Rare Hummels

        Knowing your M.I. Hummel figurine resources can come in handy when you run across one you have not see before. Here are some that other people have found with some being one-of-a-kind while others offer no explanation. I thought it would be fun to show some of what you might keep your eyes open for located on the Internet from time to time. Several include the asking price where this was provided along with the date found to give you some idea of the dollar range you might expect to see. This is just a sampling from the very many figurines you may run across upon your searching. They are listed in numerical order by their mold numbers for your convenience.

     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” as I was told.  Other figurines may have had small mistakes that were overlooked though this is certainly rare considering the strict parameters each piece 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 recently 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. See also the 49-page comprehensive numerical list of the M.I. Hummel figurines with links to this page of rare and unusual examples. 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 16 April 2021.

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. It is made of porcelain instead of ceramic used as the standard material. The usual paint scheme is used except for the flesh tones which show up as much whiter.  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.

     The second figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $450.00.

Beswick 909 – Puppy Love

     This is the Beswick figurine, Puppy Love, stamped and incised “Made in England”. There is no M I Hummel signature on this figurine. The Beswick Company was located in England and made Hummel Figurines during World War II when the Hummel figurines could not be made in Germany. Some of the figurines made by them had the M I Hummel signature and some did not. This figurine measures approx. 5-inches tall and has the number 909 inscribed on the bottom. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $175.00.

 

HUM 2 – Little Fiddler (Faience)

     Height – 5⅛”
      Faience
     Here is an unusual figurine that is very similar to the HUM 4 Little Fiddler with the exception of having a brown hat with an orange hat band rather than black and typically being of a larger size. You may have also noticed there are other colors that are quite obvious on this one as well. The old name in some of the earlier catalogs was “Violinist” or “The Wandering Fiddler”.  The figurine in general was Temporarily Withdrawn (TW) on 31 December 1989.

      A few sample pieces have been located decorated with bright colors and a glossy finish of the Faience technique as illustrated here. Robert Miller quotes a value in his 2003 price guide of between $5,000 and $6,000 depending on the size and condition.  Notice the very pale face and hands. This one is rarely seen with the doll face, making it possibly, one of the very first from this model number. This figurine has a break at the neck just above the shoulders and is a noticeable repair.  The only distinguishable mark on the bottom of the base is a green stamped Crown TMK-1 trademark. The figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 21 November 2020 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $1,900.00.

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. This piece is made of regular ceramic, not porcelain and has a baby face appearance. 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.

The figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $700.00.

HUM 7/I – Merry Traveler (Faience)

     Height – 7½”
     Faience
     Crown TMK-1
     This piece has a very different appearance due to what they call the Faience finish. These were old lead and cadmium based paints. They did not cure evenly and weren’t used in production models. You may also notice that this Hummel has a seldom seen step base. It has an Incised Crown TMK-1 trademark and is from the Robert L. Miller Collection. The figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $2,300.00.

HUM 9 – Begging His Share

      Height – 5½”
      Double Crown TMK-1
      Molded by master sculptor Arthur Möeller in 1935, this next piece was also known at first as “Congratulatory Visit”.  This rare Hummel was created to be used as a candle holder where later models did not have a hole in the cake for a small candle and unlike the one previous, this one has a standard oval base on which the boy and dog are placed. The little boy has brightly colored socks in this different figurine very much like the one above. Other than having a base as normal HUM 9 figurines have, this one is very much like the previous one with the baby face and colorful socks. The Hummel measures approximately 5½ inches tall with an incised Crown TMK-1 as well as a stamped Crown TMK-1 trademark (Double Crown). The figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $100.00.

HUM 9 – Begging His Share

     Height – 5¼”
     No base
     Crown TMK-1
     This rare Hummel was created without a base to be used as a candle holder. Molded by master sculptor Arthur Möeller in 1935, this piece was also known at first as “Congratulatory Visit”. Notice how the earlier faces appear more round and the eyes and mouth on this one are smaller. The figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $650.00.

HUM 10/III – Flower Madonna

     Height – 11”
     Red X
     TMK-3
     This is the M.I. Hummel figurine Flower Madonna with the HUM number 10/III under the base in black letters. This model was initially created by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1935 and the first 10/III versions were actually 12 to 13 inches tall in the Crown TMK-1 and Full Bee TMK-2 versions. The figurine was produced in a variety of colors with white over-glaze, pastel blue cloak, brown cloak, ivory cloak and a pastel yellow cloak. The pastel blue is found in all trademarks but the other colors, according to Heidi Von Recklinghausen, are only found in the Crown TMK-1 and the Full Bee TMK-2 trademarks making this Stylized  Bee TMK-3 version a rarity. Her head is also tilted more to the right than photographs of other show. This beautiful Madonna with child has a RED X under the base. There is no incised copyright date but there is the master painter signature showing B 5/67 making reference to master painter Klaus Böhm in May of 1967 along with the trademark TMK-3 Stylized Bee. The seller indicates that this shows this certain figurine is a MASTERPIECE. The seller has it listed on eBay with an auction that terminated on Sunday, 6 December 2020 with a very low price of $100.00 with a shipping charge of $60 from Germany when last viewed.

     A similar figurine as part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida sold for $325.00 while another with a Double Crown TMK-1 and cloak of reddish-brown terra cotta finish and open halo sold for $400.00.

HUM II/13 – Meditation, with Pot

     Height – 5½”
     Closed Edition
     Crown TMK-1
     Information located in an old Goebel product book indicates that master sculptor Reinhold Unger produced samples of Meditation in 1935 in the 13/0 size with a round attached pot and another with an oblong bowl. It is now a Closed Edition (CE). This pot has no markings other than an incised Crown TMK-1 and the M I Hummel signature on the figurine. This piece was purchased at the Robert and Ruth Miller auction where he valued it at $8,000. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $2,000.00.

HUM 16 – Little Hiker, with Pot

     Height – 5″
     Closed Edition
     Crown TMK-1
   This piece was purchased from the Robert L. Miller collection auction. Bob Miller told Mr. Deeks that he paid $10,000.00 for this piece. It has Miller label on bottom. Hummel measures approx. 5″ tall, TMK-1, Hum 16. No cracks, chips or repairs. It is now a Closed Edition (CE). This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $1,300.00.

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.

