N079778 NSKK M36 CHAINED SERVICE DAGGER. (NSKK Dienstdolch M36)

BACKGROUND: Formed from the short lived NSAK which was subordinate to the SA, the NSKK adopted the SA dagger in 1933 shortly after it’s introduction. In May 1936 Korpsführer Adolf Hühnlein decreed the NSKK dagger scabbards were to be finished in black to differentiate them from the SA dagger scabbards. Shortly after SS-Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler introduced the SS M36 chained service dagger in August 1936, Korpsführer Hühnlein followed suit and introduced a chained service dagger for NSKK personnel with the rank of NSKK-Sturmführer and above.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Double edged, nickel/silver plated blade with a low central ridge. Blade is in overall excellent condition with original cross-graining still visible. Shows the normal scabbard runner marks and typical light age. Obverse of blade features well defined acid etched Fraktur script motto, "Alles Für Deutschland", (All for Germany). Reverse with deeply acid etched "RZM M7/66 1938" for Carl Eickhorn Solingen. Also has the 1935-41 Eickhorn logo. Blade has nice snug fit to bottom edge of cross guard. Solid nickel/silver cross guard, pommel and tang nut. Nice reddish brown hardwood grip with nice snug fit, to top and bottom fittings. Nickle/silver national eagle and nickel/silver and enameled SA button nicely inset to grip. Black enameled sheet metal scabbard with top, bottom and central nickel/silver plated sheet metal fittings. Scabbard retains about 99.5% of its original black. Bottom fitting with ball tip and upward pointing scalloped raised lip top edge. Central fitting with raised scalloped lip to top and bottom edges. Top fitting with raised lip exaggerated scalloped bottom edge. Top and bottom fittings with dual dome headed retaining screws and single retaining screw to central fitting. Top and central scabbard fittings with integral chain suspension loops. Suspension loops are both attached to the suspension chains. Top suspension chain with four die struck sheet metal links connected together with two circular rings to each. Links all have an embossed pattern with a stylized national eagle to top and bottom links and a sunwheel style swastika to the two center links. Bottom suspension chain consists of five die struck sheet metal links also connected together with two circular rings to each. Links also have embossed patterns with a stylized national eagle to top and bottom links followed by a sunwheel swastika on the next two inner links and a Thurs rune to the central link. The triangular Thurs rune represented the power over life and death. Each link has two small holes for the connecting rings. Holes are the correct elliptical shape with a flat edge on one side. Both top and bottom chains connect to a rounded tipped shield shaped tab with dual embossed oak-leaves flanking a central acorn at top with soldered friction clip to reverse. Reverse of one chain with impressed script, "Musterschutz NSKK-Korpsführung", (Copyright NSKK- Corps Leadership). Very nice untouched dagger.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $3,450.00

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