What is PATINA?
The Potomac Antique Tools and Industries Association, Inc. (PATINA) is an educational, tax-exempt organization for people who have an interest in the tools, crafts or manufacturing processes of the past.
Formed in 1977, PATINA is a regional tool club based in the Washington, D.C. area. We have members from 24 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign countries. Antique tool collectors, tool users and people simply seeking knowledge are well represented in PATINA's membership. The annual dues of $15 includes membership for the entire family and they are welcome to participate in all PATINA events. PATINA's original group of about 30 has grown to over 350. Antique tool collectors, tool users and people simply seeking knowledge are well represented in PATINA's membership.
Our mission is to promote and increase knowledge and understanding of the tools and trades practiced by our American ancestors.
Our bimonthly meetings, held at the American Legion Post 270 in McLean, Virginia 22101, generally start with tailgate sales around 9:00 AM or earlier, followed by a short tool auction around 11:30-noon. The presentation by the guest speaker begins after the auction.
PATINA 2023 Events
Latest News from PATINA
The 43rd annual Tool Show and Auction is in the books!
Our 43rd Annual event was very well attended, at least equaling in head count if not surpassing pre-pandemic levels! The cold windy weather did little to stop interested buyers from looking for treasures, both inside and out. There were several national vendors in the facility who made the trip to exhibit their wares, along... Continue reading→
Calling all consignments for the tool auction!
There may still be a limited amount of time to submit consignments to the auction. To do so, please click the Tool Donations page on the home page.
Annual Tool Show and Auction–Auction Listings added
The 2023 Tool Sale and Auction in Damascus Maryland is only a few days away! You can find a complete listing of the auction lots as of today by going to the Tool Sale and Auction listing page and clicking this button Complete listing of auction lots here You do NOT need to be a... Continue reading→
Early Bird Tickets
Early Bird tickets for our Annual Tool Show and Auction (March 10-11) will be on sale at the event. An Early Bird ticket ($20) buys the attendee the ability to shop on Friday and Saturday before the general public comes in at 8am Saturday. Tickets can be purchased on Friday from Dave Murphy at the event. Continue reading→
Annual Tool Sale and Auction for 2023
The Annual Tool Sale and Auction returns to its pre-pandemic time frame in early Spring. The date will be March 11, 2023 at the Damascus Maryland Volunteer Fire Association Activity Center, 10211 Lewis Drive, Damascus, Maryland 20872.
Accepting Consignments for March Auction
PATINA is currently accepting consignments for our March 2023 Tool Sale and Auction in Damascus, Maryland. If you would like to consign or donate lots please complete the 2023 Auction Consignment form (see Consignor section) located on the Annual Tool Show and Auction page. PATINA is always looking for tools to consign to our big... Continue reading→
Annual Tool Sale and Auction
PATINA will be holding its Annual Tool Show and Auction on Saturday March 11, 2023 in Damascus, Maryland. The auction takes place on the same day as the dealer tool sale and starts at 2:00 pm. You are invited to consign tools or items such as books, catalogs or artwork that pertain to the subject of tools.
The annual event is open to the general public and consists of tailgating (Friday and Saturday outside the Hall), a dealer tool sale (inside the Hall) and a tool auction (Saturday inside the Hall). The lots are open for inspection all day and usually feature antique tools, planes, chisels and the like but can also have user tools, antiques, collectables, signs and even some scientific-type pieces.
- The 43rd annual Tool Show and Auction is in the books! Mar 14, 2023
- Calling all consignments for the tool auction! Feb 28, 2023
- Annual Tool Show and Auction–Auction Listings added Feb 28, 2023
- Early Bird Tickets Jan 23, 2023
Benefits of Membership
Our mission is to promote and increase knowledge and understanding of the tools and trades practiced by our American ancestors. Membership in PATINA is open to anyone interested in our mission.
- Attend PATINA Tool Meetings – Antique & traditional tools for sale, trade, programs, displays & demos. See schedule of meetings and information on previous meetings.
- Our annual Tool Auction has become a significant event in the tool marketplace. Quality tools and especially collector-type tools command larger premiums at our events. Tools are consigned by members and buying is open to the public. As almost all of the work of conducting the auction is done by member volunteers, we offer an inexpensive means of selling tools to the collecting community.
- Invitations to educational programs, auctions, and tool sales.