Richter's Anchor® Stone Building Sets

Richters Anker-Steinbaukasten

(Vol. 7, # 10)

This month a total change of format.  Why?  To have room for 16 pictures of Peter Hartel's Large Castle of 1894.  None of the usual stuff is present.  To see the usual stuff, click here.  (I should note that this path will usually result in last month's edition of the web site.)  

The Large Castle of 1894 is one of the most impressive and well documented of the Richter company's exhibition buildings. Below are the well known front view and the much less well known rear view.

These are the only "instructions".  Using these pictures, plus his extensive Anchor knowledge and his world-class Anchor stone collection, Peter Hartel, Schmallenberg (Sauerland), Germany, has built this castle.  Like all builders, he has made some minor modifications.  Below are sixteen pictures Peter sent me of this wonderful castle.

Peter loves to decorate his Anchor buildings.  The fancy inner courtyard, as well as the tree and figures, add to the visual impact of the castle.

Peter does not neglect the exterior details.  Note the water, which explains the bridge-like entrance ramp, plus the swans in the water.  He even spread sand to make the building table top look nicer.

It is always interesting to see under-construction pictures.  Here are two.  Both show inner details which one cannot see in the finished building.

I have also rerun my version of this same castle.

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

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 USA importer and distributor;
         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);
         Kunst-Auktionshaus Martin Wendl, (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.

         If you feel that your web site should be included in this list, please let me know.  I would love to be able to
         add a Dutch mail order retailer.

For the month of October, 2002.  

"Anchor" and "Anker" are registered trademarks of the Rudolstädter Anker-Steinbaukasten-Fabrik GmbH & Co. KG.

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

or you can write to:

George Hardy
1670 Hawkwood Ct.
Charlottesville, VA 22901

Tel: (434) 295 4863
Fax: (434) 295 4898