Original German WWII Transitional SA Dagger RZM M7/51 by Anton Wingen, Jr. - dated 1939
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice early pattern SA Dagger, made by firm of Anton Wingen, Jr., based in Solingen, Germany. It comes comes compete with the original scabbard, which is in great condition. The dagger has solid nickel silver fittings throughout, and is really a quite nice example. The crossguards are in very good condition throughout with all fittings having a nice aged patina. There is a little age to these mounts but there is no lifting anywhere. There are some light scratches and cuts, showing that the fittings are in fact solid nickel silver.
The lower reverse guard is Gruppe/Gau marked No, for Nordsee, which encompassed the area around Oldenberg. The tang nut is a bit damaged, probably the result of someone trying to tighten it without the proper tool. The wooden grip has shrunk a bit, so the handle is a bit loose, but not overly so.
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, though the wood has shrunk a bit. 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, and the nickel plate is completely intact, with a bit of oxidation.
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 lacquer has aged and flaked off in places, obscuring the color of the anodized finish. 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, 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, though one is slightly damaged.
The blade of this example is in excellent condition and has almost all of its factory crossgrain. There are some small spots of oxidation from fingerprints in areas, but these are minor. There are runner marks from the scabbard, but otherwise this is one of the best condition blades we have seen. There are no nicks on the edge and the acid etched SA motto is crisp and also still has a lot of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is etched with a double circle with RZM logo in the middle. This circle is placed over the code RZM M7/51 / 1939 for Anton Wingen, Jr. of Solingen. Their "Standing Knight" trademark logo is below the RZM code and date.
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 51 stands for firm Anton Wingen, Jr. of Solingen, the legendary "City of Blades" in Western Germany.
A very nice early-war example of an SA dagger from a top maker.
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