Hummel figurines

Hummel Themes – Plaques

Logo GoodwillBuyer.com small     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 the number of plaques created over the many years and is not complete in any way. I have a few plaques and was curious as to learning more about the history of where these came from, the ideas and who the master sculptors were. I had no idea that when I set out to list all of ones I could find that there would be so many. This is a sampling of 69 plaque examples of what I was able to discover but am sure that there are many 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. Enjoy.

Hummels as Plaques

Early Goebel Plaque
     The Goebel factory in Oeslau (now Rodental), as late as 1931, was known as “Wilhelmsfeld” at that time. This plaque produced in hard porcelain, both in light blue background and a chocolate brown color represents the earlier days of the company before the introduction of M.I. Hummel figurines and plaques into the line of production. This certain plaque measures 2½“ x 4¾“ on a beveled base. The embossed inscription on the back reads: W. GOEBEL Porzellanfabrik Oeslau und Wilhelmsfeld Oeslau b. Coburg. Values vary between $750-$1,000.

HUM 30/0 A – Ba-Bee Ring Boy
HUM 30/0 B – Ba-Bee Ring Girl

     Old name: “Hummel Rings.” Originally modeled in 1935 by master sculptor Reinhold Unger. There is some size variation between old and new pieces. Early red color rings are extremely rare. Now produced in tan color only. The girl, 30 B always has orange color hair ribbon, except on red color rings, then it is blue. Although now made in only one size, current production models still have incised “O” size designation. Factory representatives state that this “will possibly disappear sometime in the future.” Priced by the set of two. Also found unpainted in white overglaze finish. “Ba-Bee-Rings” sold for $4.00 a pair on the 1955 price list.

HUM 48 – Madonna Wall Plaque
     This bas-relief plaque was first modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1936. Old crown mark pieces are slightly smaller in size. Newer models have hole on back for hanging while older models have two small holes to use for hanging on wall with cord. Sometimes incised 48/2 instead of 48/II and 48/5 instead of 48/V. Also sold in white overglaze finish at one time in Belgium but are now considered rare. Very early models have a flat back while all others have a recessed back. Large size 48/II was listed as “temporarily withdrawn” (TW) from production on 31 December 1984, and the small size 48/0 was “temporarily withdrawn” (TW) from production on 31 December 1989, but may be reinstated at some future date.

HUM 92 – Merry Wanderer, Wall Plaque
     Many size variations. Crown mark pieces can be found in both sizes. Some have incised 1938 copyright date, others do not. Some pieces have “M.I. Hummel” signature on both front and back, while others have signature on back only. Some TMK-2 plaques have copyright (©WG) on front lower right, signature on back. Originally modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möller in 1938 but restyled several times in later years. The “Merry Wanderer” plaque was “temporarily withdrawn” (TW) from production on 31 December 1989, but may be reinstated at some future date.

HUM 93 – Little Fiddler, Wall Plaque
     Originally modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möller in 1938. Many size variations. Two different backgrounds. Older model is extremely rare. Some models have 1938 copyright date. Some pieces have “M.I. Hummel” signature on both front and back, while others have signature on back only, or front only. Also sold in white overglaze at one time The background on the left is similar to HUM 107 The “Little Fiddler” plaque was “temporarily withdrawn” (TW) from production on 31 December 1989, but may be reinstated at some future date.

HUM 106 – Merry Wanderer, Plaque with wood frame
     Closed Edition (CE)
     Very limited production. Listed as a closed edition on factory records 1 August 1938. First modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möller in 1938. Similar to all-ceramic plaque of “Merry Wanderer” HUM 92 except for wood frame. This plaque illustrates what Sister Hummel’s original drawing looked like very well with all the background detail in place. Some variation in frames. Considered extremely rare.

HUM 107 – Little Fiddler, Plaque with wood frame
     Closed Edition (CE)
     Very limited production. Listed as a closed edition on factory records 1 August 1938. First modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möller in 1938. Similar to all-ceramic plaque of “Little Fiddler” HUM 93 (rare old style background) except for wood frame. This version of the Little Fiddler has the same construction as its companion HUM 106, being a flat, rectangular, ceramic bas-relief mounted in a wooden frame with a zigzag cloth backing. Some variation in frames. Considered extremely rare.

