Product Description: This Type A Chained SS Dagger is an outstanding piece, that could be the highlight of an advanced collection of edged weapons. The chain is the early “Type A” version with the nasal septum in the center of the skull’s nasal cavity. These are the earliest and most desirable of all M36 Chained SS Daggers, and this one is in exceptional condition. The blade is outstanding, and near mint, with crisp cross-graining and appealing shine. There is no maker mark, as is correct for this dagger type. The motto is crisply etched. The handle of this dagger shows only slight wear. The grip is black ebony, with an inlaid nickel silver eagle and enameled SS roundel. The grip shows some light marks, and one small chip on the reverse side near the upper guard. The cross guards are nickel plated, and in excellent plus condition, with nice luster and only very slight age toning. This bayonet is complete with its original chained scabbard. The scabbard body retains most of the original glossy black enamel painted finish, with only light wear and minimal chips. The metal fittings on the scabbard are beautiful, with a plated upper band and tip, and gorgeous burnished nickel silver center band. The extremely desirable chain is intact and complete with all of the original links. The bright highlights contrast handsomely with the original factory darkening in the recesses. This Type A Chained SS Dagger is an extremely fine example, with fantastic eye appeal. The condition is excellent plus overall.
Historical Description: The Model 1933 (M33) SS dagger was first serviceable dagger produced for the SS. The design was derived from a 16th century 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, nickle 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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