This Spode china (decorated with a Christmas tree for the holidays) tested positive for the following readings when tested with an XRF instrument (which tests down to single digit parts per million):
- Lead (Pb): 71,900 +/- 3,500 ppm
- Cadmium (Cd): Non-Detect (ND / negative)
- Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect (ND / negative)
- Arsenic (As): Non-Detect (ND / negative)
Click here to see more examples of Spode china that I have tested! Nearly all vintage Spode (and even some of the new Spode) that I have tested has been positive for lead.
I personally would not choose Spode china for my family, regardless of the year of manufacture.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions!