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    1828 Charleston PORTER Slave Hire Badge. Number 412. A flat square-shaped tag (as they were in even-numbered years during this period) with clipped and rounded corners and a hole for suspension, 51mm x 53mm. "LAFAR" hallmark punched on the reverse in the lower right quadrant 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 "412" in individual punches. The condition is extremely fine exhibiting a handsome chocolate brown patina with only a few darker areas and particularly well-struck elements.

    An estimated 3080 badges bearing the 1828 date were originally issued. Although LaFar would make badges for several more years, this is the last year in which any maker's hallmarks are to be found.


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    February, 2007
    26th-27th Monday-Tuesday
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