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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. J. Hummel Annual Plate 1974 Goebel

M. J. Hummel Annual Plate 1974 Goebel

$15.00

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Retired Hummel “Globe Trotter Final Issue 1991 Figurine

Retired Hummel “Globe Trotter Final Issue 1991 Figurine

$20.00

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Goebel Hummel - Cross-Roads - 331 TMK5 6 1/2

Goebel Hummel - Cross-Roads - 331 TMK5 6 1/2" Tall

$55.00

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Goebel Hummel - Flower Madonna - 10/3 TMK3 11

Goebel Hummel - Flower Madonna - 10/3 TMK3 11" Tall

$135.00

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Goebel Hummel - School Boys - 170/I TMK5 7 1/4

Goebel Hummel - School Boys - 170/I TMK5 7 1/4" Tall

$150.00

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Vintage Goebel Hummel

Vintage Goebel Hummel "We Congratulate" 220 2/0 Figurine, Old TMK Full Bee, 4”H

$13.95

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VINTAGE HUMMEL GOEBEL W.GERMANY V BEE MARK 346 FIGURINE 4.5

VINTAGE HUMMEL GOEBEL W.GERMANY V BEE MARK 346 FIGURINE 4.5"H girl & boy

$14.95

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M. J. Hummel Annual Plate 1971 Goebel

M. J. Hummel Annual Plate 1971 Goebel

$15.00

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Goebel Hummel BE PATIENT Girl w/ Geese HUMMEL FIGURINE

Goebel Hummel BE PATIENT Girl w/ Geese HUMMEL FIGURINE

$20.00

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GOEBEL HUMMEL TMK-8 3.5” BABY JESUS  NATIVITY FIGURINE

GOEBEL HUMMEL TMK-8 3.5” BABY JESUS NATIVITY FIGURINE

$15.00

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Vintage Hummel Goebel Boy Figurine SOUND THE TRUMPET #457~TMK7

Vintage Hummel Goebel Boy Figurine SOUND THE TRUMPET #457~TMK7

$16.00

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Vintage Hummel Goebel Figurine WHICH HAND #258~TMK 5 Little Girl 5.5

Vintage Hummel Goebel Figurine WHICH HAND #258~TMK 5 Little Girl 5.5" tall

$16.00

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Vintage Hummel Goebel Figurine TOO SHY TO SING #845~TMK8 Boy Choir Tenor Bass

Vintage Hummel Goebel Figurine TOO SHY TO SING #845~TMK8 Boy Choir Tenor Bass

$16.00

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Vintage Hummel Goebel Figurine TRUMPET BOY #97~TMK7

Vintage Hummel Goebel Figurine TRUMPET BOY #97~TMK7

$16.00

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Vintage Hummel Goebel Figurine FROM ME TO YOU #629~TMK7 Little Girl w/Bowl

Vintage Hummel Goebel Figurine FROM ME TO YOU #629~TMK7 Little Girl w/Bowl

$16.00

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