Original Map Collection
An “original map” or “vintage map” refers to very old maps, either as originals or reproductions. When you come into the gallery, we can show you how to tell if a map is a reproduction or original. Many of our maps are hand-colored engravings or lithographs. Some were recently reproduced while others were created ages ago. The oldest map we have in our collection dates back to 1592. It is a vintage map of France.
Long before GPS, these maps were produced by surveyors and travelers to navigate the seas and land. Many of them contain interesting references to dangerous waters and are often decorated to illustrate the world as it was known at the time. It was also common to create false islands or markers as a deterrent for travelers. The intention was literally to get them lost so they could not find the areas the map makers were trying to protect.
Original maps are an interesting way to examine how people of the past viewed certain places in the world. For example, many used to think that California was an island. We have a vintage map on display showing this very concept. Stop by and ask about it!
Something for Everyone
We have prints, maps, reproductions, and more for just about every budget. You’re not a collector? You don’t know what “rare prints” are? No worries! Come visit us and in about two minutes or less, you will understand exactly what a rare print and original map is. And if we teach you well, you will want to start collecting them too!
If you are a local or know you will be traveling to Music City, Franklin, or the middle Tennessee region, note that we host special events regularly. Some of these include guest speakers who are experts in various fields like history, medicine, horticulture, the Civil War, and so on. They will use rare prints and maps to educate guests on their topic.
To learn more, stop by and visit us or call 615-472-1980. We can also add you to the email list and notify you when those events are on the horizon so you can plan your trip around that time.
Make sure to include Franklin, Tennessee in your vacation packages!