Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    1846 Charleston MECHANIC Slave Hire Badge. Number 239. A slightly convex diamond-shaped tag with clipped corners, a hole at the top for suspension, 55mm x 55mm. Manufactured by William M. Rouse, local silversmith, jeweler, and (later) watchmaker. The elements on the front are as follows (top to bottom): "CHARLESTON" in a crescent-shaped bar punch; an incuse "239" in individual punches; "MECHANIC" in a rectangular punch; and "1846" bar punched. The condition is extremely fine with a pleasing medium brown patina, the elements are all clear and well struck, and the surface is mostly smooth.

    Mechanic badges are much rarer and more collectible than the Servant and Porter occupations. The license fee charged during this period for a skilled craftsman was $7.00, the highest fee of all (a servant was $2.00). Once again, this year's total of badges sold was down from totals in earlier years. The nice condition, scarce occupation, and lower mintage make this badge a very desirable one, worthy of the finest collections.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2006
    7th Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 677

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

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    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
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 29 days left to consign to the 2019 April 28 Luxury Accessories Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage has gone above and beyond my expectations in handling all of my transactions in a thoroughly professional manner. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone worldwide for the exemplary auction and valuation services they provide.
    Richard H.,
    Corsicana, TX
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 December 9 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 December 9 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,488,024