1958/59 Goebel Mini "Friar Tuck" Toby Pitcher, TMK2 # S 135, baby bee

Genuine Goebel, 1958/59 "Friar Tuck Toby pitcher", baby bee (because mark is so fuzzy, maybe a Vee Bee, but depth in V looks more like baby bee's), S 135 TMK2 1.25" tall at highest point, from family collection and non-smoking home. I know where we were living when this piece was purchased, and can vouch for the dates.

This was NOT designed by MI Hummel, so is not truly a Hummel figurine. But it is made by Goebel, the company that made MI's designs into clay figurines, and is collectible.

"In the early 1950s, Goebel introduced a series of functional pieces called Friar Tucks. They were sculpted by several artists of the Goebel factory and are found with many interesting variations. Other than their Hummel series, this was Goebel's most popular and most successful line. The series contained approximately 125 different items. The Friar Tuck line was discontinued in 1988."

I cleaned the glazed areas with distilled water and a q-tip, but you may want to do a little more. There are many internet resources that detail how to take care of these pieces.

This figurine's color is vivid for its age. All computer screens show color variations, which is beyond my control. But I have done my best to make sure the photos I have uploaded are as close in color to the actual item as I can. If you see color that looks faded,
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