HUM 125 – Vacation Time, Wall Plaque
     First modeled in 1939 by master sculptor Arthur Möller. Restyled in 1960 by master sculptor Theo R. Menzenbach. Slight color variations on older models. The newer model has five fence posts while the older one has six. Old name: “Happy Holidays” or “On Holiday.” Newer models produced without string for hanging, only a hole on back for hanging. Both old style and new style can be found with the stylized TMK-3 trademark. “Vacation Time” plaque was temporarily withdrawn” (TW) from production on 31 December 1989, but may be reinstated at some future date.

HUM 126 – Retreat To Safety
     TMK-3, Height – 4¾”
     First modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möller in 1939. Older plaques are slightly larger. Slight color variations on older models. The same motif is also produced as a figurine by the same name although the colors are different. See “Retreat to Safety” HUM 201. “Retreat to Safety” plaque was “temporarily withdrawn” (TW) from production on 31 December 1989, but may be reinstated at some future date.

HUM 134 – Quartet
     Height – 6¼”
     First modeled in 1939 by master sculptor Arthur Möller. Older models have “M.I. Hummel” signature on back while newer models have signature incised on front. Older models provided with two holes for cord to hang on wall while newer models have a centered hole on back for hanging. Quartet, Plaque was temporarily withdrawn” (TW) from production on 31 December 1990, but may be reinstated at some future date.

HUM 137 A – Child in Bed, Wall Plaque (looking left)
HUM 137 B – Child in Bed, Wall Plaque (looking right)
     Closed Edition (CE)
     Originally modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möller in 1940 as a set of two small wall plaques – one child looking left and one child looking right. Pictured is the first known example of 137 A which was found hanging on a kitchen wall somewhere in Hungary in 1986. Since that time several other examples have been found in Europe. The child looking right (HUM 137 B) has been on the market for years and can be found in all trademark periods. Current production models are numbered 137 only, incised on the back along with the “M.I. Hummel” signature. Also called “Baby Ring with Ladybug” or “Ladybug Plaque” in old catalogues. A rare “Mel 14” was recently found in Amsterdam, Holland. It is identical in size, color and construction to HUM 137 B “Child in Bed” wall plaque. This piece has no “M.I. Hummel” signature but is clearly incised “Mel 14” along with a “double crown” trademark. Factory records indicate it was sculpted on 18 July 1940.

HUM 138 – Tiny Baby in Crib, Wall Plaque
     Closed Number (CN)
     According to factory information, this small plaque was never produced for sale. The original model was made by master sculptor Arthur Möller in 1940. Now listed on factory records as a Closed Number (CN) meaning that this design was produced as a sample model, but then for various reasons never authorized for release. Apparently, a very few examples left the factory and have been found in Germany. This plaque would be extremely rare. Recently found factory records indicate this was originally produced as “Mel 15” in 1940.

HUM 139 – Flitting Butterfly, Wall Plaque
     TMK-3, Width – 2½”
     First modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möller in 1940, this plaque is also known as “Butterfly Plaque”. Early crown mark pieces have no dots on girl’s dress. The “M.I. Hummel” signature has been on the back during all time periods. Redesigned in the 1960’s with no air space behind the girl’s head. Some design and color variations have evolved through the years of production. This may not have been produced in TMK-4. Recently found factory records indicate this was originally produced as “Mel 16” in 1940.

HUM 140 – The Mail Is Here, Plaque
     Originally modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möller in 1940, this plaque can be found in all trademark periods. At one time it was sold in Belgium in the white overglaze finish and would now be considered rare. Old name: “Post Carriage.” Also known to collectors as “Mail Coach” plaque. In 1952, this same motif was made into a figurine by the same name (HUM 226) by the master sculptor Arthur Möller. “The Mail is Here” plaque was “temporarily withdrawn” (TW) from production on 31 December 1989, but may be reinstated at some future date. Several variations can be found in the doors and windows of the coach as well as the handle of the horn – sometimes down instead of up. This cannot be attributed to any one time period.

HUM 165 – Swaying Lullaby, Wall Plaque
     Originally modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möller in 1946. Not pictured in very many catalogues; most collectors were not aware of the existence of this plaque until the early 1970’s. The first purchase came through an American soldier who had been stationed in Panama. Put back into current production in 1978 and now available in TM-5 and TM-6. Older models have the “M.I. Hummel” signature on the back while newer models have signature on the front lower right corner. Old name: “Child in a Hammock.” Inscription reads: “Dreaming of better times.” Considered rare in crown, full bee, and stylized trademarks. Restyled in 1979. Current production models are slightly thicker in depth, with signature on the back. “Swaying Lullaby” wall plaque was “temporarily withdrawn” (TW) from production on 31 December 1989, but may be reinstated at some future date.

