Original German WWII Mid-War SA Dagger with Scabbard by Robert Klaas - RZM M7/37
Original Item: Only One Available. This mid-war period produced SA Dagger has nickel-plated fittings throughout. The crossguards and tang nut are nickel plated aluminum, and have about 80% of the plating intact, with some lifting and peppering throughout. There is not any major chipping or dents in the fittings, just the usual patina of age.
The grip is a fine product having a nice red mahogany tone in the surfaces and having medium center ridge construction. This grip is in very good condition with great grain, and fits the crossguards like a glove. The symbol button is nicely set having 90% intact enameling, with the plating intact. The details are still there to the eagle to include the beak, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swas, however it seems that most of the nickel plating has worn off, showing the underlying zinc alloy.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has good original chocolate brown paint. It has a little bit of crazing in the surfaces but overall it is still bright and rates at about 95%. The scabbard shell is equipped with fine matching nickel-plated steel based mounts. These mounts are in great condition overall, with only a few small dents on the lower ball. They nicely match the crossguards and are complete with all four dome head screws.
The blade of this example is in excellent condition and has almost all of its factory crossgrain. There is a bit of oxidation in places, but nothing major. There are runner marks from the scabbard, but otherwise this is a really nice blade. The acid-etched Alles für Deutschland SA motto is crisp, and still retains most of the factory darkening. The reverse ricasso is etched with a double circle with RZM logo in the middle. This circle is placed over the code RZM M7/37 for Robert Klaas of Solingen-Ohligs
The Reichszeugmeisterei, or RZM, was was based at the Brown house in Munich and NSDAP party headquarters in Berlin. The RZM ensured that the manufacturers of military items were consistent in design, quality of materials and other characteristics of the items. It also defined standards of design, manufacturing and quality and published an authoritative color chart for textiles.
The M7 in the code stands for knives/daggers, contractor 37 stands for firm Robert Klaas of Solingen-Ohligs, a boro in Solingen, the legendary "City of Blades" in Western Germany.
A very nice mid-war example of an SA dagger from a top maker. Ready to display!
History of the SA-
The SA or Brown Shirts, were a private political formation which Adolf AH and the NSDAP used to maintain order at organized Party meetings and demonstrations. The group was formed in 1921, and grew to a huge force of nearly 3,000,000 men by the later 1930's. To instill esprit de corps, as well as create employment for the Blade City of Solingen, it was decided each SA man would carry a dagger with his Brown Shirt uniform. Huge quantities needed to be produced to accommodate the demand. The dagger initially was produced of hand-fitted nickel mounts with attractive finished wood grip and brown anodized (a bluing process) finished scabbard.
The blade was etched with the SA motto, Alles für Deutschland. Examples produced prior to 1935 were stamped with the German sector of the SA group on reverse lower crossguard. Later examples underwent standardization through the RZM ministry. These pieces were produced of cheaper plated zinc-base fittings and scabbards were simply painted brown.
Prior to his "unmasking" as a traitor, Ernst Röhm was the leader of the SA. In 1934, he distributed approximately 100,000 SA daggers with his personal inscription on the reverse blade. These daggers were to honor individuals who had served with the SA prior to December, 1931. Other than the inscription, these pieces were identical to the standard M1933 SA dagger. After the Röhm purge, the inscription was ordered to be removed. Many examples were returned to the factory for grinding. Others were simply ground in the field by whatever means were available. Examples will occasionally be encountered with remnants of the original inscription remaining on the blade, but mostly none will remain. Some blades exist with an intact inscription, reflecting only the removal of the Röhm signature. Very very rarely is an example seen with a full, untouched inscription, as the holder would have surely risked a charge of treason.
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