I dont like this one Tom, I think its a fake...the back should be smooth, as originals are die stamped, this one has pock marks and looks to be cast...it is emulating a late production piece, notice the red ring, on early pieces enameled, on later pieces painted, notice the bleeding effect on this one, painted, happens on originals, a sure way to instantly determine era of production.
Prost ! Steve.
here is the back of a known original.
"The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)
I agree with Steve-a sneaky attempt at faking on this one. William
"Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."
thanks you guys