The German phrase "Mädchen für alles" refers to a person, of either gender, who does many menial tasks or household chores,
similar to those that would be assigned to an army recruit. Some close
English equivalents would be "Girl Friday" or "gofer". This stein may have been designed as a joke gift for
someone named Hannes ( nickname for Johannes), or just a way of letting people know that the life of a
soldier is not all "guts and glory." The PUG (printed under glaze) stein has the form number "1909" and
decor number "680" used by Mettlach, ca. 1900.