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.

5 Pieces MECCANO ERECTOR CHERRY RED METAL FLAT PLATES 3 HOLE X 5 HOLE
5 Pieces MECCANO ERECTOR CHERRY RED METAL FLAT PLATES 3 HOLE X 5 HOLE
$2.49
Vintage Meccano Key Made in England Erector Toys 1" W x 1 1 3" H UK
Vintage Meccano Key Made in England Erector Toys 1" W x 1 1 3" H UK
$7.74
 Vtg 1960's MECCANO Offset Wrench #34 Spanner for Erector Toy Building Set
Vtg 1960's MECCANO Offset Wrench #34 Spanner for Erector Toy Building Set
$7.95
MECCANO TWO SEATER SPORTS CAR NO 1 CONSTRUCTOR 1936 Roadster FHC + parts,  BOXED
MECCANO TWO SEATER SPORTS CAR NO 1 CONSTRUCTOR 1936 Roadster FHC + parts, BOXED
$880.00
Meccano sprocket #95
Meccano sprocket #95
$2.32
MECCANO 8 RED FLEXIBLE PLATES 2.5x2.5 inch PART No 190
MECCANO 8 RED FLEXIBLE PLATES 2.5x2.5 inch PART No 190
$1.94
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.