πŸ₯‡ BANNER 1837 SLAVE TAG & Rev War PEWTER!

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Hey guys,

Been overseas for 2 weeks and have been itching to get back to the lowcountry and knock the dust of the CTX. While I would have been perfectly happy to walk away with a flat button, I could never have predicted a night like this. This particular site has proven to be a great spot to meet other diggers on TNet. Over the course of the last month, we have had multiple group hunts with amazing success. Affectionately known as the watermelon patch, the dirt is packed with 300 years of history and continues to produce. The evening started out as most do, surface pottery, glass, and brick shards- the normal indicators for a killer site. Given the volume of targets and age of the site, everything dug ends up in my pouch for later identification. After arriving home I had no idea what I had dug. As I was working through my round stuff pocket, I noticed the familiar look of pewter. While only a partial, I carefully tooth picked away the corrosion hoping for a design of some sort...6...7!

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First Revolutionary War button of 2016, and finally an end to a 1 year regimental drought. Curiously, the 67th Regiment of Foot did not serve in North America during the war although 1 other example is noted in Troiani's book as being recovered in SC. Perhaps the soldier was attached to another unit during the occupation.

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At this point I am already running around the kitchen, until I notice a familiar shape in the misc pocket-rectangular and made of brass. May have dug my first plate? After a bit of careful cleaning, my heart started pounding. Could this actually be what I think it is...holy **** its a Charleston Slave TAG! 1837 Servant #573. For me there are no words to express how it feels holding such a piece of history. The stories this discarded object could tell- stories which would have been lost after the site is covered in concrete.

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Among the other digs was a curious pewter spoon with an unknown benchmark, flat buttons, round balls, and a tiny pewter heart. Any ID help with the spoon is great appreciated.

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Certainly a night I will never forget- Rev War Regimental and a Charleston Slave tag at one site. This is why we spend the hours we do digging and swinging. As always, thanks for looking and get out there and save the next piece of history.

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Update- After 48 hours in oil and a light brushing I am happy with the balance of patina and corrosion...after all its been in the ground for 179 years :laughing7:. Thanks to everyone for the kind words and for giving this history the attention it deserves.

After a bit of research I have been able to confirm the tag was manufactured by Charleston silversmith William M. Rouse. He apprenticed until 1834 as a silversmith under John Ewan and subsequently went into business for himself. In 1836 he was awarded the city contract for manufacturing tags. Rouse's tags are unique in that he used a series of small dots around the stamped occupations on his badges from the 1830s. He continued making badges until 1840, size though growing increasingly smaller due to the increased cost of materials or diminishing profit margins. In 1837 he manufactured 3722 tags for a total contract of $8,141. Unfortunately the trail goes cold regarding the poor soul who wore the tag. All records were lost after the Civil War-

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That's about as good as it gets! I suspect you would have been happy with just the button, but nice job going over the top with that tag!

Other than digging colonial gold there isn't a target I'd rather dig than a Revolutionary War button...except a Charleston Tag...but I would have bet you yesterday I had a better chance of finding the gold.
 

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Thanks Bill, iron masking is likely the reason it had not been recovered by the other diggers. The CTX did not manage the same quantity of targets as the DEUS hunters, but its hard to beat when swung low and slow.

And the fact they keep pushing dirt around to dry out this place. Keeps things coming up
 

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Phenomenal find man

It's in beautiful shape

Congrats
 
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KILLER day and what an amazing group shot. Great job unmasking a banner tag in perfect condition. :notworthy:

Thanks OutdoorAdv, apparently after the tax year they were suppose to be destroyed...explains why they are normally folded. This one is rock solid and has some weight to it
 
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Man! What a great hunt! That slave tag is awesome! Banner vote in!
 

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WOW! talk about history and some emotion to go with it! thanks for sharing.
 

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Great pieces of history you have found!!! Congrats!!!:occasion14:
 

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The slave tag is definitely a Banner find. The regimental button is great, too!
 

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The button alone would be banner for me! Congrats on an awesome day!
 

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AWESOME,those slave tags are not found or posted very often. That find will be remembered by you forever. I wonder where the thousands and thousands of those went to.
 

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The only only hand that beats that regimental pewter is a straight flush and you laid it down. Amazing find buddy. Banner all the way. Congratulations on saving an incredibly sad but special piece of history.
 

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And the fact they keep pushing dirt around to dry out this place. Keeps things coming up

Excuses, excuses!

Great job in those finds. Which do you think is better...having one super hunt with two of your desires found or spreading them out so you get two great hunts? I will take either please!
 

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Congrats on a couple of very rare finds. Awesome!
 

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Excuses, excuses!

Great job in those finds. Which do you think is better...having one super hunt with two of your desires found or spreading them out so you get two great hunts? I will take either please!

It was so shallow you could have found it with a F75/or even Kicked it out of ground:laughing7:
 
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Nice 67th button! Very cool since it's rare! That slave tag is te real winner, I'm waiting to get my cool over one of those beauties!

Thanks Luke, very little material regarding the role of the 67th. Should make for some interesting research
 

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The WP is an amazing site. This was an incredible combination of rare finds and definitely has my vote for banner. Congrats Jon!
 

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