Product Description: This SMF SA Dagger is a complete, original dagger. It’s a later example, with an RZM code. The blade has light superficial scratches throughout, but the crossgraining is still visible, and the blade motto remains crisp. The reverse of the blade is marked with the round RZM logo of the Reichszeugmeisterei, and the maker code M7/9 indicating manufacture by the firm of SMF. The handle shows slight wear and age, with a light patina to the wooden grip, but no cracks. The aluminum grip eagle and enameled SA roundel are intact, with no damage. The upper and lower crossguards are nickel plated, and retain nearly all of the original plated finish, with small areas of lifting and bubbling. This SMF SA Dagger is complete with its original scabbard. The scabbard is the correct, painted type, and retains nearly all of the original glossy brown enamel painted finish. The scabbard fittings show some wear and age, with some lifting to the plating, but no dents or damage, and the suspension ring remains intact. The scabbard has a natural patina throughout, perfectly matching the dagger. This SMF SA Dagger is a nice, representative example of this dagger type, in very good to 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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