Lenox “Brookdale” Pattern, Made In USA china.
This little dish was brought to me at an event in New Hampshire recently. My facebook friend sent her mama to my event and told her to bring a few dishes with her, in case I would be able to test them. She brought these and a couple of others.
She’s a grandma, and I was happy to have tested these for her because the “Grandma Scenario” I usually share with people I have home visits with was very relatable for her.
Here’s the “Grandma Scenario”:
You love your children. You love their children. Your grandchildren love you back and will have fond memories of “Grandma” for the rest of their lives. Grandma’s vintage china has Lead. Grandma doesn’t know this (or learns about it, but doesn’t think it is really a big deal that it has Lead because “she only uses it for special occasions”). Grandma dies. Grandma leaves the fine china to her children and grandkids to remember her by. Grandchild gets ready to go off to college & brings a set of Grandma’s fine china to use as their dishes at college, including a teacup or coffee cup (as a way to “keep Grandma in their life” now that she is gone.) Grandchild uses those as everyday dishes. The dishes are now 50 or 60 or 70 years old. They have been used with all kinds of food – including acidic salad dressing and tomato sauce and coffee and tea – literally for decades. They are now leaching Lead into pretty much any food they are used with.
I don’t say that about all dishes – but this type and age of dish – with this level of Lead. – is very likely to poison someone who uses them on a regular basis (immediately or eventually.) It’s hard to say exactly how toxic they might be — since no one has ever done a comprehensive study of whether or not (or how quickly) vintage dishes may poison the user [there’s no money in doing a study like that & therefore no industry benefits!.]
To learn more about XRF testing, click here.
I knew this would be high Lead, but am frankly always surprised when things come in THIS HIGH. Here are the XRF readings for this particular piece:
- Lead (Pb): 136,000 +/- 5,900 ppm [13.6% Lead]
- Mercury (Hg): non-detect/negative
- Arsenic (As): non-detect/negative
- Cadmium (Cd): non-detect/negative
- Barium (Ba): non-detect/negative
- Chromium (Cr): non-detect/negative
- Antimony (Sb): non-detect/negative
- Selenium (Se): non-detect/negative
To see more Lenox brand pieces I have tested, click here.
For context, the amount of Lead that is considered toxic in an item intended for use by children is anything 90 ppm or higher in the paint/glaze/coating, or anything 100 ppm lead or higher in the substrate. This plate contains 136,000 ppm lead.
Vintage dishware is not regulated for total Lead content [as detectable with an XRF instrument.]
I would definitely rate something like this to be a solid Grade “F”! Vintage dishware like this is not only usually very high in Lead, it also often even tests positive with a LeadCheck® swab, which indicates the glaze is worn and the Lead can likely leach into food – at very high levels.
Please consider reading this linked story about a little boy who was poisoned from using a leaded china bowl for breakfast – a piece similar in age to this one (yet with less than half the amount of Lead!)
Not sure what to do with your leaded vintage dishes? Check out this post linked here for ideas.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
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