Richter (toy company)

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The Richtersche Villa in Rudolstadt

F. Ad. Richter & Cie was founded and owned by Friedrich Adolf Richter. This German manufacturer produced many products, including pharmaceuticals, music boxes, gramophones, and Anchor Stone building sets. He established his main factory in Rudolstadt, Germany. In addition the company had factories in Vienna Austria, Nuremberg Germany, New York City USA, and St. Petersburg, Russia. In addition the company had operations for internal supply in Konstein Germany (glass bottles) and Leipzig Germany (publishing - printing was done in Rudolstadt).

Friedrich Adolf Richter was born 1847 in Herford, North Rhine-Westphalia and died 1910 in Jena. The Anker factory produced the popular Anchor Stone Blocks from the 19th century up to 1963.

The factory was refounded in 1993 by a group of enthusiasts and is producing some of the old sets again.