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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 HOPE HUM 2203 Breast Cancer Figurine TMK8 Pink Ribbon Base

Hummel Goebel HOPE HUM 2203 Breast Cancer Figurine TMK8 Pink Ribbon Base

$139.90

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VINTAGE HUMMEL ACCORDIAN BOY 185 TMK 3

VINTAGE HUMMEL ACCORDIAN BOY 185 TMK 3

$20.14

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 Hummel Figurine 184 Latest News TMK 2 Full Bee 5 Inches

Hummel Figurine 184 Latest News TMK 2 Full Bee 5 Inches

$89.99

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Hummel Goebel Figurine #257 'For Mother

Hummel Goebel Figurine #257 'For Mother" TM4 TMK-4 Two Chips

$7.95

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Vintage " Boy With Candle & Toy Horse " Goebel Hummel -#777 H43

$24.00

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Vintage " Girl With Chicks" Goebel Hummel Full Bee Germany H40

$30.00

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Vintage " Good News " Goebel Hummel #539 4 1/2" Full Bee Anniversary Germany H41

$40.00

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Vintage " Evening Prayer " Goebel Hummel #495 4" First Issue Full Bee H42

$45.00

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Vintage " Surprise ! " Hansel N Gretel Goebel Hummel -#94 3/0 H45

$22.00

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Vintage " Daisies Dont Tell " Goebel Hummel -#380 Special Edition #5 1972 H44

$24.00

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Hummel #67 Doll Mother TMK4

Hummel #67 Doll Mother TMK4

$29.99

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 Hummel Figurine 83 Angel Serenade TMK 2 Full Bee 6 Inches

Hummel Figurine 83 Angel Serenade TMK 2 Full Bee 6 Inches

$129.99

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Danbury Mint, MJ Hummel,Goebel, Ride Into Christmas,1991,Lot 548

Danbury Mint, MJ Hummel,Goebel, Ride Into Christmas,1991,Lot 548

$60.00

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Hummel "Spring Waltz" #912/B TMK8 with Original Box MIB

$24.99

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Hummel 198: Home from Market TMK-5

Hummel 198: Home from Market TMK-5

$8.99

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MJ Hummel Goebel 1989 Christmas Bell Ride Into Christmas #HUM-775, NIB

MJ Hummel Goebel 1989 Christmas Bell Ride Into Christmas #HUM-775, NIB

$7.99

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Goebel Hummel "Smiling Through" umbrella girl Special Edition No. 9. 408/0

$24.95

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Goebel Hummel School Boy 822/0 4 1/2

Goebel Hummel School Boy 822/0 4 1/2" Tmk 3

$12.99

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Hummel Goebel Figurine "Auf Wiedersehen #153/1

$35.00

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Hummel Goebel "Carnival" #328

$15.00

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Hummel Goebel Figurine "School Girl" #81/0

$18.00

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