WWII German SA Dagger by Gebruder Berns with Hanger - $1635 (Leland, NC)
Cross Guards; Tang Nut; Grip; Eagle; SA Runes button:
• high quality dagger does not appear to have been cleaned and has good, even patina on cross
guards and tang nut
• these parts are in fine condition, having smooth surfaces, crisp edges and precise accent groves
• grip is of medium brown wood, and of medium contour ridge construction; fits snugly into the
cross guards as designed
• properly inlayed eagle is the "point behind the head" type and has retained full detailing to its
head, wings and breast feathers, talons, and wreath
• SA Runes button is nicely placed and has perfect enamel surface
• the lower cross guard reverse is stamped "Ho", the German sector (Hochland) of the SA gruppe;
offset to the side of the cross guard
• shell is straight throughout, no dents
• ring round and intact
• lower cap - 4 pinhead corrosion spots; small dent on ball bottom; one screw missing
• upper cap (Throat) -- 3 Line inscription, 1st line "GEW. V. (possibly name abbreviation),
2nd line "OBERSTAFFELFüHRER" (means Commander or Commandant), 3rd
line "REBENSBURG" (a city in Germany).
• fit contours tightly against lower cross guard with dagger inserted
• blade is etched with the SA motto, "Alles für Deutschland"
• bares normal scabbard surface marks only
• no nicks on edges
• scarce makers mark: "GEBR. BERNS" and "SOLINGEN" encircled around figure of otter with
fish in mouth over the word "OTTER"
• depending on your position, either a "Party-approved" or "Feldhernhalle" type hanger
• brown in color
• top of leather sleeve cut to match curvature of scabbard Throat lower edge
• cross strap with working snap to hold grip close to hanger
• belt loop area of the hanger has been made by a fold-over which is retained by four quality rivets
• reverse is stamped with a double open RZM mark, and to the right is the marking, "L2/441/38",
over the name of the producer of the hanger, "Kernstück"
• definitely different design than that worn by normal SA personnel
This is a very fine dagger from a very rare maker, coupled with a seldom seen, desirable vertical hanger. All in all,
A VERY FINE COLLECTIBLE
I am neither a collector nor dealer. Although based on similarities to items reviewed through internet searches, the preceding is my attempt to best describe this historical item and it is my opinion only.
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