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National and International Collector Clubs and Associations

Page updated October 13, 2017

  • Antique Dealers' Association of America - Membership is composed of professional antiques dealers who are dedicated to integrity, honesty and ethical conduct in the antiques trade. To be accepted, dealers must have a minimum of four years experience in the trade, be recommended by a committee of peers and must sign a certification agreeing to abide by the bylaws of ADA.
  • Antique Reloading Tool Collector's Association - Interest in old reloading tools has increased in recent years partly because a number of articles and texts have been published highlighting the significance and awareness of them.
  • Arms and Armour Society [UK]- The Arms and Armour Society is one of the leading groups in the world for those concerned with the study, collection and preservation of arms and armour. Formed in 1950 by a small group of dedicated enthusiasts to further the study of arms and armour, it brings together scholars, collectors, professional experts and all who share this common interest
  • Blow Torch Collectors Association - The Blow Torch Collectors Association (BTCA) was organized in early 1995 with the goals of preserving the history of blow torches, primarily from North America, promoting collecting knowledge, and introducing collectors to one another.
  • Brewery Collectibles Club of America - In April 1970, the organization now known as the Brewery Collectibles Club of America was born. Back then though, it was called the Beer Can Collectors of America. The club now boasts more than 3,500 active members from all 50 states and 27 foreign countries.
  • Browning Collectors Association - The association became a portal through which Browning firearm collectors could exchange information, historical facts and provide a marketplace for rare firearms, parts, accessories and much more.
  • collectors.orgThe Official Web Site for the Association of Collecting Clubs and the National Association of Collectors
  • Colt Collectors Association, Inc.The Colt Collectors Association (CCA) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1980, is affiliated with the National Rifle Association and was a major donor to the NRA National Firearms Museum. From its initial membership of 42, the Colt Collectors has grown to a 2600+ member international organization.
  • Early American Industry Association - Celebrating Trades, Crafts, and Tools in American History and Their Impact on Our Lives
  • Early American Pattern Glass Society -  Foster and encourage the collection, appreciation, study, preservation, and documentation of early American pattern glassware, and its place in American life, past and present.
  • The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors - On October 15, 1959, Mr. and Mrs. John C. Tibbits (wife Edith) called the first meeting of what became The Antique Bottle Collectors Club of California at their home in Sacramento, California. Tibbits was elected the first president. It was believed to be the first such club. This attracted the attention of antique bottle clubs across the country and many joined what eventually evolved into the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC).
  • Flow Blue International Collectors' Club - We are a group of nearly eight hundred of the world’s friendliest folks, including over seventy generous dealers, bound together by our love, and occasional lust, for flow blue and mulberry china.
  • Fostoria Glass Society of America - The Fostoria Glass Society of America, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation formed to acquire and disseminate detailed knowledge concerning Fostoria Glass, and to establish and maintain a museum for housing and displaying Fostoria glass.
  • International Nippon Collectors Club - The International Nippon Collectors Club (INCC) was founded in 1982 by a group of Nippon enthusiasts with a vision to form an organization through which fellow collectors with a common interest in Nippon could exchange knowledge and share friendship. Little did they know that this once small group would expand to a membership representing virtually every state as well as Canada and Japan
  • International Perfume Bottle Association - The IPBA is the largest organization worldwide of people who collect and deal in the incredible variety of beautiful containers of perfume: commercials, atomizers, art glass, Czechs, miniatures, Victorian, novelties, and many others.
  • The Japanese Sword Society of the United States (JSSUS) is a charitable and educational organization for the appreciation and advanced study of the Japanese art sword and related fields of interest. Communication within our society is maintained chiefly through correspondence. The JSSUS organization publishes a bimonthly newsletter. This usually consists of about 40 pages of sword study material: pictures and rubbings of specific blades and sword fittings, book reviews, news of sword shows and exhibitions and anything else which might be of interest to our members. Other benefits of membership include: a lending library for sword-related videos; a buy and sell column in the Newsletter; and the opportunity to associate and communicate with many collectors of Japanese swords from around the world.
  • Marlin Firearms Collectors Association -  Founded to promote friendship and camaraderie amongst those interested in the collecting and study of Marlin-made firearms.

