Zildjian cymbal dating stamps
The telltale feature—the angular shape of the letter “J” in “ZILDJIAN”—is more pronounced in the middle era stamps.Here is an animated comparison of the two first stamps.My friend Aziz tells me that one of the words in the Turkish/Arabic “definitely says ‘Sharikat’ which means ‘company’.” Thanks, Aziz… I presume he’s referring to the ” شر ” which would be ‘Shar’ in the bottom right corner, followed with ” قت ” which would be ‘qat’ to the left.
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I also get people asking what factory a drum might have shipped from or the exact month a drum was made or even the production numbers etc.
The ever important serial number which some companies keep detailed records of unfortunately does not exist in the history of drums.
We also have to state that much of the record keeping was archaic at best and in some cases history was destroyed in plant fires or just tossed in the garbage! With that said many drum companies never even used serial numbers early on.
In most cases the best way to estimate the date of a drum is its physical characteristics.