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Spear and Jackson

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June 1872.
December 1912.
1914. Handsaws.
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Etna Works and Rolling Mills, Sheffield.

1760 John Love, a draper, and a Mr. Manson, set up a new business making crucible steel, the business however making saws and not steel.

1774 Company established.

Alexander Spear joined the business.

1814 Company now run by John Spear, Alexander's nephew.

1820 The company were exporting saws to Europe and America. John Spear took on Samuel Jackson.

1830 Samuel Jackson became a partner in the firm of Spear and Jackson.

1851 Exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition and won a medal for their 5ft circular saw.

1855 Exhibited edge tools at the 1855 Paris Exhibition

1905 Private company.

1925 Mr Ernest Wilson left for New Zealand to act as sole representative for the company as well as Joseph Rodgers and Sons.[1]

1926 A. K. Wilson was governing director of the company, and also a director of Joseph Rodgers and Sons.[2]

1937 Company made public.

1960 Acquired Brades and Nash Industries[3]

1961 Manufacturers of steel saws, edge tools, spades, forks and shovels. [4]

1961 Modernisation of the factory would take place over 3 years[5]

1967 Spearwell Tools was formed to merge the gardening and agricultural interests of Spear and Jackson and Eva Industries[6]; jointly owned by the 2 companies

1970 After a period of losses by Spearwell, and several factory closures, Spear and Jackson acquired Eva's interest in Spearwell Tools[7]

1972 Spearwell Tools was merged with Spear and Jackson's hand tool division as Spear and Jackson (Tools)[8]

1972 Acquired John Bedford and Sons as part of expanding the tools offering[9]

1973 Acquired John Peace and Sons

1985 Acquired by James Neill and Co

1995 The new company was renamed Spear and Jackson plc.

2007 Today, Spear and Jackson exports to 115 countries and has subsidiary companies in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. After 245 years of production, Spear and Jackson's headquarters remains in Sheffield.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1925/10/02
  2. The Engineer 1926/11/19
  3. The Times, Nov 23, 1960
  4. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  5. The Times, Jun 28, 1961
  6. The Times, Jun 17, 1967
  7. The Times, Nov 13, 1969
  8. The Times, Jan 13, 1972
  9. The Times, Jun 30, 1972
  • Trademarked. A History of Well-Known Brands - from Aertex to Wright's Coal Tar by David Newton. Pub: Sutton Publishing 2008 ISBN 978-0-7509-4590-5
  • [1] Spear and Jackson company website