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    1828 Charleston PORTER Slave Hire Badge, Number 254. A nearly flat square-shaped tag (as they were in even-numbered years during this period) with clipped and rounded corners and a hole for suspension, 50mm x 54mm. "LAFAR" hallmark punched on the reverse at the lower right indicating manufacture by Charleston silversmith John Joseph LaFar. The elements on the front are as follows (top to bottom): "*CHARLESTON*" in a crescent-shaped bar punch; "1828" bar punched; "PORTER" in a rectangular punch; and "No" in a square punch followed by an incuse "254". The condition is extremely fine exhibiting a chocolate brown patina with red highlights. A particularly attractive badge well suited for display.

    An estimated 3080 badges bearing the 1828 date were originally issued. Interestingly, this is the last year in which maker's hallmarks were to be used.


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