~ So einer nur am Glase nippt ~
This verse indicates that if you're going to do something, do it right in order to increase your chances for success. The PUG (printed under glaze) stein is in the Mettlach catalog under mold number 1526 and decoration number 599, ca. 1900.
So einer nur am Glase nippt,
kann es ihm nicht gedeihen,
hingegen wer da kräftig trinkt,
der wird es nicht bereuen!
If one only sips on a glass,
it will never be successful for him.
On the contrary he who drinks strongly
will not regret it.
Translation: Roy De Selms
Photo credit: Steve Smith