Royal Norfolk Ceramic Snowman Christmas Mug: as high as 1007 ppm Lead + Cadmium

Royal Norfolk Ceramic Snowman Christmas Mug: as high as 1007 ppm Lead + Cadmium

This Royal Norfolk “Made In China” snowman mug tested positive for lead and cadmium at the following levels (Note, year of manufacture is unknown, however I don’t believe this is very old).

Here’s a link to this exact piece on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Qnone7

  • To see more Royal Norfolk pieces I have tested, Click HERE.
  • To see more Christmas decorative pieces I have tested, Click HERE.
  • To see more Christmas mugs I have tested, Click HERE.

Green Glaze:
Lead (Pb): 198 +/- 27 ppm
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Red Glaze:
Lead (Pb): 939 +/- 68 ppm
Cadmium (Cd): 539 +/- 39 ppm*
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White Glaze:
Lead (Pb): 97 +/- 20 ppm

Since I originally posted this I have learned that this brand and type of Christmas Mug is sold at the Dollar Tree and similar stores. (You can also buy it on Amazon! LINK).

Tested with an XRF instrument. This piece was negative for arsenic (As) and mercury (Hg.)

*Red glaze is often positive for high levels of cadmium (Cd). You might remember your paint colors from grade school (depending on how old you are!)… “cadmium yellow”, “cadmium red” and “cadmium orange” were common colors back in the day! [Just as was/is “lead white”.]

To learn more about Cadmium toxicity, Click HERE.

By modern standards, the amount of lead that is considered toxic in an item intended to be used by children is 90 ppm lead (or higher) in the glaze or coating and 100 ppm lead (or higher) in the substrate (in the case of mugs, the ceramic.)

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Tamara Rubin
#LeadSafeMama

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Royal Norfolk Ceramic Snowman Christmas Mug: as high as 1007 ppm Lead + Cadmium
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