Richter's Anchor Stone Building Sets

Richters Anker-Steinbaukasten

(Vol. 3, # 2)

This month I am going to feature my own reproduction of the Richter villa.  A picture of it is shown on the right.

First let me apologize for the problems with the web site in January.  My ISP (Internet Service Provider) went out of business in a very disruptive way.  All of the equipment was sold at a Sheriff's Auction.  When the equipment was unplugged, the web site was taken off the Net.  Fortunately the December page did remain up until the sale day, January 7th.  The January page was put up by the new ISP, but the official change of the address for "ankerstein.org" and the updating of the DNS address locator files took a few days.  There was no counter in January, but I expect that the counter will be operative on this page.  Most e-mail send to me between the 15th and 28th of January 15th was lost.  

A few people have asked me to number the "issues" of the Anchor page.  Well, they started in August, 1996, so this "issue" is Vol. 3, # 2 (with Vol. 1 starting with # 8, to keep the number of the month the same as the issue's number).

Another change is in my own policy on sale of stones.  I have been receiving an increasing level of requests for stones and sets not made any more.  I do not like to sell from my own collection, so I have purchased a few old (original Richter) sets to allow people to carry on past the first four sets (which are being made again).   I am adding a new page for these sets.  Some loose stones will also be available.  But my willingness to part with stones (and plans and boxes) is determined by whether I have a large excess.

If your time is limited, I urge you to take a look at the "builders" page, which features Anchor buildings by Anchor people from around the world.  These pictures are changed every month  

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 using Anchor Stone Building Sets.  These collectors often participate in setting up Anchor displays at various 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, Belgium, France, 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.   I also have available a limited selection of old sets.  They are great presents; and the supplement sets make wonderful follow up gifts.  These new sets recently won the 1997 Parents' Choice Gold Medal.  For an 1880 toy to win in 1997 says a lot about the quality of these sets and Anchor in general.

For those who are really interested in Anchor stones, I have written a book about them.  (I just got tired of either looking up the same information again and again, or trusting my memory on specific details such as dates and names.)  It is expensive, $70 (or 100 DM) ppd, because I print it myself on my PC and color ink is expensive.  The book undoubtedly contains far more information about Anchor stones and sets, the Richter company, etc. than you'll ever want to read.  This book is a lot of work to print (I print about a dozen at a time, in either English or German, and it takes a week, full time.), so please don't think I am urging you to buy one.

Web Page Notes:  There have been major changes.  The old "comet.net" is out of business.  The "ankerstein.org" name has to be changed to a new ISP (Internet Service Provider), which is RLCOM.NET (Red Light Communications).

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.  Some of you may have used the new URL -- ankerstein.org.  This new URL indicates that this site is the official web site of the Club of Anchor Friends.

My e-mail address has changed, and the old one is no longer working.  But the new web site address -- www.ankerstein.org -- is permanent.  You should also change your bookmark from the  old "comet.net/personal/georgeh" address to the "ankerstein.org" address.

Many new graphics, and additional text, are uploaded once a month, as close to the first as possible.  I have decided not to change the full set of graphics, 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.  And 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; the factory has an e-mail address now);
         a German retailer of Anchor sets, (in German);
         Anchor distributor in the Benelux (in German, French, Dutch and English);
         ARCHITECTURAL CONSTRUCTION SET HOME PAGE (Arlan Coffman);
         Construction Toys;
         Lego on Long Island;
         Architectural Toys;
         the puzzle web page is a must for all puzzle collectors, although not much on Anchor puzzles.

For the month of February, 1998.  

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 the 2nd of February.  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.  During the first year the Anchor page had more than 3,000 visitors and is now averaging 25 hits a day.  I credit  much of this increase to the publicity generated by the exhibition in Katonah.  No counter was in place in January.  I plan to update this site monthly.

Thank you for visiting the CVA "Anchor" web site.

georgeh@ankerstein.org

or you can write to:

George Hardy
1670 Hawkwood Ct.
Charlottesville, VA 22901

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

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