Introduction (for those new to this website):
Tamara Rubin is a federal-award-winning independent advocate for consumer goods safety and a documentary filmmaker. She is also a mother of Lead-poisoned children, her sons were acutely Lead-poisoned in 2005. Since 2009 Tamara has been using XRF testing (a scientific method used by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) to test consumer goods for toxicants (specifically heavy metals), including Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, Antimony, and Arsenic. All test results reported on this website are science-based, accurate, and replicable. Items are tested multiple times, to confirm the test results for each component. Tamara’s work was featured in Consumer Reports Magazine in February of 2023.
Nancy Ann Storybook Queen of Hearts Doll
This vintage (1940s) Nancy Ann Storybook doll (“Queen of Hearts”) has a painted face that is 6,255 +/- 207 ppm Lead. Her black-painted shoes are 2,343 +/- 109 ppm Lead. The amount of Lead considered toxic/unsafe in an item made for children today is 90 ppm Lead and higher.
In general, you should keep vintage dolls (both plastic and ceramic) away from young children as they almost always have unsafe levels of Lead and cadmium (and sometimes also contain arsenic and mercury).
This doll was tested with an XRF instrument. All components were tested. The exact year of this item is unknown as it is not marked, although my mother had these very same dolls from her childhood and she was born in 1942.
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