Product Description: This is a great, early Eickhorn SA dagger. The large double oval Eickhorn trademark on the reverse of the blade is the trademark Eickhorn used on the very first SA daggers they made, starting in 1933. This one is in very good, used condition, showing some age and honest wear. Any early Eickhorn SA dagger is a top quality example from a manufacturing standpoint. The blade on this one is mostly clean, with some small gray spots and the typical runner marks. It comes to a perfect point. The “Alles für Deutschland” motto is crisply etched, with lots of the original darkening to the lettering as well as a few small brown spots. The reverse of the blade features the desirable early Eickhorn mark, which remains crisp and dark. The handle fittings are the typical nickel silver one would expect on an early piece, with an “Om” group stamp on the rear of the lower crossguard. The brown wood grip is complete, with no cracks. The grip eagle shows normal wear, the SA enameled button has intact enamel with no issues. The various handle components show even wear, with some small dings and marks on the grip, and typical age patination to the metal. This one is complete with the original matching early scabbard, with a brown anodized finish, and nickel silver fittings matching those on the handle. The brown anodizing is thin from wear and age, but is mostly intact. There is some patina buildup on the scabbard where the anodization saw the most wear. The scabbard is nice and straight, there are no dents anywhere. This desirable early Eickhorn SA dagger has an appealing look and is a nice example of this 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 Reichszeugmeisterei 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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