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Could anyone help me to identify this EK2 badge authentic or not ?

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Hey guys ,I found my EK2 badge which has a crack at the middle of edge ,and Im wonder is this common sign for an authentic badge ?  Could anyone tell me this badge is real or not ? (Please see the picture blow) Thanks.

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This does tend to happen.  Sometimes the iron core also gets broken, as cast iron is rarer fragile, occasionally seen on older examples, 1870, 1914, etc.
I have a  1914 1st class example, it has the same fault in several places.
The decoration looks original, the ribbon also. Look for a number stamped into the ring, this is the manufacturer code.

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I see , thank you.  By the way it’s doesn’t has maker mark , is that possible to identify the maker of this badge from the photo ? 

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Yes but it is quite time consuming, collectors who specialize purely in iron crosses should be able to identify it quite quickly by it's specific characteristics such as type and height of swastika, type of beading etc. but always easier with a maker mark.      

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