Thomas Porter pewter slave button. 3/4 inches in diameter with partial T. Porter on the obverse. Some of the letters are obscured because of the patina and some pitting to the face. Part of the shank is present. Excavated example. This button dates from the early 1800's and is a relic from the slave trade era. It was manufactured for the slave trader Thomas Porter who sold slaves in the Caribbean during the turn of the 19th century. This button originated in Antigua, British West Indies and was produced in London. The name Porter may have been an Anglo version of Porteous as there was a French family who ran slave ships during that era. These buttons were reportedly found off the Georgia coast and were worn by his slaves for advertising purposes when sold at auction.