The Schutzstaffel was a major paramilitary organization under Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party (NSDAP) in Nazi Germany, and later throughout German-occupied Europe during World War II. It began with a small guard unit known as the Saal-Schutz (“Hall Security”) made up of NSDAP volunteers to provide security for party meetings in Munich. In 1925, Heinrich Himmler joined the unit, which had by then been reformed and given its final name. Under his direction (1929–45) it grew from a small paramilitary formation to one of the most powerful organizations in Nazi Germany. From 1929 until the regime’s collapse in 1945, the SS was the foremost agency of security, surveillance, and terror within Germany and German-occupied Europe.
The SS M33 service dagger was introduced on December 15, 1933 for all SS members, regardless of rank. The dagger was intended as a dress item and the design was based on the traditional Swiss “Holbein” hunting dagger (similar to the SA dagger, but with a different color and insignia). Originally the daggers featured an anodized scabbard and utilized nice quality solid nickel/silver fittings until roughly early 1937 when the scabbards began to have a painted finish and cheaper nickel/silver plated fittings replaced the earlier solid nickel/silver fittings in 1938. In 1943 the Waffen-SS assumed full control over production of their items, including edged weapons and production no longer fell under the authority of the RZM.
Made of wood, leather, and steel, this German M33 Dress Service Dagger is in VERY GOOD condition considering it’s age. There are some slight marks due to the age, but nothing that detracts. Features a dark and crisp acid etched “Meine Ehre Heißt Treue”, (My Honor is Loyalty) motto, and a manufacture logo “Böker, Solingen”. It is also serial numbered, “4695”. The steel based black enamel painted scabbard appears to be a wartime replacement, but has 95% of its original paint, with some slight marks and dents. The steel based nickel-silver plated scabbard fittings also retain 95% of the original plating! The nickel-silver plated crossguards match the condition of the rest of the dagger. The grained black hardwood grip has only some slight marks/wear. The aluminum eagle is beautifully detailed and sits perfectly in the grip. The SS roundel retains 100% of its enamel. Hanger has an RZM Stamp and M5/8, indicating Assmann manufacture. Would make a SUPERB addition to any collection or display!