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