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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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you or someone that you know collect Hummels?
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.
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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.