– Red Heads, Co-Boys, Friar Tucks, and More.
Goebel porcelains are not just the M.I. Hummel figurines that almost everyone recognizes. Goebels, a German company started in 1871, produced it’s first commercial porcelain pieces in 1890, but the first Hummels, (which are the figurines most people associate with the name now), weren’t introduced until 1935.
Although there appears to be no record of exactly how many “non-Hummel” Goebel designs, (all pieces, not just figurines), have been created, some knowledgeable collectors think there may be as many as 40,000 different collectible Goebels pieces.
Out of this 40,000, the most widely known series, (other than Hummels of course), are the “Red Heads” by artist Charlot Byj, the “Co-boys”, and the “Friar Tuck” series. That leaves a lot of Goebels figurines out there to be discovered by dedicated collectors.
And when it comes to searching for that special piece of Goebels porcelain, and the cheapest price, there is no better online marketplace to start with than ebay! Antique shops, online sites, and even some appraisers at Sotheby’s have acknowledged checking ebay for value comparisons.
Available Goebels collectible porcelains:
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Goebel Porcelain factory Marks and Trademarks:
Goebel became so well known for their Hummel figurines that since 1934 almost all of their factory marks relate to them. But they did have several non-Hummel trademarks.
See a complete chart of Goebel and Hummel Factory Marks and Trademarks.
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Distinguished by their mischievous, full-of-life portrayals, the red-heads soon became one of Goebels most popular figurines series. Although Charlot Byj also designed “the Blondes” series for Goebels, the red-heads remained the star of her designs.
|Goebels Red Head figurines by artist Charlot Byj|
Charlot Byj’s “Red Heads” figurines collection is a “replay” of the MI Hummels story. Franz Goebel first saw her designs on greeting cards she created, and after licensing her artwork, Goebel’s design artists presented the first Goebel’s Red Heads figurines in the 1940’s.
The first four Red Heads figurines introduced were; “Strike”, The Roving Eye”, Oops”, and “Little Miss Coy”.
There were over 100 “Red Heads” designs turned into Goebel figurines before production of the series stopped in 1988. You can see some of the available Red Heads below:
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|Goebels Co-Boys figurines|
Goebel’s Co-Boys” figurines were produced as a further expansion of their porcelain figurines line. Noted, and easily recognized by their impish Gnome-like appearance, Co-boys were named after their town of origin; Coburg, Germany. The figurines in the Co-boys collection, (there were more than 60 created), are said to represent the professions, (and some of the residents), found in the town of Coburg.
|Goebels Friar Tuck figurines|
Arguably Goebel’s most popular collection, (after Hummels), is their “Friar Tuck” series of functional figurines. There were over 150 designs created from the early 1950’s until the the series production ended in 1988. With the exception of just three figurines, the “musicians”, all of the Friar Tuck creations were intended to be functional items. Everything from salt & pepper shakers to matchbox holders. Some Goebel porcelain collectors build their entire collection around just the salt & pepper shakers.