Ludwig 1930s Silver Anniversary 5×14 Black Beauty, $2,995
I love this drum! The drum appears to be a Silver Anniversary Black Beauty from around 1936-1938. Ludwig’s actual Silver Anniversary (25 years) was in 1935 but the Silver Anniversary Black Beauty remained in their catalogue for several years following. The first of the Silver Anniversary Black Beauties had Imperial lugs with gold plated hardware but later models like this one were available with tube lugs and chrome hardware. Much of the black nickel finish has been worn off over this drum’s 80+ year lifetime but the shell and hardware are functionally excellent and ready to play. If you look extremely closely you can see that the shell has a minuscule indentation at the base of a couple tube lugs. All the parts are original and everything works great. Nothing broken, missing or altered. The photos depict the condition of the drum very accurately. Single click image to enlarge.