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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!

Lot of 3 Goebel MJ Hummel Mini Collector's Plate Little Fiddler Soloist Serenade

Lot of 3 Goebel MJ Hummel Mini Collector's Plate Little Fiddler Soloist Serenade

$18.99

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 HUMMEL GOBEL FIGURINE #186 SWEET MUSIC TMK3  FULL BEE W.GERMANY -  MINT

HUMMEL GOBEL FIGURINE #186 SWEET MUSIC TMK3 FULL BEE W.GERMANY - MINT

$55.00

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HUMMEL FIGURINE VILLAGE BOY 5 INCHES, EXCELLANT

HUMMEL FIGURINE VILLAGE BOY 5 INCHES, EXCELLANT

$10.00

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vintage 1951 Goebel LAMB FIGURINE Porcelain Easter SHEEP Nativity HUMMEL

vintage 1951 Goebel LAMB FIGURINE Porcelain Easter SHEEP Nativity HUMMEL

$60.00

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MJ Hummel Goebel Germany Porcelain Jewelry Trinket Box Umbrella Girl

MJ Hummel Goebel Germany Porcelain Jewelry Trinket Box Umbrella Girl

$18.00

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Hummel Goebel Nativity Scene Joseph Signed

Hummel Goebel Nativity Scene Joseph Signed

$40.00

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~ Hummel Small Plates 973 & 977 Motif 1977 & 1973 Goebel

~ Hummel Small Plates 973 & 977 Motif 1977 & 1973 Goebel

$14.99

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Goebel Hummel Frisky Friends #2007 with Hummelscape Kinder Park  TMK7

Goebel Hummel Frisky Friends #2007 with Hummelscape Kinder Park TMK7

$95.00

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GOEBEL HUMMEL FIGURINE NIMBLE FINGERS #758 TMK 7 WITH BOX

GOEBEL HUMMEL FIGURINE NIMBLE FINGERS #758 TMK 7 WITH BOX

$75.00

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Goebel Friar Tuck Jar S183 TMK3 & Tray Dish ZF4 3/- TMK4 Hummel set

Goebel Friar Tuck Jar S183 TMK3 & Tray Dish ZF4 3/- TMK4 Hummel set

$32.99

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M.J. MJ Hummel Goebel Nativity Figurine Baby Jesus Christ - Signed GERMANY

M.J. MJ Hummel Goebel Nativity Figurine Baby Jesus Christ - Signed GERMANY

$30.00

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Goebel Hummel

Goebel Hummel "Flag Day" #2077/B special edition

$10.00

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Vintage Signed M.J. Hummel Goebel Virgin Mary Mother Nativity Figurine

Vintage Signed M.J. Hummel Goebel Virgin Mary Mother Nativity Figurine

$40.00

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German Boy with Puppy Dog Figurine Japan Porcelain Hummel Reproduction

German Boy with Puppy Dog Figurine Japan Porcelain Hummel Reproduction

$9.98

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HUMMEL FIGURINE CELEBRATE WITH SONG #790 TMK 7 MINT W/BOX CLUB EXCLUSIVE 1996/97

HUMMEL FIGURINE CELEBRATE WITH SONG #790 TMK 7 MINT W/BOX CLUB EXCLUSIVE 1996/97

$32.00

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