Lenox Dimension Collection Eternal China, c. 1994: 349,000 ppm Lead

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Lenox Dimension Collection Eternal China Plate. When tested with an XRF instrument the glaze on this dish tested positive for 349,000 ppm Lead.

That’s 34.9% Lead.

Made in USA.

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 90 ppm lead. Dishes are not considered “items intended for use by children.” These dishes tested positive for 3,877 times that amount!

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Tamara Rubin

7 Responses to Lenox Dimension Collection Eternal China, c. 1994: 349,000 ppm Lead

  1. Evan January 21, 2018 at 10:23 pm #

    34.9% lead doesn’t make any sense, both from a chemistry standpoint or a reality check standpoint. A plate that has that much lead in it will weigh more than a solid steel plate of the same size. If you’ve ever held a steel plate, you notice the weight right away. You would never mistake it for a ceramic plate, or be able to reasonably compare it to a ceramic plate without mentioning the weight.

    From a chemistry standpoint, there aren’t any lead ceramics that could make a plate with a chemical composition that would be close to 30-35%.

    Did you mean that a certain portion of the plate, perhaps the decorative metal, had the high lead concentration? Usually you indicate that in your writing.

    • Tamara January 22, 2018 at 12:44 am #

      34.9% lead in the coating (the glaze). It is leaded glaze. The XRF does not read through to the substrate unless the coating is lead free.

    • Tamara January 22, 2018 at 12:45 am #

      In most cases it is the clear surface glaze that is highly leaded (similar to the way it creates a sheen and sparkle in leaded crystal, which is also about 34% lead!)

      • Evan January 22, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

        That makes sense. I feel like the post could have been clearer. Thanks.

        • Tamara January 22, 2018 at 9:02 pm #

          Yeah – no problem. 800+ posts and counting… I try to cover all questions, but that is why I encourage folks to ask questions and keep them in the comments. Your comment is important and I appreciated it Evan!

  2. Roberta Anderson November 14, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

    I have a set of Lenox Eternal China from my aunt who purchased this ~ 1940’s. Does not say “Dimension Collection.”
    How likely is it for the lead to leach from the glaze into the food on the plate that is then eaten? And how much lead would be ingested?

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