|Pete's Tavern Token, front and back|
Now saddled with a Pete’s Tavern token, I set about researching tokens in an effort to learn when it was made, trying to see whether or not the token was connected to the Pete's Tavern I had read about in the newspaper articles from 1949.
The available material about merchant tokens was entirely unhelpful, as it was all too generalized. From what I read, my token could have been produced anytime between the 1880s and the 1940s.
Next, I tried skimming the Waterbury City Directories for Pete’s Tavern. Here’s where things started to get interesting.