Slave Badge

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1817 copper slave badge with chamfered corners stamped, "Servant No. 664," found on the ground near a cabin on Chapel Hill Plantation in Berkeley County. The reverse is stamped "Lafar" for the maker's mark of Charleston silversmith, John J. Lafar. This badge would have been worn by a slave who was hired out to work as a house servant, washer woman or maid.