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    1825 Charleston SERVANT Slave Hire Badge. Number 1340. A slightly convex diamond-shaped tag with clipped corners and a hole at the top for suspension, 65mm x 68mm. The "LAFAR" hallmark of John Joseph LaFar is punched on the obverse at the bottom; this would be the last year of the three-year period where his hallmark was on the obverse instead of the reverse. The elements on the obverse are as follows (top to bottom): "*CHARLESTON*" in a crescent-shaped bar punch; "1825" bar punched; "SERVANT" in a rectangular punch; "No" in a square punch followed by an incuse "1340" in individual punches; and, as mentioned, "LAFAR" in a rectangular punch. The condition of this tag is fine. The brown patina exhibits areas of darker brown and russet.

    The authors of Slave Badges and the Slave-Hire System in Charleston, South Carolina, 1783-1865 estimate the total number of 1825 badges produced to be 3269 for which LaFar was paid $466.25 by the city. Charleston, in turn, took in $5,397 in fees for the badges- a nice addition to the city coffers. It's amazing that out of 3000+ badges produced, only a handful remain extant.


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