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Phrenologists believed that the mind has a set of different mental faculties, with each particular faculty represented in a different area of the brain. For example, the faculty of philoprogenitiveness, from the Greek for 'love of offspring', was supposed to be located centrally at the back of the head These areas were said to be proportional to a person's propensities, and the importance of the given mental faculty. It was believed that the cranial bone conformed in order to accommodate the different sizes of these particular areas of the brain in different individuals, so that a person's capacity for a given personality trait could be determined simply by measuring the area of the skull that overlies the corresponding area of the brain.

In the Victorian age, phrenology as a psychology was taken seriously and permeated the literature and novels of the day. Many prominent public figures such as the Reverend Henry Ward Beecher (a college classmate and initial partner of Orson Fowler) promoted phrenology actively as a source of psychological insight and self-knowledge. Thousands of people consulted phrenologists for advice in various matters, such as hiring personnel or finding suitable marriage partners. As such, phrenology as a brain science waned but developed into the popular psychology of the 19th century and functioned in approximately the same way as psychoanalysis permeated social thought and relationships a century later. Beginning during the 1840s, phrenology in North America became part of a counter-culture movement evident in the appearance of new dress styles, communes, mesmerism, and a revival of herbal remedies. Orson Fowler himself was known for his octogonal house.
Vintage image of a phrenology diagram charm. Resin and paper image in a pronged bezel of tarnished brass with matching jump ring. Charm measures 1 inch in diameter.

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Vintage phrenology diagram aged brass bezel and resin pendant


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  • Materials: brass, resin, paper
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