Richter's Anchor® Stone Building Sets

Richters Anker-Steinbaukasten

(Vol. 17, # 3)

AV János Végh, Budapest, Hungary, has been constructing some GK-NF 24 buildings sent to the Baukunst im Kleinen (BiK - Fred Hartjes & BiK web site).  These buildings have been carefully designed to be excellent representative models for specific GK-NF sets.  AVs build them to establish that 1) the building can be built using only the stones in the set, and 2) that the designs do not require extraordinary building skills.  The GK-NF "Wasserpalais" on the  builder's page is a design by Falk Gundel, Dresden, Germany.  The other BiK books, for smaller GK-NF sets are also on the Internet at  The plan books for GK-NF 24 are a work in progress; the plan books for the smaller sets are completed and are in the "CVA Internet Archive".

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CVA meeting:  Saturday, April 21, 2012; Hotel Lapershoek in Hilversum, Netherlands.

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A new and important Anchor web site: János Végh <> of Hungary has created a web site which could well become the main Anchor Stone Building Set web site.  The plan is to make everything available as well as provide links to all other Anchor web sites.  I urge everyone to take a look.  Now!

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More Anchor information now on-line.
The Internet is even more convenient than ever.

On Wednesday, October 26, 2011, AV Brukhard Schulz died.  He, more than anyone else, is responsible for the headline above.  If you find the Anchor information you are looking for on the Interent, you can thank Burkhard.  He will be missed by many -- his personal friends and his Anchor friends.

You can now download the entire CD-ROM archive from a new web site.  Mor than 6 gigabytes of data are there, including everything that was on the CD-ROMs.  The CVA archive on CD-ROMs has been discontinuedUse the Internet!

The New Stone Era: The factory has introduced a whole new series of stone building sets -- The New Stone Era (Die Neue Steinzeit).  These sets are intended to introduce young children to Anker and Anker Steinbaukasten.  The new series could be considered as a reaction to the reality that the reputation of Anchor Stone Building Sets as wonderful educational sets has expired.  No one remembers them -- not even as toys their grandfathers owned.
And you can download my book as a PDF file -- English version or German version.  Many of the new designs for currently manufactured sets can be downloaded from of Andrea Mazzocco, Switzerland.

There are a large number of short Anchor videos on YouTube.  Here is a link to one of the videos.  You can use the "related videos" suggestions to find many more.

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All sets -- #s 6 through 32B and the NS conversion set -- are in stock!

Yes, you can buy a Lyck, 34!!!    See new sets !

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In 1960 the DDR factory produced an anniversary model of the Wartburg, in honor of that castle's 600th anniversary.  That set is almost impossible to find today; only two are known.  I had an opportunity to buy one in 1979 when I toured the Wartburg.  I should have bought one, but it seemed over priced at about, as I remember it, 60 VM.  Just a few months ago, my bid on of more than US$ 500 did not win.  (Does anyone doubt that there are more sets in the inventory room of the souvenier shop in the Wartburg, Eisenach, Germany?)  You have been warned!  You will remember the set much longer than you will remember the money.  The set is available only from this special web site. 

 AV William Seppeler has established an important web site/blog which provides designs for small sets and collections.  If you have just a set # 6, or the even smaller Brownie (Heinzelmännchen), you must check out this side.  Someone visited this blog and created animated assemblies of some of the designs.  All Anchor builders should look at it to see just how much variation is possible to a designer with a great imagination.   New plans for set # 4 are on the site.

I try to keep the links at the bottom of this page up to date.  If you find that one does not work, please e-mail me.

The Richter villa is closed.  The Spielhausverein has moved, and the villa is now owned by the heirs of Eversbusch.  All of the Anchor archive materials being housed there and the collection of Anchor sets have been moved to Heidecksburg.  The large collection of old Anchor stones, many of which are quite rare, was left in the possession of the Spielhausverein.  It is my understanding that these stones have been sold.

The Conversion Set (Übergangskasten) contains the stones to allow owners of the NF series sets to built the NS series designs.  This set contains all of the special arches and extra stones needed to build the NS designs through set NS 18.  The plans are supplied on CD-ROM, not printed out.  Since these arches did not fill a box, the factory has added a well thought out selection of filler stones to make up a complete box of stones.  New NS buildings are being designed by AVs today and are available on the web  in the form of PDF files.   The Mosaic Set is out of stock -- both sets were sold. 

