Early Rare SA Dagger – Rob Giersch

Condition: Excellent

Maker: Rob Giersch, Solingen

Pattern: Early


SKU: JW6504 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Early Rare SA Dagger is an outstanding example of a standard issue Model 1933 Sturmabteilung Dienstdolch. The blade is very bright, with typical runner marks from being in and out of the scabbard. The blade has been cleaned at some point and does have light scratches. The fit is nice and tight, and the tip comes to a perfect point. The acid etched “Alles fur Deutschland” motto and “Rob Giersch, Solingen” maker mark are both dark, crisp and beautifully executed. Giersch is a rare and desirable maker of these, ranked 7 out of 10 on the McSarr SA rarity rating chart. This dagger has a gorgeous handle, with very lovely early nickel fittings that are matching throughout. The lower crossguard is stamped on the reverse with “Nm” indicating SA-Gruppe Nordmark stamped on the crossguard. The T-nut at the top of the handle shows crisp edges, and looks to have never been turned. The fruitwood grip on this one is eye catching, with great color and a light shine. There are two stain spots on the front of the grip, but no damage such as cracks or chips. The grip features a very nice early nickel eagle and nice early SA roundel. This Early Rare SA Dagger features its correct original scabbard. The scabbard is very nice, with an anodized body that shows slight age and wear. The nickel fittings match the handle nicely. There are no dents or creases to note. All four scabbard screws are present and look to have never been turned. The ball at the end of the dagger is very nice, without any dents. This is a handsome piece that has a lot going for it. The condition rates as excellent.




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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