The Phrenology HeadThe most famous Phrenological study item is the Phrenological head: a representation of a head, mostly made of china, on which the Phrenological faculties are illustrated.
The most famous Phrenological head is probably the one by L.N.
Fowler & Co. Original "Fowlers" heads date from the nineteenth
century and can now only be found, at great expense, in antique shops.
Modern sources of Phrenology heads
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These heads are modelled on the Fowler bust and are 28 cm (11") high. Unfortunately, these very fine items are now sold out.
A word of warningSome of the heads available in the false-antique and novelty trade show the phrenological faculties arranged in the wrong places and generally mingled about, making them useless for the serious student.
A particular caution should be held towards a circa 35 cm high head (larger than the average Fowler replicas, which are about 28 cm high), similar to the left side image above. The phrenological faculties, which are marked in handwritten characters, are not always laid out the right way; even the errors are not always consistent.
As always, caveat emptor !
The Phrenological ChartA two-dimensional representation of the Phrenological Head is the Phrenological Chart.
The example below was taken from the work "How to Read Character", published by Fowler in New York in 1884. (click on image to see full size)
The Tools of the TradeThe working tools of a Phrenologist mainly consist of two instruments for measuring the head:
The craniometer, often referred to by the name of its inventor Bertillon is a specialist instrument available from the medical trade. It is also used for other anthropometric measurements. Being a specialist precision instrument, a good craniometer is quite expensive and will cost a few hundred dollars or euros.
An early example can be seen on the following drawing:
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