HUM 168 – Standing Boy, Wall Plaque
     TMK-6, Length – 5½”
     Originally modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möller in 1948. Not pictured in older catalogues; most collectors were not aware of the existence of this plaque until the early 1970’s. Very limited early production, probably sold mostly in European market. Put back into production in 1978 and was available in TMK-5 and TMK-6. Older models have only “Hummel” on the front, lower left, along with the “©WG” in the lower right corner. Newer models have “M.I. Hummel” signature incised on the back. This same motif was made into a figurine in 1979 by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek: see HUM 399 “Valentine Joy”. “Standing Boy” wall plaque was “temporarily withdrawn” (TW) from production on 31 December 1989, but may be reinstated at some future date. It is possible that this was not produced in the TM-4 “three line” trademark.

HUM 180 – Tuneful Good Night, Wall Plaque
     Modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möller in 1946. Recently restyled in 1981 by master sculptor Rudolf Wittman, a twenty-five-year veteran of the Goebel factory. In the restyled version, the position of the girl’s head and hairstyle have been changed, as well as the position of the horn which is no longer attached to the heart-shaped back. Old name: “Happy Bugler” plaque. Had been considered rare and was difficult to find but is readily available with the TMK-5 and TMK-6 trademarks. “Tuneful Good Night” wall plaque was “temporarily withdrawn” (TW) from production on 31 December 1989, but may be reinstated at some future date. Early “crown” TMK-1 also found made of porcelain instead of normal ceramic material, usually small in size.

HUM 187 – Merry Wanderer, Advertising Sign
     TMK-3, Width – 5 5/8”, Height – 4¾”
     There seems to have been an endless variety of plaques throughout the years, some for dealers and some for collectors. Originally modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1947 and later restyled by Gerhard Skrobek in 1962. Two incised copyright dates have been used, 1947 and 1976. The early version can be distinguished by the large bumblebee sitting on the top facing the Merry Wanderer. Current display plaques for collectors are incised 187 A. At one time in recent years, dealers’ names were printed on the plaques for Australian dealers only. The versions 187 (with the 1947 copyright date) and the 187 A (with the 1976 copyright date) can both be found with the TMK-5 trademark. Retired from production in 1986 but put back into service in 1990 with new graphics. See also related HUMs 205, 208, 209, 210 and 213.

HUM 187 – Merry Wanderer, W.G.P. “Service” Plaque
     This service plaque was first introduced in the late 1950’s and has become a Goebel tradition. Each employee of W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik, regardless of his or her position or the department they worked in receives such a special plaque on the occasion of their 25th, 40th or 50th anniversary with Goebel. These special plaques normally sell for $1,000-$2,000 depending on the age, style, and condition of the plaque.

HUM 187 – Merry Wanderer, Golden Anniversary Plaque
     Sample only, auctioned in 2015 for $800. This plaque was quite different in that the letters were embossed (raised) commemorating the Golden Anniversary Album by Robert L. Miller. This plaque also has the large bumblebee sitting atop the figurine denoting it as one of the earlier versions.

HUM 187 – Merry Wanderer, Personalized Plaque
     Special personalized plaques were made available to Goebel Collectors’ Club local chapter members in 1984 for a limited time It was necessary to belong to an officially authorized “local chapter” of the GCC. The plaque sold for $50.

HUM 187 – Merry Wanderer, Advertising Sign
     TMK-4, Width – 5 7/8”, Height – 3½”
     Suggested value is $469.95.
     The TMK-2 trademark within a physical circle, also known as Moon Style, is quite prominent on this display although this is a TMK-4 trademark. Although we do not know the actual number of this figurine that were created, we can surmise that, based on the suggested value of $469.95, the demand far outweighs the supply. Keep a watch out for any of this version that might come your way.

HUM 187 A – Merry Wanderer, Advertising Sign
     TMK-5, Width – 6”, Height – 3½”
     Suggested value is $169.95.
     This is one of the first of the HUM 187 Hummels to carry the additional letter “A” denoting a major change. One change was the trademark was incorporated into the base of the sign instead of being within a circle as with the TMK-4. Another was the two lines of copyright information required for items sold in the U.S.

