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SS Runes Daggers & Swords

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Adolf Hitler

 

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Mid-period Model 1936-Model Chained SS Dagger (Waffen-SS?) (Item SSDAG 2-1; WAF 13-6)

DESCRIPTION: This great-looking dagger has nickel-plated fittings. The crossguards are in very fine condition, showing only the most minor of signs of age; nearly all of the plating is intact throughout. The matching nickel-plated-steel tang nut is also in fine condition, but the crossguards are of the genuine nickel construction, while the scabbard fittings are nickel plated. This is considered perfectly legitimate and acceptable. These SS officers often resided in Ordensburg-type residences such as Bad Tolz, and daggers were often mixed up according to Tom Wittmann and other experts. The ebony grip is a beauty, having high-ridge construction and no obvious repairs. This grip is in pretty much perfect condition. It has a very fine black tone to the wood and is very nicely shaped and fits the crossguards perfectly. The SS runic button is the style that is slightly convex. It is the style button, which is positioned straight up and down. The grip eagle is the silvered aluminum type and retains full detailing throughout. Wrapped about the grip is a fine 42cm portepee. It really looks great, and there is hardly any fray and it only shows some minor age. It’s a very fine hilt, here. It was generally the Waffen-SS officers that wore portepees. The scabbard shell is perfectly straight. This shell has a wonderful anodized finish that remains 100-percent intact throughout both sides. The majority of the original protective lacquer is still present over the anodized surface, with only a few areas that are slightly worn. This lacquer is probably about 90-percent intact. The scabbard mounts are the nickel-plated-over-a-steel base, with their original factory-bright finish. The lower mount ball has never been dropped and is in perfect condition. These fine mounts are retained by steel dome-head screws that also still have most of their plating. The center ramp is the later style, having the rolled edge, which is not as crisp as the earlier type. It looks excellent, however. It’s decorated with three intertwined swastikas. This darkening really makes the intertwined swastika design jump out at the viewer. This ramp is retained by two screws; one on the left outside edge and another on the right-side edge just below the chain attachment. These screws have never been turned. The chain is also very nice having the entire original factory darkening in the backgrounds of the links. Each of these links has been pebbled to give the almost-raised look that we like to see on the skull and bones and SS runes. The teeth of the skulls are all there and are leering at the viewer. The runes are high off the surfaces. All of the tabs that connect the links are secure, with no openings on the reverse. The reverse links have a black patination, an indication of lots of silver in the construction. The second link on the upper chain is properly stamped with the SS-Kulturzeichen. The cloverleaf is the closed style, and it too has all of the darkening. The snap clip is in good condition, with a fine, working spring. You won't see a better Type 2 chain! The blade of this example retains much of the original cross graining. It is nice and bright and has a typical, lightly etched motto. I would say that there is about 95 percent of the original darkening in the letters of the motto. There is just a slight amount of smudge in the surfaces of the blade. It is not bad though, and the blade is easily rates at Excellent Plus, Plus. It retains the original needle-like tip and the shoulders perfectly fit the lower crossguard contour. Here is a rare opportunity to acquire a really fine chained SS dagger that remains in choice condition. The vintage of this dagger is probably about 1937 or 1938.

PRICE: SOLD

 

 

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1933 Model Enlisted Dagger (RZM) (Item SSDAG 2-2)

