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I purchased this glass in an antique store to add to my “museum of lead” collection 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. It is also positive for very high levels of Cadmium (a known carcinogen.) Please Click HERE to read more about Cadmium toxicity concerns.
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.
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The XRF levels for the painted area were as follows:
- Lead (Pb): 60,600 +/- 1,900 ppm
- Cadmium (Cd): 1,586 +/- 97 ppm
- Chromium (Cr): 21,400 +/- 1,300 ppm
- Lead (Pb): 54,000 +/- 1,700 ppm
- Cadmium (Cd): 2,940 +/- 167 ppm
- Selenium (Se): 1,160 +/- 85 ppm
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