    The figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $325.00.

HUM 20 – Prayer Before Battle

      Height – 4¼”
     Red Line
     Stylized TMK-3
     Originally modeled in 1935 by master sculptor Arthur Möeller and listed for $7.50 in the old 1955 price list. The most noticeable difference in the old and new versions would be that the newer versions are typically a bit smaller. This figurine was purchased at the Disney Hummel Convention auction and signed by Christian Goebel there. This is a painters sample with the red line around the base and has the metal tag designating it as so. Painted in July 1964 by master painter Otto Sommer with his initials and date on the base.  The horn on this one is open (horn is deep, new pieces horn is flat & painted) and the colors on the flag are reversed. Notice the left shoe is painted to indicate that it is coming apart. This International figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $175.00.

HUM 21/0 – Heavenly Angel

      Height – 4¼”
     Full Bee TMK-2
     This certain size and trademark are provided in the 2003 Miller’s Price Guide but not in the 2013 Recklinghausen Price Guide which shows it as HUM 21/I only and not HUM 21/0 for the 4¼ inch size. Here is one example of the exception to show that there may be others. The photograph is a bit fuzzy but, by clicking on the image, you can see the Full Bee TMK-2 stamp and the incised 21/0 mark along with early Germany stamp making this a pre-1945 figurine.

The little angel was found on 31 December 2020 with a Buy It Now price of $607 and $8.50 shipping from Birmingham, Alabama and the seller indicated they would entertain a reasonable offer.

HUM 24/III – Lullaby, candleholder

     Height – 6”
     Archivmuster (working sample)
     Red X
     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 30/A – Ba-Bee Ring

     Crown TMK-1
     No mold number
     The pair of Ba-Bee Rings were a part of the original collection released in 1935 and were modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger. They were initially called Hummel Rings and were sold as a set with a boy facing to the right and a girl facing to the left. The rings painted in red are very difficult to locate and the little girl has a blue hair ribbon instead of the orange typically found. This individual piece with a stamped Crown TMK-1 trademark does not appear to have a mold number incised which if that were the case would probably make this a prototype to be considered as a sample presented to the Sießen Convent sisters for their approval. The item you see here was found on eBay on 16 December 2020 with a Buy It Now price of $2,999.95 plus a shipping charge of $34.95 delivered from Waterloo, IA. A matching set of these were part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $425.00.

HUM 31 – Silent Night with White Child (glazed)

     Height – 3½”
     Crown TMK-1
 The figurine was modeled in 1935 by Arthur Möeller but was not produced in quantity. The child on the left on Hum 31 is molded with an earring and bare feet with toes showing. On most Hum 31’s this child is painted black. Hummel is mold 31 and is not painted. The black child figure has bare feet and molded an ear ring.  The Hummel measures approximately 3½ inches tall. Notice the white sticker with a price written on it. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $1,100.00.

HUM 31 – Silent Night with White Child

     Height – 3½”
     Crown TMK-1
  The figurine was modeled in 1935 by Arthur Möeller but was not produced in quantity. The child on the left on Hum 31 is molded with an earring and bare feet with toes showing. On most Hum 31’s this child is painted black. On this piece this child is painted white, which makes it rare. Incised crown. The figurine was purchased from Robert Miller as evidenced by the sticker on the bottom. The Hummel measures approximately 3½ inches tall. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $1,400.00.

HUM 31 – Silent Night with Black Child

     Height – 3½”
     Double Crown TMK-1
     The figurine was modeled in 1935 by Arthur Möeller but was not produced in quantity. It was also sold with all white children and they too are considered extremely rare. This certain item is probably the best known of all the rare M.I. Hummel figurines with the black child having an embossed earring and bare feet. The rest of the figurine is similar to HUM 54 – Silent Night, candleholder. According to factory representatives, a few HUM 54 were produced with a black child, but wearing shoes instead of bare feet or without shoes with white marks to indicate toes. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $1,600.00.

HUM 33 – Joyful, Faience ashtray

     Crown TMK-1
     Height – 3¾”
     Faience
     First modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1935, this piece is a true rarity with the Faience technique using a finishing method of tin based glazes with a narrow range of color having the bright colors and glossy finish. Robert appraised this style at between $3,000 and $5,000. The size is 6.30 inches long (16 cm long). The seller has it listed on eBay with an auction to terminate on Sunday, 6 December 2020 currently showing a very active auction ending with a purchase of $1,025.00 with a shipping charge of $60 from Germany.

     This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $550.00.  As of 17 March 2021, I found the very same figurine on eBay with a Buy It Now price asking $2,999.95 plus $34.95 shipping from Waterloo, Iowa.

 

HUM 38 – Joyous News Angel with Lute

    Crown TMK-1
    Height – 2”
    This was first modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1935. Early pieces, like this little candle holder, did not carry a size designator due to the small size. The color you can expect to find this HUM 38 in would be in an medium blue dress with tan colored shoes but this one shown clearly has the dress painted in a deep shade of red and red shoes. The seller says he purchased it at the closure of the M.I. Hummel Museum in Massing from Alfred Hummel and believes it may be a Faience version due to the white colorization of the face. Compare the glossy appearance with HUM 33 above. The eBay Buy It Now asking price is $1,750 along with a shipping charge of $60 from Germany.

HUM 40 – Joyous News Angel with Trumpet

     Crown TMK-1
     Height – 2”
     First modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1935. Early pieces, like this little candle holder, did not carry a size designator due to the small size. The color you can expect to find this HUM 40 in would be in an orange dress with tan colored shoes but this one shown clearly has the dress painted in a shade of blue and blue shoes. The seller says he purchased it at the closure of the M.I. Hummel Museum in Massing from Alfred Hummel and believes it may be a faience version due to the white colorization of the face. The eBay Buy It Now asking price is $1,750 along with a shipping charge of $60 from Germany.

HUM 42/I – Good Shepherd

     Crown TMK-1
     Height – 7¼” to 7¾”
     Closed Edition (CE)
     Locating the largest of the HUM 42 Good Shepherd with the Crown TMK-1 trademark would be considered a true treasure find. This figurine was modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1935 with a rust-colored gown and the large size was discontinued with the Stylized Bee TMK-3. There are two additional colored gowns found only on the 42/0 Crown TMK-1 and Full Bee TMK-2 figurines with a blue gown and a white gown with blue stars rather than the brownish-red. This certain figurine was located on eBay with a Buy It Now asking price of $2,585 plus $27 shipping on October 29, 2020. The second edition of Heidi Ann Von Recklinghausen’s price guide values it as between $4,200 and $5,500.

