From the best that we have been able to piece together about this figure, it was made early in the US military occupation of Southern Germany. We have been able to find later versions of porcelain figures that almost resemble Hummels, but these early, hand-painted, papier mache figures were probably made before factories could be re-built to fire porcelain. The figure stands 5 ½” tall and depicts a woodsman who is friendly to animals, especially the squirrel on his shoulder. He is carrying a saw and hatchet and is smoking a pipe. He is dressed in traditional German attire and has a knapsack on his back. There are a couple of small places where the paint has chipped, but he still retains his face full of character. It’s a truly charming piece with very fine details. It is marked on the bottom: Friedel Germany US Zone. We assume Friedel was the name of the company. Later versions bear the name Sonneberger, which is probably the area in which the factory was located.
This is an interesting World War II era piece and would be a great addition to your collection. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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Hard to Find Friedel US Zone Germany Papier Mache Woodsman Figure