DESCRIPTION: Here is an SS dagger that needs a little loving care. It was used, but not particularly abused possibly in early street battles with the reds? The scabbard has some dents in the midsection at the back and looks to have been repainted (many years ago probably in the Third Reich era). There has been some corrosion on the boot end cap and on the throat. The dagger fits very tightly in the scabbard. Is it because of the dents? I hardly think so, but I’m sure it could be remedied. The blade is bright and very good. The words in the motto are really bright with original finish. The circular “RZM” and the numbers “941/39,” and “SS” show that the dagger was manufactured by the Solingen firm of Carl Eickhorn in 1939. The grip is perfectly fitting with the top and crossguard to perfection. The blade was honed to a fine sharpness, but I think the original owner no doubt did it in the actual era—yes, it is deadly sharp—but the usual profuse tiny scratches that mar the blade finish a little are not really evident at all. Why was it sharpened? Well, with careful speculation I would say that some of the men who carried these considered them to be weapons and not just dress showpieces. If this was the thinking of this SS trooper well then so be it! Why do you think the assassination of Ernst Röhm was code named “The Night of the Long Knives”? The SS logo in enamel and the eagle in the grip are set perfectly and except for the sharpening that might not bother you, the dagger itself is exceptionally good and certainly deserving to be in a good collection. It is very reasonably priced for a Model 1933 SS dagger.

Traded away; no longer available.

 

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1936 Model Chained Officer’s Dagger (Item SSDAG 2-3)

DESCRIPTION: Have you ever lusted after an original 1936 Model Chained SS dagger, but just can’t see putting out up to ten thousand dollars for one? Well, this one just might be the one for you. Is it one-hundred-percent original? “YES.” Does it have a problem or two? “YES--small ones.” Are they major problems? “NO.” The Kulturzabzeichen, or proof mark, is in an unusual position which I think indicates that at some point this chain was taken apart by an amateur collector who put the marked link in the wrong place. Otherwise, this is a fine example of a 1936 model officer’s dagger. An important feature is the way the ebony grip fits against the top guard and the crossguard and I can say that they fit perfectly. The SS enamel button and the grip eagle are also good. The blade is average with the motto clear and retains a good deal of the original blackening. The chain is of bright, metal finish and the runics and skulls are crisp. This is a type II dagger chain so it has the non-see-through Wotan’s Knot at the top of the hanger. The scabbard’s middle band with swastikas is crisp and neat looking. The upper scabbard throat has some oxidation marks as does the back of the crossguard. Yes, there have been some mint to near-mint examples and over the years we have had a few but let’s face it, when one of these is encountered the price is astronomical. Here is a good, honest 100-percent-original dagger that was obviously worn by one of those elite SS storm troopers in the National Socialist era.

PRICE: $4,990.00 (a most reasonable price)

 

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Böker 1933 Model Dagger (The Rolls Royce of SS daggers!) (Item SSDAG 2-4)

DESCRIPTION: This fine early Böker dagger is everything the advanced collector seeks. It has the early nickel tang nut and crossguards peculiar to Böker. The nickel parts have nice, even surfaces with a fine patina. The tang nut shows no evidence that it had ever been removed in modern times. The guards have smooth surfaces, crisp edges, and precise accent grooves. The lower reverse guard is marked with roman numeral “I” for district. This would be for the First SS-Abschnitt (Munich SS district headquarters). The grip of the dagger is in fine ebony without trace of repair and in picture-perfect condition. It fits the guards seamlessly with no gaps. The SS rune button is fine and beautiful with flawless enamel surface. The eagle-grip insignia is in textbook condition being the “low-necked” variety. The bird retains full detailing of the talons and mobile swastika. The scabbard is of the anodized variety as early ones are. It shows good, honest wear and it is rated as having 100 percent of the original anodized finish, but with about half of the applied lacquer showing. As we have stated it shows the natural wear that daily usage during the Reich would necessitate. The scabbard mounts are of matching nickel and in remarkably good condition. The lower ball has some minute dents that are hardly noticeable. There is a fine early example of the short hanger which has good, supple leather and is complete with the small retainer loop. The hanger has a solid-nickel buckle which matches the unmarked solid-nickel snap clip. The blade is nice although the darkening of the letters is virtually gone; the letters are deeply machine chiseled and perfect. The Böker trademark is there, but it is partially worn away. It is comprised of a pair of thin ovals that state the firm’s name and location (Solingen). Böker was among the first of the Solingen firms to produce SS daggers and collectors consider this one to be the best. Seen in the oval is the stark, leafless tree. The blade shoulders perfectly fit the curvature of the guards. *This one is rated excellent Plus!

