Beer stein in Belvedere Castle near Weimar.
[GERMANY.THUERINGEN 30498] Belvedere Castle, 3 km. south of Weimar, was constructed in 1722 as a summer residence for Duke Ernst August I of Sachen-Weimar-Eisenach. In 1922 the castle was converted in a museum which gives visitors the chance to experience what life was like for the Duke and his successors.
Here we see an item from the ducal faience collection, a beer stein made in Thuringia around 1720. It is believed by some that the lid on beer steins was implemented during the age of the Black Plague (14th century), to prevent diseased fleas from getting into the beer. Photo Mick Palarczyk.