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SS Elite Guard Service Nazi Dagger WW2

The design of the SS 1933 model dagger was approved for production in 1933, while actual production started in early 1934. Unlike the approximately 300 manufacturers of the SA dagger, that eventually supplied in the region of three million “brownshirts”, the numbers required for the SS were considerably less.

The Model 1933 and later 1936 Model SS daggers were also distributed via a strict RZM system, that meant that individuals could not directly purchase from a manufacturer. The daggers were awarded to those that had met certain criteria regardless of rank, the main award event being on 9th November when the “fallen” of the 1923 “putsch” were remembered.

The early daggers exhibited a high quality alloy fittings, with anodized scabbards complete with nickel fittings. All of these daggers had an ebony or similar hardwood grip that although is very hard, will often see damage due to the brittleness of the natural product.

Within the grip a National eagle was placed in a flush position, with the SS emblem placed again in a countersunk style at the top of the grip – variances in both items can be detected due to the number of manufacturers involved in the production of them. The blades displayed “Meine Ehre heist Treue” translated means “My Honour is Loyalty, on one side of the blade, with the manufacturers logo on the reverse side.

Like the SA equivalent, the SS dagger was equipped with a hanging strap but in black leather, and a vertical hanging strap was also available at extra charge.

After 1936, the RZM took production of items for use in the Third Reich into a stricter regime, manufacturers marks are no longer commonly seen (replaced by RZM numbers), and the standardisation of dagger parts including the grips, scabbard finish changing from anodised to painted finish and cheaper materials used in the fittings can be seen.

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