   This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $375.00.

HUM 48/V – Madonna, wall plaque

     Height – 10½”
     Full Bee TMK-2
     Master sculptor Reinhold Unger has been credited with the design of this bas-relief plaque in 1936. The large, 10½ inch, Crown version is considered rare in the color version but the white overglaze piece sold in Belgium is considered even more rare and was discontinued with the Stylized Bee TMK-3 trademark as the last. This size is sometimes found with the mold incised with a 48/5 instead of the 48/V mark. Reinhold Unger also created HUM 222 very similar to this one in 1952 with a metal frame around it. The latest value places on this certain Full Bee version is between $750 and $900 and the Crown at $900 and $1,200. The one pictured here was found on eBay with a Buy It Now of $700 on October 29, 2020.

     This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $125.00.

HUM 51 3/0 – Village Boy

     Height – 4”
     Crown TMK-1
     This little figurine was first modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möller in 1936 and listed in the earlier catalogs as “Country Boy” and stands about four inches tall. This figurine is occasionally found in the small size in Crown TMK-1 trademark with red or yellow tie and a blue jacket and may have orange socks. Robert Miller placed a value in 2003 at between $1,500 and $2,000. This little boy has a yellow tie, blue jacket and dark red/orange socks. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $225.00.

HUM 51/0 – Village Boy

      Height – 6”
      Crown TMK-1
      This little figurine was first modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möller in 1936 and listed in the earlier catalogs as “Country Boy” and stands about six inches tall.  This size, 51/0, was restyled by Theo R. Menzenbach in 1960 but that would not apply to this version that predates that. Considered rare in this size in the six inch version and the value reflects that. Compare him to the smaller version above and notice the differences in clothing color.

HUM 52/0 – Going to Grandma’s

      Height – 5”
      Crown TMK-1
      This little figurine was first modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1936 and is listed in the earlier catalogs as “Little Mothers of the Family.” The objects in the cone are candy. The little girl with the basket has a pink petty coat under her blue dress which is barely visible. The girl with the cone has a thin blue hemline under her red dress. This figurine is marked “U.S. Zone Germany” under the square base with the M I Hummel signature on top of the base.  The Hummel measures approximately 5 inches tall. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $225.00.

HUM 53 – Joyful

     Height – 3½” to 4¼”
     Double Crown TMK-1
     This little figurine was first modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1936 and listed in the earlier catalogs as “Singing Lesson” as well as “Banjo Betty” which can be found in the 1950 catalog. The model for this has been used, due to its popularity, in a number of different ways based on the sketch of a little girl having fun strumming a string instrument. One has her in HUM 33 – Joyful as an ashtray with another later on as HUM 216 – Joyful as an ashtray but without the cigarette holder, HUM III/53 – Joyful as a candy box, HUM 120/A – Joyful as one of a set of bookends and this one as illustrated with just the little girl playing the string instrument. Earlier trademarks 1 through 3 may be larger than 3½ inches and will be valued at 20% to 25% more depending on the size.

     The figurine you see here is rare in a couple of ways. It is considered a Double Crown TMK-1 with both the incised as well as the stamped trademark with both located under the base. The second item that makes it especially rare is the fact that the dress on her is the color of orange which can be found only on the earliest of the Crown trademarks. Her shoes have also been found in either blue, purple or brown in color. These shoes appear to be closer to brown but also have a bit of pink showing through. The typical color found on Joyful is a blue dress with a red collar and matching red shoes and the instrument is a darker shade of brown. The figurine is listed as Temporarily Withdrawn (TW) as of January 1999.

     This one was located 31 December 2020 on eBay with a Buy It Now asking price of $1,200 with $35 shipping located in Budapest, Hungary. The seller has the book value listed as between $2,000 and $3,000 and will entertain any serious offer.

HUM II/53 – Joyful with Pot

    Height – 4”
    Crown TMK-1
     This little figurine was first modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1936 and stands about four inches tall.  According to the Goebel factory product book, fourteen figurines with pots or bowls were produced in the years 1935 through 1936 as samples but were not approved by the Sießen Convent for production. The factory did not retain any of these samples for their archives. Joyful is attached to a ZF 9 pot. For this example, the figurine has an incised Crown TMK-1 trademark and the pot shows a stamped Crown TMK-1 trademark. Robert Miller places a value from his 9th edition Price Guide between $5,000 and $10,000. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $900.00.

HUM 54 – Silent Night, candleholder

      Height – 3½”
      Crown TMK-1
      This candleholder was first modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1936 where the candle socket is smaller than later versions. Also, the Crown versions are usually very light in color and the wings of the angel are known to have some color variations. It is almost identical to HUM 31 – Silent Night with Black Child with the exception of the embossed earring and bare feet. Factory representatives say that a few of this mold number were painted with a black child in the standing position, usually wearing shoes but also found with bare feet and painted toes and a painted earring rather than being embossed. There was also one located with two black children which is even rarer. This figurine was listed as Temporarily Withdrawn (TW) on January of 1999 and is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $125.00.

HUM 55 – Saint George

     Height – 6¾”
     Crown TMK-1
     Modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1936, this figurine was quite a departure from the usual items selected to represent Sister Hummel’s sketches. The original drawing for this figurine was reproduced in the 1934 German edition of “Das Hummel Buch, ” that was published by Emil Fink of Stuttgart, Germany. This early Crown is the rarest variation in that it has a bright red-orange saddle on the horse and brings anywhere from $1,500 to $1,800.

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 76 A – Doll Mother, Bookend

     Crown TMK-1
Closed Edition
     Designed by master sculptor Arthur Möeller, this figurine was part of a set of two bookends, the other being HUM 76 B – Prayer Before Battle, bookend. Robert Miller says “No known examples other than this half of set which was located in Goebel factory.”  The factory note indicated “Not produced after 28 February 1938.” This one half of the set is considered to be extremely rare and Robert Miller put a price value on it at between $10,000 and $15,000. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and was sold for $375.00.

