Original German WWII Transitional SA Dagger RZM M7/19 by Ed. Wüsthof Dreizackwerk - dated 1938
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice mid-war transitional pattern SA Dagger, made by firm of Ed. Wüsthof, Dreizackwerk (Trident), based in Solingen, Germany. It comes comes compete with the original scabbard, which is in good condition, and still has an original leather hanger attached. The dagger has mid-war plated aluminum fittings, and is in nice condition throughout. There is some lifting in the plating, and scratches in areas, showing the underlying aluminum base metal. The tang nut is not damaged or worn, so this dagger does not appear to have been messed with.
The grip is a fine product having a nice red mahogany tone in the surfaces and having medium center ridge construction. This grip is in very good condition and fits the crossguards very nicely, with no play. The runes button is nicely set having full enameling, with the plating intact as well. The details are still there to the eagle to include the beak, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons, wreath and mobile swastika, however the plating has worn off, showing the underlying aluminum.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout and is the early style with a brown anodized and lacquered finish. Overall it is in good condition, but the finish is definitely oxidized and aged, as most of the lacquer has worn off. The scabbard shell is equipped with fine matching nickel mounts, as used on the anodized scabbards. The throat is in excellent condition, though the tip guard ball has been dented slightly, as the nickel is more easily dented than the plated steel used later. They nicely match the crossguards and are complete with all four dome head screws. There is a nice leather hanger attached to the loop, however it is missing the end clip or loop.
The blade of this example is in very good condition and has almost all of its factory crossgrain. There are runner marks from the scabbard, and unfortunately the blade was sharpened at bit at the edges, and was used. This has resulted in many small edge nicks, as these blades were really never intended for use. The acid-etched Alles für Deutschland SA motto is crisp, and still retains most of the factory darkening. The reverse ricasso is etched with a double circle with RZM logo in the middle. This circle is placed over the code RZM M7/19 / 1938 for Ed. Wüsthof, Dreizackwerk of Solingen.
The Reichszeugmeisterei, or RZM, was was based at the Brown house in Munich and Nazi 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 19 stands for firm Ed. Wüsthof of Solingen, the legendary "City of Blades" in Western Germany.
A very nice transitional mid-war example of an SA dagger from a somewhat rare maker.
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