closed Syracuse China in 2009, putting 275 people out of work and ending 138 years of china making in the Syracuse area. Founded in 1871 in Syracuse as Onondaga Pottery Co., the company moved to the nearby suburb of Salina in 1922.
End of production On April 9, 2009, after 138 years of production, the Syracuse China factory was shut down by Libbey, Inc. of Toledo Ohio, and all production of Syracuse China moved from North America.
Over the years I have tested a LOT of Syracuse brand china . All of the vintage Syracuse pieces I have tested have been very high lead . This particular piece tested positive with an XRF as containing more than 10% lead in the glaze!
If it is stamped in ink, it is generally post-1920s. Codes in circles are pre-1911 and codes in diamonds are post-1911. Diamond codes with numbers are repeated so knowledge of your backstamps will help (example, a piece marked with “OPCO Syracuse China “, date code 6 in a diamond would be 1912).
“Any organic matter on the pieces will get washed off in the dishwasher or burned off when you glaze and fire them.” Willett recommends glazing Syracuse China before serving food, just to have an easier surface to clean. No organic material can survive the glazing and firing process.
Lead -containing glazes or decorations on the outside of dishes or non-food surfaces are generally safer to use. The only way to determine if certain crockery has lead is to test it. Home test kits can tell you if the dishes have leachable lead . These tests are most useful in detecting high levels of lead .
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Vitrelle makes the product highly durable, but is Corelle non- toxic ? Corelle makes its products and glazes from clay-based materials and glazes used throughout the industry. Corelle claims never to have exceeded this amount, so while not necessarily lead-free, these are considered lead-safe.
So under normal circumstances, it is safe to put bone china in the microwave oven heating.
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 .
Never eat from a dish or plate that has a crack in it. Cracked dishes can harbor bacteria. TEMPERATURE: wash in hottest water possible to kill bacteria and wash away foods that bacteria can grow on.
All your china can be washed in a dishwasher at a maximum temperature of 65ºC using a recommended dishwasher detergent. Recommended dishwasher detergents are Finish Powerball All in 1 and Cussons Morning Fresh Complete Tabs.