Product Description: This Early SA Dagger by Gebr. Bohme Nachfl. Brotterode is a maker that doesn’t come around too often, especially in this condition. This Early SA Dagger by Gebr. Bohme Nachfl. Brotterode rates a 5 out of 10 on the McSarr rarity scale, making this a very desirable dagger maker. Also, this is a very early production example, circa 1933-34. This Early SA Dagger by Gebr. Bohme Nachfl. Brotterode features a very bright blade that still retains most of its original crossgraining and tons of eye appeal! The acid etched “Alles für Deutschland” motto and “Gebr. Bohme Nachfl. Brotterode” maker mark are both nicely executed. There are some light typical runner marks, and very minor gray marks. But as we all know that is common on nearly all SA daggers that we come across. The fit remains nice and tight and the tip comes to a perfect point, this blade rates overall Exc !
The brown anodized scabbard looks truly amazing with most if not all of the anodized lacquer on the scabbard! It shows minor oxidization spotting to the reverse and remains completely dent free. The nickel ball retains its original round shape and all four scabbard screws remain tightly intact with no evidence of being turned. The scabbard / crossguard fit is perfect and closes with a snap.
The reverse of the lower crossguard is marked “Th” (Thuringen). The brown hardwood grip looks very good on the front with two small chips on the wood near the top rear cross guard in the corners. This is the only flaw that can be seen on this incredible dagger. The solid nickel eagle retains beautiful details and has a perfect fit. The SA roundel has a perfect fit and retains 98% of its enamel. The overall condition of this outstanding early piece remains excellent plus and is loaded with eye appeal and would compliment even an advanced collectors collection!
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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