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    1821 Charleston PORTER Slave Hire Badge. Number 366. A nearly-flat diamond-shaped tag (as they were in odd-numbered years during this period) with clipped corners and a hole at the top for suspension. 66mm x 68mm. Hallmark punched "LAFAR" on the reverse indicating 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 "366" in deep individual punches; "PORTER" in a rectangular punch; and "1821" bar punched (at an angle). Condition is about fine with evidence of having been folded or bent with a 20mm split at 4:30. Dark brown patina. There were an estimated 1,618 badges issued with this date.

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