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Slingerland experimented with veneers more than any other company.They have a much larger range of coverings for their drums than almost any other company and many veneers from different years are extremely similar.
The best way to date a drum by veneer is to find a veneer guide online, such as the Slingerland finish guide on and compare pictures of your Slingerland drum with pictures of dated veneers.
Packaging should be the same as what is found in a retail store, unless the item is handmade or was packaged by the manufacturer in non-retail packaging, such as an unprinted box or plastic bag.
I get emails all of the time with a basic drum description and a serial number from visitors in hopes I can unlock the history of their drum.
Fortunately drum companies since the 40's were good at printing catalogs.
Earlier catalog examples do exist, but are rare and expensive to acquire.