HUMMEL DOLL
RARE HUMMEL DOLL - 1950'S
GOEBEL DOLL INFORMATION

General Information on Goebel Dolls

 

In 1950 Goebel started with the production of toys and dolls. At that time the dolls were made of two different materials, namely

- completely of rubber

- and with body of soft, stuffed material and rubber head.

At the very beginning of our doll production, the composition of the rubber was different from the composition of the rubber used for the heads and bodies a little later. The rubber, which was used for the heads of the very first M.I.Hummel dolls, was "hard rubber", which can easily be mistaken for papier-maché or even porcelain. Later, so-called "soft rubber" was used. In the early sixties Goebel began to manufacture the dolls in vinyl, which is a very durable material.

The first 7 M.I.Hummel Dolls, which were introduced on the occasion of the Nürnberg Doll Fair in March of 1951

Hum 1 "Sister" Hum 5 "Happy Pastime"

Hum 2 "Brother" Hum 6 "Our Hero"

Hum 3 "Little Shopper" Hum 7 "Merry Wanderer

Hum 4 "Little Hiker"

were produced in two different sizes:

- in about 42cm (Series 500 +1500) and in about 26 cm (Series 1600)

and in three different executions:

- as jointed doll with soft-stuffed body and rubber head (Series 500)

- as jointed doll made of rubber
- with modelled hair, head, arms and legs movable (Series 1500)
-
with modelled hair, head and arms movable, legs immovable (series 1600)

The soft-stuffed dolls with rubber heads were made for two years only, in the beginning by the firm of Hermann Steiner in Neustadt near Coburg. At Goebel they were completed with the clothing. The dresses for the dolls were developed and sewed by experienced designers and seamstresses in Goebel´s own studio. From 1952, the doll bodies were also produced by Goebel, namely of rubber.

In the course of the years, because of the great demand, the following series were put on the market:

500 abt. 42 cm 1951 - 1952 soft-stuffed jointed doll with rubber head

abt. 42 cm 1951 - 1952 soft-stuffed jointed doll with rubber head

1500 abt. 42 cm 1951 - 1958 jointed rubber doll with modelled hair, head, arms and legs movable

1600 abt. 26 cm 1951 - 1963 jointed rubber doll with modelled hair, head and arms movable, legs immovable

1700 abt. 28 cm ca. 1953 - 1975 jointed doll with modelled hair, head, arms and legs movable - first made of rubber later of vinyl 1809 - 1812 abt. 35 cm ca. 1953 - 1958 made of rubber

abt. 42 cm 1951 - 1958 jointed rubber doll with modelled hair, head, arms and abt. 26 cm 1951 - 1963 jointed rubber doll with modelled hair, head and arms movable, abt. 28 cm ca. 1953 - 1975 jointed doll with modelled hair, head, arms and legs movable - first made of rubber later of vinyl abt. 35 cm ca. 1953 - 1958 made of rubber

1801 - 1806 abt. 20 cm ca. 1967 - 1975 made of vinyl

abt. 20 cm ca. 1967 - 1975 made of vinyl

1960 abt. 40 cm ca. 1958 - 1960 made of rubber, completely movable, hair sewn in, painted eyes

abt. 40 cm ca. 1958 - 1960 made of rubber, completely movable, hair sewn in, painted eyes

1961 abt. 35 cm ca. 1959 - 1965 made of rubber and vinyl, completely movable, hair sewn in, glass eyes

abt. 35 cm ca. 1959 - 1965 made of rubber and vinyl, completely movable, hair sewn in, glass eyes

2961 abt. 35 cm ca. 1965 made of PVC, completely movable, hair sewn in, sleeping eyes

abt. 35 cm ca. 1965 made of PVC, completely movable, hair sewn in, sleeping eyes

1101 abt. 33 cm 1953 - 1960 Baby, made of rubber, painted eyes,
V 101 abt. 33 cm ca. 1958 - 1960 the same Baby as 1101, but made of vinyl

