When enthusiasts get an antique map, their wish is to ensure that the map is authentic and not a print or reproduction. There are a couple of ways to know that a map is from the time duration portrayed and not a recreation of minimal worth. Right here are qualities to search for before purchasing an antique map. At Bone and Company, while our vintage maps are wonderful reproductions, they are certainly would not qualify as counterfeit! 

Why Do People Produce Counterfeit Antique Maps

People produce counterfeit antique maps because there is big money in the sale of a rare map. It’s very similar to having a rare vintage wine or an antique piece of art. Scarcity drives up the value. When people perceive a piece of work, like a vintage map, the value of the piece increases. Then when there’s a scarcity of the product the demand for the item increases. This ties into another reason for creating a counterfeit, the prestige. Those who forge rare pieces of work are definitely out for the large sums of money that can be made, but there is also the pride of creating something that passes through the intense scrutiny to determine if a piece of work is real or not. This gives the forger not only a sense of pride but bragging rights of this accomplishment.

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1: Recreation Notes

One can easily identify a replica is to seek a small note below the boundary that indicates it’s a recreation. Typically, the business that created it will be noted along with the day it was made.

2: Atlas Folds up

Several antique maps were made to fit inside an atlas. If there is a layer down the center, the map is likely legit as well as it was when folded up to fit inside a book. You must see use at the corners where atlas pages were transformed; glued to the back of the map, a strip of paper and a binder were added to establish the map right into the guide.

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3: Layer Marks

Many genuine antique maps were made from copper inscriptions on plates that relied on the pressure to transfer the photo. Real antique maps made will have plate marks and copper engravings, an imprint around the map where the plate is pushed against the paper throughout manufacturing. There shouldn’t be anything published beyond the plate marks.

4: Color Maps

Antique shade maps were typically colored by hand, while reproductions were colored by a machine, using a matrix of dots. Bring a magnifying glass when looking for antique maps to ensure that you can seek these dots.

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5: Paper Stock

Before the 19th century, mapmakers used hand-laid paper. Historically, the paper pulp was poured into a wood framework with a cross-hatched cable mesh near the bottom left a pattern on the paper called chain marks or chain links. Make it a point to inspect the map for the chain-link markings. The antique replica maps paper will certainly more than likely look as if it is worn and stained, with yellowing locations, used edges, or various other imperfections.

6: Map’s Dates

Many antique maps include the date the map was published, either in the title or in other parts of the map where publication information is included. These dates normally refer to the first year the map was offered for sale or the year the right to print the map was obtained. Dates on maps are not entirely reliable. Many maps were issued for more than one year without changes. That being said the date of the map should closely align within 10 years of the era that the map would have been produced.

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7: Size

Reproductions are usually larger or smaller than the original. If you can determine the size of the original map comparisons are easily made.

8: Aging Process

Old paper usually looks old. The edges will be slightly worn and perhaps soiled. When in doubt, most experienced map dealers can identify reproductions without difficulty.

To avoid getting fakes I create digitally reproduced vintage and antique maps by hand and I add a custom typography title to give it that vintage charm.  What makes it even better is that all of my prints are printables o you can easily print at home or take it to your favorite print shop (FedEx Office, Kinkos, UPS Store, etc.) and have them print it for you.  Click here to shop!