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Marks of Authenticity, Dating Your Hummels

What do you do when you come across a figurine that does not have accompanying documentation? No box, no sales receipt, no papers, nothing. That presents a challenge to not only figure out what you might have, but when it was made or what it might be worth. Not so in the case of M.I. Hummel figurines. The mark on the bottom of each piece will help pinpoint the years the piece was made, which will of course help figure out possible values.

According to M.I. Hummel.com, there are definitive marks of identification on each Hummel figure. Over the years the the signature of Sister Hummel has been (and still is) incised on every piece made, except those that do not have a place to display a signature. Each piece also has an official trademark, a mark of authenticity that the piece, is indeed a Hummel.

Use the chart below to take the first step in identifying your Hummels and find out when they were produced.


1935-1949, Stamped

1935-1949




1935-1949

1950-1955, Stamped

1950-1955

1950-1955

1950-1955

1956, Small Bee

1957, High Bee

1958, Baby Bee

1959

1957-1960

1960-1963

1960-1972

1964-1972

1972-1979

1979-1990

1990-1999

Current

Note:
From M.I.Hummel: "Rare and undocumented variations may surface".

Resources and Links:
M.I.Hummel Collector Reference
The No. 1 Price Guide to M.I. Hummel Figurines, Plates, Miniatures, & More*
Celebrating Three Decades

*The experts pick Robert Miller's The No. 1 Price Guide to M.I. Hummel Figurines, Plates, Miniatures, & More as a terrific resource. But the best recommendation of all, is the fact that the guide is up to edition #10 -- available in August 2006.

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