Richter's Anchor Stone Building Sets

Richters Anker-Steinbaukasten

(Vol. 3, # 3)

I hope to be able to report soon on a major Anchor collection here in the USA.  As this page is being posted I am on a trip to see a college's collection which is reported to be in excess of 100,000 stones.  Needless to say, I am very excited.  Not just about the stones, but also over the inevitable collection of Anchor documentation which I expect to find. 

Turn about is fair play.  Last month the "builders page" was eliminated in order to make room for a close look at my version of the Richter Villa.  This month my page is virtually eliminated.  The structure featured is Peter Hartel's version of Friedrichswerdersche Kirche, which he built in 1986.  If your time is limited, I urge you to take a look at this "builder's page", which features Anchor buildings by Anchor people from around the world.  The 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 usually shows some of my buildings.) by e-mail.  All e-mail questions will be answered, to the extent of my knowledge.

Sets and puzzles 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 new puzzles and sets.   I also have available a limited selection of old sets.  Anchor Stone Building Sets 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:  As you may have noticed, my ISP problems were not all solved by the first of February.  The 'hit' counter was not working.  It is now working, and its  failure did not hurt the Anchor information, which is the primary purpose of this site.

       Most e-mail send to me between January 15th and January 29th 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, # 3 (with Vol. 1 starting with # 8, to keep the number of the month the same as the issue's number).

Please note that this home page is revised monthly.  The graphics are JPEG, which improves quality and reduces file size.  The URL name -- ankerstein.org -- indicates that this site is the official web site of the Club of Anchor Friends.

My e-mail address is georgeh@ankerstein.org.  That address is an alias for my 'real' e-mail address, which is georgeh@ankerstein.org.  But if I ever change the ISP for the web site -- www.ankerstein.org -- my 'rlc' e-mail address would change, but my 'ankerstein' e-mail address is (more or less) permanent.  

Another web problem connected with the change of ISP has been the loss of a reference on most of the search engines.  I am putting the page back up, but it takes time.   

Many new graphics, and additional text, are uploaded once a month, as close to the first as possible.  I do not change the full set of graphics, as most people never 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 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);
         a German retailer of Anchor sets, (in German);
         an American retailer of Anchor sets, (the small sets #s 4 &  4A);
         Anchor distributor in the Benelux, (in German, French, Dutch and English);
         ARCHITECTURAL CONSTRUCTION SET HOME PAGE, (Arlan Coffman);
         German Museum in München, (in German);
         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 March, 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 present issue in early March, or since February 6th.  Which it is will be a surprise to me.  The counter became operative on February 6th.  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 has been averaging 25 hits a day.  No counter was in place in January or early February.  And the hit rate in February has dropped, partly due to the change of ISPs, which caused the search engines to drop the web page.  I have been updating 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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