The Mosaic Set is available only at the factory.  I do not plan to buy sets when I attend the Treffen.  The cost is high -- € 400 (about US$600, including postage to you).  This set contains 547 stones in four colors and is intended for floors in Anchor buildings.  The set is identical to the set Mosaik Set # 4 from the original factory.  547 stones means that the set is expensive, but Anchor buildings look very nice when they have floors on the porches and entrances. 

If you are interested in Anchor building designs, you have two choices for software: AnkerCAD and AnkerPlanAnkerPlan is being used by almost everyone.

For those of you who are interested, here is a picture of me, my granddaughter, and my cats.  Yes, I have a granddaughter and "new" cats.  My picture is relatively new, taken in October, 2008, on a trip to Antwerpen.  There is also a new cat picture.  BTW, after reading The Facebook Effect, I signed up. 

I am still looking for pictures from other countries.  Anchor stones are now popular in Korea, and pictures have been received.  So far, I have not received pictures from South America (other than one old collection in Argentina), Asia (other than Korea), Australia or Africa.  Since Anchor was popular worldwide, and it still is, there must be some AVs on these continents.

AV Rob Buis has been producing reproduction metal parts of the highest quality.  To find out which ones are still available you should e-mail AV Rob Buis.  If you want to build Anchor bridges using nickel-plated iron parts, you will find that most of the original parts are rusted, often bent, and very hard to use.  I build with Rob's parts.  Contact Rob for more information about his new Anchor metal parts.  Rob has a web site for his reproduction metal partsThis web site is newly revised and expanded -- with a lot of beautiful pictures.  He has also established a web site for box # 10 and box # 10B.

Keep in mind that many more designs (NF 6 through 20) are available on the web  in the form of PDF files.  Of course they are free; all you need to do is print them out.  Next month this site will feature a new design for set # 6.  And, it is especially good because it uses all 105 stones in that first set.  (OK, some say that # 4 is the first set, but IMHO # 6 is the first useful set.)

You can look at last month's web page.  This feature has been available for almost a year, but the link was not well known.  All of the earlier pages are available on the web.

Aeropharm is a division of Hexal.  All of Hexal has been acquired by Sandoz.  Sandoz (which is part of Novartis) is increasing its investment in its Rudolstadt operation.  Based on my visit in September, 2008, it seems to me that the new facilities in Rudolstadt will be between two and three times as large as they were.  It may well happen that factories which trace their histories back to Richter and Anker will become (again) the largest employers in Rudolstadt.   

The last CVA meeting was on Saturday, October 22, 2011.  The next meeting date will be on Saturday, April 21, 2012.  See the CVA page for details.  

In addition, every year, the new Anchor factory in Rudolstadt, Germany holds three or four "Treffen", or "open door days", at that factory.  The Treffen in September attracts many Anchor friends.  In 2011, this Treffen attracted many attendees, including me.   

The Club of Anchor Friends (CVA) has published a Stone Catalog. The new printing has been done, and the catalogs have been sent to CVA members.  There is already a list of pages being revised.  Not major omissions, but changes worth making.  

The amount of additional work to do continues to grow; the discovery of the original molds has added even more work.  I saw one mold which was used to make a stone I had never seen -- not even heard of.  That mold was one of a pair -- a corner stone and a rectangular stone.  The new factory has made a few samples of each.  Of course there was no way to know the correct thickness.  Close examination has shown that these stones are a new design for the roof stones of the DS (Dachstein -- roof stone) sets and allowed me to determine the intended thickness. 

The CVA is in the process of developing a "Stone Market".  As it develops, CVA members will be informed, which means not on this web site.  The mechanics are complex, so there may be several revisions before its process becomes routine.  But the stones are now being kept in Den Haag (Rigolettostraat 28).

The factory has begun using the old molds!!!  

