Antique Toy Richter's Anchor Stone Building Blocks Germany Orion Set Wood Box

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  • Sold Date: Jan 05, 2012
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Antique Toy Richter's Anchor Stone Building Blocks Germany Orion Set Wood Box


Antique Building Block Set circa 1900-1910

This set comes in the original wooden box with sliding lid~ lithographed image of ruins labeled ORION, bottom corner marked H 243 - 7,5. All the blocks in the design on the back of the lid are present. Also there are 8 blue blocks which I assume are floor tiles. They are not featured in any of the diagrams but may be part of the original set. One tan block was repaired by me, but the seam of the break won't show in a photo. Included is the remains of the pamphlet showing building designs~ 2 whole pages and 2 partial pages. This antique set is ready for your collection. View the super-size photos for details.

box 8.25" x 6.5" x 1.25"

12 blue, 21 red, 23 tan =56 blocks total

Beginnings of the Anchor Stone

The first Anchor Stone was produced when Otto Lilienthal and his brother Gustav decided that to make a model of a stone building, the blocks themselves must be stone. To this end, they started production of a limited number of blocks, made of a mixture of quartz sand , chalk , and linseed oil . They are made in three colors in imitation of the red brick, tan limestone, and blue slate of European buildings. Unfortunately, the Lilienthals, though brilliant inventors, had limited commercial success. The stone blocks saw little popularity until 1880, when Friedrich A. Richter purchased the rights to the stone. He quickly developed a series of sets, individually packaged stones. In 1895, the "Anchor" design was trademarked as Richter's Anchor Stone Building Sets ( Richters Anker-Steinbauk�sten ), and a unique (for the time) advertising campaign helped to sell 40,000 sets, of which there were now over 400 with thousands of elements. In 1910 Richter died, heralding the end of an era for Anchor Stones.

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