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How to Identify Badges

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How to Identify Badges

In the local collectibles market, the counterfeit products of badges are getting more and more, especially the rare vintage badges that are imitation made of the advanced techniques, which are even more difficult to distinguish between true and false. The counterfeit badges include imitations (fake stamps produced on the basis of genuine badge as a blueprint) and imaginary counterfeit products , among which imitations are more common. To identify the authenticity of the badge, you can learn from the four diagnosis methods of TCM: inspection,listening and smelling ,inquiry,pulse-taking.

1. inspection

That is to observe the natural patina, enamel coating, baking effect, electroplating gloss, background pattern, text features and so on. The authentic custom enamel badge are in bright color and lacquered, with excellent adhesion, high temperature resistance and corrosion resistance. While fake badge is painted with paint, naturally and quickly solidified, its paint surface has layers of traces. the color of fake badges is poor in lustrousness and too bright, and the paint film is easy to shell off. The depth, lightness and thickness of the plating surface of the badge are also important bases for distinguishing between authenticity and counterfeit.

2. listening and smelling

That is to have encyclopedical knowledge, or to obtain relevant knowledge from the book and media, or to consult with expert collectors, or compare with the same badge. The currently published badge appreciation books include “Chinese badges”, “badges and collections” and so on. In recent years, there arises dozens of professional websites such as “The Badge Network” and “Mao Zedong's Seal Collection Network”. Collectors can learn knowledge about market and trade information from these books and websites, which will help improve the ability of discriminating.


3. inquiry

Inquiry refers to understanding the ins and outs of the badge, historical background, design styling, aesthetic principles, process methods, production process, etc. Each badge, especially the production and distribution of early badges, is based on certain historical events. In addition to some handcrafted badges, the process of a mechanism badge is roughly as follows: design pattern - open mold - repair mold - select blank - stamping blank - plating - enamel (or baking) - pin - packaging. Although the variety of badges varies widely, the craftsmanship is similar.


4. pulse-taking

It refers to the identification of the material and density of the badge. The most important process in badge making is stamping the blank. The greater tonnage of the stamping part is, the higher density badges produced, and the higher smoothness and cleanness of the front and back sides of the badge. Most of the early badges were made of copper. Due to the low hardness of the material and strong plastic deformation, the steel mold was pressed by gravity, and the indentation on the front and back of the badge was particularly obvious. Nowadays, advanced silicone molding technology are used to produce counterfeit badges, which will imprint the authentic chapter on the silica gel to replicate the model. After chemical treatments, the silica gel is as hard as steel and becomes a mold. Although the appearance of the badges forged with silicon molds is very similar to a real one, the texture is essentially different.

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