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An antique map is a map that was made more than 100 years ago, often depicting geographical understanding and aesthetics of its time. But just like now when we have an interest in earlier periods of history there are maps depicting countries in the times such as the Saxons and the Roman Empire.

Authenticity can be determined by examining the paper, printing technique, and any historical records associated with the map. After you have handled a number of antique maps your ability and confindence will greatly improve. Do not be afraid to ask aspecialist dealer in antique maps for guidance.

Yes, antique maps can be a valuable resource for educational purposes, offering insights into historical geography, cartography, and the history of exploration.

Focus on the map’s condition, rarity, historical significance, and any unique features. Small marginal repairs are acceptable. The centre fold is also an area of the map that can have repairs. Be critical of modern hand colouring. It should have been carefully executed with toneful colours. Unfortunately there are maps that have in my opinion have been ruined by poor amateurish hand colouring

Antique maps should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Use archival-quality materials for framing and storing to prevent deterioration. When putting a framed map on a wall choose the the wall that gets little or no sunlight passing across it. For a large collection of unframed map a plan chest is the ideal piece of furniture. You will find ones of a modern design as well as original Victorian examples.

While reproductions can be aesthetically pleasing, they typically hold less monetary value than original antique maps. Faced between the choice of a reproduction map and perhaps a less decorative original antique map I would choose to go with the antique map. It is going to give you more lasting pleasure of ownership and should retain its value.

Early cartographers often relied on explorers' accounts and limited technology, leading to inaccuracies which were often believed accepted and copied fby other cartographers. This just adds to their interest to the collector. Over time, maps became more accurate with advancements in surveying and mapping techniques which somehow removes the mystique of early cartography.


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I have been buying and selling antique maps since the early 1960's during which time I had a gallery in Watergate Street, Chester for 30 years. I am now able to offer through my websites a personal service to map and print collectors.

Frequently asked questions abut antique maps

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