how can you tell the age of tupperware

New post! First in a series of four that I will be doing to try to draw some distinctions between the Tupperware pieces WITH toxicants (Lead, Mercury, Cadmium and Arsenic) and those without. If you have any information or links to help inform this conversation (for example information about years made for certain model numbers?) that would be very helpful and I will update the posts accordingly! Thank you!

One way to tell the age of an item? Look at its colors: pieces from the 1940s and ’50s are white or pastel, while later items are saturated in bright hues.
how can you tell the age of tupperware

#) Color Orange in General:

You cannot simply surmise that the orange cups might have heavy metals (the lighter orange cup on the far right of the three tested negative for Lead, Cadmium, Arsenic and Mercury). The model numbers on the bottom of that cup are: 116-7. There is also an “E” on the bottom of the cup.I think, based on the style and differences in markings on the bottom, that this is possibly a newer shape and style of cup than the two other (shorter) cups pictured.

#) Cup Shape and Size:

You cannot simply surmise that the shorter cups (which are perhaps the older style?) have (or do not have) toxicants. The yellow cup on the far left seems – by shape, design, weight and texture – to be of the exact same era as the orange one in the center, yet it is negative for the four primary toxicants I test for (specifically negative for Lead, Cadmium, Mercury and Arsenic.) The model numbers on the bottom of the short yellow cup appear to be 1320-10 (or perhaps just “320-10”) along with a capital letter “F” & the model numbers on the bottom of the short orange cup appear to be 1320-7 (or possibly just 320-7) and there does not appear to be a letter stamped on the bottom of that cup.

WARNING: Stop Using Tupperware


What do the numbers on the bottom of Tupperware mean?

Most containers have the Tupperware symbol of three arrows forming a triangle with a number in the middle. This means that you can recycle your Tupperware, and it tells you the specific plastic it is!

How can you tell if old Tupperware is safe?

While there is no set timeframe for replacing plastic food containers, experts say they should be tossed out when they show visible wear, chips, cracks, or signs of stains and odors. In place of plastic containers, experts recommend opting for glass or stainless steel instead.

Is 40 year old Tupperware safe to use?

Is 40 year old Tupperware® safe? Vintage Tupperware as we like to call it is not bad for you. If your containers are still in mint condition from 1960 – well done! We do recommend a kitchen refresh as our products are regularly updated and made with more durable, environmentally friendly and sustainable materials.

What is the oldest piece of Tupperware?

1940s. Tupperware products are first debuted by chemist Earl S. Tupper in Massachusetts, including the still-iconic Wonderlier® Bowl.

How do I know if my Tupperware is old?

You can date your vintage Tupperware by checking the shapes and colors used at different times during production. For further information on their age, contact a certified representative. Check out already published value guides on vintage Tupperware to help get an idea of the likely price for your Tupperware collection.

How much is a Tupperware set worth?

Complete line sets can sell between about $50 to $75. Salt and pepper shaker set may sell for about $50 up to about $200, depending on their condition. Single pieces in good condition can sell from $5 to $20 or more. Like most vintage and antique items, the condition of vintage Tupperware is a huge factor in its value.

How do I determine the value of my vintage Tupperware?

The following points will help you determine the value of your vintage Tupperware, from finding their age to contacting an expert and reading catalogs; these are our golden tips for you. You can date your vintage Tupperware by checking the shapes and colors used at different times during production.

How do you identify a tupperware container?

The Tupperwarecompany not only made containers, but they also made toys that were educational, fun, and safe for kids. To identify your Tupperware, spot the numbers underneath the container and take it to the nearest Tupperware representative. Always consult your appraiser when dealing with vintage items- sometimes, you don’t know enough.

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