The 'Club van
Last update: 20-10-2023
How it started . . . .
In 1979, a number of owners of Ankersteen construction kits met for the first
time in the Netherlands to exchange information and swap, buy and sell bricks. The notarised
union 'Club van Ankervrienden' emerged from this informal association in 1984. Currently,
the club has about 240 members. Many from Germany and the Netherlands, as well as Austria,
Switzerland, the United States and even Chile.
Twice a year there is a meeting in Hilversum, attended by some 50 - 70
members. And of course you also meet the other members with whom you have sometimes been in
|Viaduct from bridge box GK-BR_1-8 p16
What is the association doing?
The association has a lot of documentation related to the Anker hobby,
construction examples and the like that can be consulted, and also has some original Anker
material. All this is accessible to members. The association also organises or supports
exhibitions and displays.
Four times a year, a glossy magazine, the Mededelingenblad (MLB), is published
in Dutch, German and English with articles about our hobby and all kinds of association
matters. A fixed section in the magazine is 'Ask and Offer' in which all members can
advertise free of charge. The magazine is sent in printed form to members in most EU
countries and Switzerland, other members receive it as a pdf.
Different types of Anker Friends
At the Club van Ankervrienden, there are large collectors with many tens of thousands of
that sometimes make huge buildings. But most members are a bit more modest and already have
a very large number of interesting and sometimes impressive buildings to choose from with
around 3,000 - 5,000 stones. And beginning Anker Friends can also create numerous charming
little buildings with just a few hundred stones.
There are almost as many types of Anker Friends as there are
- You have industrial archaeologists among them, who know all about the history of
Richter's Anker Factories and who are still making finds about hitherto unknown
construction boxes, stone forms and building designs.
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- There are collectors who collect everything to do with Anker or Richter, including other
products from the factory, from cocoa tins to puzzles, from medicine bottles to music
boxes, as well as old price lists and rare packing samples.
- There are Anker Friends who make replicas of stones that are in short supply. Others go
even further: they design totally new stone forms if they need them to replicate an
architectural style or a particular building as perfectly as possible.
You also have the builders, who create new designs themselves and make them available to
others. The Baukunst im Kleinen (BiK) committee has already edited many of Anker
Friends' own designs into easily accessible form. These are verified by trial builds and
then sold to members in print at cost price.
Become a member?
Membership of the Club of Anchor Friends costs 45 € per year for EU countries and
Switzerland, including receipt of the printed MLB four times a year. For the United States
and other countries outside Europe, the membership fee is 25 € per year, they receive the
You can sign up with the
membership secretary. To be clear, you do not
need to own any stones to do so (yet). To get a bit of an idea of the association, you can
attend a one-off meeting as a non-member without obligation - you just won't be allowed to
bid at the auction.
|This box (NF18A), completely packed according to
the packing example, with good quality stones, is of interest to members
If you have any boxes of Anker stones, metal parts or booklets at home and would like to
learn about them, please send a few clear photos to the association.