HUM 187 A – Merry Wanderer, Advertising Sign
     TMK-5, Width – 6”, Height – 3½”
     Suggested value is $149.95
     This figurine with a TMK-5 trademark was intended for an “Authorized Dealer” to be used in either the window or in the display area within the store. On occasion, one of these will become available when a store receives a more up-to-date version.

HUM 187 A – Merry Wanderer, Advertising Sign
     TMK-6, Width – 6”, Height – 3½”
     Suggested value is $74.95
     The demand for a personal version was offered without the phrase, “Authorized Dealer”. The TMK-6 logo is a noticeable difference easily seen in contrast to the previous trademark.

HUM 187 A – Merry Wanderer, Advertising Sign
     TMK-6, Width – 6”, Height – 3½”
     Suggested value is $99.95
     This plaque differs with the TMK-6 trademark at the very top and was intended for “Authorized Dealer” to be displayed in the store window or in a case with the Hummel figurines for sale. The Goebel logo is larger and the “Authorized Dealer” phrase has been removed.

HUM 187 A – Merry Wanderer, The Ultimate Display of Affection
     TMK-6, Width – 5 7/8“, Height – 3½”
     Suggested value is $104.95
     This is the same plaque but the decal differs having the M.I. Hummel signature in blue with the phrase “The Ultimate Display of Affection” immediately beneath and the TMK-6 trademark at the very bottom of the plaque.

HUM 187 A – Merry Wanderer, Celebrate 100 years
     TMK-7, Width – 5 7/8“, Height – 3½”
     This is a rare, special issue in 1995 exclusively for the Army Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES) which were shops for US troops only with the inscription “Celebrating 100 years 1895-1995 OF SERVICE – AAFES – M.I.Hummel – Goebel”.

HUM 187 A – Merry Wanderer, 20th Anniversary M.I. Hummel Miller’s Festival/Expo
     TMK-7, Width – 5 7/8”, Height – 3½”
     Suggested value is $104.95
     Created specifically for the special event, the 20th Anniversary of the M.I. Hummel Miller’s Festival and Exposition in Eaton and Dayton, Ohio. This was available for this one time event in 1997 and was in very limited quantities. This is also one of only a few examples where the Goebel logo name is not shown on the face of the plaque.

HUM 205 – Merry Wanderer, German Dealer’s Plaque #1
     TMK-1, Width – 5½”, Closed Edition (CE)
     This German dealer’s plaque was first modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1949. There are three color variations of lettering: all black lettering, black and red combination, and all black except the capital letters O, H and F in red lettering. Usually has an incised crown mark in addition to other trademarks. The all-black variety usually has a “Made in U.S. Zone, Germany” stamped on the bottom. Listed in factory records as a Closed Edition on 18 June 1949 although it is found with the stylized trademark (in addition to the Crown), indicating they were painted at a later date.

HUM 205 – Merry Wanderer, German Dealer’s Plaque #2
     TMK-2, Width – 5½”
     Suggested value is $799.95
     In the early 1950’s, most stores were provided with a small ceramic sign stating that they were selling the original M.I. Hummel product made by Goebel. The plaques were made in the primary language of the country to which they were sent. Depending on wording and condition, they normally sell in the $2,000 to $3,000 price range. Since the mid-1960’s only dealer’s plaques in English have been used.

HUM 205 – Merry Wanderer, German Dealer’s Plaque #3
     TMK-3, Width – 5½”
     In the early 1950’s, most stores were provided with a small ceramic sign stating that they were selling the original M.I. Hummel product made by Goebel. The plaques were made in the primary language of the country to which they were sent. Depending on wording and condition, they normally sell in the $2,000 to $3,000 price range. Since the mid-1960’s only dealer’s plaques in English have been used.

HUM 208 – Merry Wanderer, French Dealer’s Plaque
     Closed Edition (CE)
     TMK-2, Width – 5½”
     Originally modeled in 1949 by master sculptor Reinhold Unger. Two known variations. Made with dotted “I” and without quotation marks on Hummel. Newer model has quotation marks: “HUMMEL” + “Reg. Trade mark.”

