Dating vintage zildjian cymbals
A Zildjian Stamp Timeline Chinese Cymbals G Zildjian Cymbal Mystery Italian (UFIP) Cymbals K Zildjian - Canada & US Timeline K Zildjian - Constantinople Timeline K Zildjian - Istanbul Timeline Stamp Anomalies (new) The city of Turkey officially changed its name from “Constantinople” to “Istanbul” in 1930.
I've been collecting sales data on Avedis cymbals, and Turkish made K Zildjian cymbals since 2013.Also now the font for the word “Istanbul” is as tall as the star and moon.Stamp I used a smaller font which was shorter than the star and moon.The first stamp that included the word “Istanbul” used a tall narrow font, and eliminated the word “trademark” which had appeared on earlier stamps under the word Constantinople.This stamp was the last one to use the old fashioned way to abbreviate the phrase “and company” as “& CThe phrase ‘K Zildjian’ was shrunk compared to the preceding stamp.A Zildjian Stamp Timeline Chinese Cymbals G Zildjian Cymbal Mystery Italian (UFIP) Cymbals K Zildjian - Canada & US Timeline K Zildjian - Constantinople Timeline K Zildjian - Istanbul Timeline Stamp Anomalies (new) This website offers information about the age of cymbals based on the “stamps” found on them.
Cymbals are engraved with a trademark by the maker.
We know Avedis Zildjian started production in 1929 in the Quincy, Massachusetts USA. Hard to see in this photo is the "genuine turkish cymbals, made in usa" but it's there, it's a complete logo.
This is a rough guide to help estimate the age of your cymbal. In the thirties Zildjian's most popular cymbal measured between 8 and 14 inch, weight paperthin, easily bendable. In the fourties Bebop drummers began to use larger rides and sizzle cymbals. First Stamp 1920s-1930s Very rare case of a misprint.
This stamp is almost identical to IIa except that it has a big K.
The word “Zildjian” is top-aligned with the K, as though it were a superscript.
Most other identifying information (stickers, silk screens, ink or grease pencil) fade away and disappear over time.