N032180 NSKK M33 DAGGER. (NSKK Dolch)

BACKGROUND: The development of the NSKK, "National Sozialistisches Kraftfahr Korps" (National Socialist Motor Corps), can be traced back to 1923 when the SA introduced a "Kraftfahr Abteilung" (Motor Section) to transport personnel as required. In 1928 the SA Motor section was expanded to "Kraftfahrstaffeln" (Motor Squadrons). In an attempt to create a national motor corps, the NSAK, "National Sozialistisches Automobil Korps" (National Socialist Automobile Corps), was formed in April of 1930 as an NSDAP auxiliary organization subordinate to the SA. In early 1931 Adolf Hühnlein was appointed as Chief of the NSAK and proposed a name change to NSKK, which was officially accepted in April of 1931. Still subordinate to the SA in 1933 when the SA dagger was introduced, the NSKK also adopted the dagger shortly after its introduction. The dagger was intended as an ornamental item and its design was based on the traditional 16th century Swiss "Holbein" dagger. In May of 1936 Korpsführer Hühnlein decreed the NSKK dagger scabbards were to be finished in black to differentiate them from the SA dagger.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A NSKK EM’s dagger with its double-edged, drop-forged, nickel-silver blade, in its original scabbard. The dagger has a solid nickel-silver pommel and tang nut. Its contoured wooden grip has, inlaid to its obverse, the enameled "SA" signet near the pommel, and an nickel/silver eagle and swastika to its center. Its cross guard is also solid nickel-silver. "Alles für Deutschland" (Everything for Germany) is acid etched to the obverse of the pointed blade. Blade is maker marked to "HACO BERLIN". The original cross-graining is still nicely visible to both sides. Light scabbard runner marks are present as expected. The scabbard has a nickel-silver plated metal throat, mouthpiece, and lower scabbard fitting. The body of the scabbard is comprised of black finished sheet metal. Roughly 98% of the original black overpaint remains. Dome-headed securing screws are to either side of its throat and along the upper edges of its scalloped lower fitting. A ball tip is to the end of this lower fitting has a small dent. To one side of the mouthpiece is the loop for the hanger ring, and the nickel-silver plated metal ring itself. Nice clean example by a scarce maker.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $915.00 (Or Best Offer)

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