Product Description: This early SA Dagger- F. Dick is a great example of a desirable, top-quality pre-RZM piece. The blade is in excellent plus condition, with most of the original crossgraining, as well as typical runner marks from being pulled out of the scabbard. The blade retains original luster and has a boldly etched motto. On the back, the blade is crisply etched with the early, commercial type manufacturer logo of the firm of F. Dick in Solingen. The handle of this early dagger is very attractive, with only light wear and toning from age. The metal fittings are nickel silver, as one would expect, and the wooden grip is free of any cracks or chips, with nice visible grain and a few scattered marks. The enamel SA roundel and early type grip eagle are intact, with some age patina to the finish of the roundel. The reverse of the lower crossguard is stamped “Wm,” indicating A-Gruppe Westmark. This early SA Dagger- F. Dick is complete with its original scabbard, which shows light honest wear that matches the handle. The nickel silver fittings show only light age toning, and are intact, though the ball at the tip in dented in a bit. The scabbard has the correct brown anodized finish, which shows some wear and age. There is a small, stable hairline crack on the rear of the scabbard. The suspension ring is intact, as is a brown leather hanger that is original to this dagger. The nickel silver clip on the hanger is functional and unmarked. This dagger is in a strong excellent condition.
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, nickel 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. They are similar to the transitional period daggers in that they use plated fittings and painted scabbards, but will only be found with the RZM logo and code on the blade.
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