The Premium represents the top of the Phillipson bamboo rod line. The catalogs describe it as: “Perfect action, perfect balance, extreme sensitivity and tremendous power for every ounce of weight.”
This 9′, Phillipson Premium is a rarely-seen 6oz rod. This is an extremely powerful rod. All 3 sections are all original, full length and straight. Hard drawn 18% nickel silver ferrules. Varnish is excellent. The black anodized aluminum no rock reel seat is blemish-free and may actually be unused. Wrapped with pure black silk thread tipped with gold and black. The Phillipson “patent pending” elliptical grip is like new. No bag or tube.
The 1952 Catalog (pictured below) shows the Phillipson Premium 9′ – 6oz as one of eight models offered that year. Also available in 7′, 7.5′, 8′, 8.5′, 8.5′ DFS, 9′-5.625oz and 9.5′ lengths.
PHILLIPSON ADVERTISING IN THE EARLY 1950’S
Phillipson Rod and Tackle Co. ads in the early 1950’s followed a similar format the previous era, however there was one major change… The reel seats on the illustrated rods show the change from plastic to the “new all-metal ‘no-rock’ locking type reel seat”. This is also evidenced in the 1950 Catalog where 3 grades (Premium, Paramount and Powr Pakt) are listed with new aluminum reel seats.
This phase also represents a significant transition in rod design for Phillipson. With the weight savings derived from the reel seat swap, Bill Phillipson was able to add more power to the rods for the same overall weight. The earlier rods with plastic reel seats possess thinner tapers, whereas rods with the aluminum reel seats have enhanced swells in the butt section for added power.
Early 1950’s ads list the Phillipson address as High Street, Denver, Colorado.