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By George Burgess (1829-1905)

Phrenologist in Bristol 1861-1901

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Neck, Ears, Jaws, Chin and Mouth.

Ears, Jaws, Chin and Mouth.



Long – A long, thin neck does not too closely connect the body with the brain; and it is a sign that the question of animal pleasures does not absorb much of the mind.

Short – A short, thick, bull-neck very closely connects the body with the bran, and it indicates a strong desire to gratify the various animal wants.

Perfect – A perfect neck is in size and length proportioned to the4 size and length of head and body; and is a sign of a nature able to properly enjoy all the animal and mental pleasures of life.


Rough – A rough, heavy ear indicates capacity to appreciate the more powerful and grand musical, and other sounds. 

Fine – A fine, delicately formed ear is a sign of capacity to detect and enjoy the more fine, tender, and exquisite musical sounds, and tones of voice.

Projecting – Projecting ears, standing out as it were to catch the coming sounds, are considered to be the best hearing ears.

Jaws – Heavy, square jaws are a sign of native physical endurance, and strength of character in some direction.

Light – Light, tapering jaws are a sign of physical deficiency, and probably some weakness of character otherwise.

Round – Rather round, perfect, finely formed jaws are a sign of a well-balanced physical and mental character by nature.


Large – A large projecting chin is a sing of great life power; and its owner will be capable of long life unless acquired or hereditary diseases prevent it.

Small – A small, retreating chin indicates a tendency to be feeble in the general constitution.

Hard – A hard, awkwardly formed chin is a sign of a hard, unloving nature.

Dimpled – A dimpled chin is a sign of a loving and lovable nature.

Beautiful – A beautiful chin is rather full, finely formed, and nicely rounded; and it indicates a nature for enjoying pure and healthy social, domestic, and marriage love.



Small – A small delicate mouth is a sign of susceptible feelings; and it is often accompanied by an acute but not a great mind.

Large – A properly large mouth indicates a strong, natural and distinct character in some direction.  Its owner is not always wise, but all great orators have rather large mouths.

Closed – A mouth uniformly and tightly closed on ordinary occasions, indicates a closed-up nature.  Its owner may have no desire to be secretive, but will be too reserved to please inquisitive people.