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The Goebel Collector's Guide: Volume One by Werner Moderhack, Ray Wagner
Goebel Figurines & Prints by Charlotte Byj by Rocky Rockholt
There is no established market for the 40,000 Goebel items and therefore no market values. There are a few exceptions such as the Charlot BYJ Redheads and Blonds, Friar Tucks, very little information on the Co-Boy Figurines and some secondary market prices for the Shakers. Generally though, you need to find a buyer and he is the one who will determine how much a piece is worth to him.
If you have any specific Goebel (not Hummel) questions, our expert and largest goebel figurine collector and buyer (he has over 4,500 Goebel pieces) will be happy to help you as much as he can. He cannot and will not give estimates of values so please do not email him requesting that kind of information. Also he is more than willing to pay what he consider's retail for any Goebel piece that he does not have. He has no interest in buying Hummels though. email@example.com
Before sending us a question, please look at the item - back or bottom and check if there are any markings that may identify the piece. Also, if it is a plate it should have the name of the plate, the name of the series, the name of the artist and the name of the manufacturer.
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Subject: Goebel Angel
I have a small figurine 3 in. tall. i was told it is goebel although i can find no markings other than what appears to be a signature on the bottom that looks like (id) the figure is an angel dressed in green and wings have blue on edges. she is holding a trumpet which is gold in color. i have had this for about 18 yrs. anything you can tell me will be appreciated . thank you DOT
We do not think your figurine is a Goebel because although there are some goebels that are unmarked, there are letters and numbers in their ID system. If a goebel, the angel would have incised HX ## like HX 33 incised into the bottom.
I am trying to find some information on Some Goebel pieces that my aunt has. She bought the pieces in Germany between 1968-1970 they contain the Goebel mark on the bottom. My aunt believes they are called the Friars or the Monks the pieces include 4 mugs, 1 cookie jar, salt/pepper shakers, toothpick holder, creamer and sugar bowl on a tray and a wine and vinegar decanter. We have looked all around for some information and cannot find them anywhere. Any help would be appreciated.
The Friar Tuck Pieces (Brown Monk) - The cookie jar with the full bee has a current market price of $360, A Mug with the number T74/0 full bee has a market value of $35, Shakers with full bee $35.00 pair and Shakers with Bible $80.00 per pair. Oil and vinegar cruets, 3 line mark are $250 per pair. I do not know about the other pieces. The book lists a Condiment Set at $110.00.
The Cardinal Tuck Pieces (Red Monk) - Shakers P153 stylized bee, 2 inches at $125.00, 4 inch Sugar bowl and 4 inch Pitcher with stylized bee at $135.00 each.
I have a goebel figurine with a crownmark & FR624A.It is a colonial
man. I was told it is George Washington & it was made in 1923. M . Perkins
Subject: Goebel Charlot Byj
I recently purchased at a garage sale for 2.00 a figurine. It is a blonde headed boy kneeling and praying he has on pajamas and the flap in back is down, the markings on the bottom are w. goebel, w, germany stamped into the bottom are the letters byj 16. I am curious as to its value. It has no chips although it is a bit dusty any ideas how to safely clean it?
There are 16 blondes in the Charlot Byj collection of Goebel Fiigurines. There are no pictures in the book, just the names so it is not possible to say exactly which one you have, but if the 16th one listed called, "The Way To Pray", is also your number 16 then the secondary market value is $75 - $90. The lowest price listed for the figurines is $60 and the highest price is $500. The highest price is for the figurine called "Tender Shepherd".
Subject: Goebel Charlot Byj Redheads and Blonds
I have a figurine called "Sitting Pretty". It has Charlot BYJ 12 and a number213 on the bottom with the goebel marking and dated 1957. Any information you could give me would be appreciated. Thank You.
Update: Charlot Byj Blondes Sitting Pretty issued in 1968 for $9.00 and has a secondary market price range of $50 to $95.
I have a redhead called daises wont tell # 24 also has a 42 on it with a 4 or h logo of w goebels w. germany and the year 1958 i also have atta a boy and good news dated1958 0n them any information u can give me would be helpful
Daisies Wont Tell is a Charlot Byj Redheads. It issued in 1968 for $6.00 and has a secondary market price range of $50 to $145.
Atta Boy issued in 1968 for $6.50 and has a secondary market price range of $65 - $145
Good News issued in 1968 for $6.00 and has a secondary market price range of $50 - $150
Do you have any info on or know where to purchase a series of figurines by Goebel called "BERDZ" They are described on their pamphlet as "exotic and amusing feathered creatures. They mirror images of our own human foibles and personalities." The name and address of the maker and artist is W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik, Rodental, Bavaria, West Germany. artist: Gunter Scherrer Dated 1982 I would appreciate and help you can offer. I did write to Goebel in Germany but did not get a reply.
I do not have any information of this series of figurines. Perhaps you could write to Goebel of North America, Goebel Plaza, Rte. 31 North, Pennington, NJ 08534-0010. Please let us know if you find out anything more.
Subject: Goebel - Redheads
I have recently inherited Goebel figurines from my aunt. She often referred to these figurines as "Redheads" and I can't find any information on them. One is approximately 4 1/2 " high. It's a little girl with red hair wearing a green and white checkered dress with two dogs following behind. Inscribed on the bottom is the big V with the bee W. Goebel, W. Germany. Also the Number Byj 25 with the year 1958. Can you give me any information on this?
Well, I can tell you that the Goebel Redheads by Charlot Byj are listed in the book. There are approximately 75 of them. The problem is that they are listed by name with no numbers given. 1968 seems to be the first year the figurines were issued. I see none that go back to 1958. There is a figurine dated 1968 called "Putting on the Dog" It issued for $9.00 and has a current market value of $125.00. The edition for that figurine was closed in 1986. The figurine list is not descriptive so I do not know how to go about finding the name for yours. The secondary market prices range from $85 - $150 for the majority of the figurines listed.
