Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, used and prized since ancient times for its beauty, resilience, and durability. Color variations are the result of slightly different proportions of copper and zinc. Brass can be cast (Jefferson Brass), forged, spun, or die-cut. It is used in our homes for fine hardware, lighting fixtures, fireplace equipment, candlesticks and many other decorative pieces. It can also be finished in a number of ways. These include highly polished (Jefferson Brass); satin or brushed finish; hand rubbed finish; and antique, bronze and verdigris.
A piece is solid brass if the material is pure brass—whether it is the hollow tube of a fire tool or chandelier arm or a two pound candle holder. Jefferson Brass is always solid brass. Solid brass can be polished to its original beauty, but if a piece has been lacquered in the past, you must first remove the old lacquer. It can be removed without damaging the brass by using paint or lacquer remover.
If you are wondering if your piece is solid brass or brass plated, here is how you can tell. Test with a magnet. Solid brass is not magnetic. If the magnet sticks, the item is most likely steel or cast iron and has been brass plated. Still not convinced? Take a sharp tool, and scratch a small area that is unnoticeable. If you see yellow underneath that scratch mark, it is more than likely solid brass.
Fast forward to the year 2011. Jefferson Brass did not previously lacquer its pieces because we liked the look/patina of hand polished brass, and many of our customers preferred the same. If you find that time just doesn’t allow you to polish your brass, then you may consider having it lacquered. We now offer our custom lacquer process because we understand time restraints don't allow for the luxury of hand polishing your brass. We are very pleased with the results of our superior lacquer process. But remember clear lacquer finish is not forever. The durability of lacquer on outdoor items, such as door knockers, varies widely depending on the location and how much direct or indirect weathering the piece is subject to. You can always re-polish and re-lacquer if necessary.
Americans are a faithful people. And sharing this great faith brings multiple ceremonies throughout the year. Through these commemorations we honor important milestones in our lives. During great events like weddings, graduations, house warming parties, baptisms, baby showers, confirmations, and Bar Mitzvahs, we organize elaborate feasts, create festive decorations, and simply enjoy the company of family and close friends. As a society, we take great joy honoring these special times. They remind us to look beyond ourselves and think of others. Holidays such as Christmas, Chanukah, Passover and Kwanzaa all are celebrated through sharing gifts, food, and friendship.
By far the most popular item in our fireplace accessory line is Virginia's Blowpoke , a combination of a bellows and a poker that utilizes the principle of air movement discovered by Bernoulli in the 18th century. A Jefferson Brass exclusive, this exquisitely designed fire tool is the best way to restart a dwindling fire. This piece is hand cast in solid brass and is an all-in-one solution to your fireplace needs. An article written by New York designer Bunny Williams in House Beautiful praises Virginia's Blow Poker as the "only fire tool you need!" The piece comes with a beautiful, heavy support hook that is easily mounted to a wall or fireplace mantel.
Home is where the hearth is. Snuggling up to a warm crackling fire provides hours of pleasure. It is in this comfortable atmosphere that conversations flow and family time is honored. Relaxing by the fireside is one of man’s greatest pleasures.
At Jefferson Brass, we fully embrace this tradition. We’ve created timeless fireplace tools and accessories that will last for generations. Using the finest quality of brass on the market today, we make our unique pieces totally by hand, using the same sand casting and finishing processes as in Revolutionary times. These fireplace accessories are cast in pure solid brass, and each piece is made to superior weight, balance and finish.
The Jefferson Brass collection of fireplace accessories features classic designs to fit any home décor. The featured item of this collection is Virginia’s Blow-poker with hook. Cast in solid brass and made to instrument standards, this blowpoker is both beautiful and practical. Air blown gently through the shaft increases in speed by the time it exits through a smaller opening at the far end, forcing oxygen onto the bed of coals. Exquisitely designed, Virginia’s Blowpoker is the only tool you need to restart a dwindling fire.
