Translation help please

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    I have this Mettlach with the phrase ” kast ich dann rost ich “. The on-line translation I used gives me ” if I rust then I rust “. Is that a real phrase ?
    Thanks, Rich

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    Jim Rutter

    You might have the “rust” part right, but are you sure what you are seeing is “kast ich, denn ich roste”. There is no German verb “kasten” to my knowledge, although “Kasten” is often used to refer to a crate of beer. Rosten (to rust) would be a bit odd too. You might want to look closely at the o and determine whether there is a “..” above the o, which is known as an “Umlaut”. The verb “rösten” is more likely as it means roast or toast. It might well have been vernacular use meaning to crate beer “If crate, then I roast/toast”. Just a guess. A native German may understand the nuances of local vernacular and dialects.

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    Since this is a Mettlach item, use the incised form number to look it up in the Mettlach catalog at the Beerstein Library (http:\\

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    Walt, It is a hand painted decoration on form 285.

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    First, your stein was decorated by van Hauten of Bonn.

    The first letter is R, so Rast ich dann rost ich. Note that the word “rost” is lower case, i.e., it is not a noun. The sources I consulted have entries for Rost, none for “rost.” I also searched for the full expression – Rast ich dann rost ich. Most of the results seem to want to add an e to the end of the key word, i.d., roste. If we make that small change, then Google translate give us “If I rest then I rust.” This seems to be a case of either a mistake or a variation in spelling, but in either case, the sense of the expression is clear. In context, i.e., what looks like a coat or arms, it is normal to accompany arms with a motto, which this expression certainly is.

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      What is the indication that it is by Van Houten ?

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    Thanks Walt, that is a big help

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    Jim Rutter

    Sorry, I was only going by your narrative description of the phrase, I did not have any photo to check. “R” instead of “K” makes all the difference and makes so much more sense.

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