Old French Park and Water Garden

by Peter Hartel

On November 15th, just in time for the Christmas builder's page, a letter from Peter hartel arrived with some pictures of what is currently on his building table.  He describes one model as an "old French Park and water garden with pavillion and bridge.   I have used this title for the whole layout.

All three designs are from the GK-Br (large caliber - bridge supplement) sets produced by Richter from 1901 through 1909.  Two are from the first series and one from the second series.

This picture has been left quite large.  It is your only opportunity to get a good look at most of the design.  The light tower is from GK-Br (2nd series) # 8, dated 1906.  All Anchor friends will recognize that the pavillion is from the 1st series, as the curved roof metal is unique to these sets.  This model is from set # 12, dated 1902.  The third model, the foot bridge in the rear, is also from the 1st series, # 14, dated 1904.
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A closer look at the foot bridge from GK-Br (1st series) # 14. 
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A look at the pavillion.  Note the all metal bridge section on the far right.  You will get a better look at it. 
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The mosaic floor is a Peter Hartel addition, as are the nice wooden figures which come from Seiffen in the Erzgebirge region of Saxony, Germany.  This town is quite famous for wooden, handicraft-style toys.  (I should mention that this part of Germany is famous for mining, especially silver mining.  There are many wonderful tourist opportunities in the Erzgebirge; even Wernsdorf is worth a visit, but you will need a large scale map to even find it.  If you visit Wernsdorf, be sure to try some of the fantastic pastries from the Findeisen Bakery.)  These wooden figures go very well with Anchor buildings.  Also take this opportunity to look at the pavillion roof.  The metal parts are assembled with screws, and the railings are held upright with special "feet".
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A closer look at the  metal bridge parts and the construction of the under-bridge truss (on the left).  
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Peter loves to add "fun" details.  This "Würschen" (hot dog is as close as I can come, but these Würschen are much better than any American hot dog I have ever eaten) stand is a good example though I am more familiar with the Würschen from Thüringen than Sachsen.  
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