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The History of M.I. Hummel Figurines

M.I. Hummel figurines are adored by collectors around the world for their unique beauty and charm. Here at The Prudent Collector we are glad to share the history of these beloved figurines with you.

Hummel figurines were a product of the artistic vision of Berta Hummel. Berta Hummel was born in 1909 in rural Bavaria and from an early age she displayed an incredible artistic ability. She was encouraged to develop her skills by her Catholic schoolteachers throughout her adolescent years. In 1927, she enrolled in the Academy of Applied Arts in Munich, Germany. She soon became friends with two Franciscan Sisters from the Convent of Siessen, a teaching order which emphasized the religious aspects of artwork.

In 1931, after graduation, Berta made the decision to devote her life and artwork to the service of God and entered the Convent of Siessen. As part of her conversion she took the name of Maria Innocentia Hummel. She continued to create beautiful works of art which soon came to the attention of the Goebel porcelain company. After receiving assurances that they would remain true to her vision Sister Hummel granted the Goebel company permission to turn her drawings into the M. I. Hummel figurines which would soon be famous around the world. They were introduced to the world in 1935 and their success was immediate as they quickly caught the eyes of European buyers. Over the next several years their popularity continued to grow in Germany and beyond as collectors around the world were enchanted by their beauty and charm.

Sadly, Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel died an untimely death in 1946 at the age of 37. Thankfully for Hummel collectors she left a collection of drawings which are still used to this day by Goebel to produce new figurines. The Convent of Siessen works with Goebel to ensure that Sister Hummel's vision is kept pure with each new creation and Hummel figurines continue to be one of the world's most cherished collectables.

What you see here is a sampling of all the MI Hummel collectibles available on eBay - many rare and retired. If you don't see exactly what you're looking for use our site search to see even more items!

Musical Jewelry Box Hummel Goebel: Boy Hiking in the Swiss Alps - Made in Japan

Musical Jewelry Box Hummel Goebel: Boy Hiking in the Swiss Alps - Made in Japan

$20.00

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Goebel Hummel Virgin Mary #45 / 0 West Germany 10 1/2'' Tall

Goebel Hummel Virgin Mary #45 / 0 West Germany 10 1/2'' Tall

$29.99

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RARE! GOEBEL HUMMEL #119 -  POSTMAN  Figurine Marked TMK-2 #503 - Unique Mark

RARE! GOEBEL HUMMEL #119 - POSTMAN Figurine Marked TMK-2 #503 - Unique Mark

$300.00

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GOEBEL HUMMEL

GOEBEL HUMMEL "PRAYER BEFORE BATTLE" #20 TMK1 "Made in U.S. Zone Germany"

$300.00

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Geobe Hummel 28/2

Geobe Hummel 28/2 "WAYSIDE DEVOTION" TMK3 Incised Circle

$195.00

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Geobel Hummel

Geobel Hummel "EVEN TIDE" #99 TMK 2 Full Bee

$80.00

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Goebel Hummel

Goebel Hummel "Surprise" Hansel and Gretel #94 3/0 TMK2 Full Bee

$80.00

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Hummel Figurine - Angel Lights Candle holder #241 TMK6

Hummel Figurine - Angel Lights Candle holder #241 TMK6

$110.00

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Geobel Hummel

Geobel Hummel "Madonna And Child" Holy Water Font TMK5

$70.00

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Hummel Goebel Figurine A Budding Maestro #477 TMK6 Measures 4

Hummel Goebel Figurine A Budding Maestro #477 TMK6 Measures 4" Tall MINT w/ box

$31.19

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Vintage Goebel Hummel #359

Vintage Goebel Hummel #359 "TUNEFUL ANGEL" 2 3/4" Tall TMK-5 Great Condition!

$54.59

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M.I. Hummel Goebel Figurine Baby Jesus #10/1 TMK5 Germany Nativity

M.I. Hummel Goebel Figurine Baby Jesus #10/1 TMK5 Germany Nativity

$54.59

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Vintage Hummel

Vintage Hummel "Volunteers" Figurine 50 2/0 TMK 6 By Goebel LARGE HUMMEL GERMANY

$54.59

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Vintage Hummel Goebel Figurine #319 Doll Bath 5

Vintage Hummel Goebel Figurine #319 Doll Bath 5" Tall TMK-4 HZ55

$75.39

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Hummel figurine Goebel

Hummel figurine Goebel "The Photographer" 1948 #178 TMK-6

$83.19

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