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    1815 Charleston SERVANT Slave Hire Badge. Number 689. A flat diamond-shaped (as they were in odd-numbered years during this period) tag with clipped corners and a hole at the top for suspension. 62mm x 63mm. "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 lunate bar punch; "No" in a square punch followed by an incuse "689" in deep individual punches; "SERVANT" in a rectangular punch; and "1815" bar punched at somewhat of an angle. The condition on this tag is extremely fine with well-defined elements, smooth surfaces, and an even medium brown patina. There is just a bit of verdigris at the bottom. Approximately 1,898 badges were issued with the 1815 date.

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