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How to identify badges?

November 06, 2019
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In the local collectibles market, the badges of the counterfeit products are intensifying, especially the rare badges that are imitation of the advanced techniques, which are even more difficult to distinguish between true and false. The counterfeit lapel pin include imitations (that is, fake stamps made with the real chapter as a blueprint) and counterfeit products (referring to false stamps that are created in the middle and out of the imagination), among which imitations are more common. To identify the authenticity of the badge, you can learn from the four methods of "seeing, smelling, asking, and cutting" of Chinese medicine for "diagnosis."

1, "Looking"

That is to observe the natural patina, enamel coating, baking effect, electroplating gloss, background pattern, text features and so on. The authentic custom enamel pin badge is bright and lacquered, with excellent adhesion and high temperature and corrosion resistance. The product badge is painted with paint, naturally and quickly solidified, the paint surface has a layer of traces, the color gloss is too bright 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 an important basis for distinguishing between authenticity and falsehood.

2, "Smell"

That is to know widely, or to obtain relevant knowledge from the book media, or to consult with expert collectors, or compare with the same badge. The currently published badge appreciation books include dozens of Chinese badges, badges and collections. In recent years, there have also been dozens of professional websites such as "The Badge Network" and "Mao Zedong's Seal Collection Network". Collectors can learn about the knowledge and market, and it will help to improve the screening ability.

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3, "Ask"

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 a handful of hand-made badges, the process of the mechanism badge is roughly: design pattern - open mold - repair mold - select blank - stamping blank - plating - enamel (or baking varnish) - upper pin - packaging. Although the variety of badges varies widely, the craftsmanship is similar.

4, "Cut"

It refers to the identification of the material and density of the badge. The most important process for military pin badge making is stamping the blank. The greater the tonnage of the press, the higher the density of the badges produced, and the higher smoothness and smoothness 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, and the inscription was exceptionally clear. Some counterfeit badges use advanced silicone molding technology, which will imprint the authentic chapter on the silica gel to replicate the model. After chemical treatment, the silica gel is as hard as steel and becomes a mold. The badges forged with silicon molds, although the appearance is very similar, but the texture is essentially different from the real one.

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