Franz and William Goebel, father and son, founded the F. D. & W. Goebel Porcelain Works near Coburg, Germany, in 1879. Initially, the firm made dinnerware, utilitarian ware and beer steins. Marx-Louis, William’s son, became president in 1912. He introduced many new porcelain figurine designs and added a pottery figurine line. Franz Goebel, son of Marx-Louis, and Dr. Eugene Stocke, his uncle, assumed control of the company in 1929.
Franz Goebel is responsible for making arrangements to produce the company’s famous Hummel figurines. During World War II, Goebel concentrated on the production of dinnerware. Following the war, the company exported large quantities of Hummels and other figurines.
by Harry L. Rinker
“Official Price Guide to Collectibles”