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As we shall see there are other 50s stamps with the three dots, which complicates any simple attempt to count presence/absence of the three dots as the only thing you need to know.
Stamps with the three dots include: 2 forms of the mid 50s Large Stamp, the 1954 Stamp, the 60s stamps, and the CO stamp (80s). Fortunately, there are other subtle changes which happen in the Ottoman portion and the English portion which can be an aid to establishing manufacturing era.
Image: 1960s stamp three dots circled The upper portion of the stamp goes through different changes over the years.
Much discussion has centered on the presence/absence of "the three dots", as the way to tell a 50s cymbal from a 70s cymbal. But the presence/absence of the three dots doesn't provide the oft claimed distinction.
My reason for doing this one letter at a time is that I can refer to them by saying "the E of av Edis in the Ottoman section" and you should know I'm talking about that character which looks like O in this rendition. The other thing to notice is that this is a calligraphic device not strict linear text, and that is part of it being a design which pleases the eye.
But when we talk about "the three dots" it is the ones in a triangle in the Ottoman section (upper portion) of the stamp.If you are trying to find the age of a cymbal and it has model ink like this in ALL CAPITALS, don't presume it has to be from the mid 1970s or later.There are a few different lettering styles used in the different decades, but ink has been around for a long time.I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.This site is set up so that you can send (or post to a forum) a link to a particular photo and description. What you do is go to the Year by Year Timeline and click on the link to the picture you want.