HUM 209 – Merry Wanderer, Swedish Dealer’s Plaque
     Closed Edition (CE)
     TMK-2, Width – 5½”
     This extremely rare plaque was first introduced in 1949 by master sculptor Reinhold Unger and was apparently issued in extremely limited quantities. The large bumblebee on top indicates that this piece was probably designed and issued in the late 1940s. No copyright records were found in the U.S. Copyright Office. This was issued for Swedish dealers to display in their store windows or on their counters and is considered very rare and valued in the upper end of the four-digit range. Some have sold for over $7,000. There were at least three plaques that changed hands in 1979 but to date there is insufficient information on design and color variations, if any. It is quite likely that there are less than ten of these known, even with all the publicity and high prices. There was one on eBay with a suggested purchase price of around $4,000.

Hum 210 – Merry Wanderer, Schmid Bros. Dealer’s Plaque
     Closed Edition (CE)
     Normal dealer’s plaque in English with “SCHMID BROS. INC. BOSTON” embossed on the side of the satchel of “Merry Wanderer.” It was specifically made for this firm which was the first firm to import M.I. Hummel figurines into the U.S. in 1935. John Schmid discovered this design at the Leipzig Fair that year and ordered the first six dozen sold in the U.S. The plaque was probably not made before the late 1940s. This extremely rare plaque was first modeled in 1950 by master sculptor Reinhold Unger. Also made with dotted “I” and without quotation marks. Very few are known to exist. Schmid Bros. was one of the early importers of “M.I. Hummel” figurines in 1935. Any example of this plaque would also fall in the extremely rare category and be valued in the very high four-digit or possibly very low five-digit figures.

Hum 211 – Merry Wanderer, M.I. Hummel Dealer’s Plaque in English
     Closed Edition (CE)
     This is probably the rarest of all “M.I. Hummel” dealer’s plaques. The only known example was located in 1975 by Major Larry Spohn and his wife Anne while they were living in Germany, and is now in the Robert L. Miller collection. All the lettering on this plaque is in lower case and the word “Oeslau” is used as the location of W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik. Modeled in 1950 by master sculptor Reinhold Unger. The exact purpose or reason for designing this plaque still remains a mystery today. It can easily be distinguished from the other two “big bee” plaques, HUM 187 and HUM 210, by the lettering which is done in lowercase rather than uppercase letters and by the name of the town Oeslau, where the Goebel figurine factory is located. There are no copyrights found to show that this is registered in the U.S. Any example of this plaque would fall in the same rare company as its counterparts but perhaps be valued in the very high four-digit range. One sample of this plaque was reported in white overglaze finish. There only two known currently.

Hum 213 – Merry Wanderer, M.I. Hummel Dealer’s Plaque in Spanish
     Closed Edition (CE)
     This example is another in the series of the big bumblebee plaques. This Spanish dealer’s plaque was first modeled in 1951 by master sculptor Reinhold Unger and apparently only a very limited number were produced. This plaque, like the English, HUM 211, and the Swedish Hum 210, are the only three that used lowercase letters instead of capitals in the wording on this long-discontinued, old style plaque. Any example that is found should be valued for insurance purposes in the high four-digit dollar range. Considered extremely rare.

HUM 222 – Madonna Plaque (with metal frame)
     Closed Edition (CE)
     Originally modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1952. There are basically two different styles of metal frames. Found without frame with full be trademark but unconfirmed if actually sold that way. Similar in design to HUM 48 “Madonna Plaque”. Usually found with gray or tan felt backing, which would have to be removed to see the incised number. The number 222 is normally found upside down!

HUM 237 – Star Gazer, Wall Plaque
     Closed Number (CN)
     This plaque was made as a sample only and not produced for sale as an open edition. This white overglaze (unpainted) example was recently located at the Goebel factory and is picture here. This was designed in 1954 and apparently rejected by the Siessen Convent for production. Note the “M.I. Hummel” signature in the left hand corner. The name of the original modeler of this rare item is not known. Now a part of the Robert L. Miller collection.

HUM 263 – Merry Wanderer, Wall Plaque (in relief)
     Closed Number (CN)
     This unique wall plaque, modeled by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek in 1968, was made as a sample model only and not produced for sale as an open edition. It is simply a “Merry Wanderer” figurine made without a base, slightly flattened on the back side with a hole provided for hanging. The example here has the incised number 263 and the “three line” TMK-4 trademark as well as the incised “M.I. Hummel” signature. Robert Miller and the Goebel Company did further research and found that two wall plaques for the Merry Wanderer already existed, HUM 92 and HUM 106. However, these had frames. The only known example of this is a factory sample.

