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J.W. Spear and Sons
Furth, Germany
1879 - 1994

 

Aliases

 

J.W. Spear and Sons
Spearís Games

 

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Furth, Germany

History

 

J.W. Spear and Sons was a toy and game manufacturer that began in Furth, Germany in 1879.It was founded by Jacob Wolf Spier.Initially they produced things like photo frames and waste baskets but by 1900, games were their main source of focus.During those earlier years they were known world-wide as one of the finest game manufacturers out there.They expanded with a factory in Brimsdown, England in 1932.As Spear was Jewish, his family emigrated to the UK during the rise of the Nazi movement.Their factory in Nuremburg was forcibly purchased by German businessmen and survived until the Royal Air Force bombed it during WWII.They produced things for the war in the UK and then resumed back to games after the war.In 1954 they acquired the rights to sell Scrabble internationally.They were taken over by Mattel in 1994 during a bidding war with Hasbro.Mattel closed the factory in the UK and only kept the Scrabble deal while scrapping everything else the company had.

 

During their tenure, they had some crayons that were included in some of their game concepts.As such, they had the crayons subcontracted through Harbutts.We know this because one of the sets contains a Roman City box of crayons made by them.

 

Known Crayon Boxes

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Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

Picture

 

Crayon Colouring Cards

SPR0001

LID

6

6

Red

White border

Girl coloring on table

1954

7

$20

Yes

 

Crayon Colouring Cards

SPR0002

LID

8

8

Green

Thick Text

3 stack of coloring templates

1960s

7

$15

Yes

 

Photos

 

 

 

SPR0001

SPR0002