Thomas Jefferson's favorite architectural shape was the ellipse, so much so that it was incorporated into the main entrance of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. Inspired by Jefferson’s genius, the design of this firetool set has an elegant elliptical shape in its main base, and you will notice the gracious curves of the elliptical handles of each tool as well. The entire set is heavily cast in solid brass. Included in the set are three classic fire tools: a poker, brush and shovel. Please see our other unique fire tools, the Virginia’s Blow-poker, the Goose and Fox pokers, Damper Pull and the Jamb Hook.
Measures 36" high.
Weighs 16.50 lbs.
Exclusively from Jefferson Brass. Volume discounts start at quantity 10. Please call Customer Service at 877.822.7277 for individual quotes.
Designed with the outdoorsman in mind, the Huntsman lightens and revolutionizes this traditional fireplace accessory. While on the go, hunters, backpackers, campers, and Boy Scouts carry this fire tool with ease! Use the poker end to adjust the logs. Blow through the mouthpiece, pointing the poker at the base of the embers, and watch your fire instantly re-ignite.
Comes in 2 easily attachable parts. Measures 30" long. Weighs 2.00 lbs. Exclusively from Jefferson Brass. Volume discounts start at quantity 10. Please call Customer Service at 877-822-7277 for individual quotes.
A blend of a bellows and a poker, Virginia's Blow-poker uses the principle of air movement discovered by Bernoulli (1700-1782). A Jefferson Brass exclusive, this exquisitely designed fire tool is the most efficient way to restart a dying fire. Hand cast in solid brass, it is an all-in-one solution to your fireplace needs. A recent article written for House Beautiful by New York designer Bunny Williams, praises Virginia's Blow-poke as the "only fire tool you need!" First adjust your logs with the poker, then point the poker at the base of the embers, blow through the mouthpiece, and watch your fire instantly re-ignite! Designed with the Shaker tradition in mind, Virginia's Blowpoker was created by merging both function and beauty. This piece is available in solid brass with a mounting hook and screws that make it easily attachable to walls or mantels.
Measures 42" long. Weighs 3.40 lbs. Exclusively from Jefferson Brass. Volume discounts start at quantity 10. Please call Customer Service at 877.822.7277 for individual quotes.
A Jamb Hook is a traditional, classic support hook for a single fire tool poker. This piece is an historically crafted accessory, similar to hooks found in Virginia's colonial capital of Williamsburg. Measures 3" x 3". Weighs 0.66 lbs. Exclusively from Jefferson Brass. Volume discounts start at quantity 10. Please call Customer Service at 877.822.7277 for individual quotes.
Thomas Jefferson's favorite shape was the 43o ellipse due to its multiple functions. Following his genius, we’ve designed the elliptical poker. Measures 36" high. Weighs 2.81 lbs. Exclusively from Jefferson Brass. Volume discounts start at quantity 10. Please call Customer Service at 877.822.7277 for individual quotes.
Heavily cast in solid brass, the goose head detailing is almost lifelike. This unique fire tool poker combines a clever mix of decorative wildlife art while serving as a functional fire tool. Measures 36" high. Weighs 2.92 lbs. Exclusively from Jefferson Brass. Volume discounts start at quantity 10. Please call Customer Service at 877.822.7277 for individual quotes.
Brass doorknockers have evolved from being a good luck charm placed on the front door to a statement of tasteful personal style. You can spot a brass door knocker on most types of doors. Don’t be surprised if many of them bear the signature work of The Jefferson Brass Company. The castings, unusually heavy, are made to almost jewelry quality and standards--this is the very basis of their extraordinary value. We use only the finest quality of materials and craftsmanship. This is our simple concept.
Today, brass is the metal of choice when selecting classic door knockers for both the traditional and contemporary home. The Jefferson Brass Company proudly presents its collection of solid brass doorknockers. Each product is made by hand in an especially hefty weight, and then hand polished to a jewelry finish, making an impressive statement in any home décor. Our products are intended for individuals who appreciate the finest in time-honored craftsmanship.