I have no idea where this came from. While cleaning up a hard disk I found it hidden in a forgotten corner, little dustbytes swirling around it's virtual edges. Someone at sometime put together a comprehensive family tree of the most famous Spear & Jackson. The offspring, offshoots and absorbed names and companies span British tool maker history. To name just a few...
- William Hunt & Sons
- Various Tyzacks
- Spearwell Tools
- Wm. Edwards & Son
- Walden Scythes
- Neill Tools
- Phoenix Shovels and of course
- Spear & Jackson
I suspect that if we rounded up all the Spear & Jackson people and companies named in this list, the total would be larger than the population of the town I live in. A very interesting but totally daunting project would be a 'family tree' of a particular type of toolmaker, such as planemakers. Add in apprentices, partnerships, firms absorbed and so on. There must be some adventurous genealogist out there who is just dieing to tackle a project such as this? I'm not a genealogist, so I am excused.
Hey, how about a family tree program for tool makers? Sometimes I think I am absolutely brilliant. Not that I can create such a program, but it is a brilliant idea. Whoever decides to create one, please remember to give me credit as the progenitor of this marvelous idea.
PS: I forgot to include the present day Spear & Jackson