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Old 10-03-2006, 02:29 PM   #1
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Question Full Lead Crystal Decanter?

I bought a full lead crystal liquor decanter, is it safe to drink out of or am I going to make the gift receiver sick because of the lead?

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Old 10-03-2006, 02:35 PM   #2
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as far as i know, lead in crystal takes a long time to leach into most liquids (non-acids), so a drinking container is ok, so long as you are not storing the drink in it. supposedly, lead decanters in which things like scotch are stored are no good because of the lead.
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Old 10-03-2006, 02:36 PM   #3
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"People who have lead crystal items should take the following precautions:
  • Do not store liquids in lead crystal glasses or bottles
  • Do not drink from lead crystal on a daily basis, especially if you are pregnant
  • Do not feed an infant or child from a lead crystal baby bottle or cup "
http://www.nsc.org/issues/lead/leadindishes.htm

The Center for Disease Control also considers liquids stored in lead crystal to be hazardous.

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Old 10-03-2006, 02:37 PM   #4
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I have two Full Lead Crystal Decanters - one I use for liquor and one I display on a shelf.

You will not get sick from the lead - wash it carefully by hand and then put the liquor inside.
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Old 10-03-2006, 02:56 PM   #5
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I want to put rum in it. You would think stores could not sell it if it would make you sick.


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I have two Full Lead Crystal Decanters - one I use for liquor and one I display on a shelf.

You will not get sick from the lead - wash it carefully by hand and then put the liquor inside.
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Old 10-03-2006, 03:00 PM   #6
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It is ok to serve from but it is not recommended for long

term storage. In my house a bottle of scotch or rye will last for years. And I
do mean years. I leave it in the bottle and not a decanter.
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Old 10-03-2006, 05:14 PM   #7
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I have various drinks (whisky, rum, brandy) in quite old, lead crystal decanters (one is about 120 years old!) - I am sad to say that the alcohol in all of them doesn't last long, so no harm is done!
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Old 10-03-2006, 05:17 PM   #8
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My mother and my grandmother both used to keep their afternoon sherry in lead crystal decanters.
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Old 10-03-2006, 05:18 PM   #9
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If they were that dangerous I think we would have known by now and had a lot fewer ancestors.
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Old 10-03-2006, 07:53 PM   #10
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Thanks, thats good to know his will only last a month or two till he has to refill also


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I have various drinks (whisky, rum, brandy) in quite old, lead crystal decanters (one is about 120 years old!) - I am sad to say that the alcohol in all of them doesn't last long, so no harm is done!
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