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Ehrendegen Reichsführer-SS

 

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Note here the slight hand wear under magnification.

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Make note of the original white washer.

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The Krebs logo

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High-ranking SS officials with their swords at the annual party rally

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Waffen-SS officer with sword

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SS-Gruppenführer Heydrich attending the party congress at Nuremberg

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Reichsführer-SS H. Himmler with children. Note the SS sword.

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Reichsführer-SS Himmler presents swords to graduating SS officers in 1937. Note all the swords being carried by the assistant to Himmler's side.

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SS-Obergruppenführer Prince Josias, Hereditary Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont, proudly wears his SS sword.

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Leibstandarte-SS commander Sepp Dietrich wears his SS sword.

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S.D. Chief Gruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich with his officer sword

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SS-Obergruppenführer von Ribbentrop with his SS leader's sword

SS Officer’s Degen by Krebs (officially Ehrendegen Reichsführer-SS) (Item SSDAG 2-5; SS 38-10)

DESCRIPTION: The SS-Ehrendegen, also SS-Degen, was a straight sabre or dress sword worn with the Schutzstaffel (SS) uniform from 1935 until 1945. First introduced in 1935, it was designed by Professor Karl Diebitsch, who founded the SS Allach porcelain manufacture and was Himmler’s reference on all art and design in the SS. The Degen was originally manufactured by the firm of Peter Daniel Krebs in Solingen, Germany—the one we offer here is one of those Krebs masterpieces. The officer Degen was officially awarded with a hand-signed certificate to hand-selected officers of the SS-Verfügungstruppe and the SS-Totenkopfverbände in recognition of special merit. It was also awarded to officers who graduated from the SS-Junkerschule (Junker School) at Bad Tölz and Braunschweig (Brunswick). The importance of the SS Honor Sword cannot be minimized. It is without a doubt the most important—and practically sacred—item that an SS officer would ever receive; even more important than the chained Mod. 36 dagger or the “Ehrenring” (Honor Ring). These swords are seldom encountered in any condition today; they are very rare and heavily sought after by discriminating collectors. This particular sword that we offer can almost without a doubt be called the finest one ever offered. We do not exaggerate! It is not only in practically mint condition, but it is a “Krebs” example, and that alone would put it in the classic category immediately. I don’t like being repetitive, but again, I have to say that this precious sword is really practically mint. With that being said I will follow up with these particulars. The pommel is an excellent example with the Krebs exclusive style. In 1936, Krebs was the exclusive contractor. It’s obvious that the sword has never been taken apart as there are no marks on the pommel cap. The D-guard is perfectly shaped running down through the crossguard and ending in a teardrop quillion decorative on both sides. The ferrule is a fine example: decorated with six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. The ebony grip is also in near-mint condition. There are a few tiny blemishes, but you would practically need magnification to see them. Our camera has a magnifying lens so the little buggers do show in the pictures, but to the eye without such blow-up images, the average person wouldn’t even notice them. I don’t think I can be accused of serious divergence if I say that you can see on what can be called slight (oh, so slight) evidence of the original recipient’s handprints on what can be described as the right side of the grip. This also almost needs magnification to see. This follows as this is the area where the proud owner would rest his hand on wearing his magnificent sword. To me, this has to be a plus showing me that this treasure was without a doubt worn by proud former owner who loved the weapon and kept it in pristine condition. The grip is tightly wrapped with matching nickel wire and has a matching cover plate on the reverse concealing the mounting of the wire. The obverse grip is fitted with an SS runes button with exactly matching patina. This button has excellent runes and 100 percent of the original background darkening. The lower section of the hilt is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen mark as does the scabbard throat. This evolved as an appreciative logo honoring the sword’s original designer, SS-Oberführer Karl Diebitsch. The scabbard is straight throughout and with 100 percent of the original paint (There is not even as much as one scratch, no matter how minute on it.). The lower mount or boot has the usual decorative accent lines on both sides which retain all of the original darkening. This mount has no screws holding it in place. Tom Wittmann told us that the finest of the Krebs swords were done this way, whereby swords by other makers had retaining screws at that point. The upper mount is the Wotan’s Knot type with the areas inside the knot have 100 percent of the original darkening inside. The mount is retained by a pair of dome-head screws located on each side of the lower loops. The blade has the standard matte finish. It also is in fine close-to-mint condition. On the blade where it joins the crossguard is the original white washer and below that is the clearly marked logo of Peter Daniel Krebs-Solingen, with the crustacean image. This sword is an amazing 40 inches long. The SS man who wore this one must have been very tall and very probably a member of the elite Leibstandarte- Adolf Hitler. The average length of these swords is generally much shorter. I would have to say that this SS man almost would have to be at least seven foot tall! If you are a collector that is seeking what I would call the absolute finest SS-officer’s sword ever offered as to its immaculate condition, then you need look no further. You have found the ultimate!

