Introduction (for those new to this website):
Tamara Rubin is a multiple-Federal-award-winning independent advocate for consumer goods safety, and a documentary filmmaker. She is also a mother of Lead-poisoned children (her sons were acutely Lead-poisoned in 2005). Since 2009, Tamara has been using XRF testing (a scientific method used by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) to test consumer goods for toxicants (specifically heavy metals — including Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, Antimony, and Arsenic). All test results reported on this website are science-based, accurate, and replicable. Items are tested multiple times to confirm the test results for each component tested. Tamara’s work was featured in Consumer Reports Magazine in February of 2023 (March 2023 print edition).
Originally written: November 1, 2013
Updated: December 28, 2019
What should I do with my Lead-contaminated dishes? [Or toys, or piggy banks, etc.]
Alternate Title: To Toss or Not To Toss?
I often get asked “Well, now that we know it contains bio-available lead, what are we supposed to do with it? Do we just put it in the trash? Or do we have to dispose of it as toxic waste?”
Please note: not all of the consumer goods that I test and post the results for contain bio-available Lead, only some do for certain – and with others it is unclear or has not been tested. In my opinion it is not worth the risk to have these things in your home. You can read more about that HERE.
This is both a moral and ethical question—one that calls into question our laws, our standards and our collective conscience and intentions for the future.
I don’t have a definitive answer for you, but here are some thoughts:
1. I am working on starting a “lead museum”—a bit of an informal collection of things I have found in my travels that contain (expected or unexpected) high levels of lead. [Please consider sending the item to me (especially if it is is small / inexpensive to ship!)] This traveling museum exhibit will hopefully educate thousands of people for generations into the future once it is finished!
2. Was it recently manufactured? If so, please consider returning it. Even if what you bought was being sold as “crystal” (as an example), I am sure you did not understand the implications of drinking from leaded crystal when you purchased it – and had you known, you would have purchased a similar item in unleaded glass. Returning these things to the manufacturer will help encourage more environmentally responsible manufacturing processes (and hopefully you can also get your money back).
3. Is it a building component or an antique? You have to determine if it has any value – to you or to someone else, and whether that value (as an antique [and important piece of our collective history] for example) outweighs the potential for the item to poison a child [or an adult for that matter.] Can it be sealed or refinished to make it less hazardous? Will the sealing or refinishing diminish the value? Is it chipping or peeling? And yes – as a consumer (and not as a contractor) you are fully and legally allowed to dispose of these things in your everyday household trash. Could you dispose of it as hazardous waste? Probably yes. Would the hazardous waste site think you are crazy for taking an old piggy bank to their site instead of the regular dump? Probably yes. If you sell it on eBay please disclose that it has high levels of Lead.
4. My main question is this: Is it better in our world – above ground? or below ground? Even though landfill is an issue (and the potential for leaded items to impact the water table) I think given the amount of toxicity we have already in our landfills and the huge potential for a leaded item to cause harm, it is better for these items to go back underground – with the lead ending up at least a little closer to where it came from. It’s not the same as putting it back in a mine, but it will give the next couple of generations the opportunity to recover their collective cognitive potential – making it possible for the young adults 20 or 30 years from now to come up with an even better solution.
As always please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you for reading and for sharing my posts!
Originally Written: November 1, 2013
Picture below: Vintage Leaded Crazy Daisy / Spring Blossom Green Pyrex Mixing Bowls. Click each of the images on this post to read more about these items. Thank you!
We have this piggy bank, in pink. It was purchased in 2010. Was the one tested old or new???
It was new. When we contacted Tiffany’s we were told that the item is not classified as an “item intended for children” as it is ceramic and considered (by them) to be “decorative” – with their logic (backwards logic if you ask me) being that children don’t play with decorations.
From my point of view a piggy bank is intended for children and should be regulated just as any other toy for children is regulated. While the child is not likely to get poisoned from something like this (because it is probably not going to chip, crack or craze with regular use since it is not a food-use item and not exposed to heating, cooking, etc.) the concern for me is when it breaks and that sort of thing. Also – from a manufacturing and social responsibility standpoint – Tiffany’s of all places should NOT be using lead in the manufacturing of items that are clearly designed for children. The level of lead found in this piece was beyond a “contaminant” level and was likely an additive to the glaze, and there are clearly lead-free glazes out there so there is no reason this should not be 100% lead-free. #endrant 😉
Thanks for your question Katie!
