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    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. He also placed a dotted border around the occupation. The elements on the obverse 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.

    Harlan Greene, Harry S. Hutchins, Jr., and Brian E. Hutchins, in their book Slave Badges and the Slave-Hire System in Charleston, South Carolina, 1783-1865 estimate that there were 3707 badges manufactured for 1836.


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    February, 2007
    26th-27th Monday-Tuesday
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