PRICE: SOLD

 

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SS Officer’s Degen by Puma (officially Ehrendegen Reichsführer-SS) (Item SSDAG 2-5a; SS 38-10a)

DESCRIPTION: This sword for officers of the both the Allgemeine-SS and Waffen-SS was officially titled Ehrendegen Reichsführer-SS because the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler personally issued them to officers who had distinguished themselves by graduating from the SS-Junkerschule (Junker School) at Bad Tölz and Braunschweig (Brunswick). The sword is the type you see above at SSDAG 2-5 and at SS 38-10. This sword is by the Puma Works in Solingen. It was a subcontractor to Krebs of Solingen which had the original contract from the office of the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler. There were other Solingen firms which also produced SS officer and noncom SS swords. Puma is considered by collectors as one of the best, next to Krebs. The condition of this sword is rated good and is in the usual condition as seen with these swords that saw much use in daily wear by their original owners. Then there’s the fact that often they were stored in the sometimes-damp basement belonging to the GI, who managed to bring it home at the end of the fratricidal Second World War.

The Sword

I said that the condition of this sword is good, not excellent, not fine, but good! The pommel cap has darkened, but does not show any evidence of tampering or any improper takedown. The “D” guard is perfectly shaped running down through the crossguard and ending in a teardrop quillion (Puma style). The ferrule is a fine example decorated with six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. The ebony grip is in fine condition with no chips. The tightly wrapped grip has matching nickel wire and a matching cover plate on the reverse concealing the mounting of the wire. The obverse grip is fitted with an SS runes button with exactly matching patina. This has 100 percent of the original patina in the original background darkening. The scabbard is straight throughout and has the Kulturzeichen. This mark honors Professor and SS-Oberführer Karl Diebitsch, the designer of all SS and police swords. He was Heinrich Himmler’s chief referent on all things artistic. He designed the SS Mod-36 chained dagger as well as many pieces associated with the SS. The lower mount or drag has the usual decorative accent lines on both sides and they retain the usual darkening, but this mount has seen old rust and corrosion long ago stopped and unlike the swords by Krebs this mount is attached with two dome-head screws. The upper scabbard mount is the Wotan’s Knot type. The areas inside the knot have about 40 percent of the original darkening left and some of the old rust corrosion is here also, but to a lesser degree. This mount is retained by a pair of dome-head screws located on each side of the lower loops. The blade of this Puma example has the standard matte finish and has evidence of a visit of Father Time and some neglect, but all in all, it is again deserving of the rating “good”! Except for a little ancient rust and a bit of very slight normal wear on the D guard I would say this is a very good SS officer’s sword.

Considering rarity of these swords, the buyer of this weapon once worn by the elite will be very fortunate to acquire this one. Hey! It’s an Ehrendegen and an honest one belonging to an almost-extinct species of Third Reich swords. The scabbard is presently a little bit “homely.” The paint is thoroughly grungy, but intact. This sword would be much improved with a scabbard painting and this surely would bring about a sword you can be proud of and for a genuine SS officer’s sword, the price is more than reasonable.

