Preserving framed antique maps can be an intimidating task. With the proper methods, however, your maps can last a lifetime and maintain their aesthetic value. There are two main ways to preserve a framed antique map so that it can be enjoyed for generations.
The first method revolves around the framing process. Careful selection of the frame is essential when placing antique maps into a frame. Choosing an acid-free frame will protect the paper of the map and prevent decay over time. It is also important to secure the map to a backer board before placing in the chosen frame. Utilizing an acid and gluten-free adhesive, you need to glue all around the frame and leave it to dry before inserting the map and backer board. After this is done, you should seal the outside of the frame using either tape or a wood-putty caulk.
The second method of preserving framed antique maps is environmental. Placing the frame in an area that is not subject to direct sunlight is key. It is also a good idea to hang the map in a corner that is already receiving a minimal amount of light. With nearby lighting, it is often possible to add filters to protect the map from sunlight damage. Additionally, it should be checked regularly for signs of mold or vermin, and for foxing on the surface of the antique map. If a consistent temperature can be maintained, small parasites may not bother the frame.
Preserving framed antique maps can seem like a daunting task. However, with careful attention to framing techniques and the environment the map is placed in, a long life of enjoyment can be ensured. The key is to choose an acid-free frame, secure the frame to a backer board, and seal the outside to protect the map. Avoid direct light and regularly inspect the frame for any damages. With the right methods, your antique maps can be safely preserved and admired for years to come.