Phrenology Mug
Phrenology Mug

Phrenology Mug

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Beautifully designed, this mug has a phrenology head print with metallic gold detailing. The mug comes presented in a coloured design box making it a great gift idea. Not suitable for microwave or dishwasher use.

Approx Dimensions: 10cm (H) x 13cm (W) x 13cm (D)

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Lorenzo Niles Fowler (1811-96) along with his brother Orson Squire Fowler (1809-1887) were American phrenologists, who began reading heads in New York in the 1840s. Joined by Samuel R. Wells (1820-75) in 1844, their publishing industry produced huge quantities of phrenological periodicals, pamphlets and books. 

Phrenology is now considered a pseudo-science, and certain individuals used it to justify some rather unpleasant beliefs. However, it has also influenced psychology as we know it and terms such as "getting your head read" comes from phrenology. 19th-century phrenologists studied the shape and size of the cranium in detail, and used it as a supposed indication of character and mental abilities. They called it "the only true science of mind". Despite some of the dubious beliefs surrounding it, many people enjoy the Victoriana style, including us, and so we have a stunning range of phrenology gifts and homewares. 

Did you know that in the Victorian era, some employers insisted that prospective employees should see a phrenologist, to find out whether they were honest and hard working? We encourage you to read about phrenology further, starting with our Curious Guide to Phrenology Part One and Part Two.


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