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 #45539 Early Model 1933 SS EM by Robert Klaas
This Klaas piece is in very nice overall condition. The crossguards are the all nickel type and they have developed a nice patination over the years. Both guards have good smooth surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut also matches the patina and does not seem to have been ever taken out of this dagger. The reverse lower crossguard is district marked with the Roman numeral “III”. It is interesting to note that the numeral has been stamped sideways.
The ebony grip is a very fine example remaining in absolute perfect condition throughout and showing little to no wear. It's fine accent lines are still crisp throughout. The SS runes button is the style that is more convex. It has a patinated set of runes with dual circles around them and the enamel is still intact. These runes are set at about 7 o’clock. The nickel grip eagle also matches the patina of the guards and it is the style with high necked eagle. The bird has all of its details throughout its head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika. A very very fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout the obverse. The reverse has just the slightest bit of an indent but it is really nothing. This scabbard has 100 percent of the original anodizing and there are also lacquer traces remaining especially on the reverse area. The scabbard mounts are fine nickel with matching patina. They are in good condition however the lower ball does have a tap at the bottom where it is bent just slightly to the left but there are no splits in seams. The original four nickel screws are in place and are unturned.
There is also a fine vertical hanger attached to the dagger which may well be original to this piece. The hanger is the style that has a pot metal type clip that has the “DRGM” as part of the original mold. These clips were used on reproduction vertical hangers made after the war but they are also original hardware and this piece and this vertical are absolutely original. The vertical has a fine coffin shape to the back with good cross strap and nickel plated buckle. The retainer strap at the bottom is also in excellent condition.
The blade of this example is still nice being mostly bright and showing just the most mild of age. The tip is still good and although there are only small amounts of grain on the blade mostly on the ricasso area I would say that it still grades at excellent plus. The SS motto is crisp and has most of the darkening in the back of the letters and rates at maybe 90 percent. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the kissing cranes trademark and in a circle around the birds are the firm’s name and location Robert Klaas Solingen. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
A very nice early dagger here in fine collectible condition.
Excellent Plus. $3,895.00
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 #45437C Late SS EM Blade
The tang has the proper threads. The bright blade has a fine SS motto having 100 percent of the original darkening in the background letters. All of the crossgrain remains on the blade.
The reverse ricasso is marked with a large shaded RZM circle over the SS code “534/38/SS”.
If you are looking for a replacement blade for one of your later nickel plated crossguard pieces with painted scabbard this example should be a good fix.
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 #45385 Late Model 1933 SS E.M. - RZM 15/39 SS
This SS RZM dagger almost appears to have been a factory leftover, as its original condition is phenomenal. The nickel-plated cross guards retain all of their plating and the finish remains in new-like, bright condition. By the shape of the guards, they appear to have been produced by the Böker firm, who did make plated cross guards and sold them to other factories. The ebony grip remains fully crisp with its sharp contour lines to the shape. The grip perfectly fits the cross guards - nice. Other than a hairline crack at the lower obverse right, this grip is totally mint. The crack, however, does not look to be going anywhere - just don't drop the dagger! The runes button has good patinated silver runes with their double rings around them. The enamel remains in perfect condition. The grip eagle is the aluminum type featuring the "High-necked" eagle form. The eagle is totally pristine with no wear whatsoever. An extremely fine hilt here.
The scabbard is straight as an arrow. The original paint is still just about 100% (has only a couple of very minor wearing signs) and still retains its factory sheen. The scabbard is fitted with nickel-plated steel mounts. The mounts retain their original factory brightness and are in perfect condition to include the never-dropped lower ball. The original dome head screws are all in place and are unturned. Attached to the carrying ring is a fine, like-conditioned short hanger. The black leather is still supple and retains its original factory bright surfaces. It is complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is the plated type. Both the buckle and the snap clip have perfect nickel plating with no rust or age. The snap clip is marked, "RZM M5c/93". It is quite rare to see these "M5c" markings, but they do turn-up occasionally.
The blade is the best you will see. Absolutely 100% of the original cross grain and mirror-bright finish throughout. It is easily in full mint condition. The SS motto, "Meine Ehre heisst Treue", is totally crisp and has 100% of the background darkening in the motto letters. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a large double-shaded RZM circle positioned over the contract code and year of production, "15/39 SS". I show an SS example in my SS Book on Page 165 upper, where I picture another dagger with this same code. On the book dagger, the Henckels' SS Twins logo appears above the same code numbers. It would appear that Henckels was eventually forced by the RZM to remove this logo from production, since this original dagger does not reflect the twins logo. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A very fine SS dagger in the condition that you just can not beat. A real keeper here!
