Dating antique prints

Chris Lane, co-owner of the Philadelphia Print Shop, says there are ways our hypothetical collector—and you—can learn a few tricks to identify antique maps from their copies.

Distinguishing the two kinds of maps is crucial, because only antique maps have the historical and monetary value that map copies largely lack. "They were made at a particular point in time, when people used them and they had an influence on the course of events.

It was made by pouring paper pulp into a wooden frame with a bottom of cross-hatched wire mesh, which would leave its pattern in the paper.

"If you pick up a map and hold it up to the light you'll see a series of close-together thin lines crossed about every inch or so by a perpendicular line," Chris says. It looks a little like the weave of a rug." Later papers made in the 19th century by machine don't have these cross-hatches. Collecting Antique Maps, by Jonathan Potter, London, 1999.

Enjoy my selection of rare antique prints, and please call me at 413-245-4197 with your questions. Foreign Views by Luigi Rossini of Rome from the early 1820’s!

These are Rare Decorative Foreign Views of Ancient Roman Architecture.

"But if you're really interested, I'll sell it to you for ." She's hardly convinced.

A loupe is the most important tool for the hunter of old maps. Paper made before 1800 almost always looks different.I have some of the very best foreign views ever produced.These are rare over sized engravings of Rome Italy by Luigi Rossini, 17th Century engravings of Scandanavia by Colonel Dahlberg, and rare engravings of Bavarian Castles from the early 1700’s.The 13 original colonies on the eastern seaboard—the only ones that were part of the country at that time—are distinguished with soft pastel colors.The woman is entranced by the map, which is wrapped in plastic. "Is this an antique map," she asks the owner of the booth, who is chewing on a toothpick.

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