1909 - 1926 NICKEL PERIOD

By 1908 Mechanics made easy was going from success to success, At this point however a new name was coined. Mechanics Made Easy was a bit of a mouthful. The name was shortened to one word 'Meccano.' The biggest immediate change at the time was that the sets where changed from letters to numbers.

Out went letters x, a, b ,c, d & e in came numbers 1 to 6. It was becoming a regular event for the set contents to be slightly adjusted, new parts where also introduced but at this early stage in the nickel period they where few, in 1909 a 1.5 inch Perforated Strip was introduced along with a propeller blade at around the same time the Xylonite Sheet a very short lived part was deleted, it would be the 1960's before plastic was reintroduced into the meccano system.

By 1909 Numbers had been introduced to the Meccano parts with the odd adjustment these where kept beyond the end of Binns Road into the Meccano that is into todays shops. New parts started to flow at a faster rate. In 1910 an 8 inch Axle Rod was added along with a tension spring, a double bent strip, whilst the single bent strip and the 1 x 2.5 inch Double Angle Strips where introduced.

Around this time the Kindergarten set was dropped, it would be the 1960's before Meccano would try sets that where aimed at very young children.

In 1911 several more parts the 5.5 inch Angle Girder, a 4.5 inch Axle Rod, 3 flanged plates a 2.5 x 1.5 inch, a 2.5 x 3.5 inch and the 2.5 x 5.5 inch which became a mainstay part of the meccano system, particularly in the smaller sets. The flanged sector plates where introduced the height being 4 inch. For the first time rubber bands where also used.

1911 was the Coronation Year of King George V. To celebrated this a special set called, 'Meccano Royal,' was introduced, a small set which was later renamed Set 0.

1912 saw the introduction of one part the collar, however this marked a change for the Meccano system, shaking off the last vestiges of Mechanics Made Easy and transformed into the Meccano system that would be known for more the 100 years. With the introduction of the collar, the wheel boss was also introduced replacing the key system of the previous period.

Pulleys, Bush Wheels, Pinions and gears where redesigned to take the new boss, whilst the flanged and grooved wheel needed to be completely redesigned. 1913 saw a few new parts as well, the spring cord, a 2.5 inch double bent strip and a windmill sail. 1914 saw a raft of new parts the fishplate, double bracket, a 8 inch axle rod, a loose 1 inch pulley, a single bent strip (stepped) a crank, a coupling, a funnel and a center fork.

With World War 1 raging little changed in the Meccano range until 1922, Meccano was sold throughout the war with shortages only affecting the company in 1918. However there where still a few new parts, a 1 inch Axle rod, a 1.5 inch 56 tooth Gear Wheel which would become the most common gear and the sprocket chain. Towards the end of the war, the No 20a 2 inch pulley, the No 22 1 inch pulley where made of silver and given an open boss to cut down on metal because of wartime shortages as was several other parts.

In 1922 the number parts where doubled with the introduction of different lengths of strips, angle girders and axle rods. Washers were introduced that year as was flat plates, couplings, triangular plates, screwed rods, curved strips, braced girders, flat girders, trunions and a host of special parts. This was to coincide with the introduction of a new largest set Number 7 housed in a large wooden box. This massive set contained 50 12.5 inch perforated Strips, 96 angle brackets, 594 nuts and bolts, 55 collars amongst other items. This was to become the largest set ever to be made by Meccano, the Set 10 of later years had more variety of parts, however this set 7 have a much larger quantity of parts.

From the outset meccano was about movement., Models where meant to have working parts, so it was that in 1912 that this movement could now be motorized be means of 2 new clockwork motors No1 and No 2. Battery operated motors where added in 1916 whilst electric motors where added in 1925. Over the years Meccano have made various other sets apart from the main range. In 1920 inventors Outfit B and the first Electrical Outfit where introduced. By 1925 the Meccano range had grown up to over 100 parts, 8 sets and several motors. There was just one thing missing Colour, most of the parts where Nickel Silver however all that was about to change.

 

Meccano Periods

1901-1908

1909 -1926

1927-1934

1935-1937

1938-1940

1945-1958

1959-1962

1963-1970

1971-1978

1979

 

Manuals for this period

1909 HSMD

1911 Manual

1913 Manual

1915 Prize Models

1919 Manual

1922 Manual

1926 Manual

 

Motors in this Period
Number Year Description
1 1912 Clockwork originaly made in Germany but made at Binns Road from 1915
2 1912 Clockwork discontinued on the outbrake of WW1
  1914 First Steam Engine
  1914 Water Motor
  1916 Battery 4 Volt, Reversing and Non Reversing Varients
  1925 Electric 100/240 volt
   
Sets in this Period
Set No Year Description
1 1910  
2 1910  
3 1910  
4 1910  
5 1910  
6 1910  
Royal 1911 New Smallest Set
0 1912 Reboxed and Renamed Royal Set
Inventors Outfit 1916 First Specialised Set
Electric Outfit 1920  

