Catalogue Number: 3632
CBM brown shell boy's spectacle frame, unglazed
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacle frame
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: England
Description Of Item: Brown shell boy's spectacle frame, 120 x 47 mm, unglazed, saddle bridge, hockey temples with concealed joints. The inside of the right temple is engraved CBM FRAME ENGLAND and an original label is affixed to the same side reading CBM 42-18. The inside of the left temple is engraved J72.
Historical Significance: CBM (formerly Christian Blind Mission) is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world. It is considered one of the world's oldest and largest organisations working in this field.[CBM was founded in 1908 by the German pastor Ernst Jakob Christoffel, who built homes for blind children, orphans, physically disabled, and deaf persons in Turkey and Iran. Initially CBM's efforts were focused on preventing and curing blindness but now cover other causes of disability. CBM was the joint winner in 2017 (along with Sightsavers) of the 2017 Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award (the world's largest scientific prize in the field of vision) recognising its work in supporting blindness prevention, alleviation and rehabilitation programs in developing countries. Sale of a CBM frame led to a donation to CBM.
How Acquired: Donated by Jim Spencer
Date Acquired: July 2018
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 17