Product Description: This SA Dagger Johann Leupold Bayreuth is a nice, early piece, by a very rare maker. The blade is amazing, with full original crossgraining, and a crisp, perfect logo that retains all of the original darkening. There is some light spotting in areas on the blade, as well as typical runner marks. The reverse of the blade is nicely etched with the early commercial type manufacturer logo of the firm of Johann Leupold in Bayreuth, a rare maker ranked a 7 out of 10 on the McSarr list. The handle is gorgeous on this one, with typical early nickel silver fittings and a perfect, pristine wood grip. The enameled SA roundel and early type grip eagle are intact, and show slight age. There is an SA Gruppe mark on the reverse of the lower crossguard. This SA Dagger Johann Leupold Bayreuth is complete with its original scabbard, with nickel silver fittings that match the handle. The original brown anodized finish on the scabbard body is very thin, with most of the scabbard showing the color of the metal. The scabbard is nice and straight, with one dent in the ball at the tip. The suspension ring on the scabbard is intact, and retains a nice early original leather hanger, which has probably always been with this piece. This desirable early SA dagger remains in excellent condition.
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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