How Can I Tell If a Hummel Is Authentic?

Authentic Hummel porcelain figurines, plates, miniatures, lamps, bells, plaques and other distinctive collectibles bear a definitive identification mark. All Hummels are inscribed with the name M.I. Hummel, unless the piece is too small to accommodate that insignia. Since 1935, the distinctive copyright symbol featuring a bee flying above the letters "GW" has been modified and currently shows the bee flying over the words "Goebel Germany."