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    1848 Charleston PORTER Slave Hire Badge. Number 941. A flat diamond-shaped tag with clipped corners, holed at the top for suspension, 50mm x 51mm. Manufactured by local silversmith William Rouse who, possibly motivated by extra profit, made this badge smaller than in previous years. The elements on the front are as follows (top to bottom): "CHARLESTON" in a crescent-shaped bar punch; an incuse "941" in individual punches (the 1 a bit light at the top); "PORTER" in a rectangular punch; and "1848" bar punched. Generally fine to very fine condition with surfaces a bit rough and dark coloration, though giving a nice appearance.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2006
    7th Wednesday
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