A Chained SS Leaders Dagger
This is an excellent example of the Chained SS Leaders Dagger. Measuring 365 mm, with scabbard, this dagger features a 220 mm nickel-plated steel blade, with unsharpened edges, remaining bright and crisp, having a very sharp tip. Importantly, the blade should be considered extremely fine. The blade's ricasso is unmarked, while the "Meine Ehre Heist Treue" SS Motto is deeply etched, showing little signs of wear in the etched recesses on the Gothic script. It retains its crossgraining, and its natural shine. Fittings on this dagger are nickel plated, showing moderate use and wear marked "P A" on the interior, also in fine condition. The handle has a snug fit versus the crossguard, with no gap present. The eagle insignia on the handle is nicely detailed but shows signs of silvering loss in selected areas and sits upon a smooth, black painted hardwood handle, with the enamelled SS crest emblazoned near the nickel pommel, fastened with a solid pommel nut. The handle shows important signs of wear one looks for in any period dagger. The SS crest has light contact marks, while the handle has a few scratches overall and extensive wear of the black paint on both sides, in the raised area beside the crossguard, plus contact marks and slight metal discolouration on the pommel and nut. The scabbard is magnetic, complete with nickel fittings at either end and a ball finial, plus a very rich, reflective finish in the restored black body. There are light contact marks on the chape, the mid panel and some scratching on the locket, while the repainted black body has experienced only minor contact and a few minor scratches, with all screws present. The attached chain is non-magnetic, exhibiting crisp detail in the insignias, but exhibiting light wear on their raised areas, SS marked on the reverse of one link, with moderate wear. Although the dagger shows wear overall on the scabbard and chain, plus wear on the dagger itself, it is a prime example of quality German craftsmanship that remains in near extremely fine condition.