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Our customers have been so kind to us and we appreciate it so much! If you have had a good experience with us (and we will do our best to make sure you do!) please consider reviewing us on your favorite platform- TripAdvisor, Yelp, Google, Facebook, anything else – your reviews will help us continue selling wonderful antique maps at great prices! Thank you to all of our reviewers!

“Hidden Gem”

We found this place on trip advisor and were excited to check it out. We showed up just after they closed but the owners were so friendly they invited us in anyways to poke around, even after we told them we were “just looking”. The place was packed full of so many original maps from so many places from all years. I felt like a kid looking through them all. We ended up almost buying several but settled on a very cool repro map of cape cod. Well worth the trip we made out of our way and they were so knowledgeable and patient with all our questions!!

Eric, MA

Visited July 2014

“No Surprises”

We ordered an automobile road map printed in 1900 of Cape Cod and the Martha’s Vineyard area. Given the age and the fact that older auto maps are often ruined along the folded edges, I called to get a clear description of the condition of the map. The map arrived beautifully packaged, on time, and in the exact condition described. I would definitely buy another map from Maps of Antiquity.

-William C., Bernardsville, NJ

Wonderful people to do business with!

“I’M THRILLED!  The ‘piece’ arrived about 1/2 hour ago and is already hanging on the wall.  I couldn’t be more pleased – it’s magnificent!  Thank you all for everything. The only reason I stumbled on your website is because of the VISTAPRINT ad on television for business cards……just checking to see if the people in their ad are real….they are!  Then your business was of interest since I’ve always loved maps and geography.  On a whim, I clicked search for WHATELY and the rest is history. This entire experience has been awesome – you are wonderful people to do business with. Thanks again.”

-David from Smyrna, DE, 03/30/14

“They were so nice to deal with.”

 We were cleaning out the upstairs of our house in preparation for renovations and we came across an old map of Palestine that my husband had for 30 years.  We contacted Maps of Antiquity and they were interested in purchasing the map.  They were so nice to deal with.  The check arrived as promised and for more money than they originally quoted us.  Great bunch of people!

-Cindy,  Elliottsburg, PA

Christmas gift delight

For Christmas I bought a map of the Harwich Port area from Maps of Antiquity for my son who now lives in Austin,TX, and has several old maps of other places he has lived. He was so excited and thrilled to receive this 1907 map of his grandparents town where he spent many happy summers. Danielle and Bob enthusiastically helped me find just the right map for him. Thank you!

Perseverance

We ordered a one of a kind map transferred on to tile set in a cherry coffee table base as a Christmas present. This had never been done by the artist who was making simpler tables for Maps of Antiquity. Danielle never failed to keep us informed of the tables progress and was determined to have this present ready for Christmas. The final touches were still being completed on Christmas Eve but Maps of Antiquity arranged to have the artist deliver it in person on Christmas morning. It is fabulous!!! What great customer service. A rare thing in today’s world.

Extremely Pleased!

During a summer trip to cape cod, we were fortunate to stumble across this unique shop. We just loved exploring the maps of yesteryear. Well, when it came time to find a unique Christmas gift for my husband, Maps of Antiquity was the firtst place that came time – not a big impersonal ‘box store’. Viewing and purchasing from the website was easy and pleasant. My map arrived just days later, in a secure and sturdy tube. I can’t wait for my husband to unwrap his antique map on Christmas morning. Thank you.

The Perfect Gift

We went into Maps of Antiquity thinking we’d be able to pick out a souvenir map in a couple of minutes for our kids as a gift. However, the owners of the store spent 30 minutes with us picking out the perfect treasure and pirate maps that our kids will love for years to come. If you’re looking for the perfect way to remember your trip to Cape Cod (and don’t want the typical cheesy tourist souvenirs) visit Maps of Antiquity and you won’t be disappointed.

10th Anniversary Surprise

My wife and I are both nautical fans. I grew up on Cape Cod and she grew up in Maine. The team at Maps of Antiquity were extremely helpful in finding charts for both regions. Not only was I able to buy the charts, but the team did a phenomenal job mounting and framing the work. Pieces of art! They were a hit with the wife!!

 

oh, and they can put the maps or charts on tables or make tiles as well! I think I found my next gift!!

