Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    1816 Charleston SERVANT Slave Hire Badge, Number 256. A convex square-shaped tag (as they were in even-numbered years during this period) with clipped corners and a hole at the top for suspension, 48mm x 50mm. Hallmark punched "LAFAR" on the reverse indicating manufacture by Charleston silversmith and city marshal John Joseph Lafar. The elements on the obverse are as follows (top to bottom): "*CHARLESTON*" in a crescent-shaped bar punch; "1816" bar punched; "SERVANT" in a rectangular punch; and "No" in a square punch followed by an incuse "256" in individual punches. Condition is extremely fine with chocolate brown patina and just a bit of verdigris in the field. All elements are strong.

    The Charleston slave hire system allowed for slaves to work at various different trades as indicated on the badge; the fees charged were based on level of skill. The semi-skilled occupations (Servant and Porter) were the most common and account for as many as 80% of the badges known to today's collectors. There were an estimated 1,972 badges issued with this date.


    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
    May, 2015
    18th Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 821

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

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

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    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
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 1 day left to consign to the 2018 September 13 Books Signature Auction Books - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    We had a wonderful time in New York during the October 2013 Historical Manuscripts auction that featured my mother’s papers collected during her tenure as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s secretary. In fact, the entire experience from beginning to end has been a pleasure.
    Howard Ballou,
    Brandon, MS
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $615,551