#Leaded: Spode “Delamere Blue” China

This Spode brand yellow “Delamere Blue” pattern china (Made in England) was positive for lead when tested with an XRF instrument. It came in at 47,500 ppm lead (+/- 1,500 ppm).

For context:

  • The amount of lead that is considered unsafe in a newly manufactured item intended for children is 90 ppm in the coating or 100 ppm in the substrate.
  • Dishware is not regulated for total lead content as detectable with an XRF.
  • Most vintage dishware was also not regulated for leach testing standards (or other standards) at the time of manufacture (depending on the age).
  • There are documented cases of both children and adults being poisoned from eating off of high lead vintage/ antique dishware.
  • Most “Made in England” vintage china that I have tested has been similarly high lead (in the range of 40,000 to 50,000 ppm and sometimes higher.)
  • To be on the safe side, I advocate for avoiding vintage china if at all possible (unless you have had it tested and found it to be truly lead free.)

This dish was “Non-Detect” (negative) for mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), and arsenic (As).
Read more about the concern for lead in dishware here.

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