Royal Selangor Pewter

By on June 23, 2009 in Museums/Gallery with 15 Comments

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‘It is World War II. Bombs fall as hungry villagers raided warehouses for food.

Amidst the mayhem, a villager named Ah Ham spotted a melon-shaped teapot on the ground. As he bent to pick it up, he heard a piece of shrapnel whizz just above his head. The melon teapot had saved his life!

For many years, the teapot was Ah Ham’s constant companion. He used the teapot daily and often entertained his guests with his wartime story and his miraculous brush with death.

Ah Ham’s lucky teapot is an original creation by Royal Selangor’s founder. Stamped with the hallmark Yu He Zu Xi or Jade Peace Pure Tin, it now has a place of honour in Royal Selangor’s archives.’

These words are immortalised on the walls of the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, located at Setapak Jaya. The visitor centre first opened its doors back in 2004. In conjunction with its fifth anniversary, many programmes have been scheduled to celebrate this joyous occasion.

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Royal Selangor had its humble start in 1885, when founder Yong Koon opened a small shop crafting pewter objects. His shop, Ngeok Foh (Jade Peace), crafted objects from pewter. He made incense burners, candle holders and items used for prayers places in temples and Chinese households at the time.

He polished the pewter objects with “stone leaf” (tetracera scandens), a leafy tropical plant used to bring out the shine of pewter objects. Soon, these caught the attention of the British officers who were stationed in Malaya at the time.

They began commissioning pewter objects for their everyday usage such as teapots, ashtray and especially tankards. It is well known that using a pewter tankard made a cold drink of beer much better, and this proved to be a hit with the British. They could enjoy their favourite drink, especially in a sweltering, tropical country like Malaya. During this time, the company had two more changes to its name, before it became Selangor Pewter.

After the Independence of the country, Selangor Pewter began operations to expand its products and started exporting to Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. It later expanded to Europe, Japan and today, it has the largest pewter factory and showroom in the world.

Listen too, to the well known incident, told by the guides at Royal Selangor of how it was awarded the royal charter by His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor at the time, the late Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah. It was conferred the title of Royal Pewterer in 1992.

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Make sure, too, through walk through the history gallery and marvel at the splendid collection of pewterware, that have earned Royal Selangor its name.

A visit to the centre, is an eye-opening experience as visitors are able to see first hand the lasting presence of pewter, first started by its founder. Walk through the guided factory tour where pewter products are being made, and try a hand at making a beautiful pewter craft at the School Of Hard Knocks. The last stop would be at the retail store, where visitors can splurge on beautifully crafted pewter objects.

Before leaving, make sure to catch a candid moment at the giant tankard outside the factory grounds. It is 1.987 metres tall weighs 1, 557 kg and has a capacity of 2, 796 litres. It is the world’s largest and listed in the Malaysian book of records and the Guinnes World Book of Records. It has travelled around the world to places such as Canada, Australia, Singapore and China.

Further enquiries contact:

Royal Selangor Visitor Centre,

4 Jalan Usahawan 6,

Setapak Jaya,

53300 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: +6 03 4145 6122

http://www.royalselangor.com

The operating hours of the centre is from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily.

Call up the centre to register for the School of Hard Knocks before going to the centre. The School of Hard Knocks has a separate fee, and it is advisable to call beforehand informing them of the number of people in your group.

Entrance Fee: free (except for School of Hard Knocks).


Getting There:

If travelling by PUTRA LRT, alight at Wangsa Maju station and hop into a taxi to take you to the Visitor Centre. It takes approximately 10 minutes.

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  1. lunaticg says:

    Hi!
    Thank you for sharing the history of Royal Selangor Pewter.
    I am antique collector and this story will for sure help me on understanding the history of my country. I really don’t know that Royal Selangor Pewter started since 1885.
    Keep on posting a great history like this.
    Thank you again.

  2. Jasmine Lew says:

    Dear sir,

    i am a student form INTI College. i would like to help my friend who is studying in Taiwan to do research.

    she is having her last year degree and she has to do her assignment for pewter art in Malaysia.

