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Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Charleston slave tag. Metal tag, 2 x 2-inch diamond shape with hole punched in upper corner and embossed lettering reading "Charleston 1860 servant 1237"; dark patina, worn with corrosion causing a few pin-sized holes. Tastefully matted and framed with an explanatory note; not examined out of frame. Charleston, SC, 1860
Slave registration tags were used in Charleston, SC from the late 18th century through 1865. The present example was issued to a household servant shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War; they would have been required to wear the tag around their neck while hired out to another owner. mounted with--a 1790s British abolitionist token reading "Am I Not a Man and a Brother" and an 1838 token reading "Am I Not a Woman & a Sister."