Boys and girls doing everyday duties from picking apples to delivering letters.I remember the Hummel Figurines that were always on the shelf just out of my reach when I was a little kid running around grandma’s house.After that, it sat in my china closet for a very long time.However recently, the more I stared at it, the more I began to wonder if it were possible to determine its history.After you find the Goebel stamp compare it to the ones in the Hummel date stamp chart below.If you are not sure about something just leave a comment below and I will try to clear it up for you.To find out how old your Hummel is look on the underside of your Hummel Figurine and find the Goebel stamp or makers mark. Most of the known marks used over the years are shown here.Nevertheless, from time to time, a rare and undocumented variation may surface.
I probably will sell this piece at some point after enjoying it a bit more.
I discovered that Goebel produced many other lines of ceramics that were not Hummel. I found that it was part of a series called 'Neue Figuren Meissen', (‘Meissen style figurines’).
I then emailed Goebel in Germany and received this response:"In our model book your figurine is described as follows: NM 572/A (Boy) and /B (girl) "The little gardener"These figurines were produced in two sizes: /I and /01932 sculpted by our sculptor Reinhold Unger1933 market introduction1962 discontinued.
I don’t know if it applies to other Goebel lines, but typically the auctions sites put a premium on older Hummels, which are easier to date.
At any rate it had been an interesting project tracking all this down.