Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    1836 Charleston SERVANT Slave Hire Badge. Number 386. A slightly convex diamond-shaped tag with clipped corners, holed at the top for suspension, 60mm x 62mm. There is no hallmark though the manufacturer is known to be local silversmith and jeweler William Madison Rouse. This was the first year that Rouse received the city's contract but certainly not the last. He would eventually manufacture more slave badges than any other contractor. He used a different and smaller typeface than his predecessors for the badges and dropped the "No" punch. The elements on the front are as follows (top to bottom): "*CHARLESTON*" in a crescent-shaped bar punch; "1836" bar punched; "SERVANT" in a rectangular punch; and an incuse "386" in individual punches. The condition is about fine with very dark patina and some surface roughness.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2006
    7th Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 433

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold on Jun 7, 2006 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 4 days left to consign to the 2021 September 26 Autumn Luxury Accessories Signature Auction !

    Learn about consigning with us

    We had a wonderful time in New York during the October 2013 Historical Manuscripts auction that featured my mother’s papers collected during her tenure as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s secretary. In fact, the entire experience from beginning to end has been a pleasure.
    Howard Ballou,
    Brandon, MS
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search