Hummel Figurines Plates and Collectibles With Pictures

What Is A Hummel

Hummels are porcelain figurines that are hand-made in Germany. Franz Goebel made the first Hummel in 1935. After seeing postcards drawn by artist Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, Franz Goebel approached her and told her that he would be interested in using her pictures to produce figurines. As soon as Hummels were introduced they became quite popular.

In 2009 Manufaktur Rödental bought the rights and facilities to keep the Hummel going after hearing in 2008, that Goeblel was going to stop making the Hummel collection.

Berta Hummel The Artist

Berta Hummel, born in 1909 in Bavaria, was a religious person and entered the Convent of Siessen. After graduating in 1931 she took the name Sister Maria Innocentia.


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My Hummels


My grandmother had an amazing collection of these beautiful doll like figurines displayed on her fireplace mantle. She cherished each and every one of them, and we were always told you can look but don't touch. From the time that I was a little girl I've always loved them. My collecting of Hummels started about twenty years ago, when I received from my mother in law my first one called Zum Festtag On Holiday. Translated this means for the feast.

Zum Festtag On Holiday
Zum Festtag On Holiday | Source
Frechdachs Cheeky Fellow
Frechdachs Cheeky Fellow | Source
The bottom of my Hummel "Cheeky Fellow"
The bottom of my Hummel "Cheeky Fellow" | Source

How to Identify an Authentic Hummel

On the bottom of the Hummel you will see as shown in the picture identifying marks such as Goebel Germany, a small bumblebee, a signature (beside the bumblebee is the signature), trademark, and a stamped number. There are different types of marking on the Hummels which will coincide to the year that it was made.

To view all the time lines of trademarks please visit M.I. Hummel.

Hum 995 Final Edition in a series of 25
Hum 995 Final Edition in a series of 25 | Source

Hummel Plates

In 1971 the first of many Hummel plates were made. The plate that I have pictured here is from 1995, and was purchased right in Germany.

Hummels

Do you or someone that you know collect Hummels?

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Caring For Your Hummels

Hummels should be dusted with care. Use a soft blush brush or a soft cloth when dusting. When washing use a mild detergent. I keep mine behind a glass enclosed china cabinet and out of harms way.

Where To Purchase Hummels

Hummel figurines, bells, and plates can be purchased at jewelry and antique stores, online at e-bay and various other sites.

How Can Anyone Resist These

How Much Are Hummels Worth?

Collectors take a lot of different things into consideration when pricing a Hummel.

  • Are there any chips in the piece
  • What year was it made
  • The Hummel number
  • What is the size of the piece
  • Does it have it's original box
  • Does it come with authentication papers

Hummel figurines in a retail store can cost anywhere from $99.00 up to $4,900.00. To see what your Hummel might be worth please go to Hummel Figurines and Collectibles Value Chart.


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FleiBiges Liechen/ Little Helper | Source

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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Rebecca and Prasetio.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Jackie, I have a few relatives in the states that have been coming across Hummel's quite a bit lately in estate sales.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Beautiful collection. I had never heard about Hummel figurines before. Thanks for sharing with us. ~prasetio~


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I haven't been familiar with them until now. They are precious!


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

I use to come across these so often but not anymore, guess the whole world gets wise with us, huh? lol ^


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Lilleyth, I love my Hummel's and hope I never have to part with them.


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

My mother-in-law was a Hummel dealer. My first figurine was Apple Tree Boy. I eventually sold my huge collection except for a couple plates, Umbrella Boy and Girl, and the 50th Anniversary figurine. My favorite is Goose Girl, which I never owned.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

clever, Thank you so much and sorry for the delay in replying to your comment.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Judi, I remember the terror on my grandmothers face whenever anyone would go near her Hummels. My boys always knew to stay away from mine, and so far so good :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

GoodLady, So glad that you liked the hub and thanks so much.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Janis, I keep them in my China cabinet and that cuts down on the dust quite a bit. I'm not a big fan of dust collectors either but these do have special place in my heart :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

wilderness, They are cute aren't they :)


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK

We had one of these when I was growing up - don't know if it was original - I do remember that one of the little girl's braids was broken off when my brother and I knocked it over. Mum was not amused! Didn't know the brand name or that they were collectible - thanks for the info!


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cleverowlsoftware 4 years ago from Boston, MA

All of them are so beautiful. It enhance the beauty of the room and looks fantastic. nice hub....up!


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

How absolutely fascinating. These little collectible characters are adorable, not necessarily my taste but my mother would just go crazy for them - and even though they are not my taste I can see how much affection I would have for one if i did have one. The detail, the colors - so cute. Your photos are amazing! Nice Hub. Voting beautiful and up and this has to get pinned and shared too.


