Hi guys, been browsing the forum for a while and recently decided to take the plunge and start joining in if you'll have me!
Anyway, my sister is a huge history and WWI/II fanatic so a while ago I had the idea of buying her an Iron Cross for her birthday, only I'm not 100% sure if what I've bought her is a genuine or a fake, I'm a little puzzled by certain parts of it to be honest, and was hoping you guys might be able to help me out.
Firstly, the core is magnetic (works with atleast some magnets) and the core has a bite of 'wiggle' to it. There appears to be seam to be running along the majority of the outside showing the 3 piece construction but it's a lot more visible on certain corners than others, is this normal?
What really concerns me though is that there is no proper suspension loop with any serial marker or engravings. Now I know not all do but this cross came with nothing on it at all other than the smaller loop, the larger loop is just something I added myself. In addition to this there is also a slight imperfection along one side of the cross (almost like a blister jutting out to the very top/side of the raised area) that's hard to photograph but can just vaguely be seen in this picture:
Also, there's a small amount of something green at the very top of it
So what do you chaps think; the real deal or should I just chalk this one up to a learning curve and hope for better next time?