1828 Charleston Lafar Servant Slave Hire copper alloy badge, Number 242. Square shaped with clipped corners and a hole at the top for suspension. Front marked "CHARLESTON" in a lunate punch at the top, "1828" in a rectangular punch, "SERVANT" in a rectangular punch, "No." in a square punch, and "242" in individual number punches at the bottom. Hallmarked "LAFAR" in a rectangular punch on the back. Includes photocopy of a photograph of the tag from Ray Davenport. 51.1 mm x 55.4 mm (2.01" x 2.18"). Provenance: Ray Davenport. Estate of Jim Maconkey, Landrum, SC. Note: John Joseph LaFar was a Charleston silversmith and city marshal who received a contract to make slave badges after Charles Prince. CONDITION: Appearance is Fine to Very Fine in places. Dark brown in color, slightly dished believed to add additional strength to the badge when worn.
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