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    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.


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