Product Description: This SS/NSKK scabbard part is a scarce piece, hard to find loose like this. It’s a later production example, likely wartime, with a black painted finish. The throat and drag fittings are plated metal, which is correct for this type, and have a lovely, appealing patina. The scabbard body retains most of its original factory applied black enamel paint with scratches and wear throughout. Three of the small slotted scabbard screws are missing. The suspension ring is intact. The lower plated fitting has a small dent on the front, and the lower section of the scabbard body has a dent on the rear. The scabbard itself remains straight and is functional. This SS/NSKK scabbard part would be great for completing a dagger found with no scabbard. The condition rates as excellent.
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 and are similar to the transitional period daggers in that they use plated fittings, painted scabbards but will only be found with the RZM logo and code on the blade.
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