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    1815 Charleston FRUITERER Slave Hire Badge. Number 109. A slightly convex diamond-shaped tag with clipped corners with a hole at the top for suspension, 61mm x 62mm. "LAFAR" hallmark punched on the back, signifying manufacture by Charleston silversmith John Joseph LaFar. The elements on the front are as follows (top to bottom): "*CHARLESTON*" in a crescent-shaped bar punch; "No" in a square punch followed by an incuse "109" in individual punches; "FRUITERER &c" in a rectangular punch; and "1815" bar punched. The condition on this tag is extremely fine with well-defined elements; the patina is dark with a bit of a green tint.

    Fruiterer is one of the rarest of all occupations, found in only a small percentage of slave tags. A fruiterer, according to Webster's 1828 Dictionary was One who deals in fruit; a seller of fruits. The addition of "&c" [et cetera] at the end is thought to signify a broader definition, one nearer to huckster or A retailer of small articles, of provisions... A rare opportunity to own an early badge from this rare occupation.

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