Here is one idea that you might want to consider or perhaps some of these may give you an idea of your own. This list is simply a suggestion on a selection of Hummel figurines that include that very special, the cat. This is a strong representative of 7 M.I. Hummels that include the long tailed bundle of fun. This is what I was able to discover lately but am sure that there may be a few more to be found. This list begins with the lower number HUMs and increases as you scroll down. It is also, in some ways, an historical chronology of the plaques as they were created.
Hummels with Cats
HUM 133 – Mother’s Helper
Height – 5″
Modeled in 1939 by Arthur Möeller, this is the only figurine in current production with a cat. This model is a favorite for feline fanciers because, until recently, was the only M.I. Hummel that includes a cat that would like playing with the yarn if her mistress did not have both feet firmly planted on it. This has not been consistently listed in all catalogs over the years, even though it is found with all trademarks and has been in the line since at least 1947. A similar figurine that may be released in the future was copyrighted as GP12634 on July 18, 1956, as “Mother’s Good Helper” and assigned the number HUM 325. From the latest editions of the book HUMMEL by Robert L. Miller and Eric Ehrmann, this appears to be almost identical to Sister Hummel’s original drawing, which included a table and a cat positioned differently. Graphics include a large size poster, T29265, by Verlag Ars Sacra who own the original drawing.
HUM 326 – Being Punished, Wall Plaque
Height – 5″
Possible Future Edition (PFE)
This figurine was originally modeled by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek in July 1957 and the first sample was painted by artist Franz Kirchner in August 1957. The prototype piece that carried the TMK-2 has been exhibited several places, including the 1980 Eaton Festival. Originally called “Naughty Boy” on old factory records but later changed to “Being Punished.” The German name of Jung im Karzar translates as “Boy in Jail.” This piece has a hole on the back for hanging as a plaque or will sit upright on the base. Has an incised 1955 copyright date on the back. The form of this piece is unique in that it is designed so that it may be used either as a standing figurine or hug as a wall plaque by the hole in the flat back. This is the third piece showing a cat. This early sample model pictured here has the “full bee” TMK-2 trademark and is part of the Robert L. Miller collection.
HUM 2007 – Tender Love
Height – 5″
First released in the U.S. market in the spring of 1998 for the Spring Open House event at participating retailers in the U.S. Modeled by master sculptor Helmut Fischer in 1996. It has an incised 1996 copyright date along with the TMK-7 trademark. Produced in a sequentially numbered limited edition of 25,000 pieces worldwide with 15,000 in the U.S. The official issue price was $198 in 1998. Also known as “Kitty Kats.” This was only the second figurine with a cat made publicly available since the introduction of HUM 133 in 1947 and a welcome addition to all of the collectors that love cats and made all the more special due to the limited issue.
HUM 2033 – Kitty Kisses
Height – 4¼”
Suggested retail price is $250.00
First released in the U.S. market in the fall of 2001. Modeled by master sculptor Marion Huschka in 1997. It has an incised 1997 copyright date along with the TMK-8 trademark and the “First Issue 2002” oval decal backstamp. The official issue price was $195 in 2001. This is a current figurine that is available from Hummel Gifts and introduced as “Cat fans rejoice! A special M.I. Hummel figurine, featuring a feline, is sure to melt your heart. This little boy is obviously delighted with his new pet. And someone you know will be just as delighted with Kitty Kisses as a gift.”
HUM 2107/B – Little Knitter
Height – 4″
Suggested value is $150.00-$175.00
Modeled in 1999, the Little Knitter was released two years later in 2001. This was the companion piece to HUM 2107/A; Bee Hopeful released the year previous in 2000. This piece was a limited version with no more than 25,000 pieces being created in the numbered edition. The copyright date is shown as 1999, carries the TMK-8 trademark and a special backstamp.
HUM 2136 – The Cat’s Meow
Height – 3½”
Suggested value is $175.00-$300.00
Released in 2003, this figurine became very collectible after the company announced that they had painted the cat the wrong color on the “First Issue 2003” pieces. They said that fewer than 5,000 pieces had been painted with a black cat when it should have been painted grey. It is expected that these black cats will become more valuable due to their rarity. This is considered to be a companion piece to HUM 800; Proud Moments which was released in the year 2000.
HUM 2390 – Light The First Candle
Height – 5½”
Suggested retail price is $580.00
The following is the description from Hummel Gifts. “With our winter novelty, you can especially enjoy the contemplative weeks to come, with candlelight and the first homemade cookies. You are sure to find a nice place to keep an eye on these completely new “Hummel”.
When the first candle is lit on the First Advent Sunday, it is always a very special moment. Because they are not the only ones looking forward to the coming weeks and especially to Christmas. Master sculptor Marion Huschka has created a detailed figurine that could hardly be Christmas season begins and children – more peaceful: the baby lies in the cradle, looked after by the older sister, who lovingly caresses the baby’s head. the cat has rolled up blissfully at the foot of the little table carrying the first Advent candle. The figurine “Light The First Candle” is the first of a series that will be continued next year with another Advent figurine with two candles.”
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