I bought an Iron Cross 2nd Class 1914 in a shop for collectors of Madrid
Have marking KO. It is magnetic, stick the magnet. Made of three parts. I think the Ribbon is also original. Printing is well defined.
The problem after a few hours, you pass your finger wet and black spot. I step gently with a damp tissue and also is stained black. It is as if he had removed a thin black paint layer. But no longer stain the tissue and the Cross remains the black paint, as if the original paint
Talk to the store owner by phone, surprised he told me that was totally original, that he saw that wasn´t repainted, had not been cleaned ever ...
I also said if in doubt, I stop by the shop and return the money
What think you? I think it is original but not understand the black paint
Thanks for the help.