Framing Antique Maps to Last for Many Years

Framed mapFraming antique maps follows the same guidelines of antique prints I recently blogged. Making sure that the proper archival materials are used such as Ultraviolet filtering glass or acrylic, 100% Museum Grade cotton rag matting and backing, reversible hinging techniques and an extra layer of archival grade corrugated as a final backing.

The only difference would be that many maps have text or designs on the back which the owner may want to expose. In this case, the framing process must ensure that the map is stabilized in the frame because by exposing the back, one is allowing the map only a certain amount of support. For one, the area one desires to expose means that a certain amount of back matting must be removed. Allow ample matting to contain the antique map in the frame without compromising it.

Behind the matting will be a layer of acrylic. The most important thing to remember is never allow the map to come in contact with any glass or plexiglass. This will allow moisture from the glazing to touch the map and the possibility of the map to dampstain and adhere to the glazing. This will cause damage which may not be reversible.

Collecting and purchasing antique maps is very exciting and addictive. It allows the owner a constant glimpse into the journeys they have experienced through life while providing a very decorative element to their decor. One will find little that compares to the beauty and history that antique maps provide.

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