When they were first created the figurine series designation or mold numbers had not yet been set up. When the Convent and Sister Hummel made the historic contract with Franz Goebel, it was agreed that her signature, her personal stamp of approval, would appear on every piece. It still does so today and the only exception is if figurines are without bases or do not have any adequate surface to display the signature. On the earliest figurines it was incised on the bottom of the base. Between and the company occasionally used a C inside a circle beside a W within a G mark, this was stamped or incised on the edge of the base.
On the earliest figurines it was incised on the bottom of the base. Between and the company occasionally used a C inside a circle beside a W within a G mark, this was stamped or incised on the edge of the base. In Goebel paid tribute to Sister Hummel and the trademark was changed to a bee flying high within a V.
This new mark was called the Full Bee and was used until There are twelve variations of the Bee mark to be found on Goebel-produced M. Hummel items, but the differences between them are not considered particularly significant. The mark evolved over almost twenty years until the company began to modernize it. It is sometimes found in an incised circle. The very large bee flying in the V remained until around , when the bee was reduced in size and lowered into the V.
It can be found incised, stamped in black or stamped in blue, in that order. All prototypes must still have the Convent approval before being produced. In the Stylized Bee was introduced. This new trademark was a bee with sharp angular wings, the wing tips are parallel with the top of the V. Each Hummel figurine is hand painted this is why there are variations so many variations. No figurine is identical. This is usually a 2 digit number. This number identifies the person who assembled the individual soft clay parts of the figurine.
This has no real meaning to collectors. This was used for Goebel production control. Narrowing down the age is a little difficult from trademark They used many trademarks for each time period.
My mother has the Hummell Happy Traveler It has the small stylized bee, the V and W. Germany on the bottom, also the MJ Hummel signature. All of the other Happy Travelers that we have seen do not have this basket. Can you tell me what you might know about this. Could the number be 79 by any chance. Hummel 79 is Globe Trotter this looks just like Happy Traveler but with a basket on the back. Please let me know if this is the number. It does have etched on the side M I Hummel.
What might this figurine be called and what might it be worth or sell for? There are two dates because this was at a transitional period. They would use molds made in the earlier trademark for the new one. The second date is when the Hummel was painted by the artist.
When there are two dates you use the later date as the date for verifying the trademark and date. For example one has the bee inside bold type reversed arrow point and numbered It is a little boy holding 1 sheep and another sheep standing in front of him. Boy is wearing short-brim hat and scarf around his neck. Do you know the name of this Hummel? It is a little girl sitting, she appears to be knitting and singing along with a blackbird that is sitting on her lap.
Can you tell me anything about her? What is she called? The marking on the bottom is the v with a large bee in the center of the v. Can you give me an idea of what they are worth? Would they be worth more as a pair or individually? I saw that someone else wrote about the lamps and you showed values with trademarks identifications, 2. Where can I find the trademark identification? The trademark is located on the bottom of the lamps.
Each Hummel lamp has a separate value. They will be worth the same or together. The important thing is what date they where made. They have a solid V and a bee that would date them from which is the time period in which they were purchased. However on the bottom stamped into the mold is on one and on the other. What do those numbers indicate? There is a also paper label that is marked KA on the bottom of one lamp.
As for the paper label I do not know what this refers to. There should be a number on the bottom of the lamps. If you can send me this number I can tell you what lamps you have? Etched on the top of the base of each figure in cursive is B. The sides of the base have the year and one of them has the name Herbert Dubles.
One figure is of a little girl standing with one hand in her pocket and the other holding a book that she is reading. She is wearing oversized slippers.
The other figure is a little boy also wearing oversized slippers, with what looks like a flute held in one arm, and the other arm is holding a rolled piece of paper which could be music. I could send you pictures if this would help, but I was wondering tell me anything about these figures. There is no number that I can find on the bottom of either figure. The only numbers that I can find are what I presumed was the year, etched on the side of the base, which is What would be the best way to get you pictures of these figures, since that might be the best way for you to get a feel for them?
Can you give me the Hummel numbers for these Hummels? They will be on the bottom of the figurines. Im confused about the date chart above ranging from 72 as my hummels show that mark. Any clue why and can you give me a value? I have a figurine which was donated to my church and I would like any info if possible. It has the incised Double Crown marking. Full Bee inside of V is stamped. Initials M or H and J.
The is 31 but does not in any way shape or form resemble the pictures I have seen of Silent Night with Black child. Has dirty blond hair. Is wearing a long redish brown long sleeve gown. The right arm is bent at the elbow with 2 fingers raised as if I promise or I swear. There is also a sheep at the base of the right foot. What do you think? This maybe a Goebel Figurine. So Goebel figurines have the same markings as Hummels up until this time.