SSDAG #44864C Model 1933 SS Officer's Dagger with Serial Number - Rich Abr. Herder
This SS dagger is another example coming from the estate of the late Joe Santucci. It has the original owner's SS serial number deeply stamped into the reverse cross guard. I looked up the number, and sure enough, he appears on the SS Officer's Dienstaltersliste and I'll give you the details in the below description.
The dagger is equipped with fine nickel cross guards and tang nut. All mounts have a fine even light dull patination. The tang nut does not appear to have been ever out. The guards both have good smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The reverse lower guard has the Roman numeral district number stamped into it being, "II". To the left of the district stamping is the original owner's SS serial number, "82 496". The numbers are stamped with individual dies and are neatly done. I looked up this number, and it equates to SS-Obersturmführer Wolfgang Bürtner. In the 1938 SS Dienstaltersliste, Bürtner was listed as being born 13 January 1906. He held the Party number of "2 022 020" and he is listed as being with the staff of "Da Mitte", which I do not know what this means, but some of you guys out there that study the SS and their terms for things will probably know. At any rate, since Bürtner is listed in the officer listing, there is no reason why the next owner of this dagger could not commission the talented researcher, Ross Kelbaugh, to look into compiling a dossier on this officer. I am sure a lot more than what I find on the listing will come to light.
The grip of the dagger is in very nice condition, being the thin type grip that Herder produced, having the low-set grip eagle. The runes button is in fine condition being the slightly convex type. The enamel is perfect and there is fine patination to the runes and to the surrounding two cicles.. The runes are placed straight up-and-down. The nickel grip eagle is the style with "point behind the head". It shows some wear to the bird's head, but the rest of the animal is still crisp to include the breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. A fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell shell is straight throughout. The anodized finish shows some age in the surfaces and has darkened evenly throughout the shell. The nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition. The lower ball has a couple of dings and is pushed-in just slightly, but not bad. The four original screws are all in place and unturned. Connected to the carrying ring is a short hanger and belt loop. The hanger is just slightly later than the dagger's vintage and may have been a period replacement when and if the original wore out. This hanger has good leather and is complete with the retainer loop. The hardware is the plated type, and the buckle appears to have lost its plating, as it is dark-toned. The buckel also shows age toning on the obverse, but still has good plating on the reverse. It is marked, "RZM M 5/71" and "OLC". Attached to the hanger is a choice black leather belt loop with "D" ring. The reverse leather is stamped, "SS 8/35 RZM". This appears to be the original belt loop, as the "35" date goes nicely with the rest of the dagger.
The blade of this dagger also shows some even age in the surfaces, but it still retains its fine shape and needle-like tip. It grades only at about excellent. The SS motto is still impressive though, having about 95% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse blade also shows the same age, and is etched with the double ovals trademark. The ovals contain the firm's name and location, "Rich. Abr. Herder/ Solingen". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
A good original serial-numbered SS piece coming from an officer. It is just sitting and waiting for the next owner to commission a dossier and therefore bring a "life" to this piece.
SSDAG #45200C SS Partial Röhm Belonging to Obersturmführer Kurt Wolff Late by Carl Eickhorn
The crossguards are the early nickel Carl Eickhorn type having good smooth surfaces with crisp edges and the precise accent grooves for which Eickhorn was known. The guards overall are in good condition. The lower reverse crossguard is stamped with the Roman numeral "I" and it is hit sideways. Below the district number is the serial number of the original owner "8684". You will note that this is a very low number as the original owner was an early member of the SS. We will get to more of this further in the description.
The grip is in fairly nice condition showing wear throughout the surfaces and having a small crack at the upper reverse a small surface chip at the lower right reverse and a couple of other surfaces chips at the bottom obverse. The grip however is still in fairly nice condition. The SS runes button shows usage marks on the enamel surfaces but there are no chips. The silvered SS runes are turned to about 7 o’clock. The runes are surrounded by two silver circles. The nickel grip eagle is the style with high neck. The eagle still has the majority of its original detail with only slight wear to the bird’s head. It is nicely set in the grip.
The scabbard is straight throughout. The scabbard has received an old black paint job which in my opinion is period. Much of the paint has gone to time and only about 50 to 60 percent remains revealing the steel base metal beneath. The scabbard is equipped with nickel scabbard mounts. The mounts are in good condition with only a small surface ding on the obverse of the lower ball. The mounts are retained by the 4 nickel screws.