The perfect and unexpected gift!

My husband has an uncanny knack for guessing what his Christmas gifts are, so this year I was determined to find something he would never think of but still love. I stumbled across Maps of Antiquity online and found the perfect gift when I wasn’t even sure what I was looking for. I don’t know anything about maps so I was very excited when I found one of sailing routes and lighthouse locations around New Brunswick in 1906. Since my husband is from that area, loves sailing and lighthouses, this was a no brainer! There was no picture, but I sent an email to ask for one and that night the website was updated with one and an email was sent to me to let me know. I looked on other websites to compare product and prices and no one else had anything close to what I found here, and no one else had reasonable prices either. I got the map less than a week after I ordered it and it was very securely packaged and labeled fragile, so there was no chance of it being damaged during shipping. The sales people here were courteous and prompt and I would definitely do business with them again. The map is even more perfect than the pictures portrayed, and I’m so excited that I’m not sure I can wait for Christmas!

An Elegant Piece for Your Home

We were looking for an old map of Cape Cod and the Islands to hang above our fireplace and we found just what we were looking for at Maps of Antiquity. Everyone there was so helpful. They customized our map’s matting and framing and even offered to help us hang it. The finished product looks absolutely beautiful and we couldn’t be happier. If you would like to make a statement in your home with an elegant wall piece, look no further than Maps of Antiquity.

Best Gift of Christmas

I had a wonderful experience looking through the various maps online. When I requested to see a few maps that did not have images, pictures were sent to me almost immediately. I selected one as a gift and once it arrived it certainly exceeded all expectations and was a huge hit on Christmas morning. Thank you!

For the map lovers

Love maps and maps of Antiquity is a favorite destination – they can customize sizes and on some maps customize color as well, they also offer framing and are quite adept of helping you select the perfect compliment to your map. They are knowledgeable, friendly and timely. A fun stop in a charming cape house!

Great Experience

I found Maps of Antiquity online after searching for an old, nice map for my boyfriend for Christmas. They were so pleasant and helpful in helping me find exactly what I wanted and my map arrived exactly in the shape noted and on time. I highly recommend going through this lovely small business for all of your map needs!

Great Shop + Great Owners.

It was an absolute pleasure working with Danielle + Bob at Maps of Antiquity. They helped us pick out a great antique map, from afar, that we gave as a wedding gift to dear friends. Danielle was extremely responsive over the phone, and Bob did a professional (and quick) job matting and preparing the map. My only regret is that I didn’t give myself enough time to browse their wonderful collection at the Chatham shop — this shop is a must see, a treasure chest of wonderful maps with equally wonderful owners.

I will surely call Danielle + Bob the next time I need a map!

Awesome!

I’ve gotten maps here for birthday and wedding presents and they went over so well. Bob, Danielle, and Kathryn are incredible helpful–I got the birthday present in person and the wedding present online and both processes were incredibly easy. They helped me find exactly what I was looking for and brought out additional maps that I might be interested in. They have a very, very large selection of maps, so you can find practically anything you want. They also framed the wedding gift and shipped it for me and did a great job with that–my package was on a train that derailed and the package had a gash in it when it arrived to my friend, but the map itself was safe and sound because it was packaged so well, attributable to Bob and Danielle’s care, as well as the expert shipper they went to. Definitely check it out, as these maps make great gifts and decorations and are just plain cool to look at and learn and talk about!

A Treasure!

In searching for ideas to furnish my newly purchased Cape home, I came across an ad for Maps of Antiquity in a magazine and decided to take a ride to Chatham to view the store. The staff was extremely helpful, and Bob (PhD in History) is a wealth of knowledge! I purchased the first two maps of many for my home, and was extremely impressed with the quality of the maps, and with the framing. I purchased a tourist map of Eastham from 1888, and an antique nautical map of Cape Cod which Kathryn suggested I have colorized by their local artist. It is framed and placed over my fireplace in my living room, and is spectacular! I highly recommend this store, and their courteous staff makes browsing very enjoyable. I am returning soon to pick out antique postcards from the Cape to have framed and placed throughout my home (Bob’s suggestion).

Everything we asked for and more.

