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eMedals-Germany, SS. A Rare Model 1934 Himmler Honour Dagger, by Carl Eickhorn

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Germany, SS. A Rare Model 1934 Himmler Honour Dagger, by Carl Eickhorn

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Germany, SS. A Rare Model 1934 Himmler Honour Dagger, by Carl Eickhorn

(SS Ehrendolch). A rare and extremely well-preserved Model 1934 Himmler Honour Dagger, measuring 370 mm in total length when inserted into the scabbard. It features a 220 mm-long magnetic metal blade with a sharpened tip and semi-sharpened edges. The blade bears highly detailed acid-etched inscriptions of both sides. On the obverse, it features an inscription of “MEINE EHRE HEIßT TREUE” (“MY HONOUR IS LOYALTY”) in Fraktur script. The reverse features an inscription of “IN HERZLICHER FREUNDSCHAFT” (“IN HEARTFELT FRIENDSHIP”), flanked by a signature of Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, all in cursive script. Near the reverse ricasso, the blade also bears a maker’s mark reading “CARL EICKHORN, SOLINGEN”, circumscribing the firm’s squirrel logo. It sits flush with the dagger’s nickel-silver upper crossguard, which is marked with eight notches, with four distributed at both the top and bottom. The handle consists of a single piece of lacquered black wood in a classic hourglass shape, forming a comfortable grip with the owner’s hand. Inset into the obverse of the handle is an insignia consisting of a silvered non-ferrous metal German national eagle clutching a wreathed mobile swastika. The eagle insignia measures 25 mm (w) x 15 mm (h). Also inset into the obverse of the handle near the pommel is a SS insignia consisting of a black enameled disc overlaid by silvered double Sig runes, measuring 10 mm in diameter. The handle completes with a nickel-silver lower crossguard, similarly bearing eight notches. Securely maintaining the overall structure is a rounded pommel nut emanating from the former. Accompanying the dagger is its period original scabbard, constructed of a black-painted magnetic metal shaft. A nickel-silver fitting is affixed to the tip, and secured in place by dual side rivets. An additional nickel-silver fitting adorns the throat, similarly held in place by dual side rivets, and composes part of the throat which retains a spring catch to hold the dagger in place during storage. The scabbard retains a period original dagger hanger, consisting of a single strip of blackened leather with a belt consisting of a strap with a functional magnetic metal buckle. The hanger retains a DRGM-marked nickel-silver spring catch for uniform attachment. While extremely well-preserved, the dagger and scabbard demonstrate minor issues consistent with age and use, which include running marks on the blade, minor tarnishing of the nickel-silver elements, scratching of the handle, and moderate oxidation throughout the scabbard shaft. This rare and desirable dagger is in an overall near extremely fine condition.

 

Footnote: A rare example of limited production, the dagger offered was part of a limited run of 200 awarded to selected SS personnel for their participation in the 1934 Knight of the Long Knives (the purge of Ernst Röhm and the Sturmabteilung).

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