Product Description: This SA Dagger with Hanger is a really outstanding example. It dates from 1942, the final year of production for these daggers. The untouched blade on this one is fantastic, with excellent crossgraining, and a crisp “Alles für Deutschland” motto that retains nice original darkening. There are only some extremely slight, tiny areas of graying, with the blade otherwise very bright. On the reverse, the dagger has the round RZM logo, a 1942 date, and the maker code “M7/9” indicating manufacture by the firm of SMF. This dagger has a spectacular handle, with a deep brown color to the wooden grip, and no cracks or chips. The grip eagle is a zinc example, a later style, as one would expect on a 1942 dagger. The nickel plated crossguards have a light, even patina throughout. This SA Dagger with Hanger is complete with its original scabbard. The scabbard is the correct painted type, and is nice and straight, with no damage. Virtually all of the original glossy brown enamel paint finish on the scabbard is intact, and the metal fittings are nickel plated, matching the crossguards, with no damage. The suspension ring on the scabbard is intact, and retains an original leather hanger, which is marked on the clip with an RZM logo and the code “M5/71” indicating it was made by Overhoff. The hanger is complete with a belt loop, which is a correct paramilitary type with plated D-ring. This dagger displays extremely well, with lots of eye appeal, and is in a very strong excellent condition.
Historical Description: The Model 1933 (M33) SS dagger was first serviceable dagger produced for the SS. The design was derived from a 16thcentury 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, nickel 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. They are similar to the transitional period daggers in that they use plated fittings and painted scabbards, but will only be found with the RZM logo and code on the blade.
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