Vintage Wedgwood Benjamin Bunny/ Peter Rabbit:
59,200 ppm Lead (when tested with an XRF instrument).
Made in England.
Year unknown (possibly 1960s, based on what the owner told me when I tested it); Wedgwood started making these in 1949. I have observed that the older they are, the higher the lead levels tend to be. This example is useful ,as the photo shows how the glaze can become cracked/crazed (as much older pottery is) — making it more dangerous, as it is more likely to leach lead when it is to the point of deterioration such that it is visually in this condition.
It would be highly illegal to manufacture baby dishes (or toys for that matter) with lead levels this high today [modern/newly manufactured items manufactured and intended to be used for children and sold today must be under 90 ppm lead in the coatings and under 100 ppm lead in the substrate].
Unfortunately many people have held on to these vintage Wedgwood Peter Rabbit dishes to pass to their children and grandchildren as “heirlooms”. I would strongly advise against this. Wedgwood makes a new/modern version of this piece that is, in fact, lead-free.
Here are some better (lead-free) choices you can purchase today on Amazon:*
Do NOT buy these things second hand. Only the new ones are lead-free.
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