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Roscher Bone China and Denby Dinnerware lead-free?

Duyen50 Jan 15, 2014 09:56 AM

Hello Chowhounders!
I am relatively new this Chowhound and love reading all your posts. Quite informative.
I am in the process of changing my dinnerware to something more durable and lead-free.
I have purchased some Apilco bowls and plates. I came across some Roscher bone china and Denby white mugs at Marshalls and wonder if these are lead-free. I searched all over the net and couldn't find any informations regarding this. Is Roscher out of business? I couldn't even find their website.
Any informations would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you all!


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    sueatmo RE: Duyen50 Jan 21, 2014 12:49 PM


    Silver Superstore carries Denby. They post a phone number you can call for information. If anyone knows about this it will be them. Here is their phone number as posted on the above site:


    I personally don't think hard fired china is going to to leach lead, but certainly artisan made pottery MIGHT contain lead. I wouldn't use any artisan made pottery for food unless I was sure of the glazes used in decorating it.

    But the folks at Silver Superstore would be able to give you information about Denby.

    By the way, Denby stuff is good quality and usually expensive.

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    1. re: sueatmo
      Duyen50 RE: sueatmo Jan 21, 2014 04:34 PM

      Hello Sueatmo,
      Thank you for replying to my inquiry. I have called Denby and they told me they don't intentionnally put lead im the fabrication of their products. However, they can't state it is lead-free...so I end up not buying the Denby mugs. As for the Roscher, I couldn't find any information regarding their company so I eliminate them from the start.
      After lots of research, I end up buying the William Sonoma Open Kitchen mugs. They are made of porcelain and WS wrote me back saying all their products are tested for harmful chemicals like lead and cadmium. So far, I am quite please with them and the price is good too (6$/mug). I would love to buy the Apilco but couldn't bring myself to make the purchase due to the price difference. Hope I can get few years out of these mugs before they start chipping...

      1. re: Duyen50
        sueatmo RE: Duyen50 Jan 21, 2014 07:09 PM

        It sounds as if you found something you like and can use.

        1. re: Duyen50
          mikie RE: Duyen50 Jan 22, 2014 02:59 PM

          I haven't bought the WS "Open Kitchen" porcelain, but have a lot of Apilco and it is very robust. I would think that you will get many years of service out of these pieces.

          1. re: mikie
            Duyen50 RE: mikie Jan 23, 2014 07:28 AM

            Hi Mikie,

            So far I am quite pleased will all my Apilco and WS open kitchen pieces. The Apilco have a better finish. The open kitchen pieces have some imperfections like little chip here and there. Therefore I have to verify every single piece before making the purchase.

            1. re: mikie
              Duyen50 RE: mikie Jan 23, 2014 07:33 AM

              Also I bought some Corelle pieces. They seem Ok but little too thin to my liking. I prefer the bistro style dinnerware.

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