PRICE: $4,500.00

 

 

 

SS Officer Candidate Sword

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Dachau-made SS Officer Candidate Sword - SS Bewerberdegen (Item SSDAG 2-6; SS 35-22)

DESCRIPTION: Another fine SS officer candidate sword. This one is unmarked with company name in Solingen. It also has no kulturzeichen on sword or scabbard. This leads us to believe it was made at the Dauchau forge (go to SS 15-1 in this SS section to see an officer sword by Paul Muller and there is a brief explanation of Muller's Dachau swords. We explain that the Dachau pieces were not marked at all.). They are much rarer than the company-made examples. The purpose of the officer candidate sword is visited on this page at SS 35-14 and SSDAG 1-8; please read for details. This sword that we offer here is without the leather carry strap. The scabbard has been professionally repainted but this does not affect its originality and value. The SS officers would often repaint their swords if they looked worn and dingy. The grip is in excellent condition without chips in the ebony wood. The blade is in perfect condition. These blades were not plated and were in natural steel in keeping with the SS tradition of natural purity. This sword must have belonged to a very tall SS man because it measures 41" long in the scabbard...largest we have ever seen! All the metal parts are in bright immaculate condition, like the example shown above (SS 35-14). Would be a brilliant addition to any SS or general sword collection. For further description of Dachau swords, see Tom Wittman's book, Collecting the Dress Daggers and Swords of the German SS.

PRICE: $2,800.00

 

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Incredible NCO Degen with Motto (Item SSDAG 2-7; SS 38-10b)

DESCRIPTION: We do not often do this and I am not sure it is really OK to do. But because I consider Mr. Tom Wittman to be one of the most honest and knowledgeable dealers and authors in this business and it so happens that he has a sword on his site nearly identical to the one we offer here. He states that his is one of only two or three he has ever seen in his 50 plus years in this hobby and business. I hasten to add that I have seen only this one, myself. As for the one Tom has, he’s asking nearly fifteen thousand dollars for his and the only difference in his and ours is that his has two matching oak leaves and acorns at each side of the motto on the blade. However, the similar one Tom shows on page 493 of his book Exploring the Dress Daggers and Swords of the ” also does not have the oak leaves. Like Tom’s sword, this one is in excellent shape having fine nickel-plated hilt and “D” guard. Just like his, the pommel cap is the flatter NCO style having a set of SS runes raised out of the center surface. The factory blackening in the background gives it a very dramatic appearance. The standing oak leaves running around the ferrule all have hand-enhanced veins and are further decorated with small, punched rings giving further life to the whole look. The ebony grip is perfect with all of its ribs being crisp and flawless. With the sword is the SS portepee in silver with double-line, black, side stripes running the entire length of the strapping edges of the material. This portepee is in silver bullion; the ball at the bottom is also in bullion and has the embroidered SS runes in a circle with bullion ties, and the drops fabric is seen with alternating black-and-silver roping effect. The knot is in perfect condition and we show it separate from the sword so you are able to see all the features that it would cover if attached. The SS runes in the form of the Kulturzeichen is plainly stamped on the lid of the scabbard’s throat’s top. This is to honor Professor Karl Diebitsch SS-Oberführer whom I have mentioned as the SS-Reichsführer’s personal referent on all things artistic .It was Diebitsch who designed the SS sword and the chain on the 1936 model SS officer’s dagger and many other SS articles. The scabbard is in great shape, but with a minor ding about 5 inches up from the drag. It is hardly noticeable and does not detract. The paint on the scabbard looks to be original at least 98-percent unblemished and with only minimal signs of wearing. The paint has its original semibright luster. The mount is retained by two unturned flathead screws. The feature that makes this SS Degen so rare and desirable is, of course, the blade. It is a matte-finished, 31-inch example. I would have to describe it as being in practically mint condition except for two microscopic blemishes (pinhead size). At the blade’s obverse side beginning at about 8 inches downward is the perfectly etched motto “Meine Ehre heisst Treue.” This is like Tom’s absolutely original and he emphasizes that it was always possible that the motto etching would be specially ordered from the blade producer, but that few SS troopers did this because there was some considerable expense involved. There is a fine-condition, once-white leather blade buffer that protects this extra-fine blade. This is an incredible find for the advanced SS collector. The piece is not only historically important, but is in excellent-plus condition. Tom has had to ask a real premium price for his in accordance with the price he had to pay for his magnificent sword. However, we price according with what we pay as well and we bought ours with a significantly lower price and will pass the savings along to the very fortunate collector who is lucky enough to acquire it.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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1936 Model Officer’s Dagger (Item SSDAG 2-8; SS 38-13)

