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Full-Inscription Ernst Röhm SA Presentation Dagger

 

 

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SA Dagger

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SA Dagger

SA Dagger

SA Dagger

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SA Dagger

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Röhm with Himmler

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A photo from friendlier days

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Ernst Röhm’s successor SA Chief of Staff Victor Lutze

Pack & Sohne Full-Inscription Ernst Röhm SA Presentation Dagger (Item SADAG 1-12)

DESCRIPTION: I will at this point quote from “Meda Militaria” as they did a great description of a similar piece that they had. Their description included the statement: “A full-inscription SA Röhm is absolutely legendary.” Yes, this dagger was in far better condition than this one that we offer here and his blade sounds to be absolutely beautiful while ours has seen the “Kampfzeit” (the bloody struggle for power). Kris also makes the interesting note as follows: “Can you imagine being a loyal old SA fighter and Rohm follower holding onto such a dagger, let alone probably marching around with it with it hanging off your belt while willfully disobeying and ignoring the order to destroy the dagger with the traitor Ernst Rohm’s name on it? Absolutely crazy to think about it, and even mind boggling to think that any of these full Rohm’s ever survived nonetheless here it is in its full glory.” He put it so well that I thought I just had to quote him and what he refers to is the historical fact that in an SS-inspired action, Ernst Julius Günther Röhm on July 1, 1934, and many of his followers in the Sturmabteilung (SA), were summarily executed as part of the “Night of the Long Knives” upon the orders of Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler. This was in the face of what the Führer and the high SS leaders considered “the Röhm putsch plot against the N.S. government." This action actually began on June 28. The rest of the story can be reviewed by entering Ernst Röhm on your favorite search engine.

The Dagger

After the suppression and some executions including the shooting of Röhm by SS Brigade Leader Theodore Eicke SS-Obersturmführer the purge of the SA was launched. The very next day a one-paragraph decree stated that any remembrance items that contained the name "Ernst Röhm" were to be destroyed, and this of course included the Ernst Röhm honor dagger. We do see examples of such daggers that have only his name removed, but the words of presentation are still visible. The inscription is “In Herzlicher Kameradschaft Ernst Röhm” and that translates to “In heartfelt comradeship Ernst Röhm.” Tom Wittman, in his excellent website, has offered many of the daggers that have the name only removed, but he has told me that full-inscription examples in any shape are extremely rare. He knows this particular dagger we offer and he would speak well of it. The dagger was manufactured by Ernst Pack & Sohne in Solingen. Most of the very limited numbers of these were produced by that company. Wittmann says in his opening explanation that some blades exist with full inscription, but rarely do they ever show up because he reasons that the holder of such a dagger during the times would surely risk a charge of treason. So, collector friend, I think you will recognize the extreme rarity and the tremendous historical value of this great piece. The dagger is in great exterior condition with the scabbard having all its original paint. The crossguard is in harmony with the coloration of the top guard and scabbard fittings. The wood has not shrunk away from the wood of the grip. The back of the crossguard seems to have had a district letter, but for some reason it is not discernable. Maybe the original owner had some unknown reason to remove it? The dagger fits very tightly into the scabbard. There is a little bit of surface scaring at the very top of the grip. It looks like it is from running up against the belt buckle when swinging freely on the belt. (Does not really detract.). The blade is of course the most important piece of this ensemble and it would get a “D” rating on a normal SA dagger. But I honestly believe the poor but honest condition really fades into insignificance when one takes into account the Röhm full inscription. Many SA daggers are rated for condition, but here the greater significance is the fantastic historical meaning that it has. Not only rare but also so utterly historically and significantly meaningful in the greatest sense of the word. The blade is marked with the logo and name of “Ernst Pack & Sohne” and all the fittings reflect this as well as being by that company. (See ‘Wittmann’) Now as for blade damage. On the obverse with the standard “Alles für Deutschland” there are two deep perforations or indentations or if you prefer, pockmarks, that actually touch the edges of the inscribed wording. On the Röhm-dedication side of the blade there are likewise deep perforations, but luckily it occurs at the end position of the Röhm inscription and does not touch any of the letters. What caused the damage? We will never know; we can do all sorts of speculation some simple like with water somehow getting on the blade and the more macabre thought of its being blood. Remember, in the early street fights between the SA Brownshirt troopers and the Red Front hooligans, much such blood was spilled. I understand when blood was left unattended for any length of time it can have an effect of acid. I don’t want to gild the lily, but considering the times that we recount I would say anything was possible. So, my collector friends, here is an opportunity to own not only an extremely rare dagger, but one that possibly has a bit of mystery about it. Perhaps it revenged the martyrs Horst Wessel and Herbert Norkus? Remember, fewer than 10,000 of these daggers were made. How many with full inscription could have survived?

PRICE: $4,900; extremely reasonable!

 

 

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