We have been shipping maps and prints safely for over 30 years, allowing clients from around the world to acquire the wonderful items we have for sale. Our primary concern in shipping our inventory is the safety of the objects, with a secondary—but important—consideration being the cost of shipping. We ship either in a flat package or in a tube, depending on whether the map/print is large, flexible, or already matted or framed.
Shipping Antique Maps & Prints
We generally use either the USPS or UPS, though we are happy to use whatever method a client prefers. We generally can get a package off within one day and use ground shipping. However, we are happy to send packages using expedited services, though the fees are increased. We encourage clients to contact us with their shipping preferences or to ask about options.
We do ship framed items, taking particular care to protect the item and the frame/glass. This is, naturally, more expensive so we always offer a client the option of ordering a framed map or print without the frame. Note that we do not increase the price of our inventory for the frames, so there is no discount to remove a framed item, though the cost of shipping will be less.
In general, our non-framed inventory is stored either in acid-free mats or mylar. The mats are for display purposes and generally we do not recommend using these mats for framing. If a print or map is not already matted, we do not add a mat before shipping, though for a small extra charge we can add a mat to any print or mat order.