Original German WWII SA Dagger by Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie with Scabbard & Hanger Clip - RZM M7/42
Original Item: Only One Available. This excellent condition mid war period produced SA Dagger has nickel-plated fittings throughout. The crossguards and tang nut are nickel plated zinc alloy, and have almost all of their plating intact, something we rarely see. Even the areas against the wood have not oxidized, which is quite rare. Only the steel tang nut has plating loss and oxidation.
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 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 just a bit of oxidation as shown. The details are still there to the inlaid aluminum eagle, including the beak, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swas (hook cross).
The blade of this example is in excellent near mint condition, with almost 100% of the factory cross grain still visible. There are just a few areas of runner war that keep it from being complete. The acid-etched Alles für Deutschland (Everything for Germany) SA motto is still quite crisp, with the factory darkening still intact.
The rear is etched with the RZM contract information:
M7 / 42
This marking indicates the dagger was made by RZM Dagger contractor "42", which records show is the famous Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie, located in the Wald borough of Solingen, the legendary "City of Blades" in western Germany.
This company is a famous manufacturer of military swords and cutlery in Solingen, Germany - a city famous since the middle ages for its metal-working and craftsmanship in sword making. Per J. Anthony Carter's fine work GERMAN SWORD AND KNIFE MAKERS, the traditional manufacturing of swords at WKC dates back to the year 1774 when the Weyersberg first registered the ''Kings head'' as their trademark. Later in 1883 the company merged with the Kirschbaums and the company WKC was formed as it exists today.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has very good original brown enamel paint. It has just a bit of scuffing and crazing in the finish, with no areas of finish loss. The scabbard shell is equipped with fine matching nickel-plated steel mounts. These mounts are in very good condition overall, with only light plating wear. They nicely match the crossguards and are complete with all four dome head screws. There is a leather hanger loop with a spring clip attached to the scabbard. The leather is somewhat dry and cracked, and the steel spring clip has plating wear through.
The Reichszeugmeisterei (National Quartermaster's Office), 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 42 stands for famous firm Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie of Solingen-Wald.
An excellent example of a mid to late war pattern SA dagger from a desirable maker, complete with scabbard. Ready to display!
Blade Length: 8 3/4"
Overall length: 13 3/4”
Scabbard Length: 10”
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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