Maker: M7/66 Eickhorn
Product Description: This 1939 SA Dagger M7/66 Eickhorn is in really strong condition and has a great look. The blade is bright, with some original crossgraining still evident, and only a couple of water spots and minor gray speckling. The etched blade motto is still crisp and dark. The ricasso on the back of the blade is etched with the round RZM logo, and the maker code M7/66 indicating manufacture by the firm of Carl Eickhorn in Solingen, a prolific and skilled maker of these daggers. It’s dated 1939. The wood grip has a really attractive reddish-brown tone, and is free of chips or cracks. The grip eagle retains great detail, and the enameled SA button is undamaged, with an uncleaned, old patina. The metal crossguards and scabbard fittings have a bright plating as is typical for these RZM daggers. The nut at the top of the grip has a deep old patina. The scabbard of this 1939 SA Dagger M7/66 Eickhorn is nice and straight. It has nearly all of the original brown paint, with some minor lifting from age. The suspension ring and all four of the original scabbard screws are present. This is a great example of this dagger type.
Historical Description: The “Sturmabteilung” (SA), formed in 1921, was the original paramilitary branch of the Nazi party. With the Nazi rise to power in 1933, a dress dagger was introduced for wear with the iconic “brown shirt” uniform. As the SA was a huge organization, with an eventual strength of close to three million men, there was a huge demand for these daggers, and they were produced by 123 different makers, from larger factories to small, cottage-industry workshops. The daggers featured a wood grip with an inset enameled SA emblem and the German national eagle and swastika emblem. The blade was etched with the motto of the SA, “Alles für Deutschland.” The early daggers were crafted with the utmost quality, in both workmanship and materials. Originally, the name and logo of each manufacturer was etched on the reverse of the blade. These early daggers featured hand-fitted nickel silver fittings, and scabbards that had an anodized coating. Prior to around 1935, the daggers were stamped with an SA group letter on the reverse of the crossguard. In 1936, the Reichszeugmeisterie der NSDAP (RZM) organization began to standardize the manufacture of the SA dagger. Commercial type manufacturer markings were to be eliminated, and replaced with the RZM logo as well as an RZM code to indicate the manufacturer. Late production daggers marked with RZM logos usually are made with plated zinc fittings, and have aluminum grip eagles. Instead of the early anodizing process, later scabbards were simply painted. During the transitional period around 1936, many daggers were manufactured bearing the RZM logo and maker code in combination with the earlier type maker names and logos. These transitional daggers can be found with early or late features, or a mix of both.
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