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This actual dagger is pictured and described in Tom Wittmann's SS edged weapon book, page 86. This is a rare chance to buy a named SS dagger that has been published, the dagger is stamped with the original owners SS membership numbered but at the time of publication the owners identity was not known and this was only discovered subsequently by research of the official German archives. All early nickel silver fittings, the lower crossguard is SS group marked I and it is also stamped with the original owners SS membership number 38482, the nickel fittings have a nice age patina as the dagger has not been cleaned for some time.The black wooden grip is in superb condition and it is complete with SS insignia and silver eagle. The blade is in near mint condition, the obverse side features the SS motto and reverse side the makers trade mark for Boker Solingen and being there small oval trade mark, this pattern trademark was used on Bokers Rohm honour daggers, the dagger would originally had a Rohm inscription but this was removed after Rohms execution, the blade has been factory ground to a very high standard to remove the offending inscription. Black anodized scabbard with matching nickel silver fittings. Complete with black leather vertical hanger. The dagger comes with a large research folder concerning the original owner including a photograph of him wearing SS uniform. Ludwig Biermann was born in 1906 at Wolfhagen, he joined the NSDAP on the 1.10.1930 and the SA in November 1930, in 1933 he transfered to the Allgemeine SS and he received a number of promotions, by 1935 he was an SS Unterscharfuhrer serving with the 35th SS Standarter based at Kassel. A superb ground Rohm SS dagger which has it all, book published, owner identified with large research file, very desirable maker and vertical hanger. [Condition: Exc++]