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Old 10-03-2006, 10:03 PM   #11
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I don't think you really have much to worry about. besides, if it sits around long enough for things to of a lead based origin to occur, re-sell as another 100year old aged liquor.
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Old 10-03-2006, 10:09 PM   #12
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Alcohol will dissolve the lead in the crystal if left in the decanter for more than a few hours, and in time the lead can cause brain damage. Buy a good Riedel decanter and leave the lead crystal on the display shelf.
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Old 10-04-2006, 03:23 AM   #13
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Why?

They are beautiful and should be used, not just an ornament!
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Old 10-04-2006, 03:27 AM   #14
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*lol* what a funny thought.... never cared about that...
My Mum also has various lead crystal containers, she likes them a lot...
It is very popular with the elder people here in G, but I've never heard of anybody getting a lead intoxication....
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Old 10-04-2006, 04:04 AM   #15
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I think that Europeans might consider it an over-reaction to the dangers
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Old 10-04-2006, 06:16 AM   #16
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Ishbel, that's what my DH said to that...
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Old 10-04-2006, 07:56 AM   #18
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While Europeans might consider is an over reaction, I would rather not take chances with my health, especially with something as toxic as lead.

Here is a letter from Harvard Health Letter. It basically says that it can be safe to use these decanters, but it does depend on how long the alcohol is in them.

I am sticking with the better safe than sorry route myself.
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Old 10-04-2006, 08:05 AM   #19
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Lead crystal decanters have been fashionable in most European nations for 300 years and more....

I have read of no massive numbers dropping dead because of lead poisoning due to lead poisoning! I am sensible about storing anything long term - particularly alcohol which goes 'off' quite quickly... so the chances of my dying of lead poisoning via a nip of whisky from one of my decanters is probably minimal.
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You are making the assumption that the only symptm of lead poisoning is death. That is not the case. There are many things that lead can cause and it would be very easy for someone to overlook the cause.

Among these are developmental disorders, sterility, abortion, diarrhea, sluggishness, Reduced IQ, Slowed body growth, Hearing problems, Behavior or attention problems, Kidney damage, Irritability, Aggressive behavior, Difficulty sleeping, Headaches, Constipation and that is just to name a few.
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