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Framing
We offer professional matting and framing of our antique and reproduction maps. Choose from true archival custom frames or economical ready made frames. We also offer hanger bars for canvas roll signs. Cick here for frame pricing.


Custom Frames
WardMaps custom frames are made to order for our customers here in Cambridge, MA by a professional fine art framer, using acid-free boards and UV protective glazing. Custom frames include a custom, bevel-cut mat board, painted wood frame profiles and hanging hardware (hooks or wire) on the back. Please note that UV PlexiGlas will be substituted on all intermediate and large custom frames to be shipped. UV glass is only available on custom frames picked-up.

Why choose a custom frame? We recommend custom frames when framing any antique maps. The UV glass and PlexiGlas that we use will protect an antique map from fading. All antique maps can fade when exposed to direct or indirect sunlight. As well, with utilize acid-free mat board and backing board that will not damage the map. Store bought frames typically do not use UV glass nor 100% archival materials. A custom frame by WardMaps is the best way to protect and display an antique map for the ages.


Ready Made Frames
Ready made frames are pre-manufactured in standard sizes by the same fine art framer using acid-free mat board with non-UV protective plate glass. Ready made frames include plate glass, custom, bevel-cut mat board, painted wood frame profile and hanging hook on the back. Ready made frames are pre-manufactured at pre-determined sizes ahead of time except for the mat board which is cut for each order. WardMaps ready made frames are all manufactured in Cambridge, MA by a fine art frame shop. We do not use foreign made nor factory made frames.

Why choose a ready made frame? Ready made frames are perfect for giclee reproductions. UV glazing is not required when framing our reproductions. Giclee reproductions are made using archival inks on acid free paper and they will not fade when exposed to UV light.


Framing Information Chart
  Sizes Available
Frame
Color
Frame
Profile
Approx.
Mat Width
Mat Color
Glazing
Hanging
Hardware
Installed
Small
Med.
Int.
Large
XL
Custom Frames:
Basic Black
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Black
Flat
2"-4"
Linen White
UV Plate Glass*
Wire
Black Stepped
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Black
Stepped
2"-4"
Linen White
UV Plate Glass*
Wire
Cherry Finish
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Reddish-Brown
Bevel
2"-4"
Linen White
UV Plate Glass*
Wire
Cherry Finish w/Gold
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Reddish-Brown
w/Gold
Bevel
2"-4"
Linen White
UV Plate Glass*
Wire
Light Wood Yes Yes Yes Yes No Clear finish blonde wood Flat
2"-4"
Linen White UV Plate Glass* Wire
Gold Finish
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Gold Bevel w/Bead 2"-4" Linen White
UV Plate Glass*
Wire
 
Ready Made Frames:
Basic Black
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Black
Flat
1"
Linen White
Plate
Glass
Single Hook
 
Aluminum
Hanger Bars
         
Anodized Silver
Half Round
n/a n/a
n/a
Adjustable Hooks

*UV PlexiGlas will be substituted on all Intermediate and Large Custom Frames to be shipped. UV plate glass is only available on Custom Frames picked-up.
 

Custom Frame: Black Basic
Black basic custom frame is wood with black paint finish and clean, modern profilethat measures 3/4" wide x 3/4" thick for small and medium frames and 1 1/2" wide x 3/4" thick for intermedaite and larger frames.

Black basic custom frame features acid-free mat and backer boards. Mat is cut equal on all sides approximately 2 to 3 inches wide for smaller maps and approximately 3 to 4 inches wide for larger maps. Matting is cream-colored, four-ply rag conservation board with a custom bevel-cut opening. Reproduction maps / fine art prints are dry-mounted to backer board for all "intermediate" and "large" size frames.

Frame features UV protective glazing. UV glass is used for all smaller frames. UV glass is used on larger frames to be picked up while UV protective Plexiglas is substituted on larger frames to be shipped. Hanging wire is installed on back.

 

Custom Frame: Black Stepped
Black stepped custom frame is wood with black paint finish and stepped profile 1 3/4" wide on the face by 1" thick.

Frame features acid-free mat and backer boards. Mat is cut equal on all sides approximately 2 inches to 3 inches wide for smaller maps and approximately 3 inches to 4 inches wide for larger maps. Matting is cream-colored, four-ply rag conservation board with a custom bevel-cut opening. Reproduction maps / fine art prints are dry-mounted to backer board for all "intermediate" and "large" size frames.

Frame features UV protective glazing. UV glass is used for all smaller frames. UV glass is used on larger frames to be picked up while UV protective Plexiglas is substituted on larger frames to be shipped. Hanging wire is installed on back.

