We can buy antique maps in several stores, shops or markets. The only consideration in buying map is buying through a reliable dealer or seller so you will never encounter bad deals. Most especially that antiques are sold the way it is and no chance for exchange and some would never offer warranty over item. That is the reason why the importance of knowing where and how to buy is very important.
The first thing that you should check in regards to the antique maps is their condition. The map must be thoroughly and closely checked for some chips, scratches, dents and other minor to major damages to justify the price fixed on the item.
Next is the originality, you will have to know and it is a must for safety sake to determine that the item that you will be buying is not repaired or reconditioned because it would not worth the money that you will be paying. You should not pay for a wholly piece which is not original. If there are visible repair signs and renovation made then a buyer must know the proper action toward the item and must request a price decrease and demand for the real value of the piece.
Antiques maps can be truly deceiving and there will be times that through excitement we fail to check the item that we want. For an instance, we would trust bogus sellers. We should never trust online auction with no positive feedback for the seller, this is the very thing that we should check first before purchasing an item. There will also be websites that caters antique to map enthusiasts, through this we can also rely on the reviews of other people; we must try to avoid imitation items.
Furthermore, there are factors to determine an imitation or fake antique maps:
Using of long wave black lights is a good tool to spot damages, and you can try to search for other tools or equipments to help you with the map. Another is you should be aware of the things that could easily destroy the map and by the time you will ask for the dealer you can act as a map expert. A deeper and strong knowledge over these items can prevent you from the deceiving deals of bogus buyers.
This is not a bad hobby to collect historical maps or ancient maps but actually an enjoyable experience. It would just be risky to trust clever seller that may fool you of the produced items. This hobby can be tricky, it will test your decision making and challenge your ability to recognize original maps. In addition to, you will also learn a lot from this experience because you are not only collecting these valuable item but you are also towards learning the history of the world. You will be indeed a great icon for these items and will surely be one of the many famous map enthusiasts.
Just always bear in mind that you can read books, search on the internet, watch videos, and watch movies with subjects about antique maps to further your basic knowledge about this great item.