Thanks so much for your quick response. I would never have guessed this item was laced with lead. You are so right. This piggy bank is clearly made for a child, very fragile, handled (and shaken! oh) frequently. Shudder. The danger is clear.
I recently came across this post and we unfortunately have a similar bank from Tiffanys. Although we will remove it from our child’s room I am still unclear about the risk this and other items such as some bakeware or leaded crystal glasses pose. Is the danger of exposure present from simply touching these items? Does lead in the glaze or in glasses come off on hands? Or is the danger from when these items are broken, chipped, and/or we are eating and drinking from these products?
Is there any concern about regular household dust settling on these items and lead from the items leaching into household dust (therefore creating lead laden dust?) we have a few decorative crystal pitchers and vases on our shelves that we don’t use but I am concerned now about handling them to pack them up or stirring up any dust that has been sitting on them. Any clarification would be so much appreciated!
Search for the word dust. But still, ingestion is apparently the dangerous part, even for dust.
I have the same question. Does regular household dust that lands on an item with lead get contaminated if the item is in tact and not deteriorating. This is a critical answer because it makes me question everything I own.
April M says
Thank you for posting this! I didn’t even think to consider the ceramic items my children have in their playroom – Old ceramic car “piggy” bank that was my husband’s growing up and some little Easter grass pots from Target that we got this year that are imports. I put them away until I decide on what to do with them. As I put them away in my secret kitchen nook, I realized I have more things that I’m not so sure of now – cake stands and bakeware from Portugal – AH! I wish I had one of those detection guns.
Thanks a lot for your article Tamara.
When you say seal the item, does keeping in enclosed glass help as sealing and prevent spreading?
Or even sealing it with saran wrap and being kept?
Jamie Martin Wilson says
Hi Tamara, Have you ever check the dinnerware, ever so popular in the 50’s thru 70’s made by Buffalo China? Thank you in advance.
I think I have, and I believe it is highly leaded, however I am sorry to say I don’t have any examples only site. Is this from Upstate New York? Do you have some images you could share with me?
This is a delayed comment but I have the same upstate NY Buffalo china – happy to send photos!
What about the butterfly patterned plates from Corelle that go with the bowls you mentioned? Most of my bowls have broken and been replaced by plain white ones, but I have a lot of plates! (Dessert plates, lunch plates, dinner plates, as well as cups and saucers)
Those are also most likely leaded (or high cadmium – or possibly both.)
What about the Presidential Collections of Lenox Fine China, such as Autumn with the colorful glazed dots on the fruits and flowers?
I inherited the Autumn set from my mother. I would love to know how much lead is in them.
Kaye Bax says
Have you tested calico leaves from the 1950’s made by Peter Terris. We found a complete set when we went through our mother’s things.
I don’t believe I have. Can you send me a photo? Here’s how the testing on this website works:
Our family has a large set of Corelle Abundance Vitrelle pattern dishes that we use daily. This pattern is no longer being made. It was produced from 1990-2012. We’ve searched everywhere but can’t find if it contains lead. Can you help us?
Dishes from that period are often high lead. I won’t recall from the name of the pattern if I tested them (they are not marked with the pattern name on the back so I have to research the pattern name for the ones I post). Feel free to send me a photo (or post a photo on my Facebook page) and I will let you know if I have tested them.
Sue Macdonell says
Have you tested cast iron pans?
Alissa H says
Good question! I’d like to know as well. Esp Lodge CI.
Should I clean a specific way in my cupboards if we have been using vintage decorative Corelle dishes that I now know to dispose of? Is there anything I should use to try and get rid of any residue lead or other things?
Mary Anne says
Tamara, you said to ship them to you for your museum. Where do I ship to?
Diane Lapson says
I have two corning ware bread loaf pans. One just states 315 and the other states 315 microwave safe.
I am wondering if the microwave safe statement means it’s older, and doesn’t contain high lead amounts – which would make the pan too hot if placed in the microwave? I’m thinking that lead in dishes makes them NOT MICROWAVE proof? Am I correct in thinking like this? I’m tossing all of my corning ware, after tossing all of my beloved mixing bowls from flea markets and family; Just assuming they have lead. I only have a cheap tester which doesn’t always work – swabs to mix with vinegar. I really wish I could afford a gun like you have! I would help others if I had it!! But over $10000 — makes me think I should just let go and move on.
