Discussion in 'Appraisals - What's this worth?' started by gunbelt, Mar 24, 2020.
Damn, that’s some dark poop right there.
what exactly is it do you think? A name/logo plate? Would it be fastened to a building, a box...?
Looks like it’s got plenty of markings for someone knowledgeable to easily identify and appraise though.
they look like necklaces...?
Slave auction medallions. They appear to be worn by the slaves being auctioned to identify who they belonged to. Who was auctioning them.
Not 100% on that.
Placed around the neck when slaves were on the auction block.
Those are slave tags, worn by slaves when taken to auction and possibly to be worn if they were leased out (from my limited knowledge). Hard to read all the markings, look more like auction tags rather than owner tags to me. Some also display the slaves skill if applicable. Regardless of peoples feelings, they are historical artifacts (if original) and need to be preserved.
No clue on value. I'd be interested to see what they appraised at, I'd reach out to a professional appraiser.
I assume that means the item is not categorically too rare. Appraisal value probably mostly to do with the history of specific pieces.
I believe they’re fairly rare. The rarity/value would be based on the location as some places had more that survived.
@gunbelt a couple of recent completed ebay auctions.
i got em in a box of trade goods years ago.
Trade ya a gallon size bag of kibble
Who amongst us could possibly know anything about this kind of artifact?
I’d go 2 rolls of Charmin.
would be interesting to have authenticated.
Antiques Roadshow will probably roll through after the virus to help the youngins figure out what the the old timers left them...
Better bring your shovel. We’re taken it with us.
Pretty neat, thanks for posting up.
I'll see your 2 rolls and raise you 1 roll. Thanks for posting @gunbelt those are some cool artifacts.
One soul each.
I worked with a "Doc" in the 80s that was allowed to dig privies in Charleston in the 70s. Most of his were gathered SOB, South of Broad in downtown. He and his digging buddy , another "Doc" had a shoebox full of them. Every year they would get Sotheby"s to auction one. They did that to keep the market up. It was not uncommon then for these things to bring $25K. Back then they were bought and worn by Blacks. If they aren't from Charleston they are Not authentic. I have on that is a knock off, not from Charleston. There value is directly related to what the slave was capable of. The House Hands were high while Field Hands were not as much. A Brick Mason or tradesman was also high.
And we have a winner! The only real ones are from Charleston. I think these were made in the 60's & i see them them go for more money each year.
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