1102 abt. 26 cm 1954 - 1960 Baby, made of rubber, painted eyes

abt. 26 cm 1954 - 1960 Baby, made of rubber, painted eyes

V 102 abt. 26 cm ca. 1958 - 1960 the same Baby as 1102 , but made of vinyl

V 103 abt. 33 cm ca. 1960 - 1968 the same Baby as V 101, but with glass eyes

abt. 33 cm ca. 1960 - 1968 the same Baby as V 101, but with glass eyes

V 104 abt. 26 cm ca. 1960 - 1975 the same Baby as V 103, but a bit smaller

abt. 26 cm ca. 1960 - 1975 the same Baby as V 103, but a bit smaller

V 203 abt. 33 cm ca. 1965 - 1967 Baby made of PVC, completely movable, modelled hair, sleeping eyes

abt. 33 cm ca. 1965 - 1967 Baby made of PVC, completely movable, modelled hair, sleeping eyes

V 204 abt. 26 cm ca. 1965 Baby made of PVC, completely movable, modelled hair, sleeping eyes

abt. 26 cm ca. 1965 Baby made of PVC, completely movable, modelled hair, sleeping eyes

V 105 abt. 33 cm ca. 1961 - 1965 Baby made of PVC, completely movable, hair sewn in, glass eyes

abt. 33 cm ca. 1961 - 1965 Baby made of PVC, completely movable, hair sewn in, glass eyes

V 205 abt. 33 cm ca. 1965 - 1969 Baby made of PVC, completely movable, hair sewn in, sleeping eyes

abt. 33 cm ca. 1965 - 1969 Baby made of PVC, completely movable, hair sewn in, sleeping eyes

The doll with the model number 1961 was made with hair sewn in and glass eyes. She was available with several different dresses.

The doll 2961 is the same doll as 1961, however, with "sleeping" eyes (created in 1964).

In 1953 the M.I.Hummel-Baby was born. The baby was made in two sizes:

1101 and V 101 (1101 was made of rubber, V 101 of vinyl) about 33cm

1102 and V 102 (1102 was made of rubber, V 102 of vinyl) about 26 cm

It was available with many different garments. At the beginning the eyes were handpainted. From 1960 the babies were also made with glass eyes (V 103, V 104 and V 105) and from 1964 with "sleeping" eyes

(V 203, V 204 and V 205).

Sculptor of all the Hummel dolls was Karl Wagner. Helmut Fischer, who sculpted the M.I.Hummel porcelain dolls in 1982, was trained by him.

Besides the M.I.Hummel dolls a large number of dolls designed by Goebel´s own artists or based on designs of other well-known artists were produced:

Also known as

Charlot Byj, USA Byj

Eva Harta, Austria Harta

Huldah Jeffe, USA Huldah

Ursel Erbs, Germany Erbs

Ruth Fetzer-Holzapfel, Germany Hol

Nasha - civil name: Erna Reibert, Germany Nasha, Erni

Michel Thomas, France Mic

and

and

In 1975 the toy production was ended, except for some M.I.Hummel doll models made of vinyl. The vinyl dolls were replaced in 1983/84 by a series of M.I.Hummel porcelain dolls. However, these porcelain dolls are also no longer being produced. They have been temporarily withdrawn from production in 1989.

05-068-01-0 Schäferbub Lost Sheep
05-119-01-1 Eilbote Postman
05-203-01-3 Frühlingsidyll Signs of Spring
05-218-01-1 Geburtstagsständchen Birthday Serenade (Boy)
05-218-50-8 Geburtstagsständchen Birthday Serenade (Girl)
05-328-01-8 Fastnacht Carnival
05-350-01-2 Zum Festtag On Holiday
05-378-01-3 Ostergruß Easter Greetings

Since autumn 1996, the following new M.I.Hummel porcelain dolls have been introduced:

Hum 521 "School Girl" 1996 no longer available, last time offered in 1999

Hum 522 "Little Scholar" 1996 no longer available, last time offered in 1999

Hum 515 "Kiss Me!" 1998 available in USA only

Hum 951 "Apple Tree Boy" 1998 available in USA only

Hum 950 "Apple Tree Girl" 1998 available in USA only

Hum 524 "Valentine Gift" 1998/99 Exclusive Edition for M.I.Hummel Club Members only

Hum 960 "Ride into Christmas" 1999 available in USA only

Unfortunately, there are no complete data or catalogues on our former toy and doll production available. Researches are therefore very difficult and detailed questions can therefore sometimes not be answered.

