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    1840 Charleston SERVANT Slave Hire Badge. Number 352. A slightly convex diamond-shaped tag with clipped corners and a hole for suspension, 55mm x 56mm. Manufactured by William M. Rouse, a local silversmith and son of a well-known leather tanner whose family owned a number of slaves. The elements on the obverse are as follows (top to bottom): "*CHARLESTON*" in a crescent-shaped bar punch; "1840" bar punched; "SERVANT" in a rectangular bar punch with a dotted border; and an incuse "352" in individual punches. The condition is very fine; the patina is dark with olive green highlights.

    It is estimated that 4191 badges were issued with the 18409 date. The 1840 census stated that there were 14,673 slaves in the city of Charleston meaning that approximately 27% of the slave population were participating in the slave hire system.


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