Craniometer, stainless steel, by Down Bros.
Craniology studies the bones of the skull. This measuring instrument is a craniometer. Craniology was often the basis for anthropological theories during the 1800s. These explained social behavior and human evolution according to categories such as intelligence, race, and criminal temperament. This example was made by Down Brothers of London. It may have been used to investigate character traits in children by looking at their skull growth. The object was donated to the Science Museum by the Institute of Child Health in 1996.
- Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
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overall (open): 590 mm x 320 mm,
overall (open, lying flat): 135 mm x 176 mm x 360 mm, 0.5 kg
overall (closed, lying flat): 135 mm x 153 mm x 360 mm, 0.5 kg
overall (closed): 140 mm x 140 mm x 370 mm, .47kg
- furnishing and equipment
- measuring device - instrument
- Institute of Child Health