Original German WWII NSKK Dagger by Rare Maker Artur Schüttelhöfer with Scabbard & Hanger - RZM M7/13
Original Item: Only One Available. This very good condition mid-late war period produced NSKK Dagger has nickel-plated fittings throughout. These daggers are identical to the SA dagger, except they have a black finished scabbard. The crossguards and tang nut are nickel plated alloy, probably zinc or aluminum, and have most of the plating intact, with some lifting and flaking near the grips. There is some oxidation where the grip wood meets the guards, which is typical, but both still have most of the plating, with light wear. There is not any major chipping or dents in the fittings, just the usual effects of age. The grip overall is a bit loose however, due to the wood shrinking over the decades.
The grip is a fine product having a fine reddish colored 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 well. There is almost no chipping or cracking, just some pressure scratches and dents. The SA symbol button is nicely set having fully intact enameling, and the plating intact with some verdigris and oxidation as shown. The details are still there to the inlaid nickel plated eagle, including the beak, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swas.
The blade of this example is in excellent condition, with almost all of the factory cross grain still visible. There are just a few areas of light staining and speckling that keep it from being complete. It also does show light runner wear from being removed and replaced in the scabbard. The acid-etched Alles für Deutschland (Everything for Germany) SA motto is still quite crisp, with a lot of factory darkening still intact, and a bit of oxidation.
The rear is etched with the RZM contract information:
M7 / 13
This marking indicates the dagger was made by RZM Dagger contractor "13", which records show is the rare maker Artur Schüttelhöfer & Co. Stahlwarenfabrik (Steelware factory) in the Wald neighborhood of Solingen, the legendary "City of Blades" in Western Germany. This company was founded in 1920, and assembled and finished daggers for political organizations and officers during the Third Reich period, per J. Anthony Carter's excellent book GERMAN KNIFE AND SWORD MAKERS.
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 13 stands for firm Artur Schüttelhofer & Co..
The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has very good original black enamel paint. It has a bit of scuffing, as well as a lot of fine checking and crazing overall, but does not show any signs of alteration. The scabbard shell is equipped with fine matching nickel-plated steel mounts. These mounts are in very good condition overall, with only a little denting to the lower ball. They nicely match the crossguards and are complete with all four dome head screws. This really is a nice solid scabbard.
The attached belt hanger is in good condition, with a plated steel hanger clip, RZM marked M5/71 over olc in a diamond, for Overhoff & Cie. of Lüdenscheid, who produced numerous clothing accessories. The leather is in good condition, and the clip has a lovely patinated surface.
A very nice example of an NSKK dagger from a desirable rare maker, complete with scabbard & hanger. Ready to display!
Blade Length: 8 3/4"
Overall length: 13 3/4”
Scabbard Length: 10”
History of the SA and NSKK-
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.
After the purge, the NSKK, which had been a part of the SA, was split off into a separate organization. They retained the same daggers as the SA, however now used a black painted scabbard, and their officer's daggers had a few differences as well. Many already had SA daggers, so these had the scabbards painted black over the original brown anodized finish.
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