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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!

M.I.Hummel Retreat to Safety TMK-2 Full Bee

M.I.Hummel Retreat to Safety TMK-2 Full Bee

$59.00

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Hummel - Coffee Break - Special Collector's Club Edition #8- 1976 - TMK 6

Hummel - Coffee Break - Special Collector's Club Edition #8- 1976 - TMK 6

$34.99

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Lot Of 10 1972-1982 (no 1981) M. J. Hummel Annual Plates In Bas Reliev Goebel

Lot Of 10 1972-1982 (no 1981) M. J. Hummel Annual Plates In Bas Reliev Goebel

$200.00

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Goebel Hummel figurine Bitte im Rhythmus  statue Germany

Goebel Hummel figurine Bitte im Rhythmus statue Germany

$32.31

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Goebel Hummel figurine  Puppet Princess statue Germany

Goebel Hummel figurine Puppet Princess statue Germany

$35.90

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 13 PC. SET VINTAGE MI HUMMEL GOEBEL FINE CHINA EVENTIDE WOOD HANDLE BELL!

13 PC. SET VINTAGE MI HUMMEL GOEBEL FINE CHINA EVENTIDE WOOD HANDLE BELL!

$50.00

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Hummel THE GUARDIAN TMK6 455 2.75 Inches West Germany with Box~MINT

Hummel THE GUARDIAN TMK6 455 2.75 Inches West Germany with Box~MINT

$45.00

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RARE Hummel

RARE Hummel "Flower Madonna" 9" T~#10/1-TMK 2~FULL BEE~Open Halo~MI

$150.00

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RARE HUMMEL GOOSE GIRL~47/II~LARGE~TMK 5~ 7.5

RARE HUMMEL GOOSE GIRL~47/II~LARGE~TMK 5~ 7.5"~BEAUTIFUL 

$85.00

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Hummel Heavenly Angel  Figurine # 21/I~LARGE 7

Hummel Heavenly Angel Figurine # 21/I~LARGE 7" Tall~TMK 5~MINT

$75.00

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Hummel

Hummel "At Play" #1224 - Exclusive Edition - TMK 7~Box - Mint Condition!

$40.00

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POODLE / DOG - GOEBEL / HUMMEL - mark says 1950 - Hard to find

POODLE / DOG - GOEBEL / HUMMEL - mark says 1950 - Hard to find

$25.00

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SALE SALE  Retired   Hummel's Santa's Little Helper's   BH19 1/2/0  Goebel 2003

SALE SALE Retired Hummel's Santa's Little Helper's BH19 1/2/0 Goebel 2003

$49.00

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HUMMEL Figurine 150/1

HUMMEL Figurine 150/1 "HAPPY DAYS" TMK-5, 6"H, Nice, Made in Germany/Goebel

$75.00

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Goebel Hummel

Goebel Hummel "A Joyful Noise" #643 4/0, 1st Issue TM7, MIB CV$130 R9312

$54.99

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