    She needs sample or model of art. so, i am going to ask for permission to visit to you company.

    1. what is the procedure for applying to visit to your company?

    2. who i should contact?

    3. how much is the fee involved?

    hope to hear from you soon. Thanks you.

    best regarded,

    jasmine lew

  3. Sui Kar says:

    Hi Jasmine,

    You can just walk into the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre as a visitor/tourits without any formal procedure. It’s a visitor centre anyway! It’s opened to public, everyone and it’s free!

    Do call +6 03 4145 6122 to know how to get there!

  4. Sapawi says:

    Hi Nana. Now I know the history about Royal Selangor Pewter. Actually I visited this Royal Selangor when I was a secondary student around 13 years ago.

    I was amazed with lots of beautiful pewters there. I didn’t know that Royal Selangor was located in setapak Jaya then.

    Now I live in setapak Jaya and I can see this Royal Selangor when I go to downtown Kl.

    Thanks for your useful info especially about the history.

  5. Ena Ramli says:

    Lunaticg: Thank you for your kind words. If you have the time, do visit the place. They have free guided tours for the public every day…and they are really good story-tellers!

    Jasmine: You can find out more info here http://visitorcentre.royalselangor.com/vc/ Do check out their silver products, too, and you can also drop by their cafe for snacks.

    Sui Kar: Thank you for your input, too!

  6. nana says:

    Hullo Sapawi. Glad you know more about Royal Selangor that you’ve read our blog. You could visit it again, and bring along some friends! It is a beautiful place, with many interesting artefacts. Do check out the solid pewter crocodile lying on the ground in the gallery! It’s scary (make sure you take a photo with it:) ) It is interesting to see everyone hard at work at the factory, amazing how pewter making has changed over the years! I will definitely visit it again in the future:) Thanks!

  7. peiling says:

    hi sir, i m study the evant planning,
    i want some information to know the pewter price.
    if i want to order key chain pewter.
    among 100 pcs and the saiz among 37 mmD. 0.05kgs+_??
    any suggest??
    i hope u can reply me.
    thank!!

  8. nana says:

    Dear Peiling,

    Try and visit the Royal Selangor Pewter site, you can find more about them there!

    http://www.royalselangor. com and (prices) http://www.royalselangor.com/rs2/giftideas.php?Section=PriceRange

    Have a great day!

  9. john says:

    I have a pewter mug which is stamped Selangor Pewter Malaya and inside has a date stamp “Malaya 1946″. This would be just after liberation and the mug is very basic but obviously hand made. Can you give me any information on the pewter made immediately after the War?

  10. yasmin says:

    Hi !
    I have a set of Selangor Pewter Whimsical Collection item-i would like to know
    what is the value today ?
    Thank you

  11. nana says:

    Dear Yasmin,

    Thank you for visiting the Tourism Malaysia blog. For further information on Royal Selangor products, maybe you could contact them directly.

    Their homepage is: http://www.royalselangor.com.my or email them at:info@royalselangor.com and Telephone: +60 3 4149 5100 (8:30p.m. – 5:30a.m. Eastern Time); Fax: +60 3 4025 1389.

    Warm regards,

    nana:)

  12. nana says:

    Hello John,

    For further information on Royal Selangor products, maybe you could contact them directly.

    Their homepage is: http://www.royalselangor.com.my or email them at:info@royalselangor.com and Telephone: +60 3 4149 5100 (8:30p.m. – 5:30a.m. Eastern Time); Fax: +60 3 4025 1389.

  13. Eric says:

    Hi,

    Is there a list of pewter craftsmen who can do custom work? I am looking to get some pieces done and I am having a hard time finding someone who can do small batch work. All help is appreciated.

    eric

  14. Andrew Young says:

    Greetings,

    I am try to establish the origan of a special order Royal Selangor Pewter wine goblet which has a raised Ramshead topped by 2 interloking circles that have the letters MSD in each segment. I can provide images to anyone who may be able to help. Thank you.

  15. Brendan Vangordon says:

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