Glass eyeballs

#1 Apr 12th, 2010, 18:20
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I'm not really sure what forum to put this in but I suppose it's humourous and need the advice!

My sculptor father has requested I bring him back glass eyeballs. I am leaving South India to be in the North for the next three months. He said that he bought some eyeballs twenty years ago - they were incredibly realistic - used by people who had lost an eye = and that he bought them from a hospital. I've asked in Kolkata and down south but to no avail - not sure they're the eyeballs used anymore.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Cheers!
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Hi Popzta,

I was curious about your post and so I googled "ocular prosthesis Kolkata" and came up with this:

http://www.calcuttayellowpages.com/a...29contact.html



HIMALAYA VISION CARE CENTRE

146, Rash Behari Avenue, Opp. Priya Cinema Hall,
Kolkata - 700029, West Bengal, India.

Phone No. : 91-33-2465 3530 / 3534 / 3536,
Fax No. : 91-33-2465 3534,
Mobile : 098302 26302

E-mail : ajay@himalayavisioncare.com
Website : http://www.himalayavisioncare.com

Contact Person : Mr. Ajay Kr. Bhootra


Maybe it is worth giving them a phone call to see if they have any glass eyeballs for sale.
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Twenty years ago, I could have told you of a place at Angel Islington that made them; it was close to where I worked. I never went there, but a colleague did, and got hold of two or three. They were amazing pieces of art and workmanship!

Knowing how that area has developed, I would doubt that the company is still there, but I have no idea.
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Thank you both for your replies!

theyyam you're a star and I will look on google as well - never even thought to. Annoyingly (and sadly) am no longer in Kolkata and that place escaped me.

Nick - sound like the right ones - and I, when in the UK live near there so if i have no luck might cross my fingers very hard upon my return!
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Artificial eyes are still made. There are millions of people in south asia with them. The doctors in this profession are called ocularist.
In the US a hand painted artificial eye procesias can cost 2,500 USD, in India it is a few thousand rupees. You may be able to get a reject cheap.
They are not glass anymore but plastic.
Go to this site http://artificialeyes.net/ocularists/india/
you will find info on artificial eye procesias in India
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Originally Posted by Popzta View Post Nick - sound like the right ones - and I, when in the UK live near there so if i have no luck might cross my fingers very hard upon my return!
I think it is called Angel Court. I used to work at The Medici Society, which is now no longer in Pentonville Road, but you might remember it if you've been there long. Next is a more modern block, including Shades hairdressers, a cafe and stuff, next is a tiny lane... down there.

This is going back 15-20 years, though!
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Popzta,
Quite by chance I was chatting at lunch yesterday about glass eyeballs (as you do, right! "How's the fish?" "Seen any glass eyeballs in the shops, lately?" etc.)... and I was given the following address:

CHARLES H. FOX
Covent Garden
London

This was given to me by a guy who works in the film business, designing spectacles for film stars, so it might be worth checking out.
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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post "how's the fish?" "seen any glass eyeballs in the shops, lately?" etc.)...
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Isn't Charles Fox a big theatrical outfitter? Or do I mis-remember?
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Actually Nick I don't know. But given the source of the information it probably is as you say. Is that good or bad?
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bad. I doubt that many theatre/play parts require glass eyes!

I don't know though... Maybe they have a website these days... Google will know!
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It is very healthy to have such topics of conversation. Thank you all and Lou, that sight looks spot on. I'm ringing the Delhi branch and will let you all know how eye get on (sorry)!

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