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Dollar tree Blue and Yellow Floral Design Bowl Lead Safe Mama 2

99 Cent Only Store c. 1999 Blue & White Floral Pattern Ceramic Bowl (No Maker’s Mark): 70,200 +/- 2,400 ppm Lead

There is no mark or maker noted on this bowl.  The owner told me she purchased at a 99 Cent Only Store (in Los Angeles) store about 20 years ago (which would be late-1990s / c. 1999). When tested with an XRF instrument it had the following readings: Lead (Pb): 70,200 +/- 2,400 ppm Barium […]

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Mexico Maracas Lead Safe Mama 1

Hand Painted Wooden Maracas, Made In Mexico: 1,219 ppm Lead (Context: 90 ppm is illegal in new children’s items).

  I tested this set of wooden (made in Mexico) maracas with an XRF instrument, and the painted area on these had the following reading: Lead (Pb): 1,219 ppm For context, the amount of Lead that is considered unsafe in a newly manufactured item intended for use by children is anything 90 ppm Lead or […]

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Mexico Bowl 11000

Glazed Ceramic Bowl, Made In Mexico: 11,300 ppm Lead (Context: 90 ppm is illegal in new children’s items).

I tested this glazed ceramic (made in Mexico) bowl with an XRF instrument, and it had the following reading: Lead (Pb): 11,300 ppm For context, the amount of Lead that is considered unsafe in a newly manufactured item intended for use by children is anything 90 ppm Lead or higher in the paint, glaze, or […]

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Diane Cuernavaca Mexico Mug Lead Safe Mama 2

Glazed Ceramic Mug from Cuernavaca, Mexico: 86,600 ppm Lead (Context: 90 ppm is illegal in children’s items).

  I tested this glazed ceramic (made in Cuernavaca Mexico) mug with an XRF instrument, and it had the following reading: Lead (Pb): 86,600 ppm This amount of Lead is specially dangerous in an item like a ceramic coffee mug given mugs are often used on a daily basis (by the same person) for acidic […]

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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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Bean Pot Urn Lead Safe Mama 1

Rancho Gordo Tehuacan Clay Bean Pot (Unglazed) from Puebla, Mexico: Lead Free!

This is a rare find. A piece of Mexican pottery that is marked and sold as Lead-free that is ACTUALLY Lead-free. The reason for this is that it is entirely unglazed. I think this is a terrific option if you are looking for a bean pot or cooking vessel of this type and if I […]

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Diane Antique Coffee Mug Lead Safe Mama 4

Made In Mexico Vintage / Antique Glazed Ceramic Mug: 79,100 ppm Lead (Context: 90 ppm is illegal in children’s items).

I tested this vintage / antique glazed ceramic (made in Mexico) mug with an XRF instrument, and it had the following reading: Lead (Pb): 79,100 ppm This amount of Lead is specially dangerous in an item like a ceramic coffee mug given mugs are often used on a daily basis (by the same person) for […]

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Diane Vintage Antique Mexican Mug Lead Safe Mama 1

Made In Mexico Vintage / Antique Glazed Ceramic Mug: 122,200 ppm Lead (Context: 90 ppm is illegal in new items for children).

I tested this vintage / antique glazed ceramic (made in Mexico) mug with an XRF instrument, and it had the following reading: Lead (Pb): 122,200 ppm This amount of Lead is specially dangerous in an item like a ceramic coffee mug given mugs are often used on a daily basis (by the same person) for […]

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Nancy Pollock Made In Mexico Shallow Blue Bowl Lead Safe Mama

Made In Mexico Blue & White Ceramic Shallow Soup Bowl: 50,500 ppm Lead (Context: 90 ppm is illegal in new items for children).

I tested this blue and white glazed made in Mexico shallow ceramic soup bowl with an XRF instrument, and it had the following reading: Lead (Pb): 50,500 ppm For context, the amount of Lead that is considered unsafe in a newly manufactured item intended for use by children is anything 90 ppm Lead or higher […]

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