Spear Charitable Trust
The Spear Charitable Trust was established to offer assistance to former employees of the company J W Spear and Sons PLC (games manufacturers) and their families. Today the Trust supports a wide range of charitable causes including educational activities for children.
J.W.Spear and Sons was registered by Jacob Wolf Spear in 1879. After Jacob's premature death in 1893, his two sons, Carl and Wilhelm Spear, both still in their twenties, took over the management of the company. Over the next thirty years the brothers gradually expanded the company to become one of the best-known international manufacturers of games and children's activity kits. In 1994 Spear's was purchased by US toy giant Mattel. Mattel continues to supply Scrabble® and a variety of other games, but many of the traditional Spear's items are now unobtainable. However, you can still see most of them at the Spears Games Archive.