Vintage enamelware serving pieces and cookware are common items you'll find at flea markets, antique stores and thrift shops. They were common in the late 19th and the early part of the 20th century, and they're very pretty, too. But are they safe to use now for serving food and cooking? Most likely not. Back in the day, there was little regulation on what manufacturers could use to make enamelware, so vintage pieces often have additives like lead and cadmium. If you do find and purchase old enamelware, use it for display or decoration only.
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