Are you familiar with Hummel figurines? Do you know where they originated? Hummels were based on the artistic talent of an artist, who was born Berta Hummel. In adulthood, Berta Hummel joined a Franciscan convent and became Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel.

At the convent, she became an art teacher who often painted portraits of children. Many of her portraits and drawings were melancholy, reflecting the stress of the times in which she lived. In 1934, some of her drawings were published on art cards and in an art book and blended with poems written by Margaret Seeman to match the pictures. The book, Das Hummel Buch was an immediate success (in English, The Hummelbook).

Goebel Hummel

The Convent also allowed Hummel art cards on a variety of subjects to be published and distributed throughout Europe, thanks to the efforts of a Munich-based publisher.

Franz Goebel, founder of the Goebel Company that produced porcelain figurines, saw the drawings of Sister Maria and, with much effort, persuaded her to allow her two-dimensional drawings to become three-dimensional statues.

Only after certain promises were made did she agree: the figurines would be the highest quality, she could have final artistic control and approval, and she received a guarantee that her signature would be incised on the bottom of each figurine.

In 1935 at the Leipzig Fair, a major international trade show, the figurines were introduced and were hugely successful.

Hummel Goebel figure

Like many artists, Sister Maria Innocentia would not live to see how well the world, in coming years, would receive her art. During WWII, the convent where she lived was subject to great hardship, which led to her illness and death at age 37.

WWII also took a toll on Goebel's industry, but after the war, Hummel figurines of American GI's helped to bolster Goebel's recovery, and also served to foster appreciation for these originals.

Today, Hummel figurines are a much-loved collectors item. Several models are valued at hundreds to thousands of dollars each. Some of the most sought after pieces are:

How to determine value

Secondary market values are determined by several criteria including age, condition, supply and demand.

There are 4 very important factors in determining the value of your Hummel:
1). The trademark
2). The mold number
3). The size of your Hummel
4). The condition of your Hummel.

Hummel price guides (USA)
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Updated: 24 April 2019

Hummel value and price guide

What's your 'Hummel' worth? Here are some recently sold items (USA).

Picture Title Date Sold for
Lagler 8 Beltsander 06/2019 $6 247.50
Goebel Germany Figurines Apple Tree Boy 06/2019 $5 990.00
Lagler Eugen Bg112 Floor Sander 99 No 06/2019 $4 200.00
Lagler 8 Beltsander New Drum 08/2019 $4 499.00
Used Lagler 8 Beltsander 08/2019 $3 800.00

See all sold items for more prices.

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Comments (11)

Rudolph - November 3, 2014

I want the christmas hummel from frobek number 66 700-14 compleet blanco help me
►reply: I see them now and then on ebay (search often for: hummel frobek, otherwise I don't know...

Monika - October 15, 2014

I have a set of 7 M.I. Hummel Prints that belonged to my Grandmother at least as far back from the 1960's that I can remember her having them. the mark after the signature is a hooked cross with an E and a heart is this authentic? They are in Gold wood frames with the backs sealed in brown paper.
►reply: I am not sure, but I think they are. Best is to compare yours with others. Click here to find them: Hummel prints

Jackie - July 25, 2013

I have a boy figurine with the goebel back stamp. Impressed on the front of base is pree13 on the base is the impressed number 19002-12 it is 5" high he carries one boot on his back and he is in a terraccota glaze. No other colours. I need information as I have never seen one before.

Jackie - July 23, 2013

I picked up a terraccota coloured geobel hummel figurine this morning and can find no information on it. on the front of the base its impressed pree 13, on the base is the b within the v w.germany, and has an impressed number 19002-12, any information would be great, thanks

Sid - May 30, 2013

I am in search of a very specific Hummel that I wish to purchase for my collection:It is called "Grandfather".If you have one
►reply: I don't have one, but you can broaden your search by using for example the German word for Grandfather. In this case, search on this site, or go here for: Hummel Grossvater. You'll be redirected to the German page on this site. Most German sellers understand English so try and contact them if you find what you're looking for.

Cheryl - May 29, 2013

I have a wayside harmony but he has an orange cravat I cant see any like this most have an open neck shirt could anybody please give me some information
►reply: Can it be discolored? I'm afraid I'm not an expert.

Billy - November 12, 2010

I have a nice hummel figurine of a girl in a tree with a dog at her feet. Who can i sell it to for good cash?
►reply: It depends on a variety of things, please take a look here and search for the 'Apple Tree Girl' to determine which one you have. How to sell I'm not sure, through auction sites or by contacting the collectors club.

Joann - November 11, 2010

I have an angel in green dress, mouth open as if singing, holding a vehicle for a candle. She is about 9 1/2 inches high. Goebel, west gremany 42 329 22 and frobek on bottom. Can you identify and give me a value? I would greatly appreciate.
►reply: Search for 'hummel angel green and you might get an impression, and you can use the links provided in the text.

Mr.h.james. - November 5, 2010

I have a hummel figurine with boy & girl waving hanker chiefs can you tell me the name & approx price? It is 6" high.
►reply: Unfortunately I am not an expert on Hummel, please try the links to valuation sites on this page.

Sharon - November 1, 2010

i have inherited to porcelain figurines that resemble german children. they are both numbered "c331" on the bottom. Can someone tell me anything about them?

Sandi - October 31, 2010

I am trying to find out how much the hummels are worth my grandmother gave me. How could I do that and where do I find out what the name of the figurine is?