I'll start off by saying that I know these are not SS skulls, but tradition badges, though I felt this section would get the biggest response from those knowledgeable on them. If this is better placed in the Heer section, then ok.
I bought one of each kind of these skulls said to be from the find in Berlin, and recently acquired a 2nd example of one of them. I was trying to research more about their discovery, and happened to come across a post on some other forum containing a photo of my actual examples, citing them as fakes... that was an unpleasant surprise! The internet's a small world it seems. Anyhow, after further searching there seems to be large debate over them. Some say the Berlin hoard were all fakes, others say they were subsequently faked- but nowhere did I see any posted comparisons between known originals and fakes. No definitive answers.
When I first posted these on here, it was agreed they were genuine, but I'd like to 're-open' this case for discussion, if people care to add their knowledge. Would anyone happen to be able to provide an explanation as to how the two identical skulls here show different surface colouration..? Both are from the same find, supposedly, and match up exactly other than this. The darker one appears to have an iridescent quality, similar to how oil looks, on the inside. Anyone know why this is? The lighter one has traces of sandy matter on the back, and has a slight shine coming through where details are highlighted on the front. All three exhibit what seems to be shiny solder at the prong attachments, though I don't know if this is a concern or just the nature of how the metal ages? I cannot say what metal they are made from, or if this is correct.
I feel they are original, but after reading a debate I never previously knew surrounded these particular skulls, I thought it best to attempt to try and clarify. I hope they're not fakes, I really like these...