News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - The forgotten Goebels – Co-Boys, Red Heads, Blumenkinder, Friar Tuck and the Cardinal, DeGrazia, and many figurines – are expected to lead the Christmas rush!
We’re all familiar with Hummels, the mainstay of Goebel since Sister M. I. Hummel agreed in 1934 to allow Goebel to turn her sketches of sparkling children figures into three-dimensional forms. Hundreds of Hummels enrich the lives of collectors today. Some were made back in the 1930’s, while others were made just recently. There are many of them available today. A few can be found at almost every antique mall.
Goebel marks are on more than Hummels, however. And other items made by Goebel are more difficult to find. Goebel marks grace a wide variety of antiques and collectibles.
Among the forgotten are Red Heads designed by Lore. There are 111 pieces in this series. The first one made depicts a little red head boy who is bowling. It was first produced back in 1957. Others include Shear Nonsense, which shows the same red head boy busily cutting the hair of a little red head girl. Some are harder to find than others, and details and prices can be found in “Goebel Figurines and Prints by Charlot Byj” compiled by Rocky Rockbolt and published by Schiffer. Red Heads, or Redheads, are expected to be big sellers this holiday season.
Goebel also produced a series of Co-Boys ranging from Brad the Bookworm to Walter the Jogger. These were produced between 1971 and 1987. There are over 60 in this series. Co-Boys were popular for awhile, and Goebel even produced a “second series” which featured smaller, less detailed figures. The price of Co-Boys dropped as supply met demand, but now new collectors are entering the scene and beginning to collect the first series of CoBoys. Co-Boys come from a little town of Coburg, Germany. People there had forgotten how to laugh. One day, a resident had a very bright idea to recall the forgotten world of make-believe, and Co-Boys were invented. They were patterned after town residents, such as cooks, chefs, doctors, divers, travelers, butchers, firemen, etc. One to enrich each professions!
Many collectors are unfamiliar with Blumenkinder, produced by Goebel between 1966 and 1982. There were more than 50 different varieties produced, in seven editions. Talk about detail! These were boys and girls, depicting major happenings like first dates, the patient, a bird song, the accompanist and more. These were limited editions, making them more valuable to collectors. When one finds his first Blumenkinder, a new collector is born.
Then there’s the Friar Tuck line, with the famous brown robed monk. These were mostly functional items. There’s the simple salt and pepper set, banks, mugs, thermometers, egg timers, ash trays, egg timers, wine glasses and more. The red Cardinal Tuck is a color variation of the brown Friar Tucks. This series was produced for approximately five years. These items are sought after today for not only their functionality, but their pleasing appearance.