DESCRIPTION: OK, collectors, here it is, the ultimate chained SS dagger and are you ready for this? The dagger is the early style with the scabbard’s having the factory shell surface with beautiful, blued anodization (not painted). It has nickel mounts and the blade is excellent; however, instead of an SS district marking on the back of the crossguard, this one has a GAU marking on it (“He”). This is quite correct according to the ultimate dagger expert Mr. Thomas Wittmann on page 121 of his fabulous book Exploring the Dress Daggers and Swords of the German SS. Wittmann says that occasionally a collector will encounter a nickel-silver lower crossguard that has a stamped abbreviation mark identical to the stampings which were used on early SA dagger crossguards . We know Model 1936 daggers with these markings are original, as many unaltered examples have come directly from veteran sources. Why would SA GAU distribution marks be present on an SS dagger? Some in the hobby feel this may have represented the economic using up of inventory, but this theory does not seem altogether plausible as it is generally believed that GAU stampings were not applied by factories, but rather by distribution sectors based in the individual GAU sectors. It is this writer’s opinion that Model 1936 daggers having GAU-marked lower crossguards may be attributed to the use of existing stock accumulated from Röhm SA daggers previously returned to the factory. In some instances the SA-dagger owner elected to purchase a new example rather than have the dedicated blade ground. The SA Röhm example was accordingly returned to the factory. On separate occasions Mr. Wittmann and I have personally purchased original unaltered Model 1936 chained examples exhibiting these GAU stampings. Whatever the true reason for this anomaly, these GAU-marked examples are absolutely correct and unaltered. Many of the crossguards used for early Model 1936 production are found to be marked “He” as this one is. This dagger chain is the variant type with what has become known as the smiling-skull style—the standard early type so desirable to collectors. The dagger has never been taken apart. The tang nut matches the other mounts and it is quite apparent that a disassembly tool has never been near it. The top and bottom crossguards are perfect with deep and precisely cut accent grooves, crisp edge definition, and fine, smooth surfaces. The grip is also in perfect condition having no trace of repairs anywhere. This grip is a medium-contour example showing practically no wear and it fits the crossguards like a glove. The SS rune button is perfectly placed and retains 100 percent of the enamel with no problems. The SS runes and dual circular borders nicely match the rest of the mounts. The nickel-grip eagle is the style with straight-on beak; it retains full detailing, with finely raised breast and wing feathering. The piece has its original portepee and it is tied appropriately. This 42-cm example is tied in one of the two ways. These portepees were often seen in 1936 model daggers. There is a slight amount of fraying where the cord would rub against the uniform. The portepee is definitely original to the dagger and other than the natural fraying, it is in perfect condition. The scabbard is straight throughout. This shell retains 100 percent of the original anodized finish, which is downright handsome. The upper and lower mounts are also of nickel and are in extra-fine condition right down to the lower scabbard ball. These mounts have the original nickel screws, which have never been removed. The center ramp is an extra-fine example of the type with background pebbling that was never factory darkened. This mount is fashioned with three intertwined swastikas on both sides and is retained by a single matching nickel screw. Attached to the upper and center mount is what we call the “smiling skull” chain. Both the links and the connecting tabs on this chain are constructed of nickel. The links also have pebbled backgrounds which match the center ramp. The skulls on this type of chain have a far more dramatic look to them in that the smile is much more pronounced than the standard type, imparting a cheerful but macabre look; the effect is quite eerie! The bones are interesting in that their knob ends are smaller than those we normally see. The nose is a triangular cutout (not unlike a jack-o-lantern) and the eyes are oval shaped, the teeth are also a bit different, but they are intact and do much to complete the look. The SS runics are nicely rendered, high off the surface and with nicely pebbled background. The cloverleaf clip is also slightly different than one expects in the norm. It is the open type and is constructed of thinner nickel than a standard type. The opening at this piece reveals the “DRGM” letter on the below snap-clip surface. The second link of the upper chain has the SS-Kulturzeichen stamp proofing. The connecting tabs are the type that we see on the type I chains, being smaller and solid looking without the usual openings we often see on type II connecting tabs. Really, this is a most interesting original chain. The unmarked blade (as they should be) is extremely nice being bright throughout, also having most of its grain. Other than the normal in-and-out markings, this blade is in mint condition. The SS motto is crisp, having 100 percent of its frosting in the background letters. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. We try to almost never use the word “mint,” but with this dagger it is more than tempting to cross the line and if not mint, then we would have to say pristine. In many years we have never seen one better. Here is the ultimate SS dagger and we would really hate to see it leave, but if you love it as we do then surely you should have it.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Model 36 Chained Officer’s Dagger (Item SSDAG 2-9)

