Wednesday, February 3, 2010

VTT Goebel Figurines

When we lived in Germany in the seventies, these little statues by the Goebels company were all the rage with many Americans and they collected them! I thought they were sweet but I really didn't want a collection of them so I only ended up with two.

The first, this little chimney sweep was a farewell gift from DH's Battalion when we returned to the USA.
The stamp on the base shows a trademark that is one of those called "the Last Bee". Like many manufacturers Goebel's trademark underwent periodic changes and after a couple of versions of the "stylized bee" the V and the little bee disappeared completely from their products. This was trademark #3 and was used on items until around 1972. I have no idea what the "Br" means.


The little holy water font with the shepherd and lambs is the one I purchased because I thought it was adorable. I'm not sure if this is meant to represent the figure of the child Jesus because I couldn't find any info. on the web.


This trademark came into use in 1979,the year I acquired it. Again what the Da 80 means is a mystery!
I was unable to find any pics of either of these two particular figurines so if anyone else has any ideas I would love to hear about it. Both are a smidge over 5" tall.
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14 comments:

Ulla said...

Cute little figurines! I think the Br and the Da80 could be the signatures of the persons who painted the figurines, but I'm not a specialist.

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Bea said...

I wouldn't have been able to resist the holy water font either. Precious.

LV said...

I have many, many of these. Some are very old. I used to collect them, but space and money became a problem. I have the little chimney sweeper, but not the other one. In one of my books, it states,"In 1979,the stylized bee was dropped and only the name Goebel appears. The year of production will be on the base next to the initials of the chief decorator". Trust this will be of some help to you.

Keetha Broyles said...

The Chimney Sweep is just adorable!!!

Postcardy said...

Those are cute figures. I like them better when there are only a couple. I whole collection of them seems kind of overwhelming to me.

Tammy said...

The chimney sweep is really cute. I have never seen anything like it. Thanks for sharing.

Lis said...

I love these figures and have a few myself as my grandmother collected them. We see them a lot at antiques fairs here but they're a little out of fashion at the moment. I think they're so beautifully modelled and of course I like mine because they were Nanny's.

Coloradolady said...

These are adorable....love the chimney sweep, he is just so cute! Happy VTT!

~~Carol~~ said...

These are so sweet, and I especially like the chimney sweeper! I hope you eventually found the info you're looking for. Because we all know that you can find everything on the internet. Or Ebay!
Happy VTT!
Carol

Diann said...

Oh, these are so sweet! What lovely treasures!

GardenofDaisies said...

My husband remembers his grandmother having a huge Goebel collection. She passed them on to her daughter (my Mother -in-law) in her will. Sadly, MIL never cared for them and decided to sell the whole lot. :-(
So they are gone. IF only she had kept one or two....

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Such sweet vintage thingies!

Miri said...

Very sweet figurines!