1827 Mechanic Charleston Slave Hire Badge – The Finest Example We Have Seen in the Past 50 Years
This diamond shaped tag made by silversmith LAFAR, and so marked on the reverse, is from our private collection which we “upgraded” probably a dozen times over the past 50 years. Condition is a 10 out of 10. Patina a 10 out of 10. We hate to see this one sold, but it is time to let someone else enjoy it. It is truly worthy of the finest museum or private collection.

At the top is stamped “CHARLESTON”, under that “No. 261”, then “MECHANIC”, and under that “1827”. On the reverse at the bottom “LAFAR”. In Charleston slave owners who rented out their slaves had to pay a tax to the city based on the occupation of the slave. The higher the skill level, the higher the tax (this was because the slave might be displacing a white worker). Mechanic was usually the highest tax, and each year there were very few Mechanic tags issued. While Servant tags are the most common, Mechanic tags are rarely seen, and to find one in this condition, extremely rare. Included with the purchase is a photographic certificate of authenticity with lifetime guarantee.

#B173 - Price $7,950