Chained SS Dagger (dagger only) with Rare Gothic Font
Description: Here is a rare occurrence not too commonly encountered; a Chained SS dagger without the Chained Scabbard assembly, but WITH a very rare and desirable Gothic motto font type.
This dagger was a vet bring back and was recently acquired from the Vet’s son. The dagger crossguards are the early Nickel type internally marked “PA” with nicely executed accent grooves seen on these type of crossguards. They also show that slight yellow hue if closely examined, which is common with Chained SS guard types. This yellow hue is the result of a high nickel content over a long period of time (decades), which will yellow with age. Tom Wittmann points this out in his SS reference book (pg 130).
The grip is the painted type with the grip eagle head pointing slightly upwards. There appear to be two die flaws within the Swastika arms that only add to the uniqueness of this example. Although rare, the dies would sometimes get clogged resulting in the Swastika arms being partially or completely uncut. The runes button exhibits a slight green verdigris on the bottom coming from the copper flashing beneath. Aside from a split in the wood that begins at the lower guard in an inconspicuous area, the grip overall is a real beauty!
The blade condition is exceptional; doesn’t get any better! The motto is a rarity in itself, being the normal shallow etch commonly seen with Early Type A Chained SS blades, but the Gothic font is the rarely seen variant — considered initial production. See this thread on the Warrelics forum... The Earliest SS Chain Daggers This rare font type is identical to what is seen on the example shown in the noted thread.
These early SS daggers of the earliest production are the most powerful in history and in value, mainly the SS Horror of this early movement who helped to usher Hitler into power. This early example being the 1936 vintage would have belonged to an SS man who had already served his 3 years of consecutive SS service, placing him to be either an NCO or an officer during the tumultuous year of 1933. Although this dagger is without the chained assembly, it is not missing the early craftmanship and early SS history.
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12-27-2014 10:30 PM