The blade of this example is unfortunately in rather poor condition. Additionally it looks to have been retipped. This blade is a partial Röhm inscription and we often find Röhm inscribed daggers that had the tip broken off of the blade by the original owner in an attempt to disgrace Röhm. This I believe is why the tip is missing from this dagger and somewhere along the way it was repointed in modern times although not done very well.
The blade itself is all gray and has some signs of even pitting throughout. The SS motto is there although it is quite worn. There is some darkening remaining in the background of the motto letters maybe being about 20 to 30 percent. On the reverse the partial Röhm inscription remains with just the Röhm signature taken out which appears to have been professionally done. The darkening in the inscription is about the same as that of the SS motto. At the reverse ricasso the dagger is etched with the small ovals trademark which contain the firms name Carl Eickhorn Solingen and inside is a smooth tail seated squirrel. A small portion of the logo is also missing due to the Röhn inscription removal. The blade shoulders nicely fit the crossguards.
Now to the serial number 8684. This number was assigned to Kurt Wollf when he originally joined to SS in November of 1930. The number is so low it was probably admired by many other later SS entrants. Wolff began his career from the start as just a EM and by 1933 he had advanced to the rank of SS-Rottenführer and then in June of 1934 he was promoted to officer status as SS-Untersturmführer. At this time Wolff was a member of the LAH until November of 1935. At that time he was assigned to the Siecherheitsdeinst or SD where he served until 1 January 1939. At this time he was assigned to the Race and Resettlement headquarters until January of 1940. On January 16th 1940 he was assigned to SS-Totenkopfverbänd until 10 July 1940 when he was killed in the war. Wolff held a SA sports badge and also was a recipient of the Totenkopf ring. There is a dossier that was assembled by Ross Kelbaugh which does show Wolff's records although there are no written SS correspondence about him in the dossier. There is however a couple of pictures of him as well as pictures of his wife. At the end of the dossier there is also a photograph of his cemetery tombstone.
I know that this dagger is not in good condition but it is one of the very desirable early erased Röhm inscription and of course with the known original owner should add some interest to the collecting community. If you have been looking for a traceable numbered SS dagger perhaps this example will fill the bill. It is what it is as they say in this hobby and it certainly represents this man’s life during a most exciting period of history.
The dagger is from the Joe Santucci collection.
Good Plus. $3,895.00
SSDAG #45199C Early SS EM with SS Serial Number by Robert Klaas
The crossguards and tang nut are the nickel type and the both remain in good condition with smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The reverse crossguard is district marked with a sideways stamp Roman numeral "III". Additionally there is a six digit SS number which a portion of the number is hit over the district Roman numeral III number. The number is "121 188".
Initially I could not locate the individual who had been assigned this number, but a resourceful collector has since contacted me with additional information. This number was in fact assigned to a man by the name Hans Gaumnitz, who held the rank of SS-Rottenführer. Perhaps this could be a jumping off point to even more research, if the next owner is so inclined.
The grip of this example shows quite a bit of wear and hits to the finish on both the obverse and reverse. There are however no chips to the grip just the hits into the wood. The grip fits the crossguards perfectly. The runes button despite all the hits to the grip still has good enamel. It is the type of button that is slightly convex. The enamel appears perfect and features two silvered SS runes with the double circles around them The runes are tunrd to about 7 o’clock. The grip eagle is still nice set. This eagle is the high necked type and it still shows all of the details to the bird showing little surface wear.
The scabbard is straight throughout. The scabbard still has the original anodized finish however it has pitting that has evenly spread throughout both sides. The original nickel mounts are still in fairly good condition the upper example being perfect while the lower example has a small hit to the ball with a slight crush inward but there is no splitting. Also there are three taps on the left edge of this lower fitting. The fittings are retained by three original screw however the upper right screw appears to be a replacement.
The blade of this example is not in good condition. It has turned gray over the years and has pitting evenly spread throughout its surfaces. The SS motto fared quite well in that it is still there in fairly crisp condition and probably has about 90 to 05 percent of its original background darkening. The reverse ricasso has a good etch of the kissing cranes trademark with the firm’s name and location in arches above and below being "Robert Klaas / Solingen". The blade shoulder’s perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
This is an opportunity to own a serial numbered SS dagger but because of its condition it is priced accordingly. We hope that in the future we will be able to identify these enlisted man but at the current time we cannot. Still a good original SS piece here.
