1827 Charleston Lafar Servant Slave Hire copper alloy badge, Number 1840. Diamond shaped with clipped corners and a hole at the top for suspension. Front marked "CHARLESTON" in a prepared lunate punch at the top, "No." in a prepared, square punch with "1840" in individual number punches, "SERVANT" in a prepared rectangular punch, and "1827" in a rectangular punch at the bottom. Hallmarked "LAFAR" in a prepared rectangular punch on the back. Includes signed document from W. L. Hunt stating the authenticity of the tag, October 16, 2006. 67.9 mm x 70.6 mm (2.67" x 2.78"). Provenance: Tag dug by William L. Hunt at Hamlin Plantation, Mt. Pleasant, SC, December 11, 1992. 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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