Hummel Master Painters

Logo smallThe process to create each Hummel figurine, plate, bell or other item is quite lengthy, more than you might expect. As an example, after the figurine has been poured into the mold, removed, dried, cleaned and is placed in an electric kiln to be fired, a master painter will then add the first personalized touches to the face such as the eye lashes and eye pupils. The following special edition of March Winds HUM 43/0 below shows three of the basic steps on how a figurine is decorated.

Hummel Arbeitsmuster March Wind

Here is an Arbeitsmuster Red Line example where the MASTER PAINTER initials Ki 10.72 which means Franz Kirchner in October 1972 along with the trademark 5. Notice that the HUM 63 number has the special addition of being filled in with black paint/ink.

Here are a handful of the Master Painter’s names with an example of their initials and a date when the sample figurine face was painted. Some of the latest versions have the name as well as the metal tag. Click the photographs below for a larger, more detailed picture.

MasterPainter Initials Date sample Example
Klaus Böhm Mar 1979
Franz Kirchner Ki Oct 1972
Ki May 1989
Gabriel Louis Knauer LK
Frank Knoch
Robert Linder RL May 1955
B Jul 1974
Günther Neubauer
CN Mar 1957
HB Jul 1987
Rg Sep 1978
TK Mar 1963

More examples will be added later that provide excellent detail as to what you might find and what to look for that makes your Hummel even more special.

Good hunting.

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