Bear majolica toby jug produced by Wasmuel of Wasmuel, Belgium, circa 1903. Bearbaiting was a popular English sport from the 12th until the 19th century. Arenas for the sport were called bear-gardens consisting of a circular high fenced area with a pit and raised seating for spectators. A post was set in the ground towards the edge of the pit and the bear chained to it. Several well-trained fighting or baiting dogs would then be set on it fighting until they got tired or were wounded or killed. The Bear toby jug was designed by Frederic Thurner. Photos are courtesy of barbotine-belge.com.