Looks like someone had a go with some acid on this cross. Genuine? I cannot say, but I think you are right in questioning its authenticity.
These crosses are heavily faked! It is difficult to tell on your example as it is damaged but the swas doesnt look like it should, it looks too thin IMO. Hopefully some experts will chip in
"In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem
Weight on a mechanical scale (can't find my electronic one!!) is about 68 gramme.
That seems heavy to me...??
Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
Thanks for posting these pics Kris. I'm having doubts about it after seeing the above. I've never seen an original marked on the ring and I've been through Gordon Williamson's book on the subject and again, all the originals there are marked on the bottom edge of the lower arm. The aging, especially on the '1939' side looks dubious too.
Looking for LDO marked EK2s and items relating to U-406.....
Got to agree with Stewy and Adrian on this piece , it's not a good one.
The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )
1st July 1916
Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader
House Carles at the Battle of Hastings
Pitting to both sides has been artificially applied IMO. Stewy