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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!

HUMMEL GOEBEL  # 69 HAPPY PASTIME TMK-5 Girl Knitting While Singing With Bird

HUMMEL GOEBEL # 69 HAPPY PASTIME TMK-5 Girl Knitting While Singing With Bird

$22.00

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Goebel Hummel

Goebel Hummel "Street Singer-Final Issue" #131 TMK8 MIB R15028

$29.99

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1950s 5.75

1950s 5.75" Full Bee TMK-2 Hummel Skier, Wooden Ski Poles

$125.00

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Retired Goebel Hummel Figurine

Retired Goebel Hummel Figurine "Visiting An Invalid" #382 TMK5 '72-'79

$34.00

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Goebel Hummel

Goebel Hummel "Afternoon Nap" #836 TMK8 1st Issue MIB R11363

$74.99

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GOEBEL M.J. HUMMEL 1979  SECOND EDITION ANNUAL BELL in bas-relief

GOEBEL M.J. HUMMEL 1979 SECOND EDITION ANNUAL BELL in bas-relief

$6.00

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Hummel Goebel Little Helper Figurine Girl Basket TMK6 Vtg 1980s Germany #73

Hummel Goebel Little Helper Figurine Girl Basket TMK6 Vtg 1980s Germany #73

$22.97

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Hummel Goebel Figurine Serenade Boy Playing Horn Top Hat Music Vintage TMK6 #85

Hummel Goebel Figurine Serenade Boy Playing Horn Top Hat Music Vintage TMK6 #85

$22.50

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Happy Pastime #69 Goebel Hummel Figurine Girl Knitting With Bird Germany

Happy Pastime #69 Goebel Hummel Figurine Girl Knitting With Bird Germany

$16.99

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Hummel

Hummel "FEEDING TIME" #199/I~TMK4~GIRL W/ CHICKENS~LARGE 5.5"TALL~MINT

$25.00

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Goebel Hummel

Goebel Hummel "Feathered Friends" #344 TMK6 MIB R9102

$64.99

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Hummel Goebel Figurines Serenade Soloist Boy Horn Singing Mini TMK6 Set of 2

Hummel Goebel Figurines Serenade Soloist Boy Horn Singing Mini TMK6 Set of 2

$26.50

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VINTAGE GOEBEL HUMMEL CATHOLIC STATUE SAINT JUDE 9-1/2

VINTAGE GOEBEL HUMMEL CATHOLIC STATUE SAINT JUDE 9-1/2" WESTERN GERMANY SACRART

$99.99

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Vintage Figurine 75th Anniversary Sister M.I. Hummel 1984 Goebel West Germany

Vintage Figurine 75th Anniversary Sister M.I. Hummel 1984 Goebel West Germany

$35.99

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Hummel - Lot of 13 Vintage Hummel Goebel Figurines

Hummel - Lot of 13 Vintage Hummel Goebel Figurines

$99.00

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