Question Brown scabbards on mm SS daggers?

Hi all!

I recently bought my first SS dagger, a M33 Gottlieb Hammesfahr Ground Röhm, with two dots left of the original inscription (but I guess it’s not enough to call it a "partial" Röhm :confused:). The dagger has previously been reviewed here on the forum and the consensus then seemed to be that the dagger itself was 100% legit, but that the scabbard was a repainted SA scabbard.

Now, since I have been looking at a HUGE number of dagger pics here on the forum and elsewere I have seen that the same type of presumably repainted scabbard shows up with quite a few early maker marked SS daggers. Please see the pictures below of different scabbards with the same brownish surface finish underneath the black "paint".

My question to the guys and gals that have been into the dagger collecting business longer than I is, would you say that these all are repainted SA scabbards (and then of course not original to the dagger) or is there some other explanation to the brownish surface finish beneath the black "paint"? Were the SA scabbards treated in the same way, with anodization (or bluing as I have understood that the correct term really is) but that made them brown instead?

Please help out a newbie to understand a little bit more of the intriguing world of SS daggers!




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