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How do you know if an old map is valuable?

How do you know if an old map is valuable?

They include positive signs of age such as paper that appears old; evidence of binding; show-through of color; and/or signs of soiling, damage or wear. Signs that a map is a modern reproduction include paper that appears bright white, smooth or “hard;” and any modern printed labels or annotations in the margins.

Are old maps collectable?

Because antique maps are a unique collectible, it is important to find an auction house or dealer that specializes in maps to ensure that you are buying an authentic piece. Ideally the seller should offer a certificate of authenticity with your purchase.

Can you restore antique maps?

Rips & Tears: Most rips and tears can easily be repaired with conservator’s tape, Japanese backing materials, or for the most valuable pieces, fiber fills. Missing areas on printed maps can also be repaired with some effort. Wall Maps: Early school maps are some of the most heavily damaged maps out there.

How do you date an old map?

If a map has been extracted directly from an atlas, dating is usually straightforward as the publication date of the atlas is almost invariably printed on the title page of the book (although publication dates of subsequent editions or impressions were occasionally not altered).

Do paper maps have any value?

I talked to longtime maps aficionado Bill Campbell of San Jose about your find. He says most maps bring in just $8-$12. Yours, however, would fetch a bit more. You have a 1957 map showing the roads of Hawaii, which had yet to become a state.

What is considered an antique map?

An antique map is a map printed over 100 years ago by one of three main processes. The earliest maps were generally printed from a wooden block which had been cut in relief (the printed area standing out from the rest) and then inked. This type of map can be seen in the work of Munster (c1550) among others.

How do you get wrinkles out of old maps?

Being careful not to touch your hot iron directly to the paper iron over the slightly damp cloth. The steam from the moisture in the cloth combined with hot iron pushing the paper on to the boar will help smooth out the crease. Repeat this process over the entire map. That’s it!