What is it?

Throughout the 18th century, John Drayton amassed his fortunes through the cultivation of various crops, including the

John Drayton's indigo brand. Wood handle, iron shaft, copper-alloy die. Total length 9 inches, die length 3 3/4 inches.

growing and processing of indigo for use in the creation of a deep blue dyestuff popular in Europe. One artifact

Mirror image of the Drayton brand.

that survives from this period is his stamp wrought with his name “I. Drayton.” Because the stamp is made of a lightweight metal that is unable to withstand the high temperatures required for branding, it was likely used to mark indigo cakes prior to sale, as a mark of the manufacturer and an assurance of quality.

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