 

 

 

 

From 1995 till 2005 the firm of Engel-Puppen, Roedental, put into production again the following Hummel and Charlot Byj vinyl dolls. They were made in a limited edition of 20.000 pieces each worldwide:

272012 M.I.Hummel "Baby", clothing white/pink

272029 M.I.Hummel "Baby", clothing white/light-blue

292010 M.I.Hummel vinyl doll "Peterle" / "School Boy"

292027 M.I.Hummel vinyl doll "Rosl" / "School Girl"

292034 M.I.Hummel vinyl doll "Krankenbesuch" / "Visiting an Invalid"

292041 M.I.Hummel vinyl doll "Hansl" / "Hansl"

292058 M.I.Hummel vinyl doll "Strickliesl" / "Happy Pastime"

292065 M.I.Hummel vinyl doll "In Lauterbach hab` i..." / "Weary Wanderer"

292072 M.I.Hummel vinyl doll "Gänseliesl" / "Goose Girl"

292089 M.I.Hummel vinyl doll "Radi-Bub" / "For Father"

292096 M.I.Hummel vinyl doll "Felix" / "Felix - Chimney Sweep"

292102 M.I.Hummel vinyl doll "Hab' mein Strumpf verloren" /"Lost Stocking"

292119 M.I.Hummel vinyl doll "Gretl" / "Little Shopper"

292126 M.I.Hummel vinyl doll "Wanderbub" / "Merry Wanderer"

292133 M.I.Hummel vinyl doll "Auf heimlichen Wegen" / "On Secret Path"

242015 Charlot Byj vinyl doll "Fratz"

242022 Charlot Byj vinyl doll "Fratz"

242039 Charlot Byj vinyl doll "Fratz"

282011 Charlot Byj vinyl doll "Stups"

282028 Charlot Byj vinyl doll "Trine"

282035 Charlot Byj vinyl doll "Stups"

282042 Charlot Byj vinyl doll "Trine"

282059 Charlot Byj vinyl doll "Stups"

282066 Charlot Byj vinyl doll "Trine"

The following 7 Hummel dolls made of porcelain were exclusively produced by Goebel for the American Mail Order House Danbury Mint between 1988 and 1994:

Hum 512 "Umbrella Girl" as off 1988

Hum 513 "Little Fiddler" as off 1988

Hum 514 "Friend of Foe?" as off 1989

Hum 516 "Merry Wanderer" as off 1990

Hum 517 "Goose Girl" as off 1989

Hum 518 "Umbrella Boy" as off 1989

Hum 519 "Ride into Christmas" as off 1989

On each M.I.Hummel doll, on the back of the neck or on the back, M.I.Hummel, the trademark and the series number are engraved. Unfortunately, the exact age of the dolls cannot be determined, as the trademark was engraved in the metal chill mould, and the chill moulds could not immediately be changed when the trademark was changed.

We are also not in a position to answer questions with regard to the edition size of our dolls and to their issue prices. The today’s value always depends on supply and demand on the secondary market. Sometimes high market prices are reached for old dolls.

Here are some hints how to proceed to help preserve any rubber dolls:

When we started producing Hummel dolls in 1950, they were made of rubber. However, rubber can react badly to the atmosphere and is adversely affected by temperature, and it is almost impossible to prevent rubber from aging. During the early sixties a synthetic vinyl composition was introduced. Since that time, this material has been used exclusively, and long life has since been assured.

Unfortunately, deteriorated rubber dolls can no more be restored to their original beauty. Collectors of dolls gave us the following hint how to proceed to help preserve any rubber dolls and prevent further deterioration: It is recommended that the head, arms and legs be taken apart and all limbs, head and body stuffed with white cotton and the doll put back together, then completely rubbed down with a cooking oil (corn oil) or Ponds cold cream, with all excess removed and wiped off, then sprinkled with talcum powder, with excess rubbed off and redressed.

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