Lot 494

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Most desirable and rare 1934 Heinrich Himmler SS presentation honor dagger by Carl Eickhorn. The SS Himmler presentation dagger was awarded to SS officers and men who participated in the overthrow of Ernst Röhm and the powerful Sturmabteilung brown shirts in the historic "Night of the Long Knives" which resulting in Röhm's execution. Other recipients included generals chosen to be so honored by Himmler. Estimates of the total number of such daggers produced run to approximately 2,500 according to expert Thomas Wittmann. The dagger features all matching early nickel-silver fittings for the upper and lower crossguards and scabbard mounts. The underside of the lower crossguard is coreectly stamped with the benchmark number "4", as such daggers should display numbers ranging from "0" to "9". The black ebony grip displays a small chip at top where it meets the bottom of the upper crossguard, and there are a few tiny dings. Chips are often seen on such grips owing to the inherent brittleness of the ebony wood. The runes button is undamaged, and the inlaid nickel-silver eagle are perfectly fitted and certainly original to the grip. Both display excellent detail and are undamaged. There is a small amout of verdigris evident where the grip meets upper and lower crossguard fittings. The blade is in near mint condition with minimal running lines. The blade also retains excellent crossgraining, and is o. The full length blade is perhaps the finest example available today. The obverse side of the blade presents the SS motto "Meine Ehre Heisst Treue" and the reverse of the blade shows the small oval early Carl Eickhorn squirrel with the non-serrated tail. The Himmler presentation reads: "In Herzicher Kameradschaft H. Himmler" ( "In Heartfelt Comradeship H. Himmler"). Both engravings retain almost all of the original background burnishing. The anodized scabbard mounts are affixed with four original screws and the body of the scabbard is straight, free of dents and displays a high degree of its original lacquer finish. The scabbard lower mount's ball is without dents. Attached to the scabbard is the original black leather hanger. The leather is supple and in excellent condition. A fine addition for an advanced collector.

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August 23, 2016 10:30 AM EDT
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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