Royal Doulton English Fine Bone China Bunnykins Baby Bowl: 61,800 ppm Lead on the FOOD surface.

What’s frankly, terrifying, about this bowl is how much paint has worn off of the decoration on the inside food surface. Take a good look at the image below (you can click on it for a full resolution image.)

To see more Bunnykins sets I have tested, Click HERE.

I have not yet tested a Bunnykins set that was Lead-free (or even Lead-safe) so I recommend avoiding them altogether.

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Royal Doulton English Fine Bone China Bunnykins Baby Bowl, year unknown:
61,800 ppm Lead on the FOOD surface.

If you are an expert at china identification and can help me figure out what year this piece was made based on the back-mark, please do comment here on this post. Thank you! [Outside of knowing exactly when this was made, I am fairly certain we are looking at a late-1960s to mid-1970s piece, based on the age of my friend who was the owner of this piece before she gave it to me for my “Museum of Lead”!!!!] 

Here’s a link to a site that helps to date these things, so I am doing a little more research on this! [Here’s another link too!] <<<<<< UPDATE: OK! Based on this link this piece is from between 1967 and 1976! [So my earlier assumption was right!]

To continue reading (and see the exact toxicity test results on this piece – via XRF technology) please scroll down.

The amount of Lead that is considered illegal / unsafe in a newly manufactured item intended for use by children is anything 90 ppm Lead or higher in the glaze, paint or coating of the item. As a result, this particular bowl would be considered illegal by current standards.

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This bowl had the following specific readings when tested with an XRF instrument:

Inside (food surface) of bowl:

  • Lead (Pb): 61,800 +/- 1,900 ppm 
  • Cadmium (Cd): 44 +/- 16 ppm
  • Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Arsenic (As): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Antimony (Sb): 161 +/-39 ppm
  • Barium (Ba): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Chromium (Cr): 1,895 +/- 170 ppm
  • Tin (Sn): 284 +/- 38 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 1,798 +/- 122 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 3,825 +/- 361 ppm
  • Vandium (V): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Titanium (Ti): 779 +/- 105 ppm
  • Platinum (Pt): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Cobalt (Co): 581 +/- 152 ppm

Outside (non-food-surface) of bowl:

  • Lead (Pb): 62,900 +/- 1,900ppm 
  • Cadmium (Cd): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Arsenic (As): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Antimony (Sb): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Chromium (Cr): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Tin (Sn): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Zinc (Zn): 76 +/- 33 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 1,257 +/- 227 ppm
  • Bismuth (Bi): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Vandium (V): 129 +/- 41 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 231 +/- 60 ppm
  • Platinum (Pt): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Cobalt (Co): Non-Detect / Negative

Learn more about XRF instruments and XRF testing here and here.

For safer choices for your family, please check out THIS post and THIS post!

#SimpleSolution: Frame this in a shadow box with a note on the back about how you came to have it (who gave it to you) and a note in the inside of the shadow box warning anyone who opens the box that it is high Lead and should not be used for food-use purposes. Hang your shadow box on the wall. It’s a lovely piece of art actually!

These are available for sale on Amazon* (LINK) but I encourage you to NOT purchase these as I have never tested a set that was either Lead-safe or Lead-free.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for reading and for sharing my posts!

Tamara Rubin

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One Response to Royal Doulton English Fine Bone China Bunnykins Baby Bowl: 61,800 ppm Lead on the FOOD surface.

  1. Laura January 6, 2019 at 10:01 am #

    I feel sick to my stomach, yet grateful for your work. I have these dishes, they were mine as a child and now I have been using them to serve food to my 4 and 2 year old. So so so upsetting. 🙁 Thank you for raising awareness.

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