DESCRIPTION: This is as nice as the one above; however, it is a second model with painted scabbard. It has nickel mounts that are bright on the scabbard mount and a bit dull on the dagger’s upper fittings. This is normal. This dagger’s crossguard is unmarked probably meaning it was not issued or the recipient was an inner staff member within the Gau section placement. Mr. Wittmann, dagger expert, explores other plausible theories in the description in the text of the dagger seen above and like it, this one offered here has probably never been taken apart. The tang nut is unmessed with. All the screws on the scabbard and boot are original. The leering skulls on the chain are bright and clean as are the runic symbols, and the background pebbling is nice and dark and has the effect of bringing out the skulls’ strong effect. Many of the attributes of the dagger above are present in this later 36 model .The “DRGM” is not evident within the Wotan knot nor should it be on this particular piece. The blade on this dagger appears to have been professionally cleaned at some time, but it looks really good even though the motto has no darkening evident. The ball tip of the scabbard is perfect and as you might know this is actually unusual as many examples of these are ruptured from the original owner’s dropping them in the act of fastening it to the belt. Here is an all-around fine example of a historically important dagger in excellent-plus condition. If you have hunted and earnestly hoped to find a classic Mod. 36 dagger at a reasonable price, you have just found it!

PRICE: SOLD

 

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1933 Model SS Dagger by Gottlieb Hammesfahr–Solingen Foch (Item SSDAG 2-10)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a 1933 model SS dagger by Hammesfahr in Solingen Foche. This is a company managed and owned by the Hammesfahr family tracing its roots in steel manufacture to the medieval armorers’ guild. The dagger shows good, honest use from wear by the former owner, and we mean the man, not a collector. It has good fittings throughout with perfect ebony grip fitting tightly with the top guard and the crossguard. The grip eagle shows excellent definition. The circular enameled SS button is clearly manifest under the crossguard. The scabbard fittings are just great and have all their original mini screws intact. The ball end at the bottom of the scabbard has a small ding as do the great percentage of these weapons whenever found. The crossguard has no SS-Oberabschnitt numbers; it is too early for that. The blade shows good, honest wear mostly from running out of and into the scabbard (runner wear). The SS motto is clear and pronounced. The Hammesfahr logo and company name is also clear and concise. The scabbard shows wear only in the paint down its sides and I believe that came from the fact that it was at some point carried in a vertical leather scabbard and most probably taken in and out of it often and thusly leaving this pattern upon the paint. Make no mistake, this one saw usage, but still is a fine, classic relic of a turbulent time. It is still more than a great and honest dagger and rare by this maker.

