Mark Fisk asked
I have a Hummel 111 Wayside Harmony that resembles TMK6 but has an added copyright symbol to the right of the G. is this a real mark?
Over the years many of their trademarks have been altered, either by choice, or out of necessity. The TMK6 was first used in 1979, which was when they first removed the classic Bee sitting in the V from their logo.
While traditionally speaking, the © would appear to the left-hand side of the trademark. The TMK6 did have several variations made with and without the ©, as well as the ®, which could be found at the end of the trademark on the right-hand side.
These slight variations were either introduced later in the trademark’s production period, or were used to help further identify different products. In truth if the © appears on the right of the uppercase G and above the lowercase O, it could still be a real trademark.
As the Hummel 111 Wayside Harmony can be found in the following sizes:
- 3.75″ Hum Num – 111 3/0
- 5″ Hum Num – 111/I
- 5.5″ Hum Num – 111
- Hum Num – II/111 (Table Lamp)
It would most likely be that they used a slight variation of the same trademark to further indicate the size and/or product type. As a point of reference, please have a look at our article “Find out the age of your Hummel Figurine“, which showcases the different trademarks that were used by Goebel over the years. Keeping in mind that the aforementioned different variations, could still be found on some figurines that were produced later in that trademark’s production period.