ZILDJIAN CYMBAL STAMP CHRONOLOGY DATE TIMELINE All Avedis Zildjian cymbals have their name stamped in its bronze. So, it is difficult to exactly determine the period that certain stamps were used.
There is no official track record of the stamps used by Zildjian. The proces of stamping wasn't very accurate and the imprint varies.
These differences are available in the cymbals associated with the different eras of the drum set (grandstand, jazz, bop, big band, rock, etc.) The old Zildjian cymbal foundry was in Constantinople, dating back to the 17th century.
The earliest Zildjian cymbals with complete stamps (logo, name, trademark) use the letter “K” for Kerope Zildjian, and are marked with Constantinople as the city of origin.
Still, those that refer to this as a “III” do not provide the nuanced IIIa, IIIb, IIIc that can be found frequently used to distinguish these cymbals and date them. It is interesting the case of each of these examples to make note of the shape of the word “in” in the phrase “Made in Turkey” because the word “in” becomes taller in later stamps.
The font for the bottom word “Zildjian” grew taller in this stamp.
Still, the tight wrapping of the words “Made in Turkey” identify it as IVb.
It should also be mentioned that these are also often referred to as Stamp III because of the big K.
In fact, that might even be more common than calling it IIb.
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.