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Janis Goad 4 years ago

They have a certain attractive style, but I have no patience for dusting things like this. I don't collect figurines and plates, although my mother and grandmothers enjoyed it. None of them has Hummels, though.


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wilderness 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

I, too, love hummels, but have only one. :( Would love to find some more.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Lilleyth, I would have to hate to part with my Hummels and wish that I had my grandmothers collection.


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

My own mother got me started collecting these in the 80s. I eventually sold all the figurines except the 50th anniversary one. I still have a few of the plates from the 80s, Umbrella Girl and Boy, etc.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sunshine, Thanks. Cherished Teddies are so cute. I can see why you'd like them.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Nice tribute to the Hummel. I've seen and heard of them, but never knew anyone who collected them. I collect Cherished Teddies. I have a curio cabinet filled with them.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Claire, I think I know the one you're talking about. Thanks for popping by to read.


ClaireLawson 4 years ago

Nice article and I do love my little Hummel figurine that i found at a flea market a couple of years ago.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Peggy and Prasetio, Glad you both enjoyed the hub and thanks for stopping by.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I had never know about "Hummel" before. But from this hub I really understand that this figurines so cute and I want to buy this one. Good job and rated up!

Love and peace,


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I'm familiar with Hummel figurines and they are normally such a sweet depiction of childhood innocence. Enjoyed this hub. Voted up and useful.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Frank, Thank you for having a look :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

MM, There are many people that collect them. Thanks for stopping by, always nice to see you.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Susan Ive never heard of hummels and voted that way.. but you send a clear picture.. and where to buy and collect them.. you made it easy even those Ebay ads worked here in your hub :) Frank


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Susan, I didn't realise Hummel figurines were so collectible, they are quite adorable.

Thank you, voting up and interesting.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sue, Thanks for stopping by to see my Hummels. Hope you have a nice weekend.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Susan

I am familiar with Hummel figurines. I am not a collector but I can see why people would collect them.

Voted up and interesting.

Take Care


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ruby, A woven tapestry sounds lovely.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Hello Susan. I have four Hummel wall hand woven tapestry. I purchased them at an estate auction. They are the four Hummel children swinging in swings, two boys, two girls. I really love them. I enjoyed learning the history surrounding them..Thank you..


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

missolive, I have a Hummel music box that I was going to add to this hub but it slipped my mind. I may add it yet. My friend was at an auction and she knew how much I like Hummels so she picked it up for me.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

drbj, They make animal ones as well but I don't think I've ever seen one up close.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Nell, Some of them can be quite expensive and be of value.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Cardisa, They do make a very nice gift for people that like figurines. I don't have that many myself but the Hummels I cherish.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Brian, I'm pretty sure that Hummels are worldwide. I did a search on ebay uk and found quite a few of them. Thank you and glad you liked the hub.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Stephanie, I would love to see a Hummel lamp, it must be pretty. Garage sales are great places to find those awesome deals :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

RH, I've found a few in antique shops but have never purchased one from them. The last time I was in Florida I came across one that I really liked but the price tag at $250.00 scared me off :)


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Just Ask Susan, This has brought back so many memories. I know we had the plates and a couple figurines, but I do not know where they are. I didn't realize they had become so valuable. By the way, this is a very informative hub and I'd like to thank you for including the links.

Voted up and bookmarked


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Thanks, Susan, for this interesting hub on Hummel figurines. I have long admired these exquisitely detailed collectibles and the charming expressions on the faces. Your photos are a perfect addition.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, these look so familiar! I think my mum had some, I never realised that they were collectables! I shall have to go through my cupboards to see if I have any, cheers nell


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

Hi Susan, my mom loves figurines but I am not really into them. I don't know if she has any Hummel but I could get her some for Christmas or her birthday.


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BRIAN SLATER 4 years ago from Nottingham Uk

Never seen or heard of these before Susan. I wonder were they just exported for the American market? It often amazes me just what people will collect these days, I suppose it has to do with history and the factories they were made in and it has spread from there. Nicely put together, voted up and shared.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

My mother-in-law, who was of German descent, introduced me to Hummels years ago as she was very fond of them. Over the years I've enjoyed collecting them, too. My best find was a Hummel lamp that I found at a yard sale for $25. I'm not sure that they have much monetary value now, but I do enjoy the beautifully painted figurines and the typical bits of life that they depict. Nice article - voted up!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Susan - I have seen those before but I had no idea they were actually a collectible item. I love the history and I am so glad you put the photo of the plate and how you can tell if it is authentic. I like going to antique stores to shop for fun - I will enjoy seeing if I can find one!

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