Lenox Dimension Collection Eternal China Plate.
When tested with an XRF instrument the glaze on this Made in the USA Lenox brand dish tested positive for 349,000 ppm Lead. That’s 34.9% Lead.
This is a newer dish! c. 1994
I was told this was approximately 20+ years old when tested in 2014, so this is from c. 1994. This pattern is still sold by Lenox today (see this link for testing of a more recent version of the same pattern.)
There is a second set of photos here of the same pattern manufactured circa. 2006. The newer version of this pattern is less than 70 ppm lead. They are difficult to tell apart – but the newer one has “dishwasher safe” integrated into the mark on the bottom.
For context: the amount of lead that is considered unsafe in a modern/ newly manufactured item intended for children is anything 90 ppm (or higher) Lead in the paint, glaze or coating and anything 100 ppm Lead (or higher) in the substrate. Dishes are not considered “items intended for use by children.” These dishes tested positive for 3,877 times that amount!
Some additional reading that may be of interest.
- To see the #LeadFree dishes I use in my home, click here.
- For more #SaferChoices for your family, click here.
- To see more Lenox brand pieces I have tested, click here.
- To read more about the testing methodology used for the test results reported on this blog, click here.
- To read more specifics about the concern for Lead in pottery and dishes, click here.
To make a contribution in support of my independent consumer goods testing and lead poisoning prevention advocacy work, click here. Thank you!
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you for reading and for sharing my posts.