Maker: Puma- RZM 7/27
Product Description: This Chained NSKK Dagger is an outstanding and extremely appealing example of a very scarce and desirable edged weapon type. It’s a piece that really has a lot going for it, starting with the gorgeous blade. The blade of this chained NSKK dagger is very clean and bright, with lots of great crossgraining remaining. The blade motto remains crisp. The back of the blade is etched with the RZM logo and the manufacturer code of M7/27, indicating this is a product of the very desirable maker Puma in Solingen. The grip fittings on this one have a heavy, bright plating, which shows some wear that exposes the base metal in spots. The fruitwood grip is clean, with a pleasant old patina. The grip eagle and enamel button with the SA organizational emblem show only minor wear. The extremely desirable chained NSKK scabbard is a perfect match, with only minor age to the plated fittings. The painted scabbard is typical for the RZM period, and is nice and straight. The black NSKK scabbard paint shows minor wear, with some spotting due to age. The scabbard is nice and straight, with a very tiny ding to the ball on the tip. The chain on this one is a stunner, with full, bright original luster, and all of the original heavy plating. The emblems on the chain links are crisply detailed. The reverse of the chain is stamped “Müsterschutz NSKK Korpsführung” as is correct. This chained NSKK Dagger is a wonderful example of a dagger type that is absent from most collections.
Historical Description: The NSKK (Nationalsozialistisches Kraftfahrkorps) was a motorized paramilitary organization under the auspices of the Nazi Party during the Third Reich. The memberas of this organization trained in the operation and maintenance of automobiles and motorcycles. It was a relatively small organization, with about 5,000 vehicles at its disposal in 1931. NSKK members had a rank structure based on that of the SA, and wore similar uniforms and insignia. In 1933, NSKK members were authorized to wear the newly introduced SA dagger. Later, in 1936, a change was made to differentiate the NSKK dagger from the SA version. The NSKK dagger was to have a black finish on the scabbard, as opposed to the brown scabbard used by the SA. There was also a chained version, with a special suspension on the ascabbard, that was worn by officers and by those who had joined the NSKK prior to early 1933. Because NSKK daggers were not made before 1936, and because the NSKK was a much smaller organization than the SA, the NSKK daggers were made in smaller numbers than SA daggers; they are correspondingly rarer to encounter today.
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