Antique Meccano Toys

Meccano Ltd. was formed in 1908 in Britain by Frank Hornby. Meccano was first titled "Mechanics Made Easy" which was soon shortened to the name we know today. The first toy Meccano created was not even really a toy. It was a set to be used for educational purposes in school and came with a detailed handbook. Since it was not very popular in or out of the school system, it was discontinued a short time later. Today, one can find these sets under the name of erector sets and a vintage set could be quite valuable.

2 x OLD MECCANO Outfit N0. 5 (27e) Gear 55 Teeth 1-3 8" Dia,  8h Hole     Lot #34
2 x OLD MECCANO Outfit N0. 5 (27e) Gear 55 Teeth 1-3 8" Dia, 8h Hole Lot #34
$14.95
OLD MECCANO MAGAZINE,  AUG 1972,  ELECTRIC ROWING BOAT
OLD MECCANO MAGAZINE, AUG 1972, ELECTRIC ROWING BOAT
$4.33
German Made FISCHERTECHNIK PLAY SET Incomplete and As-Found with a MECCANO SET
German Made FISCHERTECHNIK PLAY SET Incomplete and As-Found with a MECCANO SET
$8.99
OLD MECCANO MAGAZINE,  OCT 1969,  MOTOR CYCLE DRAGSTERS,  STAMPS
OLD MECCANO MAGAZINE, OCT 1969, MOTOR CYCLE DRAGSTERS, STAMPS
$4.33
OLD MECCANO MAGAZINE,  NOV 1972,  INLAND WATERWAYS,  TREE PLANTING
OLD MECCANO MAGAZINE, NOV 1972, INLAND WATERWAYS, TREE PLANTING
$4.33
OLD MECCANO MAGAZINE,  AUG 1969,  MECCANO GIANT LOCO,  MODEL VILLAGES
OLD MECCANO MAGAZINE, AUG 1969, MECCANO GIANT LOCO, MODEL VILLAGES
$4.33
By 1914, Meccano had opened branches in five different countries and started to manufacture O Scale model trains under the name of Hornby Railways in the early 1920's.  In 1922, Mecanno set up a factory in the United States and manufactured trains from it, but sold it in 1929 to toy maker A.C. Gilbert Company. Within a year of the sale, Mecanno model trains disappeared from the North American market.
Though not widely known, there was a brand called Dinky Toys and it was created by Mecanno in 1934. As one would think, Dinky Toys were small cars and trucks that were made of die-cast metal. Many of these Mecanno Dinky Toys are still in the market today and are desirable to collectors.