Vintage Lenox Charleston Pattern China Teacup: 85,000 ppm Lead.
Most people assume that vintage china like this (made by a well known, “reputable” brand name) is safe to eat off of. This is simply not true. Most vintage Lenox china I have tested has been positive for high levels of lead. [Some of the newer Lenox china I have tested has been Lead-free or at least Lead-safe.]
My rating for this china?… Grade: “F”
“F” = I would not want to use it in my home, I would (politely) refuse to drink anything that you served in it in your home. I would advise you to chuck it. Vintage glazed china with high lead levels has often been found to leach unsafe levels of lead into the food being served in/on it. Drinking tea or coffee from this cup would be a definite “no-no” in my book!
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Note: the amount of lead that is considered safe in an item intended for children is anything below 90 ppm lead, this is far above 90 ppm lead!
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