has been lost to time. The hardware is the early nickel type, with a "snout nosed" snap clip that has a riveted spring.
The blade of this dagger shows minor age and staining, as well as some pimpling to the motto etch. We see this type of pimpling quite frequently on Böker daggers, caused by the etching acid reacting to impurities in the metal of the blade. This was fairly common with Böker pieces and I show this trait in my SS book. The reverse of the blade is in slightly better shape. The original Röhm etch is still there, with just the signature of the "traitor" having been polished out. This job was done fairly well but collectors in the now will have no trouble detecting it. The Böker trademark is the smaller type used on Röhm inscription dagger for space reasons. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
A good original SS Partial Röhm Dagger here. We see a lot of ground Röhm pieces but these partials are much more rare.
SSDAG #44907C Model 1933 SS EM with Exclamation Point - RZM 324-38 SS
This dagger produced in 1938 is equipped with nickel crossguards. The guards are in nice condition throughout having good surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The matching nickel tang nut is in good condition and does not appear to have been out.
The gip os this example has some mild wearing signs to the ebony. There is little spot out next to the runes button at the right and there are a couple of mild hits above the grip eagle and one below the eagle's right wing. The reverse has a crack at the top and also shows some usage signs in the center area. Overall though the grip is not too bad and it nicely fits the crossguards.
The SS runes button has fine enamel and is positioned straight up and down. It is a silvered variety with double circles around it. The grip eagle is a nickel example with the beak pointing upward. The details to the bird are just about all there with only the most modest of wear to the breast feathered area. The head talons wreath and wings are in good condition.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has its original black paint. The paint has some scuffs on the upper obverse area and also a few scuffs on the reverse upper area. The lower portion of the paint is still in pretty good condition.
the scabbard mounts are also of nickel. They are in good condition with the lower ball having a minor tap which goes toward the bottom reverse area but it is nothing. These mounts are retained by unturned nickel screws.
The blade of this example is still fairly bright but it does show some minor light age in the surfaces of both sides. The blade also has been retipped and is about one quarter inch short. The motto is still fairly crips having about 80 percent of its original darkening in the letter backgrounds and it ends with the exclamation point. The reverse of the blade is matching etched with a double shaded RZM under the code "324/38 SS". I show one of these 324 marked daggers in my SS book on page 687 and 688. This dagger is virtually identical to the example that I show.
A good original piece here with some flaws but it is priced accordingly.
SSDAG #44709C Model 1933 EM with Exclamation Point Motto - RZM M7/29 (Klittermann & Moog)
the crossguards are the solid nickel type and they have never been cleaned being toned with a dull finish. The tang nut has the same finish and has never been removed.
The grip shows some usage with some hits here and there one above the eagle at the right edge and a couple spaced around the wings on the left and also just below the swastika. Also there is a sliver of surface wood that has come loose from the lower left portion of the grip. The reverse grip other than more usage signs has no flaws. This grip fits the crossguards perfectly. The SS runes button is in good condition having fine enamel. It is positioned straight up and down. In features the silver runes with a double circle around them. The nickel grip eagle is toned exactly to the patina as the crossguards. It is the style with the beak which points upward slightly. This bird has full details remaining throughout its head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has original black paint. The paint shows age crazing on both sides and rates at about 90 percent. The scabbard is equipped with matching nickel mounts. These mounts exactly match the patina of the crossguards. Both mounts are in good condition to include the lower ball. They are retained by nickel unturned screws.
Attached to the scabbard is the original to the piece vertical hanger. It is easy to see that this vertical is original as the area between the strap buckle and the retaining strap still has 100 percent black paint where it was protected. This vertical still has fairly good leather to the strap the buckle being slightly over to the right and behind the carrying ring. This is the way the vertical has always been and it should not be changed.
The coffin shape on the reverse is still good throughout. The snap clip is a nickel plated type whereas the plating has gone to time on the obverse of the clip. Oddly enough the plating is still perfect on the reverse of the clip where it is stamped "A" and "DRGM".
The blade of this example has slightly grayed and it does show some age spots on both sides. This blade only grades at about excellent. The motto is still all there with the exclamation point at the end. The darkening in the backgrounds of the motto remains at maybe 30 percent. The reverse of the blade is matching etched with a double shaded RZM circle over the Klittermann & Moog code "M7/29". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
An all original untouched exclamation point SS dagger here.
SSDAG #44866C SS EM with Exclamation Point - RZM M7/29
This fine exclamation point with the RZM M7/29 has been identified as the work of Klittermann & Moog. This is a textbook example having all nickel mounts throughout. The nickel crossguards and tang nut are in exceptional condition each having very fine smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut appears that it was out once or twice.
The grip is a nice ebony example being totally perfect on the obverse. The reverse is also very nice having a tiny sliver out of the surface of the wood at the left upper area. The runes button is in good condition having fine enamel and is of slightly convex shape. The button is turned to about 8 o'clock. The nickel grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. The bird still has all crisps designs to his head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A very nice hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout and it reflects original black paint. This paint has age spidering that is evenly running throughout its length on both sides. All in all though about 95 percent of the paint is still here but it does have the spidering. The scabbard mounts are also nickel and are in excellent condition to include the lower ball. The nickel screws are all in place.
And now for the best part of this dagger being the blade. This blade is still in nice bright condition. It does have crossgrain and shows just the slightest of age in the surfaces but all in all is in a near mint state. It is deeply etched with the SS motto Meine Ehre heißt Treue with the exclamation point at the end of it. The darkening in the letter backgrounds remains at about 90 percent. The reverse blade is also in nice condition showing some minor age but not bad. It features a matching etched double shaded style RZM circle which is positioned over the Klittermann & Moog code "M 7/29". The blade shoulders nicely meet the crossguard contours.
An outstanding original exclamation point dagger here. It is not in mint condition but is in very acceptable collectible condition and is you have been looking for a nice example with this rarity motto this is a great opportunity to fill that void.
Excellent Plus. $5,695.00