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 #45161 Early SS E.M. Ground Röhm Dagger with Serial Number and Large Dossier - Böker45161
This SS serial numbered dagger remains in nice condition throughout. The nickel mounts display a fine even light patina having a desirable dull surface. The guard's surfaces are smooth with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The tang nut does not appear to have been out of this dagger - nice. The lower reverse cross guard is district stamped, "I". On the underside of the lower cross guard is the SS serial number, "1 109", belonging to SS-Sturmbannführer Hans Pöttinger. I'll have more about this after the description of the dagger.
The ebony grip is as nice as they come, showing little to no usage, being perfect throughout, but for a minor wood lift just above the runes button. The grip perfectly fits the cross guards. The SS runes button looks good to the eye, but with a loupe it can be seen that there are a couple of surface chips just above the runes. The runes are fine silver examples, together with the twin surrounding circles. The nickel grip eagle is in choice condition with all details to the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and swastika. It is the "high-necked" variety. A very fine hilt here.
The scabbard is also a fine example. It is completely straight on both sides. The anodized surface is also all there, having a slight eye=appealing shine to the surfaces. The nickel mounts are in excellent condition. The lower ball has a slight flat press ding to the very bottom, but there is no crushing or problems. The four original screws are in place and are unturned. Attached to the upper carrying ring is a fine early short hanger and belt loop. The hanger has excellent supple black leather and it is complete with the small retainer loop. The hardware is all nickel with the snap clip being the "snout-nosed" variety with rivet that retains the spring. The belt loop has fine matching conditioned black leather, complete with nickel-plated "D" ring. A fine scabbard here.
The Ground Röhm blade is really nice easily being in near mint condition. It still has most of its grain and is bright. The SS motto etch is crisp and has about 95% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse blade appears to have been factory ground and re-grained. A fine job here, as the reverse also remains in a near mint state. The trademark is the small double-ovals used by Böker on their Röhm inscribed examples.The two ovals contain the firm's name and location, "Böker/ Solingen". The leafless, stark tree logo is in the center. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour.
Now as to the SS owner details. First off, the serial number "1 109" is an extremely low number, and this was most desirable in SS ranks. The reason the number is so low is that our SS man joined the SS 14 January 1928. Obviously a very early enthusiast. He was born 28 Juli 1896 and also was a WWI veteran. He was a Party member and held the number 52 978, also a low number. Accompanying the SS-Surmbannführer Hans Pottinger dagger is a gigantic research file loaded with many letters, documents, rank lists. etc. The documents, to the best that I can translate, indicate that Pöttinger achieved SS-Sturnführer officer rank in 1934, when he was assigned to Dachau. Obviously, he was one of the early SS officers that helped establish Dachau as the fearsome institution it was to become. At that time it mainly housed political prisoners. There are letters in the file that apply to Pøttinger's time at Dachau, but they need to be translated. Pöttinger, in 1936, was assigned to Stammsbt Bez. 21, where he seemed to remain for a few years and also held the SS Honor Ring. He achieved the rank of SS-Sturmbahführer in October of 1944. But, as I say, the dossier is massive, easily having at least 100 pages. So, the next owner needs to get some of this translated to fully appreciate the career of this SS Officer. None of the research seems to have been done by the expert SS researcher, Ross Kelbaugh, so the next owner of this dagger would do well to contact Ross and see what else can be researched concerning this officer's SS career.
A grand opportunity here to own a really nice-conditioned, serial numbered dagger, with a very large dossier just jam-packed with material.
Excellent Plus. $6,895.00
SSDAG #44547 Partial Röhm Enlisted Man's SS Dagger - Böker
This fine, early SS dagger good nickel crossguards, of the alternate type used by Böker about 25 or 35% of the time. The reverse of the lower guard is District marked "I". The tang nut remains in very good shape, looking to have ben off perhaps only once or twice.
The ebony grip remains in perfect condition. This grip is the "rounder" type and fits the guards like a glove. The SS runes are turned slightly clockwise and retain good enamel and silvering. The grip eagle is the type with a beak that points slightly upward. Apparently the original owner like to grip his dagger while walking as the detailing to the bird is slightly rubbed off in places. I think this kind of normal hand wear is interesting to study as it speaks to the life of the piece.
The scabbard is straight throughout, with very fine black paint which looks original. This scabbard could have been anodized when first issued, but we often see Böker daggers with period repainting. In any case the paint is extremely nice and shows only a few very minor nicks here and there. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition, including the lower ball. The original screws are all in place and unbuggered.
