Small Gold Phrenology Bust Storage Jar
Small Gold Phrenology Bust Storage Jar (Seconds)
Small Gold Phrenology Bust Storage Jar (Seconds)

Small Gold Phrenology Bust Storage Jar (Seconds)

Regular price £13.99 £11.99 SALE

Please note: there is a small ink mark/smudge on the lid (not shown on photo), hence the price reduction. Our seconds sale items are all brand new, but the product or the packaging has arrived from our suppliers in less than perfect condition. We hate waste, so are offering these curiosities at a reduced cost.

This flash tattoo gold ceramic bust is inspired by the original Phrenology head by L. N Fowler, the top of his head handily comes off to store jewellery, money, receipts... anything that fits really! It comes packaged in a gorgeous box that has great  vintage illustrations. The bust is gold brushed to give a vintage effect, so some areas can be patchy, and the lid is a slightly different shade to the rest of the bust.

Approx Dimensions: 15cm x 7cm x 8cm 

What is Phrenology?

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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