Rare Hummels – Mamas and the Papas

        Knowing your M.I. Hummel figurine resources can come in handy when you run across one you have not see before. Here are the current Mamas and the Papas that are known today. They are listed in numerical order by their mold numbers for your convenience. One of the foremost collectors of Hummel figurines was Donald Deeks who had a vested interest in the Mamas and the Papas since he was able to find and purchase some beautiful examples of each.

     The following four figurines are good examples of M.I. Hummel figurines that are very different and not anything like you would expect from the usual Hummel figurines. These are the Mamas and the Papas! Be sure to visit the What’s New web page to see what has been added to this site that you might have missed.

This page was updated on 17 May 2021.

HUM 181 – Old Man Reading Newspaper


     Height – 6¾”
     Closed Number
     This unusual piece of an old man intently reading the newspaper was made as a sample only by master sculptor Arthur Möeller and was not approved by the Sießen Convent for production. Several other examples of this figurine have been found in recent years. It was listed as a Closed Number on 18 February 1948 and will not be produced again. It was not considered typical of Sister M.I. Hummel’s work, although it is an exact replica of one of her early sketches. This early sample does have the familiar M I Hummel signature and was part of the Robert L. Miller Collection. Mr. Miller valued it at between $15,000 and $20,000 in 2003. This figurine was also produced as a lamp base as HUM 202. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $3,750.00.

 

HUM 189 – Old Woman Knitting

     Height – 6¾”
     Closed Number
     This unusual piece of an old woman sitting on a stool knitting was made as a sample only by master sculptor Arthur Möeller and was not approved by the Sießen Convent for production. It was listed as a Closed Number on 18 February 1948 and will not be produced again. It was not considered typical of Sister M.I. Hummel’s work, although it is an exact replica of one of her early sketches. This early sample does have the familiar M I Hummel signature and was part of the Robert L. Miller Collection. Mr. Miller valued it at between $15,000 and $20,000 in 2003. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $4,000.00.

 

HUM 190 – Old Woman Walking to Market

     Height – 6¾”
     Closed Number
     This unusual piece of an old woman carrying a basket on her left arm with a wine bottle was made as a sample only by master sculptor Arthur Möeller and was not approved by the Sießen Convent for production. It was listed as a Closed Number on 18 February 1948 and will not be produced again. It was not considered typical of Sister M.I. Hummel’s work, although it is an exact replica of one of her early sketches. This early sample does have the familiar M I Hummel signature and was part of the Robert L. Miller Collection. Mr. Miller valued it at between $15,000 and $20,000 in 2003. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $3,500.00.

 

HUM 191 – Old Man Walking to Market

     Height – 6¾”
     Closed Number
     This unusual piece of an old man walking to the market with a pig on his back in a basket was made as a sample only by master sculptor Arthur Möeller and was not approved by the Sießen Convent for production. It was listed as a Closed Number on 18 February 1948 and will not be produced again. It was not considered typical of Sister M.I. Hummel’s work, although it is an exact replica of one of her early sketches. This early sample does have the familiar M I Hummel signature and was part of the Robert L. Miller Collection. Mr. Miller valued it at between $15,000 and $20,000 in 2003. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $3,750.00.

Have fun collecting!

References

Blackwell Auctions (2021). Blackwell Auctions. Retrieved from https://www.gotoauction.com/sales/view/254997.html

Eagles of War (2020). Eagles of War, M. I. Hummel Figurines Catalog / Reference Book. Retrieved from http://www.eow1.com/default.aspx

Hummel Gifts (2020). M.I. Hummel Gifts, The Official Shop. Retrieved from https://hummelgifts.com/

Miller, R. L. (2003). The no. 1 price guide to M.I. Hummel: Figurines, plates, more. 9th Edition. Cumberland, MD: Portfolio Press.

Miller, R. L., Ehrmann, E. W., & Pfeiffer, W. (1989). M.I. Hummel: The Golden Anniversary Album.

Recklinghausen, H. A. V. (2013). Official M. I. Hummel Price Guide, 2nd edition.

WorthPoint (2020). WorthPoint, Discover, Value, Store. Retrieved from https://www.worthpoint.com/