HUM 77 – Holy Water Font, Cross With Doves

     Height – 6½”
     Crown TMK-1
     Designed by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1937, this figurine is an extremely rare Hummel, Holy Water Font with cross and doves and were made as samples only and never put into production. There are only 10 known examples in existence per Robert Miller’s price guide 9th edition. The Hummel measures approximately 6½ inches long and 2¾ inches wide. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and was sold for $700.00.

HUM 80 – Little Scholar

      Height – 5¼”
     No trademark
     Designed by master sculptor Arthur Möeller in 1937, this figurine has a shiny finish and dark brown shoes. The Crown TMK-1 and the Full Bee TMK-2 trademark versions both have dark brown shoes instead of the lighter color of those produced later. The cone in the figurine’s right arm is called the Schultute or Zuckertute, a paper conical tube containing school supplies and other goodies and only the earlier figurines have a hole in the pretzel in the cone. Only crowns and some early “full bee” pieces have this. Later pieces are solid. This piece has no trademark under the base with only the word “Germany.” showing stamped in black ink. The Hummel measures approximately 5¼ inches tall. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $150.00.

HUM 81 – School Girl

     Height – 4¼”
     Crown – TMK-1
     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.

   The figurine presented here has a green stamped Crown TMK-1 trademark and in the center of the base doughnut on bottom there is a gold label with the words “ER Inc, Est 1886, ERPHILA” and also says “Made in Germany.” The girl’s face on the initial items may appear more babyish than that of the later models. The article on this one also indicates that the little girl is standing an inch taller with a measurement of 5¼ inches. The figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $100.00.

HUM 82 – School Boy

     Height – 5″
     Double Crown – TMK-1
     Designed by master sculptor Arthur Möeller in 1938, this figurine was initially called Primer Boy, Little Scholar and School Days. It is occasionally found having the decimal point size designator in the Crown version. This piece has a doughnut base and what appears to be the same label as on HUM 81 – School Girl above which has been partially removed to expose the green stamped Crown TMK-1 trademark. It also has an inscribed mold number 82 and the words  “Made in Germany” on base. This piece has a high gloss finish and more vivid coloring than typical on other pieces. The neckerchief is on his left side instead of in the middle as on other pieces as well. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $100.00

HUM 84 – Worship

     84/0 – 5″ to 5½”
     84/V – 12½” to 13¼”
     Originally modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1938, this figurine was known in some of the older catalogs as At the Wayside or Devotion. The small size was sold in Belgium in white glaze and would be considered rare. Older models of the larger size have the M.I. Hummel signature on the back of the base while newer models have it on the back of the shrine. This is a good side-by-side comparison and contrast between the two sizes. The large size 84/V was Temporarily Withdrawn (TW) from production on 31 December of 1989.

HUM 93 – Little Fiddler, Plaque

     Height – 4½” X 5″
     Crown TMK-1
     This is the more common HUM 93 Little Fiddler in that the background is showing six buildings instead of five in the even more rare version. It is also very similar to the HUM 107 which is within a wooden frame. The Little Fiddler plaque was Temporarily Withdrawn (TW) from production on 31 December 1989. This certain example is a Crown TMK-1 in very good condition and is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $200.00.

HUM 94 3/0 – Surprise

     Height – 4½”
     Archivmuster
     Masterpiece
     Red Line
     This is a very popular M.I. Hummel figurine being created by Arthur Möller and Reinhold Unger in 1938. You may have already noticed that it has the HUM number 94 3/0 under the base with black inked-in numbers. This nice figurine of little children has a RED LINE circling the base and a metal tag that has the embossed lettering ARBEITSMUSTER W.GOEBEL OESLAU (Oeslau was the first name before in the 1970s with the name thereafter being changed to Rödental). There is no incised copyright date but there is a MASTER PAINTER signature of Ki 2.67 which shows that master painter Franz Kirchner painted it as an example in February of 1967 and has the trademark TMK-3. The seller, from Germany, indicates that this figurine is a MASTERPIECE and had it listed on eBay with an auction on Sunday, 6 December 2020 selling for the price of $122.50 with a shipping charge of $60 from Germany.

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.

    A rare version of Eventide with a Crown trademark has the two lambs centered in front of the two children. This rare version would command a premium on the secondary market. A similar version of Eventide also appears as HUM 90 A paired with Adoration (with the shrine) as 90 B, bookends and the sheep are centered in front of the children here as well. Sister Hummel’s original drawing, which includes the omitted shrine, is owned by Verlag Ars Sacra, who have reproduced it in postcard #4971. The white overglaze examples are usually in catalogs and are considered rare.

HUM 100 – Shrine, Table Lamp

     Height – 7½”
     Crown TMK-1
     Closed Edition (CE)
     Molded by Erich Lautensack in 1938, this is the extremely rare M.I. Hummel table lamp, Shrine.  Only a few examples are known to exist according to Robert L. Miller who was the previous owner. It is a transitional piece with an incised Crown TMK-1 trademark as well as a stamped Full Bee TMK-2 trademark. There is a Goebel paper label under the base and is signed by the master painter on June, 1950. It is similar to HUM 23 – Adoration except that this has a light beige colored post for the light bulb. This one is actually referenced on page 94 of Robert L. Miller’s 9th Edition Price Guide. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $500.00.

HUM 101 To Market, Table Lamp

     Height – 6½”
     Full Bee TMK-2
     Closed Edition (CE)
    Originally modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möeller in 1937, it became listed as a Closed Edition (CE) on 20 April 1937. It was redesigned in the early 1950s with a tree trunk post in place of the straight white post and then later adapted with HUM 223 – To Market, Table Lamp. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $500.00.

HUM 102 – Volunteers, Table Lamp

     Height – 7½”
     Double Crown TMK-1
     Closed Edition (CE)
    Originally modeled by master sculptor Erich Lautensack in 1937, it is listed as a Closed Edition (CE) in factory records in 20 April 1937. It was first known about when an example was found in 1979. This figurine has a Double Crown with an incised and stamped trademarks. Robert Miller placed a value of between $8,000 T0 $10,000 due to the scarcity of the samples located.  This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $900.00.

