Rare Hummels

        Knowing your M.I. Hummel figurines can come in handy when you run across one you have not see before. Here are some that other people have found and some of these are one-of-a-kind, some are Possible Future Editions (PFE) and others offer no explanation. I thought it would be fun to show some of what you might keep your eyes open for that is available on the Internet from time to time. I have included the asking price on those where this was provided and the date of the suggested value to give you some idea of the dollar range you might expect. This is just a sampling from the very many figurines you will find upon your searches and are listed in numerical order by their mold numbers.

     There were many examples of figurines created as prototypes with various colorization and poses to present as samples to the sisters at the Siessen Convent with only a percentage being accepted. Some of these samples made their way as gifts to the workers and were considered by them as “trinkets”.  Other figurines may have had small mistakes that were overlooked though this is rare considering the strict parameters each went through before being ready to sell. You may find one of these if you keep your eyes open and books handy. The following figurines are some good examples of what to look that have become available. A few additional words, as a suggestion, you might wish to include in your routine search lists are: Arbeitsmuster, Archivmuster, Faience, Red Line, Progression Set, Masterpiece, Musterzimmer and Malmuster.

 

MEL 1, 2 and 3

Height – 3½”
     The Mel figurine series were considered a very early “catch all” for the rejected items as well as possible experimental including two International designs. Notice that the word “Mel” is the last three letters of Hummel. The Mel 1 – girl with nosegay, Mel 2 – girl with fir tree and Mel 3 – boy with horse were the more common of all the Mel figurines and these were modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1939. Robert Miller placed a value of between $300 and $500 each on these in 2003. In the mid-1950s, these three were remodeled by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek and assigned the model numbers HUM 115 – Girl with Nosegay, HUM 116 – Girl with Fir Tree and HUM 117 – Boy with Horse candlesticks with the M.I. Hummel signature. These were designed from the original drawings of Sister M.I. Hummel but some reason were not approved by the Siessen Convent. There were 29 different Mel figurines accounted for with the last one bearing the number 54 so be on the lookout for the remaining 25 unaccounted for. Some of these were appraised for upwards of $15,000 each! These three were on eBay with a Buy It Now option of $1,000. The first two are of the Crown TMK-1 trademark and the third is a Full Bee TMK-2 trademark.

MEL 6 and 7

   There are at least seven of a possible twenty-four pieces known to exist today. Instead of having an inscribed HUM, they show an earlier inscribed MEL along with the mold number. Factory records have two more figurines identified as MEL 6 Child in Bed Candy Dish and MEL 7 Tiny Child Angel (sitting on the lid of a candy dish). MEL 7 was released around 1947 and was adapted from an unknown drawing by Sister Hummel. This small figurine must certainly be categorized as unique at this time with a value in the very high hundreds.

HUM 1 – Puppy Love

     Height – 5″ to 5¼”

        This is a rarely seen HUM 1 Puppy Love with the doll face, black hat, no necktie and a Double Crown (incised and stamped) mark TMK-1 figurine. Notice that the head is tilted up and the eyes are looking right at the dog.  The eyes on other Puppy Love figurines are typically looking down and to the right with the left ear right above the violin. The asking price for this rare figurine was $2,999.95 plus $34.95 shipping on eBay, 6 October 2020. The 2003 9th Edition Robert L. Miller catalog estimated value on this was $4,000 to $5,000 at that time.

 

HUM 4 – Little Fiddler

     Height – 5⅛”
     Here is a figurine that is very similar to the HUM 2 Little Fiddler with the exception of having a black hat rather than dark brown and typically being a smaller size. The original issue price was 40 cents in 1935 and the master sculptor was Arthur Möeller. Notice the very pale face and hands. This one is rarely seen with the doll face, and no trademark visible making it possibly, one of the very first from this model number. Notice that the head is tilted up and the eyes are looking right down the violin instead of to the right toward his right elbow as others have been made. According to Robert Miller, a very few early models like this one were made with the head tilted at a different angle and without a tie and were only made with the Crown TMK-1 trademark. The old style is considered extremely rare and commands a premium of between $1,500 and $4,000 depending on condition. The asking price on this figurine was $2,200 on October 9, 2020 on eBay.

 

HUM 17/2 – Congratulations

      Height – 8¼”
     Closed Edition (CE)
     Double Crown TMK-1
     This figurine was first modeled in 1935 by master sculptor Reinhold Unger and called Congratulate in the old catalogs. The older models through the Three-line trademark did not have any socks and were added by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek in 1971 with a new design. The larger 8¼ inch (21 cm) HUM 17/2 figurine shown here was only made in the Crown TMK-1, Full Bee TMK-2 and Stylized Bee TMK-3 trademarks and is now considered by the company as a Closed Edition (CE).  This would be a good one to add to your list to keep an eye out for as a good investment as these are now showing a substantial value certainly worth learning more about. The Crown and Full Bee trademark versions have the handle of the horn pointing to the back and allow for them to be more easily to differentiate at a glance. There was one sample created by Reinhold Unger in 1935 with an attached pot but was not approved by the Siessen Convent.

