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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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Green Plastic Vintage Fisher Price Litte Man Lead Safe Mama

Vintage Fisher Price Little People Green Plastic Man: 101 ppm Cadmium + 30 ppm Mercury

Vintage Fisher Price Little People Green Man. Green plastic body with peach plastic head and painted on face and hair. Year of Manufacture Unknown (presumed c. 1970s). To see more vintage Fisher Price items I have tested, click here. The XRF test results for this exact item (pictured above) are as follows: Painted Head/Face – […]

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1978 Holly Hobbies Answer Book Paperback Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

#LeadFree: 1978 Copy of “Holly Hobbie’s Answer Book” Paperback

1978 Copy of “Holly Hobbie’s Answer Book” Paperback Child’s Book Note: The XRF instrument tests down to single-digit ppm accuracy. Items intended for use by children are considered toxic and unsafe for children at 90 ppm lead or higher in the paint or coating or 100 ppm paint or coating in the substrate. A “negative” […]

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Johnson Bros Made In England Wedgwood Group Willow Earthenware Octogon Plate Lead Safe Mama Tamar a Rubin 1

Johnson Brothers Wedgwood Group Willow Earthenware Octagonal Plate: 52,400 ppm Lead

This is a Johnson Bros. (“A Member Of The Wedgwood Group”) Willow Earthenware octagonal plate, made in England. As with this piece with the same back mark, I have not been able to determine the exact age of the piece based on the back mark. If you have information that could help me with that, […]

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1963 The Roosevelt Era Book Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

#Leaded: 1963 Hardcover Printing of “Volume 14 of The American Heritage New Illustrated History Of The United States; The Roosevelt Era”

Most vintage books have at least some amount of lead. The amount of lead that is considered toxic in a modern item manufactured and intended to be used by children is 90 ppm or higher in the coating (or paint) and 100 ppm (or higher) in the substrate. This 1963 printing of “The Roosevelt Era” […]

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1968 Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions Mad Magazine Lead Safe Mama Tamara Rubin 1

#LeadFree: (Surprise!) 1968 Paperback Copy of “Al Jaffee Spews Out Snappy Answers To Stupid Questions”

Most vintage books have at least some amount of lead. It was a huge surprise that this 1968 paperback printing of MAD’s “Al Jaffee Spews Out Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions” was lead-free! We are also super excited about this because this is one of my husband’s favorite books from his childhood (he was born […]

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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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1958 Little Golden Book Lead Safe Mama Tamara Rubin 2

#Leaded: 1958 Little Golden Book, Three Bedtime Stories

1958 Little Golden Book, tested positive for 208 ppm lead when tested with an XRF instrument. Items intended for children are considered unsafe (and illegal if newly manufactured) when they test positive for lead at 90 ppm lead (or higher) in the coating or 100 ppm lead (or higher) in the substrate. To see more […]

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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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