Late War SA Scabbard

Condition: Excellent++/Near Mint


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Product Description: This late war SA scabbard is a choice and virtually pristine example of a part that is very hard to find loose like this. It dates to the RZM production period, with a brown painted finish. The throat and drag fittings are plated metal, which is correct for this type, and are bright and beautiful, with mirror-like shine. The scabbard body retains virtually all of its original factory applied glossy brown enamel paint. The paint and fittings show only minor, tiny blemishes. All of the small slotted scabbard screws remain intact, as does the suspension ring. The scabbard body and fittings are all free of any dents or damage, and the scabbard remains straight, and is functional. This late war SA scabbard would be great for completing a minty dagger found with no scabbard, and would likely be impossible to upgrade. The condition rates as excellent plus plus to near mint.




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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