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Newspaper advertisement Spring 1919
 
1901-1911 Original supplies to European markets were through a wholesale agent in Rotterdam, Weimar Brothers.
Standard Meccano outfits with German language labels were sold in Germany.

1911 the co-operation with Weimar ended because of a dispute about patent rights over a copy of Meccano being sold by Weimar

1911-1913 Production of Dual Brand Clockwork motors No 1 and No 2 by Märklin, stock of these motors were sold by Meccano until 1916.
In my collection is a boxed Märklin Meccano Motor No 1 with a 1916 box label.

1916 Meccano clockwork motors introduced.

1912 In Berlin Hornby founded a distribution-company called Meccano G.m.b.H, Berlin C.2, Burgstrasse 28, Bürohaus Borse

1912- 1916 black finish parts instead of Nickel was used for outfits exported to the mainland of Europe. Standard Meccano box labels in German languages from this period where used for the Netherlands.
The black finished parts were produced in the UK. Meccano wanted to differentiate between the nickel plated parts of the German company Stabil.

1916- July 1917 Due to shortage of material, box labels and nuts and bolt box labels, a MECCANO only label and a outfit number was used as box label and instead of a nuts and bolt box label a red round dot label was used.
Due to shortage of brass, parts where made of steel and painted bronze.
These bronze painted parts can also be found in outfits with the correct 1912 -1916 box label and can therefore be dated just before point they run out of label stock.

August 1917 all rights and trademarks of foreign companies fell in 1917 to the German Reich.

Oktober 1918 – August 1919 production of joint Meccano – Märklin outfits.
The quality of material for this period is different then 1912-1917 production period, softer metal strips and different black (purple) colour.
Box label is changed, the Eiffel tower on this label is different compared to the Meccano box label from the 1912-1916 period and indicating production by Märklin in abteilung Meccano Göppingen.
The manuals used by Märklin in this period used the 1913 aeroplane front page picture and contents list of the 1913- 1915 period and are also marked Märklin abteilung Meccano in Göppingen.

After August 1919 Märklin started production of Märklin Metall Baukasten labelled outfits, first using the Meccano boxes with green interior and a Märklin Metall baukasten label with red edges, glued over the Meccano label.

At the end of 1919 Märklin changed interior colour of the boxed from green to dark red and a changed the numbering system.

In November 1928 after the legal dispute between Meccano and Marklin was settled, Meccano opened a new German sales office in Berlin SW.68 , Alte Jakobstrasse 20-22

 
Meccano Märklin Outfit No 1 ca 1918, in original box. This outfit is marked with the logo of both manufacturers Meccano and Märklin. Manual and box label are also marked Meccano and Märklin. Nuts and bold box with wrong 1a outfit label.

Use of the outfit displayed for this website is with permission of the owner.

Meccano Märklin Outfit No 1a ca1918, in original box. This outfit is marked with the logo of both manufacturers Meccano and Märklin. Manual and box label are also marked Meccano and Märklin.
 

Meccano Märklin Outfit No 2 ca 1918, in original box. This outfit is marked with the logo of both manufacturers Meccano and Märklin. Manual and box label are also marked Meccano and Märklin. Nuts and bold box with correct label.

Use of the outfit displayed for this website is with permission of the owner.

Meccano Märklin Outfit No 2a ca1918, in original box. This outfit is marked with the logo of both manufacturers Meccano and Märklin. Manual and box label are also marked Meccano and Märklin.

Meccano Märklin Outfit No 3 ca1919, in original box. This outfit is marked with the logo of both manufacturers Meccano and Märklin. Manual and box label are also marked Meccano and Märklin

Meccano Märklin Outfit No 3 ca 1918, in original box. This outfit is marked with the logo of both manufacturers Meccano and Märklin. Manual and box label are also marked Meccano and Märklin. Nuts and bold box with correct label.

Use of the outfit displayed for this website is with permission of the owner.


Meccano Märklin Outfit No 4 ca1919, in original box. This outfit is marked with the logo of both manufacturers Meccano and Märklin. Manual and box label are also marked Meccano and Märklin

Meccano Märklin Outfit No 5 ca1918, in original box. This outfit is marked with the logo of both manufacturers Meccano and Märklin. Manual and box label are also marked Meccano and Märklin.

Meccano Märklin Outfit No 5 ca 1918, in original box. This outfit is marked with the logo of both manufacturers Meccano and Märklin. Manual and box label are also marked Meccano and Märklin.

4 different Meccano "Reklame Marken" 1912-1914
These stamps did give you the right for a free meccano booklet.
See also Page 72 of the book Baukästen by Ulf Leinweber, ISBN 3-928127-64-0207-43248

Meccano/Märklin Outfit No 3A in original box. The production is most likely 1917. This outfit is marked with a Meccano Box label only. Parts are not marked Meccano and Marklin, they are "black painted parts" and not chemically blackened.
I assume this is the first production series of outfits by Märklin.

A similar set is pictured in the Book "EISENZEIT" from de Nürnberg Spielzeug Museum. See page for Tafel 28. 

Meccano/Märklin Outfit No 2A in original box. The exact production but most likely 1917. This outfit is marked with a Meccano Box label only. Parts are not marked Meccano and Marklin, they are "black painted parts" and not chemically blackened.
I assume this is the first production series of outfits by Märklin.

A similar set is pictured in the Book "EISENZEIT" from de Nürnberg Spielzeug Museum. See page for Tafel 28. 

Meccano/Märklin Outfit No 3 in original box. The exact production date is unknown but most likely 1916. This outfit is marked with a Meccano and No 3 Box label only. Parts are not marked Meccano and Marklin, they are "black painted parts". Because there where Meccano sets sold by Meccano dealers in Germany with a standard Meccano label, I assume that these type of sets where sold by Märklin dealers.

A similar set is pictured in the Book "EISENZEIT" from de Nürnberg Spielzeug Museum. See page for Tafel 28. 
Seals as on the nuts and bolt box where a used as saving stamps and are very rare items.

Use of the outfit displayed for this website is with permission of the owner.

Meccano/Märklin Outfit No 4 approx 1916, in original box. This outfit is marked with a Meccano (missing) and No 4 Box label only. Parts are not marked Meccano and Marklin, they are "black black jpainted parts". Nuts and Bolt box have a red dot sticker.
Because there where Meccano sets sold by Meccano dealers in Germany with a standard Meccano label, I assume that these type of sets where sold by Märklin Dealers.

A similar set is pictured in the Book "EISENZEIT" from de Nürnberg Spielzeug Museum. See page for Tafel 28.

Use of the outfit displayed for this website is with permission of the owner.




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