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Silver Bordered Vintage China Mug / Tea Cup: 104,700 ppm Lead [90 ppm Lead is unsafe for kids.]

Mug with “silver” border (where your lips would go!) It turns out the “silver” is achieved by using Leaded glaze! Inside of cup is 845 ppm lead, “silver” border is 104,700 ppm Lead. Tested with an XRF instrument in 2014. I apologize that I did not capture information about the maker or pattern on this […]

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#LeadFree: Vintage 1950s Silverware, Blossom Time

My husband’s mother died of a very aggressive form of lung cancer when he was just 18 years old (c. 1976.).  As a result, I never met my mother-in-law – and my children never had her as a grandma. Somehow, with all that has happened to our little family in the past 16 years [April […]

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#XRFTesting: My Little Pony Necklace

My Little Pony Necklace: Lead Free, Cadmium Free, Mercury Free, Arsenic Free! All components tested. Newly made / recently made costume jewelry made and sold as intended for children is usually lead free, but not always. Note: when making choices for children, please avoid ALL vintage costume jewelry as it is nearly always VERY HIGH […]

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#AskTamara: Q. Does my child’s trumpet mouthpiece have unsafe levels of lead? A. “Yes, most do.”

#AskTamara – Question: Does my child’s trumpet mouthpiece contain unsafe levels of lead? – Answer: In most cases, yes. – Please read on for more information.   Leaded Trumpet Mouthpieces.   Only one of the mouthpieces pictured below has no lead. – Trumpet mouthpieces (and mouthpieces on any brass instruments for that matter) are not regulated […]

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#SaferChoices: Jewelry

Given how much lead there can be in older – and newer – jewelry (both in the metals and in the faux jewels), my recommendation for jewelry has always been to stick with pure solid sterling silver (it should be marked 925 in a stamp somewhere on the item – see inside of ring image […]

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