 

HUM 24/III – Lullaby candleholder

     Height – 6”
     Archivmuster (working sample)
     This M.I. Hummel figurine has the trademark TMK-3 with the MASTERPAINTER signature PW 6/62 which indicates Werner Pohlein in June of 1962. Also, under the base of the figurine is a red X which indicates that this is a MASTERPIECE. The size of this figurine is 8.27 inch long (21 cm) and has a metal tag which is written ARCHIVMUSTER W.GOEBEL OESLAU and means it is a working sample from Goebel in Oeslau which is the old name for the city of Rödental which changed in the 1970. This one was located on the website WorthPoint reportedly selling on eBay on November 23, 2014.

HUM 71 – Stormy Weather

      Height – 6¼”
     Designed in 1937 by master sculptor Reinhold Unger, it was initially called Under One Roof. The list price in 1955 for this figurine was suggested as $16.50. It is reported that a Crown TMK-1 trademark has been found without a kerchief on the little boy but no other major changes have been found according to author and expert Heidi Ann Von Recklinghausen.

     Both of the Stormy Weather figurines shown here are of the Crown TMK-1 trademarks and are part of my personal collection. However, there are some definite variances between the two even though they were produced in the same time period and these became quite evident when positioned side by side. The major ones for the one on the left were the unique orientation of the umbrella handle turned up, the fact that the boy does not have the vertical lederhosen straps in relief or painted, the base is substantially smaller with the girls feet close to the edge, the boys thumb is pointed straight up on a much larger hand,  the flower at the bottom of the walking stick is flush with the base, the walking stick is moved slightly forward, the hairstyles are a bit different and the umbrella is held closer with their heads  tilted a bit more forward. I noticed that the smaller and newer HUM 71 2/0 version now has the umbrella handle pointed up making it different from the larger version.

     I took these two figurines to a local club meeting for discussion on why one was so different and one of our respected authorities suggested that it may have been one of the earlier prototypes that had been put on a back shelf  before the war and forgotten. After the war, Goebel needed all of the items they could sell due to the sudden demand by the American soldiers and rediscovered this one which would explain why it has the black stamped “Made in U.S. – Zone Germany.” Finding rare figurines like this one with a possible history behind it makes this “treasure hunt” all the more exciting.

HUM 72 – Spring Cheer

     Height – 5″ to 5½”
     Designed in 1937 by master sculptor Reinhold Unger and released soon after the initial issue of HUM 46 Madonna without Halo, this figurine was originally called Spring Flowers. It was modeled from the artwork called Just for You, H 271. There have been some significant variations in Spring Cheer over the years of its production. It was initially released wearing a yellow dress and no flowers in the right hand. During the period of the Stylized Bee TMK-3, the figure was produced with a green dress and flowers in the right hand having been restyled in 1965 by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek who added the flowers to the right hand. This is the way later versions are found. Some of the old versions without flowers were left over and were painted with a green dress to match the newer models. This is the rarest of the two green dress models and is worth $1,200 to $1,500 in 2013 prices according to Von Recklinghausen. Records show that this figurine is Temporarily Withdrawn (TW) from production as of December 31, 1984. The suggested retail price for Spring Cheer was $55 in the 1984 price catalog. This certain little figurine shown sold on 11 October 2020 for $70. This proves that there are still some good examples of rare Hummels at affordable prices available!

HUM 81 – School Girl

     Height – 4¼”
     Designed by master sculptor Arthur Möeller in 1937, this figurine was initially called Primer Girl and Little Scholar. Robert Miller says, in his price guide, that the early Crown TMK-1 trademark examples are sometimes found with orange color skirt and blouse rather than the normal dark colored blouse. The example here to the left is in a dress all in red, darker socks with a glossy finish.  It was reported as having been manufactured between 1936 and 1937 and sold on eBay July 9th, 2020 for $150. For comparison, the one on the right in the orange dress and dark blouse is also a Crown TMK-1 but more closely resembles those that followed later in coloration. You may also find a few examples where the little girl is looking straight ahead instead of to the right side.

HUM 99 – Eventide

     Height – 4½”
     Archivmuster (working sample)
     Malmuster (painting sample)
     Masterpiece (figurine from master painter/sculptor)
     Musterzimmer (showroom sample)
     This figurine was crafted by a collective of sculptors, very similar to HUM 28 Wayside Devotion but without the shrine. There are three rare versions of this figurine that have been found to keep a lookout for: 1) without sheep, 2) white overglazed and 3) sheep on the left/middle. The proper placement is shown in the figurine represented here. This sample might be considered the “perfect” modern example of what the figurine should look like due to having three muster marks on it. On the base from this figurine is the M.I. Hummel signature and the word MALMUSTER defining it as a painting sample, under the base is the word MUSTERZIMMER means a special show room example. It has the incised number 99. filled in with black color and the MASTERPAINTER sign Ki 6.71 showing it as master painter Franz Kirchner in June of 1971. According to the person selling Eventide, this shows us that this figurine is a rare MASTERPIECE, a figurine from the hands of a master painter and sculptor. Also is on this figurine a metal tag there is written ARCHIVMUSTER RÖDENTAL W.GOEBEL which specifies it as a working sample. This rare figurine is 4½ inches high ( 11.5 cm) and has the trademark TMK-3 but no copyright date. Illustrated behind the figurine is an old postcard that shows how closely the figurine was made like the original sketch by Sister Hummel. This one sold on eBay on February 1, 2015.

