Dating goebel hummel marks
In 1979, the stylized bee was dropped and only the name Goebel appears.
The year of production will be on the base next to the initials of the chief decorator. (West) was dropped, with only the word "Germany" remaining, since Germany is once again a united country.
The year 1959 saw the beginning of stylization and the wings of the bee became sharply angular. The three line mark was used intermittently and sometimes concurrently with the small stylized 1960-1972 mark.
In 1960, the completely stylized bee with V mark came into use, appearing with "W. It was the most prominent trademark in use prior to the "Goebel bee" trademark.
Until that year, the same trademark was on virtually all Goebel products, but this Hummel mark, TMK-7, is for exclusive use on products made from the paintings and drawings of Sister M. Sister MI Hummel left behind a collection of her drawings for the continuation of the Hummel figurine line.
Her convent, the Convent of Siessen, appointed an Artistic Board that had to approve all of the clay models and painted figures before Goebels could begin production of any new figurines.
These “raised-relief” ceramics can be authenticated by makers markings similar to the ones used on the Hummel figurines.Goebels officially ceased production of authentic Goebel Hummel figurines in 2008.Another expansion of the Goebel Hummel line was the introduction of Hummel plates. Goebel Porzellanfabrik, saw Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel’s artwork on a series of postcards, and recognized an opportunity. 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. Hummel figurines is short, and well-known by most porcelain collectors: Franz Goebel, of W. What isn’t as well known is that it was the American G. It was either incised as a signature, along with one of the other Crown Marks, or used as a backstamp in blue or black. 4 & 5 MI Hummel signature on Figurine base Because of the small base area of most Hummel figurines the absence of this signature is common, but authentic Hummels will always have one of the Goebel TMK marks on the bottom of the figurine. These marks were used on all Goebel porcelain pieces, not just Hummel. *”Always” is a dangerous word – both Goebel and experienced collectors admit the possibility of a “black” TMK-4.