Monthly Archives: November 2010

Holiday Gifts

Hand colored engraved antique illustration of various seashells, custom framed in rich, soft blue mat, with black undermat, and gold wood frame. Individual piece, each priced at $80.00; as a set of 4, $295.00.

Price: $80.00 Date: 1798. See Holiday Gifts.

New Acquisition

Beautifully framed and double matted original hand colored antique map of Boston, and parts of Charlestown and Cambridge, by George Smith, 1851. With insets of South Boston and East Boston. Excellent condition, overall dimensions with frame and mat as shown, approx. 34.5 x 34.5 inches.

Price: $790.00 Date: 1851. See GFT104.

December Featured Map

A selection of hand colored antique triangulation report charts of the Northeast coast, done by the U.S. Coast Survey circa 1860, each framed and matted as shown. All in excellent to very good condition, each one varies slightly in subject and dimensions. Approximate overall dimensions with mat and frame as shown, approx. 40.75 x 37.5 inches.

Price: $575.00 Date: 1860. See GFT101.

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).