A Time Remembered

Circa: 1960
Condition: Used
Manufacturer: Goebel/Made in W. Germany
This vintage MI Hummel figurine, Chimney Sweep, has the Large Stylized Bee mark on the bottom, also referred to as TMK-3 Sty-Bee along with the mold #12/4. My Hummel book, Lucky's Hummel Figurines and Plates Identification and Price Guide by Carl F. Luckey, says this mark was made from 1960 through 1963.
In 1934, Franz Goebel was searching for something new. Like his predecessors at the helm of W.Goebel Porzellanfabrik, Franz understood his market. He believed that in a world of political turmoil, customers would respond to a product depicting the gentle innocence of children. The artwork of a Franciscan Sister, Maria Innocentia Hummel, a gifted, academy-trained artist, came to Franz's attention. Her drawings of country children had been printed as art cards and were becoming quite popular. An enthusiastic Franz, with the approval of senior sculptors Arthur Moeller and Reinhold Unger, decided to pursue the creation of figurines based on the artwork of Sister M.I.Hummel. The new product line was launched in March, 1935, at the Leipzig Spring Fair a major show for the industry. The reception to the first M.I.Hummel motifs was enthusiastic. The line was an immediate success!
The young lad in a black chimney sweep outfit, with a ladder, rope, and sweeping tools.
In very good + condition, without chips, cracks or fleabites and he measures 5 3/4 inches tall with a 2 1/2 inch base.
An addition to any Goebel MI Hummel Figurine Collection.
SH & Ins. will be quoted after orders placed. If you have questions please contact me and thank you for looking.

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