HUM 105 – Adoration With Bird

     Height – 4¾”
     Closed Edition (CE)
     This figurine was very limited in production and listed as a Closed Edition (CE) on the factory records on 24 May 1938. All of the known examples have a double crown (incised and stamped) trademark. Creation of this figurine has been credited to master sculptor Reinhold Unger but has not been verified nor has the date of the creation. Reinhold Unger created the model for HUM 23 – Adoration which is very similar in design and probably why he is given this honor. There have been ten to fifteen pieces located since the initial discovery in 1977 with the only variation being the pigtail of the little girl where some are very detailed and others not as much. This figurine is considered extremely rare and Robert Miller put an estimated value of between $7,000 and $8,000 on it. A later estimate by Heidi Ann Von Recklinghausen has it as between $4,200 and $4,800, still a sizable amount of money if you run across one. I located this one for sale on 5 November 2020 at Catawiki.com on the auction block in faience porcelain with the pigtail pointing down instead of forward.

     A second HUM 105 – Adoration with Bird was auctioned at the Donald Deeks Collection on Saturday, 21 November 2020 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $700.00.

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 108 – Angel with Two Children At Feet

     Height – 10¼”
     Crown TMK-1 and Full Bee TMK-2
     Originally modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1938, it is listed on the factory records of 14 October 1938 as a wall decoration. Factory representatives’ state that is possibly a Hummel design-probably rejected by the Sießen Convent and then marketed as a Goebel item. There were two known versions with the boy having blond hair on one and dark hair on another. This one is the one with blond hair. Several examples are known. There are two other examples where one with the M I Hummel signature is HUM 108 and others are known as Goebel HS 01 and worth about one third as much. with a TMK-1 or a combination of TMK-1 and TMK-2.  This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $2,200.00.

HUM 109 – Happy Traveler

     5¼ inches tall
     Full Bee TMK-2
     Originally modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möeller in 1938 and was produced in all trademark periods until June 2002 with the 109/0 was “Temporarily Withdrawn” (TW). Listed as “Wanderer” in old catalogs. The Happy Traveler is better known with his handy umbrella but this little boy is carrying a brown bottle in place of that umbrella under his arm. It has not been altered, and may be one of a kind. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $600.00.

HUM 113 – Heavenly Song, Candleholder

     3¾ inches tall
     Crown TMK-1 and Full Bee TMK-2
     Originally modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möeller in 1938 and was produced in limited quantities. Due to it being very similar to a previous figurine, HUM 54 Silent Night, the factory decided it should not be produced again as such and was listed in 1980 as a closed edition. There is at least one piece that was found with a TMK-5 trademark but production ended with the Three Line TMK-4 trademark. All specimens of the HUM 113 Heavenly Song, candleholder are considered to be extremely rare. The figurine shown here with both Crown TMK-1 and Full Bee TMK-2 trademarks was available on eBay on 10 December 2020 with a relatively low Buy It Now price of $1,725 plus $41.90 shipping from Ohio. This figurine is 3¾ inches tall to the tip of the angel’s wings and contains a base that measures 5 inches long and 3 inches deep to the candle-well. The seller indicates they are aware of no more than a total of seventy-five of this figurine in private collections. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $450.00.

    This next figurine comes from the Donald Deeks Collection, a major Hummel collector and a good friend of Robert Miller. There was one located with the Faience technique applied with very bright colors and a glossy finish and this may be it. A faience piece is finished in bright colors and a glossy finish due to an early technique of adding brilliant colors to the figurines. As a comparison, the children’s clothing are mostly reversed colors from other piece shown above. This Hummel measures approximately 3½ inches tall and is a Double Crown TMK-1 with both the incised as well as a stamped trademark also referred to as TMK-1 + 1. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $700.00.

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”
     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. 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.

     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 as shown on the next figurine. This one was purchased at the Miller’s third auction and was part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $375.00.

HUM 136 – Friends (Terra Cotta)

     Height – 10”
     Crown TMK-1
     Originally modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1940, the reddish brown terra cotta finish was sold at one time in 10 inches high with the incised Crown TMK-1 trademark. This variety was produced in very limited numbers and is considered extremely rare with Robert Miller estimated the value at between $10,000 and $15,000. The large 136/V size was listed as Temporarily Withdrawn (TW) in January of 1999. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $800.00.

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. Also known as “Baby Ring with Ladybug” or “Ladybug Plaque”. 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.

     A second set to examine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida. Both of these have the M I Hummel signatures on back. 137/A has stamped crown on back, blanket is white with red stripes, very rare. It has been determined that there may only be a dozen in the world of the Crown TMK-1 set. This set sold for $300.00.

HUM 151 – Madonna Holding Child

     Height – 12½”
     Transitional Crown TMK-1 & Full Bee TMK-2
   This figurine was originally modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1942 produced in five color variations: white overglaze, pastel blue cloak, dark blue cloak, brown cloak, and ivory finish. This figurine is the Madonna Holding Child (brown cloak version). This piece was made in dark blue, dark brown, light blue and white over glaze in the Crown TMK-1 & Full Bee TMK-2 only. The figurines were not made in the Stylized TMK-3 or the Three Line TMK-4. They were once again made in the light blue and white overglaze in the Last of the Bee TMK-5 & Missing Bee TMK-6. On 31 December 1989, the figurine was Temporarily Withdrawn (TW). The figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $1,100.00.

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 153 – Auf Wiedersehen

   Height – 5¼”
     Originally modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möeller in 1943, the first figurines, known as Good Bye in the older catalogs,  were produced in the large size only with a plain 153 incised mold number. This small size of 5¼ inches was introduced later in the early 1950s with the boy wearing a hat and waving his hand without the handkerchief. This size is always found in the Full Bee TMK-2 trademark with the “0” size designator directly under the number “153” and is considered rare. This particular style was made in the small size only. Both sizes of Auf Wiedersehen were permanently retired by Goebel on 31 December 2000 and will not be produced again. The latest value placed on this figurine is by Heidi Anne Von Recklinghausen of between $1,800 and $2,400.

     The figurine shown above was part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $225.00.

     Another HUM 153 – Auf Wiedersehen Full Bee TMK-2 with a hat was discovered on eBay on 22 February 2021 and sold shortly after for only $101.99 plus $15.20 expedited shipping. The title of the page did not include the HUM number no the name of this figurine and had a piece of paint scratched off the nose of the little boy which I believe contributed to the lower price paid. Keep checking and you too may find a very valuable one like this one for a much more reasonable price.