HUM 106 – Merry Wanderer
HUM 107 – Little Fiddler
Plaque with wood frame

     Size – 6″ x 6″
     Closed Edition (CE)

      These are a very limited production item and are listed as a Closed Edition (CE) on factory records as of 1 August 1938. First modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möeller in 1938, these are similar to the all-ceramic plaques with the exception of the wood frame. There is some variation in the wood frames but these, and especially as a set, are “considered extremely rare.” These have been found only in the TMK-1 Crown trademark and are valued between $1,200 and $4,000 each depending upon condition.

HUM 127 – Doctor

     Prototype?
     Height – 5⅛”
     Originally modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möeller in 1939 under the name of Doll Doctor or in German, Puppendoktor, and joining the line about 1940, this figurine has had a number of modifications. This one, in the photograph, appears to be a very early prototype due to not having a trademark, the dolls feet hang out over the edge of the base and a “dot” is found following the mold number under the base making it a possible Crown TMK-1. It does have the M.I. Hummel signature on the top of the base but is completely devoid of any colorization, just the white glaze. This figurine was located on eBay with an asking price of $325 plus $10.89 shipping on 14 October 2020.

 

HUM 130 – Duet

     Height – 5″ – 5½”
     Possible Future Edition
     Originally modeled in 1939 by master sculptor Arthur Möeller, the original name for this 5½ inch figurine was The Songsters. Some of the earlier Crown TMK-1 pieces have variations, such as incised notes on the sheet music as well as being painted or a small lip on the base like a stepped base. These variations were valued at $1,000 to $1,500 in Robert Miller’s price guide. The primary variation on this Possible Future Edition (PFE) TMK-5 piece is an undocumented additional bow tie on the little fella on the right in green holding the sheet music. All other pieces have the taller boy in the brown coat with the only bow tie or in the case of a few TMK-2 or TMK-3 figurines, no ties at all. These have a suggested valued placed between $2,000 and $3,500. This figurine was located on the WorthPoint website and reportedly sold on eBay on January 11, 2017.

HUM 137 A – Child in Bed, Wall Plaque
(looking left)

     Closed Edition (CE)

     Originally modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möeller in 1940 as a set of two small wall plaques – one child looking left and one child looking to the right. Pictured is one of the first known examples of 137 A and the first one was found hanging on a kitchen wall somewhere in Hungary in 1986. Since that time several other examples have been found in Europe. The matched pair should have the incised M.I. Hummel signature on the back, and further have the incised mold numbers. The current book value, if found in a pair, is $5,350 – 6,550. The Child in Bed looking right (HUM 137 B) has been on the market for years and can be found in all trademark periods.

 

HUM 152/A – Umbrella Boy

     Height – 8”
     Crown TMK-1
     This figurine was originally modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möeller in 1942 and this Crown TMK-1 was the only size in that trademark. It is also the only one incised with the copyright of 152(dot) and is considered quite rare in this 8 inch version. The Full Bee TMK-2 trademark can be found with both the incised 152 and the 152/A due to a smaller size Umbrella Boy being introduced. The old name was “In Safety” or “Boy Under Umbrella”. Older models like this one usually have the handle of the umbrella attached to the right shoe instead of the left. The high end value in Robert Miller’s 2003 price guide is $7,000 but has been reduced to $4,200 in Von Recklinghausen’s 2013 price guide. The eBay Buy It Now price was $4,000 for this certain figurine.

HUM 181 – Old Man Reading Newspaper

     Closed Edition (CE)
     Height – 6¾”
     This was made as a sample only in 1948 by master sculptor Arthur Möeller and was not approved by the Siessen Convent for production. It was not considered to be typical of Sister Hummel’s work but more of a caricature even though it is a very close rendering of one of her early sketches. This early sample does have the familiar “M.I. Hummel” signature is was possibly the one as a part of the Robert L. Miller collection until it was sold. It is listed as a Closed Number (CN) on 18 February 1948 and will not be produced again according to Miller’s price guide. It has been referred to as one of the “Mamas and Papas” or the “Old People” and an American collector discovered the first four in Europe. The fifth piece was produced as a lamp base with the mold number of HUM 202. His discoveries filled in the missing numbers that were assigned to these five. Several other examples have been found over the past few years.  At least three complete sets of the five pieces have been accounted for. They were made in samples only. The value placed on this in 2003 by Miller was between $15,000 and $20,000. This particular one in the photograph was listed on eBay as a Buy It Now for $35,000 plus $50 shipping on 13 October 2020 from Austin, Texas.
     The other four “Old People” to look for are HUM 189 – Old Woman Knitting, HUM 190 – Old Woman Walking to Market, HUM 191 – Old Man Walking to Market and HUM 202 – Old Man Reading Newspaper table lamp.