 

Custom Frame: Cherry Finish
Cherry finish custom frame is wood with cherry finish and elegant beveled profile 1 1/8" wide on the face by 7/8" thick.

Frame features acid-free mat and backer boards. Mat is cut equal on all sides approximately 2 inches to 3 inches wide for smaller maps and approximately 3 inches to 4 inches wide for larger maps. Matting is cream-colored, four-ply rag conservation board with a custom bevel-cut opening. Reproduction maps / fine art prints are dry-mounted to backer board for all "intermediate" and "large" size frames.

Frame features UV protective glazing. UV glass is used for all smaller frames. UV glass is used on larger frames to be picked up while UV protective Plexiglas is substituted on larger frames to be shipped. Hanging wire is installed on back.

 

Custom Frame: Cherry Finish with Gold
Cherry finish with gold frame is wood with cherry finish and elegant beveled profile that measures 3/4" wide x 3/4" thick for small and medium frames and 1 1/2" wide x 3/4" thick for intermedaite and larger frames. A gold finish stripe is painted on the inside of the frame where it meets the glass. Smaller frames feature a more consistent gold finish while larger frames feature a gold stripe with a rustic, more rust-looking gold finish. Cherry Finish with Rustic Gold is available for "Small" & "Medium" Size Frames Only. Cherry Finish with Gold is available for "Intermediate & "Large" Size Frames Only

Frame features acid-free mat and backer boards. Mat is cut equal on all sides approximately 2 inches to 3 inches wide for smaller maps and approximately 3 inches to 4 inches wide for larger maps. Matting is cream-colored, four-ply rag conservation board with a custom bevel-cut opening. Reproduction maps / fine art prints are dry-mounted to backer board for all "intermediate" and "large" size frames.

Frame features UV protective glazing. UV glass is used for all smaller frames. UV glass is used on larger frames to be picked up while UV protective Plexiglas is substituted on larger frames to be shipped. Hanging wire is installed on back.

 

Custom Frame: Gold Finish
Frame is wood with painted gold finish and sophisticated profile 1 1/4" wide by 7/8" thick.

Frame features acid-free mat and backer boards. Mat is cut equal on all sides approximately 2 inches to 3 inches wide for smaller maps and approximately 3 inches to 4 inches wide for larger maps. Matting is cream-colored, four-ply rag conservation board with a custom bevel-cut opening. Reproduction maps / fine art prints are dry-mounted to backer board for all "intermediate" and "large" size frames.

Frame features UV protective glazing. UV glass is used for all smaller frames. UV glass is used on larger frames to be picked up while UV protective Plexiglas is substituted on larger frames to be shipped. Hanging wire is installed on back.

 

Custom Frame: Light Wood
Frame is wood grain finish with a profile that is 3/4" wide on the face and 3/4" thick from front to back.

Frame features acid-free mat and backer boards. Mat is cut equal on all sides approximately 2 inches to 3 inches wide for smaller maps and approximately 3 inches to 4 inches wide for larger maps. Matting is cream-colored, four-ply rag conservation board with a custom bevel-cut opening. Reproduction maps / fine art prints are dry-mounted to backer board for all "intermediate" and "large" size frames.

Frame features UV protective glazing. UV glass is used for all smaller frames. UV glass is used on larger frames to be picked up while UV protective Plexiglas is substituted on larger frames to be shipped. Hanging wire is installed on back.

 

Ready Made Frame: Black Basic
Ready made black frames are painted black wood, pre-manufactured at 11x14, 16x20 and 18x24 sizes. These are standard frames sizes. Wood profile is 3/4" x 3/4". Ready made frames feature plate glass and non-archival backing board. These are acceptable materials when framing giclee reproductions of our maps as our reproductions are archival and do not need protective UV glass nor archival backing material. Mat boards in ready made frames are acid-free and custom cut for each map. As the frames are pre-made to a size and each map has unique proportions, the width of the matting is only equal from top to bottom and left to right, not on all sides. The mat board color is a linen color, off-white, slightly lighter in shade than that in custom frames.

 

Aluminum Hanger Bars
In addition, we offer aluminum hanger bars, allowing an easy and cost effective display of antique transit roll signs. Aluminum hanger bars securely hold a roll sign for display on a wall. The top hanger bar includes two plastic clips that can be slide from side to side. The clips are designed to easily hang onto two nails or wall hooks (not included). The bottom hanger bar weights the roll sign down, keeping the sign stable while hanging.

 
Close up of a hanger in the open position.
 
 
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