Vintage Johnson Brothers Fish Plate [Design No. 3], Made In England – 70,800 ppm Lead

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Vintage “Fish” dinner plate by Johnson Brothers.
“Made in England”.
“Design No. 3.”
“A genuine hand engraving.”
“All decoration under the glaze. Detergent & acid resisting colour.”


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When tested with an XRF instrument, this dish had the following readings:

  • Lead (Pb): 70,800 +/- 3,200 ppm
  • Mercury (Hg): Negative/Non-Detect
  • Arsenic (As): Negative/Non-Detect
  • Cadmium (Cd): Negative/Non-Detect
  • Barium (Ba): Negative/Non-Detect
  • Chromium (Cr): Negative/Non-Detect
  • Antimony (Sb): Negative/Non-Detect
  • Selenium (Se): Negative/Non-Detect

As a rule, ALL Johnson Brothers vintage china is very high Lead and I would not consider it safe to eat off of. I would give any and all vintage china from this brand a “Grade F.”

For context: when testing is done with an XRF instrument, the amount of lead that is considered toxic in a newly manufactured item made today and intended for use by children is anything 90 ppm Lead or higher in the glaze or coating, and anything 100 ppm Lead or higher in the substrate*.

High Lead levels found in a piece like this are generally the levels of Lead found in the glaze (the coating), not the substrate (the clay.)

*There is currently no comparable regulatory action level or limit for XRF detectable levels of Lead found in dishware (vintage or new.)

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Tamara Rubin
#LeadSafeMama

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