SLAVE BRACELET - EPHEMERA UNSIGNED - HFSID 259491
Sale Price $450.00
SLAVERY: SLAVE BRACELET.
A symbol of bondage from the 18th century, when slavery flourished in America. Authentic slave bracelet. Metal, probably wrought iron. Approximately 2¾" outside, 2¼" inside measurement. 2" wide opening from end to end. This style of slave bracelet dates to between 1640-1820, being most popular in the 1700s. By 1740, the slavery system in colonial America was well established, both in the North and in the South.
Slavery flourished in pockets of the North, especially in the farming regions of New York and New Jersey, and Northerners saw slaves as an integral part of the trading triangle between Europe, Africa and North America. In the South, some 61% of the slave population lived in Virginia and Maryland, where they worked in the tobacco fields. The South Carolina and Georgia coastal rice belt had a slave population of about 40,000. By 1750, the U.S. slave population had reached 236,400; 206,000 of the slaves lived south of Pennsylvania, which became the first U.S. state to abolish slavery (The Pennsylvania Gradual Abolition Act of 1780). But from 1780-1810 as many slaves were brought to the U.S. as had been brought in over the previous 160 years. Slaves performed a wide range of tasks, from general laborers to servants and skilled craftsmen, and their living conditions varied greatly. Slave codes in every colony deprived slaves of basic human rights and gave their masters the potential for ruthless control, including keeping them in bonds, as evidenced by this slave bracelet. The metal has a patina-like cast to it, noting it has aged. Overall, fine condition.
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