I looked though my Hummel resources but did not find one that resembles the description you gave me. If it has the Goebel trademarking there is less of a chance that it is a counterfeit. I believe this to be a Goebel figurine, But without seeing it I can not tell you for sure.
I have several hummel left to me by my Grandmother, three of which are in pristine condition. I am curious about the market price of the undamaged ones. And the other is the trademark of a boy and girl with flute and a lamb under a tall crucifix fencepost. Also with the trademarks required. Can you possibly help me with the value of Boy with Cello specifically.
I am curious about the others as well but if he is worth what it seems like he is I really need to up my insurance to cover him. I just saw your value guide! I will look through that first and try to help myself first. I will let you know if I have any other questions. They gave me a paper with it saying it wasa s Hummell. There is a red C on the base in a circle. Is this a good price for this piece? With out seeing the figurine it is hard for me to tell you if it is a true Hummel or not.
Once I have this information I can tell you more about the figurine. The figurine is signed with the same signature as listed above under without the copywrite. Do you know age and value? Hummel 53 does not come in the III version.
Is there another number on the bottom of the figurine? If it has the trademark from the age would be between those years. It is hard to pinpoint a Hummels age. Hello, I have 2 Hummel figurines, they are unpainted. One is a boy with his hands in his pockets, no. The other is a boy holding a lamb and another lamb at his feet, no.
Both have the dark V with the large bee and R next to it. The first one has signature on side of base but the second one doesnt. Any info on these would be much appreciated. Hummel 95 or 71 is not matching your description. Hummel 64 is Shepherd Boy.
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Since these are unpainted it is hard to value them. It will all depend on where they are sold and if the right buyer is there. The trademark appears to be TMK 2. Let me know if there is another number on the other Hummel.
Hi, thanks for the reply. The Shepherd boy is the one without the signature on the base, which made me wonder if it was a fake or not. I presume a painted one is worth more than unpainted. I went back to the store and looked at the Wayside Devotion figurine again. The base has the incised crown trademark with a blue crown trademark next to it.
I would say this is over priced. I went back to the store where I bought the Schoolboy and told them it was a fake. It is signed MJHummel on the side of the base. The bottom is donut shaped with insized markings: There is also a painted mark that is either a U or C.
Since it does not have a trademark it is hard to authenticate it as a true Hummel. There are some Hummels without a trademark but have to be authenticated by a specialist. Hi Korin, I hope you can help me! Hummel Merry Wanderer Plaque, I am confused by the markings on the back! Goebel and West Germany, all tiered and an open circle cut out at the bottom. One email I got back said That it is considered a rare signature stamped Hummel but did not know the worth?
Thank you, Allegra Kelley. Can you check the TMK again please? I have a hummel marked west germany called the shopper 53 wondering the value and how rare this one is. Are there any other numbers on the bottom of the figurine? On the bottom, the words Western Germany appear to the left of the V and bee symbol. Can you tell me anything about it? Can you please email me a pic of the bottom of the figurine to admin antique-hq. What we do in cases like these is to go by the TMK.
The only real difference between the marks in through the is the usage of W. Germany in your case Western Germany and then later with Goebel. I would put this figurine somewhere between those periods and therefore estimate this has a fair market value somewhere between 49 and 63 dollars. Hope this has helped. Thank you so much for the information.
I have a Hummel figurine depicting a boy and a girl on a fence with a lantern and with 2 lambs on their feet. The stamp on the back is in old german writing saying H. Hummel and on the bottom the indentations 2 are unreadable but I think one is a V.
Can you tell me how old it is and what the value is. If you could please send me a couple of pictures of the side and bottom as clear and detailed as you can manage of the figurine to admin antique-hq. It has a V with the Bee and W. Germany under it, so I guess the date range is I do appreciate your help!
I was ondering if you could help me identify the following values of two types I found:. I have been collecting Hummels for over a year now and have been fortunate to acquire quite a few TMK1 figurines at a good price. Both are nearly identical with full incised crowns.
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Each has mild crazing on top of base only. Otherwise they are perfect. Could this be a sample? Values are not really the problem right now. If you or anyone else can help with thier titles then I would be very appreciative.
I have 4 figurines all musical boys. They are all trademark 1. This one is trademark 3. If you could please send me a couple of pictures of the side and bottom as clear and detailed as you can manage of the figurines to admin antique-hq.
