1903 Map of United States
Appraised Value: $1,200 - $1,500
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Appraisal Video: (3:02)
Folk Art, Prints & Posters
The Philadelphia Print Shop
APPRAISER: Well, I was particularly struck by this map, not just by the size, but by the date, 1903. When I first started in the map business 20-some years ago, everybody wanted maps of the 18th century or earlier, and it's only been within the last ten years that 19th-century maps have been selling and are popular. Well, now we're in a new century, and there's no reason why we shouldn't start collecting 20th-century maps. It's a very interesting map on many, many levels, because it was done by the United States Department of the Interior. And you had mentioned that you were struck by the fact that it showed the Louisiana Purchase and it showed how big it was. And the multidimensionality of this map is stressed by the fact that you've got educational purposes in it showing the original 13 colonies, the Louisiana Purchase. This map shows present-day Oklahoma state in two sections-- the Oklahoma Territory and the Indian Territory. So this is just as we're completing the contiguous 48 states. Also this map is at a real junction in American history, because around here it shows the results of the Spanish- American War, which was done in 1898-- a 100-day war that had enormous consequences for the United States as a world power. They solidified their hold on the Panama Canal at this time, so you have this inset on the Panama Canal. We became involved in Puerto Rico. We became involved in Guam. We became involved in the Philippines. The extreme detail in this map as you get into the western areas, the whole platting system. In many of the states the plats have not been completed. The whole country still wasn't completely surveyed. The roads are shown, the railroads, the post offices. It's in beautiful condition. You know, often these maps are torn on the tops; they were mishandled. You bought it in good condition, you hung it on a wall and it was treated with respect and taken care of. If it was in my shop today, I would be asking about $1,200 to $1,500 for this map and it's well worth that and maybe more.
GUEST: Thank you very much.
APPRAISER: Oh, you're welcome.
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