Product Description: This is an awesome and untouched example of a ground Röhm SA dagger. These daggers, with a presentation inscription by SA leader Ernst Röhm, were presented to SA members with uninterrupted service since December 31, 1931, or those who transferred to the SA from the Hitler Youth prior to 1932. After Röhm’s arrest on the Night of the Long Knives, SA members were ordered to remove the Röhm dedication inscription and signature from their daggers. This ground Röhm SA dagger has a gorgeous blade. The SA motto and early EP&S manufacturer logo (indicating manufacture by Ernst Pack) are crisp and dark. The blade has normal, slight runner marks, and comes to a perfect point. There is some slight graying near the crossguard. The Röhm inscription is neatly ground off, leaving grinding marks and a couple of traces (about ten percent) of the original inscription. This was very likely done by the SA man himself, rather than being a factory job. This ground Röhm SA dagger has a great handle with textbook early nickel sliver crossguards. The lower crossguard has an SA group mark on the reverse. The grip has an attractive grain and a pleasant light color. There are a couple of minor scratches to the grip, and on the reverse, these is an area that might be a crack, or perhaps it is just the appearance of the wood grain, but there is no major damage, in any case. The grip eagle and enameled SA emblem have a patina that matches the other handle fittings. This one has a really nice scabbard that retains nearly all of the original brown anodized finish. The nickel silver scabbard fittings are undamaged. The unmarked leather hanger with nickel silver clip and buckle is a perfect match for this early piece. If you are looking for a choice early example that is all-original, and never messed with, this ground Röhm SA dagger is a strong candidate.
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 Reichszeugmeisterei 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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