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September 02, 2015

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What is Brass?

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.

September 02, 2015

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Religious Brass Accessories


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.

At Jefferson Brass we’ve created unique, handcrafted gifts perfect for celebrating these memorable occasions. Every piece is special because it is not only decorative but also an exquisite piece of art. Through the sharing of devotion, gratitude, faith, commitment and the celebration of life, each piece in the Jefferson Brass collection of religious brass gifts and accessories serves as a wonderful reminder of what truly is important in our lives. Every item is hand-polished to a brilliant sheen. Based on the same sand casting and finishing methods established during Revolutionary times, each piece is made completely by hand to ensure it will last for years. It will surely be passed down through the generations as a quality heirloom treasure.

An everyday reminder of the Christian faith to be carried in a pocket or purse is the simple, elegant oversized pocket cross in solid brass. It is a quiet personal symbol of commitment and thanks for all of the Lord's blessings, and it comes with a lovely wallet size pocket cross prayer. Classic and fundamental in the Jewish faith is the Menorah with 9 candles. This simple stylized version of the well known design is heavily cast in solid brass and can be used as a hot plate/trivet. It is ideal as a decorative accessory in any living room, library or den. A spectacular piece! It makes a wonderful gift for holidays such as Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, Hanukkah, etc., and will last through the ages.

Jefferson Brass Fireplace Accessories


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.


Jefferson Brass features a wide array of brass fireplace accessories, including a small version of Virginia's Blow Poker, called the Huntsman Collapsible Blowpoke. Also included in the line is a decorative brass fire tool set, inspired by Thomas Jefferson, which has an elegant elliptical shape in its main base which is seen again in the gracious curves of the elliptical handles. The entire set is heavily cast in solid brass, and its quality is truly remarkable. You will instantly know the meaning of the word heavy when you pick up one of these fire tools! Other accessories in solid brass include fireplace pokers featuring a fox head and a duck head, a damper pull, and a jamb hook, the traditional and classic support hook for a single fire tool poker. 
September 02, 2015

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Brass Fireplace Accessories

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.

Elliptical Fireplace Set

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.

 

Huntsman Collapsible Brass Blow Poker

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.

Virginia Brass Blow Poker with Hook

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.

Jamb Hook

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.

Elliptical Poker

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.

Goose Poker

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.

September 02, 2015

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What makes Jefferson Brass Door Knockers unique

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.


Buy brass door knockers from JeffersonBrass.com, and you will know the meaning of quality brass. Each doorknocker represents our complete commitment to excellence in design and standard of quality. It is this precise reason that our customers keep returning to the website to purchase yet another Jefferson Brass piece.

What makes Jefferson Brass so different? Our collection of door knockers offers simple, elegant designs that are suitable for all types of homes, from colonial to contemporary. You will immediately recognize the meaning of superior weight and quality that is the trademark of Jefferson Brass. Just pick one up....feeling is believing! These pieces are truly works of art.

JeffersonBrass.com offers a range of designs and sizes of brass doorknockers. From a simple classic ring to a magnificant fox mask doorknocker, everyone will find one they will admire and enjoy. Where you place it and how the piece enhances your décor depends very much on your own personality. We have found that many customers who sell their homes have taken their treasured Jefferson Brass door knockers with them. The new owner will often call us for an exact replacement!

Jefferson Brass Company’s brass doorknockers are not just about style and design. They are about quality. The items we manufacture are made totally by hand, using the same sand casting and finishing processes as in Revolutionary times. This is absolutely necessary to retain the authenticity, the patina, and the special feeing that our products offer. Each brass knocker comes with a heavy solid brass striker button and brass screws. Brass is a metal of the ages and is the perfect medium for high quality door knockers.
September 02, 2015

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Solid Brass Door Knockers

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.

When someone approaches your doorstep, they automatically form an initial impression. Home décor is an indicator of the owner’s personality, values and tastes, and a door knocker surely is the first glimpse of what to expect inside. At the Jefferson Brass Company we design and manufacture very high quality brass door knockers to fit your unique style and personality. With all of our door knockers, we list the dimensions to include the depth and space between existing holes so that you will know whether you can easily replace a tired, worn out knocker with one of ours. Keep in mind that finding the perfect door knocker to fit existing holes is quite a challenge, but don't be discouraged. You can always use the top hole, and then plug the bottom hole with wood putty, drilling a new bottom hole to accommodate your pick from the exquisite selection that Jefferson Brass offers. It is far more important to have the door knocker of your dreams than to be stuck with one you dislike.

The Jefferson Brass Company offers a wide selection in its unique collection of solid brass door knockers. The Lion Door Knocker, for instance, is elegantly crafted as an authentic replica of the original 18th century knocker that still hangs at 10 Downing Street, the British Prime Minister’s residence. This lion door knocker welcomed guests from all over the world, including those of several of Britain’s great leaders, from Margaret Thatcher to Winston Churchill to Tony Blair. Today, the classic Lion Door Knocker still sends a powerful message of quality and authority.

Reflecting a fundamental elegance of design, the Lafayette door knocker, inspired by the great French/American hero of the American Revolution, is a combination of American simplicity and French elegance. A heavy brass striker button and 2" solid brass machine screws for attachment are included.

Nature's most exquisite form, the scalloped shell, is truly a study in symmetry. Heavily cast in solid brass, this work of art is distinguished by delicate flutes in the classic shape of a scallop, America's favorite seashell. In every instance, you will know we are serious about the word heavy. Just pick one up...feeling is believing!

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