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    1836 Charleston SERVANT Slave Hire Badge. Number 645. A slightly convex diamond-shaped tag with clipped corners and a hole at the top for suspension, 65mm x 68mm. Manufactured by William Madison Rouse. The elements on the obverse are as follows (top to bottom): "*CHARLESTON*" in a crescent-shaped bar punch; "1836" bar punched; "SERVANT" in a rectangular punch ("S" weak) inside a dotted border; an incuse "645" in individual punches. The appearance is very fine with a somewhat mottled surface; brown patina with red highlights likely from cleaning after being dug up.

    This was the first year that Rouse, a silversmith, received the city's contract. He used a different and smaller typeface than his predecessors for the badges and dropped the "No" punch. It is estimated that there were 3707 badges manufactured for 1836.


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