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.925 Silver "JUST-DUG" Charleston Slave Hire Badge / Tag Civil War Relic Pendant

.925 Silver "JUST-DUG" Charleston Slave Hire Badge / Tag Civil War Relic Pendant

This listing is for a very unique, hand-made pendant, designed for Civil War relic hunters, metal detecting enthusiasts and history buffs in-general. My name is Leonard Short and I have combined my two careers of goldsmith/jewelry designer and artifact restoration to create a line of metal detecting jewelry. The artifact displayed in this pendant is modeled from an actual Charleston, South Carolina Slave hire badge from the dark period of the American slave trade in the nineteenth century. This particular line of pendants illustrating artifacts just as they are excavated from the ground was quite a while in the design stage and is titled: "JUST-DUG". With this variety of "Just-Dug", I wanted to develop a design that would appeal to relic hunters and historians that have recognized the unique rarity and historical importance of the Charleston slave hire badges. Illustrated in this design is an 1811 slave hire badge with "SERVANT" occupation and a serial number of "32", still in the relic hunter's dig hole with the digging tool still in place! The date of 1811 is the only year in the entire history of Charleston Slave hire badges where the corners were not only clipped, but actually "scalloped" with concave indentions. This copyrighted design was carefully laid out to display a vision that most relic hunters dream of seeing in their dig hole, while having an artistic balance with the angles of the artifact and digging tool. The pendant measures 58mm in height (2 1/4 inch) and has a brushed finish with black patina in the recesses to strongly display details. The bail is uniquely crafted with long-term wear in mind. It has an opening that measures 3mm x 6mm in order to accommodate a very substantial chain. In addition, the bail has my signature, hinge mechanism.

If you are in need of a nice sterling silver chain on which to wear the pendant, please check out my other listings. My recommended chain style for my pendant line is a 2.5 mm diameter sterling silver wheat style chain. There are several listings for the following lengths: 18" , 20", 24” and 30”..

This is a unique, copyrighted pendant design that you will not find anywhere else!

Shipping is $8 in the United States. (Other destinations will require a calculation on shipping).


Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding or buying.

Any purchases made within the State of Virginia must also include 5% Virginia State Sales tax. I am offering a 14 day return policy if not fully satisfied for any reason. For return, customer is responsible for return shipping cost. Please e-mail me with any questions that you may have BEFORE BIDDING. IF YOU LIKE THIS PENDANT DESIGN, PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON MY OTHER LISTINGS, AS I HAVE BEGUN THE PROCESS OF CREATING AN ENTIRE LINE OF METAL DETECTING AND TREASURE HUNTING-THEMED PENDANTS AND RINGS. I will periodically be adding additional designs to the line as I have time to design and create the master models. Thanks for viewing my listing! Thank

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