A MAN is appealing for the return of valuable Meccano sets taken from his home.
Stephen Wilson, of Nairn Close, Crosland Moor, returned from work to find parts of his Meccano collection had been taken from his house.
He believes they may be sold to collectors.
Twenty-seven models and 12 sets of parts - dated between 1916 and 1976 - were taken.
Some of the most distinctive pieces included a 1930s 5ft model of a battleship.
There was also a rowing boat and a steam locomotive tank engine from 1920. The engine is bright green, with black livery and polished brass. Mr Wlson restored the piece in 1991.
He also had 100 tourist souvenir teaspoons, dating from the 1920s to the present day, taken.
Mr Wilson said: "There is a lot more that has not been taken, I don't know why they took the pieces they did.
"I spent a long time collecting these pieces and I want them back."
Mr Wilson thinks his collection is worth around £7,000, possibly more if sold on the worldwide market.
He said: "The matter is complicated and not sorted out. I want people to be aware of that if they are offered one of my pieces."
A full list of the missing items will soon be on the Midlands Meccano Guild website, www.midlandsmeccanoguild.com
Mr Wilson is a member of the guild.