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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 Goebel Hummel Art Glass Crystal Angel Moon Paperweight Figurine 1981

Vintage Goebel Hummel Art Glass Crystal Angel Moon Paperweight Figurine 1981


$15.88


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HUMMEL GOEBEL

HUMMEL GOEBEL "First Mate" - Figurine 2148/B ORIGINAL BOX & COA MINT


$23.74


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Hummel Goebel Goose Girl Annual Plate 1974 Bas Relief NIB

Hummel Goebel Goose Girl Annual Plate 1974 Bas Relief NIB


$9.49


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Hummel Figurine

Hummel Figurine "HEAR YE, HEAR YE" HUM 15/1 TM5 Goebel Germany MINT 15/I 6" E058


$39.89


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Hummel Goebel Figurine

Hummel Goebel Figurine "BE PATIENT" Hum 197/I Trademark 4 THREE LINE


$46.54


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Hummel Goebel Figurine

Hummel Goebel Figurine "I'm Here" Hum 478 - TMK6 Boy with Hand Raised


$34.99


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HUMMEL

HUMMEL "Ride Into Christmas" FIGURINE #396/I (Boy on Sled) LARGE 6” TMK6 SIGNED


$85.49


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HUMMEL GOEBEL 1978 COLLECTOR PLATE BOX HUM271 W GERMANY , HAPPY PASTIME NEW

HUMMEL GOEBEL 1978 COLLECTOR PLATE BOX HUM271 W GERMANY , HAPPY PASTIME NEW


$9.49


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Hummel Figurine

Hummel Figurine "BE PATIENT" HUM #197/I TMK3 Goebel Germany 197/1 Oversized 6.5”


$64.99


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M.J. HUMMEL Goebel 1977 Annual Plate In Bas Relief W/ Box

M.J. HUMMEL Goebel 1977 Annual Plate In Bas Relief W/ Box


$9.49


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Hummel Goebel # 257 For Mother TMK6 Girl with Yellow Flowers H5in” Signed

Hummel Goebel # 257 For Mother TMK6 Girl with Yellow Flowers H5in” Signed


$28.99


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M.I.Hummel 1981 Annual Plate in Bas-Relief w Box Umbrella Boy Goebel 11th Editio

M.I.Hummel 1981 Annual Plate in Bas-Relief w Box Umbrella Boy Goebel 11th Editio


$9.49


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Hummel Figurine

Hummel Figurine "VOLUNTEERS" HUM #50/I TM2 Incised Full Bee Germany SIGNED NICE!


$129.99


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M.I. Hummel Goebel #141/1

M.I. Hummel Goebel #141/1 "Apple Tree Girl" TMK3 Stylized Bee


$79.99


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Hummel  Goebel #2087B Honor Student 3 5/8

Hummel Goebel #2087B Honor Student 3 5/8" 2000/01 M.I. Hummel Club (No Box)


$9.49


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