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Vintage Red Pyrex Milk Glass Fridge Container with Lid Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

#SuperLeaded: Vintage Pyrex Food Storage Container with Lid

This vintage Pyrex food storage container (which I bought on eBay for my book and my #MuseumOfLead collection) was positive for lead at some of the highest levels I have ever found. It’s super interesting to note how the red is fairly solid with few blemishes and little wear, much like it would have been […]

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Vintage Franciscan Desert Rose Earthenware Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

#Leaded: Franciscan Desert Rose Earthenware China, Made in USA c. 1941

When this Franciscan Desert Rose Earthenware China (Made in the USA, c. 1941 and later) was tested with an XRF instrument it came in at 122,200 +/- 5,000 ppm lead. It is negative for Cd (cadmium), As (arsenic) and Hg (mercury), however that is one heck of a lot of lead to be found in […]

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Franciscan Potteries Ivy Platter Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1a

#Leaded: Franciscan Ware Potteries, Franciscan Ivy Pattern Serving Tray, c. 1948+

This is a Franciscan Potteries vintage “Ivy” pattern serving tray that I got at the Good Will Bins a while back (to add to my “Museum of Lead” collection!) The interesting thing about glazes (especially on pieces that are handmade or hand-painted) is that the levels of lead can vary significantly across the surface of […]

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Leaded Mexican Pottery Marked Lead Free Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 2

#Leaded: Mexican Pottery Marked “Lead Free”

Mexican pottery bowl purchased new c. 2007. Marked “Lead Free.” Tested positive for more than 300,000 ppm lead in the glaze when tested with an XRF instrument. Most of the Mexican pottery that I have tested that has been labeled “Lead Free” has tested positive for at least 1,000 ppm lead. This piece was unique, coming in […]

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Vintage Milk Glass Christmas Tom And Jerry Mug 2

#Leaded: Tom And Jerry Vintage Milk Glass Christmas Mug

This little Christmas mug was tested with an XRF instrument and the results were as follows: White Milk Glass (unpainted) 176 +/- 19 ppm Pb 9 +/- 3 ppm Br Green Paint 37,100 +/- 1,000 ppm Pb 943 +/- 50 ppm Cd 317 +/- 79 ppm Ba 11,600 +/- 900 ppm Cr Red Paint 27,900 […]

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Vintage Libbey High Ball Christmas Glass Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

#Leaded: Vintage Libbey High Ball Christmas Glass

I purchased this glass in an antique store to add to my “museum of lead” and to feature in my upcoming book on lead in household goods. It tested positive for lead both with a LeadCheck swab (see video) and with an XRF instrument. While there is no mark or maker visible, the shopkeeper told […]

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Cornflower Pattern Vintage Milk Glass Casserole, Anchor Hocking 1

#Leaded: Cornflower Pattern Vintage Milk Glass Casserole, Anchor Hocking

This Anchor Hocking milk glass casserole was positive for lead when tested with an XRF instrument. The blue flowers were 18,600 +/- 400 ppm lead (Pb) and 137 +/- 13 ppm cadmium (Cd). The flowers were non-detect for mercury (Hg) and arsenic (As.) The milk glass on this piece was negative for lead, mercury, cadmium […]

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Vintage Green Pyrex Spring Blossom Mixing Bowl close up Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

Testing Vintage Glassware (Pyrex, Libbey, Anchor Hocking) With A LeadCheck Swab (Video)

Spring Blossom Green Posts Anchor Hocking Cornflower Casserole Post Chip In Link My affiliate link* for LeadCheck swabs: https://amzn.to/2HJLB4N If you purchase something on Amazon after clicking one of my affiliate links I receive a small percentage of what you spend at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my advocacy work in this […]

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Vintage Green Pyrex Spring Blossom Mixing Bowl with Cat Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

#Leaded: Vintage Pyrex Spring Blossom Green Mixing Bowls

I’m super excited to now own a set of these incredibly lead-toxic mixing bowls for my “museum of lead” collection! [eBay find!, purchased for my book.] This pattern was the pattern that started it all for me, in terms of finding incredibly high lead in vintage pyrex.  When I first posted about this about 5 […]

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