the years, similar products were copied by many manufacturers, particularly
from Japan. In the 1980’s, when most Goebel products were in a slump,
Goebel issued several series of Ladies, in my opinion, to compete with
Royal Doulton figurines.
These figurines were comparable to Doulton in both quality as well as
issue price. Because of the high issue price, not many were sold and
some tend to be rather difficult to come by now. Like most Goebel products
other than Hummels, all of these lines were discontinued in 1988.
picture #1 (above right), we see the complete set of four very beautiful
ladies who were introduced in the late 1960’s. The numbers incised into
the bottom are of the older system and are FF 273 through FF 276. FF
70 and FF 118 were also introduced earlier than the rest and can be
seen in picture #2 (left). These and the ladies that follow are all
about 8″ tall, again very similar to Doulton products.
#3 (right) is a limited edition series issued for the GFWC (I don’t
know what it stands for) and the initials are printed on the bottom
as well as, “Unity in Diversity”. Left to right, they were issued in
1984, 1984, 1986 and 1988. If Goebel bothered to give the preceding
ladies names, I am not aware of them. But, they gave beautiful names
to the next series called “Fashion on Parade”.
#4 (left) shows a fan shaped dealer display plaque in both English and
German. These are 6″ across. The earlier figurines do not have the name
and date on the bottom. The figurines in the 270’s and 280’s can be
found both ways and are the most common as they were produced for the
longest period. I have put this series in order of the common ones first
and the hardest to find last. The name is appropriate for the figure
and the date is the year in which women wore this type of outfit.
#5 (right) presents Edwardian Grace, 1911 and is numbered 16-283-21.
From now on, I will give only the middle numbers. To her right is The
Visitor, 1894 and is #279. On the left is The Garden Fancier, 1880,
Picture #6 (below) has Her Treasured Day, 1925 and her husband, Waiting
for His Love, 1925. If she doesn’t hurry up, he may leave and she will
be an old maid. They are numbered 289 and 288, respectively.
Picture #7 (below) shows ladies in full gowns. On the left is Demure
Elegance, 1835, #284, and on the right, Gentle Thoughts, 1835. #285.