Rare Hummels – Olszewski Miniatures

        Bob Olszewski had been creating miniatures for many years using the lost wax method prior to making miniature reproductions of Goebel’s Hummels and Royal Doulton figurines.  These are now known as the Pre-Goebel miniatures and are highly prized though they are definitely less detailed. Another artist suggested that he might be violating a trademark so Bob wrote both companies asking permission. Royal Doulton licensed him to reproduce their figurines in miniature and Goebel asked to see his factory which consisted of a closet in his house. Impressed with his abilities, Goebel offered Bob a contract as “Master Artist” in July of 1979 and Goebel Miniatures Studio in California was created. The Studio produced at least 26 scaled down M.I. Hummel figurines before the series was suspended in 1992. The figurines, School Boy, Wayside Harmony and Goose Girl had just been introduced and are considered even more rare due to their very limited numbers. The story is that It all started with one of his paintings being stolen.

Base of the Waiter

      Each of these miniatures are less than one inch tall with most being right at ¾ inches tall. It takes more than 50 steps to paint a hand poured bronze Goebel Miniature. The final glazing preserves the color and finish of the original M.I. Hummel figurine it was designed from. Those from the First Edition were each limited to 10,000 items and are marked as such with the original studio logo on the base.

This page was updated on 3 March 2021.

Accordion Boy

266-P
This ¾ inch tall figurine is a miniature version of the HUM 185 – Accordion Boy and cost $105.00 in the production year of 1991 when it was introduced.

Apple Tree Boy

257-P
This ¾ inch tall figurine is a miniature version of the HUM 142 – Apple Tree Boy and cost $115.00 in the production year of 1989 when it was introduced.

Baker

262-P
This ¾ inch tall figurine is a miniature version of the HUM 128 – Baker and cost $100.00 in the production year of 1990 when it was introduced.

 

Bakery Day Vignette

988-D (37726)
This piece is 4½ inches tall and includes two of the ¾ inch tall figurines as the miniature versions of the HUM 128 – Baker (262-P) and the HUM 154 – Waiter (263-P) at a total cost of $225.00 in the production year of 1990 when it was introduced. This was a limited version of 3,000 copies worldwide. The figurine is made in California.

Busy Student

268-P
This ¾ inch tall figurine is a miniature version of the HUM 367 – Busy Student and cost $105.00 in the production year of 1991 when it was introduced.

Cinderella

264-P
This ¾ inch tall figurine is a miniature of the HUM 337- Cinderella and cost $115.00 in the production year of 1990 when it was introduced. This piece may also be found on the Marketsquare Flower Stand Vignette. It has the studio mark and was located on Replacements.com with a price of $94.95 marked down from $109.95.

Dealer Display Plaque (English)

280-P
This ¾ inch tall figurine is a miniature of the HUM 187 A – Dealer Plaque and cost $130.00 in the production year of 1990 when it was introduced. This one was located 12 February 2021 on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $69.95 including the box and free shipping.

Dealer Display Plaque (German)

280-P
This ¾ inch tall figurine is a miniature of the HUM 205 – Dealer Plaque and cost $130.00 in the production year of 1990 when it was introduced in Europe. This little display plaque was located 12 February 2021 on the WorthPoint website.

Doll Bath

252-P
Limited to a total of 10,000 of the First Edition, this ¾ inch tall figurine is a miniature of the HUM 319 – Doll Bath and cost $95.00 in the production year of 1988 when it was introduced. It has the studio mark, a production year of 1988 on the base and has a suggested retail price of $85.00.

Marketsquare Flower Stand Vignette

962-D (37729)
Limited to just 3,000 copies worldwide, this 4½ inch tall dome on a metal base includes the miniature of the HUM 337- Cinderella, number 264-P, and cost $135.00 in the production year of 1991 when it was introduced.

Goose Girl

283-P
This ¾ inch tall figurine is a miniature of the HUM 47- Goose Girl and cost $130.00 in the production year of 1992 when it was introduced. It bears the M I Hummel signature on the base, has the studio mark and was located on Replacements.com for a price of $239.95 marked down from $299.95.

Honey Lover (Pendant)

247-P
This ¾ inch tall figurine is a miniature of the HUM 312 – Honey Lover and cost $165.00 in the production year of 1994 when it was introduced. It was also a 15-year Hummel Club Exclusive for 1994 to 1995. The pendant has the studio mark and was located on Replacements.com for a price of $33.99 marked down from $119.95.