Now about to test a dinnerware set still left here circa 60’s. At my age, I had inherited all of my family’s pots, pans, bowls, etc. The pots and pans went out when I discovered the aluminum situation being hazardous. Now fine tuning since I have a granddaughter.
I’m about to give my perfect condition Russell Wright dishes away to a collector with the caveat that they don’t sell it or give it to someone with children. Letting go. Letting go.
Thank you for all your work. You are just terrific for having the fortitude to do what you believe in, Tamara. I greatly respect that.
Diane in NYC
Thank you for commenting. The instrument I use actually costs about $50,000 new (with all of the current software installed!) 😉 The $10,000 instruments generally are not designed for testing consumer goods and they also have a radioactive source!
I don’t have an answer for you regarding the year of manufacture for these various pieces – it is best to contact the manufacturer to see if they can help you determine that. You could also try to email me at TamaraRubin@mac.com (with pictures) and if I have time I will respond if I can (if the photos give me more information that make it possible to answer your question.)
Thank you so much for your kind words Diane! Keep an eye on the blog for the next time I come through New York City! We were just there three days ago!
Here’s my hope for what people might be able to do with their dishes someday: https://tamararubin.com/2019/03/what-should-i-do-with-my-vintage-dishes-my-dream-answer-for-some-point-in-the-future/
Tamara, this is a life-changing day for reasons I will explain in an email, but I want to publicly post my thanks to you for the work you are doing and for this and other clearly written and informative posts.
Thank you so much for commenting J! I got your e-mail and will respond soon!
When I clicked on “Click HERE to see a good example of a responsible eBay post for a Leaded item.” it said the listing was no longer available. Can you include a newer example?
Hi Meg, thanks for commenting – thanks for the heads up! I will fix the link a.s.a.p.
Ann Leiseboer says
Hi Tamara. I own an awful lot of Royal Doulton china ( Old English Rose and Sweet pea ) How do they fare in the lead department.
Any of the vintage patterns are likely very high lead and not suitable for food use (especially in the absence of testing.) These vintage pieces should only be used for decorative purposes (and ideally behind glass.)
It looks as though the company is no longer in business, but for companies that are in business I recommend attempting to return them if at all possible – here’s a post about that: https://tamararubin.com/2013/11/what-should-i-do-with-my-lead-contaminated-dishes-to-toss-or-not-to-toss/
Thank you for commenting!
Thank you very much for your wonderful site.
Could you please tell me if you have tested Forever Yours by Brock of California.
Thank you so very much!
Hi – I am not sure what you are referring to – please send me a photo or post a link with a photo. Thanks.
Here’s how to have me test something if you want to participate in the testing I report on this blog:
Susan Bishop says
My wedding china is Wedgwood Belle Fleur bone china with a platinum band and was purchased in 1965. Do you know if it contains lead?
Hi Susan, while this is just an educated guess – I would say with a large degree of confidence that it is likely very high Lead.
I would not eat off of any china (especially Wedgwood china) from 1965 in the absence of testing.
Here is the “Wedgwood” category on my site for you to look through: https://tamararubin.com/category/wedgwood/
Here’s a post about sending me a dish so I can post the test results on my blog (if you are interested in helping others in that way and expanding the knowledge base here on the site): https://tamararubin.com/2019/08/tamara-can-i-send-you-one-of-my-dishes-to-test-for-lead/
Thank you for commenting.
vicki klausner says
Hi Tamara, I own a set of dishes and cups the name is Dansk Bistro by Dansk. Some are made in Japan and some are made in portugal.
There are brown spots that have appeared on the bottom of the dishes. I am wondering if that is lead our another toxin?
The underside of the dishes that is what I mean by bottom.
I have them for about 30 years.
Please e-mail me.
Sura Weiss says
Have you tested any Denby from England? Gypsy pattern (likely from the 1970s or 80s). I’ve been saving a set for my daughter. I didn’t see any mentioned on the site. Or more Mikasa patterns, such as Country Classic (the mid 1990s)? What about depression glass dishes? Various Sandwich patterns from the 1950s, like Duncan Hines, not the true antique Sandwich glass. Myott Stafordshire Chelsea Bird in red? I am a china hoarder. This is so scary. Thanks.
Thank you so much for sharing your article!
We are working on our wedding registry and I was going to add Bone China dining set till I ran into your website. I have a question, have you had a chance to test new Mikasa Lausanne 40-piece Bone China Dinnerware Set? It is currently sold at Costco for such a good price but I definable won’t purchase it if it contain lead 🙁 Thank you for your reply in advance!