HUM 209 – Swedish Dealer Plaque

     Swedish Dealer’s Plaque
     Closed Edition (CE)
     TMK-2, Width – 5½”
     This figurine has the incised mold number 209 with a blue stamped Full Bee TMK-2 trademark along with the blue stamped word “Import”. This was issued for Swedish dealers to display in their store windows or on their counters and is considered very rare and valued in the upper end of the four-digit range. Some have sold for over $7,000. According to Miller, it is quite likely that there are less than ten of these known, even with all the publicity and high prices. There was one on eBay with a suggested purchase price of around $4,000. This one was located on the Eagles of War website.

 

HUM 211 – M.I. Hummel Dealer’s Plaque

     Noted as possibly the rarest of all the M.I. Hummel dealer’s plaques in Robert Miller’s Golden Anniversary Album, this unique item is currently the only known painted example and was located in Germany in 1975 by Major Larry Spohn and his wife Anne. It was purchased by Robert L. Miller for his own collection and may now be in someone else’s. All of the lettering on this plaque is in mixed case and the location of the W. Goebel Hummel Porzellanfabrik is indicated as being Oeslau, Germany. Master sculptor Reinhold Unger modeled this in 1950 and the purpose or reason for designing it this way is unknown.

HUM 214 A – Virgin Mary and Infant Jesus
(one-piece)

      Height – 6½”
     Closed Edition (CE)
     The nativity set was first produced and sold in 1952 having been modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1951. The set was sold in white overglaze finish but is no longer sold this way and is considered rare and usually brings a premium. Early production of this HUM 214 A as the Virgin Mary and Infant Jesus was made in one figurine only in the Full Bee TMK-2 trademark and due to production difficulties, it was from then on made as two separate pieces beginning with the Full Bee trademark, each having the same number, 214 A, incised on the bottom of each one. This one-piece unit was sold in white overglaze finish as well as being offered in full color and both are considered to be quite rare and are now considered a Closed Edition (CE). The white glazed version had a Buy It Now price of $540 plus $21 shipping on eBay on 9 October 2020. The color version, including HUM 214 B Joseph had a Buy It Now price of $1,200 plus $42 shipping. Miller’s estimate in 2003 was between $2,500 to $3,000 for the white glazed HUM 214 A and $2,000 to $2,500 for the color version.

HUM 221 – Happy Pastime, Candy Box

     Height – ? inches
     Closed Number (CN)
     This candy jar was made as a sample only and was never produced for sale. First modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möeller in 1952, there are no known examples in any private collections. According to Robert Miller’s Authorized Supplement to HUMMEL, this number was originally listed as “Unknown,” as factory records indicated it as a Closed Number (CN). HUM 221 was planned at one time to be a glamorized version of the present Candy Box HUM III/69. The main difference was the addition of flowers and blossoms on the top and sides of the box which would have been very vulnerable to damage. The bird was also positioned in front of the girl and her kerchief was without polka dots. If an example of this figurine is located, it should be insured for between $3,000 and $6,000.

 

HUM 228 Good Friends table lamp

     Height – 7½”
     Arbeitsmuster
     Red Line
     TMK-3
     This lamp was first molded in 1953 by master sculptor Arthur Möeller as a Full Bee TMK-2 and has received several minor restyling modifications since. The Good Friends table lamp was “Temporarily Withdrawn” (TW) from production on December 31, 1989. Notice the Red Line mark that is painted around the base of this TMK-3 figurine. This indicates that this certain figurine was used as a “perfect” model with the paint scheme to use on all others by the artists as the standard. Also notable is the inked in mold number under the base indicating this is an Arbeitsmuster figurine. The Eagles of War web page indicates that this was purchased from Facebook on October 24, 2019.

HUM 236/A – Angel Duo on Tree,
     Praying and Harp
HUM 236/B – Angel Duo on Tree,
     Trumpet and Mandolin

     Closed Numbers (CN)
     These figurines were modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möeller in 1954 as samples but were not approved by the Siessen Convent and were never put into production. These samples were located at the Goebel factory in 1984 and put on display at the Goebel Collectors’ Club in Tarrytown, N.Y.  There are no other known examples of these two figurines.  HUM 236/A has one angel playing a harp at the base of the tree while the other is seated on a tree limb above praying or singing. HUM 236/B has an angel playing a mandolin and the seated angel above is playing a trumpet or lute. Robert Miller has the estimated value of each between $10,000 and $15,000 in his 9th Edition Price Guide but may be less than that now according to Heidi Ann Von Recklinghausen in her 2013 edition at $6,000 to $9,000 each. That is still a very good incentive to keep an eye out for one or both of these.

 

HUM 249 – Madonna and Child

     Height – 6¾″
     Wall Plaque in relief
     Closed Number (CN)
     This wall plaque was made as a sample only and not produced for sale as an open edition. Similar to the HUM 48/V with the exception of a background or a frame. Actually, the piece that was seen was simply a cut-out of HUM 48/V in an unfinished state, with no number or signature on the back, apparently an idea that was rejected or stopped before it was even completed. Possibly the work of master sculptor Reinhold Unger who modeled the first HUM 48 in 1936. It differs from all other known wall plaques except HUM 263, Merry Wanderer. All other plaques have bas-relief figures on a square or rectangular background with an integral ceramic frame. HUM 249 has no background, only the bas-relief of the Madonna and Child as the entire piece. There is no integral ceramic frame.