Attached to the carrying ring is a fine early black leather short hanger. The leather remains in good condition but the small retainer loop has been lost to time. The hardware is the early nickel type, with a "snout nosed" snap clip that has a riveted spring.
The blade of this dagger shows minor age and staining, as well as some pimpling to the motto etch. We see this type of pimpling quite frequently on Böker daggers, caused by the etching acid reacting to impurities in the metal of the blade. This was fairly common with Böker pieces and I show this trait in my SS book. The reverse of the blade is in slightly better shape. The original Röhm etch is still there, with just the signature of the "traitor" having been polished out. This job was done fairly well but collectors in the now will have no trouble detecting it. The Böker trademark is the smaller type used on Röhm inscription dagger for space reasons. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
A good original SS Partial Röhm Dagger here. We see a lot of ground Röhm pieces but these partials are much more rare.
SSDAG #44907C Model 1933 SS EM with Exclamation Point - RZM 324-38 SS
This dagger produced in 1938 is equipped with nickel crossguards. The guards are in nice condition throughout having good surfaces with crisp edges and precise accent grooves. The matching nickel tang nut is in good condition and does not appear to have been out.
The gip os this example has some mild wearing signs to the ebony. There is little spot out next to the runes button at the right and there are a couple of mild hits above the grip eagle and one below the eagle's right wing. The reverse has a crack at the top and also shows some usage signs in the center area. Overall though the grip is not too bad and it nicely fits the crossguards.
The SS runes button has fine enamel and is positioned straight up and down. It is a silvered variety with double circles around it. The grip eagle is a nickel example with the beak pointing upward. The details to the bird are just about all there with only the most modest of wear to the breast feathered area. The head talons wreath and wings are in good condition.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has its original black paint. The paint has some scuffs on the upper obverse area and also a few scuffs on the reverse upper area. The lower portion of the paint is still in pretty good condition.
the scabbard mounts are also of nickel. They are in good condition with the lower ball having a minor tap which goes toward the bottom reverse area but it is nothing. These mounts are retained by unturned nickel screws.
The blade of this example is still fairly bright but it does show some minor light age in the surfaces of both sides. The blade also has been retipped and is about one quarter inch short. The motto is still fairly crips having about 80 percent of its original darkening in the letter backgrounds and it ends with the exclamation point. The reverse of the blade is matching etched with a double shaded RZM under the code "324/38 SS". I show one of these 324 marked daggers in my SS book on page 687 and 688. This dagger is virtually identical to the example that I show.
A good original piece here with some flaws but it is priced accordingly.
SSDAG #44738 Model 1933 SS EM with Vertical Hanger - Robert Klaas
The tang nut does not appear to have ever been out. The crossguards have good smooth surfaces crisp edges and precise accent grooves.
The ebony grip is in very nice condition on the obverse. There is a minor crack at the top of the grip but the portion effected has not lifted and does not appear to be going anywhere. The rest of the grip is in beautiful condition and looks almost unworn. The reverse grip is also in nice condition but it does have a small surface chip out of the upper left and also a tiny one out of the upper right. This grip nicely fits the crossguards.
The SS runes button is in fine condition having perfect enamel. The runes have been turned to about 8 o'clock. They are fine silvered examples with double circles around them The grip eagle is a nickel example with matching patination. This grip eagle is the style with beak which points upward slightly. It remains in perfect crisp condition with all details remaining to the bird's head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It is a anodized example and still has a pretty nice anodized finish. The anodizing seems to all be there however there are a few age spots here and there more being on the reverse than the obverse. Still a nice shell here.
The scabbard mounts are matching nickel. The upper mount is in perfect condition. The lower mount has a split in the lower ball. I don't know why this is as there is no crushing to the ball so apparently it was just not a very good soldering job when the mount was produced.
The vertical hanger is missing the retainer lower loop which is gone to time. The upper belt and buckle is in place showing wear but it is still sound. The coffin shaped reverse is in excellent condition. The snap clip is an early clip being of conventional shape and marked on the reverse with the letter "A" and "DRGM".
The best part of this dagger has to be the blade. This blade is in remarkable condition the obverse being in full mint. It has beautiful 100 percent grain and a very fine deep SS motto. All of the blackening is in the backs of the letters and this motto really jumps. The reverse of the blade is also in near full mint condition having one tiny spot just one the edge next to the trademark area. Otherwise it is mint on the reverse too.
