McSaar Rarity Scale: 6 out of 10
Period: Early 1933 to 1934 Manufacture
Product Description: This great SA dagger by Romüso is an all-original piece that has never been messed with. It’s a nice and very early one, circa 1933-34. It was manufactured by the firm of Romüso, in Solingen-Merscheid. This was a smaller maker that is less commonly seen, rating a 6 out of 10 on the McSarr rarity scale. The blade on this SA dagger by Romüso has some runner marks and minor freckling but retains good original crossgraining as well as lots of original darkening in the crisply etched motto. The reverse of the blade has an attractive commercial type Romüso maker logo. The handle features the expected early solid nickel silver fittings. These are uncleaned and have a wonderful original patina from age and use. The grip is beautiful, with no condition issues, and the grip eagle and SA enameled emblem are intact, with a sleepy old patina that gives this great character. The reverse of the lower crossguard is marked with an “Ho” SA group stamp. Then scabbard on this SA dagger by Romüso is a textbook early anodized type, with about 80 percent of the original brown anodized coating remaining. This original finish has some minor frecking and patina build-up and is a perfect match to the dagger. The scabbard fittings are nickel silver. The lower scabbard fitting has a small split but remains complete. This dagger is not a parts dagger and by all appearances remains in its original untouched state, never cleaned, never disassembled. It is a time capsule from the early part of the Nazi era, and is a very desirable dagger, with a great look.
Historical Description: The Model 1933 (M33) SS dagger was first serviceable dagger produced for the SS. The design was derived from a 16thcentury Swiss hunting dagger called the “Holbein”. The M33 SS Dagger was worn by all ranks within the SS. Becoming a member of the SS was held in high respect during the Third Reich, and their daggers became a symbolic piece within its ranks. Every year on November 9th, the new SS men would pledge their full allegiance to the Führer (Adolf Hitler) in front of the Feldherrnhalle monument in Munich and receive their dagger as a symbol of that oath. The inscription on the blade “Mein Ehre Heißt Treue”, which translates to “My Honor is Loyalty”, was the motto of the SS.
Manufacturing for these daggers began late in 1933, and continued until 1942 when production of all daggers ceased to conserve materials and labor for the war effort. Today, collectors categorize these daggers into three main categories; Early, Transitional, and Late period. SS daggers produced from 1933 to early 1935 are early and have anodized scabbards, nickle fittings, and are generally of a higher workmanship. Transitional period daggers were produced from 1935 to 1938, are usually found with painted scabbards, plated fittings and RZM codes with their makers logo on the blade. Late period daggers were produced from 1938 to 1942 and are similar to the transitional period daggers in that they use plated fittings, painted scabbards but will only be found with the RZM logo and code on the blade.
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