HUM 319 – Doll Bath

     Height – 5¼”
     Arbeitsmuster, Red Line

          This figurine was first designed by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek in 1956 and produced in early sample form during the TMK-2 Full Bee period but was not released until 1962. These pieces are said to be worth substantially more than later releases. This example is that same Full Bee version as well as being a Red Line version and was used as the “perfect” figurine to paint from thus making it even more rare. Notice the red line that is painted around the full base and the attached metal tag to show how important this model was. Note the inked and incised mold number and copyright date of 1956 signifying this as one made from the mother or master mold. Also on the bottom of the base is the stamped TMK-2 Full Bee trademark backstamp and master artist, Günthur Neubauer’s early signature with the date of March 1957 in black ink. The price to purchase this figurine was $4,500 plus $34.95 shipping on eBay, 6 October 2020.

 

HUM 337 – Cinderella

     Height – 4½”
TMK-5
     Modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möeller in March of 1956 and the first sample was painted by master painter Franz Kirchner in July of 1956, this figurine of Cinderella was introduced in the U.S. in 1972. Gerhard Skrobek restyled the figurine in 1972 with the eyes looking down at the dove and it had a new, textured finish. The restyled version has a copyright date of 1972. The older models have the little girls eyes looking above the two dove (open eyes) like the one you see here and had an incised copyright date of either 1958 or 1960 with trademarks of TMK-2 through TMK-4 and some in the next TMK-5. The TMK-2 and TMK-3 trademarks are considered rare and their values reflect this. Another, even more rare version, has a fourth dove resting on the little girls left shoulder. This one was located on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $299.99 plus a shipping charge of $14.90. The most recent estimated price guide has this current value for this TMK-5 at between $720 to $900. A Full Bee TMK-2 has a value placed upwards of $3,000. Make sure your eyes are open for this one.

HUM 355 – Autumn Harvest

     Height – 5″
     Archivmuster
     Red Line
     This figurine was created in 1963 by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek and first produced as a sample in the Stylized Bee with the trademark TMK-3 but was not initially released until 1972. The earliest production pieces bear the Three Line Mark TMK-4 and there were very few of these made available. The copyright date on those available show the year 1971 but this certain one showing has the trademark 1964. This one also has the mold number 355 in black color and the MASTERPAINTER signature Ki 5.73 which means Franz Kirchner painted it in May of 1973. This rare figurine is 4.88 inches high ( 12.4 cm) and has the trademark TMK-5 and a copyright date from 1964. On the base from this nice figurine is the RED LINE, this shows us that this figurine is a MASTERPIECE. Also found on this figurine is metal tag the expression written ARCHIVMUSTER OESLAU W.GOEBEL. This one sold on eBay on June 14, 2015.

 

HUM 372 – Blessed Mother

     Height – 10¼”
     Possible Future Edition (PFE)
     Modeled by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek in 1964, this is a figurine of a standing Madonna and Child, once known in the old factory records as the Virgin Mother and Child. This is the early sample that exists in the Three Line Mark TMK-4 trademark with a painting date of 11/73 but has not been placed into regular production. This one was once in the Robert L. Miller collection and had a listed value of between $3,000 and $4,000.

HUM 385 3/0 – Chicken-Licken

     Height – 4″
     385/3/0
     Masterpiece
     This is a rare and unknown M.I. Hummel figurine with the number 385 3/0 and the master painter signature Ki 11.90 signifying Franz Kirchner in November 1990. This beautiful girl is unknown in this size and perhaps a Possible Future Edition (PFE). The master painter signature shows that this figurine is more than likely a MASTERPIECE. Under the base is the copyright date 1990 and the trademark TMK-6. The size is 3.94 inches high (10 cm). Notice also that there is only the little girl and not the fence with the two posts with a bird sitting atop probably due to the smaller size. 

HUM 398 – Spring Bouquet

     Height – 6¼”
     Possible Future Edition (PFE)
     The original model was created by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek in 1973 of a little girl picking a flower to add to a bouquet she is holding in her left arm. A few samples have been found with the trademark TMK-5, Last Bee but the figurine has not been put into regular production yet. Factory records list it as as a Possible Future Edition (PFE) and may be released at some future date subject to possible minor changes. Early evaluation of the Last Bee trademark sample was set between $3,000 and $4,000.

HUM 417 – Where Did You Get That?

     Height – 5¼”
     Possible Future Edition (PFE)
     This figurine was modeled by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek in 1982 and it has an inscribed copyright date of 1982 as well. It is described as a boy and girl standing while the boy holds his hat in both of his hands with three apples in it. The girl has a doll that dangles from her left hand. The two figures that make up this figurine are now the separate figurines HUM 485 Gift From a Friend and HUM 486 I Wonder. As of this writing, it is listed on the factory records as a Possible Future Edition (PFE) subject to possible minor changes.

HUM 456 – Sleep, Little One, Sleep

     Height – 4¼”
     Possible Future Edition (PFE)
     This figurine was modeled by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek in 1984 and shows an angel standing beside a baby in a cradle and appears to be rocking the baby to sleep. It is listed on the factory records as a Possible Future Edition (PFE) subject to possible minor changes.

