Antique Maps, Atlases & Globes

What Are Some Tips For Collecting Antique Maps, Atlases, And Globes?

First, decide what type of collection you want to form. Choose a theme, such as a geographic area, specific mapmaker, or a certain era of time. Next, understand how to look for value in a map, especially if you are collecting for worth. Certain factors affect a map's value, such as the region depicted, historical importance, size, rarity, age, and aesthetic characteristics. Distinctive qualities and details, such as illustrations of sea monsters and ships, increase the value of older maps. You should also pay close attention to the piece's condition. Stains, tears, and creases decrease the overall value. Look for maps with margins on each side that equate to at least a quarter of an inch. Margins are ideal for framing, and maps without margins may have been trimmed, decreasing their value. Check the back of a map to see if it has been previously dry mounted or glued to a surface, which reduces the value greatly. Finally, store your collected maps properly by keeping them out of sunlight and away from moisture, pressed flat in frames.

What Supplies Do You Need To Properly Frame And Mount A Map?

Properly framing and mounting a map keeps it in good condition and maintains its value. When framing for display purposes, it is vital to use the right supplies. Gather a piece of insulation, a craft knife or utility blade, and a T-square. You also need spray adhesive and corner molding. It is a good idea to ask someone else to help if the map is very large so that you can focus on framing and mounting it properly while the other person holds the map in place.