Type: 1936 SS Chained Dagger – B1
Product Description: This 1936 SS Chained Dagger – B1 was originally sold by Lakeside Trader in Canada. They did such a great job in describing the dagger that there is no need to write another one.
This is the best 1936 SS Chained Dagger – B1 we have on the site right now! Don’t hesitate or it will be gone! The blade on this one is elegant! The dark and crisp acid etched “Meine Ehre heißt Treue” motto is beautifully executed and contrasts the bright blade beautifully! The crossgrain is easily visible for hilt to tip as you shine it in the light. The tip comes to a perfect point and it continues to hold a nice and tight fit! There is no maker mark and this is exactly how they were issued from the factory. The blade rates a solid Exc /NM. It shows the common age grey/spotting and surface scratches throughout. The tip may look as though it’s been touched up but its 3mm over the required length. The steel based black painted scabbard body on this one looks great. It shows the common age spidering yet continues to remain completely dent free and holds 98% paint coverage.
The solid nickel-silver scabbard fittings have pleasantly patinaed matching the hilt perfectly. The ball has a bruise to its very bottom yet still holds a nice round shape visible to any other side. All five screws remain intact. The chain is the earlier Type 1b variation that is solid nickel-silver and black burnished. The chain links show wonderful detail to the skulls and SS runes! It’s really something when you look at the skull and you can see right down to each individual tooth! The correct first upper link reverse is clearly “SS” proof marked. The clip continues to work well. The scabbard to crossguard fit is perfect. The nickel-silver based crossguards are in excellent shape perfectly matching the scabbard fittings in color and patina. The black hardwood grip is in wonderful condition and is way better than most! The only thing I can see is minor flake loss to the obverse top left. No cracks or splits. The solid nickel-silver eagle is beautifully detailed and has a perfect fit. The SS roundel retains 99% of its enamel and also has a perfect fit! This is an awesome piece! Grab this 1936 SS Chained Dagger today!
Historical Description: The Model 1933 (M33) SS dagger was first serviceable dagger produced for the SS. The design was derived from a 16th century Swiss hunting dagger called the “Holbein”. The M33 SS Dagger was worn by all ranks within the SS. Becoming a member of the SS was held in high respect during the Third Reich, and their daggers became a symbolic piece within its ranks. Every year on November 9th, the new SS men would pledge their full allegiance to the Führer (Adolf Hitler) in front of the Feldherrnhalle monument in Munich and receive their dagger as a symbol of that oath. The inscription on the blade “Mein Ehre Heißt Treue”, which translates to “My Honor is Loyalty”, was the motto of the SS.
Manufacturing for these daggers began late in 1933, and continued until 1942 when production of all daggers ceased to conserve materials and labor for the war effort. Today, collectors categorize these daggers into three main categories; Early, Transitional, and Late period. SS daggers produced from 1933 to early 1935 are early and have anodized scabbards, nickle fittings, and are generally of a higher workmanship. Transitional period daggers were produced from 1935 to 1938, are usually found with painted scabbards, plated fittings and RZM codes with their makers logo on the blade. Late period daggers were produced from 1938 to 1942 and are similar to the transitional period daggers in that they use plated fittings, painted scabbards but will only be found with the RZM logo and code on the blade.
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