The New Anchor Factory in Rudolstadt
New Sets


New Anchor® stone building sets and puzzles are being made again, and in Rudolstadt, by Rudolstädter Anker-Steinbaukasten-Fabrik GmbH & Co. KG, Breitscheidstr. 148, D-07407 Rudolstadt/Thüringen, Germany. Tel: 03672 / 31 11 0; Fax: 03672 / 31 11 29; e-mail.  These wonderful sets are beginning to be imported into the USA once more.  In February, 1997, these sets were reintroduced at the American International Toy Fair in New York.   

The new booklets of building plans for set GK-NF # 12, sponsored by the CVA, is now completed and available.  It costs $ 15.00, post paid.  When you see these books, you will be impressed with the quality of the designs.  Three CVA members contributed design -- Fred Schlipf (USA), Dieter Wellmann (Germany) and Wolfgang Fichtner (Germany).  If you purchase this book along with one of the new building sets, the cost is only $10.00 -- a special bargain price that is otherwise only available to CVA members, and they always add postage costs.  This offer is being extended to all sets from # 10A on up.  So add these design books to your next order.

These new sets can be bought at retail stores.  But because the retail distribution of Anchor sets and puzzles is still extremely limited, as a service to people who want to buy these new sets, I keep a few on hand and will send them, post paid, upon receipt of a check.  (Special shipping, such as UPS-Air, is extra.)  These sets may be ordered from George Hardy, 1670 Hawkwood Ct.,  Charlottesville, VA 22901.  I am not operating a business, so I have no arrangements to accept credit cards.

The cost of the new sets and puzzles:
# 6 (105 stones, the basic set)  .....................................................................................  $ 120
# 6A (113 stones, supplement to set # 6, to total 218 stones) .......................................   $ 130
     With set # 6A (bought from this site) comes a free packing plan for set 8 -- so you can pack the stones
     for easy building.

# 8A (116 stones, supplement to sets # 6 + 6A, to total 334 stones) .............................   $ 140
     With set # 8A (bought from this site) comes a free packing plan for set 10 -- so you can pack the stones
     for easy building.

# 10A (165 stones, supplement to set # 6 + 6A + 8A, to total 499 stones)  ....................  $ 150
     With set # 10A (bought from this site) comes a free packing plan for set 12 -- so you can pack the stones
     for easy building.

# 12A (206 stones, supplement to set # 6 + 6A + 8A + 10A, to total 705 stones)  ........  $  170
# 14A (214 stones, supplement to sets # 6 + 6A+ 8A + 10A + 12A,
                                                                    to total 919 stones)
...................................   $ 180
     With set # 14A (bought from this site) comes a free packing plan for set 16 -- so you can pack the stones
     for easy building.

# 16A (265 stones, supplement to sets # 6 + 6A+ 8A + 10A + 12A + 14A,
                                                                      to total 1,184 stones)
..............................  $ 200
# 18A (230 stones; supplement to sets # 6 + 6A+ 8A + 10A + 12A + 14A + 16A,
                                                                      to total 1,414 stones)
..............................  $ 200
     With set # 18A (bought from this site) comes a free packing plan for set 20 -- so you can pack the stones
     for easy building.  Please note that this packing plan assumes a ninth box which has been partitioned into
     six equal sections.

# 20A (300 stones; supplement to sets # 6 + 6A+ 8A + 10A + 12A + 14A + 16A + 18A,
                                                                      to total 1,714 stones)
................................. $ 210
Anchor Puzzle (Der Kopfzerbrecher; a seven stone tangram, with 178 problems [and solutions]) ............   $   14 
Egg of Columbus (Ei des Columbus; an egg shaped puzzle of 9 stones with 95 problems) .......................   $   16
The Circle Puzzle (Kreisrätsel; a circular puzzle of 10 stones, with 105 problems) ...................................   $   18
Heart Puzzle (Herzrätsel; a heart shaped puzzle of 9 stones, with 98 Problems) ........................................  $   19
The Wrath-Breaker (Zornbrecher; an octagonal puzzle of 7 stones, with 97 problems) ............................   $   20    
The Nine (Alle Neune; a [very hard] rectangular puzzle of 9 stones, with 125 problems) ..........................   $   20

I have been surprised that many of the buyers are adults who intend to build with the sets themselves.  I do hope that they let the youngsters have a turn.

All sets are in stock!  All prices include shipping within the lower 48!

If you would like to buy a set or two, some stones, or have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me by e-mail.  

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.  The cost of the catalog sheets (European size paper, intended for loose leaf use, but no binder) is f 48, plus postage costs, in Europe.  A new revision will not be completed until March, 2002, at the earliest.  The update is concentrating on the contents of the unusual sets.  The amount of detailed information is very great, and the information keeps coming in.  Only one copy is here in the USA.  The cost in the USA, including postage and the European style binder, is $30.   All Anchor people need, and will want, a copy.  An empty binder costs, postpaid, $7.  One of these is available.

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, $50 (or EUR 50) 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; it is available in either English or German), so please don't think I am urging you to buy one.  Remember you can buy it on CD-ROM for just $2.00, postpaid.

A picture of new sets #s 4 and 6.
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