There are many methods that we use to check the authenticity of our products. With an operating history of almost 40 years, we have extensive knowledge of the different printing techniques used to produce maps and prints over the years. Throughout our business history, we have strongly believed that our customers should be confident in what they are buying. That's why we only sell genuine old maps and prints and do not sell reproductions.
We only source items that are in good condition. By 'good', we mean free from tears, foxing stains or other aspects that may affect the value of an article. We do not believe that there is any such thing as a 'mint' condition antique map or print, since it is almost impossible that any old map is exactly the same as the day it was made. We have also avoided defining maps on a scale of fine, very fine, good and very good because we have found that these terms vary widely depending on the person selling the item. Our policy for condition is to state exactly any of the issues that might affect a person's decision to purchase a map or print. If there is a stain, we mention it, if there is foxing or a tear, we mention it. In addition, we take high-resolution images and have invested heavily in ensuring our photos are an accurate representation of the map in real life.
We take great care to carefully research every product that we find so that our customers can be sure that the information they are given is as accurate as possible. We guarantee the date we state to within one year of publication (that's why our dates have a 'C' in front of them - to reflect the possibility of a publication starting before it's included publication date). We use the same level of knowledge and research to determine technique, mapmaker or artist and to assess the value of each piece.
Framing and Conservation
Our in-house framing workshop has extensive experience in preserving and framing antique prints, maps and other valuable items. Each of our products has been kept in an acid-free environment. We only use acid-free materials when framing and mounting prints and maps and each historic item is attached to paper with removable archival-grade conservation tape. Our framing services are also available to the public through our Jones Street, Ultimo premises. Unfortunately, due to time considerations, we cannot currently take on any restoration or conservation work.
Questions or Issues?
If you have any questions about the products you find on our website or if you feel that some information isn't correct, please let us know and we will do our best to explain or rectify the issue. As humans, we do occasionally make errors and typos, so we appreciate your help in ensuring the accuracy of the information you find on our website.