Product Description: A beautiful early Full Ground Rohm SA Dagger by F. Dick. The blade of this SA Dagger by F. Dick is in overall very good condition. Superficial scratches can be seen throughout the daggers blade, most likely from cleaning, as well as scattered marks and some light pitting. Also the Rohm Inscription looks to be professional removed from the factory. The blades nicely marked with the makers name F. Dick. The rich brown wooden grip has a nicely inlaid nickel eagle and SA roundel. The upper and lower cross guards are made of solid nickel and show a light patina throughout marked “Sw” on the lower reversed crossguard. The scabbard is anodized brown and shows scattered light marks and some surface rust showing through the zapon finish. The scabbards fitting are also made of solid nickel silver with a nice patina that matches the upper and lower cross guards nicely. The lower drag has a split from wear it was likely dropped. The dagger comes with an original brown leather hanger. This is a nice representative SA Dagger by F. Dick.
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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