I am a collector of many things but this one got me stumped. It's a interesting piece and the reason I ended up buying it at a estate sale. I found it interesting that it was marked "german" and not Germany or made in Germany. I thought maybe because it was part of the original German dynasty but it's far to magnetic to be. As far as I understand all of that stuff was silver. The only other thing I learned was Germany stoppped using inscription that did not say made in germany about 126 years ago. Unfortunately I could not find a maker's mark after looking it over throughly with many different magnification. If anyone has seen this before and could enlighten me further I would greatly appreciate it.