HUM 280-P – Merry Wanderer, Olszewski Miniature
     Copyrighted for 1990
     Width – 1”, Height – ¾“
     The first 10,000 comprise the First Edition. Only the first ten thousand will carry the First Edition mark. All M.I. Hummel figurine miniatures produced thereafter will be marked “Second Release.” Charles R. Harley is the managing director.

HUM 310 – Searching Angel, Wall Plaque
     First introduced in the U.S. market in 1979 along with two other “M.I. Hummel” items are found with only TMK-5 and TMK-6. This plaque is listed as HUM 310 A, indicating the possibility of a similar plaque being issued as HUM 310 B with the angel facing to the viewer’s right. This plaque was originally called “Angelic Concern” on factory records, but later changed to the current name. Has an incised 1955 copyright date and was modeled by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek in 1955. Very limited production in “Goebel Bee” TMK-5 trademark. The original issue price was $55 in 1979. Miller reports this plaque as having been named “Angelic Concern” at one time. The present name in German is Was ist denn do drenten los? which translates into English as “What’s happening down below?” Ars Sacra has published postcard #5914 from Sister Hummel’s original drawing which they own.

HUM 323 – Merry Christmas, Wall Plaque
     Height – 5¼”
     First introduced in the U.S. market in 1979 along with two other “M.I. Hummel” items, HUM 310 “Searching Angel” plaque and HUM 300 “Bird Watcher.” Has an incised 1955 copyright date. Originally modeled by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek in 1955. The original issue price in 1979 was $55. Very limited production in “Goebel bee” TMK-5 trademark.

HUM 326 – Being Punished, Wall Plaque
     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 460 – The Love Lives On, Advertising Sign
     Height – 4 7/8”
     $189.95
     This authorized retailer plaque was issued to all authorized “M.I. Hummel” retailers in 1986 and became the official identification for distributors of Hummel figurines. It replaced the older HUM 187 dealer’s plaque with “Merry Wanderer” that has been in use, with many variations, since the late 1940’s. You will notice the boy is similar to the middle boy on HUM 170 “School Boys” as well as HUM 556 “One Plus One.” The new plaque has an incised “M.I. Hummel” signature on the back as well as the decal signature on the front. It has an incised 1984 copyright date along with the TMK-6 trademark on the bottom. It is also known as “The Tally.” This plaque was issued in eight decal variations for use in other countries (languages). Only the U.S. version was discontinued in December 1989, to be replaced by HUM 187 A with new graphics.

HUM 690 – Smiling Through, Plaque
     TMK-5, Width – 5¾”
     Closed Edition (CE), $33.99
     This round plaque was first issued in 1978 for members of the Goebel Collector’s Club only and not sold as an Open Edition Originally modeled by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek from an original drawing by Sister M.I. Hummel. There is nothing incised on the back but the inscription “EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL EDITION No. 2 HUM 690 FOR MEMBERS OF THE GOEBEL COLLECTORS’ CLUB” is applied by blue decal. Also has the TMK-5 trademark and W. Germany 1978. No holes are provided for hanging. The original issue price was $50 in the U.S. and $55 in Canada, in addition to the member’s redemption card. This plaque can be purchased on the secondary market at premium prices. This same motif of HUM 408 “Smiling Through” was made into a figurine and release in 1985 as “EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL EDITION No. 9” for members of the Goebel Collectors’ Club.

HUM 717 – Valentine Gift, Advertising Sign
     TMK-7, Width – 6½”, Height – 5¼”
     Closed Edition (CE)
     To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the M.I. Hummel Club, this special plaque was issued in 1996 for Club members only. It was available to all Club members from 1 March 1996 through 31 December 1996 with a special redemption form. It has an incised 1995 copyright date along with the TMK-7 trademark. It has an incised “M.I. Hummel” signature diagonally on the back. The issue price was $250 plus $20 personalization fee in 1996. The plaque shown here belongs to Ruth Miller, wife of Robert L. Miller.

HUM 722 – Little Visitor, Advertising sign
     TMK-7, Width – 5”, Height – 5”
     Beginning in January 1996, Goebel designed this special plaque for those visiting the factory in Rödental, Germany. Modeled by master sculptor Helmut Fischer in 1995. It has an incised 1995 copyright date along with the TMK-7 trademark. It can be purchased at the Information Center for DM 185 (U.S. $115) approximate. The plaque can be personalized while you wait, but you must take the plaque with you, as the factory will not ship.