  • Mid-West Tool Collectors AssociationMid-West Tool Collectors is the World's Largest Tool Collecting Organization. We are a non-profit organization devoted to Studying, Preserving, and Sharing Knowledge of Tools. We have a membership that totals approximately 3,500 and reside in all 50 states, Canada, Australia, and the European Union
  • Midwest Decoy Collectors Association - (MDCA) was started in 1966 by a small group of dedicated decoy collectors as a gathering in Ottawa, Illinois to reconnect, share stories and trade decoys. Since then, the Club has grown to over 1000 enthusiasts from all walks of life.
  • National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors - (NAMBC) provides research, educational opportunitiesand information about milk bottles, milk bottle collecting and dairy memorabilia to its members, museums and the general public. Boasts over 600 members.
  • NAWCC – National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors - The NAWCC offers unique opportunities for learning through chapter and national events; hands-on training through workshops; and access to resources through the library and research center, the National Watch & Clock Museum, and through our publications.
  • National Depression Glass Association - Founded in 1974, The NDGA promotes the preservation of all American-made glassware, and the history of the companies who manufactured it, with emphasis on that manufactured in the three decades centered on the �Great Depression
  • The National Toothpick Holder Collectors' Society includes over 400 members from all across the United States and Canada
  • Old Copper - After a lifetime of working with industrial copper and copper alloys, Vin Callcut is now working on  domestic copper and brass.  He is covering items made mostly during the period 1851-1951.   This follows the period covered by most of the books on antiques that range up to about 1850.   After this date there was an increasing emphasis on quantity production of good designs. This website shows some of the work done over 375 pages and asks for helpful comments from those with useful knowledge.
  • The Oughtred Society (Slide rule collecting) - Society goals include the dissemination and sharing of information on slide rules and other mathematical instruments and encouragement for collectors. We are affiliated with organizations in the United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands and Italy. Our activities are carried out by members who volunteer to do various tasks and projects. Membership is open to anyone.
  • Pewter Society - The Pewter Society was founded in 1918 as the Society of Pewter Collectors and is the second oldest society devoted to collecting specialised antiques.
  • Potomac Antique Tools and Industries Association - With over 250 members, 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.
  • Pressing Iron and Trivet Collectors of America - Twenty-four families at Owatonna, Minnesota originally founded this group in 1984 as the Midwest Sad Iron Collectors Club. Over the years our group grew in both size and scope. In 2008 we voted to update our name to PITCA, reflecting the diversity of our membership. Today we have members from the United States plus Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Spain and Switzerland.
  • Sharps Collector AssociationThe Sharps Collector Association was formed in 1993 to study the firearms of Christian Sharps and the Sharps Companies.
  • The Antique Stove Association - Established in 1984, the purpose of the Antique Stove Association is to provide information about all aspects of Antique Stoves and related items including: their uses, history, manufacturer, repair and value; and to promote fellowship among interested persons of the same
  • The Antique Telephone Collectors AssociationThe Antique Telephone Collectors Association, or ATCA, is the largest telephone collectors organization in the world. Chartered in 1971 as a non-profit corporation by the state of Kansas, its over 1000 active members are located throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.              
  • The Antique Wireless Association - We collect information regarding the collection, research, restoration, and preservation of objects of historical significance to the technology of communications and entertainment.
  • The Antiques Council - The Antiques Council is a professional association of antique dealers that mandates the highest ethical and professional standards. Members are selected by their peers for the quality of their merchandise, their expertise, and integrity. The green plaque with the AC logo is the trademark of Antiques Council membership. When displayed in a shop window or in a booth at an antique show, it is a sign of both authenticity and quality, from an expert with whom you can feel confident when you acquire something for your home or your collection.

            Since its inception in 1990, this leading not-for-profit association               has worked to:

                Set the highest possible standards for member conduct.

                Educate the public about the field of antiques, their                                 acquisition and collecting

                Provide antique show management services to other not-for-                   profits and charities in order to produce fine antique shows.

  • The National Antique & Art Dealers Association of America - The National Antique & Art Dealers Association of America (NAADAA) is a non-profit trade organization of the United States’ leading dealers. Our members are mutually pledged to safeguard the interests of those who buy, sell or collect antiques and works of art, achieved through just, honorable and ethical trade practices.
  • The National Antique Doll Dealers Association - The National Antique Doll Dealers Association, Inc., a non-profit organization, was founded in 1986. The primary purpose of NADDA is to assure the collecting public that members subscribe to a code of ethics in the conduct of business.The membership also proposes to actively work to support educational and informative programs on a local and national basis.
  • The Parker Gun Collectors Association - Established in 1993, The PGCA is dedicated to the study of the history of the Charles Parker Company and especially of the guns made by the company, and of historic individuals who may have owned or used them. We support exchange of information among students of the Parker Gun, and organize meetings and lectures where this information can be exchanged.
  • The Silver Society - Members of The Silver Society are collectors, authors, museum staff, researchers, dealers, auctioneers, working silversmiths and other interested individuals. Membership is international with more than a third living outside the United Kingdom. We publish Silver Studies annually, to which it is possible to subscribe without being a member of the Society.
  • Tool Group of Canadais a group of people who are interested in collecting and studying antique tools. Our members, both male and female, collect a wide variety of tools including wood planes, blacksmith, electrical, carpentry, plumbing, auto, kitchen  tools ... and corkscrews!. We have members across Canada and the U.S.A
  • Train Collectors Association - We focus on toy trains -- the hobby of collecting and operating them, the fun of members buying, selling and discussing them, the study of their characteristics, and the history of their production.
  • Tube Collectors Association is established to support and encourage the collection of electron tubes of all types and historical periods
  • The Winchester Arms Collectors Association - (WACA) with a worldwide membership of over 2,000 individuals. WACA was organized in July 1977, incorporated February 21, 1978 in the State of Montana and has been NRA affiliated (#G8143) since 1978.

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