Maker: JP Sauer
Product Description: This JP Sauer NSKK Dagger with hanger is a very appealing piece. It’s got a nice blade, with some minor age graying here and there on both sides. The darkening in the “Alles für Deutschland” blade motto has faded just a bit, but the etching is still crisp. The reverse of the blade has a great, early J. P. Sauer & Sohn, Suhl commercial type manufacturer logo. The handle of this JP Sauer NSKK Daffer features a really attractive, light colored brown fruitwood grip that snugly fits the upper and lower crossguards. The grip eagle and enameled SA emblem are excellent, with a bit of old patina on the eagle. The crossguards are nickel silver, and the pommel nut is a plated type. The reverse of the lower crossguard is neatly stamped “Fr.” indicating the NSKK district. The scabbard on this JP Sauer NSKK Dagger is a beauty, with loads of original luster. The gloss black paint on the scabbard has some minor traces of age and handling but is close to 100 percent intact. The scabbard fittings remain bright and dent-free. This piece is complete with its original brown leather hanger. The hanger has a functional spring clip with the stylized “A” maker mark of the Assmann firm, and is also marked “DRGM” indicating a copyrighted design. The leather surface has some crazing from age but remains intact. This is a great example of a desirable and less common NSKK dagger.
Historical Description: The NSKK (Nationalsozialistisches Kraftfahrkorps) was a motorized paramilitary organization under the auspices of the Nazi Party during the Third Reich. The memberas of this organization trained in the operation and maintenance of automobiles and motorcycles. It was a relatively small organization, with about 5,000 vehicles at its disposal in 1931. NSKK members had a rank structure based on that of the SA, and wore similar uniforms and insignia. In 1933, NSKK members were authorized to wear the newly introduced SA dagger. Later, in 1936, a change was made to differentiate the NSKK dagger from the SA version. The NSKK dagger was to have a black finish on the scabbard, as opposed to the brown scabbard used by the SA. There was also a chained version, with a special suspension on the ascabbard, that was worn by officers and by those who had joined the NSKK prior to early 1933. Because NSKK daggers were not made before 1936, and because the NSKK was a much smaller organization than the SA, the NSKK daggers were made in smaller numbers than SA daggers; they are correspondingly rarer to encounter today.
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