Published: December 27, 2016
When tested with an XRF instrument this Franciscan Apple vintage (c. 1950s?) china was positive for 80,700 ppm Lead.
Items intended for children are required by current legislation to be under 90 ppm lead in the glaze, paint or coating. Dishes are not regulated for total lead content (as detectable with an XRF instrument.)
The reason this vintage Franciscan Apple china is scary for me personally is because I have seen it in so many homes! So many people have held onto it and cherished it (because it was Grandma’s) and it is highly collectible (check out eBay!) and people are also using it as their every day dishes (eating off of it – not just collecting it.)
Please avoid any vintage dishes from the Franciscan Potteries of Sonoma, CA. It just takes a microscopic amount of lead to poison a child – and eating off these plates could very likely do the job! They are very high lead and it is chalking off the surface into the food.
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Lead Safe Mama