For 11 Hummels I would suggest my value guide. The best avenue to sell them is auction. I am not a fan of eBay and do not suggest selling them there.
You can try a site called Rubylane. I have not personally used this site to sell but I have heard many good things about it. If you need help with this let me know. Hello, my mother is a collector she has about and I am looking at getting her a cpl form xmass that I have found in an antique store. I would like to know if I told you the markings and date stamp and number if you could tell me just how good of a deal I am getting.
I am pretty sure I can get pictres of them as well. The reason I am questioning is some are the more recent and I have never bought any sence M.
Hummel has passed on so I do not know the worth of the ones that are not her original design. IF you have a better idea of what they are worth, pls. Thank you for your help.
Goebel made their Hummels in Germany so the one from China I would say is a reproduction. This could be why it is so cheap. I have Little Scholar 80 about 5. I am having trouble finding a mark on the internet that matches what is on mine. It is the V with a small bee inside and there is also something maybe another small bee outside the V and down on the right.2014 06 23 The Mark of Beauty Multifaceted Satsuma
Germany like all the pictures I see on the internet. To the right of the V, outside the circle are two black dots. This sounds like trademark 2. There are many versions of this trademark. Your age chart indicates that my figurine was made between However, there is a stamp on the bottom, into the porcelain not ink , that reads Many times a raw figurine will have a date from the previous trademark on it this is when the figurine was made.
The finally trademark was not put on the figurine until it had been painted. When determining the age we use the latest mark. Which would be the trademark 5 in this case. I have 34 Boy singing with bird. It is signed on rim of ash tray Next to the Boy sitting. Has a blue V with a bee on the back.
Has 07 ingraved into bottom as well as It says Germany and has small black 5 on the bottom as well. What does the 5 mean? What does the 07 mean? When was it made? How much is my ash tray? I think it makes a differance with the signature on the top of the rim. It hold 3 cigerettes. The 34 is the Hummel number.
The 5 is the quality control number this was used in house. It was the number of the person that assembled the soft parts before it was fired.
This number has no effect on the value of the Hummel. Same with the Is the bee a small bee you can tell this because it fits in the V or a large bee it does not fit in the V its wings are above the top? She does have a chip on the inside edge of her round base.
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She has the empty basket, cross hatched backpack, and hair that flips up. His base is rectangular but not separated into quadrants. He has 5 buttons, his sock shows on his leading leg and his lashes point downward.
Hummel signature again on the base. Tiny fleabite chip on underside of base. The last one I know the least about: She looks like a little angel sitting down blowing a trumpet and has an empty bucket? TMK 1 was the only one with a empty basket.
With Hummels the information vary because there are many value guides out there and most have unrealistic values. Another reason this happens is the market is always changing.
Value and price guides are usually years out of date before they even hit the shelves. Each Hummel is hand painted this will result in many variations. I should add the little angel also has half of the hummel signature on her back.
It doesnt have the bee on it like the one witht he C does though. Is this still a true hummel? Hummel on the base.
Hi, I have a hummell figurine, number , Not For You, dated ; but the trademark is what is throwing me off. Germany under that line, but that trademark should be It also has in cursive in black what looks like Rn How do I know what is the correct trademark? You go by the latest TMK. This would be TMK 5.
In some cases they use the left over figurines from the previous TMK. Then when the figurine is painted it gets the current TMK. So for dating, appraisal, and value purposes we use the latest TMK. I have not been able to find this madonna anywhere. I can not tell you much more then this sorry. I am working on a Goebel guide and finding a price guide for these.
There is little information about the other Goebel products. Hi Korin, I hope you can help me. I have a figurine of the Baby Jesus, lying on a cloth on top of hay. The MJHummel signature is on the cloth portion of the figurine.
I know this has been in the family for a very long time, but do not know how long. My grandparents were from Germany, so I do not know if they brought it to US with them. Are you able to tell me the age or value of this piece? The estimated value range is USD. I have figurines of Hansel and Grettel with cottage. Does these have any significant value? Korin I hope you can help me. I have a small Hummel.
It is about 2 inches high. She is a girl with angel wings and holding a small guitar. She is wearing a blue dress. I think the trademark, according to the chart, looks like trademark 5. Can you give me an idea of the value of it? And if I want to sell it, where is the best place to look an antique store or auction house or the web? Thanks in advance for your help.
From the artist signature I can tell it is a TMK 5. I would suggest using a online site to sell this figurine. One you might want to try is http: I have an old Goebel boy and girl bookends with double crown marks on the bottom. They are dressed very French style clothes. One of the Goebel signs are in blue and the other one is clear. They have a hole, in which I think the mold was poured to make these.
