Tamara’s Toxic Holiday Dishes Guide: Do my dishes have Lead? Click and read this post to see if YOUR china has Lead!

Tamara's Toxic Holiday Dishes Guide: Do my dishes have Lead?

Click and read this post to see if YOUR china has Lead!

Welcome to my website! I am sure this post will bring in quite a few new friends so I thought I would start it with an introduction.

I am a mother of Lead-poisoned children, and a childhood Lead-poisoning prevention activist and advocate. I also – as part of my advocacy work – do independent (not funded by anyone other than me and my readers) consumer goods testing for metallic toxicants including Lead, Mercury, Arsenic and Cadmium.

I’m the lady who, with my good friend Carissa, discovered and reported that there was an unsafe level of Lead in many brands and models of (the then insanely popular new fad) fidget spinners back in 2017. Here’s a link to the CBS This Morning segment on that if you have not seen it yet.

Here’s a brief bio about me.

Over the years since my children were Lead-poisoned [it’s been more than a decade now], I have tested more dishes (using both XRF technology and chemical reagent swabs) than I can count — and have probably tested more dishes and consumer goods for Lead than anyone else on the planet!)

Click HERE to learn more about how I test for Lead.

I have sort of a strange fascination and interest in finding very high levels of lead in antique and vintage dishware. It’s fascinating to me, because while lead in China per se is not generally a big issue, it is a concern that in most cases can make the issue of environmental Lead-exposure and poisoning (and the fact that there are potential sources of Lead in your home) “hit home” for the vast majority of folks out there.

No matter who you are, rich or poor or somewhere in between, black or white or any other color of the rainbow, raised in America, Europe, Australia, Asia, India, Africa, or almost anywhere on Earth – with VERY few exceptions, you have almost definitely eaten off of vintage china at some point in your life (family heirloom?, wedding set?, your friend’s china?, your mother’s china?, your grandmother’s china?, military service china?, cherished antiques/collectibles?, travel, restaurant or hotel?…) Consequently, this concern touches nearly everyone.

It is for this reason I consider my work finding Lead (and other toxicants) in vintage china a useful tool, that engages people everywhere in learning more about toxicity in their homes. Usually, if they find out their china has Lead, they start thinking about other potential sources of Lead in their life — that may be impacting their children and grandchildren.

So on that note…

Below is a list of links to each of the categories of branded china on my site which I have tested and for which I created posts. When you click on the link it will bring you to a LIST of blog posts that are each representative samples of china by that brand, style, maker or store.

By looking at the different examples, you may see your exact china – or something similar to help give you an idea of whether or not it has high lead – and how much lead that may be (and if you read my posts instead of just looking at the images, in many cases you can actually learn whether or not I think your particular type of china might be a problem or not… some are a problem now; some, not so much.)

As always, thank you for reading and thank you for sharing my posts. I will be updating this throughout the holiday season, so please check back periodically if you have not yet seen your dishes listed – or send me an e-mail or post a comment below with a link to an image of your particular dishes and I can let you know if I have tested them (or something similar.)

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Tamara Rubin

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of this independent consumer goods testing, Click HERE.

The List:
Includes both vintage and new china.
A list of china by Countries of Origin is also posted below.


  1. Adams
  2. Adderley
  3. Anchor
  4. Athol
  5. Bauer Potteries (Los Angeles)
  6. Baum Potteries
  7. Blue Willow
  8. Bunnykins
  9. Corelle
  10. Cordon Bleu
  11. Crown Royal
  12. Crown Trent
  13. Crate & Barrel


  1. Duchess China
  2. Fiesta / Fiestaware
  3. Finlandia
  4. Franciscan Potteries


  1. Heinrich & Co
  2. Homer Laughlin


  1. Johnson Brothers 
  2. Lenox
  3. Linens & Things
  4. Liberty Blue


  1. Memory Lane
  2. Mikasa
  3. Noritake
  4. Oneida


  1. Pioneer Woman
  2. Pfaltzgraff
  3. Portmeirion
  4. Pottery Barn
  5. Pyrex
  6. Queen Anne China


  1. Rosina
  2. Royal Albert
  3. Royal Crown
  4. Royal Grafton
  5. Royal Norfolk
  6. Royal Sutherland
  7. Sango
  8. Spode
  9. Sterling China
  10. Syracuse
  11. Target Home
  12. Tiffany


  1. Vietri
  2. Waechtersbach
  3. Waterford
  4. Wedgwood
  5. Williams Sonoma
  6. World Market

Country (or City or State) of Origin Links

Last updated: Thursday, November 23, 2018 – 2:30 a.m.

Tamara's Toxic Holiday Dishes Guide: Do my dishes have Lead? Tamara's Toxic Holiday Dishes Guide: Do my dishes have Lead? Tamara's Toxic Holiday Dishes Guide: Do my dishes have Lead?

2 Responses to Tamara’s Toxic Holiday Dishes Guide: Do my dishes have Lead? Click and read this post to see if YOUR china has Lead!

  1. Donna parker November 23, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

    Oh my! Lucky me. I haven’t eaten one of my plates in years.

    • Tamara November 23, 2018 at 9:01 pm #


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