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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!

Goebel Hummel 82 Little Gardner  w germany 4 1/2

Goebel Hummel 82 Little Gardner w germany 4 1/2" figure girl

$19.99

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Vintage Hummel # 2183

Vintage Hummel # 2183 "Keeping Time" TMK 8 - 3 3/4" High - OB - Free Ship

$17.99

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Vintage Hummel # 848

Vintage Hummel # 848 "Steadfast Soprano" TMK 8 - 4" High - OB - Free Ship

$16.99

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Vintage Hummel # 2296

Vintage Hummel # 2296 "Little Luck" TMK 9 - 3 1/4" High - OB - Free Ship

$22.95

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Vintage Hummel # 2273

Vintage Hummel # 2273 "Ferdinand - Spring Gift" TMK 8 -4" High - OB - Free Ship

$27.99

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Vintage Hummel # 2181

Vintage Hummel # 2181 "Clear as an Bell" TMK 8 - 3 3/4" High - OB - Free Ship

$22.99

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Goebel Hummel

Goebel Hummel "Darling Duckling" #2019 TMK8 MIB R13522

$44.99

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Berta Hummel Goebel - Walking Thru The Snow - NIB - Boy

Berta Hummel Goebel - Walking Thru The Snow - NIB - Boy

$6.00

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Goebel Hummel Small Nativity 214 M/0 King Tmk6 Mint Condition

Goebel Hummel Small Nativity 214 M/0 King Tmk6 Mint Condition

$99.99

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VTG RARE 2” Schmid Reproduction of Berta Hummel Boy w Horn Figurine INTERESTING

VTG RARE 2” Schmid Reproduction of Berta Hummel Boy w Horn Figurine INTERESTING

$12.00

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Goebel Hummel Nativity Moorish King Tmk6 Mint Condition

Goebel Hummel Nativity Moorish King Tmk6 Mint Condition

$109.99

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1973 Goebel Hummel Annual Plate 7.5

1973 Goebel Hummel Annual Plate 7.5" #266 Boy Umbrella

$19.99

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Hummel Angel Duet 193 TMK-5 Candleholder Figurine Reinhold Unger (1948)

Hummel Angel Duet 193 TMK-5 Candleholder Figurine Reinhold Unger (1948)

$44.99

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Retired Hummel Good Shepherd 42/0 TMK-5 Figurine Reinhold Under Signed (1935)

Retired Hummel Good Shepherd 42/0 TMK-5 Figurine Reinhold Under Signed (1935)

$59.99

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Hummel Angel Candlelight 192 TMK-5 Candleholder Figurine Reinhold Unger (1948)

Hummel Angel Candlelight 192 TMK-5 Candleholder Figurine Reinhold Unger (1948)

$49.99

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