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Vintage Franciscan Desert Rose Earthenware Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

Franciscan Desert Rose Earthenware China – c. 1941, Made in USA: 122,200 ppm Lead!

When this Franciscan Desert Rose Earthenware China (Made in the USA, c. 1941 and later) was tested with an XRF instrument it came in at 122,200 +/- 5,000 ppm lead. It is negative for Cd (cadmium), As (arsenic) and Hg (mercury), however that is one heck of a lot of lead to be found in […]

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Franciscan Potteries Ivy Platter Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1a

Franciscan Ware Potteries (c. 1948) Franciscan Ivy Pattern Serving Tray: 304,000 ppm Lead

This is a Franciscan Potteries vintage “Ivy” pattern serving tray that I got at the Good Will Bins a while back (to add to my “Museum of Lead” collection!) The interesting thing about glazes (especially on pieces that are handmade or hand-painted) is that the levels of lead can vary significantly across the surface of […]

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Leaded Mexican Pottery Marked Lead Free Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 2

Made In Mexico Ceramic Glazed Bowl Marked “Lead Free”: Positive for more than 300,000 ppm Lead [that’s 30%!]

Mexican pottery bowl purchased new c. 2007. Marked “Lead Free.”  This bowl tested positive for more than 300,000 ppm Lead in the glaze when tested with an XRF instrument. Most of the Mexican pottery that I have tested that has been labeled “Lead Free” has tested positive for at least 1,000 ppm lead. This piece was unique, […]

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Vintage Milk Glass Christmas Tom And Jerry Mug 2

Tom And Jerry Vintage Milk Glass Christmas Mug: 37,100 ppm Lead + Cadmium

To see more Christmas items I have tested, Click HERE. These little “Tom and Jerry” Christmas mug was tested with an XRF instrument and the results were as follows: White Milk Glass (unpainted): Lead (Pb): 176 +/- 19 ppm Bromine (Br): 9 +/- 3 ppm Green Paint: Lead (Pb): 37,100 +/- 1,000 ppm Cadmium (Cd): […]

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Vintage Libbey High Ball Christmas Glass Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

Vintage Libbey High Ball Christmas Glass: 60,600 ppm Lead + 2,940 ppm Cadmium

To see more Christmas items I have tested, Click HERE. I purchased this glass in an antique store to add to my “museum of lead” collection  and to feature in my upcoming book on lead in household goods. It tested positive for Lead both with a LeadCheck swab (see video) and with an XRF instrument. […]

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Cornflower Pattern Vintage Milk Glass Casserole, Anchor Hocking 1

#Leaded: Cornflower Pattern Vintage Milk Glass Casserole, Anchor Hocking

This Anchor Hocking milk glass casserole was positive for lead when tested with an XRF instrument. The blue flowers were 18,600 +/- 400 ppm lead (Pb) and 137 +/- 13 ppm cadmium (Cd). The flowers were non-detect for mercury (Hg) and arsenic (As.) The milk glass on this piece was negative for lead, mercury, cadmium […]

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Vintage Green Pyrex Spring Blossom Mixing Bowl close up Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

Testing Vintage Glassware (Pyrex, Libbey, Anchor Hocking) With A LeadCheck Swab (Video)

Spring Blossom Green Posts Anchor Hocking Cornflower Casserole Post Chip In Link My affiliate link* for LeadCheck swabs: https://amzn.to/2HJLB4N If you purchase something on Amazon after clicking one of my affiliate links I receive a small percentage of what you spend at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my advocacy work in this […]

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Vintage Green Pyrex Spring Blossom Mixing Bowl with Cat Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

Vintage Pyrex Spring Blossom Green Crazy Daisy Mixing Bowls: 109,900 ppm Lead + Cadmium Too!

I’m super excited to now own a set of these incredibly lead-toxic mixing bowls for my “museum of lead” collection! [eBay find!, purchased for my upcoming book, “I Make Women Cry And Throw Out Their Shit!“.] This pattern was the pattern that started it all for me, in terms of finding incredibly high lead in […]

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