Product Description: This Puma SA Dagger is a desirable, early type. The blade shows some age, with a few small marks and a slight bend at the tip. The motto etching is crisp, though the original darkening is very light. The reverse of the blade is neatly etched on the ricasso with the early, commercial type maker emblem of Puma, in Solingen. The handle on this dagger is beautiful, with correct, early nickel silver crossguards. The fruitwood grip has an appealing dark look, and is free of any chips or cracks. The early grip eagle and enamel SA roundel show light wear and age, with no damage. The bottom crossguard is nearly stamped on the reverse with “No” for SA-Gruppe Nordsee. This Puma SA Dagger is complete with its original scabbard. The scabbard body is a light brown color, having been neatly repainted at some point in its life. The scabbard fittings are nickel silver, with an intact suspension ring. The lower fitting has a slight dent, and the ball at the tip is flattened and has a split, which is common with these. This early dagger is by a desirable maker, and remains in good condition overall.
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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