HUM 172 – Festival Harmony, Mandolin

     Height – 11″
     Transitional Crown TMK-1 & Full Bee TMK-2 trademarks
    Here is a rare, large 11-inch HUM 173 – Festival of Harmony with Mandolin. Originally molded by Reinhold Unger in 1947 in this large size only. This piece is rare because it has a large bird and flowers running up the front of angel’s gown as well as having both the incised Crown and stamped Full Bee trademarks. The figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $700.00.

HUM 173 – Festival Harmony, Flute

     Height – 11″
     Transitional Crown TMK-1 & Full Bee TMK-2 trademarks
    Very much like the HUM 172 – Festival Harmony, Mandolin above, here is a rare, large 11-inch HUM 173 – Festival of Harmony with Flute. Originally molded by Reinhold Unger in 1947 in this large size only. This piece is rare because it has a large bird and flowers running up the front of angel’s gown as well as having both the incised Crown and stamped Full Bee trademarks. The figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $1,100.00.

HUM 176 – Happy Birthday

     Height – 5½”
     Crown TMK-1
     Originally molded by Arthur Möeller in 1945 in this larger size only. This figurine has a certificate stating that it was purchased from the Goebel archives. The piece has “Original-Muster.” printed on the front of the base. “Original Muster” means the original sample. Also visible is the inked in mold number 176 and metal tag attached with a wire to make it easier to see this was a sample. This size was listed as “Temporarily Withdrawn” (TW) in January 1999. The figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $300.00.

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 186- Sweet Music

     Height – 4.9”
     Arbeitsmuster
     Red Line
     TMK-3
     Originally modeled in 1947 by master sculptor Reinhold Unger, it was named “Playing To The Dance” and is one of several figurines that make up the Hummel Orchestra. The HUM number 186 under the base is in black-inked numbers. This specific figurine has a RED LINE circling the base and a metal tag which has the embossed words ARBEITSMUSTER W.GOEBEL OESLAU (Oeslau was the first name of the city in the 1970s with the name being changed to Rödental). There is no incised copyright date but it does have a master painter signature showing Ki 9/67 which designates Franz Kirchner as the painter in September 1967 along with the trademark TMK-3. The seller says that all of this indicates that this figurine is considered to be what should be termed a MASTERPIECE by the Goebel standards at the time. Notice the rough, bumpy change of appearance in the coat, pants and hat that is different from other Sweet Music figurines. This one stands 4.9 inches tall. It sold on eBay for $105.50 + $60 shipping from Germany.

HUM 192 – Candlelight, candleholder

     Height – 5”
     Full Bee TMK-2
     Originally modeled in 1948 by master sculptor Reinhold Unger with a long red ceramic candle but restyled by master sculptor Theo R. Menzenbach in 1958 with a short candleholder ending in the angels hands. Older models were slightly larger and had the name of “Carrier of Light”. This one does not have the incised copyright date of 1948 but does have the incised mold number 192, a lower portion of the incised Crown TMK-1 trademark to the right of the M I Hummel signature, a blue stamped Full Bee TMK-2 trademark and has the blue stamped “© W.  Goebel” mark with a black stamped “Germany” on the bottom of the base. The figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $125.00.

HUM 193 – Angel Duet, candleholder

     Height – 5”
     Full Bee TMK-2
     Originally modeled in 1948 by master sculptor Reinhold Unger and later restyled by Theo R. Menzenbach in 1958, the older pieces had the position of the angel’s arm in rear view and was changed by Menzenbach because it was thought it would be easier for the artists to paint. According to factory records, this figurine was also sold in white overglaze finish at one time and is considered extremely rare. Listed as Temporarily Withdrawn as of January 1999. This piece has © WG on the side of the base. It is similar to Hum 261 – Angel Duet, except that it has a candle holder and girl’s arm is on the shoulder of other girl instead of on the back of the other as in Hum 261. The figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $100.00.

HUM 203 – Signs of Spring


     Height – 5¼”
     This figurine was first modeled in 1948 by master sculptor Arthur Möeller and had the old name of “Scandal”. This certain piece is extremely rare and Robert Miller and Donald Deeks both had one. Robert Miller saw one in the archives at the factory in Rödental several years ago. It has four posts in the fence instead of the usual three, which the girl is leaning on. Another anomaly to watch for is the little girl with two shoes instead of just one in the 203 2/0 Full Bee TMK-2 trademark only. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $5,500.00.

    Another HUM 203 2/0 – Signs of Spring figurine with a Full Bee TMK-2 trademark and 4 inches tall with “both” shoes on as part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida sold for $150.00.

HUM 204 – Weary Wanderer


     Height – 5¼”
     Full Bee TMK-2
     This figurine was first modeled in 1949 by master sculptor Reinhold Unger and had the original name of “Tired Little Traveler”. Occasionally, the figurine is found with blue eyes and the word “Lauterbach” on the back of the post behind the little girl which is the name of a village used in an old German song. This certain piece has an inscribed Full Bee and number 204 with the stamped copyright symbol followed by “W. Goebel”.  Robert Miller indicates in his 2003 Price Guide that this version of Weary Wanderer would command a premium of $2,000 to $3,000 and this little girl was actually from his personal collection. The figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $100.00.

HUM 208 – French Dealer Plaque

     French Dealer’s Plaque
     Closed Edition (CE)
     TMK-2, Width – 5½”
     Originally molded by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1949, there are two variations to this figurine. One has quotes around the word HUMMEL while the other, this one, has the dotted “i” and no quotes. This figurine is the older of the two types and has the incised mold number 208 with a sharp, black stamped Full Bee TMK-2 trademark. This was issued for French dealers to display in their store windows or on their counters and is considered very rare and valued between $2,400 to $3,600 range.  There was one on eBay with a suggested purchase price of around $4,000. This certain one was located on eBay on 24 November 2020 with a Buy It Now price of $5,200 plus $25 for expedited shipping.

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 certain one was located on the Eagles of War website.

