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    1849 Charleston Neck SERVANT Slave Hire Badge. Number 115. An extremely rare flat diamond-shaped tag with clipped, rounded corners, a hole at the top for suspension, 50mm x 54mm. Manufactured by area jeweler & silversmith W. M. Rouse. The elements on the front are as follows (top to bottom): "CHARLESTON" in a crescent-shaped bar punch with "NECK" the same just below; an incuse "115" in individual punches; "SERVANT" in a rectangular punch; and "1849" bar punched. The condition of this ultra-rare badge is fine overall with a 6mm edge split at about 11 o'clock that goes between the A and R in the city name, a couple of tiny splits on the lower left edge are mentioned for accuracy, all due to the thinness of the copper planchet. The patina is dark and the surface is rough but the elements are clear and bold giving a pleasing appearance.

    Charleston Neck was the area of the peninsula above Boundary Street and was not a part of the city of Charleston, having their own board of commissioners. In 1848, the "Neck" requested a portion of the proceeds from slave hire badge sales from Charleston who refused. That led them to manufacture their own tags through 1850, when they were incorporated into the city of Charleston. Only a handful of Charleston Neck badges are known to collectors, probably 6 or 8 can be accounted for. This particular one has been verified by expert Rich Hartzog and is mentioned on his website. The only city known to issue slave hire badges other than Charleston is Charleston Neck so any serious collection should have an example. Heritage is proud to offer you that opportunity.

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    June, 2006
    7th Wednesday
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