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.
1. PEWTER BOWL & EGG COLLECTION
Item Price: $225
Item Description: Footed pewter bowl, 10″ diam.
Signed Tiel & Co. Holland
Supported by 3 griffins.
Collection of 18 eggs made from a variety of materials including crystal, wood, agate, Connemara marble, amber, one actual painted egg shell, & one glass beaded egg from trips around the world.
2. Quill Box
Item Price: $850
Item Description: Quill on birchbark, dia. 4 1/2″
Mi’Kmaq, Nova Scotia early 19th C.
Design is indicative of early work before turning to European influenced designs.
The four quadrants of the design represent the four realms of the indigenous world.
Some fading of natural dyes & some loss of quill & root due to age.
See: Whitehead, Ruth; “Micmac Quillwork”
3. Pottery Funnel
4. Marriage Quilt
6. SCRIMSHAW CUP
7. PIN CUSHION
Item Price: $850
Item Description: Bead on wool serge patch work, frayed silk edging, pin signature, with excelsior stuffing.
Mi’Kmaq, Nova Scotia, 1885, most likely ordered by a visitor as a gift.
Large, heavy pin cushion with place & date spelled out with pins on the back.
The top exhibits a design reminiscent of a European glass paperweight. Glass confetti style beaded loops, adds to the border of the cushion. Many of the original pins on the back signature have either been replaced or are missing altogether. Remaining original pin holes spell Glasgow, leading us to believe that the piece was gifted to someone in Glasgow, Scotland.
8. Miniature Birch Bark Box
10. WOOL JACQUARD
12. PIPE BAG
Item Price: $4200
Item Description: Bead on hide.
What makes this bag exceptional is the spirit imagery captured in the bead work on one side. The second side shows family activity. This bag is unique with the decorated bag ties intact & the very personal inclusion of spirit images.
Plains Cree, 3rd quarter 19th C.
13. MINIATURE SNOW SHOES
14. DOCUMENT BOX
15. GRASS WRAPPED FLASK
Item Price: $250
Item Description: Grass wrap over found glass flask.
Nootka made with very tightly woven natural & strong colours dyed grass. The flask cap, frequently missing, is included here.
H – 6 1/2″
British Columbia, 20th C.
See: Duncan, K. C. “1001 Curious Things” to understand trade of items on the Northwest Coast in the late 19th, early 20th C., plate 4.18 pg. 117. (see what’s on the mantle)