Collection of 20+ Hummel collection
22 February 2024

I hope you are doing well. My wife has a collection of Hummels that her grandfather left her, 20+ pieces. She is now thinking about selling them and would like help with obtaining a value for them. We have pictures of course. I have one pic of the whole set together which my give you an idea. I will send a pic of the whole collection with this email and then we can go from there. We would need to know the fee for the appraisal/valuation Thanks for your time! Ed Reaves

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By Delia
Feb 23, 17:11 UTC
Fair Market Value
$75 - $100 USD
Suggested Asking Price $125 USD
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Hi Ed,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.

Hummel figurines are a popular line of porcelain collectibles that depict children in various endearing and nostalgic scenes. They are named after Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, a German Franciscan nun and artist who created the original artwork that inspired the figurines.

The history of Hummel figurines dates back to the early 20th century. In the 1930s, Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel's artwork caught the attention of Franz Goebel, the owner of a porcelain company in Germany. Goebel recognized the charm and appeal of Hummel's illustrations and sought to transform them into three-dimensional figurines.

The first Hummel figurines were introduced in 1935. They were made of porcelain and featured hand-painted details. The figurines depicted children engaged in various activities like playing instruments, gardening, reading, or simply engaging in innocent play. Sister Hummel's artwork emphasized the purity and simplicity of childhood, and these qualities were beautifully captured in the figurines.

Hummel figurines gained widespread popularity, both in Germany and internationally, and became highly collectible. They were especially beloved in the United States, where they found a large and enthusiastic market. The figurines were admired for their intricate craftsmanship, attention to detail, and the emotional connection they evoked.
Collectors often focused on acquiring specific figurines or completing sets, and while rare or discontinued pieces can become highly sought-after and valuable, the vast majority of figurines remain modestly valued.

It's worth noting that in 2009, the Goebel company announced that it would cease production of Hummel figurines due to financial difficulties. However, the trademark rights and production were subsequently acquired by the Manufaktur Rödental company, ensuring that new Hummel figurines continue to be made to this day.

Hummel figurines remain a beloved collectible for enthusiasts around the world. Their timeless appeal, nostalgic charm, and association with the innocence of childhood have made them enduring treasures for many collectors. Whether you appreciate them for their artistic value or sentimental connection, Hummel figurines continue to capture the hearts of both new and seasoned collectors.

While "Umbrella" is a fairly common figurine, the large size of yours distinguishes it from other smaller examples, which are typically valued at less than $50. Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

A large vintage MI Hummel painted porcelain "Umbrella Boy" figurine
Made by Goebel, Western Germany, Model #132A, bearing the underglaze TMK-2 or "Full Bee Mark", which was in use from 1950 to 1955.
Depicting a young boy huddled under an umbrella, on a U-shaped base marked underneath.
8 inches tall
CONDITION: appears to be in good condition
PROVENANCE: inherited
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

Please let us know if you have additional items to appraise, and thank you again for using Mearto.

Ed reaves Feb 23, 20:52 UTC

Good afternoon, Delia

Thank you so much for the information. I will get with my wife tonight and see which route we want to go. I am pretty sure that we will go with the second option. I will get back with you and let you know for sure, so we can talk about the appraisal fee. In the meantime, since I paid the single item appraisal fee, can you send the the appraisal for the umbrella boy hummel that I sent pics of?

Thank you so much!
Ed Reaves

Delia Feb 23, 21:03 UTC

I certainly can but I’ll need to know how tall it is and see a photo of the mark underneath…to confirm age.
Thank you!

Ed reaves Feb 23, 21:10 UTC

Thanks. It is the 8" version. I posted a pic of it and a pic of underneath when I first posted the item. If you can not see it, I can send it again. From my limited knowledge, looks like 1950's to me. Just let me know if I need to resend the pics

Delia Feb 24, 16:57 UTC

Thanks, Ed, for clarifying the mark belonged to the larger "Umbrella Boy." I look forward to hearing how you'd like to proceed with the remaining figures, whenever you and wife can make a decision.
Have a great weekend,

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