I'm leaning towards fake on this one. The details are soft, it appears the rivets are cast into the badge and not separate pieces. Better photos will help. Is the eagle a separate piece too or cast onto the wreath?
More importantly, there is a flaw on the base of the gun that is present on every original that seems to be missing on this one.......
Looking for LDO marked EK2s and items relating to U-406.....
Hi , i'm sorry but I agree with Adrian , the adlers head shows no detail and the "wheels" on the gun are lacking the teeth details. It looks to me like a poor cast and why it's gold I do not know as an original would not be. Leon.
"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway
Wow, after Dean's pictures and Adrian and Fallschirmjager's comments it is almost obvious that this is a poor fake. The rivets are casted onto the badge. I am learning a lot from this forum in the short amount of time I've been on here. I cant say anything but thank you, and i appreciate all of the help, especially with my extreme ignorance in this field. I remember now why I stray away from "The Dark Side"! I am a lot better in the US militaria side. Hopefully I will be able to contribute like you guys one day!
Thank you again for the time and information,
Hehe.. Don't beat yourself up, comrade . We all have to start somewhere and you have. You took the first step, now there is a long road ahead. I'm still walking it. U.S. stuff is much easier to collect...it's much cheaper and more available. Besides, who would fake U.S. items? Our stuff lacks the sex appeal, quality and style of the German items.