Ultimate Guide on How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real (or Fake)? – Gucci Bag Hardware





After the exterior details, the next part of this ‘Ultimate Gucci Guide’ series is the bag hardware. This will help you in buying Gucci purses on Ebay. In order to spot a real Gucci bag, you need to add this hardware knowledge to your arsenal. This post will discuss this, along with clear photos.

An authentic Gucci bag will have its hardware either plain or marked with ‘GUCCI’. There is no one-size, fits-all formula here. However, in the event that a bag you are eyeing has GUCCI engraved on it, it could help you in identifying its authenticity.

A common thread in this authentication tips series is the premium given on the GUCCI font logo. It is found on the leather tag, as well as the exterior markings. The crisp and clean lines of the GUCCI font (together with the registered trademark symbol ® and ‘made in italy’) is a cornerstone of the details you need to know.

Here are examples of locks and closures (such as a piston lock of a Gucci Jackie bag) in authentic Gucci handbags:

Silver GUCCI made in italy engraved on a nylon canvas bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
Silver ® GUCCI made in italy engraved on a nylon canvas bag
A silver piston lock engraved with GUCCI made in italy - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
A silver piston lock engraved with ® GUCCI ‘made in italy’ from an authentic pale brown Gucci Jackie Bag
Buckle closure engraved with GUCCI made in italy - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
Buckle closure engraved with ® GUCCI made in italy
A vintage Gucci bag with gold tone hardware engraved with GG - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
A vintage Gucci bag with gold tone hardware engraved with GG

A good place to see marks on a hardware is on the straps. Here are a couple of examples of hardware on authentic Gucci straps. These could be found on where the straps attach to the bag, mechanisms for adjusting or on the clasps of removable straps:

GUCCI engraved silver hardware of a Gucci bucket tote bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
GUCCI engraved silver hardware of a Gucci bucket tote bag
Hardware on the strap of a Gucci bag with serial number 0001-3355 1781- Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
Hardware on the strap of a Gucci bag with serial number 0001-3355 1781
GUCCI made in italy engraved on the strap hardware of a Gucci crossbody bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
® GUCCI made in italy engraved on the strap hardware of a Gucci crossbody bag
Silver hardware of a pochette bag engraved with GUCCI - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
Silver hardware of a pochette bag engraved with GUCCI
Silver hardware engraved with GUCCI made in italy on a removable strap - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
Silver hardware engraved with ® GUCCI made in italy on a removable strap
A Jackie style Gucci bag with silver strap hardware engraved with GUCCI - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
An authentic Gucci bag with silver strap hardware engraved with GUCCI

Remember the two Gucci nylon canvas totes with silver hardware and diamante lining? Here are the photos where the rolled leather handles attach to the bag’s body:

GUCCI engraved silver hardware on a white nylon canvas tote bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
GUCCI engraved silver hardware on a white nylon canvas tote bag
GUCCI engraved silver hardware on a black nylon canvas tote bag - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
GUCCI engraved silver hardware on a black nylon canvas tote bag

In some cases, the magnetic snap closures of an authentic Gucci bag will also have an engraving like this:

Metallic snap closure of a Gucci bag with serial number 0001-3355 1781- Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
Metallic snap closure of a Gucci bag with serial number 0001-3355 1781

Although it won’t be weird to see a vintage item engraved with other markings. Look at the example of an authentic vintage Gucci bag below:

Some metallic closure have TOHPO engraved - Vintage Gucci Bag Authentication - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real
Some magnetic snap closures have TOHPO engraved with a series of codes

What about screws? Gucci uses a flat head, negative sign (-) head screw in its hardware. They do not use a positive sign (+) screw head, as the latter is usually used on fake bags. This is a good indicator when looking at photos. For example, look at the screw on this nylon canvas bag:

A flat phillips screw head (-) on an authentic Gucci bag hardware - Tips on Original Gucci Bags on Sale - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag
A flat Phillips screw head (-) on an authentic Gucci bag hardware

In the next post discussing Gucci zippers (pulls and marking underneath), you will also see that the same screw head appears in authentic zipper pulls.

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