10-21-2014 03:17 AM
RZM markings came to be late in '35. I can't help you with the year of your piece though.
Looks a very nice dagger. If anything, you might tighten
the nut a little to see if that will fix the problem with the
loose grip if it's bothering you.
Be careful not to tighten it up too much, because
tightening can put stress on the wood and
might cause it to chip.........
Yeah good point. Really, I just figured if I was messing with the bolt, I might as well see how to take one apart. Any thoughts on the paint? Thanks for the help.
Might be an NSKK that was painted over, but from here
it looks like it was done a quite a while ago.........
An out of the woodwork Stoecker and Company SMF (Solinger Metallwarenfabrik GmBH, Stoecker & Co) SA dagger. Looks to be a Mid-Period(1936-37) but it could be just my eyes. From the photos, the shine to the finish almost looks more like an anodized sheath than a painted one. The "black paint" could be just remnants of the lacquer coating. Anodized sheaths ceased production about 1937-38. Abit odd that it does not have a date beneath the RZM marking.
"Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."
Yes that is a bit of an oddity,not having the date beneath the RZM. Alot of possibilities existed..and maybe one that slipped through. These have been around..and have been seen but yet a rarity. A small production run is possible. IMO I would date this dagger around the beginning of the Late Period of 1939..due to the type of wood grip being used.
I agree with William..the scabbard appears anodized..which have may been an SA and painted over black ..which was worn off? Something that needs to be examined in hand. Thumb tighten the screw if you can..which should be enough. I feel you have a rare RZM variant..which is highly collectable if collecting these Late types. This would go well with the 1941-42 variants also if acquired. Nice find ! Regards Larry
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Thanks Larry. Our Militaria show is always thanksgiving weekend so I will get some hands on opinions in a few weeks. Pretty exciting that I may have found one that is an anomaly.