Product Description: We are pleased to be able to offer this exceptional M36 SS Chained Dagger by Helbig. The chained SS dagger is perhaps the most iconic of all SS edged weapons, and the condition of this amazing example has to be seen to be believed. The blade on this is a stunner, with loads of original crossgraining and luster. The deep original chemical darkening inside the “Meine Ehre heist Treue” organizational motto contrasts sharply with the bright polished steel of the blade. There are some light runner marks and a few minor gray spots but this blade is extraordinarily well-preserved and pleasing. The grip is just beautiful, the heavy plating on the handle fittings gleams brightly. The wood grip is free of cracks or chips and has just a few very small handling marks. The grip eagle retains full detail, and the original SS enameled button is undamaged; both elements have a matching, very light age patina. This M36 SS Chained Dagger is complete with its original matching scabbard. The gloss black paint is 98 percent intact, and the plated scabbard fittings are undamaged and almost completely pristine. The original chain, with its alternating Totenkopf and SS links, retains full original finish and shines as it did when it left the factory. The back of the chain bears the “SS” runic emblem used in the art workshops that the SS contracted. The eye appeal of this chain cannot be overstated; it is an absolute gem. Any M36 SS Chained Dagger is a rare and very desirable object. Examples in this condition are only very rarely offered on the market.
Historical Description: The Model 1933 (M33) SS dagger was first serviceable dagger produced for the SS. The design was derived from a 16th century Swiss hunting dagger called the “Holbein”. The M33 SS Dagger was worn by all ranks within the SS. Becoming a member of the SS was held in high respect during the Third Reich, and their daggers became a symbolic piece within its ranks. Every year on November 9th, the new SS men would pledge their full allegiance to the Führer (Adolf Hitler) in front of the Feldherrnhalle monument in Munich and receive their dagger as a symbol of that oath. The inscription on the blade “Mein Ehre Heißt Treue”, which translates to “My Honor is Loyalty”, was the motto of the SS.
Manufacturing for these daggers began late in 1933, and continued until 1942 when production of all daggers ceased to conserve materials and labor for the war effort. Today, collectors categorize these daggers into three main categories; Early, Transitional, and Late period. SS daggers produced from 1933 to early 1935 are early and have anodized scabbards, nickle fittings, and are generally of a higher workmanship. Transitional period daggers were produced from 1935 to 1938, are usually found with painted scabbards, plated fittings and RZM codes with their makers logo on the blade. Late period daggers were produced from 1938 to 1942 and are similar to the transitional period daggers in that they use plated fittings, painted scabbards but will only be found with the RZM logo and code on the blade.
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