Original German WWII SA Dagger by J.P. Sauer & Sohn Suhl
Original Item: Only One Available: A nice J.P. Sauer & Sohn Suhl SA Dagger is hard to find!
This example has very nice acid etched Alles fur Deutschland motto and J.P. Sauer & Sohn Suhl Gegr. 1751 maker marks remain perfectly executed. The fit remains nice and tight and the tip comes to a perfect point. The blade rates Very good.
The brown anodized scabbard body looks great. It continues to remain completely dent free. The solid nickel scabbard fittings look great matching the crossguards in color and wear. All four screws continue to remain intact.
The reverse of the lower crossguard is Gau marked "Mi (Mitte). The scabbard / crossguard fit is perfect. The brown grained hardwood grip has the common pressure mark but no cracks or chips. The grip / crossguard/grip fits are near perfect.
The solid nickel eagle retains beautiful detail and has a perfect fit. The SA roundel has a perfect fit and retains 97% of its enamel. All the patina and wear is matching. A fine SA dagger straight from a Veterans family, never been apart or messed with offered at a great price.
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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