We proudly offer this next of a classic set of Hummel figurines from the TMK #3 era ca. 1960-1972. Our number two example is a TMK-3 Apple Tree Boy, featuring a little boy between two apple trees with his bluebird friend. The figurine carries the small stylized W. Germany bee base stamp, and the figurine was first modeled by Master sculptor Arthur Moeller in 1940. Our apple Tree Boy weighs 2 oz. and stands 2.5 x 2 x 3.875 inches tall. Although traditional Pre 2010 book values of the Hummels are way beyond the actual current selling prices, our TMK #3 Apple Tree Boy, is priced by Heidi Ann Von Recklinghausen, in her 2013, The Official M.J. Hummel Price Guide Figurines & Plates, 2nd Edition carrying an estimate of $155-$180 for excellent condition examples as is ours. xxxxxxxxxxxx. The Goebel story begins on January 30th, 1871 with Franz Detleff Goebel and son William Goebel, found the “F. & W. Goebel” company. They establish a factory “dedicated to the senses” (which later becomes a company slogan), and the first porcelain factory (which was later called “Wilhelmsfeld”) opened in 1878 in Oeslau-Rödental near Coburg.The crown above the monogram “WG” marks the transition of the company to William Goebel in 1893. Germany celebrates its Kaiser era and Goebel is part of it, manufacturing luxury porcelain, the dream of many, and is also sold in America for the first time. In Goebel’s impressive factory, small sculptures in Meissen Rococo style are also created. Animal figurines bring the ambience of nature and the exotic into the living rooms of Europe, while early charming figurines of children bring a smile. Goebel also produces bowls, plaques, small censers and much more, always in tune with the lifestyle of the times. In 1911 Max Louis Goebel took over the management of the factory. Educated in the booming metropolis of New York City, he, too, loved nouveau art and knew how to combine this passion with business. Goebel becomes a place of innovations, and by the year 1919, the luxury brand “Kunstwerkstätten Wilhelmsfeld” is evidence of this innovative spirit. The 1921-1931 Roaring Twenties era is embraced at Goebel, with new figurines and design elements in the Art Deco style predominating. On the occasion of the company‘s 60th anniversary in 1931, many factory modernizations are announced, with expanded lines to include vases, lamps, ashtrays, bookends, and candleholders. In 1934, the company started looking for figurine designs that captured the sweetness and innocence of childhood. The managing director at that time, Franz Goebel, saw drawings by Sister Maria Innocentia (Berta) Hummel, and was so impressed that he approached her with the proposition of turning her designs into three-dimensional figurines. After WW II the House of Hummel was reformed, and continues to operate in now re-unified Germany.