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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 FIGURINE 1938 JUST RESTING GIRL SITTING ON FENCE 112 3 /0

HUMMEL GOEBEL FIGURINE 1938 JUST RESTING GIRL SITTING ON FENCE 112 3 /0

$63.33

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Lot of 9 Vintage Goebel Berta Hummel Christmas Ornaments 1997

Lot of 9 Vintage Goebel Berta Hummel Christmas Ornaments 1997

$39.99

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Vintage Goebel Hummel Figurine 1975 Mother Rabbit with Baby Bunny West Germany

Vintage Goebel Hummel Figurine 1975 Mother Rabbit with Baby Bunny West Germany

$15.00

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Hummel figurine Merry Wanderer west germany 2  11  2/0

Hummel figurine Merry Wanderer west germany 2 11 2/0

$125.00

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1978 Third Edition Annual Christmas Tree Ornament Goebel Hummel Angel Bell GUC

1978 Third Edition Annual Christmas Tree Ornament Goebel Hummel Angel Bell GUC

$7.99

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Goebel Hummel Figurine  #142 3/0

Goebel Hummel Figurine #142 3/0 "Apple Tree Boy" 4" Tall

$59.99

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Hummel Goebel 2096/Q Heaven & Nature Sing Angel Figurine 1st Iss 2002 Mint Box

Hummel Goebel 2096/Q Heaven & Nature Sing Angel Figurine 1st Iss 2002 Mint Box

$75.00

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Hummel Goebel 'Merry Wanderer' Boy with Umbrella 7/0 . 5 3/4” Tall

Hummel Goebel 'Merry Wanderer' Boy with Umbrella 7/0 . 5 3/4” Tall

$215.50

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Vintage Goebel Hummel Figurine Surprise West Germany 1 5” tall

Vintage Goebel Hummel Figurine Surprise West Germany 1 5” tall

$24.99

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Goebel MI Hummel

Goebel MI Hummel " Puppet Princess" # 1664 Hum 2103/A Exclusive 2001/02

$13.00

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Vintage Hummel For Father 87 German Porcelain Figurine Early Mark - 5-3/4”

Vintage Hummel For Father 87 German Porcelain Figurine Early Mark - 5-3/4”

$32.95

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Goebel 1984 Miniature Collectors Plate LITTLE FIDDLER Hummel Music Makers First

Goebel 1984 Miniature Collectors Plate LITTLE FIDDLER Hummel Music Makers First

$14.99

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 1984 HUMMEL GOEBEL

1984 HUMMEL GOEBEL "MORNING CONCERT" 447 SPECIAL EDITION NR.11 Boy W/ Flute

$12.95

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1978  Hummel Goebel 8th Annual Collectors Plate PORCELAIN  Singing Child W/ Box

1978 Hummel Goebel 8th Annual Collectors Plate PORCELAIN Singing Child W/ Box

$9.95

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HUMMEL FIGURINE

HUMMEL FIGURINE "A SWEET OFFERING" 549 TM7 CLUB EXCLUSIVE EDITION GOEBEL

$9.95

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