Antiques and Collectables
Judith Miller

Follow us on Twitter

Read Judith's latest blog post on vetting and judging at this year's Antiques for Everyone Summer Fair! http://t.co/K6Ah9vqGvC #antiques

23 Jul 2014, 12:00 AM

You are here: Home > Learn > Articles > Hummel figurines

Hummel figurines

  • Mark Hill
  • 09 Nov 2010

Little ThriftyInspired by the charming drawings of German nun, Sister Berta Hummel, Goebel’s 'Hummel' figurines were first produced in 1935. Over the years, more than 500 different figurines have been released, each typically depicting a cheerful young boy or girl with a rounded face and wide eyes, engaging in a childhood activity such as picking flowers or reading storybooks.

Weary WandererUnusual and rare variations are among the most sought-after and can fetch high prices. Look for variations in color of certain parts of clothing or decoration. A ‘Weary Wanderer’ figurine (pictured left) is typically worth around £100-150, but the variation with blue-painted eyes can be worth up to £1,000 if undamaged. Although Hummel is still made today and recent pieces are desirable, older figurines, dating from the 1930s-50s are particularly popular. A ‘Chick Girl’ figurine, made between 1934 and 1950 could be worth around £150-200, while a 1960s ‘Little Drummer’ may cost
between £40 and £50. Umbrella boyLarger examples – above 6in (15cm) in size – are also more valuable, and a 9.25in (25cm) high ‘Culprit’ boy in an apple tree can be worth around £180-220.

The Bisque used in the manufacture chips and cracks easily, so examine figurines carefully for damage or repair, as this will reduce value considerably. Pieces can bruise when stored against each other, so care must be taken in display.

Girl with <a href='/a-to-z/dolls/'>Doll</a>Marks on the base help identify the name and the period in which a particular piece was made. Since 1935, there have been many changes to the Hummel trademark. Early pieces, denoted by 'Crown' marks and marks with a large Bee motif, can be particularly valuable. From 1950, the bee design became smaller in size and its position was altered to sit inside the V shape. The bee motif was dropped after 1964, in favor of text, and a large 'G' dominated the mark from 1972.

Buyers should remember that some designs are still in production today and that fakes are on the market.