We were looking for a special map for our friend’s 80th Birthday. The map we were looking for was to be from the Hartford, CT area. Bob and Danielle help us look through their extensive selection of maps for the area and with their help, we found exactly what we were looking for! To complicate matters, I waited a little longer that I should have and had a short deadline. They were more than accommodating. Bob and Danielle gave us very good guidance especially with the mat selection and framing material. There are just so many selections. Bob also reinforced that map from behind giving it a little more strength, an extra that was not expected. The gift was ready as promised and it looked beautiful. It left our friend speechless. Maps of Antiquity is truly a unique experience not to be missed.

Outstanding Service

For my husband’s birthday, I wanted to buy an antique map of Italy. I was familiar with seeing the store on Cape Cod during our many trips to the Cape. After checking out their detailed web site, I knew they had what I was looking for!! I stopped by the store, and looked at the map I thought I wanted on line. Of course, once I got there, seeing the maps and learning about their history was very impressive. I not only bought my husband a larger size map, but an antique map of Ireland for our friend’s big 6-0 birthday. Their choice of frames was large and workmanship perfect.

Simply the Best!

Over the past 5 years, I have purchased 7 or 8 maps from MoA and had several of those framed at the shop. The quality on every level is exceptional. From the time you walk in the door and receive friendly, extremely knowledgeable service to when you pick up your finished beautifully framed piece, MoA is a delight. Quality, selection, price, service…..Maps of Antiquity is second to none!

Mike – Nanuet, NY

A Must visit for Map Needs

My wife and I randomly stopped at this quaint store during our summer vacation to Chatham. Don’t let the small exterior fool you as Danielle and Bob have assembled thousands of maps from all over the world. We ended up staying almost two hours as we viewed dozens of maps from the locations we desired. After selecting two 1800’s originals, they both worked with us to properly mat and frame our pieces. One of the maps was even set up to be viewed from both sides. They also insured that our maps were properly and safely delivered to our home and that we were completely satisfied with the end result. I would highly recommend them in your search. Just remember to save enough time as the selection can be opverwhelming, even if you do know what you want!

Really cool little store! Very impressive!

I stopped in here while traveling with a friend because my husband loves maps and I wanted to pick up a souvenir for him. This place is packed with more maps than you can believe, from all over and from many years ago to more current. However, they are well organized and the friendly and helpful owners were able to find the perfect map in just a matter of a few minutes. I enjoyed chatting with them and they took extra care to package my map between some cardboard for safe traveling. My husband was thrilled with the map and we plan on visiting this store together some day as I know he would be like a kid in a candy store.

Superior quality in offerings, knowledge and service

My wife and I, with our 8 year old son, visited Maps of Antiquity on a Tuesday afternoon, just to see what the store was about. The first thing that strikes you is the quality of the maps prepared, mounted and displayed in the shopping area. And then, the sheer number of maps. from anywhere. We are from Bolton, CT, and Bob very quickly led me to 2 maps of Bolton, and another of Tolland County, which Bolton is a part of. Bob walked us through what is important to the quality of a map. Once we decided which map to buy, Danielle showed us their extensive offerings for framing and matting, and helped us choose the right mix for presentation.

We were only on vacation for the week, so we made arrangements for the framed map to be shipped to us at home. To our surprise, Danielle called us on Thursday to let us know the map was framed, protected and ready for pickup.

Short story: great product, reasonable price, superior service – twice.

Thanks for the experience and the wonderful map.

Milton, Maureen and Aiden

Couldn’t Be Happier

I was searching for an antique map of Cape Cod to have framed as a present for my best friend. I know nothing about maps or where to find them. I was ducking into antique stores all over the cape until my father found a website for Maps of Antiquity in Chatham. When I went, I was still unsure of what I wanted and I certainly couldn’t articulate my idea, but the staff was so incredibly helpful and knowledgeable that they guided me right to the picture I had in my head. The map was also totally in my price range. Then, they framed it for me! I am entirely indecisive, but they helped me to pick out a frame, matting, and glass in probably a half an hour. Initially, I did think that the framing was a little expensive, but when I went to pick up the finished product, I would have paid twice as much! My map is beautiful! I really just couldn’t be any happier with my map and with Maps of Antiquity!!

Map of Old Cape Cod….far exceeded our expectations!