HUM 726 – Soldier Boy, 50 Years Military Service
     TMK-7, Limited Edition
     First released in 1996, this special plaque was sold exclusively by the U.S. Military post exchanges, at a cost of $140 plus shipping charges. It is a Limited Edition (LE) of 7,500 pieces. It bears the TMK-7 trademark and has an incised “M.I. Hummel” signature diagonally on the back. Modeled by master sculptor Helmut Fischer in 1996. It has an incised 1996 copyright date.

HUM 756 – The Artist, Dealer Plaque
     First released in the U.S. market in 1993 for the Grand Opening of the M.I. Hummel Museum in New Braunfels, Texas. Modeled by master sculptor Helmut Fischer in 1993. It has an incised 1993 copyright date along with the TMK-7 trademark. The M.I. Hummel signature is also incised diagonally on the back as well as the decal signature on the front. This plaque was reissued without the Grand Opening designation. The original issue price was $260 in 1993.

HUM 767 – Puppy Love, 60th Anniversary Display Plaque
     TMK-7, Width – 6¾”, Height – 5”
     Suggested value $249.95
     First released in the U.S. market in 1995. Modeled by master sculptor Helmut Fischer in 1993. It has an incised 1993 copyright date along with the TMK-7 trademark. Also bears the special backstamp: “Special Edition 1995” in German and English. The official issue price was $240 in 1995.

HUM 788 – Perpetual Calendar (Hello)
     First released in the U.S. market in the fall of 1995. Modeled by master sculptor Helmut Fischer in 1995. It has an incised 1995 copyright date along with the TMK-7 trademark. Has a wooden holder for calendar cards – months are in both English and German – dates are perpetual. Has an incised “M.I. Hummel” signature on the base just behind the figurine. The original issue price was $295 in 1995. HUM 124 “Hello” was originally modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möller in 1939 but has been restyled several times through the years. Discontinued in 1999.

HUM 788 – Perpetual Calendar (Sister)
     First released in the U.S. market in the fall of 1995. Modeled by master sculptor Helmut Fischer in 1995. It has an incised 1995 copyright date along with the TMK-7 trademark. Has a wooden holder for calendar cards – months are in both English and German – dates are perpetual. Has an incised “M.I. Hummel” signature on the base just behind the figurine. The original issue price was $295 in 1995. HUM 98 “Sister” was originally modeled by master sculptor Arthur Möller in 1938 and has changed very little through the years. Discontinued in 1999.

HUM 820 – Adieu, Advertising Sign
     TMK-7
     Modeled by master sculptor Helmut Fischer in 1997. It has an incised 19976 copyright date. First released in the Cayman Islands British West Indies in 1999 and sold exclusively by Kirk Freeport Plaza, Ltd. Along with 10 other models of M.I. Hummel figurines with a special floral backstamp and the words “Caribbean Collection.” The original issue price was $127 plus shipping and handling. Limited to approximately 300 pieces, but could be reissued.

HUM 822 – Hummelnest Advertising Sign
     TMK-7, Width – 4¼”, Height – 4”
     First released in Rödental, Germany in the fall of 1997 as a new Visitors Plaque for those visiting the Goebel Factory. It can be personalized while you wait. Modeled by master sculptor Helmut Fischer in 1997. It has an incised 1997 copyright date along with the TMK-7 trademark and measures 5¼“ W x 4 3/8“ H. the original issue price was DM 195 (approximately U.S. $115) in 1997.

HUM 822 – Hummelnest, M.I. Hummel Club 25th Anniversary Plaque
     TMK-7, Width – 4¼”, Height – 4”
     Suggested value – $99.95
     In honor of the M.I. Hummel Club 25th anniversary, this plaque was offered to members in celebration of the 1979 to 2004 work performed supporting M.I. Hummel figurines and the company that creating them with a special decal applied to the HUM 822 Hummelnest plaque.

HUM 827 – Daydreamer
     TMK-7, Width – 4¼”, Height – 3½”
     First released in Rödental, Germany in the fall of 1999 as a new Visitors plaque for those visiting the Goebel Factory. It can be personalized while you wait. Modeled by master sculptor Helmut Fischer in 1998 and has an incised 1998 copyright date along with the TMK-7 trademark. It has the “First Issue 2000 MILLENNIUM” oval decal backstamp. The official issue price was $140 in 1999. Similar to the girl from HUM 196 “Telling Her Secret.”

