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Volume 14, Number 3
 March 2012

copyright© McKenrick 2012

Brenda McKenrick
(717) 352-9974
259 Mt. Union Road, Fayetteville, PA  17222


As much as I love winter I have to admit that I didn't miss it too much this year!  Of course, like most of us living in a area that should have had snow but didn't, I worry about how dry AND HOT it could get this summer. 


You MUST have your order in for the 3rd in the Founder's Series immediately!! 

Tippy Toes
4 3/4"

Hum # 2335
Retail $349.00

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Question #1- Can you tell me something about the Founder's Series and what figurines have been produced so far?

Answer: When Mr. Koster bought the bankrupt Goebel Porcellianfarbrik and renamed it Manufaktur Rodental he decided to share his family with you in the Founder Series of figurines.   Each of these figurines means something special in the lives of his three children and I think in our lives too!  Both the first and second in the series are totally sold out!

The first in the Founder's series was called First Piano Lesson # 2313.

First Piano Lesson depicts a memory of seeing a daughter sitting at a piano for the first time. 

How many of you remember taking the picture at your daughter or granddaughter's first piano resistal.   The look on her face combines the joy of finally reaching this moment and the fear of not getting it just right. 

This is the joy Hum # 2413 brings into our lives!

Isn't that what Hummel figurine are!  A snapshot of memories of our past! 

We display figurines in the hutch beside our dining table so each morning we get to enjoy the memories that our figurines give us. 


The second in the series was called First Two Wheeler # 2319.

First Two Wheeler-  Randy and I can't decide which of our grandson's it reminds us the most of.   At nine, our Jessie loves to ride her bike in the small village they live in not far from us

Six year old Mason is just taking his training wheels off two wheeler and Cooper at four has just received his first big boy bike with training wheels. 

Two Wheeler also reminds me of the day more than 35 years ago when I stood at the window waiting to see Jerry and Mike arrive safely home from the first time I let them ride in the neighborhood without me!  Oh! My!  How do we survive all those worries!


Question #2- Can I pick your mind on this crown marks on base and what it means?

Answer- You do not see this mark very often and almost never on the side of a figurine.   I do not know of any recorded reason why it was used.   I generally find that when something is scarce is it because someone at Goebel decided to try out something different.  Maybe it shown in a meeting with the convent and not approved or maybe the Goebel family did not approve it.  This could also be the answer to the following question.  `

 Question #3- What do you know about the period after a Hum number?  Is there a reason why there are so few of them and they command a higher price?

Answer- Let me answer the last part of that question first.  They command a higher price because there are so few of them for sale.  Putting the period after the trademark as pictured below could have been considered for standard production, possibly to indicate that there was no size indicators and was not approved.  In the Begging His Share base you see a piece from the Hummel archives with the period clearly defined because the black Hum #s are an archival indicator.  Where the period is usually on crowns and full bees this one is on a trademark 3.  Was the period ever in the mold or was it put on by hand with the tip of an artist brush for specific reasons to show the approval board??   Those we have acquired several figurines from the archives with periods I would not call the period an archival indicator since I have seen them on figurines that have no history of being in the archives or have any other archival indicators. 

We will be speaking at the Historical Triangle/Hampton Roads Local Chapter  Inter-chapter Conference on November 2 -3, 2012

We will give a presentation about archival figurines! 

To register click here to fill out the forms



February Quiz
Winner is Annie D of Kansas.  Annie wins an Umbrella Girl Trinket box

The early sample of 2130 The Nutcracker Suite. 
 Differences you see in the picture. 
1. The boy on right (early sample) is thinner than the released #2130. 
2. Color vary on pants.
3. Length of the beard
4. No waist on the left nutcracker
5. Tilt of nutcracker in hand
6. Mustache is painted on left, raised above the nutcracker on right
7.  Hats are different colors
8. The arms on the two figurines are totally different- color and shape
9.  Mouths are different colors
10.  Strips on the jacket of the left nutcracker

March Quiz Prize is the Umbrella Boy Trinket Box

This month's quiz compares an archival Little Hiker (he smaller one on your right) and a crown Little Hiker.

Lots of difference in these two so have fun looking them over from head to toe!

Email me your list of difference and you could win an Umbrella Girl Trinket Box Hum #689


The wonderful spring weather always makes my mind wonder to Germany remembering all the wonderful friends and research we have experienced there.  Since Sister Hummel died of TB in 1946, none of us were ever given the opportunity to meet Sister Hummel but the wonderful people that we meet on our trips allows me to never forget that Sister Hummel was a real live person with heart and soul and a shy smile for all that she met. 
If you would permit me, I would like to reprint this personal story about a very lovely lady we visit with on many of our trips to Germany.  I hope we'll have the opportunity to see her again this year.


Through our dear late  friend, Sister Serverina, we met a woman that was able to give us some very special insight into Sister M. I. Hummel.   At the age of 21 months, Theresia Muench, had her portrait painted by Berta Hummel.  In the upcoming years, Sister Hummel would paint each child in Theresia's family.   Theresia lives in the small village that is adjacent to Siessen Convent so Sister Hummel would just stroll through some of the planted fields to visit her friend, Frau Muench and her lovely children.  Theresia told us stories about how Sister Hummel would entertain each child with stories as she sketched them.   Theresia still  has and graciously showed  us pictures of a horse and a flower that Sister Hummel had drawn the outline of so that Theresia could color "between the lines" as Sister worked on her own  sketch of the little girl.   Berta never accepted any payment for the sketches of Theresia and her sister and her brothers and the family still owns the originals and proudly display them. 

                            Have a wonderful Easter!