Have you had a chance to look at this set Anya Tychinskaya asked about? Thank you for your dedication to this research.
Ellie Wilson says
I inherited a set of beautiful dragon pattern dishes made in pre-WWII china. I did test with a kit I bought at the hardware store, and it did test positive for lead. It is so beautiful I don’t want to part with it, although I use it so rarely (and never for acidic food), that I would like to know if such china can in fact be sealed so it can be used.
Hi Ellie, it cannot be sealed. Home test kits are not appropriate for testing dishes. You can read more about that on these two links:
Thank you for commenting.
Jennifer Stewart says
I have been a collector of Corelle my collection has included a new pattern for every season of some of the oldest prints including butterfly gold, Indian summer, spring meadow and wildflower. I’m talking not just the normal place settings but tea pots, percolators, platters serving bowls, salt baked speller shakers, creamer dispensers etc. I’m just now learning of these being high in lead and would love to send you a few of my pieces to be tested. Could you send me info?
Hi Jennifer – why don’t you start with emailing me some photos andI will give you an educated guess on what the toxicant concerns might be and we can take it from there, ok? My email address is TamaraRubin@mac.com or you can text my cell: 415-609-3182.
Thank you for commenting! & Happy New Year!
Christina Dury says
Have you tested Corelle Indian Summer? I have this in my travel trailer now and ate off it for 35 years. We purchased new Corelle in 2010.
Bonnie Blakely says
Can you clarify about lead in vintage Corelle? Specifically is it only in decorative patterns, or is also in the plain white? thanks
Thanks for commenting.
Yes, all plain white Corelle that I have tested (vintage and new) have been Lead-free (and Cadmium-free, arsenic-free and mercury-free too!)
Here’s an example with the full test results for a plain white piece: https://tamararubin.com/2018/11/corelle-vitrelle-plain-white-bowl-purchased-new-in-2017-lead-free/
I haven’t found anywhere on this site that you’ve previously tested, or have been asked to test, the brown Marcrest stoneware that was made in the USA in the early 60’s.
Jane Hayes says
Am I correct in assuming that the matching glasses are also high in lead?
Also have you tested the Christmas themed dishes that are everywhere?
Hi Jane, which matching glasses are you referring to?
Thanks – T
The Corelle brand made matching glasses/tumblers to go along with each pattern. The holiday bone china is by Lenox with ivy and berries is what sh tis referring to .
Anita Bullin says
I have many pieces of the Crazy Daisy Corelle I plan to get rid of it after reading your information. Are new Corelle dishes safe to use? There is a new pattern I would like to use, but I won’t be buying it if it’s not safe.
Also, what about vintage Cornflower Blue CorningWare? I still use a few pieces of that.
Thanks for the information and for what you are doing.
Are Corelli dishes lead in them
Do you know if Corelle Fruit Basket or Fruit Too would have been mfg. with lead? They may have been mfg. 2006-2009.
Thank you for your spirited ethics and persistence, Tamara!
Re: Disposing of lead/cadmium items, can you clarify getting “these items to go back underground”. I’m not clear what actions we can take to do that.
(I did do a search on this site for the key words: “below ground” and “underground”.)
It’s not a sophisticated solution unfortunately – just adding these things to the landfill (and hopefully a landfill that handles runoff to local waterways responsibly) is our best bet – to get it out of the hands (and of the tables) of our children and future generations.
I just bought a set of mugs in box “new” at a benefit sale. Made in China. By Parini cookware ceramics. Are they safe?
I have no idea. If you cannot find the brand here on my blog you can always call the manufacturer and ask if they do any testing for toxicants. Alternately you could send me an item for testing OR spend about the same amount of money to buy a new lead-free set!
Here’s how to send me something for testing: https://tamararubin.com/2019/08/tamara-can-i-send-you-one-of-my-dishes-to-test-for-lead/
Here’s my post about Lead-free mugs: https://tamararubin.com/2019/12/which-ceramic-coffee-mugs-are-lead-free/
I have a set of Spode’s Spot and Wreath. It’s quite old as I understand and possibly valuable. I did use it for years, but then realized there might be a high content of lead. Are you familiar with this pattern? I guess even serving dishes would not be good to use—correct?
Thanks for any info or advice! Loved finding your site!!
