Q: Are these really real?
A: Absolutely! Every single map and print we sell was created and printed between the years 1800 and 1899 – the only exception are the vintage magazine covers and ads from the 1930s. Most of these antique maps and prints come from old bound editions that have deteriorated over the years. We have been collecting these for the past two decades and have accumulated a huge collection of fascinating authentic antique printed material. Not only do we guarantee authenticity for life, we guarantee you'll love each truly unique work of antique art.
Q: Then, why are they so cheap?
A: We prefer the term affordable. We are charging what we believe is a very fair price based on what we paid for the item and its rarity. Plus, we run a very lean operation.
Q: Are some of these really hand-painted?
A: They certainly were. For much of the nineteenth century printing different colors was almost impossible. If a printer wanted a colored article, a team of colorists was employed to hand apply the inks , paints or washes to the black and white print of engraving. Because of this, you will never find two identical hand-colored pieces.
Q: In what condition are these antique pieces?
A: Well, they are old, so they will not be perfect. However, if a print is not in good enough shape to be displayed, we won't sell it.
Q: ...and if I don't like it?
A: While that's not very likely, as you get a really good idea of what you're getting before you buy, we have a great money-back guarantee.
Q: If I have other questions...?
A: Just send us a note, we'll get back to you with two business days.