I was excited to finally test this plate as I have had several readers ask me if this pattern has Lead. In general (as a rule) most “Royal Stafford” dishes (or “Staffordshire” – or “Made In England” for that matter!) I have tested have been positive for high levels of Lead and most decorative Crate and Barrel purchased dishware that I have tested has also been positive for Lead.
Important point to highlight (as illustrated by this dish): just because something is “simple” and “plain white” does also not mean that it is likely Lead-free!
Here is the full XRF reading for the food surface of the plate pictured.
- Lead (Pb): 71,900 +/- 2,300 ppm
- Barium (Ba): 1,039 +/- 131 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 4,902 +/- 233 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 809 +/- 204 ppm
- Vanadium (V): 657 +/- 81 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 1,398 +/- 141 ppm
The back mark on this piece says “Royal Stafford Fine Earthenware Plate” and “Made in England.” The owner told me she purchased it at Crate & Barrel – between 10 and 20 years ago (I am going to check with her and get the exact year of purchase and will update this post as soon as I hear back from her.)
XRF readings are done in “Consumer Goods Mode” for a minimum of 60 seconds unless otherwise noted. Results are science-based and replicable. Metals not listed above were not detected by the XRF instrument.
The amount of Lead that is considered unsafe (and illegal) in a newly manufactured item intended for use by children is anything 90 ppm Lead (or higher) in the paint, finish or glaze. Dishes (new and vintage) are not considered to be “items intended for use by children” and are not regulated in the same way toys are (with limits on XRF detectable levels of Lead.) It is my assertion that they should be. If a toy is considered unsafe at 90 ppm Lead, then a dish most definitely should be considered unsafe at those same levels.
In general Crate & Barrel (and Pottery Barn for that matter!) dishes test poorly and I never recommend them (especially in the absence of independent testing done on each and every single pattern). Even though some of their brand new plain white patterns have tested Lead-free, I do not recommend anything from those companies and would personally never shop at those stores.
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