FOWLER & WELLS Variant Phrenological Head

FOWLER & WELLS Variant Phrenological Head


FOWLER & WELLS Variant Phrenological Head


Height: 11.5



Country of manufacture

North America

Categories: Medicine, Quack Medicine


A Fowler & Wells plaster phrenological head in a variant form. Typically, Fowler & Wells’ phrenological heads have the areas demarcated and defined with small paper labels that are glued on to the head–see last image. In this example the areas are cast into the head numerically and there is a legend on the back label. At 11.5″ is considerably larger than the typical  F&W head. Overall condition is good but there is evidence of use. 

Wiki notes: Fowler & Wells Company was a 19th-century American publishing house, based in New York City. The business was classified as phrenologists and publishers, but it was also a scientific and educational institution.[1] The company was established in 1835 by the brothers Orson Squire Fowler and Lorenzo Niles FowlerSamuel Roberts Wells joined the company in 1843, and he subsequently married Charlotte Fowler, a sister of the Fowler brothers. Eventually, the Fowler brothers left the company, and Samuel Wells died. In 1884, 



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US M&R Gordon

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