Description1845 Charleston PORTER Slave Hire Badge, Number 171. A slightly convex diamond-shaped tag with clipped corners, a hole at the top for suspension, 55mm x 56mm. William Rouse was the contracted manufacturer for this year (and several years to come). There is no hallmark as standard from badges of this time period. The elements on the front are as follows (top to bottom): "CHARLESTON" in a crescent-shaped bar punch; "1845" bar punched; "PORTER" in a rectangular punch; and an incuse "171" in individual punches. The condition is about fine with a very dark coloration, rough surfaces, and scattered verdigris.
For some reason, there were about ten percent fewer slave hire badges issued in 1845 than in 1844 making this year (and 1846) the rarest of the 1840s decade.
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