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Johnson Brothers Made In England Fish Plate Lead Safe Mama 1

Vintage Johnson Brothers Fish Plate [Design No. 3], Made In England – 70,800 ppm Lead

Please click the link for help finding safer choices for your holiday table. Vintage “Fish” dinner plate by Johnson Brothers. “Made in England”. “Design No. 3.” “A genuine hand engraving.” “All decoration under the glaze. Detergent & acid resisting colour.” To see more Johnson Brothers pieces I have tested, Click Here. When tested with an […]

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Lenox Brookdale Made In USA Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

This vintage Lenox china pattern has glaze that is more than 13% Lead!

Lenox “Brookdale” Pattern, Made In USA china. This little dish was brought to me at an event in New Hampshire recently. My facebook friend sent her mama to my event and told her to bring a few dishes with her, in case I would be able to test them. She brought these and a couple […]

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Johnson Bros Willow England Lead Safe Mama Tamara Rubin 1

Johnson Brothers Blue Willow England Saucer, post 1912: 43,100 ppm Lead

This vintage Johnson Bros. blue Willow pattern shallow bowl/ saucer (made in England), was likely made after 1912 (based on the back mark, source.) Related: #AskTamara: What do you use to test for Lead? As with nearly all of the Willow pattern china I have tested, it was positive for very high (unsafe) levels of lead […]

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Mill Stream Made In England Johnson Brothers Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

Vintage Johnson Brothers Mill Stream Ceramic Ironstone Plate, Made In England – 54,700 ppm Lead

This vintage Johnson Brothers Mill Stream ceramic “Ironstone” dish tested positive for the following levels when tested with an XRF instrument: Lead (Pb): 54,700 +/- 1,700 ppm Barium (Ba): 489 +/- 104 ppm Tin (Sn): 1,261 +/- 78 ppm Zinc (Zn): 3,461 +/- 178 ppm Iron (Fe): 540 +/- 181 ppm For more information about […]

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Liberty Blue Old North Church Made In England Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

#Leaded: Liberty Blue Saucer – Old North Church, Boston. Made In England.

So many families have these dishes! They are truly works of art, and a piece of history (even though they were mass-manufactured only about 40 years ago.) My understanding, from doing a little online research, is that this line with the “Historical Colonial Scenes” was manufactured in 1976 for the United States’ Bicentennial. They were used […]

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Do Franciscan Potteries vintage dishes have unsafe levels of lead. Does Mexican pottery that is marked lead-free have unsafe levels of lead

Do Franciscan Potteries vintage dishes have unsafe levels of lead? Does Mexican pottery that is marked lead-free have unsafe levels of lead? (video)

Here are the blog posts related to the video below: Franciscan Ivy. Franciscan Desert Rose. Mexican “Lead-Free” Pottery. Comments to the “viewers” in this are from the original posting of the video as a Facebook Live video! Video is about 6 minutes long, and also shows you how to stretch one LeadCheck swab out to […]

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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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Spode Made In England Christmas Tree Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

Vintage Spode Christmas Tree Plate, Made In England: 71,900 ppm Lead

This Spode china (decorated with a Christmas tree for the holidays) had the following readings when tested with an XRF instrument (which tests down to single digit parts per million): Lead (Pb): 71,900 +/- 3,500 ppm Cadmium (Cd): Non-Detect (ND / negative) Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect (ND / negative) Arsenic (As): Non-Detect (ND / negative) To learn more […]

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Spring Blossom Vintage Pyrex Cup Mug Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

Vintage Spring Blossom Green “Crazy Daisy” Pyrex Cup: 39,300 ppm Lead + 833 ppm Cadmium [90 ppm Pb is unsafe 4 kids!]

Vintage Pyrex Spring Blossom Green “Crazy Daisy” Pattern Cups. The dark green/almost black paint on these mugs tested positive for the following elements at the following levels (with a one-minute test, using an XRF instrument): Lead (Pb): 39,300 +/- 1,600 ppm Cadmium (Cd): 833 +/- 61 ppm Arsenic (As): ND Mercury (Hg): ND Platinum (Pt): […]

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