~ Hannes das Mädchen für alles ~
The German phrase "Mädchen für alles" refers to a person who does many menial tasks. 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.
Hannes das Mädchen für alles. Hannes - the girl for all things.
Translation: Roy De Selms
Photo credit: Andre Ammelounx - The Stein Auction Co.