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    1814 Charleston SERVANT Slave Hire Badge, Number 314. A nearly flat square-shaped (as they were in even-numbered years during this period) tag with clipped corners and a hole at the top for suspension, 50mm x 50mm. There is a lightly-punched "LAFAR" hallmark on the reverse indicating manufacture by silversmith John Joseph Lafar. The elements on the obverse are as follows (top to bottom): "*CHARLESTON*" in a crescent-shaped bar punch; "No" in a square punch followed by an incuse "314" in individual punches (very strong); "SERVANT" in a rectangular punch; and "1814" bar punched. Its large size and bold elements make this particularly suitable for display. The condition is extremely fine with an even, dark patina.

    1814 was the first year in which all the elements of the badges were punched, nothing was engraved. Also, it was the first year in which maker Lafar started the pattern of square-shaped badges in even-numbered years and diamond-shaped badges in odd-numbered years. Approximately 1,338 badges were issued with the 1814 date.

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