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Unread 09-09-2021, 05:07 AM   #1
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My SBT (1919 manufacture date and 183xxx sn) was ordered with a “premium pad”. A quick Google search yielded nothing and I have not heard of that kind of pad before. Can any of the more knowledgeable folks help? The pad on there now is modern.
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Possibly "Premium" was just referring to a higher grade or quality of pad and is not an actual brand ?
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I suspect Randy is correct. I've never seen an ad for a "Premium" pad and c. 1919 there were not a lot of pad options
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...qNnHshpKQ/edit

Much later, Morgan and some Pachmayr pads were referred to as "premium" pads
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Very likely to have been a Silvers pad or one of the Jostams.





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All of that makes sense, although I did not realize there were different grades of pads back then. Seems like a Silvers pad would be a Silvers pad.
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Silvers made both a brick red pad and an orange pad. I have an original DHE with the orange option.
As was the norm the sharp edges were all rounded so as not to catch on clothing.





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When I first started doing the letters I noticed that Parker used the word "Prim" or "Prem" or "Prm" pad when describing the recoil pad used on a SBT. Interestingly enough, I've never seen the word on a Parker SxS in the order books. I posted a picture of the word on the forum but nobody knew what it meant. I searched the internet thinking possibly it was the name of a manufacturers pad but came up empty. I figured it was just an abbreviation of the word Premium but that's just a guess.

Here are 3 pictures of the order book entries. The first 2 are from early 1917 when the SBT was introduced. The 2nd picture shows Prem crossed out and a Jostam pad substituted. The last is late 1919 (A-1 Special). Our order books ended Dec 1919. The stock books never mentioned recoil pads actually used on the guns. I've seen more Jostam pads and even a 3 ply sponge rubber pad asked for in the later 1919's. I think I'll call the factory and ask them what the word is
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Very interesting! Thanks Chuck
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Chuck,
If you contact the factory, have them call me. I want to order a 32" 28 ga.
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Jeff, I'll put in for me too! Notice that in the first picture he didn't want a groved forend so maybe they did at one time make a groved for end! Interesting!
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