HUM 463 – My Wish Is Small

     Height – 5½”
     Closed Edition (CE)
     Modeled by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek in 1985, this figurine was introduced in 1992 for members of the M.I. Hummel Club only as an exclusive edition for the Club year 16. It has an incised 1985 copyright date along with the TMK-7 trademark. The piece was permanently retired on May 31, 1994 and the mold was destroyed. The rare early sample, shown here, has a square base while the normal production figurine has a round base as a quick indicator to look for in the difference between the two. Robert Miller had the sample price value set at between $2,000 and $2,500 making it a figurine to definitely watch for.

HUM 466 – DoReMi

     Height – 5½”
     Closed Edition (CE)
     Modeled by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek in 1985, this 5½ inch figurine shows two little girls, possibly sisters with the little girl in blue and the taller girl in a short red dress, both with a garland of white flowers in their hair, practicing their singing. As of this writing, it is listed on the factory records as a Possible Future Edition (PFE) subject to possible minor changes.

HUM 468 – Come On

     Height – 5¼”
     Possible Future Edition (PFE)
     This figurine was first modeled by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek in 1986. The example shows a little boy wearing a coat and large hat with walking stick in his right hand and a leash in his left hand pulling a little resistant lamb. It is presently listed on the factory records as a Possible Future Edition (PFE) and may be released at some future date, subject to possible minor changes.

 

HUM 469 – Starting Young

     Height – 4¾”
     Possible Future Edition (PFE)
     Modeled by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek in 1986, this figurine was shows two little girls with one sewing and the other knitting. Not much more information is known at this point. As of this writing, it is listed on the factory records as a Possible Future Edition (PFE) subject to possible minor changes.

HUM 474 – Gentle Care

     Height – 6”
     Possible Future Edition (PFE)
     This figurine was first modeled by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek in 1986. The example shows two little girls walking together, the taller one holding a basket of fruit on her left arm while a younger girl carefully holds a little lamb with both hands. Both girls appear to be singing. It is presently listed on the factory records as a Possible Future Edition (PFE) and may be released at some future date, subject to possible minor changes.

HUM 500 – 1976 Mother’s Day plate

     This number, 500, was assigned to a Mother’s Day plate but was never issued. Here is the plate as it appears and what to look for should another show up in general circulation. The plate is a solid white to ivory in color with large letters centered across the top, “MOTHER’S DAY” and the date of “1976” at the bottom center. In the middle is a relief image of a little girl picking flowers for her mother. There are thirty-three flowers on the outer edge. The back is quite plain with two holes in the top in order to hang the plate with a cord but there is no indication of the model number, trademark or anything else.

     I located a similar sketch from Sister Hummel of a little girl picking flowers but not the one with pigtails and the bell type flowers as seen with the figurine HUM 609. This plate was purchased by Eagles of War from eBay for $510.00 plus $30.00 shipping on April 21, 2017. The postcard with this sketch is number 663 from 1948.

HUM 501 – 1977 Mother’s Day plate

    As with the plate above, This number, HUM 510, was assigned to a Mother’s Day plate but was never issued. Here is the plate as it appears and what to look for should another show up in general circulation. The plate is a solid white to ivory in color with large letters centered across the top, “MOTHER’S DAY” and the date of “1977” at the bottom center. In the middle is a relief image of a little boy playing an accordion accompanied by a little bird sitting atop the musical instrument. The reverse side is plain with no markings. This plate matches the HUM 110 Let’s Sing figurine. According to the Eagles of War web page, this plate was purchased on April 21, 2017 for $510 plus $30 shipping.

HUM 502 – 1978 Mother’s Day plate

     Here is a third number item, HUM 502, that was assigned to a Mother’s Day plate but was never issued. Here is the plate as it appears and what to look for should another show up in general circulation. The plate is a solid white to ivory in color with large letters to the left and right, “MOTHER’S DAY” and the date of “1978” at the bottom center. In the middle is a relief image of a little girl that matches the figurine HUM 13 Meditation. The reverse side is plain with no markings, no trademark. According to the Eagles of War web page with this information, the plate was purchased on July 5, 2019 for $460 from Germany.

 

HUM 536/0 – Christmas Surprise

     Height – 5¾”
     Arbeitsmuster
     Possible Future Edition (PFE)
     A smaller version of this figurine at 4 inches, HUM 536/3/0, was modeled by master sculptor Helmut Fischer in 1988 with an incised copyright date of 1998 and was produced in a limited number of 15,000 pieces. It came with a HummelScape “Musikfest” Collector’s Set. These were sold exclusively by QVC beginning at 12:00a EST on November 19, 1998 and sold out that same day. The figurine was introduced, retired and the mold was broken on that very day. The issue price was $139.50 plus shipping. An smaller version at 3¼ inches of this as a Christmas ornament, HUM 536 3/0 O, was released in 2001.

     The figurine you see here is a larger version at 5¾ inches, HUM 536/0, classified as a Possible Future Edition (PFE) and may be introduced at a later date but as of this writing, it has not been offered for sale. This one has a metal Arbeitsmuster tag fastened with a metal wire, bears the trademark TMK-7, mold number 536/0 and the copyright date of 1991 which predates the earlier two versions. The Eagles of War web page shows that it was purchased from Facebook on October 24, 2019.