Yes – correct. I would not use those. If you want to send it in for testing, send me a picture first (and that way I could report the results here on the blog for other parents.) TamaraRubin@mac.com
Sherri Hertzog says
Hi,Do you know if the Oneida Vintage Fruit Handpainted bowls and plates are lead and cadmium free?
Do you have recommendations for the best type of sinks? I’m currently redoing a bathroom. Thank you~
Denise W. Legg says
I appreciate your research! I’m 70 years old and my question is, are we all lead poisoned?? Are our children lead poisoned? Reading about children’s toys and our dish ware from 1950 etc. and earlier, how can we not be? It seems we elderly and our children have been using everything that had lead in it our whole lives. If not, why are we not?
Thanking you in advance for your response,
Hi Denise – thank you for commenting.
The simple answer is “yes” – and I discuss that in my film. And the goal is to make sure our children (and grandchildren and other future generations) are impacted less than we have been so that they have better health outcomes. If you have not yet watched my documentary film – I encourage you to check it out: https://tamararubin.com/2021/01/my-film-passed-300000-views-on-youtube-today-heres-the-link-to-watch-it-if-you-have-not-yet/
Also perhaps read this post: https://tamararubin.com/2015/02/fine/
Here’s the symptoms overview post – it’s quite interesting (in context) to see how many things are linked to Lead exposure:
Symptoms in adults specifically: https://tamararubin.com/2017/01/what-is-the-impact-of-lead-poisoning-in-adults-including-college-age-students/
Denise W. Legg says
Yikes! I will definitely watch your documentary and read the information that is in your posts. I truly appreciate the work that you do! Thank you so much!!
What about Luminarc Harena dishes (plates/bowls) – do they contain lead? I see that there mugs are listed as lead free on your site and am looking at getting a new dish set. I like the design of it and it’s all white but the real question is does it contain lead.
Sorry had to repost- first comment my email ended in .con instead of .com.
Hello and thank you for commenting.
I looked those up: https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/luminarc-harena-dinnerware-collection-in-white/804082?enginename=google&mcid=PS_google_nonbrand_dining_&product_id&adtype&product_channel&adpos&creative=487987802876&device=c&matchtype=b&network=g&gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=Cj0KCQjwzYGGBhCTARIsAHdMTQzJWC6gE8jiwsbJspqEB-8McUcVRIGptqsy3jweZfglFvb0_GIeBkYaAmPKEALw_wcB
I don’t recall testing them and cannot make a guess. Given they are white glass they could go either way (Lead-free or possibly low-Lead).
E M Blitzer says
Have you tested Russel Wright or Eva Zeisel vintage plates and dishes?
Kathleen Anderson says
Hi Tamara. Thank you so much for bringing this important health issue to our attention. My dishes are the red Quadrille pattern by Nikko made in Japan. They were purchased in 1986 or 1987. Have you tested them?
Thank you again for your research and testing.
Do you know if the plain white Corelle patterns from before 2005 have lead (or cadmium)? Also, is it only an issue for the surfaces that are in contact with food? I have some of the bowls that only have the decoration on the outside and I’m wondering if these are OK to use.
The plain white ones are generally Lead and Cadmium free across the board! The issue is with the decorated designs on the Corning and Corelle pieces – but the white substrate in each of those (for the glassware items, not their ceramic selections) is generally lead-free.
Bonnie Poulin says
I found some anchor hocking clear glass plates at Richards Variety in Atlanta. I think you said the storage containers of that brand were lead free. Are all their glass products lead free?
Marianne Mitkus says
I have some old restaurant berry bowl dishes: Shenago and Hall. Are these lead free? Or am I poisoning my cats?
I am not familiar with the brand. Here’s how to send in a dish for testing if you want to know for sure (it is generally cheaper to just buy some known lead-free dishes though!) https://tamararubin.com/2019/08/tamara-can-i-send-you-one-of-my-dishes-to-test-for-lead/
Here are some suggestions for Lead-free dishes: https://shopleadsafemama.com/2021/05/lead-free-dishes/
Teresa Bottom says
I didn’t see anything about Nikko dinnerware. Do you have any information about the Nikko Happy Holidays dinnerware and are all Spode Christmas Tree dishes laden with lead?
Linda Kociba says
I have the Corelli dishes with the lighthouse. Are the bowls with just the blue bands around the rim okay to use? I will replace the bowls, salad plates and luncheon plates. . Thank you!