HUM 210 – Schmid Bros. Dealer Plaque

     Schmid Brothers Dealer’s Plaque
     Closed Edition (CE)
     TMK-2, Width – 5½”
     First modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1950, very few are known to exist making it extremely rare. Described as a normal dealer’s plaque in English but with an embossed “SCHMID BROS INC BOSTON” on the satchel. Schmid Brothers were one of the first importers of M.I. Hummel figurines in 1935. There were five of this version known and were in the hands of the major collectors Donald Deeks, Robert L. Miller, Mr. Stiegler (2) and Schmid.  This is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $2,100.00.

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.

    There was an auction on 21 November 2020 of the Donald Deeks collection where this 6¾ inch figurine with a Full Bee TMK-2 trademark, incised 214A and blue stamped “© W. Goebel” was auctioned for $375.00.

HUM 219 2/0 – Little Velma

     Height – 4¼”
Full Bee TMK-2
This figurine is considered a Closed Edition (CE) due to being produced in very limited numbers and was never officially released from the factory due in part that it bears a close resemblance to figurines HUM 195 – Barnyard Hero and HUM 201 – Retreat to Safety. To date, there have been around 15 to 20 examples located. It was designed by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1952 and received an unofficial name of LIttle Velma in honor of the name of the lady who brought it to the attention of Robert L. Miller. The majority of these figurines have been traced to Canada and it is believed that they were shipped there for some unknown reason. The Eagles of War website shows sales prices at three auctions of this figurine at $2,999 on 19 October 2011, $3,249 on 23 October 2011 and $817 on 8 July 2019.

The figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $750.00.

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 222 – Madonna Plaque
     with metal frame

     Size – 4″x 5″
     Closed Edition (CE)
     Full Bee TMK-2
     Master sculptor Reinhold Unger modeled this in 1952 and it can be found in two different styles with the metal frame. It has also been found in the Full Bee TMK-2 without the frame but is not known if it was sold this way. The back was typically covered with either a gray or a tan felt backing covering the mold number 222 and the trademark. It was produced in only the Full Bee and the Stylized Bee trademarks in low numbers. The Full Bee is valued upwards of $750 if found in good condition. I found this certain beautiful plaque on eBay with a Buy It Now asking price of $625 on October 28, 2020.

    The figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $125.00.

HUM 228 Good Friends table lamp

     Height – 7½”
     Arbeitsmuster
     Red Line
     Stylized 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 231 – Birthday Serenade, Table Lamp

    Full Bee TMK-2
    Instruments swapped
    Designed by master sculptor Reinhold Unger, it takes the figurine HUM 218 – Birthday Serenade and adds the lamp fixture to the back as a tree. The old model in the Full Bee TMK-2 shows the same design with the girl playing the accordion and the boy playing the flute. The newer model designed by master sculptor Rudolf Wittman, beginning with TMK-5 trademark, has the reverse of the children holding the instruments with the girl playing the flute and the boy playing the accordion. The old design lamps in the Full Bee measure about 9¾ inches tall and are noted to be fairly scarce. The lamp was Temporarily Withdrawn (TW) as of 31 December 1989. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $425.00.

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 241 – Angel Joyous News with Lute

    Full Bee TMK-2
    Closed Number (CN)
    Designed by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1955 and has a blue stamped 1955 copyright date. This item was made as a sample only and not produced for sale as an open edition. There are only a handful of examples known of this font are now in private collections of which one may be seen in the Don Stephens Museum in Rosemont, IL. The incised M I Hummel signature is on the back with a written mold number of 241, the master painter Robert Linder’s initials and date painted of August 1955. It is listed as a Closed Number on 6 April 1955. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $375.00.

HUM 247 Standing Madonna With Child

    Height – 11½” and 13″
     TMK-4
     Closed Number (CN)
     This figurine was modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1955 and restyled as a smaller version by Theo R. Menzenbach in 1961 but both were rejected by the Sießen Convent for unknown reasons. They were never produced as an open edition and the only examples are in the factory archives with the exception of this beautiful TMK-4 version, which according to Eagles of War, was sold for $14,996.

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 314 – Confidentially

     Height – 5¼” – 5¾″
     Master sculptor Horst Ashermann designed this figurine in 1955 but it was not introduced into production until 1972 with an issue price of $22.50. Soon after the first of the figurines were available for sale, master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek redesigned Confidentially with a stronger stand for the cactus, as well as putting a bow tie on the little boy, changed his hair style and the finished texture of his clothing was modified and now shows a copyright date of 1972.

The update occurred in 1972 so the old design and the new design can both be found in the Last of the Bee TMK-5 trademark. The old style is naturally valued at a higher price due to the short period of time this trademark had the old style.  In most cases, the value of the old style in TMK-5 is more than twice that of the new style within this trademark. The earlier versions with the old style have a copyright date of 1955 in the Full Bee TMK-2, Stylized TMK-3 and Three Line TMK4 trademarks and reflect their values accordingly, especially the TMK-2 and TMK-3 since they were samples. It is currently listed as Temporarily Withdrawn (TW) as of January 1999. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $150.00.

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 326 – Being Punished, Wall Plaque

     Possible Future Edition
     Full Bee TMK-2
     Prototype
     Modeled in early 1955 by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek and the first sample was painted by master painter Harald Sommer in September 1955, this figurine was originally called “Naughty Boy” on the factory records but was later changed to Being Punished. This figurine is an early sample model with the Full Bee TMK-2 trademark and has the incised model number inked in with black ink to designate it as a painters sample. It has not been released for public production but may be later as a Possible Future Edition (PFE).  This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $3,000.00.

HUM 329 – Off to School

     Possible Future Edition
     Stylized Bee TMK-3
     Prototype
     Modeled in early 1955 by master sculptor Arthur Möeller with an incised 1955 copyright date inked in with black ink to show that it is a painters sample. This piece is an early sample painted by the master painter in August of 1954. Originally called “Kindergarten Romance” on the factory records, but later changed to “Off To School.” The boy is similar to HUM 82 – School Boy, while the girl is completely new. This piece has not been put into production but may be later as a Possible Future Edition (PFE).  This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $800.00.

HUM 331 – Crossroads

     Height – 6¾″
     Multiple Trademarks
     The figurine Crossroads is, by all accounts, one of the favorites of many collectors. This certain one, however is quite different than any other figurine I have run across to date and is possibly unique. There are many figurines that have the dual TMK-1 Crown in addition to the TMK-2 Full Bee trademarks but I have never seen any other combination of trademarks, much less one that has two but skips the one in-between. This figurine exhibits such an interesting situation having both TMK-3 Stylized and the TMK-5 Last of the Bee trademarks and was for sale on eBay as a Buy It Now for $750 plus $14 shipping on 24 November 2020.

