OEBEL



Did you know that Goebel is the maker of the famous and extremely popular Hummel figurines?! Surprise, surprise!! This company began all the way back in 1871 as the W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik. The founder, F.W. Goebel, opened a pottery in the town of Oeslau in what is now West Germany, but then was Oeslau, Bavaria. Goebel made lovely figurines from the start but only became really well-known after they began making Hummel figurines in 1935.

Thankfully for model horse collectors, Goebel continued to make its animal figurines. They can be found in gift shops and department stores, and of course at antique shows and sometimes at flea markets and garage sales.

As well as marketing Hummels, Goebel also has another line, called Harvey Knox, which is happily represented in this gallery! (Information for this write up was obtained from the book, Animal Figurines, by Mike Schneider.)

From a letter to the Goebel Collector's club: Goebel no longer produces horses. Donald Brindley sculpted a number of pieces produced including: Appaloosa, Arabian, Tennessee Walking Horse, Hackney, Hanoverian, English Thoroughbred, American Quarter Horse and the Shire. Other pieces produced included single (running) horse, mare and foal, large horse rearing, double horses running, foals, horses standing and parading. Thanks to Melodie Dowell for providing this information.

Photo Credits: A trio of three Goebel "Minis"; owned by Patricia Ohlott

Pony in Palomino
Shown as "Beau Brummel," Haflinger pony gelding owned by Beth Dickenson

Cantering Horse in Palomino
A bit larger than Traditional size, shown as "Golden Eye," and owned by Nadia Verleger

Grazing & Standing Foals
Owned by Patricia Ohlott

Shetland Ponies
4"; two color variations, both owned by Patricia Ohlott

Shetland Ponies
4"; Conga line. Image provided by Melodie Dowell.

Shetland Pony in Bay
Owned by Traci Hilbert

Shetland Pony in Bay
Image provided by Melodie Dowell who comments: This is Goebel Pony 2 and 22. He has the upside down V with the bee over it also. His tummy says Goebel/W Germany.

Shetland Pony in Bay
Image provided by Melodie Dowell who comments: he just has Goebel/W Germany on his tummy.

Shetland Pony
4"; another pinto variation, owned by Barri Mayse.

Shetland Pony in Bay Tobiano
Shown as "*RDS Ewok," Shetland pony stallion owned by Teresa Fedak

Shetland Pony in Bay Tobiano
Photo provided by Chris Foote

Shetland Pony in Bay Tobiano
Image provided by Melodie Dowell. Melodie comments: He has lots of crazing. He has the upside down V with the bee over it. His tummy also says Goebel/W Germany.

Shetland Pony in Bay tobiano
Image provided by Melodie Dowell, who comments: His tummy says Goebel/W Germany. No V or bee.

Shetland Pony in Bay tobiano
Image provided by Melodie Dowell, who comments: His tummy says Goebel/W Germany.

Shetland Pony in Bay tobiano
Image provided by Melodie Dowell, who comments: has the upside down V with the bee above it. It also says Goebel/W. Germany.

Sitting Foal
2.5"; owned by Barri Mayse

Semi-Rearing Horse
10.5", in satin bisque; owned by Barri Mayse.

Standing Foal Thoroughbred Foal in Palomino
7.5"; owned by Barri Mayse

Standing Thoroughbred Foal in Dapple Grey
Left photo shows "*Sgt. Pepper," Anglo-Arab colt owned by Teresa Fedak; right photo shows "A.B.C. Boogie," and owned by Denise Gregoire

Mule-Eared Standing Horse
7.5"; owned by Barri Mayse

Seniorita
Andalusian, owned by Kim Jacobs

Dapple Grey Standing Horse
Photo by Lori Critchfield

Standing Horse
Owned by Patricia Ohlott

Standing Horse in Bay
Left photo provided by Chris Foote, right photo shows "*Solvang," Dulmen stallion owned by Karen Grimm

Prancing Arabian in Chestnut
Shown as "*Chancellor," Arabian stallion owned by Karen Grimm

Walking Horse in Dapple Grey
Shown as "Sage King," Mustang gelding owned by Traci Durrell-Khalife

Zebra Foal
Shown as "Zinfandel," and owned by Traci Durrell-Khalife

Donkey Foal
3.25" tall, owned by Lori Critchfield.

Donkey Foal
Photo by Pauline Entin.

Trotting Arabian
Trotting Arabian by Goebel in chestnut (with bay socks!)...owned by Kathy Williams. This model also was made in solid white.

Galloping horse
White glazed running horse on base.

Wild pony in brown pinto
Photo by Pauline Entin.

Cute pony in bay pinto
6.5" x 4.5" whimsical rough-coated walking Shetland Pony in bay tobiano. Old V with bee mark. Owned by Tiffany Tran.

Trotting Standardbred in bay
Photo by Pauline Entin.

Standing horse from Nativity set, in grey
Image provided by Melodie Dowell. Artist (?) signature on nearside blanket "Frobek".


Life Guard
11" x 13" porcelain Life Guard on black horse, signed "Bochmann", dated 1971. Owned by Tiffany Tran.

Standing Arabian in Chestnut with black points
12" x 12" with glossy glaze; black legs and white socks. Owned by Tiffany Tran.

Standing Thoroughbred in bay, dapple grey and palomino
Standing Thoroughbred Type Horse
8.5" x 10" in bay, dapple gray, and palomino; glossy glaze. Owned by Tiffany Tran.


Appaloosa and grey standing horses on base
This Goebel figurine has an appaloosa and a grey horse on a base. The Hallmark dates this piece to between 1935 and 1937, before the time of the Hummels. The hallmark is from W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik Rodental Bavaria Germany. The model number is CE 172 and there is a script F for the painter. They are approximately 7 1/2" tall and 9 1/2" long. Owned and photographed by Diane Gutzwiler.


Unicorn in Grey
Photo provided by Twyla Brower

Unicorn foals
Each about 4" tall. Image provided by Melodie Dowell.



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