HUM 550 – ?

     Possible Future Edition (PFE)
     According to Heidi Ann Von Recklinghausen in The Official M.I. Hummel Price Guide, 2nd Edition and Miller’s 9th Edition,  the figurines HUM 550, 551 and 552 are Open Numbers (ON) and are not assigned as of 2013. This figurine of a little girl wearing a red head bow, red ribbon around her neck, white smock with red dots over her green dress and red shoes appears to be on her way to visit with a basket holding a green bottle while carefully holding in both hands a brown bowl not to spill whatever is in it. The figurine has an incised model number of 550 along with the incised 1989 copyright date, TMK-6 trademark stamp and the artist’ signature with a date of April 1989 in black ink. The price to purchase this unique PFE figurine was $2,995 plus $34.95 shipping on eBay, 6 October 2020.

 

HUM 602 – ?

     Possible Future Edition (PFE)
     Prototype
     TMK- 6
     Here is a Possible Future Edition (PFE) to be on the watch for at some time. The little girl with long blond hair and yellow flowers and a light green long dress with yellow detailed flowers appears to be singing from a song book. Her dress looks like it has the faience appearance applied due to the rough glossy texture it shows. According to the Eagles of War webpage, it may have been listed on eBay for 2,239.34 Euros.

HUM 606 – ?

     Possible Future Edition (PFE)
     Mother Model
     Height – 6″
     This figurine appears to be a sample that was rejected by the Siessen Convent and was placed for sale by a person with the name of Georgas Negras in Neutraubling, Germany. He indicates this is a mother model as being the first mold from the original sculpted figurine and painted by master painter Günther Neubauer in June of 1989. The figurine is just over 6 inches high (15.5 cm) but was not selected by the Convent for some reason so it may not be available for some time. The postcard copy of Sister Hummel’s sketch accompanies the figurine to show how closely it matches her idea of a little child barely able to look over a fence.

 

HUM 609 – ?

     Possible Future Edition (PFE)
     This figurine is another Open Number (ON) in Von Recklinghausen’s 2nd Edition as well as Miller’s 9th Edition upon research of their catalogs. It features a barefooted, seated little blond girl with bangs focused on what appears to be a green stalk with a blue flower in her left hand and pointing to the bottom of the flower with her right hand. The word, in script, “Hummel” is incised across the back left side from bottom half way to the top of her light green dress. On the bottom is the incised number 609  along with the incised copyright date of 1990, the TMK-6 backstamp and master artist, Günthur Neubauer’s signature with the year 7/90 in black ink. The asking price for this rare figurine was $2,999.95 plus $34.95 shipping on eBay, 6 October 2020.

HUM 627 – ?

     Possible Future Edition (PFE)
     Prototype
     TMK-7
     There is very little information on this figurine other than the single blurry photograph and the associated text indicating this is the Hummel 672 Possible Future Edition (PFE) prototype with a trademark TMK-7. This one was located on the Eagles of War website with a reference to being on eBay. Both Robert Miller and Heidi Ann Von Recklinghausen price guides show HUM 627 as being an Open Number (ON).

HUM 723 – Silent Vigil

     Possible Future Edition (PFE)
     Height – 6¾”
     Modeled by master sculptor Helmut Fischer in 1995 with an incised copyright date of the same, this figurine depicts a scene from a postcard drawing of Mary and Joseph watching over the Baby Jesus with Mary seated on a wooden stool and Joseph standing on the other side of the cradle holding Baby Jesus. Much like the HUM 181 Old Man Reading Newspaper, the Siessen Convent may not approve of this due to a more modern appearance of Joseph and Mary with their clothing and not a typical look associated with Sister Hummels usual work. Robert Miller does have this piece in his 9th Edition and remarks that it may be released at some future date, subject to possible minor changes.

HUM 732/I – For My Sweetheart

     Possible Future Edition (PFE)
     Height – 5¾”
     This figurine was first modeled by master sculptor Helmut Fischer in 1992 and has an incised copyright date of 1993. It shows a little boy wearing long pants and a hat with a guitar hanging over his shoulder while he looks a a picked flower in his right hand. This is on the factory records as a Possible Future Edition (PFE) and may be released at some future date with subject to minor changes. Notice that this one has the larger size indicator “/I” to provide for a smaller version as well in the future. This one was found on the WorthPoint website.

HUM 768 – Pixie

     768 3/0 – 3¼”
     768 – 3½”
     768/I – 5½”
     Prototype
     This figurine was modeled by master sculptor Helmut Fischer in 1994 and released in 1995 with the TMK-7 trademark. Each of the pieces that were released in 1995 have the backstamp “First Issue 1995” with an incised 1994 copyright date. The suggested issue price was $105 for the small version and $279 issue price for the larger version which was released by Manufaktur Rödental in the Fall of 2009 as a TMK-9 figurine. A smaller version is now available from Hummel Gifts and the colors are very similar to this example to the right.
     The owner of this piece says it is a prototype of the current and larger size HUM 768/I Pixie and is very different in many ways. This figurine has the MASTERPAINTER signature from Ge 7/01 in July 2001. The figurine is 5½ inches high (14 cm) and has the trademark TMK-8 and a copyright date from 2000. This larger version /I prototype does not have an apple behind her back being held in her left hand, has one open and one closed eye, is standing, not walking, no flower at the base of the walking stick and also has a different color outfit, blue instead of a red dress and a red instead of white blouse than the HUM 768/I version it represents. This one was found on the WorthPoint website.

