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lead Crystal

Posted by nyboy (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 11, 12 at 11:38

I know you should not use old lead crystal decanters to store liquor.What about new decanters for long time storge? Bed, bath and beyond had some decanters, the tiny stickers just said crystal, would these be safe for long term use? Any way of telling if new crystal has lead in it?

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RE: lead Crystal

Most likely has lead in it....because without some lead content, it's just glass! But not likely 20% lead...or that would have been stated.
You are fine for short term a few days.....and I sure wouldn't hesitate to use it for serving brand after dinner or sherry before. But it's not good to store liquor long term in lead glass.
Linda c

RE: lead Crystal

Yes, crystal does have lead. In the US, it can be as little as 1% lead to qualify as crystal. European crystal requires a higher lead content. I think it can still be only about 4%, but better crystal will have a higher lead content than that.

Even regular glass has trace amounts of lead. Just don't store for the long-term.

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