#Leaded: Lenox Dimension Collection Eternal China

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Lenox Dimension Collection Eternal China Plate. The glaze tested positive with an XRF 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.

The amount of lead that is considered unsafe in a modern/ newly manufactured item intended for children is 90 ppm lead. These dishes tested positive for 3,877 times that amount!


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5 Responses to #Leaded: Lenox Dimension Collection Eternal China

  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!

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