Early SA Dagger – E.P.& S.

$950.00

Condition: Excellent

Maker: E.P.& S. – Ernst Pack & Söhne of Solingen

Pattern: Early

SKU: C3102 Category: Tags ,

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Product Description: This Early SA Dagger – E.P.& S. is an outstanding and extremely desirable piece, with great character. It is an untouched, uncleaned piece.  Daggers in this state have become increasingly hard to find. The blade on this one is gorgeous, with excellent cross-graining throughout. It is still very bright, with some small and minor gray spots here and there along with those typical runner marks. The reverse is etched with the E.P.& S. maker mark of the firm of Ernst Pack & Söhne. The metal fittings are solid nickel, with a beautiful uncleaned look. The  grip is very nice with no chips or cracks. The grip eagle is nickel, and the enameled SA roundel is complete, with no damage. This lovely early SA dagger is complete with its original scabbard.  The scabbard body retains nearly all of its original brown paint finish, and shows an even heavy patina as well.  What is also very nice is the original hanger that accompanies this dagger. This is really a beautiful untouched early Early SA Dagger – E.P.& S. in excellent condition.

 

 

 

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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