(Special thanks for the contributions of David Noreen, Walt Snyder & Daryl Hallquist)
Silvers, Jostam Hy-Gun, Hawkins 32 courtesy of Larry Frey
S.W. Silver's Indiarubber Works was established in 1864. "The Anti-Recoil Heel Plate-The Silver's Safety Pad" was introduced in the 1870s. Silvers pads were offered in the 1890 Henry C. Squires catalog. The first Parker fitted with a "Silvers Recoil Butt" was DH #56553 in 1891; the red rubber pad was not listed as an option in Hunter Arms catalogs until 1905.
Other pre-WWI pads included the D&W, Funkes, Huntley Shock Absorber (Omaha) and "Perkins" Recoil Pads (both advertised starting in 1915), Tryon #6, and the American Silver pad (sometimes called Grieb and after about 1915 Goodrich; possibly Ajax-Grieb Rubber Co.) https://books.google.com/books?id=O1M-AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA658&lpg
W.R. Jorgenson Patent No. 1,156,293 for the Jostam Anti-Flinch pad was granted Oct 12, 1915, and the company catalogues of the era say “Organized 1914.” JOSTAM was W.R. JO
rgenson, W.D. ST
annard and A.H. AM
Older Anti-Flinch pads have an Oct. 29, 1914 patent date for J.S. Day's Patent No. 1,123,180. Jostam acquired the Huntley Sponge Rubber Pad after WW I.
The Hawkins Model 25 Recoil Pad by the Cushion Pad Co. was first offered in the early 1920s. Hawkins’ Patent 1,538,990 is dated May 1925.
The NOSHOC pads have a June 6, 1922 patent date, but were not found in catalogs until the early 1930s.
In 1941, the most commonly seen Jostam pad, the Anti-Flinch, was listed at $3.25; the Jostam solid Air Cushion at $3.00; the Hy-Gun at $2.75; and the No-Kick at $1.75. Other pads offered in 1941 were the Hawkins 25 with the heart-shaped vents for $3.25; the White Line by Fray-Mershon Inc. in regular or Skeet style for $2.50; the Noshoc for $1.50; and the Ithaca "Bridge Trestle" pad for $2.25.
Parker SBT c. 1930 with a D-W padAmerican Rifleman
February, 1929 courtesy of David NoreenHuntley Shock Absorber
S.A. Huntley was a well known trapshooter
Feb. 1915 Forest & Streamhttp://books.google.com/books?id=lRMcAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA115&dq
He was a Peters Rep at least 1907 - 1914http://library.la84.org/SportsLibrary/SportingLife/1914/VOL_64_NO_12/SL6412024.pdfRecreation
Oct. 1915 https://books.google.com/books?id=SX07AQAAMAAJ&pg=RA1-PA153&lpg Field & Stream
1916 https://books.google.com/books?id=LIblAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA502&lpg Outing
Nov. 1917 https://books.google.com/books?id=V4xQAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA124&lpg
Folsom Catalog No. 17 c. 1920. Jostam acquired the Huntley shortly after WWI
Same Perkins?https://patents.google.com/patent/US1088362 Funkes
; possibly A.H. Funke in New Yorkhttp://www.landofborchardt.com/1906ahf_catalog.html American Silver pad
(sometimes called Grieb and after about 1915 Goodrich
Goodrich HRB is above with the Huntley.