Richter's Anchor Stone Building Sets

Richters Anker-Steinbaukasten

I will be giving a talk on the Internet, and demonstrating this home page, at the April CVA meeting.  Because I like this cover label and want to show it to the CVA members, I have decided to continue to use it as this month's primary Anchor illustration.  The cover label is from 1908.  The decision to illustrate a typical model on the box labels was made during the early years of the first decade of the 1900s.  The sets with metal parts pushed the decision to make different labels for different sets.  It took several years to extend the idea to the main series of all stone sets.  Richter was not at all careful about which illustration was on which box.  Usually the building illustrated could not be build with that set, but required at least one supplement set.  (Not a legal marketing practice today, I think.)  However, with honesty in mind, this illustration is can be built with this set (and, of course, the lower numbered sets [a total of five boxes] it supplements).  The languages on this set are German, English, French and Dutch.  In this case English was aimed at England, and the market served was the "nord", or northern Europe market.  French is included for the Belgium, not French, market.

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.  These collectors often participate in setting up Anchor displays at varous exhibitions.   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.

Sets are being produced again!  Their quality is high.  I urge people interested in starting Anchor building, and those who want to provide their educational benefits to their children, to consider buying these new sets.

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.  I have decided to change the full set of graphics only once a quarter, as most people do not read beyond the first page.  If you only have a little time, I urge you to take a look at the "builders" page.  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 April, 1997.

Anchor exhibitions being held in the next few months.

Anker-Steinbaukasten, auf deutsch.  

Anker-Steenbouwdozen, in nederlands.  

Anchor Stone Building sets, in English.  (You found it.)

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 slow but steady increase in the number of people accessing it.  Over the previous seven months there have been about 1,400 visitors, with about 290 during March.  This revision is the ninth one that has been on the net.  (My first effort was up only four days, until I learned how to display graphics.)  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