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I have a presentation wall map cabinet, c. 1970, made by the National Geographic Society that I would like to sell.  The front is fitted with a framed wildlife print by Leon Danchin, the interior fitted with 19 spring-loaded roll maps of the world.

This map cabinet was purchased out of an estate in Ann Arbor, MI but whether or not the individuals of this estate were the original recipients is unknown.  I am able to provide the names of the previous owners on request.  

The front of the interior panel is cork with a mounted print by Leon Danchin (French, 1887-1938) of a green winged teal duck that is artist signed and numbered in the lower-left corner. On the upper left of the print it says Copyright By Leon Danchin Bergues Nord. The art measures 14" x 21 3/4". The inside of the front panel is a large piece of mat board.

The map cabinet is mounted directly to the wall with screws through each corner of the back panel. les

47ʺW × 4ʺD × 35ʺH
Condition Notes
Very Good Condition.

Possible modifications to the front panel. In other cabinets I've seen there were pockets for issues of NGM on the inside of the door, and this particular one doesn't have that feature. The frame is incredibly sturdy and impeccably crafted, but the interior panel is secured with thin molding on the reverse that is just lightly tacked in. It does not seem to be secured with the same craftsmanship evident in the rest of the case, so perhaps it was changed out to fit the homeowner's decor, but I do not know this for sure.

One of the maps (Japan) has lost the wooden dowel that is used to pull it down. The original pull with the brass label is in the cabinet, but it has become detached from the fabric backing to which the map is attached. Aside from Japan map and the need to better secure the interior panel to the frame, the cabinet and maps are in great condition. Please let me know if additional photos would be useful.

The Leon Danchin print is in good condition but would benefit from a remating and cleaning of the frame.

I have this map cabinet listed elsewhere for sale as well but wanted to post it here since it is such a special piece.   Please let me know if you have any questions or are interested. 

Thank you to the members of this forum who helped provide additional information and details about the case.  Your help and collective knowledge was greatly appreicated.

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I would like to purchase the map cabinet. Please contact me at Thank you.

Richard - very sorry I have only just now seen your message.  I've just emailed you with my contact details if you are still interested.  The map cabinet is still available.  Apologies for the very late reply.  

Hello, is this still for sale?

Thank you

Yes, the cabinet is still for sale.  I have additional photos of the maps which I will post. 

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Hoping that a map cabinet lover will want to take this off my hands before I move this summer.... 

I would be happy to sell it for what I paid, if the buyer could arrange for collection or transportation.  I bought it for $600.

Please let me know if anyone is interested in the next couple of months.  I need to rehome it by July. 

I am still looking for a new home for this piece if any collectors are interested.   A really unique piece, that I can't hang. Pleases email me if you would like more information.



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