It's a seriously abused M35 and no way to tell if the decals are original. It's really a beater so I'd pass on it.
It looks like it was covered by black paint post war. Somebody then tried to remove the black paint and now the bare metal is visible.
"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway
A good lesson in not leaving the paint stripper on too long......
" When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "
Is it worth $125?
I wouldn't pay $125 for it but others might. I'd rather put another few hundred toward getting a decent one mate, they are out there.
Appreciate the feedback. Its a birthday present for my son, and thats about the limit of my budget for him.
For around $125 I'd look at getting him an M34 police helmet. You can get a nice one with no decal for that, or for a little more one with two decals. Or a Luftschutz gladiator lid.