i finally found my original bal first black bag from circa 2001- 2002. it does have flat brass hardware and rivets have no it looks hand made! i bought in bal paris store so no questions about authenticity. even the leather tag inside is not perfectly even. the left side of the inside tag is slightly longer. the tag says balenciaga and underneath that it says paris, no dots or dashes. the reverse sise of tag is suede like. rivets have no indentations. it looks so unique from my current bal bags. i think it is from the second season it was made.