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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!

Vintage1960s Hummel Figurine The LOST SHEEP #68 Boy Shepherd Holding Sheep

Vintage1960s Hummel Figurine The LOST SHEEP #68 Boy Shepherd Holding Sheep

$25.99

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Hummel " Angel Symphony-Millennium Bliss " #2096/H TMK8 MINT R13669

$64.99

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M I Hummel #563/0 Little Visitor 5 1/8

M I Hummel #563/0 Little Visitor 5 1/8" Club piece 1994/95 Goebel W Germany

$17.50

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Hummel Goebel Figurine 5

Hummel Goebel Figurine 5" LATEST NEWS #164 TMK 6

$21.00

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2 Porcelain Christmas Bells Goebel Hummel Germany Angel Ornament 3

2 Porcelain Christmas Bells Goebel Hummel Germany Angel Ornament 3" + Santa 5"

$12.99

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Hummel Figurine In Celebration of 75th Birthday of Sister M.I. Hummel 1909-1984

Hummel Figurine In Celebration of 75th Birthday of Sister M.I. Hummel 1909-1984

$200.00

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Vintage Hummel Goebel W Germany Porcelain 124/0 Hello Boy with Phone Figurine 6

Vintage Hummel Goebel W Germany Porcelain 124/0 Hello Boy with Phone Figurine 6"

$134.95

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Goebel Hummel "My Wish Is Small" #463/0 TMK 7 MIB

$21.50

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M. J. GOEBEL 4

M. J. GOEBEL 4" Small / Mini Plate: "Goose Girl" HUMMEL 4th Edition Hum267

$45.00

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Berta Hummel Goebel GIRL TEDDY BEAR Ornament

Berta Hummel Goebel GIRL TEDDY BEAR Ornament

$13.95

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VINTAGE HUMMEL GOEBEL W GERMANY 5.75

VINTAGE HUMMEL GOEBEL W GERMANY 5.75" A FAIR MEASURE #345

$40.00

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'75 Hummel

'75 Hummel "Stormy Weather" Anniversary Plate By Goebel

$49.95

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VINTAGE HUMMEL GOEBEL W GERMANY 5.75

VINTAGE HUMMEL GOEBEL W GERMANY 5.75" ON SECRET PATH #386

$40.00

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Vintage Goebel M.I. Hummel Figurine - Meditation - # 13/0 TMK 3_

Vintage Goebel M.I. Hummel Figurine - Meditation - # 13/0 TMK 3_

$55.00

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Hummel 1986  Annual Plate By Goebel HUM 279 Playmates

Hummel 1986 Annual Plate By Goebel HUM 279 Playmates

$59.95

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