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Lot 8723: An M 33 Presentation Dagger with Damascus Blade

German Historical Collectibles from 1919 to the Present

by Hermann Historica GmbH

November 4, 2016

Munich, Bavaria, Germany

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Description: Elegant war time produced hand-forged Damascus blade combining "maiden hair", "peacock" and "large rose" patterns. Obverse with gilded relief SS motto "Meine Ehre heißt Treue", (tr. "My Honor is Loyalty") flanked by oakleaf and acorn sprigs. Reverse with incredible gilded relief four line dedication "Unserem Kreisobmann Parteigenosse Siegfried Gerlach zum 11. Juli im Kriegsjahr 1941 gewidmet. Von den Amtswaltern der Ortswaltungen 'Solingen Alstadt Dorp Grünewald'", (tr. "To our District Comrade Siegfried Gerlach presented on the 11th of July in the war year 1941. From the Administrators of the local government offices, 'Solingen Altstadt-Dorp-Grünewald'"). The tang is stamped "Paul Dinger Damastschmied" and represents some of his best work. Plated nickel silver hilt fittings expertly engraved with acorn and oak leaf designs. The engraving has had checking and pebbling added to convey relief. Black ebony wood grip with inset aluminium eagle and enamelled SS emblem exhibits minor aging and fissures. Black leather-covered steel scabbard with nickel-plated silver fittings. Complete with short black leather hanger. Length 37.5 cm. Impressive piece of superb quality and extreme rarity. Cf. Wittmann, "Exploring the Dress Daggers and Swords of the German SS", pg 298ff. Shipping from USA

Condition Report: I - II

Notes: Waffen-SS
PLEASE NOTE: Solange Kataloginhaber, Auktionsteilnehmer und Bieter sich nicht gegenteilig äußern, versichern sie, dass sie den Katalog und die darin abgebildeten Gegenstände aus der Zeit des Dritten Reiches nur zu Zwecken der staatsbürgerlichen Aufklärung, der Abwehr verfassungswidriger Bestrebungen, der Kunst oder der Wissenschaft, der Forschung oder der Lehre, der Berichterstattung über Vorgänge des Zeitgeschehens oder der Geschichte oder ähnlichen Zwecken erwerben (§§ 86a, 86 Strafgesetzbuch). Die Hermann Historica oHG, ihre Versteigerer und Einlieferer bieten und geben diese Gegenstände nur unter diesen Voraussetzungen an bzw. ab.
As long as catalogue owner, auction participants and bidders do not state otherwise, they agree to the condition that the catalogue and the items displayed in the catalogue that refer to the Third Reich are used exclusively for the purpose of civic education, the purpose of defense against actions that defy the constitutional rights, the purpose of art or science, the purpose of academic research and education, coverage regarding contemporary/historic developments or for purposes similar to the ones stated above (§ 86a , 86 penal code). Hermann Historica oHG, its auctioneers and suppliers will only yield ownership of the corresponding items according to these conditions.

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