Original German Early WWII SA Dagger by J.P. SAUER & SOHN - SUHL
Original Item: Only One Available. This is probably the best early pattern SA Dagger that we have ever had. It was made by firm of J.P. Sauer & Sohn in Suhl, which was one of the three makers in that city the others being Haenel and Wilhelm Coburg. All three sourced their grips locally from the same makers who produced the gun stocks for the firms, and they are high quality walnut with a great grain.
The grip has a great tone in the surfaces and having medium center ridge construction. This grip is in very good condition and fits the crossguards like a glove. The runes button is nicely set, and still retains almost all the enamel and nickel plating, though there is some verdigris around the edge. The grip eagle is a fine example being the style with beak that points straight. The details are still there to the eagle to include the beak, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika. The nickel plate is in good condition, with traces of a possible background wash.
The dagger has has solid nickel-silver fittings throughout. The crossguards and tang nut are in very good condition throughout with all fittings still having their brightness. There is a little age to these mounts, but no major issues, and the original brazing seams can be seen. The tip of the scabbard has one dent in it, but overall is in excellent condition.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout and is the early style with a brown anodized and lacquered finish. Overall it is in very good condition, with just a few spots of rust and a small dent in the middle. The scabbard shell is equipped with fine matching nickel mounts, as used on the anodized scabbards. The throat is in excellent condition, though the tip guard ball has been dented, as the nickel is more easily dented than the steel used later. They nicely match the crossguards and are complete with all four dome head screws.
The blade of this example is marked J.P. SAUER & SOHN - SUHL in a circle around the "wild man holding a club" tradmarked logo, and GEGR.1751, indicating the year the firm was founded. The blade is mostly still bright, though there are a few areas of staining. The original factory cross grain can still be seen on almost all of the blade. There are runner marks as to be expected, but there does not appear to have been any polishing or sharpening done to the blade. This is one of the best blades have ever seen on an SA Dagger.
The acid-etched Alles für Deutschland SA motto is crisp, and still retains almost all of the factory darkening.
A very nice early example of an SA dagger from top maker with a long history.
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