Rhode Island, Providence. 1863 Charnley. F-700C-3c. Fuld Rarity-8. MS-65 (NGC)
Rhode Island, Providence. 1863 Charnley. F-700C-3c. Fuld Rarity-8. MS-65 (NGC).
White metal. J. CHARNLEY and 13 stars arc above a central shield emblazoned with an anchor, address on two curved lines below. Rv. UNION / 1863 on two lines at top, C at center, demi-wreath below. Frosty silver gray with exceptional lustre and eye appeal. Rich lilac hues grace both sides of this beautiful token. Choice for the grade.
Saloon located at 11 Orange Street, Providence.
1861 New England Business Directory: Joseph G. Charnley. Saloon. 11 Orange Street. "The Charnleys of Providence," by Michael Saks, JCWTS, Summer 1981, pp. 8-10, included this information (the dates are from city directories):
1830s: Joseph G. Charnley lived in Taunton, MA.
1850: Joseph G. Charnley operated an eating and refreshment saloon at No. 11 Peck's Wharf at the Providence, Rhode Island, harbor.
1851: Charnley moved his business to No. 14 Orange Street in downtown Providence, where it became known as Charnley's Eating Saloon. He remained at this location for about three years.
1855, circa: Charnley moved his restaurant to Ship Street, but stayed there only briefly.
1856-1876, circa: Charnley set up at No. 11 Orange Street (the address shown on the later Civil War token) in 1856. His trade was initially listed as a billiard saloon and later as an oyster and refreshment saloon. [Directory listings were inconsistent over a period of time, and the same businesses were often reclassified.] At No. 11 Orange Street the business he founded was to remain for about 20 years.
1859: Joseph Charnley's 29-year-old son William Henry Charnley joined the business (and was to remain until about 1876).
1862: Joseph G. Charnley died. The business was continued by William H. Charnley until circa 1876.
1904, March 18: William H. Charnley, who had lived in Providence all of his adult life, died on this date. His obituary noted in part: "William Henry Charnley, a well-known citizen, died at his home after a long illness. Mr. Charnley was born in Taunton, Mass., but lived in this city since childhood. Being a large property owner, he always took a great interest in civil improvements, and it was largely through his efforts that the improvements in Abbott Park were carried out, including the placing of the fountain there. Although he never had any political positions, he was a strong Republican and always supported the party, although in an unpretentious way. Three half-sisters in this city and a sister in Mississippi survive Mr. Charnley. He was never married." Charnley's half-sisters, Isabelle, Mary, and Annie lived with William.
Apparently, none of the half-sisters ever married. Annie died in 1915, and Mary died in 1927. In 1927 Isabelle moved to Pawtuxet, RI.