#Leaded: Vintage Libbey High Ball Christmas Glass

I purchased this glass in an antique store to add to my “museum of lead” and to feature in my upcoming book on lead in household goods. It tested positive for lead both with a LeadCheck swab (see video) and with an XRF instrument. While there is no mark or maker visible, the shopkeeper told me this was a vintage Libbey brand glass (possibly c. 1980). The decorative (painted) elements were positive for lead, not the clear glass in this case.

The XRF levels for the painted area were as follows:

Green Paint

  • 60,600 +/- 1,900 ppm Pb (lead)
  • 1,586 +/- 97 ppm Cd (cadmium)
  • 21,400 +/- 1,300 ppm Cr (chromium)

Red Paint

  • 54,000 +/- 1,700 ppm Pb
  • 2,940 +/- 167 ppm Cd
  • 1,160 +/- 85 ppm Se

Thank you for reading! As always, please let me know if you have any questions.


Tamara Rubin

Vintage Libbey High Ball Christmas Glass Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

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