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 , but not St. Petersburg, Russia).  Starting in 1880, Richter's Anchor building stones were covered by international patents and trademarks.  AV Burkhard Schulz, Ellerau (bei Hamburg),  Germany, produced a wonderful video entitled Ankerstadt Rudolstadt.  He gave a copy to the CVA Archive, and it is possible he might let you have a copy if you want one. Americans remember: 1) the video is in German and 2) the German TV system is not compatible with the USA TV system.  

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 Anchor collectors are members of the international Club of Anchor Friends (Club van Ankervrienden), a Dutch club with members from the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Denmark, Chile, Canada, Hungary, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Great Britain and the USA.  The meetings of the Club of Anchor Friends is held in the Hotel Lapershoek in Hilversum.  

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.  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 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.  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 -- ISBN: 0-9656288-0-9.  (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, $60 (or 40 Euros, your choice), 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 book is also available on CD-ROM, which costs just $2.00, or as a download -- English version or German version.

 Web Page Notes:  Most subpages do not change from month to month.  The "builder's page" is 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.  All web pages are found in the CD-ROM Archive.  See below.

CD-ROMs are no longer available!  You can now download almost the entire CD-ROM archive from a new web site.  The CVA's Internet Archive:  More scans are being added all of the time, and the "holes" in the documentation are being filled.  For CVA members only, there are the old MLBs and AHNs, plus the CVA Stone Catalog.  (You need information, such as the web site, the code word, the password, to access them.  Do not try unless you are a CVA member.  Membership is checked!)  All scans are JPG; many documents are PDF files.  If you cannot find what you want on the Internet, feel free to e-mail me.

The new Anchor factory in Rudolstadt, Germany has added many new designs to its web site (thanks to the help of Burkhardt Schulz).  They can be easily downloaded, as they are PDF files.

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 -- -- indicates that this site is the official web site of the Club of Anchor Friends.

My e-mail address is  

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 this web site, I can provide only a limited view of the wonderful world of Richter's Anchor stones.

Other web sites with Anchor pictures and information:
         web site operated by the CVA, (in Dutch, Deutsch, English, Français);
         forum on Anchor, (all languages);
         the home page of Andrea Mazzocco, Switzerland, (auf Deutsch);
         downloads from of Andrea Mazzocco, Switzerland, (auf Deutsch);
           This web site offers many new designs for the sets.  The designs are drawn in the standard Richter manner.  Those
           who have created their own designs are invited to send them to AV Burkhard Schulz, Ellerau (bei Hamburg).
         Fred Hartjes & BiK web site, (English);
         the home page of Burkhard Schulz, (auf Deutsch)
         new Anchor factory in Rudolstadt, Germany, (auf Deutsch and in English);
         new Anchor information web site, (auf Deutsch);
           This web site contains additional Anchor links.
         successor to the Ankerpharm factory in Rudolstadt, Germany, (auf Deutsch);
         the USA importer and distributor;
         Pagina Web en Castellano, (en Espańol);
         Hungarian web page by Janos Vegh, (in four languages, including Magyar [Hungarian]);
         a German retailer of Anchor sets -- ships worldwide, (auf Deutsch);
         a German retailer of Anchor sets, (auf Deutsch);
         a German retailer of Anchor sets, (auf Deutsch);
         a German retailer of Anchor sets -- ships worldwide, (auf Deutsch);
         an English retailer of Anchor sets;
         an American retailer of Anchor puzzles and sets;
         Stephen Wessel's Anker page, (auf Deutsch);
         information on Gustav Lilienthal, (auf Deutsch);
         Kunst-Auktionshaus Martin Wendl, (auf Deutsch); 
         Herbert Thaller's homepage, not all Anchor, but wonderful Anchor buildings if you follow the links, (auf Deutsch);
         Alan Winston's Anchor blog ;
         Don Kenske's Anchor blog ;
         Klaus Herrmanns' Anchor blog ;
         Architectural Toys;

         Peter Schmidt web site;
         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.  

For the month of March, 2012.  

Anker-Steinbaukasten, auf Deutsch.  

Anker-Steenbouwdozen, in Nederlands.  

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

"Anchor" and "Anker" are registered trademarks of the Anker Steinbaukasten GmbH.

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

or you can write to:

George Hardy
6 Deer Path Road
Palmyra, VA 22963
Tel.: (434) 589 8752


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