~ Deutsche Kameraden mit deutschen Bier ~
One must look at the scenes to help interpret the verse which comes from the time when Germany was uniting its North and South and one common element was of course "beer". Gambrinus is the proclaimed "King of Beer" and Arminius (Hermann, in German) represents Germany and both together are uniting. This magnificent, etched, 4.1 L. stein is marked with the Mettlach logo and form number 2040 ca. 1900.
Deutsche Kameraden mit deutschen Bier
Nord und Süd sei das Panier

Gambrinus - Arminius
German comrades with German beer
North and South is the Banner (motto)

Gambrinus - Hermann
Translation: Roy De Selms
Photo credit: Andre Ammelounx - The Stein Auction Co.