The trademark is etched in circular letters which form the name "Robert Klaas Solingen". In the center are the two kissing cranes. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A good early original SS dagger here.
SSDAG #44849 Model 1936 Chained SS
This 36 model is of mid period production and remains in nice condition. The crossguards and tang nut are the nickel plated type. Great to day though that the plating is still 100 percent intact across these mounts.
The tang nut is in good condition and does not look to have been taken down.
The ebony grip shows some usage and there is a small chip that appears to have been broken out and was replaced but in its position and looks fine this is one the lower obverse right. On the reverse there is a tiny sliver of wood that has flaked off on the upper right and the same on the lower right. Otherwise the grip is pretty nice throughout. The runes button is slightly convex and is the copper color type. There is a small amount of enamel long the upper edge which has been chipped but it is really not noticeable. The grip eagle is a early high necked variety. There is minor wear to the bird's head breast feathering and talons but the wreaths swastika and wings are still quite crisp.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has 100 percent of the original anodized finish and there is about 85 percent of the original protective lacquer still there. An extremely nice scabbard here. The scabbard mounts are they nickel plated steel type. The obverse of the mounts is in perfect condition to include the upper and the lower. On the reverse the lower mount has a rub at the upper portion of it where perhaps someone removed some rust in the past. The other two mounts on the reverse are fine. The mounts have the original dome head style screws which are unturned.
The center ramp is the later type having the wider edges where the seam is turned. It features the three intertwined swastikas raised out on each side. The backgrounds were blackened by the factory and about 70 percent of this blackening remains. This mount is retained by two dome head screws something we see quite often with these anodized mid period scabbards.
The chain is a fine example being a type two. It is plated chain but it in very fine condition with no rust or age problems. Each one of the links has just about 100 percent of the original black background in the recesses. The skull and bones links show little wear still having the leering teeth looking back at the viewer. The same is true of the lack of wear to the runes links.
The connecting link tabs are all in good condition with no openings. The chain links are connected to a closed style cloverleaf mount which is applied to a plated snap clip which works well. The reverse of the first upper link is stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen. A nice type two chain here.
The unmarked blade is a real winner. This blade remains in mint condition throughout having all of its grain and a very fine SS motto. The motto is crisp and easily has 100 percent of its background frosting. This blade is in full mint condition. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour.
A very nice mid period chained dagger here.
Excellent Plus. $6,895.00
SSDAG #44709C Model 1933 EM with Exclamation Point Motto - RZM M7/29 (Klittermann & Moog)
the crossguards are the solid nickel type and they have never been cleaned being toned with a dull finish. The tang nut has the same finish and has never been removed.
The grip shows some usage with some hits here and there one above the eagle at the right edge and a couple spaced around the wings on the left and also just below the swastika. Also there is a sliver of surface wood that has come loose from the lower left portion of the grip. The reverse grip other than more usage signs has no flaws. This grip fits the crossguards perfectly. The SS runes button is in good condition having fine enamel. It is positioned straight up and down. In features the silver runes with a double circle around them. The nickel grip eagle is toned exactly to the patina as the crossguards. It is the style with the beak which points upward slightly. This bird has full details remaining throughout its head breast and wing feathering talons wreath and swastika.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has original black paint. The paint shows age crazing on both sides and rates at about 90 percent. The scabbard is equipped with matching nickel mounts. These mounts exactly match the patina of the crossguards. Both mounts are in good condition to include the lower ball. They are retained by nickel unturned screws.
Attached to the scabbard is the original to the piece vertical hanger. It is easy to see that this vertical is original as the area between the strap buckle and the retaining strap still has 100 percent black paint where it was protected. This vertical still has fairly good leather to the strap the buckle being slightly over to the right and behind the carrying ring. This is the way the vertical has always been and it should not be changed.
The coffin shape on the reverse is still good throughout. The snap clip is a nickel plated type whereas the plating has gone to time on the obverse of the clip. Oddly enough the plating is still perfect on the reverse of the clip where it is stamped "A" and "DRGM".
The blade of this example has slightly grayed and it does show some age spots on both sides. This blade only grades at about excellent. The motto is still all there with the exclamation point at the end. The darkening in the backgrounds of the motto remains at maybe 30 percent. The reverse of the blade is matching etched with a double shaded RZM circle over the Klittermann & Moog code "M7/29". The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard.
An all original untouched exclamation point SS dagger here.
SSDAG #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