Meccano Steam Engine, 1929 (Meccano Ltd)

From The Brighton Toy and Model Index
Exhibit

Meccano Steam Engine, 1929 (Meccano Ltd)

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location:
Arch Two , Area 4
Meccano Construction Sets (display)
Meccano steam engine, 1934 advertising

Meccano steam engine, 1934 advertising [image info]

An early (1929-type) Meccano steam engine, with blue pierced angled base, red and gold "Meccano Ltd. Liverpool" sticker, and copper-coloured boiler with "MECCANO" embossed lettering.

Rarity

This is another one of the rarest and most sought-after Meccano Ltd. pieces, dating from before Mamod started making steam engines for the company.

It's not the very earliest Meccano-branded steam engine - the German company Bing produced a version of one of their own steam engines for Meccano before WW1 - but since this was a more useful version than the Bing (which didn't have a Meccano-style baseplate or an easy way to attach driveshafts and gearing), and since the earlier model was essentially a Bing engine with the Meccano name on, these 1929 versions are usually considered more desirable.

Photographs

Early Meccano Steam engine, detail showing red and gold "Meccano Ltd. Liverpool" sticker
Early Meccano Steam engine, detail showing red and gold "Meccano Ltd. Liverpool" sticker

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