Copeland Spode Vintage “Fairy Dell” China, Made in England.
This dish the following test results when tested with an XRF instrument:
- Lead (Pb): 36,400 +/- 1,400 ppm
- Arsenic (As): 2,332 +/- 288 ppm
- Cadmium (Cd): “ND” (non-detect)/ Negative
- Mercury (Hg): “ND” (non-detect)/ Negative
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- The amount of lead that is considered unsafe in a newly manufactured item intended for children is 90 ppm in the coating or 100 ppm in the substrate.
- Dishware is not regulated for total lead content as detectable with an XRF.
- Most vintage dishware was also not regulated for leach testing standards (or other standards) at the time of manufacture (depending on the age).
- There are documented cases of both children and adults being poisoned from eating off of high lead vintage/ antique dishware.
- Most “Made in England” vintage china that I have tested has been similarly high lead (in the range of 40,000 to 50,000 ppm and sometimes higher.)
- To be on the safe side, I advocate for avoiding vintage china if at all possible (unless you have had it tested and found it to be truly lead free.)
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