Please do me a favor. This might even work with IF bags. Take a magnet and see if the hardware is attracted to the magnet. If it's real brass, it shouldn't be. I'm in a dispute right now over authenticity and using that as my main evidence of a wallet being fake. The specific wallet is of the Buried Treasure style, but any wallet made by IF should work. I believe they all boast "brass hardware," Yet the wallet I have in my possession's hardware will stick to a magnet. (But not the authentic matching bag I have) Thank you.