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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

Goebel Hummel Figurine "FRIENDS" #136/1, TMK 6, Girl and Deer

$19.99

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Goebel Hummel Figurine

Goebel Hummel Figurine "Dasies Don't Tell" Special Edition #5 #380 TMK 6

$19.99

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Vintage 1942 Hummel Herbert Dubler Ars Sacra Chalkware Figurine

Vintage 1942 Hummel Herbert Dubler Ars Sacra Chalkware Figurine

$25.00

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Goebel Hummel  The Artist Boy With Paint Supplies Figurine #304 in box

Goebel Hummel The Artist Boy With Paint Supplies Figurine #304 in box

$99.98

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Goebel Hummel Sing With Me Girl With Crow Black Bird Figurine #405 TMK-6

Goebel Hummel Sing With Me Girl With Crow Black Bird Figurine #405 TMK-6

$129.98

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Goebel Hummel An Apple A Day Boy In Tree Eating Apple Firgurine #403 TMK-6

Goebel Hummel An Apple A Day Boy In Tree Eating Apple Firgurine #403 TMK-6

$129.98

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BEAUTIFUL VINT FLOWER MADONNA by GOEBEL M. J.HUMMEL WESTERN GERMANY BEE in a V

BEAUTIFUL VINT FLOWER MADONNA by GOEBEL M. J.HUMMEL WESTERN GERMANY BEE in a V

$99.99

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Lot of 3 Vintage Goebel Hummel Figurine Calendars 1958 1959 1960

Lot of 3 Vintage Goebel Hummel Figurine Calendars 1958 1959 1960

$7.99

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Vintage Goebel Hummel Figurine #184 Latest News  Round Base

Vintage Goebel Hummel Figurine #184 Latest News Round Base

$52.88

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Vintage 1979 Hummel Goebel Annual Bell 2nd Edition

Vintage 1979 Hummel Goebel Annual Bell 2nd Edition

$14.32

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Vintage Hummel Goebel Figurine Hear Ye, Hear Ye  #15/0  LQQK!!!!

Vintage Hummel Goebel Figurine Hear Ye, Hear Ye #15/0 LQQK!!!!

$26.06

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VINTAGE Hummel Virgin Mary Madonna Halo Blue Stars - Tmk 3 Western Germ 45/0 JSH

VINTAGE Hummel Virgin Mary Madonna Halo Blue Stars - Tmk 3 Western Germ 45/0 JSH

$21.15

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 Hummel #65/1 Farewell Figurine Statue JSH

Hummel #65/1 Farewell Figurine Statue JSH

$36.32

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Hummel Goebel  Figurine Lucky Fellow  #560 Membership Year 1992/93

Hummel Goebel Figurine Lucky Fellow #560 Membership Year 1992/93

$14.45

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Hummel Goebel  Figurine From Me to You  #629 Membership Year 1995/96

Hummel Goebel Figurine From Me to You #629 Membership Year 1995/96

$17.53

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Hummel Figurine

Hummel Figurine "NATURE'S GIFT" #729 3 3/4" Tall MANY HUMMELS LISTED!

$17.12

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Hummel Goebel Figurine 56/B

Hummel Goebel Figurine 56/B "OUT OF DANGER" Signed Edith Reilhammer Nice!!

$85.50

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Hummel Goebel Figurine #51 2/0

Hummel Goebel Figurine #51 2/0 "VILLAGE BOY" No Reserve

$15.31

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Goebel Hummel Figurine  #311

Goebel Hummel Figurine #311 "KISS ME" With Doll Great Piece!!

$85.50

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Hummel Goebel  Figurine Cheeky Fellow  #554  Exclusive Edition 1992/93

Hummel Goebel Figurine Cheeky Fellow #554 Exclusive Edition 1992/93

$14.61

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Hummel Goebel  Figurine Forever Yours  #793  First Issue 1996/97 Hang Tag

Hummel Goebel Figurine Forever Yours #793 First Issue 1996/97 Hang Tag

$17.53

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