Have passed this wonderful shop so many times over the years. I was looking for antique map of cap cod and finally stopped in. Found what I was looking for, chose matting and frame and finished product was shipped to my out of state home. I am so happy with framed map. Everyone was so helpful and kind while choosing map. Highly recommend stopping in when in the area.

Our experience at Maps of Antiquity was the highlight of our trip to Chatham!

My now roommate and I spent a wonderful afternoon at Maps of Antiquity. We came upon it almost like magic; we were driving along discussing how, if we could afford it, we would love to find some antique-type maps to hang in our future apartment, and not thirty seconds later we drove by the shop’s sign. It was the strangest thing! We made plans to go the next day and were greeted very warmly by Bob and Danielle the following afternoon. We shared with them our particular interest in maps of Spain and Ireland (due to our studies abroad) and also noted that we were on a somewhat limited budget and hoped we would be able to find something great that we could still actually afford. They were very respectful of the confines of our budgets in showing us many beautiful options while even pulling out the awe-inspiring wall maps and charts for us to explore just for fun. It was a thrill to be shown such beautiful bits of history by people just as excited about them as we were.

I had also set out to purchase a housewarming gift for my sister and brother-in-law and found an absolutely lovely 1699 map of Greece (my family is of Greek descent). The matting, which Bob had done himself, was stunningly intricate and perfectly suited for such a gift. Bob and Danielle, once again, keeping in mind my budget, were then kind enough to frame it for a very, very reasonable price. They also handled the shipping of the piece out of state, and my family members in Indiana were amazed by how securely it was packaged and even more astonished by the beauty of piece itself.

We even had our equally gorgeous maps of Spain and Ireland framed by Danielle and Bob and had the pleasure of meeting Kathryn when picking up the finished pieces a few weeks later. They are all lovely, personable, knowledgeable, and clearly passionate about their work and what they offer. We just throroughly enjoyed our experience with Bob, Danielle, Kathryn and Amelia (the name, I believe, of Bob and Danielle’s delightfully mellow feline) from beginning to end and will, no doubt, find our way back to Maps of Antiquity whenever we next have the opportunity.

Great vintage maps & charts + friendly, helpful & efficient service

I recently purchased several vintage nautical charts – along with an equally old chart tube – from Maps of Antiquity and was very pleased with all aspects of my purchases. The service I received was prompt, helpful and friendly. If I asked for additional pictures – they promptly sent them. Shipping was also very fast and included USPS Priority Mail with tracking number. I learned a lot about old charts from the well informed staff and look forward to continuing my relationship with this fine company. Highly recommended!

“Who Knew?”

Tucked away on Rt.28(Main Street) on the way into Chatham we found this fabulous shop located in a historic house that is also a affordable B+B. The maps are works of art! Everything from reproductions to ancient maps, all at very reasonable prices. We always find great pieces and the owners are friendly and extremely knowledgable.

I make it a point to stop by when I’m in the area.

I no longer live on Cape Cod, but always stop by the shop when I am in the area. They have so many cool things – not just maps! I first discovered the shop after receiving a 1917 map of the Chatham coastline as a gift. Since then I have purchased three maps (two reproductions and one original) for gifts which have drawn lots of ooohs and ahhs from the recipients. For myself I have an 1800s reproduction print of San Francisco Bay as well as a hand painted original plate from a french natural history book depicting several seabirds. Plenty of items (reproductions AND originals) in the $25 – $50 range so there is something for everyone. The owners are always unbelievably friendly and helpful. Be sure to ask if you don’t see what you are looking for because they just don’t have room to display everything, but they certainly know where everything is filed away. Highly recommended!

A Treasure Trove of History

I have been visiting Cape Cod, and specifically Chatham for over 50 years and stumbled into this treasure trove of a store this summer. What an interesting place. Maps from all eras and locations around the world. The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Bob is such a historian – knowing the back-story for all that he sells. If you have any interest in maps of any kind, you have to stop in for a visit. This place is open year round, and if you don’t see what you want – just ask. Thanks to Bob, Danielle and Kathryn for assisting us with our two purchases. We’ll be back!

