Original German WWII SA Dagger by Carl Eickhorn Dated 1939
Original Item: Only One Available: This genuine SA Dagger is in overall very good condition.The motto ALLES FüR DEUTSCHLAND is crisp and has 95% of the darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the BOTH the Carl Eickhorn logo and RZM 7/66 with 1939 date. The blade shoulders nicely fit cross guard contour. The blade of this example is in very good condition. It has almost no blemishes and a majority of the original factory final polish!
The grip is a fine wood grip in nearly perfect condition throughout and does fit the cross guards extremely well. There is a nicely placed SA rune button that has all of the enamel intact. The grip eagle is a high-necked and exceptionally detailed with little some wear, if you examine it closely, all details are there to the head, beak, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika.
The scabbard of this example is straight throughout with chocolate paint and no indentations. This paint is in very good condition, with just a few scratches. The scabbard fittings are also in good condition,with original nickel-plated surfaces in good condition with minor flaking. The mounts are retained by the original dome head steel screws (both present).
History of the SA-
The SA or Brown Shirts, were a private political formation which Adolf Hitler 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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