This is a large and very heavy cross of what appears to be a gravecross (?), later changed into a commemorative cross, for a Gefreiter named Josef Heppel, geboren (born) 11.10.01 , gestorben (died) 11.6.43.
The cross has a attachment device for actuall hanging on the top, which makes it hard to place in it’s historical context. Normally crosses like this were fast made provisional crosses to be placed on a grave of a recently buried German soldier. Having the possibility to hang it on a wall gives rise to speculation this was (later?) altered into a walldecoration. Whatever it is, it is very interesting and would make for a great historical displaypiece in a glasscabinet of display room.
The cross is heavy, made of thick wood and measures approximately 32 x 32 x 2m5 centimeters.
On the lower end is a large crack, while the cross thus has sme “movement” (it wiggles) the cross is still firm in one piece (also there is what appears to be a period crampon driven into the wood to keep everything togeteher (see detailpicture).
A rare and very interestingitm, that deserves some research.