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Object ID 000994

Object Name Meccano Engingeering in Miniature

Object Desc Two boxes and one owner's manual. Meccano Inventor's accessory outfit box. Meccano outfit No. 2A and a Meccano manual of instructions. Manual is No. 16.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000874a-i

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Toys


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 1, Shelf 8

Object Date

Start Year Range 1916

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Meccano,toys,metal toys,construction toys,architectural toys,

Title Meccano Engingeering in Miniature

Description Meccano Engineering in miniature (a) ha a boy on fron with a bridge in the background. Eiffel Tower is on front, Words "Meccano registered all over the world" "Meccano Patents etc." "Outfit No 2A" and "This outfit should only be purchased for use in..with the...No.2 outfit." Inside box is 103 tools to use to build something. There are two smaller boxes that say "Meccano Nuts and Bolts Etc." Box (b) has 101 nuts and bolts and (d) has 97. Meccano Inventor's Accessory Outfit (f-g) is another box. It says "The World's Mechanical Wonders in Every Home" and "Meccano Company, Inc., New York" Inside there are 83 pieces. Meccano Manual of Instructions (h-i) contains words "Book No. 1" "Price 35 cents" "Meccano Compnay, Inc., New York" "American Edition" "No. 16" "Copyright 1916 by Meccano LTD., Liverpool" and the name "Arthur Bzostik" There are two boys building an airplane on the cover.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1

Length 13.5

Width 7.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Meccano Co.

Maker Details Meccano is a metal construction toy, using perforated metal shapes, nuts and bolts to assemble all sorts of things. Erector is a similar system which is much better known in the United States. Meccano was invented by Frank Hornby in England in 1901, and spread throughout the world. It was imported into the US by 1909, and a US Meccano Company was formed in 1913. (Erector was invented in the US by A. C. Gilbert in 1912.) A factory to manufacture Meccano was established in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1922. The US Meccano Company was purchased by A. C. Gilbert In 1928. The Meccano factory was closed about 1930, and production moved to the Erector factory in New Haven, Connecticut. Meccano sets continued in production for a few years, and the name was used on a number of other toys, such as microscopes. Meccano construction sets were made in the US as late as 1938.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY874a-i



Date OCT 4,2013

Summary Poor

Assessor Rachel Baker

Notes Boxes are all torn and coming apart. Manual is torn.


Date OCT 16,2013

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Hallway shelf from Cabinet 1 - automatic entry by admin

Date MAR 21,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 1, Shelf 20 from Hallway shelf - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 12,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 1, Shelf 8 from Room 1, Shelf 20 - automatic entry by admin