Product Description: A beautiful SA Dagger by M7/66 – Carl Eickhorn in overall near mint condition. The blade of this M7/66 SA Dagger is in near mint condition with excellent factory cross graining and a crips RZM logo with the makers code of M7/66. Only a few very light marks can be observed on the blade. The rich brown wooden grip features an bright aluminum inlaid eagle as well as the SA roundel. The crossguards are zinc based and nickel-silver plated and bright. The scabbard is in near mint condition as well with nearly perfect brown painted scabbard and bright nickel plated fittings. An original leather hanger matching the daggers production time frame is attached to the scabbards hanger ring. This is an extremely nice example of an SA Dagger by M7/66 – Carl Eickhorn that is sure to look fantastic in any collection!
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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