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    1836 Charleston SERVANT Slave Hire Badge. Number 386. A slightly convex diamond-shaped tag with clipped corners, holed at the top for suspension, 60mm x 62mm. There is no hallmark though the manufacturer is known to be local silversmith and jeweler William Madison Rouse. This was the first year that Rouse received the city's contract but certainly not the last. He would eventually manufacture more slave badges than any other contractor. He used a different and smaller typeface than his predecessors for the badges and dropped the "No" punch. The elements on the front are as follows (top to bottom): "*CHARLESTON*" in a crescent-shaped bar punch; "1836" bar punched; "SERVANT" in a rectangular punch; and an incuse "386" in individual punches. The condition is about fine with very dark patina and some surface roughness.

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    June, 2006
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