~ Nur einmal blüht im Jahr dem Mai ~
The verse on this stein is the refrain from a popular German song by Wilhelm Heiser (1816-1897). The phrase "dem Mai" may be grammatically incorrect since most copies of the song show it as "der Mai". This unusually shaped relief pottery stein, ca. 1900, has the TP mark of Johann Peter Thewalt and mold number 1179 on the bottom.
Nur einmal blüht im Jahr dem Mai,
Nur einmal im Leben die Liebe.
(Flowers) bloom only once a year in May,
Love, only once in a lifetime.
Translation: John Piet
Photo credit: John Piet