And America became Goebel’s largest market for Hummel porcelain figurines. Their popularity with the soldiers soon had the American base PX system carrying them as regular inventory.Goebel quickly signed an agreement to produce porcelain figurines based on her artwork, and introduced the first M. TMK-6 “The Missing Bee” circa 1979 – 1991 Use of this trademark began in 1979. But authentic Hummels will always have one of the Goebel TMK marks on the bottom of the figurine. TMK-3 The Stylized Bee Marks circa 1959/60 – 1972 Fig.13 is known as the large stylized bee – used primarily from 1960 through 1963. Germany” is placed to the right of the bottom of the “V”. TMK-5 “The Last Bee” circa 1972 – 1979 Developed and occasionally used as early as 1970, this major change is known by some collectors as the Last Bee mark because the next change in the trademark no longer incorporated any form of the V and the bee.Hummels are porcelain figurines, plates, miniatures, lamps, bells, plaques and other distinctive collectibles which are made by W. Goebel is the exclusive manufacturer and worldwide distributor of Hummels.Not all Goebel products are Hummels, but Goebel makes all Hummels.
You can read my guide on Understanding the Hummel Numbering System for more information on how to find the Hummel number and what it means.Welcome to The Prudent Collector where we we have prepared a guide showing you how to date and authenticate your Hummel figurines according to their trademark stamps.A Hummel figurine can be dated by the marking or trademark on the underside of its base.Identifying marks on the UNDERSIDE of Hummels tell the Hummel Model Number (HUM), the size indicator (Arabic and Roman Numerals), the year of release (usually the year after the production year), and sometimes the paint and/or painters code numbers (incised Arabic numbers or script initials). Also, during the third and fourth trademark periods (called Stylized Bee and three-line Bee, respectively, from 1957 to 1972), Trade Marks 5, 6, and 7 all used Goebel and W. TMK 5 (1972-79) was distinguished by being the last time the "V" and Bee were used in combination with Goebel and W. Then in 1991 up to the present, TMK 7 brought back the "Crown" which had been used for TMK 1 from 1935-1949.During the division of Germany into East and West, various other labels were used, e.g., Made in U. Currently, all editions of Hummels are called Closed Editions (CE) except some TMK6 and most of the TMK 7 are still Open Editions (OE).