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    1833 Charleston PORTER Slave Hire Badge. Number 583. A slightly convex diamond-shaped tag with clipped corners and a large hole at the top for suspension. 67mm x 68mm. There is no hallmark though John J. Lafar was the contractor for this year's badges. The elements on the front are as follows (top to bottom): "*CHARLESTON*" in a lunate bar punch; "No" in a square punch followed by an incuse "583" in individual punches; "PORTER" in a rectangular punch; and "1833" bar punched. The condition is fine with some surface roughness and light verdigris; patina is very dark though the elements are well-defined.

    It is estimated by the authors of Slave Badges and the Slave-Hire System in Charleston, South Carolina, 1783-1865 that 3,356 badges were manufactured for this year bringing $7,339.00 to the city coffers.


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    May, 2010
    22nd Saturday
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