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McCormicks Bee Baum Cream Tartar Vintage Tin Lead Safe Mama 1

Vintage Tin, McCormick’s Bee Brand Absolutely Pure Cream Tartar: 10,300 ppm Lead on the painted exterior.

When tested with an XRF instrument this vintage tin of McCormick’s Bee Brand Absolutely Pure Cream Tartar had the following readings (on the painted exterior design and markings of the tin when tested for a minimum of 60 seconds). Lead (Pb): 10,300 +/- 400 ppm Barium (Ba): 8,962 +/- 354 ppm Chromium (Cr): 3,463 +/- […]

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Mead Johnson Baby Formula Supplement Physician's Sample 1939 Lead Safe Mama 1

1939 Physician’s Sample Tin of Baby Formula: 456,200 ppm Lead. Frankly the implications of this one are terrifying.

  When tested with an XRF instrument this vintage tin of “Mead Johnson & Co” baby formula supplement (a “Physician’s Sample”  – “Not to be sold”) had the following readings (on the the sealing line of the tin when tested for a minimum of 60 seconds). Lead (Pb): 456,200 +/- 3,400 ppm Chromium (Cr): 660 […]

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Vintage Tin of UCA Salve Lead Safe Mama 2

Vintage Tin, UCA Salve: 9,692 ppm Lead + 231 ppm Mercury. Don’t let your kids play with vintage tins.

When tested with an XRF instrument this vintage tin of “UCA Salve – The Dependable Household Ointment” had the following readings (on the painted logo surface, when tested for a minimum of 120 seconds). Lead (Pb): 9,692 +/- 245 ppm Mercury (Hg): 231 +/- 104 ppm Barium (Ba): 1,997 +/- 200 ppm Chromium (Cr): 3,519 […]

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Cuticuria Ointment Vintage Tin Lead Safe Mama 2

Vintage Tin, Cuticura Ointment: 24,000 ppm Lead + 209 ppm Cadmium. Don’t let your kids play with vintage tins.

When tested with an XRF instrument this vintage tin of “Cuticura Ointment” had the following readings (on the painted logo surface, when tested for a minimum of 60 seconds). Lead (Pb): 24,000 +/- 600 ppm Cadmium (Cd): 209 +/- 52 ppm Chromium (Cr): 4,818 +/- 198 ppm Tin (Sn): 6.932 +/- 213 ppm Iron (Fe): […]

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Vintage Man-Zan Tin for Rectal Discomforts Lead Safe Mama 2

Vintage Tin, Sample Man-Zan Cream for Rectal Discomfort: 1,805 ppm Lead + 975 ppm Mercury [! Speaks for itself.]

When tested with an XRF instrument this tiny vintage tin of “Man-Zan” cream (“for rectal discomfort”) had the following readings (on the painted logo surface, when tested for a minimum of 60 seconds). Lead (Pb): 1,805 +/- 160 ppm Mercury (Hg): 975 +/- 197 ppm Chromium (Cr): 602 +/- 122 ppm Tin (Sn): 37,900 +/- […]

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Small Franciscan Minaret Saucer Lead Safe Mama 8

Vintage (c. 1950s ?) Franciscan Masterpiece Minaret Pattern Saucer: 115,700 ppm Lead. This is *NOT* food safe.

When tested with an XRF instrument, this vintage Franciscan Masterpiece China saucer / desert plate in the Minaret pattern (c. 1950*s ?) was positive for levels as high as 115,700 ppm Lead. That’s more than 11% Lead in the surface glaze on this piece (on the functional / food-surface of the dish). *If you can find […]

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Franciscan Masterpiece Minaret China Large Plate Lead Safe Mama 1

Vintage (c. 1950s ?) Franciscan Masterpiece Minaret China (Silver Pattern): 123,800 ppm Lead. This is *NOT* food safe.

When tested with an XRF instrument, this vintage Franciscan Masterpiece China in the Minaret pattern (c. 1950*s ?) was positive for levels as high as 123,800 ppm Lead. That’s more than 12% Lead in the surface glaze on this piece (on the functional / food-surface of the dish). *If you can find more information about the […]

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Vintage Tin Rocket Man Spinning Top Lead Safe Mama 2

Vintage (1950s?) Tin Spinning Top Toy With Rockets & Spacemen: 19,300 ppm Lead. [90 ppm is unsafe.]

Whenever I take pics for my blog, one of my kitties seems to get in the way! This one is Dumbledore! Continue reading below images. Vintage (1950s?) Tin Spinning Top Toy With Rockets & Spacemen: 19,300 ppm Lead. No brand marking or maker noted. When tested with an XRF instrument this toy had the following readings: […]

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2018 New Orleans Mug Lead Safe Mama 1

2018 New Orleans Souvenir Mug: 16,700 ppm Lead, 109 ppm Cadmium.

When tested with an XRF instrument this New Orleans souvenir mug (purchased in New Orleans in 2018, no mark or maker) was positive for high levels of Lead both inside and out. Continue reading below to see the full XRF test results for this mug. When testing is done with an XRF instrument, the amount […]

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Bauer Los Angeles Vintage Celadon Ceramic Dishes Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

#Leaded: Bauer Vintage Celadon Pottery, Made In Los Angeles

This is a set of Bauer Vintage Celadon Pottery, Made In Los Angeles and purchased at an antique store in Portland, Oregon in 2017. When tested with an XRF instrument each of the pieces tested positive for the elements at the levels shown below. Note: the lead levels below are VERY HIGH, and I would […]

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