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Created by:
Charles Prince, American  Search this
Medium:
metal
Dimensions:
H x W (a): 1 3/8 × 2 3/16 in. (3.5 × 5.6 cm)
H x W (b): 1 3/16 × 2 3/16 in. (3 × 5.6 cm)
Type:
slave hire badges
Place used:
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1806
Description:
This is an octagonal metal slave badge broken across the middle into two halves. The recto of the top half (a) has text that reads ”CHARLESTON [stamped]” across the top. Under that is “No. [stamped] 36 [punched].” After the number is an incised “X”. The recto bottom half (b) has text that reads “PORTER [stamped] / 1806 [stamped].” On the verso bottom (b) is a stamped cartouche at the bottom center with the word “C PRINCE.” There is a hole punched at the center top.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Labor  Search this
Skilled labor  Search this
Slave hire system  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Partial Gift of Harry S. Hutchins, Jr. DDS, Col. (Ret.) and his Family, dedicated to the individuals these Slave Hire Badges represent and their descendants
Object number:
2022.5.13ab
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Charleston Slave Hire Badge Collection
Classification:
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5de7b32a3-70cf-4cb7-b3eb-6ddabf72606e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2022.5.13ab