“Old Town Blue” Pattern Vintage Corelle Small Plate, c.1972 – 1982: 18,200 ppm Lead

Vintage Corelle glass saucer in the “Old Town Blue” pattern. The dark blue paint on this dish tested positive for the following elements at the following levels (with a one-minute test, using an XRF instrument):
  • Lead (Pb): 18,200 +/- 400 ppm
  • Cadmium (Cd): 133 +/- 13 ppm
  • Arsenic (As): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Barium (Ba): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Chromium (Cr): 3,433 +/- 164 ppm
  • Antimony (Sb): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Selenium (Se): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Zinc (Zn): 94 +/- 24 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 106 +/- 41 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 594 +/- 98 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 816 +/- 157 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 5,290 +/- 260 ppm
  • Zirconium (Zr): 3,256 +/- 96 ppm
  • Platinum (Pt): 320 +/- 95 ppm
  • Cobalt (Co): 4,890 +/- 252 ppm
  • Magnesium (Mn): 770 +/- 256 ppm
  • Gold (Au): Non-Detect / Negative
For Context: The amount of lead that is considered toxic to children in a newly manufactured item intended specifically for use by children is anything 90 ppm and higher (in the coating.) Vintage dishware is not regulated at all for “total lead content as detectable with an XRF” and neither is modern dishware (yet.) [Isn’t it interesting that it was positive for platinum!] 
Take away: if you can AVOID having vintage dishes in your home, I would highly recommend that.
Here is a LINK to a post on my site with suggestions for lead-free modern dishes.
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Tamara Rubin
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2 Responses to “Old Town Blue” Pattern Vintage Corelle Small Plate, c.1972 – 1982: 18,200 ppm Lead

  1. maria January 8, 2019 at 8:24 pm #


    I’m wondering about the more modern new-stock of this specific design.
    My grandma filled in missing pieces my mom’s vintage set when I got married in 1997.
    In about 2016, I replaced a few that had gotten broken after the wedding.

    Of course, I’m not going to be able to tell the difference between the vintage plates and my new-stock, but would the modern ones be at lower lead levels?

    • Tamara January 8, 2019 at 8:33 pm #

      Hi Maria,

      Patterns I have tested through as late as the year 2,000 were still positive for high levels of lead. Since they are not marked with the year it is a little tricky to determine years of production.


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