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jim cannin

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iconnumber posted 09-09-2001 05:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jim cannin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do you have any information on a silversmith named Rufas Jacoby from the Washington DC area ?

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Brent

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iconnumber posted 09-09-2001 08:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to Rainwater, Rufus Jacoby works, or worked, in Silver Spring, MD, which as you said is just outside of the District of Columbia. I do not know whether he is still active or not. Regardless, he specialized in handwrought liturgical objects, like communion chalices. His designs were rather modernistic, and often incorporated ebony stems or handles.

That's all I can tell you right now. Do you have any information to add, or a piece to show?

Brent

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iconnumber posted 09-09-2001 10:08 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jacoby attended the 1949 Handy and Harman workshop conference in Providence, RI, where Baron Erik Fleming was teaching. He also had some work in the Wichita annual Decorative Arts and Ceramics Exhibition in 1949.

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Marc

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iconnumber posted 10-06-2008 06:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi once again..

I just purchased a set of 4 candlesticks marked "Jacoby Handmade Sterling"
(3 pictured) and thought that this was the Jacobi from Baltimore. Nope.. This is one Rufus Jacoby,from Silver Springs, MD, and he worked in silver and wood. He recently passed away at the age of 96.

As you can see by the design of the candlesticks, Mr Jacoby was an excellent craftsman, with a sense of wonder. Each stick is 8 1/2" tall and is made of thick gauge silver. They weigh 20 troy oz . each.

Quoting from his obituary by at Washingtonpost.com, (written by Adam Bernstein)
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"Rufus Jacoby, 96, who taught industrial arts at Washington's Coolidge High School from 1940 to 1967 and developed a robust silversmithing business specializing in chalices, died July 31 at the Casey House hospice in Rockville. He had congestive heart failure.

Mr. Jacoby learned the silversmithing trade from English and Swedish craftsmen during his early Coolidge career and transferred those skills to the classroom.

He also taught jewelrymaking and silversmithing at a Catholic University night school program from 1948 to 1970 as well as at Suitland High School and Beltsville's High Point High School before retiring in 1976.

He owned and operated a side business of silversmithing and made several hundred liturgical chalices. His silver designs appeared in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art and other museums and exhibits."

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Always glad to help

Marc





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jersey

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iconnumber posted 10-06-2008 07:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Marc!

Really nice, something different. Can they double as a Chalice?

Jersey

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Marc

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iconnumber posted 10-07-2008 01:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Jersey,

The lip is a little wide to drink out of without clinking your teeth, and the top and bottom are bolted together.

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Marc

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iconnumber posted 10-14-2008 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Jersey,

I tried.. It leaks !

Marc

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jersey

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iconnumber posted 10-14-2008 06:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Marc!

Love it! Thanks for trying. Hope you didn't spill a good vintage.
Next time use a straw! I'll take one side you take the other!

Jersey

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jfalino

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iconnumber posted 03-05-2009 01:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jfalino     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dear Marc, could you repost the images? I am interested in seeing them.

thanks

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Originally posted by Marc:
Hi once again..

I just purchased a set of 4 candlesticks marked "Jacoby Handmade Sterling"
(3 pictured) and thought that this was the Jacobi from Baltimore. Nope.. This is one Rufus Jacoby,from Silver Springs, MD, and he worked in silver and wood. He recently passed away at the age of 96.

As you can see by the design of the candlesticks, Mr Jacoby was an excellent craftsman, with a sense of wonder. Each stick is 8 1/2" tall and is made of thick gauge silver. They weigh 20 troy oz . each.

Quoting from his obituary by at Washingtonpost.com, (written by Adam Bernstein)


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jfalino

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iconnumber posted 03-05-2009 06:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jfalino     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks very much - a rare set!

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Originally posted by jfalino:
Dear Marc, could you repost the images? I am interested in seeing them.

thanks


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Callie

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iconnumber posted 01-26-2013 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Callie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jacoby attended the 1947 Handy and Harman workshop conference, not the 1949. My mistake.

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AlanRosenberg

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iconnumber posted 09-17-2020 01:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AlanRosenberg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rufus Jacoby was the subject of a 2007 article I wrote published in Silver magazine, -Alan Rosenberg

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 09-17-2020 11:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So glad you did your first post. Sincerely. smile

I realize you are like so many other registered members who are silver scholars/authors/curators and only lurk. frown

I am hope this post is the first of much sharing & future posts.

Although you registered in 2006, believe it or not, you are not the longest lurking scholar/author/curator.

Hopefully the other long time lurkers will join you and make their first of many future posts.

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