One of the most EXTREMELY RARE Goebel Figurines You Can Find:PROTOTYPE SAMPLE, meaning it was the first out of the *mother mold*. These prototypes are then presented to the Siessen convent (where Sister M.I. Hummel resided after taking her vows.) (Note: if you double ) Designed in 1939 by master sculptor Reinhold Unger from the original drawings of Sister M.I. Hummel. The MEL stands for Hum*MEL*. This figurine was a prototype, also known as a sample model, but for some undetermined reason the figurine was not approved by Sister Hummel's convent in 1939. Later it was approved in the mid-1950s as HUM 117. It was supposed to be paired with MEL 1 and 2: three advent figurines . Only MEL 1 has the Goebel stamp. HUM 2 and 3 have "Germany" as their inscription. (Remember West and East Germany didn't exist until 1949.) The MEL figurines were only sold in Germany. MEL 3 stands at 3.5 inches tall. Notice under the bottom of the horse it is inscribed with *GERMANY*. There is a minute chip in the front of the toy horse, but it is not even noticeable when the figurine is on a flat surface (take a look at the photos to verify my claim). Other than this tiny chip, there are no repairs. Of course, there is some crazing (but minimal) being almost 74 years old! He's Stunning! Experts write that if you find one of the MEL Goebels, you've found the holy grail. If you find an inexpensive version, make sure it's not a Hummel 117, or a MEL with chips or major damage. The photos just don't do the it justice. Sorry, original box not available. Payment must be received within 36 hours of purchase because it's so rare. Thank you so much for looking! Have a great day! Posted with eBay Mobile
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