Pacific Stein Sammler is a
chapter of Stein Collectors
International serving Washington, Oregon,
Idaho and Alaska. However, our membership is open to anyone, anywhere,
who has an interest in collecting beer steins or related material.
PSS was formed in 1985, has about 50 active members, and is one of 20
plus chapters throughout the U.S. and Europe. SCI, the parent
organization, was founded in 1965 and has a membership that today
numbers between 500 and 600.
Pacific Stein Sammlers are genuinely nice people, Our members come from
many walks of life, and our individual collecting interests are as
varied as our personal backgrounds. The steins we collect run the gamut
from antique to modern. While most of us are eclectic collectors, some
are more focused on specialized areas like Regimental, Occupational,
Character, or even Budweiser steins. Some may specialize in a single
factory such as Mettlach, or J.W. Remy. Some may collect steins by a
single designer such as Franz Ringer, or Killian “Karl” Beuler and
others a single theme such as the Münchner Kindl (Munich Child), or…
well you name it, and someone in the club probably collects it.
Pacific Stein Sammler hosted the 1997, Stein Collectors International
convention, “The Great Stein Rush of ’97,” in Seattle, Washington. The
convention opened on the 100th aniversary of the arrival, in Seattle of
the steam ship Portland which brought word that gold had been
discovered in Alaska, touching off the Alaskan gold rush.
PSS meets quarterly, in March,
June, September and December, with most meetings held in the Portland
or Seattle area. Meetings are friendly social gatherings, and spouses
are a valued part of our chapter. We like to meet in the comfort of a
member’s home whenever possible, where we can view a private collection
of steins, but occasionally meet in a public facility. Each meeting
results in a few steins changing owners and more than a few stories
here to return to the Chapters page for Stein Collectors International.