     As an example in contrast to value recently, I was able to find a very similar HUM 331 Crossroads TMK-5 figurine just two weeks prior for the total price of $42.84. The unique one shown here with an earlier trademark of TMK-3 has a value six times the TMK-5 version of mine according to Robert Miller but certainly multiplies that once again with its unique combination of skipping one period of time and being stamped with the another, second trademark. It has earned a place on this page as being a rare Hummel for sure and have to wonder what Mr. Miller would have said about this one!

 

HUM 335 – Lucky Boy

     Height – 5¾”
      Prototype
     Stylized Bee TMK-3
     Originally modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möeller in 1956 with an incised 1956 copyright date and an early Stylized Bee TMK-3 trademark, this prototype is larger by one and a quarter inches than production models released in 1995 in four and a half inch heights. Samples were produced in both the Full Bee TMK-2 as well as this Stylized Bee TMK-3 trademarks. The original name was “Fair Prizes”. This example was painted by master painter Franz Kirchner in August of 1959, has the incised mold number 335 inked in to denote it as a sample, incised copyright date of 1956, artists initials and date of painting and the early Stylized Bee TMK-3 trademark stamped within an incised target circle and a black stamped copyright note “by W. Goebel”. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $100.00.

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 340 – Letter to Santa Claus

     Height – 6¼”
     Prototype
     Red Line
     This figurine is very popular during the Christmas season. Originally designed by master sculptor Helmut Wehlte in 1956, it was restyled a few times. This TMK-2 Full Bee prototype shows the mailbox attached to a tree trunk while the figurines that were eventually sold had the mailbox connected to a wooden post with part of the post rising almost one inch above the box. The TMK-2 and TMK-3 versions had sides of the mailbox in the shape of a V extension in contrast to a raised horn on either side. Other differences were the little girl’s hat was darker blue and the pants were a shade of grey-green instead of red-orange. Notice also that this figurine is a Red Line version. Heidi Anne Von Recklinghausen’s price guide has the prototype value between $9,000 and $12,000. The original issue price in 1971 was $30. Keep an eye out for this one with the short tree trunk.

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 375 – Morning Stroll

     Height – 4¾”
     Prototype
     Three Line TMK-4
     Modeled by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek in 1964 with an incised 1964 copyright date and a Three Line TMK-4 trademark, this originally called figurine, “Walking the Baby” was an inch taller than the released version in 1991. A later, smaller version, was restyled by master sculptor Helmut Fischer and was introduced to the U.S. market in 1994. The sample figurine you see here is an earlier version with a Dachshund running alongside of the carriage and was not produced. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $1,000.00.

HUM 384 – Easter Time

     Height – 4″
     
Three Line TMK-4
     Originally sculpted by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek in January of 1967, it wasn’t introduced in to the United States market until 1972. The original introductory price that year was $27.50. There must have not been very many bearing the Three-line TMK-4 trademark as Robert Miller’s price guide for 2003 shows these valued at between $1,000 and $1,500 in comparison to the next trademark of TMK-5 valued between $325 and $350. That was quite a difference when comparing to other figurines. The asking price on eBay Buy It Now was $1,500 with free shipping. If you find one of these with a TMK-4 trademark, it may be worth your investment, if it is within your price range.

HUM 395 – Shepherd Boy

     Height – 6¾”
     Prototype
     Last of the Bee TMK-5
     Modeled by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek in 1971 with an incised 1972 copyright date and a Last of the Bee TMK-5 trademark, this prototype was originally called figurine, “Young Shepherd” was taller than the released version in 1996.  When released to the public, it was done so in a smaller version without the fence and the bird, but with a “125th Anniversary Goebel” backstamp. This example has in incised mold number of 395 and incised copyright date of 1972 with the blue stamped Last of the Bee TMK-5 trademark and the initials of master painter Franz Kirchner dated November 1973. Shepherd Boy was temporarily withdrawn (TW) from production on June 15, 2002. This figurine is part of the Donald Deeks Collection held at auction on Saturday, 16 January 2021 in Clearwater, Florida and sold for $175.00.

HUM 421 – It’s Cold

     Height – 5¼”
     Archivmuster
     Malmuster
     This little figurine is a good example used to model the painted surface with. The bottom shows the model number 421 in black letters, with the trademark TMK-6 and an incised copyright date of 1981. It also has hand written in black ink Bö 10/81 which indicates that master painter Klaus Böhm was the artist in October of 1981 and on the outside of the base is in blue letters the word MALMUSTER indicative of a painter’s example. The figurine has a metal tag tied around his neck with the words written ARCHIVMUSTER W.GOEBEL RÖDENTAL. This figurine was sold after 23 bids on 6 December 2020 on eBay, as an auction piece for $130.50 plus a $60 shipping charge from Germany.

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 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 628 – Gentle Fellowship

     Prototype
     Arbeitmuster
     Height – 5¾”
     This figurine was publicly released in 1992 as HUM 628 – Gentle Fellowship but the one on the right is quite different. The prototype has the little girl in this item facing the taller girl in contrast from the smaller photograph of the publicly available model by master sculptor Helmut Fischer. What appears to be a flower in the left is different from the prototype on the right as well. The figurine shown here is an Arbeitmuster (with the metal tag attached) with the trademark 7 along with the incised copyright date of 1992 and may also be a prototype, an early sample, and is considered a masterpiece with the artist’s signature, Neu 3/92 which indicates master painter Günther Neubauer in March of 1992. The size is reported as 5.91 inches high (15 cm high). This figurine was located on eBay on 23 November 2020 and the seller had a Buy It Now price of $6,999.00 plus $60 shipping.

HUM 725 – Sweet Greetings, Kitchen Mold

     Of the seven kitchen molds I have listed in another document, this one never was issued for some reason. Very little is known about this item other than the fact that it was located on eBay from the seller poorartlover and the image to the left may be the only photograph available for this certain Hummel with the HUM mold number 725. The image was further researched and found the sketch with the Heart box HUM 686 – Sweet Greetings. This photograph was located on the Eagles of War 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.

 

Have fun collecting!’

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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.

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