Subject: Goebel Redheads
Could you tell me if the book, Collectibles Market Guide and Price index, contains information on the Goebel Charlot Byj Redhead Figurines. I have an extensive collection of these redheads and have no information on their value. I appreciate any help or suggestions.
The book has approximately 75 of the Goebel Redheads listed. You can order the book in our bookstore.
Subject: Goebel Figurines - Today's Children
It is great that you have a site where I can ask a few questions on Goebel figurines! I have a small collection of figurines called Today's Children (1 girl and 6 boys) the figurines all all stamped with the circle around the C Goebel WGermany. They also have the name Kiobek enscribed on the base of each figurine. They are numbered and dated as follows: girl with headphones - 10712?4 date 1978 - boy with drill - 10 708 12 date 1976 - boy with computer- 10725 14 date 1983 - boy stirring pot - 10 709 16 date 1978 - boy with camera - 10706 17 date 1978 - boy with stamp collection -10704 18 date 1978 - boy with airplane - 10 716 17 date 1981 - boy on sled - 10721 10 date 1983. All of the figurines are signed. Could you tell me anything about this series? How many are there in total (boys/girls)? Is there anywhere a person can purchase the figurines (I have purchased all of mine at estate auctions and antique stores). What is the value of the figurines? Copies to: Norwich@erols.com
Hi. I saw your site on the computer. I have a Goebel piece that I found at a thrift store. It is a Today's children piece Goebel W. Germany with the markings10 718 15 83 I think it is 83 but maybe 63? also it is marked frobek. It is about 5 inches tall. It is a graduation girl with a cap and gown on holding a diploma. Please let me know if you know anything about this. Thanks, Tracy
My wife was given what looks like a Hummel. It is about 5 1/4" tall. The little boy is wearing a top hat,an orange scarf(or tie?)and dressed in all black. He's walking,carrying a ladder in his right hand slung behind his back. He is carrying something in his left hand which possibly could be a duster. He looks like a chimney sweep but doesn't match the one in the book.On the bottom the stamp is "Goebel w.Germany" and to the right is a scribble that could be the signature. It is stamped "KF40". Any idea what it is?
It could be a Co-Boy by G. Skrobek manufactured by Goebel in 1984. Try to get a magnifying glass to see if you can read the signature. I have never seen these figurines, but it sounds like "Chuck the Chimney Sweep". It issued in 1984 for $45.00 and has a secondary market price of $80 - $120.
Subject: Goebel Co-Boys
Hi! I have a Goebel Figurine from the Co-Boys Kids Series. She is named Gilda, Little Mother (17-601). It has a white glaze and is about 5" tall. Would you happen to know the approximate value of this item.
There are only 5 Co-Boy figures listed in the book (no pictures). Gilda is not listed but would have a value of at least $85.
Thanks for the information and for posting my question in your FAQ section. I did get a reply from Goebel to a query I had regarding my figurine, part of which is as follows:
The Co-Boys, the figurine you are inquiring about is part of, was a popular series we had started in the early 70's and discontinued in 1987 when 51 different gnomes were available. Our master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek modelled the Co-Boys after designs by Hanns Welling. The Co-Boys are withdrawn from production and may be found on the secondary market only.
In 1994, for only one year, 15 of the Co-Boys were reissued, but ever since they are not in production anymore.
Your figurines name is “Gilda, little Mother”, and it was part of the Co-Boys Kids, of which there were four figurines: 17-600 Erik; 17-601 Gilda; 17-602 Kurt; 17-603 Rosi and Rolf
I think it's rather strange that the book you are referring to does not list my figure as being part of the series when the above reply I received, does list it. What do you think? Also, any co-boys figurines I've seen look like gnomes, mine is a little girl holding a doll.
First, thank you for sending us an update. The book I used is "Schroeder's Antiques Price Guide". The book tries to touch briefly or lightly on all subjects and it is possible that their researchers were never asked to find in depth information on the Co-Boys. Also if the Co-Boys were first issued in 1970's they do not yet, qualify as an antique*. I do think they are what we call "collectible" and if kept in good shape they will eventually go up in value on the secondary market. I also think that your little girl, being only one of four children rather than one of 75 gnomes has a much greater chance of appreciation. If you have a scanner, I would be thrilled if you put the figurine on it and send me a picture so that we could post it here.
* Antique-something that has to be at least 50 years old. (like me)
I recently inherited two pieces of "Goebel" and cannot find anything about them. I'm sure they are not very old as they have no bee mark. One is a figurine about 8" high of what may be a groom - marked: 16 288 Goebel W Germany Waiting for his love 1925 - The other is marked: Charlot 27 Byj 84 Goebel W Germany.
Any information as to what they are and possible value would be most appreciated.
The bee mark references older Hummel figurines. These are not Hummels. I do not see them listed in the book. Do you know if they were purchased in the USA or Germany? Goebel manufactures several different figurines, not just Hummels.
Update: Waiting for his Love by G. Bochmann artist for Goebel Series: Fashions On Parade Issued for $33.00 in 1983 now has secondary market quote of $50.
I have a Goebel/Hallmark "Betsey Clark" figurine from the 1970's - can you tell me where I can find information on this. Thanks
There were four Betsey Clark Figurines by G. Bochmann produced in 1972. They are "Bless You" - issued for $18.00 and has a secondary market price of $275.00 - "Friends" issued $21.00 secondary market price $400.00, "Little Miracle" issued $25.00 secondary market price $350.00 and "So Much Beauty issued $25.00 and the secondary market price is $350.00
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