Dating marks royal doulton
Welcome to The Prudent Collector where we we have prepared a guide showing you how to date and authenticate your Hummel figurines according to their trademark stamps.A Hummel figurine can be dated by the marking or trademark on the underside of its base.This mark is also referred to as the backstamp, stamp, or figure.This is very important as Hummel values are determined by age as well as scarcity.Between 19 the trademark design was changed slightly each year.All of these markings are considered to be of the same importance as TMK-1 crown marks by collectors.From 1950 to 1955 the trademarks changed to designs incorporating a bee. These stamps are sometimes referred to as the Full Bee Mark by collectors.The following markings are the standard backstamps you are most likely to see on the vast majority of Hummel figurines. From the first figurine in 1935 until 1949 the following 3 trademarks were used.
These figurines were marked in various related ways: "Made In US Zone", "Made In US Zone - Germany", "US Zone - Germany", "US Zone", "Made in US Zone" and "Made in Germany".
These stamps indicated that the figurines were produced in the occupied zone of Germany.
An older version of a figurine can command a much higher price than one which was made at a later date.
It's also important for authenticating a figurine as one lacking one of the following marks is quite likely to be a forgery. Hummel company, sometimes rare and undocumented variations have been known to surface.
The letters "WG" below the crown stand for William Goebel, the founder of the Goebel company.
After the end of World War II the United States permitted Goebel to export figurines which had previously been prohibited for exportation.