 

HUM 817 – ?

     Possible Future Edition (PFE)
     Prototype
     TMK-7
     There can never be enough angels to choose from when looking for that one that fits just what you were looking for. Here is another with a TMK-7 trademark that may show up as a Possible Future Edition (PFE). This one has a number, HUM 817, that so far is listed as an Open Number (ON) indicating that the figurine has not been authorized by the Siessen Convent yet but may be in the future when the figurine has the suitable colors, expression, and more that more closely fits what they believe this angel should look like based on Sister Hummels sketch for this certain angel. This one may be one of the samples presented to them for consideration but didn’t meet the criteria in one way or another but with some slight modification, it may look very much like this one located on the Eagles of War website.

HUM 2056 – ?

     Possible Future Edition (PFE)
      Here is another, according to Heidi Ann Von Recklinghausen in The Official M.I. Hummel Price Guide, 2nd Edition and Robert Miller’s 9th Edition,  where the figurines HUM 2054 through HUM 2057 are listed as Open Numbers (ON) and are not assigned as of 2013. This figurine appears dressed in a red clown suit with yellow dots, a matching hat, large white collar and light blue shoes with his right hand in his pants pocket. He has the attention of a small seated brown dog to his right. This figurine has the incised number 2056 along with the incised 1998 copyright date and the artist’ signature with a date of 5/98 in black ink. The price to purchase this unique figurine was $2,995 plus $34.95 shipping on eBay on October 6, 2020.

 

HUM 2109 – ?

     Arbeitsmuster
     Height – 4⅓”
     This early example of what appears to be a waiter is carrying what looks like a stein of beer and a link of sausage on a wooden platter and he is dressed appropriately for that role with a grey jacket, orange bow tie and red shoes. He has a white napkin on his left arm, holding the food and drink aloft in his right hand. A metal Arbeitsmuster tag is attached with metal wire to his right leg with the words, “W. GOBEL  ARBEITSMUSTER RÖDENTAL”. The base has an incised mold number 2109 along with the incised copyright year of 2000 and a blue decal for the TMK-8 trademark. This one is listed as a sample only and was not intended, in this appearance, to be issued on the market. The figurine is 4⅓ inches high (11 cm) and was available for purchase on eBay for $1,995 plus $60 shipping on October 18, 2020.

HUM 2118 – The Butcher

     Possible Future Edition (PFE)
     I wasn’t able to find out much on this certain item other than it is reported as being Hummel figurine number HUM 2118 Butcher and at the time was considered a Possible Future Edition (PFE). Both Robert Miller and Heidi Ann Von Recklinghausen report, in their price guides, that this was an Open Number (ON) in their latest books. As of October 2020, it is not available on the main website, HummelGifts.com, either. It had been reported as to being located on eBay but is no longer there. Keep a watch out for this one!

HUM 2139 – ?

    Height – 3¾”
    Possible Future Edition (PFE)
    Arbeitsmuster
    Listed as an Open Number (ON) in both the Miller and Von Recklinghausen catalogs, this certain figurine was located on the WorthPoint website with an Arbeitsmuster metal tag attached to the left leg having been sold on eBay on June 1, 2019. In order to gain approval from the Siessen Convent for production of a specific M.I. Hummel figurine mold number, finished samples are created with different shades of colors and postures to match Sister Hummel’s sketches as close as possible. It is said that, world wide, only between 3 – 5 are made but are never issued on the market. This cute figurine has the trademark TMK-8 and the HUM number 2139 with an copyright date from 2001. The size is 3¾ inches high (9.5 cm). There is very little information on this figurine at this time.

HUM 2149 – Angel

     Possible Future Edition (PFE)
     Height –
     This one is listed as an Open Number (ON) in both Robert Miller’s and Heidi Ann Von Recklinghausen’s catalogs. It is listed on WorthPoint as an extremely rare floating “PFE” figurine “ANGEL”. This beautiful figurine does not have a Hummel number but in the second “Official Workbook” is listed this small figurine with the information HUM number 2149 which was not allowed by the convent. This figurine has the TMK-8 trademark and no copyright date. The master painter signature is Mb 4/01 indicating Michael Beinlich in April 2001. The size is 3¼ inch high (8 cm). This little angel is not only a PFE, it is also an early sample piece.

 

HUM 2202 – ?

     Possible Future Edition (PFE)
     Prototype
     TMK-8
     This little girl in the blue dress with white dots and red shoes appears to be holding a cake in her right hand and I’m not quite sure what she is looking at in her left hand. The Eagles of War web page indicates this is a prototype Possible Future Edition (PFE) with a TMK-8 trademark. It apparently sold on eBay for $1,125 plus $60 shipping on October 6, 2019.

 

 

Have fun collecting!

References

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/