Original German WWII SA Dagger RZM M7/27 by Pumawerke
Original Item: Only One Available: This late war produced SA Dagger is still in nice condition throughout. The cross guards are the nickel plated type. They show a little bit of freckling in the finish but basically the plating is still all there.
The grip is a typical RZM type having a sharp contour construction. This grip is in totally perfect condition showing little to no usage. It fits the cross guards absolutely like a rubber glove. This button has perfect enamel throughout the surfaces. The grip eagle is an aluminum type. It features a point behind the head style bird. There is a small rub to the bird’s head, but the rest of the details to the breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and raised swastika are still nice and crisp.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout having very good chocolate brown original paint. This paint rates at 100% having only a few signs of spidering and some signs of aging in the surfaces but no real scratching that went through the paint. The nickel plated mounts are in very good condition having full plating and the lower ball is completely intact but bent. These mounts are retained by the original nickel plated screws. These screws are the style with the lower heads and they show no turning.
The blade of this example is pristine throughout having fine mirror-bright surfaces and 90% cross-graining. This blade is in very good condition with needle-like tip. The motto is very crisp with 70% of the darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a single opened RZM circle positioned over the Pumawerke (Lauterjung & Sohn), Solingen code M 7/27. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower cross guard contour. A little bit of the tang opening shows past the blade shoulders, but this is seen quite a bit on RZM pieces. A nice original dagger here!
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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