A wonderful store with friendly and helpful owners and staff

We have visited Maps of Antiquity several times and on each occasion Danielle, Bob, and their staff have been extremely helpful and accommodating. The store is a wonderful place to visit and spend some time looking through a terrific collection of antique maps, prints, and post cards. We have made three purchases – a large, classic road map of Cape Cod (circa 1905) for our family room and two late 19th century maps – one of Portland, ME and the other of Westchester County, NY – as gifts for our children. These maps were beautifully framed by Bob, and they are prominently displayed in our homes. We highly recommend a trip to Maps of Antiquity. It’s a fun place to visit and the owners are very knowledgeable, friendly, and customer-service oriented. Just as we did, we’re sure you’ll come away with a great impression and, most likely, a historic map for your home.

Quaint roadside home that is actually a treasure trove of old maps/drawings!

We found Maps of Antiquity after having breakfast at Grumpy’s (also on the Cape) and seeing an old Cape Cod map on the wall. We looked online for local places or websites that specialized in antique maps and came across the very detailed website for Maps of Antiquity (great place to start your browsing) and we were very happy to see that they were located not too far away. The store is actually the first floor of a quaint home that is stocked with many antique maps and drawings of all sizes (and ages). Of course, they have many Cape Cod related items but they also have items relating to other parts of the US and the world. The staff/owners are fantastic: friendly and patient, while giving you space to browse leisurely. They also do custom framing and will ship your pieces (via a 3rd party). We ordered several framed pieces and they all arrived safely and for a relatively reasonable price. We will visit again and you should too if you have any interest at all in maps or antiques! (note: they sell pieces at a wide range of price points so there is a good chance you can find something in your budget, but the cheaper pieces are likely to be replicas/reprints). 

“Danielle, Bob and Kathryn are genuinely wonderful people who serve as your tour guides to the time each map was created.”

My wife and I have purchased several maps from Maps of Antiquity. One which generates a great deal of discussion is a map of Cape Cod in the early 1930’s illustrating many of the most beautiful sights off the main roads and highways. For example, it displays out of the way beaches, marinas, golf courses, the train tracks (which are now bicycle paths) and the old Chatham train depot. Much has changed – but much remains, and that’s the charm of Cape Cod. 

Bob always does a terrific job framing the maps – and is more particular about his work than anyone who has ever done framing for us.

Danielle, Bob and Kathryn are wonderful people with a passion for what they do. They make a visit to their store a trip back in time with them as your tour guides.

“A terrific gallery for those interested in maps.”

We were searching for a map of a particular area in Cape Cod. They had several choices from original to quality reproduction. We found what we wanted, a good hand colored reproduction which they framed quickly as we were returning home in a few days. We had seen another map which we couldn’t decide on. We returned home and decided we should have gotten it. We checked it online, called them and ordered it. We received it a few days later. I highly recommend them.

“Wonderful shop and place”

I love this shop. It is filled with wonderful maps for sale, original and reproductions of Cape Cod, the Islands and really everywhere. Every time I am in Chatham I stop by and even though I have no more room for any more I always leave buying something new and great.

I own a Cape Cod style home in California and my house is decorated with wonderful pieces I found at the store. The owners and staff are friendly, knowledgeable and great. They know me by name every time I go in. If you are down the Cape it is a must.

New Friends from Rome

Comments/Requests:

Hello-our guests from Rome bought some maps from you-they admired our maps in our sunroom so I recommended you-And then they noticed afterwards that you are also featured in a very nice Italian travel magazine-I am mailing a copy of the article to you-Have a great summer! Regards, Terri SeaCoast Inn Hyannis MA

Feedback from Internet Customer

Hello Danielle –

I just wanted to let you know that the map arrived safely a few days after you shipped it. It is lovely and will make a perfect (wedding) gift.

I was impressed with its size. The frame & mat you chose complement it nicely.

Thanks once again for your help.

SF – from NJ

From one of our Dedicated Customers

……I knew it was a great map when I saw it and knowing the history makes it all the more interesting. What a conversation piece. I’ve already walked around the house looking for it’s new home and I think I found the perfect spot.

Thank you and Bob for being so patient with us as we looked and poked around. You have a fabulous store and I know we only saw a small percentage of your inventory.

We’ll pop in a say hi when we’re back up, hopefully in the fall.

BR – Dallas/Chatham