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 upcoming Sunday July 16th meeting continues to become possibly one of our best events in recent memory! Not only do we have blacksmith extraordinaire Drew Alexander, but we have added another grouping of tools to our mini-auction. At our May meeting, we sold a collection of “off-brand” planes for the mother of a deceased... Continue reading
Next up for our July bi-monthly meeting will be guest speaker Drew Alexander. If you’ve heard of the Alexander Brothers and their handmade crafts and fine furnishings, you may have heard of Drew Alexander. Drew takes the lead in the metalworking side of the family business. Drawn to blacksmithing at age 13 when seeing a... Continue reading
We have a significant event planned for our May 21 event so our goal is to double our attendance! Not only will our program include a presentation by author Paul Van Pernis on Leonard Bailey and his innovations, we have accepted a consignment collection for our min-auction of over 100 planes. One benefit of PATINA... Continue reading
Attention all members…if you have not already done so, now is the time to submit your annual dues! As a charitable organization, we routinely call for dues or donations that are needed simply to offset our annual expenses. The annual dues are only $15, which helps to cover the costs for all of our regular... Continue reading
The 2024 Tool Show and Auction date has been announced for the weekend of March 15 and 16th 2024! As always setup and early entry will be Friday, March 15th with the actual show and auction to commence Saturday, March 16th. We already have a plane consignment for 2024 and will accept consignments from consignors... Continue reading
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
Annual Tool Sale and Auction
PATINA held its most recent Annual Tool Show and Auction on Saturday March 11, 2023 in Damascus, Maryland. The auction took place on the same day as the dealer tool sale and started at 2:00 pm. consignees submitted tools, books, catalogs, artwork and advertising items pertaining to the subject of tools.
This annual event is free to attend and 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 next Annual Tool Show and Auction will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024.
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.