Richter's Anchor Stone Building Sets

Richters Anker-Steinbaukasten

The cover label shown at the right is typical of the box labels from during Anchor sets' most popular era.  Richter varied almost every detail over the years, but the overall look is the same.  Richter had probably been advised that the variations helped make his trademark claims more general.  (Incorrect legal advice.) The languages were changed for each market.  This label, with Dutch (Flemish), French, English and Danish is for the "northern" market.  The American market labels included English, Spanish, Portuguese and German.  Modern sets also have this style label; the languages are German, French, Dutch and English.  Some "NY" sets carried labels in English only, the only examples of single language since about 1885.

Richter's Anchor Stone Building Sets (Richters Anker Steinbaukasten) were the world's most popular construction toy from the early 1880s through W.W.I.  These building stones were made in Rudolstadt, Thuringia, Germany, (and at the company's branches in Vienna, New York and, possibly, St. Petersburg, Russia).  Starting in 1880, Richter's Anchor building stones were covered by international patents and trademarks.

Today, there are many collectors and builders (This page shows some exhibition quality buildings.) of Anchor Stone Building Sets.  A number of them are members of the international Club of Anchor Friends (Club van Ankervrienden), a Dutch club with members from the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain and the USA.

Over 600 different Anchor Stone Building Sets were produced in a number of different series.  In addition Richter offered other "stone" products such as puzzles and laying games.  Information on these building set series is provided here, but one can e-mail me on other Richter products.  People who would like to know more about a specific set, including value, or are only interested in additional general information are urged to contact George Hardy (This page shows some of my buildings.) by e-mail.  All e-mail questions will be answered, to the extent of my knowledge.

Please note that this home page is under constant revision.  The graphics are JPEG, which improves quality and reduces file size.  I have used the savings from this graphics format to enlarge some pictures and add additional ones.  

Many new graphics, and additional text, are uploaded once a month, as close to the first as possible.  So please plan to drop by monthly to see the new pictures.  In the restricted (1.4M) space of my home page, I can provide only a limited view of the wonderful world of Richter's Anchor stones.

Other web sites with Anchor pictures and information:
         new Anchor factory in Rudolstadt, Germany, (in German and English;
         for whatever reason, the factory has no e-mail address);
         Anchor distributor in the Benelux (in German, French, Dutch and English);
         Construction Toys;
         Lego on Long Island;
         Architectural Toys.

For the month of February, 1997.

Anchor exhibitions being held in the next few months.

Anker-Steinbaukasten, auf deutsch.  (in Zukunft)

Anker-Steenbouwdozen, in nederlands.  (in toekomst)

Anchor Stone Building sets, in English.  (default)

You are visitor number to the Club of Anchor Friends' home page since the posting date of .  From the first appearance of the Anchor home page, August 30, 1996, there has been a steady increase in the number of people accessing it.  Over the previous five months there have been about 1,100 visitors, with more than 275 during January.  This revision is the seventh one that has been on the net.  (My first effort was temporary and up only four days.)  The Date and Time is .  I plan to update this site monthly.  It was last updated on .

Thank you for visiting my "Anchor" web site.

or you can write to:

George Hardy
1670 Hawkwood Ct.
Charlottesville, VA 22901

Tel: (804) 295 4863
Fax: (804) 295 4898