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M.I. Hümmel figurines were created by a simple Bavarian girl whose name was Berta Hümmel.
Berta gained her artistic direction at an early age from the institute of English Sisters. In 1931, Berta entered the convent of Siessen at Saulgua.
Two years later she was ordained Sister Maria Innocentia. In 1933, sketches of her work were sent to a publishing company in Munich.
Her first artworks were two-dimensional, better knows as "postcards."
MI Hummel Terms & Definitions
The terms and definitions below are strictly the opinions of Wolfgang's Hummel Haus, and should not be relied on as for insurance or appraisal. These guides are only to offer assistance in understanding basic terms and conditions. We realize that different people have different ways of grading or determining value. If there are any obvious omissions or errors and you are a qualified expert in your field, please contact us at email@example.com so we can adjust the guides accordingly
Baby Bee: is the trademark used in 1958, a small bee flying in the V.
Closed Edition or CE: items no longer being producted
Crazing: Minute cracks in the glaze of the figure. Many conditions can cause craszing, some nature and some due to expose to high heat or humidity.
Decimal Point: is used to in hopes to avoid confusion on numbers that can be read upside down i.e. 6. and 9. compared to 6 and 9 / 9 / 6.
Double Crown: A trademark on MI Hummel pieces where the crown is stamped and incised.
Doughnut Base: is the raised circular support on the underside of a figurine
Exclusive Edition or EE: is used to represent any MI Hummel Club Figurine
Final Issue: is any piece that has been retired from production
First Issue: is a new term started around 1990 to refer to any figure released during the first year of production.
Faience: is an opaque colored glaze. Only a few peices were made this way, early on in Hummel's history.
Hollow Mold: is when the underside of the figure is hollow and you can see inside the cavity
Incised: is when the hallmarks or wording is pressed into the figurine instead of being stamped on the surface.
International Figurines: were produced in the 1940s and were dressed in the typical dress of that country
Limited Edition: is any piece that is produced only in a limited quantity
Mold Number: is the incised number on the bottom of each MI Hummel at the factory for identification purpose.
Open Editions: are any piece that is currently in production
Oversize: are any piece that is larger than normal production pieces.
Reinstated: is any closed piece that was brought back into production.
Sample Models: were only created as samples and were never released into production.
Secondary Market: also known as aftermarket is the resale of any pieces after the initial sale is complete.
Temporarily Withdrawn / TW: are pieces that are on hold or withdrawn from production and may be produced again at a later time.
Terra Cotta: was the material used only a few time on Hummel figures. Terra Cotta is a reddish clay and the figures were released unpainted.
Trademark (TM): Goebel used roughly eight marks and symbols to date the MI Hummel pieces. See bottom of this page for samples of these marks.
US Zone: were made between 1946-1948 post WWII before Germany was divided.
Waffle Base: is just a base that is divided into 4 sections.
White Overglaze: are unpainted pieces that have only been glazed and fired.