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Early Group Marked NSKK Dagger by August Marten
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The blade of the dagger is in very good condition, showing light typical runner marks and a few tiny pepper spots, but with visible crossgrain and a dark motto that retains much of its original burnishing. The reverse ricasso bears the maker mark of August Marten of Solingen. The blade does have some old oil on it, easily cleaned off. The grip is a dark reddish brown with an inset nickel silver eagle that shows exceptional detail. The SA runes button is dark with patina and has a small chip to the enamel. The front grip shows some of the usual small pressure marks as well as a vertical closed crack on the lower right that extends up from the crossguard for about 1/2 of an inch. The grip fits the crossguards quite tightly. The reverse lower crossguard bears the Gau mark of an "S", indicating that the dagger was carried by a member of NSKK Group Schlesien. The scabbard has a black anodized finish that has a few minor scratches but which is largely intact. The upper scabbard fitting is missing the screws on each side.Attached to the scabbard ring is a black leather dagger hanger with nickel silver components. The hanger is unmarked and the metal components have some verdigris. Overall the dagger is in very good to excellent condition as an early NSKK dagger.