Interesting, I wonder what happened. It seems as though this person asked Steve Maxwell to sell the drum, and then once the ad was up, decided they didn't want to part with the consignment fee, and took the drum back. A rather frustrating move, since Steve's site has a large international customer base that has already seen the drum, so it's basically free advertising. Steve took the time to do great photos and an excellent description only to have the person take the drum back...I wouldn't authenticate it either! I wonder what the seller thought the drum was worth before Steve helped her out.
Aha. The seller should be informed. Same exact size, finish and shell?
Apparently someone was careless with it enough that the top hoop got cracked. And the finish is flaking off. I wonder with a historic drum like this if it would be better or worse for the value to have it replated or relacquered and send the cracked hoop to a good metal worker to repair. Rehabbing a Black Beauty is one thing, but this might be different. I guess if I had the means to buy it I'd probably spend a bit more for it to look perfect.