Dating antique prints
Any map bigger than a standard sheet of paper would probably have straddled two pages in its atlas; thus it would have a fold down the middle so as to fit into the atlas when closed.Whereas maps manufactured in the 20th century were meant primarily to be mounted on a wall as decoration, and lack these folds.
These are very rare copper plate engravings on hand made hand laid rag with outstanding hand coloring. The perspectives are unique, giving the viewer insight as to construction and enormity of estates. These old hand colored steel engravings of China are the illustrations of Thomas Allom. The original art work of Allom’s was transferred onto a specially prepared steel plate, meticulously and engraved with tremendous detail. Old prints of China from 1855, measuring @8×11″ $135. Tremendous intensity is common to feel when seeing Rossini’s old engravings in person.These are rare copper plate engravings on hand made hand laid linen rag. Steel engravings has such a hard surface, the engraver’s attention to detail could be extremely fine. The plate was inked up carefully and printed onto a sheet of high quality woven rag paper. These foreign views of Rome are some of the most impressive artwork from the early 1800’s. These are very large copper plate engravings with deep dark etching, printed onto beautifully crafted hand made rag. Foreign Views: Roman Engravings by Luigi Rossini, Scandanavia Castles by Colonel Dahlberg, and Bavarian Castles by Werning.The paper measures about 14 x 18″ and the prints are in very good condition. These antique decorative views are old foreign views by Thomas Allom, Colonel Dahlberg, Rossini, and other early decorative illustrators and architects.An avid map-lover pokes around a flea market to see if she can find an antique map of the United States.She flips through a bunch of old-looking maps in a crumbling cardboard boxes and finds one, dated 1784, that depicts the United States as far west as the Mississippi River.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.
Modern maps are mere copies with decorative value only, like a poster." Zooming In When Chris leaves his shop looking for an antique map, he always goes hunting armed with an 8X-power magnifying loop.
By looking at a map through his pocket-sized magnifying lens he can see one of the tell-tale signs of a photo-reproduction: a matrix of little dots that make up the image. "I never go anywhere without it." The extra magnification is especially helpful in detecting the modern photo-mechanical maps that are obscured behind glass or plastic.
"Or is it one of those 20th-century photo-mechanical reproductions?
" "It doesn't look like a photo to me," the guy replies.
Folds and Plate Marks Another signal that a map is an original antique, instead of a modern reproduction, is a fold down the center of the map.