There is limited information on the other figurines Goebel made. I am currently working on a price guide for these but it will be sometime before it is done due to the lack of information. Did you ever find anymore information about your bookends? As with you, I purchased them in England in and have often wondered exactly how old they might be?
Hello, I have a figurine called Meditation. Based on your date stamps above, it looks like the one used between Well, contractors broke the figurine and I need to file a claim. However, I have nothing to show book value for the figurine. What should I do? Usually for insurance claims you will need a written appraisal with replacement values. I offer these for a small fee you can find all the information here. One, in particular, is the Little Hiker.
However, I see a lot of offerings of this Hummel on the Internet and prices vary widely. What I noticed is that the markings on this one are different from the ones that I have seen advertised for sale. Did they make this figurine at different times? It also has a gold label on the bottom with the word Bremen on it and another name, however I can only make out Fried . It also comes in Three different sizes. Thanks for your time, Korin. There are two sets of numbers on the bottom.
I believe this is a Goebel figurine not a Hummel. I would have to see the bottom of the figurine to tell you the date. You can email a picture to admin antique-hq. Please tell me that it is real and the approxamate value Thanks. I have a bunch of Hummel plates, nativity scenes, figures and bells left to me by my mother. One in particular that I cannot find information about is a village. What would this set be valued at?
Is this a rare item? Tim, I believe this may be a Goebel figurine and not a Hummel. The blue ink Bee and V are inside an imprinted circle no ink. It also has a printed circle with a c in the middle just before the words West Germany. Both of which are inside an imprinted circle no ink.
The marking is like the to except for the addition of a small blue printed dot located near the bottom of the v right side and inside the imprinted circle. The above Hummels are in perfect or near perfect condition, no cracks, scratches or crackles to their finishes.
It is hard to determine whether the marking on the bottom is the one for or possible due to moisture getting under the cracked finished. I thought all of the Hummels had been acquired by my mother before Since these are mass produced when there is a condition issue it effect the value significantly.
Thank You for helping me put a value on my Hummels. Hello and Happy Holidays!! I recently acquired 2 M. Hummel figurines, first of all I have seen M,J. And as for the description one is a Boy carrying a closed umbrella on one shoulder and a travel bag in the other hand.
On the bottom is a cut in circle with a Bee in a V but the Bee is about the same size as the V. And the other M. Hummel is a little girl with a watering can looking down at a small flower dotted apron redish colored dress.
The bottom is the same accept the numbers are different. They are very faint looking maybe a 7 which looks like a military 7 with the line drawn through it. Any information would be appreciated.
I will need to know what trademark is on the bottom to give you a accurate value. Can you tell me which number you have? The little gardener is the Bee that stands higher than the V it has a recessed circle around it. The V-Bee is stamped in blue. I have two Hummel lamps from The one in good condition is The other is A. The tree trunk is broke and being held together by the lamp wire. Are these worth anything? It has an inked stamp U. Zone Germany, hand written 25 4g. These marks signified that the figurines were made in the occupied zone of Germany.
All these marks should be treated as Crown marks. One of my priceless Hummel figurines broke into 2 pieces. Can you recommend how it should be repaired? Tiffany, You can have the Hummel repaired there are many specialists out there. I have not personally used one. I can tell you it will most likely cost more to repair the figurine then it is worth.
You may want to consider replacing it. Also once it is damaged the value is significantly effected and it will lose most of its value. I have a figurine of a setting Mary holding Jesus.
Whst is the value. This is a Goebel figurine not a Hummel. There is not much information out there about Goebels other products. Goebel used the same trademarking on all of its products until From what I can tell the avg. Dear Korin, I have 2 Hummel figurines. How much its worth? I have to hummels that were my grandmothers from Germany I cant identify them though. One is a bot with a sheep around his neck and a sheep next to him with a stick thing in his arm on the bottom there is a full be with an R stamped next to it.
If you can help me that would be great in identifying them and there value. There should be a number on the bottom of the figurines can you please let me know what this number is?
These backstamps are TMK These stamps are sometimes referred to as the Full Bee Mark by collectors. Between and the trademark design was changed slightly each year. They still incorporated the bumblebee, albeit in a smaller size. These are also within the date range of TMK From to the trademarks changed to a different bumble bee design. Between and yet another variation was used - still incorporating the stylized bee but adding three lines of text.
From to the mark was changed to the last and final mark to include the now famous bee. From to the V as well as the bee were removed from the design. In the mark was revised to reflect the reunification of Germany. This trademark was used until