1803 “Servant” Slave Badge – The Finest “C. PRINCE” Tag We Have Offered
C. PRINCE was the second Silversmith that received a contract from the city of Charleston, S.C. to make slave hire badges. (The first was Atmar in 1800, who only made tags that year. PRINCE was followed by LaFar who made tags for many years.) To find a nice PRINCE tag for your collection is very rare. To find one in the condition of the one we are offering is almost impossible. Our example has the strongest PRINCE marking on the reverse that we have ever seen.

Our tag is round 2 1/8 inches. At the top is *CHARLESTON* on the next line No. 793, under that SERVANT and at the bottom 1803. The tag has a strong stamping. There are no holes, cracks or repairs. This tag has AN UNCLEANED, PERFECT PATINA.

This fine example comes with our letter certifying authenticity for life.   To the purchaser of this slave tag, if you do not have a copy of our North South Trader magazine article on slave tags, let us know and we can provide one with the tag.

1803 is a very early year for a Charleston Hire badge and only the third year of PRINCE making tags. While the 1794 Congress band the importation of slaves, it did not become a federal crime until the end of 1807. The city of Charleston issued slave tags called “hire” badges to slave owners who wanted to hire out their slaves. Each year the slave owner was required to purchase a new tag.

Eventually slave tags were stamped in square or diamond shapes… another reason to add a “round” PRINCE tag to your collection, and this one will be the finest you ever see for sale.

Slave tags are just not being found like they were in past years. With the popularity of black history we sell quickly every tag we list. This one will be no exception as it is “best of kind”

#B169 - Price $9,850