Product Description: This is a very choice late war SA dagger. It is in near mint condition. Regarding the condition, this is among the nicest SA daggers, of any vintage, that we have ever owned. It is solid and well-crafted. The beautiful blade features light runner marks, full original crossgraining, and an exceptionally crisp and dark logo. There are some small areas of graying, but the blade remains very bright and clean overall. It’s marked with a nice dark RZM logo and the maker code M7/85, indicating manufacture by the firm of Artur Evertz. The grip on this one is flawless- no chips, no cracks, not even any handling marks I could see. The grip eagle is very bright, with full original finish, and the enamel SA button is perfectly intact and undamaged. The handle fittings on these late daggers are often found with flaking or bubbling finish, but these are nearly pristine, with only a few small areas of extremely minor finish loss. The scabbard retains 99 percent of the original brown paint, with some very minor marks, and is absolutely gorgeous, with pristine, shiny scabbard fittings that retain all of the original heavy plated finish. This does come with a stone mint hanger that features bright plated metal fittings. Both the clip and the hanger itself are crisply marked with RZM logos and maker codes. This is a stunning example of a late war SA dagger, that would be very difficult to upgrade.
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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