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#Leaded: Vintage Tinker Toys Tin

Vintage “Tinker Toy Junior” container – paper: 115 ppm lead. Tested with an XRF instrument. The amount of lead considered toxic in a modern/ newly manufactured toy made for children is anything 90 ppm lead or higher.  This toy would be considered just marginally outside of the #LeadSafe range (there are many other vintage toys […]

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Myth: “Plain white china is usually Lead-free.” For your consideration, Homer Laughlin Ceramic Plate: 75,032 ppm Lead.

White plate by Homer Laughlin: 75,032 ppm lead. Pre-2015, exact year unknown. Made in U.S.A. There’s a common myth circulating around the internet (and among home hazard assessors and others in the business of lead poisoning prevention too) that plain white simple ceramic dishes are generally Lead-free. This simply is not true and the Homer […]

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Vintage Bauer Los Angeles Blue Mixing Bowl: 474,100 ppm Lead

Blue  vintage mixing bowl by  “Bauer, Los Angeles”. When tested with an XRF instrument the bowl pictured had the following readings: Lead (Pb): 454,100 parts per million (ppm) on the outside Lead (Pb): 474,100 ppm on the inside (the FOOD SURFACE of the bowl!) Important to note, the bowl also tested negative with Lead Check […]

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Vintage Ceramic Hull Brand Mixing Bowl: 31,500 ppm Lead (when tested with an XRF instrument.)

Ceramic “Hull” mixing bowl: 31,400 ppm lead. For LEAD FREE mixing bowl choices, click HERE. For more safer choices in kitchenware options, click here. Note:  I am not saying this particular bowl will poison the people using it.  I am saying that there is no reason for one of the most potent neurotoxins known to […]

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Syracuse China “Old Ivory” “Made In America” Tea Cup: 26,200 ppm Lead [90 ppm Lead is unsafe for kids.]

Antique Syracuse China “Made In America” Old Ivory Teacup; Tested positive for lead (Pb) at 26,200 ppm when tested with an XRF instrument. For context: the amount of lead that is considered toxic in a newly manufactured item intended for use by children is 90 ppm lead or higher (in the paint, glaze or coating.) […]

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Modern Fiestaware Dark Blue Bowl: 50 ppm Arsenic (but Lead Free)

When tested with an XRF instrument this modern Fiestaware dark blue bowl had the following readings: non-detect (negative) for Lead, non-detect (negative) for Mercury, non-detect (negative) for Cadmium, This dish tested positive for Arsenic at 50 ppm. While I am NOT an expert in Arsenic toxicity and I would imagine it is best not to […]

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Vintage Pyrex Teacup & Saucer with Pink Stripe & Gold Edge: 79,800 ppm Lead + Cadmium Too

Made in USA: Pyrex; cup & saucer: 79,800 ppm Lead (Pb) & 1,962 ppm Cadmium (Cd). Most ceramics or glass items that are tinted pink or red have some level of cadmium in them. This is especially true for the vintage or antique items. To learn more about the concern for Cadmium (Cd) toxicity Click […]

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Vintage Green Pyrex Mixing Bowl: 36,599 ppm lead [Context: 90 ppm Lead is considered unsafe for kids in newly made items.]

Vintage Olive Green Pyrex Mixing Bowl. When tested with an XRF instrument the exterior paint on the mixing bowl pictured here was positive for the following elemental heavy metals at the following levels: Lead (Pb): 36,599 ppm Arsenic (As): 12,910 ppm Cadmium (Cd): 615 ppm For Context: The current toxicity level for lead in newly […]

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Vintage (c. 1955-1966) Franciscan Autumn Pattern China: 716,100 ppm Lead + 73,000 ppm Arsenic Too!

Franciscan Autumn Pattern plate & saucer: as high as 716,100 ppm lead in the glaze. Autumn Pattern: 1955 – 1966 Also: 73,000 ppm arsenic. Note: the plate was higher lead than the bowl, and they look like they are from different batches based on the maker’s marks on the bottom.  The bowl / saucer was […]

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Vintage Franciscan Earthenware Plate: 100,400 ppm Lead

Franciscan Potteries Earthenware Tray/ Plate: 100,400 ppm lead! Vintage Dishes #XRFTesting #LeadedDishware Items intended for children are required by current legislation to be under 90 ppm lead. Dishes (especially vintage dishes!) are not regulated for total lead content (via XRF reading.) Click here to see some lead-free dishware options! Thank you for reading and for […]

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