Blemora Heritage Antiques

Sonja Morawetz and Steven Blevins

Leaving their city careers behind, Steven and Sonja made their new permanent home in Muskoka, Ontario in 1996. In 1997 they started up their new business as antique dealers, initially specializing in country formal Canadiana furniture along with decorative & folk arts. Around 2010, the focus of business shifted more towards fine art, and original folk art with a heavy emphasis on Native materials, in particular the Canadian Maritimes & Northeast American. They are members of CADA (Canadian Antique Dealers Association), with Steven also an active member of ATADA ( American Tribal Art Dealers Association ), CSDA ( Canadian Society of Decorative Arts ) and CPA ( Canadian Professional Appraisers ). Business is conducted through live shows, on_line virtual shows, and by appointment at our home in Muskoka.

Contact Dealer

(705) 645-1611

blemora@muskoka.com

1018 Baldwin Rd.
Bracebridge, Ontario P1L 1W8
Canada

Website Address

www.cadacanada.com

1. BIRCH BARK STORAGE CONTAINER

Item Price: $4800

Item Description: Near perfect condition, carved birch bark with pine plank ends, & wooden pegs.
Mi’kmaq 18th C., Nova Scotia
Exceptionally rare survivor, museum quality.
H – 9 1/2″, D – 8 3/8″
Deaccession from Cornwall Museum, Ontario

2. BEADED SASH

Item Price: $75

Item Description: Glass Beads
African, mid 20th C.
34″ x 2″

3. MINIATURE BEAVER CARVING

 

Item Price: $250

Item Description: Soapstone
Allen Emery, Nova Scotia, signed, “A.E, 1988”
Allen ( d. 1990 ), was an Ojibway from the Parry Island Reserve in Ontario, who moved in the early 1980’s to Nova Scotia and settled in the Yarmouth area. He began carving there using a simple pen knife. Few of his works come out on the market. His figures are true to life, inspired by what he saw. He was a complete unheralded artist. L – 3 1/2″, H – 1 3/4″ ¬†ex: Reg Havill col.

4. BUTTOCKS BASKET

Item Price: $525

Item Description: Woven split cane & root, bent wood handle.
Mi’kmaq, Nova Scotia, 19th C.
Wonderful condition
Opening D – 8 1/2″

5. CANE

Item Price: $825

Item Description: A bent wood, carved cane.
The amazing tendrils emerging from the handle, are actually what remain of the outer layer after the carving out of the shaft. This cane is an example of craft work made & sold by Native Americans at fairs in the Great Lakes region. It was made for the Oneida Fair, dated October 10, 1924 demonstrating creativity and natural artistic talent. The Oneida Fair, which started in 1896 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin is still running today.
Stand not included.

6. CAST IRON DOORSTOP – BATHING BEAUTIES

Item Price: $2500

Item Description: Painted cast iron pair of bathing girls.
Hubley, signed ‘C (copyright) FISH’
H – 11″
Some paint loss.
see Smith, John & Nancy, ‘The Doorstop Book’, pg. 213

7. SHARK’S TOOTH CLUB

Item Price: $1800

Item Description: Typically made from palm tree wood, drilled shark’s teeth are inserted in to a carved trough on either side of the wood blade and are attached with strong woven grass fibre. These weapons were considered much more dangerous than similarly constructed spears.
Traditionally found in the Gilbert Islands, Marshall Islands Group 19th & 20th C.
Minor loss of shark’s teeth.
L – 51″

8. CORN HUSK MASK

Item Price: $3800

Item Description: Woven corn husk. Native tanned hide strap.
Iroquois, early 20th C.
Excellent condition.
Associated with the Husk Face Society, the belief is that these masks usually embody spirits associated with the corn harvest. They are made by women, but worn by men.

 

9. HEADBAND

Item Price: $825

Item Description: Bird quill and glass beads on trade cloth, and native tanned hide.
Athapascan, early 20th C.
Minor quill deterioration.
L – 30 1/2″ includes the hide ties.
Professionally mounted on artist board.
An example of the finest quill work ever done in N. America

10. MENNONITE QUILT

Item Price: $375

Item Description: Various blue theme, mostly wool fabric patches. I call it the ‘Winding Blue Brick Road’.
Cotton backing.
Southwestern Ontario, 20th C.
Very good condition.
88″ x 78″

11. PAINTING, O/C

Item Price: $1200

Item Description: Oil on canvas, original frame
Signed LC, 1882 lower right
Professionally conserved.
S/S: 15 1/4″ x 11 1/4″
ex. Marjorie Larmon col.

12. PAIR OF PADDLES

Item Price: $375

Item Description: Carved wood, one larger than the other.
Solomon Islands, S. Pacific early 20th C.
Literature suggests that they are for a man & a woman used in dance ceremony.
Measured 67″ & 60″

13. SALES SAMPLE JARDINIERE

Item Price: $650

Item Description: Tin glazed earthen ware.
Probably American, 19th C., possibly Ransbottom Pottery attribution.
Designed in the Japanaise embossed crane design.
Minor hairline firing crack to the base.
H – 7″

14. TEA TRAY

Item Price: $650

Item Description: High relief carved walnut Bulldog standing on the Union Jack, inspired by popular design from WW II advertising campaigns. The reverse has a an equally high relief carved floral bouquet with rope turned edge. Hand made brass & wood handles. Excellent condition and is a classic example ‘one off ‘ folk art.
Found in Ontario
20 1/2″ x 13″

15. WHISK

Item Price: $850

Item Description: Extraordinary and rare survivor. All one piece made of bent wood.
Attributed Abenacki, mid 19th C.
Made as a utensil for personal use.
Display stand included.
ex. Peter Brams col.