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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!

Goebel Hummel Figurine #169 Bird Duet 4

Goebel Hummel Figurine #169 Bird Duet 4" TMK-3 Western Germany w/o original box

$27.99

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Vtg.Hummel/M.J. Hummel Figurine Pics.Matchbook Matches-Goebel

Vtg.Hummel/M.J. Hummel Figurine Pics.Matchbook Matches-Goebel

$2.99

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German Goebel Hummel Figurine - Chimney Sweep circa 1960-1963

German Goebel Hummel Figurine - Chimney Sweep circa 1960-1963

$150.00

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HUMMEL FIGURINE - Boy With Accordion circa 1989

HUMMEL FIGURINE - Boy With Accordion circa 1989

$25.00

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Goebel Hummel Figurine - Girl With Doll circa 1967

Goebel Hummel Figurine - Girl With Doll circa 1967

$75.00

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Hummel Figurine Baby Jesus With Angels

Hummel Figurine Baby Jesus With Angels

$150.00

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Goebel Hummel Set

Goebel Hummel Set

$260.00

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Hummel Figurine Angel With Guitar

Hummel Figurine Angel With Guitar

$22.00

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Vintage Goebel Hummel Figurine - Two Hands One Treat circa 1991

Vintage Goebel Hummel Figurine - Two Hands One Treat circa 1991

$18.00

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Goebel Hummel Figurine I Brought You a Gift circa 1987

Goebel Hummel Figurine I Brought You a Gift circa 1987

$25.00

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 HUMMEL MERRY WANDERER AAFES 60 ANNIV PLAQUE~TMK 8~ARTIST SIGNED~4.25

HUMMEL MERRY WANDERER AAFES 60 ANNIV PLAQUE~TMK 8~ARTIST SIGNED~4.25"Tall~MIB

$110.00

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Goebel Hummel

Goebel Hummel "Good Hunting" #307 TMK 6, MIB R17366

$37.99

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Set of 2 Goebel Hummel White Bisque Porcelain Angel Figurines

Set of 2 Goebel Hummel White Bisque Porcelain Angel Figurines

$15.00

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2 Goebel Hummel Figurines 111 Wayside Harmony 112 Just Resting Full Bee TMK2

2 Goebel Hummel Figurines 111 Wayside Harmony 112 Just Resting Full Bee TMK2

$119.00

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VINTAGE Goebel Hummel Figurine Lullaby Candle Holder #24/I TMK-6, Germany

VINTAGE Goebel Hummel Figurine Lullaby Candle Holder #24/I TMK-6, Germany

$54.00

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