Original German WWII SA Dagger RZM M7/66 1940 with Belt Hanger
Original Item: Only One Available: This later-produced SA Dagger is in overall very nice condition. The grip is a fine typical RZM 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 variety but it is made out of zinc. It has that dull oxidized looking finish but 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 perfectly straight throughout and has chocolate paint. This paint is in very good condition, with a few scratches and 1 or 2 minor chips. The scabbard fittings are also in good condition, being nice and bright having their original nickel-plated surfaces in good condition. These fine mounts are retained by the original dome head steel screws.
An original leather short hanger with buckle is also in place. The buckle is stamped M5/25 RZM and is nickle plated, though some of the plating has worn off, and there is some rust on the inside. The RZM Code M5 indicates a "fitting" and 25 is maker C. Th. Dicke, Lüdenscheid
The blade of this example is in good condition. It has a good deal of the original factory cross-graining remaining from the original factory final polish. There is a stain at the bass of the blade near the pommel, and the blade does show evidence of use, or at least having been unsheathed numerous times. Also there is some minor pitting in certain areas. The motto ALLES FüR DEUTSCHLAND is crisp and has 95% of the darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with an open double RZM logo and below is the RZM code M7/66 and date 1940. M7 indicates "dagger" and maker is Carl Eickhorn, Solingen. The blade shoulders nicely fit cross guard contour.
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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