Richter's Anchor® Stone Building Sets

Richters Anker-Steinbaukasten

(Vol. 6, # 1)

The Club of Anchor Friends is moving its meeting location to the Hotel Lapershoek in Hilversum.  The CVA has outgrown the space available in the Hotel Toor.  This new location is further to the east, north of Utrecht, so it will be about a half hour closer to Germany and further away from Den Haag.  The CVA Board, specifically Ad van Selms, looked at a number of locations and hotels.  Remember, do not look for the CVA meeting at the Hotel Toor in April.  

The building on the left is by an unknown (to me) old-time builder named Willisch.  All I know is the picture is labeled "Willisch - Habelschwert - Märschenschloss".  Perhaps he is Swiss, based on the "ss" instead of "ß".  If you know anything about this builder, please contact me. (Märschenschloss means fairy tale castle, which is a fairly accurate description.) 

The builder this month is also unknown.  His name is Kettlaus and he lived in Berlin.  Again, if you know anything about this builder, please contact me.

While I am 'breaking the rules', I might as well go all the way.  Last month I showed a building by a German builder, Wolfgang Fichtner of Hartha, who used non-Anchor materials in his building.  I have been feeling guilty because I did not show the pictures of two very fine non-Anchor buildings.  He did, after all, me pictures of the buildings.  And, in that I have nothing new of my own to present this month, I decided to put these two pictures in the location I use for my own buildings.

If you have only a  limited amount of time to spend looking at the Anchor web site, I urge you to at least go to the builder's page.  This web page 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, but not this month.) by e-mail.  All e-mail questions will be answered, to the extent of my knowledge.

Sets and puzzles are being produced again!  The 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.  Also I may have available a limited selection of old sets, including a new set and some special prices.  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.  In 1999, the Anchor sets won the National Parenting Publications Award.  For an 1880 toy to win in 1997 and 1999 says a lot about the quality of these sets and Anchor in general.  These sets are a perfect supplement to computers.

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.

The CVA has published its Stone Catalog, which covers all of the stone shapes Richter made, plus shapes made by other innovators.  Metal parts and most other accessories are included in the catalog.  The contents of the sets are also listed.  Because of popular demand, four more catalogs were printed.  I have brought two of them to the USA.  These looseleaf catalogs, pages only - without hard covers, cost $25, postage included.  All Anchor people need, and will want, a copy.  

Web Page Notes:  Most subpages do not change from month to month.  The "builder's page" and "my page" are revised every month.  A few people have asked me to number the "issues" of the Anchor page.  Well, they started in August, 1996, (with Vol. 1, # 8, to keep the number of the month the same as the issue's number).  The number of this "issue" is shown at the top of this page.  I can make a CD-ROM of the old pages for anyone who wants it.  (Remember, each month you hold off on this purchase adds yet one additional monthly web pages.)  In addition, seven standard CD-ROMs are now available.  All of the scans are JPG files.  # 1 contains the GK-NF building and layer plans, excluding # 34; # 2 contains the DS and VEB building and layer plans; # 3 contains all packing plans, # 34 building and layer plans, and various additional items like figures, inserts; # 4 contains the building and layer plans for the second series of GK-Br and Imperator, the VE series and the all metal Imperator; # 5 contains the KK building and layer plans; # 6 contains the building and layer plans for the miscellaneous series (100, 200, 300, 400, A-B, Capital, Comet, Eagle, Orion, EF, GK-AF, LaVelle, Eisenbrücken); # 7 contains the building and layer plans for the NS, Special Sets, and the first series of GK-Br and Imperator.  Members of the Club of Anchor Friends only can also obtain the six CD-ROMs containing all of the MLBs, including both the English and the German language translations.  If you want to buy one or more of these CD-ROMs, please send $2 for the first CD-ROM and $1 each for all of the rest -- postage included, no matter where it is going.  

Please note that this home page is revised monthly.  Most of 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);
         the best retailer of construction toys in America, includes Anchor sets, of course;
         an English retailer of Anchor sets;
         German Museum in München, (in German);
         Stephen Wessel's Anker page, (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 January, 2001.  



Anker-Steinbaukasten, auf deutsch.  


Anker-Steenbouwdozen, in nederlands  (und auf Deutsch).  


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

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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