In a saucepan combine the sugar, water, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. Boil the mixture for 5 minutes. Add the pears to the pan and cover with waxed paper. Continue boiling the pears for another 10 to 15 minutes until tender.
Place pears stem end up in 3 sterilized 1-pint Mason-type jar. Add brandy into the pear syrup and pour the mixture over the pears. Add more brandy if necessary to cover the pears completely. Seal the jar with a lid and store in a cool place for at least 1 month.
Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine