Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    1863 Charleston SERVANT Slave Hire Badge. Number 353. A slightly convex diamond-shaped tag with clipped, rounded corners and a hole at the top for suspension, 45mm x 46mm. The manufacturer was local tinsmith W. B. Veronee. The elements on the front are as follows (top to bottom): "CHARLESTON" in a crescent-shaped bar punch (off-center and very lightly stamped); an incuse "353" in individual punches; "SERVANT" in a rectangular punch; and "1863" bar punched. The condition is only fair with verdigris covering most of the badge. The number and occupation is very legible but the other devices are tougher to read.

    The rarity of 1863 badges is extreme. There were fewer badges sold that year than in any year since 1823. The war was definitely taking its toll on Charleston and the slave hire system. For one thing, metals were in very tight supply; there are several known badges from this period that were stamped on the backs of earlier badges- something never seen before the war. Also, because of the Union blockade, there were fewer jobs that needed slaves to be hired. Fewer badges were manufactured and sold. Local records from this year show more instances of slaves caught working without their badges. The economy was failing and the end of slavery was now in sight.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2006
    7th Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,001

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold on Jun 7, 2006 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2021 December 12 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction .

    Learn about consigning with us

    This was my first time dealing with an auction house, and I am 100% completely impressed with Heritage. There is not an aspect of this process that I have a critique for.
    Darryl S.,
    Stuart, FL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search