Early 1936 Chained SS Dagger. No maker. As stated on pages 28 – 31 of Collecting the Edged Weapons of the Third Reich, Volume V, 1936 Chained SS daggers produced during the 1936-1937 period can be found with a combination of nickel-silver & plated fittings, anodized & painted scabbards, and Type I & Type II chain hangers. This example exhibits some of the above variations. Nickel-silver crossguards and pommel nut show minor surface wear with uncleaned patina. Ebony grip shows light surface wear with several hairline cracks on the lower obverse/reverse and upper reverse and one tiny chip adjacent to the reverse upper crossgurd.. The silver grip eagle, and SS insert are properly inset. Polished blade grades EX showing runner marks and uniform gray shadowing to obverse/reverse with spotting where the runners have rested against the flats of the blade but, no pitting or nicks to cutting edges and no damage to the blade tip. Deeply etched motto shows wear to the light gray background frosting. Dent-free steel scabbard retains approximately 80% of the black enamel showing scratches/missing paint primarily where chain hanger has rubbed against the shell, but no major damage. Solid nickel upper, center, and lower scabbard fittings show light surface wear/age patina with a few minor “pings” to the upper and lower fitting flattening to the underside of the lower ball. The center scabbard band is retained by a single screw as normally seen on painted scabbards, with no damage to the retaining screws. Solid nickel, Type II chain hanger features excellent detail to the chain link skulls and SS runes with portions of factory darkening remaining in the background of links. Chain hanger is lightly SS proof marked on the reverse and the clover leaf is the non-cut out variety as is proper for Type II chain hangers. EX/EX+ (27422) $6100.