Dating goebel hummel marks
Following is an example of the first Hummel released entitled "Puppy Love," HUM 1, TMK 3 (Stylized Bee).Since it was only released in one size (5 to 5-1/4"), there is no size indicator on the underside of this Hummel.In other words, this particular TMK 2 is as valuable as a Crown Edition TMK 1, because it is the first issue.Generally, the value of a Hummel is influenced by the trademark year of release. Large Hummels are coveted by collectors, and especially the Century and Limited Editions command higher prices.Below is a recent example of a recently released Hummelscape.In this particular case, the Hummel also carries the newest TMK 8 as shown in larger form in the above REFERENCE TABLE OF HUMMEL TRADE MARKS.This is one of the largest Hummels produced as indicated by the Roman Numeral "II".While Crown Editions and Full Bees (TMK 2) are highly prized, the Stylized Bee (TMK 3) is also very desirable.
If you are looking for a Hummel value chart then read the M. Hummel Figurines and Collectibles Value Chart – Hummel Price Guide. See the Hummel date stamp chart below; every authentic M. Hummel figurine will have a Goebel stamp on its underside.
Refer back to "Puppy Love" for TMK 3, and below is shown a Full Bee.
The importance of this particular example of Full Bee is the Hummel wasn't released until 1952, when the Full Bee was the TMK in use by Goebel (1950-1955).
Infrequently, we find a Full Bee stamped and a Crown incised.
The earliest trademark was called the Crown Edition where either an incised or stamped "crown" appeared on the underside of the Hummel as shown below.
Hummel Figurines have been a part of many peoples lives over the year.