PRICE: $2,500.00

 

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1933 Model Dagger by Robert Klaas Solingen (Item SSDAG 2-11)

DESCRIPTION: This one is about as nice as they ever come. These daggers are getting very scarce. It has an excellent set of crossguard mounts that leave no gaps in the ebony grip fit. The nickel-grip eagle remains crisp showing no wear. This one has an extra-fine hilt. Here is a dagger worn almost 90 years ago during the tumultuous Kampfzeit. Yes, these were dress accouterments to the SS uniform, but many had to be weapons when the need arose. Remember the words of Crocodile Dundee to the mugger, “That’s not a knife. THAT’s a knife.” The scabbard is really fine and has about 100 percent of the beautiful anodized or luster-painted finish .The nickel scabbard mounts are perfect and the mounts are retained by unturned nickel screws. The lower scabbard ball is ever-slightly nicked, but almost unnoticeable. The blade is bright and close to mint condition with only slight and usual runner marks. The SS motto clearly shows the factory blackening in the background of the letters. The etched trademark shows the double cranes and is very clear with the company name “Robert Klaas–Solingen.” The blade shoulders meet the lower crossguard contour in perfection. On the crossguard’s obverse side, letters can be seen that appear to be “We.” According to T. Wittmann, this is perfectly legitimate. He has said that quite a few early daggers had SA-type top and bottom guards instead of the SS-Oberabschnitt markings. Overall, here is a superior example of a 1933 SS dagger–a historically important piece of the turbulent, historical era. “Meine Ehre heist Treue!.”

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Roman numeral "III" on guard

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Tang nut perfect

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Scabbard; used, but not abused

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Tiny ding

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All nice darkening

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Model 1933 Enlisted Ground Röhm SS Dagger by Carl Eickhorn (Item SSDAG 2-12)

DESCRIPTION: This SS dagger is in remarkably fine condition and appears to have never been taken apart. The crossguards and tang nut are of nicely dull-toned nickel with smooth surfaces and fine accent grooves that say Eickhorn all over it. The reverse lower guard is marked with the Roman numeral "III." This indicates that the dagger passed inspection at the main distribution center responsible for its issue. This one seems to be approved in Berlin groupings. These numerical markings have in the past been erroneously attributed to various SS Abschnitte or districts. The ebony grip is in great condition and it fits ever so tightly against the grip guards at all points. The SS rune button leans slightly to the right within the double circles and the enamel is in perfect condition. The runes and circles are toned matching the dagger mounts. The nickel-grip eagle is fine with beautifully delineated features. The scabbard is straight throughout and has the original anodized surface that shows age and usage, but is 85-90 percent with the outer side showing wear. There is a really small ding in the obverse of the scabbard—at about middle right—but it still is easily of A-1 collector rating. Remarkably, the lower scabbard ball is perfect; unlike most examples of daggers that were actually worn. The scabbard has matching nickel mounts having a patina that exactly matches the crossguards. The blade obverse is bright, but when Röhm's name was ground off, the former SS man evidently got a bit carried away in the removal project and he must have thought to polish the blade and unfortunately scratched it a bit—rather than "scratches," this could properly be called "smudges." The reverse of the blade shows complete grinding of what was the "Ernst Röhm" inscription. It appears to have been repolished by that Brownshirt trooper. The trademark is the double oval showing the Carl Eickhorn-Solingen logo, which has the period seated squirrel with smooth tail. The blade shoulders meet the lower crossguard in perfection. This is a near-perfect specimen of a dagger that is not only in wonderful shape, but expresses a fascinating story of intrigue and historically important events.

PRICE: $3,900.00; Very reasonable!

 

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