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    1851 Charleston SERVANT Slave Hire Badge- NGC Certified. Number 1429. A slightly convex diamond-shaped tag with unclipped corners and a hole at the top for suspension. The maker William Rouse did not clip the corners on some of the Servant badges this year. This is one such badge with sharp corners that must have been very uncomfortable to wear. The elements on the obverse are as follows (top to bottom): "CHARLESTON" in a crescent-shaped bar punch; "1851" bar punched (last digit a bit weak); "SERVANT" in a rectangular punch ("AN" exhibits some wear); and an incuse "1429" in individual punches (punched all the way through the metal at two places). The condition is fine with dark patina and a bit of corrosion at the right side.

    It is estimated that only 4668 of the 6350 made in this year were actually sold.


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