7

1922 New Largest Set
00 1923 New Smallest Set
 
Parts Introduced in this Period
Original Part Number Later Part Number Year Description
- 6a 1909 1.5 inch Perforated Strip
- 41 1909 Propeller Blades
- 13a 1910 8 inch Axle Rods
- 43 1910 Springs
- 45 1910 Double Bent Strip
- 9 1910 5.5 inch Angle Girders
- 15 1910 5 inch Axle Rod
- 52 1911 2.5x5.5 inch Flanged Plate
- 53 1911 2.5x3.5 inch Flanged Plate
- 54 1911 Flanged Sector Plates
- 51 1911 1.5x2.5 inch Flanged Plate
- 59 1911 Collar
- 55 1911 5.5 inch Perforated Slotted Strip
- 58 1912 Spring Cord
- 48a 1912 2.5x0,5 inch Double Angle Strip
- 61 1912 Windmill Sails
10 10 1914 Fishplate
11 11 1914 Double Bracket
62 62 1914 Crank
63 63 1914 Coupling
64 64 1914 Threaded Boss
65 65 1914 Center Fork
18 18b 1915 1 inch Axle Rod
27a 27a 1915 1.5 inch Gear Wheel
2a 2a 1922 4.5 inch Perforated Strip
7 7 1922 24.5 inch Angle Girder
7a 7a 1922 18.5 inch Angle Girder
8a 8a 1922 9.5 inch Angle Girder
9d 9d 1922 2.5 inch Angle Girder
12a 12a 1922 1 inch Angle Bracket
12b 12b 1922 1x0.5 inch Angle Bracket
16a 16a 1922 2.5 inch Axle Rod
18a 18a 1922 1.5 inch Axle Rod
19a 19a 1922 Spoked Wheels
19b 19b 1922 3 inch Pulley
20a 20a 1922 2 inch Pulley
23a 23a 1922 Half inch Pulley
30 30 1922 Bevel Gear
31 31 1922 1 inch Gear Wheels
33a 147b 1922 Pivot Bolt
36a 36a 1922 Extra Long Screwdriver
38 38 1922 Washer
52a 52a 1922 3.5x5.5 inch Flat Plate
53a 53a 1922 2.5x4.5 inch Flat Plate
57a 57a 1922 Hook Loaded
60a 48 1922 0.5x1,5 inch Double Angle Strip
60b 48b 1922 0.5x3.5 inch Double Angle Strip
60c 48d 1922 0.5x5.5 inch Dounle Angle Strips
60d 48c 1922 0.5x4.5 inch Double Angle Strips
62a 62a 1922 Threaded Crank
63a 63a 1922 Octagonal Coupling9
63b 63b 1922 Strip Coupling
64 64 1922 Threaded Boss
66 66 1922 Weights - 50 gram
67 67 1922 Weights - 25 gram
70 70 1922 Flat Plate 5.5x2.5
72 72 1922 Flat Plate 2.5x2.5
76 76 1922 Triangular Plate 2.5
77 77 1922 Triangular Plate 0.5
78 78 1922 Screwed Rod 11.5
80 80 1922 Screwed Rod 5 inch
80a 80a 1922 Screwed Rod 3.5
81 81 1922 Screwed Rod 2 inch
82 82 1922 Screwed Rod 1 inch
89 89 1922 Curved Strip 5.5
90 90 1922 Curved Strip 2.5
95 95 1922 Sprocket Wheel 2 inch
95a 95a 1922 Sprocket Wheel 1.5
95b 95b 1922 Sprocket Wheel 3 inch
96 96 1922 Sprocket Wheel 1 inch
96a 96a 1922 Sprocket Wheel 0.75
97 97 1922 Braced Girder 3.5x2 inch
98 98 1922 Braced Girder 2.5x2 inch
99 99 1922 Braced Girder 12.5x2 inch
100 100 1922 Braced Girder 5.5x2 inch
101 101 1922 Healds for Looms
102 102 1922 Single Bent Strip
103 103 1922 Flat Girder 5.5 inch
103b 103b 1922 Flat Girder 12.5 inch
103f 103f 1922 Flat Girder 2.5 inch
104 104 1922 Shuttles for Looms
105 105 1922 Reed Hooks for Looms
106 106 1922 Wood Rollers
106a 106a 1922 Sand Rollers
107 107 1922 Tables for Designing Machines
108 108 1922 Architraves
109 109 1922 Face Plate
110 110 1922 Rack Strip
111 111 1922 Long Bolt
112 47 1922 Double Angle Strip 2.5x1.5 inch
112a 47a 1922 Double Angle Strip 3x1.5 inch
113 113 1922 Girder Frame
114 114 1922 Hinge
115 115 1922 Threaded Pin
122 122 1922 Miniature Loaded Sack
123 123 1922 Cone Pulley
124 124 1922 Reversed Angle Bracket 1 inch
125 125 1922 Reversed Angle Bracket 0.5 inch
126 126 1922 Trunnion
126a 126a 1922 Flat Trunnion
128 128 1922 Boss Bell Crank
130 130 1922 Triple Throw Eccentric
131 131 1922 Dredger Bucket
132 132 1922 Flywheel
134 134 1922 Crank Shaft
135 135 1922 Theodolite Protractor
138 138 1922 Ships Funnel
301 301 1922

Bobbins

302 302 1922 Bushes, Insulating
303 303 1922 Washers
304 304 1922 6 BA Screws
305 305 1922 6 BA Nuts
306 306 1922 Terminals
307 307 1922 Contact screw
308 308 1922 Pole Pieces
309 309 1922 Coil Cheeks
310 310 1922 Lamp Holders
311 311 1922 Lamps
312 312 1922 27 gauge wire
313 313 1922 26 gauge wire
314 314 1922 23 gauge wire
315 315 1922 Bare copper wire