Lynn Irish says
I have Buffalo China that I use everyday b/c it is a smaller, luncheon size plate. I found a set of plates at a yard sale in the 1990’s and have since found it is the Red Leaf Windsor Pattern. https://www.ebay.com/itm/284275520999
Now I have over 20 plates (for company), chowder cups and applesauce bowls, not to mention a variety of saucers. I found that most of the pieces have an R 11 stamped on them, and research indicates they were made in November 1957. Seems like they most likely contain lead, but I want to know what you think to be sure. The Buffalo China Co. was purchased by Oneida in 1983 but is now closed. Please let me know what you think. Thanks!
I don’t see any photos or information about the popular set called Apricot Grove. Do you have any information about its toxicity? I would attach a photo if I could, But if you Google the name you should see it. There are larger peach coloured flowers and smaller blue/gray coloured flowers around it. Thanks.
DaVida Steuber says
I can’t seem to find anything about some stoneware called Chateau Contemporary stoneware made in Japan. My pattern has a wide cobalt blue painted around the edge. Are they OK or not? I got them in the 1980’s new as a store promotion.
I have a large set of the Corelle green daisies dinnerware in good shape. I’m certain they were purchased before 1980, but just recently came across the information that they’re toxic. Sooo…can I send them to you for your museum? I don’t know if you still need pieces because this article is several years old, but I think my other option is taking them to the dump.
Is a porcelain dish made in Japan copyright 1979 made with lead paint?
Specifically: 1979 Enesco Pigglets Porcelain Boxes
Lena Carter says
I have a full 8-service set of Corelle Shadow Iris. I’ve had it a long time. I already threw out my First of Spring set as it was pre 2000 and sure to contain lead. I removed the Shadow Iris but bought the cups recently to complete the set but all bowls, breadplates, dinner plates, etc., I’ve had for awhile. Are the cups safe; not sure if they are pre 2010. This was my go to set and I am hearing that I can take them to Best Buy or just toss. Another question, the glasses?? Do they also have lead? Let me know what you think is the best way to handle this. I threw out Libbey glasses (leaded), glass pitchers, plastics not matching the 1-6 regs that I found on the internet. As a two time breast cancer survivor (two different kinds) I am trying to be more aware. Using French White casseroles and buying only borosilicate glass and PYREX, in mugs,coffee pots, baking dishes, etc. Also only stainless steel cookware for the last two years.
Marty Lock says
What are your best suggestions on disposing of these lead filled bowls that we have in our house? Just throw in trash or dispose of them as toxic waste and if so how do we do that? Thank you for your time.
I have a family that has a large amount of dinnerware from the Muehlebach hotel. It has a very high lead count. This was passed down to them. We are having a hard time figuring out what to do with it. It is a large quantity and is historical. Do you have any idea what to do with this?
Thank you in advance,
Jeanette Y says
I am starting to go through my cupboards looking for leaded products to get rid of. I bought the clear casserole dishes that you recommended and they are beautiful! I am having trouble deciding whether my vintage serving bowls are crystal or not. Do you have an article that helps explain this to me? Thank you so much for all your help! ❣️
Shelly Iles says
I have Corelle plates with iris’s with long stems on them and the glasses that match. Do you know anything about those. I bought them at a yard sale from the daughter of a friend who died a couple of years ago. The plates say USA on the bottom but the matching pie plate says China. There is a Corningware thing to cook in that has nothing on the bottom.
I also have flowered plates that are Pioneer Woman ones. Melmac – Wondering if they are safe.
I took pictures of both of these but there doesn’t seem to be any place to put the pictures here.
I used Meadow for MANY years but don’t have any now. How do we know what are safe to buy. Do we just stick with paper plates?!!!
Antique Collector says
I’m against destroying antiques except for the things used in the kitchen.
I collect antiques and I believe they should be preserved not destroyed. I know the risks and I’m fine with that. I love the aesthetic look of them and the history. I hate modern things, they’re ugly.
Agree. Art is great. History is wonderful and important. Mass-manufactured toxic vintage or antique kitchenware and food serving items that might be put into service by a family today – are another matter entirely.
Jeanne LeMire says
I am curious…all of you who have been using these high lead items,have any of you gotten ill? I noted one in particular said she and her family having been eating off correlle for 35 years.Were there any repercussions?
Hi Jeanne – please read this for context:
And this too:
And here’s the link to my documentary film if you have not yet watched it: