Question: Does Old China Contain Lead?

Does Franciscan China have lead?

Franciscan China is generally (and consistently) VERY high lead.

I highly recommend not having any in your home and not ever using for food use purposes.

If you want to keep one piece on hand to remind you of your grandmother (or of a time gone by!).

Is it safe to use old china?

If you must eat off of your antique china or vintage ceramic dishware, don’t do so as a regular practice and certainly don’t eat off of it every day. It is not wise to eat off of china with painted or metallic decorations (like gold leaf or silver banding).

When did they stop putting lead in dishes?

Because the FDA did not begin regulating lead in dishes until the 1970s, plates manufactured before that are much more likely to contain dangerous levels of lead.

Does bone china contain lead?

With zero lead and cadmium content, bone china is regarded as the safest tableware, with the bone ash ingredient in its raw material, it is beneficial for people’s health too, as the bone ash contains elements that are beneficial for peoples health.

How do you know if there is lead in your dishes?

If the decorations are rough or raised, if you can feel the decoration when you rub your finger over the dish, or if you can see brush strokes above the glazed surface, the decoration is probably on top of the glaze. If the decoration has begun to wear away, there may be an even greater lead hazard.