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    Posted 5 months ago

    Alfie21
    (11 items)

    Joyful Ashtray by Hummel.
    A Girl Playing Mandolin with a Bird.
    The Stamp on the bottom of ashtray:
    "In 1950 Goebel paid tribute to Sister Hummel and the trademark was changed to a bee flying high within a V. The name Hummel in German means bumblebee and the V stands for “Verkaufsgesellschat” or Distribution Company. This new mark was called the Full Bee and was used until 1955."
    Thus, this ashtray was made between 1950-1955. It has been in the family since the early 60's. Now it holds safety pins in the sewing room.
    Unfortunately, the bird's upper bill is chipped.

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    Comments

    1. Newfld Newfld, 5 months ago
      What a fabulous Hummel tray, the girl with mandolin & little bird is such a sweet pose, a family treasure
    2. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 months ago
      I spotted this one right away. I love Hummel figures. This is just wonderful!!
    3. keramikos, 5 months ago
      Alfie21, Cool. :-)

      So, a pin dish. That's a good repurposing.

      Dunno about those casting holes in the bottom, though. I couldn't find another one with those.

      Anyway:

      *snip*

      M. I. HUMMEL - Joyful Ashtray, HUM 33, TM 2(Full Bee). The figurine measurers 3 1/2 inches tall and the ashtray is 3 3/4 inches in diameter. The overall width is 6 3/8 inches. It was sculptured by Reinhold Unger in 1935.

      *snip*

      https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/hummel-joyful-ashtray-hum-33-tm-full-1874006038

      *snip*

      HUM 53 – Joyful

      This little figurine was first modeled by master sculptor Reinhold Unger in 1936 and listed in the earlier catalogs as “Singing Lesson” as well as “Banjo Betty” which can be found in the 1950 catalog. The model for this has been used, due to its popularity, in a number of different ways based on the sketch of a little girl having fun strumming a string instrument. One has her in HUM 33 – Joyful as an ashtray with another later on as HUM 216 – Joyful as an ashtray but without the cigarette holder, HUM III/53 – Joyful as a candy box, HUM 120/A – Joyful as one of a set of bookends and this one as illustrated with just the little girl playing the string instrument.

      *snip*

      http://mihummel.org/rare-hummels/

      https://antique-marks.com/hummel-marks.html
    4. Alfie21 Alfie21, 5 months ago
      Thank you newfld, jscott, & Keramikos !
      "Banjo Betty" ;^) 'Betty' is my mother's name!
      Thanks for the info keramikos.
    5. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 5 months ago
      Seems wholly wrong to be smoking/resting butts around such a young cherub -- but I guess nobody cared about smoking and kids in the 50's...? <lol>
    6. keramikos, 5 months ago
      AnythingObscure, Back in the 1930s through at least the 1950s, smoking was seen as cool, and people who didn't smoke were seen as squares. People who objected to smoking in common areas were seen as trouble-making squares.

      Indeed, even as late as the 1980s in some countries, it was still considered common courtesy when extracting a cigarette from a pack for oneself also to offer one to anybody with whom one was interacting at the time. I had it happen to me in Germany.
    7. keramikos, 5 months ago
      Alfie21, You're welcome.
    8. Alfie21 Alfie21, 5 months ago
      AnythingObscure & keramikos Yes, it was important to have unique ashtrays! In 1992 in Germany it was still cool to smoke, yet the country banned it in a few places. Lufthansa allowed smoking in the back of the plane only. Then, Germany was beginning to make headway to ban smoking in public places.
    9. keramikos, 5 months ago
      Alfie21,

      I remember being slightly shocked when I was offered the cigarette, but then I paused to consider that this was also a common practice many years ago in the USA. You can see it in old movies.

      I just refused the cigarette politely, and thanked them for the offer. };-)
    10. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 2 months ago
      Myself, I never cared for smoking that much and never picked up a cigarette unless at a bar for a while. I never smoked at work during days, never at home. I have forever it seems collected airplane ashtrays, floor and desk models. I got kind of hooked on them. I remember all the things that I collected over the years. I used to help a friend back before the internet in her hunt for Hummels. This Hummel beauty of yours is quite fetching. It must have garnered lots of love over the years by its owners.
    11. Alfie21 Alfie21, 2 months ago
      Thamk you for your comments, PhilDMorris. I also like collecting unique ashtrays.

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