HUM 828 – Over the Horizon
     TMK-8, Height – 3¼ “
     Suggested value $104.95
     A plaque similar to “Daydreamer” HUM 827 with the boy on the right side, was released in the U.S. market in mid-2000. Molded by master sculptor Helmut Fishcer. It has a TMK-8 and sold for $140 in 2000. You may notice that the blocks of HUM 827 and HUM 828 can interlock with one another to form one wall.

HUM 900 – Merry Wanderer, Millennium 2000 Collector’s plaque
     TMK-8, Width – 5¾”, Height – 4 1/8”
     Suggested value $94.95
     First released in the U.S. market in the fall of 1999, as a special Exclusive Edition for M.I. Hummel Club members only. Modeled by master sculptor Helmut Fischer in 1998. It has an incised 1998 copyright date along with the TMK-8 trademark. Incised on the back of the Collector’s Club plaque only: “Original Goebel archival plaque ca. 1947.” The official issue price was $195 in 1999, with the member’s redemption card. The Collectors plaque has “Goebel Rödental Germany” embossed on the satchel.

HUM 900 – Merry Wanderer, Millennium 2000 Retailer’s plaque
     TMK-8, Width – 5¾”, Height – 4 1/8”
     Suggested value – $189.95
     First released in the U.S. market in the fall of 1999, as a special Exclusive Edition for M.I. Hummel Club members only. Modeled by master sculptor Helmut Fischer in 1998. It has an incised 1998 copyright date along with the TMK-8 trademark. Incised on the back of the Collector’s Club plaque only: “Original Goebel archival plaque ca. 1947.” The official issue price was $195 in 1999, with the member’s redemption card. The Authorized Retailer plaque has “Goebel Rödental Germany” embossed on the satchel. The plaque was issued in nine decal variations for use in other countries; British, German, Dutch, Italian, French, Swedish, Spanish, Japanese and the U.S.

HUM 2178/A – Dearly Beloved, Plaque set
     The bas-relief plaque was discontinued in 2002. A bride and groom, which are a relief plaque of the figurine HUM 2003 Dearly Beloved, are shown here in a collectible set in a case including not only the HUM 2178/A porcelain framed picture but also a porcelain heart shaped ring box HUM 2152, a porcelain marriage license book HUM 2179/A ready to be personalized, a porcelain heart shaped ornament and a pen. All the above items are held in a fitted case and most are marked Goebel Germany 2002. The case is covered in a padded light blue-gray brushed satin type material and has M.J. Hummel Goebel printed in gold color on the corner. The case measures 12¾” x 11¼” x 3½”.

Goebel WZ4 or 004 Plaque
     This is a universal porcelain standard stock plaque made in blank, that can be used for various advertising purposes simply by adding a message by decal, then fired. It measures 3 X 5 1/8”, has an incised 1966 copyright date, an incised WZ 4 or 004 model number, and the GOEBEL trademark (NOT to be confused with the “M.I. Hummel” TMK-7 trademark). This example shows Robert L. Miller’s Handi-Guide to M.I. Hummel dates adn trademarks. Normally sells for approximately $25-$30.

Goebel with Bee Advertising Sign
     Approximately 1-3/8″ X 3-1/8″
     The reverse has the signature M.I. Hummel with the word Goebel on the next line. There are no further markings or trademarks on the underside.

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References

Hotchkiss, J. F. (1981). Hummel Art II. Retrieved on 20 April 2019 from https://archive.org/details/hummelartii00hotc/page/2.

Luckey, C. F. (1997). Luckey’s Hummel figurines & plates: Identification and value guide. Iola, WI: Krause Publications.

Hummels at a Discount (2019). Hummels at a Discount. Retrieved on 22 March 2019 from http://www.hummelsatadiscount.com/.

Merrill, S. (2019). Hummel Master Sculptors. Retrieved on 1 April 2019 from http://mihummel.org/.

Miller, R. L. (2003). The no. 1 price guide to M.I. Hummel: Figurines, plates, more. 9th Edition. Cumberland, MD: Portfolio Press.

Miller, R. L., Ehrmann, E. W., & Pfeiffer, W. (1989). M.I. Hummel: The golden anniversary album. New York, N.Y.: Portfolio Press.

Replacements, Ltd. (2019). Replacements, Ltd. There’s a place for you. Retrieved on 22 March 2019 from https://www.replacements.com/collect/hu_800617.htm.