Archive | 1980s

Russian Khokhloma Wooden Decorated Spoon 1985 1

#Leaded: Russian Khokhloma Wooden Decorated Spoon, 1985

Testing with an XRF instrument revealed this decorative Khokhloma wooden spoon from Russia to have the following ingredients (in the painted markings): Lead (Pb): 1,994 +/- 67 ppm Mercury (Hg): 7,624 +/- 148 ppm Arsenic (As): 70 +/- 36 ppm Barium (Ba): 607 +/- 107 ppm Chromium (Cr): 489 +/- 73 ppm Bromine (Br): 327 […]

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Johnson Bros Made In England Wedgwood Group Willow Earthenware Octogon Plate Lead Safe Mama Tamar a Rubin 1

#Leaded: Johnson Brothers Wedgwood Group Willow Earthenware Octagonal Plate

This is a Johnson Bros. (“A Member Of The Wedgwood Group”) Willow Earthenware octagonal plate. As with this piece with the same back mark, I have not been able to determine the exact age of the piece based on the back mark. If you have information that could help me with that, please let me […]

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Johnson Brothers Willow Made In England Plate Front Lead Safe Mama Tamara Rubin 1

#Leaded: Johnson Brothers “Willow” Plate, c. 1980s – Made In England

Johnson Brothers “Willow” plate, Made In England. The years on the backmark include both “Since 1883” and 1940. Tested positive at the following levels: Lead (Pb): 36,600 +/- 1,400 ppm Mercury (Hg): 83 +/- 53 ppm Cadmium (Cd): ND (non-detect/negative) Arsenic (As): ND (non-detect/negative) Barium (Ba): 465 +/- 90 ppm For context, the amount of lead […]

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Butterfly Gold Vintage Pyrex Casserole Dish Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

#Leaded: Vintage “Butterfly Gold” Pattern Pyrex Casserole Dish, c. 1972

Vintage Pyrex “Butterfly Gold” casserole dish, c. 1972: The mustard and white paint on this casserole tested positive for the following elements at the following levels (with a one-minute test, using an XRF instrument):   Lead: 87,000 +/- 2,900 ppm Cadmium: ND Arsenic: ND Mercury: ND Gold: 642 +/- 163 ppm (on the design) Platinum: […]

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#Leaded: 1980s El Camino Car

1980s El Camino car, auto paint tested positive for approximately 9,000 ppm lead when tested with an XRF Instrument. The amount of lead that is considered toxic in “an item intended for children” is anything 90 ppm lead or higher. Automobiles are not considered “items intended for children” and are therefore not regulated for total […]

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#LeadFree: HotWheels c. 1988 Toy Ambulance

#LeadFree #HotWheels #Mattel Made in Malaysia c. 1988. – This toy belongs to my family. ALL of our toy cars were acquired after our house-fire in 2002… so year stamped on the bottom of the toy MAY be the “original production year” and not the “year of manufacture.” This toy was tested using an XRF […]

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#Leaded: Little Vintage (1980s?) Plastic Avon Bear

Vintage Plastic Avon Bear Pin. 2,300+ ppm lead (Pb). The amount of lead that is considered toxic in the paint or coating of a modern item manufactured and intended for use by children is anything 90 ppm lead or higher. I have tested quite a few vintage and newer Avon items that have been very […]

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#Leaded: “Vintage”? 1980s? Corning Mug With Floral Pattern

While I don’t know the exact year of manufacture for this Corning mug with a floral pattern on the side, there is an “81” on the bottom and it has a color scheme that is also consistent with things like this from the early 1980s.  The decorative element on this Corning mug tests positive for […]

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#LeadSafe; 1980 Fisher Price Airport

1980 Fisher Price Airport. All components tested. The only component on this toy that was positive for lead was (ironically) the black gas valve (on the gas pump at the back of the toy)! This piece was low lead (even safe by today’s standards!) at 28 +/- 7 ppm lead (Pb.) The amount of lead […]

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#Leaded: 1980 Vintage Fisher Price / Quaker Oats Airport and Plane

Yes it’s hard for some of us to believe that 1980 was 37 years ago! And that 1980 is considered vintage – but let’s set that aside for a moment. 🙂 Each of these items is positive for lead and/or cadmium.  Some at very low levels and others at high levels. Because there are so […]

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