Little Fiddler

250-P
Limited to a total of 10,000 of the First Edition, this ¾ inch tall figurine is a miniature of the HUM 2 – Little Fiddler and cost $90.00 in the production year of 1988 when it was introduced. It has the studio mark, a production year of 1988 on the base and was located on Amazon.com for a price of $59.99 plus $4.70 shipping.

Little Sweeper

253-P
Limited to a total of 10,000 of the First Edition, this ¾ inch tall figurine is a miniature of the HUM 171 – Little Sweeper and cost $90.00 in the production year of 1988 when it was introduced. It has the studio mark, a production year of 1988 on the base and was located on Amazon.com for a price of $55.00 plus $4.49 shipping.

Little Sweeper – Progression Set

     As with the Progression Sets for the M.I. Hummel figurines, here are five Little Sweepers in different periods of their creation from the initial casting all the way to the finished painted figurine.

Little Tooter

     I have not been able to locate any additional information or photographs for this figure but it is listed in the 12th Edition of Luckey’s Hummel Figurines & Plates on page 451.

The Mail Is Here

285-P
Limited to a total of 10,000 of the First Edition, this ¾ inch tall figurine is a miniature of the HUM 226 – The Mail Is Here and was not sold separately but rather, included as part of The Mail Is Here Vignette in the production year of 1993 when it was introduced. It has the studio mark, a production year of 1993 on the base and was located on eBay.com for a price of $79.95 plus free shipping on 19 February 2021.

The Mail Is Here Vignette

931-D (826504)
Sold only as part of the Mail Is Here Clock Tower Vignette, this 1-inch tall figurine, number 285-P, is a miniature of the HUM 226 – The Mail Is Here and the entire display cost $495.00 in the production year of 1993 when it was introduced. The display, on a hardwood base with a working clock, was limited to 3,000 copies worldwide. The figurine was marked First Year of Issue 1993 Goebel USA and is 7¾ inches tall in total. The mail coach was made in California while the vignette was made in Thailand.

Merry Wanderer

254-P
This miniature of the HUM 11 – Merry Wanderer stands at only ¾ inches tall and cost $95.00 in the production year of 1988 when it was introduced. It has the studio mark and was located on Replacements.com.

Morning Concert

    269-P
    This miniature of the HUM 447 – Morning Concert, which was also the 1987 Hummel Club Exclusive #11. This piece stands at only ¾ inches tall and was not sold separately but is a part of the Morning Concert Vignette with the total cost of $175.00 in the production year of 1991 when it was introduced. The total height of the vignette was a little over 4½ inches tall. It has the studio mark and was located on Replacements.com for a price of $27.99 marked down from $55.99.

Morning Concert Vignette

977-D
This item includes number 269-P – Morning Concert (similar to the HUM 447 – Morning Concert which was also the 1987 Hummel Club Exclusive #11) and stands at only ¾ inches tall, as seen immediately above. The figurine is also available in a miniature Bavarian Bandstand vignette which stands at a total of 4½ inches tall with a miniature stage under a glass dome as shown here. This Morning Concert Vignette initially cost $175.00 in the production year of 1991 when it was introduced. This piece was located on Replacements.com for a price of $39.99 marked down from $99.95.

Postman

255-P
Limited to a total of 10,000 of the First Edition, this ¾ inch tall figurine is a miniature of the HUM 119 – Postman and cost $95.00 in the production year of 1989 when it was introduced. It has the studio mark, a production year of 1989 on the base and was located on eBay for a price of $64.95 with free shipping.

Ride Into Christmas

    279-P
    This miniature of the HUM 396 – Ride Into Christmas, which was also a 75th Hummel Anniversary piece. This piece stands at only ¾ inches tall, was not sold separately but is part of the 4½ inch Winterfest Vignette, number 989-D, which had a total price of $195, a limited production of 5,000 copies worldwide and was introduced in 1991. It has the studio mark and was located on Replacements.com for a price of $139.95 marked down from $149.95.

Ring Around The Rosie

286-P
This miniature of the HUM 348 – Ring Around The Rosie stands at only 3 inches tall. It is a part of the Ring Around The Rosie Vignette music box and was not sold separately.

Ring Around The Rosie Vignette

932-D (826101)
This miniature, number 286-P, of the HUM 348 – Ring Around The Rosie stands at only 3 inches tall. It is part of the 9½ inch tall Ring Around The Rosie Vignette which had a total price of $675 on a hardwood base, a limited production of 10,000 copies worldwide and was introduced in 1994. It is marked on the bottom, “Goebel Germany 1994” and as a musical base, the figurine in the middle turns and plays the tune “Springtime”. The figurine of the four girls was made in California and the vignette was made in China.

School Boy

281-P
This ¾ inch tall figurine is a miniature of the HUM 82 – School Boy and cost $120.00 in the production year of 1992 when it was introduced.

 

Serenade

265-P
This ¾ inch tall figurine is a miniature of the HUM 85 – Serenade and cost $105.00 in the production year of 1991 when it was introduced.

Stormy Weather

251-P
This ¾ inch tall figurine is a miniature of the HUM 71- Stormy Weather and cost $115.00 in the production year of 1988 when it was introduced. It has the studio mark and was located on Replacements.com for a price of $59.99 marked down from $119.95.

 

Valentine Gift

       248-P
       This ¾ inch tall miniature of the HUM 387 – Valentine Gift, which was also the 1977 Hummel Club Exclusive #1, has the studio mark and was located on the website MiniatureCottage.com and listed for $100.00.

 

Valentine Gift (Pendant)

    248-P
    This ¾ inch tall figurine is a miniature of the HUM 387 – Valentine Gift, and cost $85.00 in the production year of 1983 when it was introduced. It was located on Replacements.com for a price of $94.95 marked down from $259.95.

Visiting An Invalid

256-P
This ¾ inch tall figurine is a miniature of the HUM 382 – Visiting an Invalid and cost $105.00 in the production year of 1989 when it was introduced.

Waiter

263-P
Limited to a total of 10,000 of the First Edition, this ¾ inch tall figurine is a miniature of the HUM 154 – Waiter and cost $100.00 in the production year of 1990 when it was introduced. It has the studio mark, a production year of 1990 on the base. It was included on the 4½ inches tall Bakery Day Vignette (see above) and was limited to 3,000 copies worldwide. This figurine was located on Amazon.com for a price of $99.00 plus $4.50 shipping.

Wayside Harmony

    282-P
    This ¾ inch tall figurine is a miniature of the HUM 111 – Wayside Harmony and cost $140.00 in the production year of 1992 when it was introduced. It has the studio mark and was located on Replacements.com for a price of $119.95 marked down from $219.95.

We Congratulate

267-P
This ¾ inch tall figurine is a miniature of the HUM 214 E – We Congratulate and cost $130.00 in the production year of 1991 when it was introduced. It was also part of the Nativity Set, has the studio mark and was located on Replacements.com for a price of $69.95 marked down from $99.95.

What Now? (Pendant)

    249-P
    This 1-inch tall miniature of the HUM 422 – What Now? and cost $125.00 in the production year of 1986 when it was introduced. It has the studio mark and was located on Replacements.com for a price of $23.99 marked down from $47.99.

Winterfest Vignette

989-D (37728)
Limited to 5,000 copies worldwide, this 4½ inch tall dome on a metal base includes the miniature of the HUM 396 – Ride Into Christmas, number 279-P, and cost $195.00 in the production year of 1991 when it was introduced.

 

Pre-Goebel Miniatures

        The following five examples are the Pre-Goebel figurines to look for which were created prior to receiving permission to create small facsimiles of the M.I. Hummel figurines. All shipments of Olszewski Studios had to be completed by the July 1979 deadline when they then became property of the Goebel company.

Rainy Weather

 PG-04
      This is the ½ inch tall miniature figurine of the HUM 71 – Stormy Weather with an issue price of $36.00 in the production year beginning December of 1977 when it was introduced. A total of 439 pieces were created thereafter ending in 1979. The price was increased to $34 in 1979. Fifteen additional pieces were made into sterling silver charms with an issue price of $32.15. Five of these were free standing sterling and ten of the other ten were sterling charms. An additional fifteen others were made into gold charms with an issue price of $151.20. He did not have an actual figurine to use as a model but instead used photographs about Hummels from a book he had. This figurine had initial production problems where the legs were too thin and broke during the casting process under the weight of the metal in the umbrella. This was the first production figurine with a natural bronze base with a few being painted experimentally. There were nineteen separate steps used to paint this figurine. Light edges on the tips of the umbrella were added near the end of production.

        The one shown here was located on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $499.95 and free shipping on 19 February 2021 from Fairview, North Carolina. It was initially purchased from a shop called Pinocchio’s in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

 

Farmyard Hero

 PG-05
      This is the ½ inch tall miniature of the HUM 195 – Barnyard Hero  and cost $30.00 in the production year beginning December of 1977 when it was introduced with a total of 489 being created thereafter. The price was increased to $34 in 1979. Fifteen more were sterling silver charms with an issue price of $31.04 and an additional fifteen others were in gold with an issue price of $120.80. He used the skills learned from Rainy Weather in casting a large metal area with relatively thin connectors from the base. The base bottom is a natural buffed bronze.

        This one was located on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $649.95 and free shipping on 19 February 2021 from Fairview, North Carolina. It was purchased from a shop called Pinocchio’s in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Child With Doll

 PG-07
      This is the ½ inch tall miniature of the HUM 311 – Kiss Me and cost $30.00 in beginning production in February of 1978 when it was introduced with a total of 388 being created ending the following year. Fifteen more were made in gold charms with an issue price of $60.32 and another ten sterling silver charms with an issue price of $29.04. This was the smallest of the figures Bob carved and the little girl was difficult to paint due to the painter having to reach around the doll to paint the little girl’s face. Bob did most of the detail painting while an additional three women were hired to do the majority of the area painting. The young girl is wearing a smock over a green dress with white sleeves and the doll is dressed in a red dress.  It stands approximately ½ inch tall.  It was carved in February 1978 with a total production of only 388 pieces in solid bronze.  It has been signed by the artist on the back edge of the base. 

        This one was located on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $500.00 and $8.45 shipping on 19 February 2021 from Colorado Springs, Colorado. The figurine comes in its original box with a burgundy maroon velvet lining.

Pocketfull of Posies

 PG-11
      This is the ½ inch tall miniature of the HUM 348 – Ring Around the Rosie and cost $90.00 in the production year of 1978 when it was introduced with a total of 200 being created. The first mold was created in July of 1978 and production ran until the following year. An additional fifteen were made into gold charms with an issue price of $218.72 and ten more in sterling silver with an issue price of $33.92. The first eighteen were completed by 27 July 1978 and the final figurine of the limited edition of 200 was shipped on 1 July 1979. All shipments had to be completed by the July deadline when Olszewski Studios became property of Goebel.

        This one was located on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $2,699.99 and $13.51 shipping on 19 February 2021 from Palmdale, California.

Bringing Home the Tree

 PG-12
      This is the ½ inch tall miniature of the HUM 396 – Ride Into Christmas and cost $34.00 in the production year of 1978 when it was introduced with a total of 343 being created. This is the last of the five Hummel figurines Bob carved from photographs. Even though he did not have the actual figurine, he was able to visualize how the back would appear. Carving time was about 60 hours in September 1978. This particular item was located on the WorthPoint website. 

 

 

References

 

Hunt, D., & Olszewski, R. (1989). The Goebel Miniatures of Robert Olszewski: An authoritative reference and price guide. Satellite Beach, Fla: Collectibles Reference Press.

Luckey, C. F. (2003). Luckey’s Hummel Figurines and Plates Identification and Price Guide, 12th Ed. Krause Publications. pp. 452

Miller, R. L. (2006). The no. 1 price guide to M.I. Hummel: Figurines, plates, more. Cumberland, MD: Reverie Publishing Company.

Replacements. (2012). Hummel Miniature Figurine-Bronze. Retrieved from https://www.replacements.com/collectibles-goebel-hummel-miniature-figurine-bronze/c/13772

Wikipedia contributors. (2020, November 27). Robert W. Olszewski. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:26, February 9, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Robert_W._Olszewski&oldid=990951369

WorthPoint. (2021). Goebel Hummel Olszewski Miniature Dealers Mark Plaque 280-P First Ed Signed 1990. Retrieved on 12 February 2021 from https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/goebel-hummel-olszewski-miniature-1821213882