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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!

Vintage Hummel Figure Chimney Sweep Hum12 TMK2 Full Bee Collectible Porcelain

Vintage Hummel Figure Chimney Sweep Hum12 TMK2 Full Bee Collectible Porcelain

$68.87

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Vintage Bertha Hummel 2002 Holiday Ornament by Goebel

Vintage Bertha Hummel 2002 Holiday Ornament by Goebel

$15.95

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Goebel Hummel

Goebel Hummel "The Smart Little Sister" HUM# 346 ° Child Teaching ° TMK-7 ° MIB

$69.99

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HUM #89/2

HUM #89/2 "LITTLE CELLIST" HUMMEL FIGURINE ° 8" ° TMK 3 ° NO CRAZING ° RARE SIZE

$99.99

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M.I.  Hummel Goebel Collector  plate 1981

M.I. Hummel Goebel Collector plate 1981

$10.00

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Hummel Goebel #793

Hummel Goebel #793 "Forever Yours" Trademark 7 - Club Exclusive

$16.00

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3 GOEBEL HUMMEl all signed Skrobek Whats new visiting an invalid The professor

3 GOEBEL HUMMEl all signed Skrobek Whats new visiting an invalid The professor

$159.99

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Vintage Goebel MJ Hummel Good Night Angel (Lot Of 3) Nativity Figurines

Vintage Goebel MJ Hummel Good Night Angel (Lot Of 3) Nativity Figurines

$75.00

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M.I. Hummel Goebel Lore (Sign) #238 Dealer Plaque Blumenkinder Flower Children

M.I. Hummel Goebel Lore (Sign) #238 Dealer Plaque Blumenkinder Flower Children

$17.58

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LOT OF 5 BROKEN DAMAGED OR CHIPPED GOEBEL HUMMEL FIGURINES Rabbits Adoration

LOT OF 5 BROKEN DAMAGED OR CHIPPED GOEBEL HUMMEL FIGURINES Rabbits Adoration

$30.00

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*GOEBEL-HUMMEL* 1984

*GOEBEL-HUMMEL* 1984 "WITH LOVING GREETINGS"FIGURINE  #309 NWB TMK(6 EXCEL.COND.

$45.00

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*GOEBEL-HUMMEL*

*GOEBEL-HUMMEL* " BIRTHDAY CAKE" FIGURINE NWB 3-1/2 " EXCL.COND.TMK(6) 

$45.00

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Goebel Hummel

Goebel Hummel "Holiday Fun" #2204 TMK8 MIB R16619

$74.99

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Hummel-Goebel

Hummel-Goebel "Singing Lessons" Annual Plate 1979 MIB! Very Beautiful!

$18.00

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Hummel-Goebel

Hummel-Goebel "Street Singer" #131 1970'S TMK5 Adorable Figurine! Reg.185$

$39.00

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