Early SA Dagger Hammesfahr Cie

Condition: Excellent

Maker: Hammesfahr Cie

Pattern: Early

Base Material: Nickel

SKU: JW4788 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This is a nice early SA Dagger Hammesfahr Cie. The blade on this one retains original crossgraining and a crisp motto, though it has been cleaned at some point, and there are some minor gray spots. The blade also has runner marks from being in and out of the scabbard, which is typical for these. The reverse of the blade on this dagger is etched with the commercial type “swimmer” logo of the firm of Hammesfahr Cie., in Solingen. The handle on this dagger is very attractive, with great depth to the brown color on the grip. The metal fittings are nickel silver, as one would expect; they show only extremely slight age patination. The wood of the grip is free of any chips or cracks, and shows only light wear marks. The enamel SA roundel and grip eagle are intact, with full enamel to the roundel and crisp detail on the early eagle. The reverse of the lower crossguard is stamped “P,” indicating SA-Gruppe Pommern. This early SA Dagger Hammesfahr Cie is complete with its original scabbard, which matches the handle perfectly. The anodized coating on the scabbard is about 98 percent intact, with some small marks. The very tip of the ball at the end of the scabbard is dented in. The suspension ring is intact, and the scabbard is nice and straight, with no dents. This dagger displays extremely well, and is in excellent condition overall.



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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