The Royal Selangor Pewter ~ Places to
Visit in Kuala Lumpur
The Royal Selangor is world renowned for its pewter craftsmanship and quality. The factory offers a tour of the pewter crafting process that offers rare insights into its intricate craftsmanship and offers a workshop where participants are taught to create their own pewter dish your name stamped on it.
Its visitors shop has an incredible choice of small to large items and even jewellery; perfect gifts for loved ones at home.
The Royal Selangor had its humble beginnings in 1885, when founder Yong Koon opened a small shop crafting pewter objects making items such as incense burners, candle holders and items used for prayers places in temples and Chinese households.
He polished his pewter objects with "stone leaf" (tetracera scandens), a leafy tropical plant used to bring out the shine of pewter objects. Soon, these items 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 changed its name to Selangor Pewter and with royal patronage became "Royal Selangor Pewter".
It is now world renowned for its pewter craftsmanship and quality. Pewter is an alloy of tin, copper and antimony. The tin content in Royal Selangor pewter is 97%. The pewter is crafted into different shapes and designs, from pillboxes with intricate designs and carvings to, picture frames with different motifs, dinnerware and glassware.
Its factory, is a superbly designed and a very modern building with an impressive entrance, where visitors are welcomed with cold fizzy drinks in little pewter mugs.
The Visitor Centre comprises three main sections – the gallery, the factory space and the retail outlet.
You first come to an exhibition giving the history of tin mining in Malaysia which gives an interesting glimpse of what Malaysia was and what it has become today. On display at the gallery is olden-day tin money, old pictures of the age, old pewter product catalogues, old tools of the trade, and first generation designs of pewter products made in the late 19th century.
the gallery, visitors are then taken on a factory tour. There are rows and
rows of workstations where men and women bend over in various acts of
pewter-crafting from casting to polishing, from moulding to hammering pewter
School of Hard Knocks
Children (aged 5 to 7) definitely would love this, where they would first had to stamp their names on a pewter dish, and then hammer the flat dish into a bowl. The final product with a "certificate" would be excellent souvenirs of your visit.
After the tour, if you seek a classy souvenir, the retail outlet here has an incredible choice of small to large things. The shop offers a beautiful range of pewter products for sale such as elegant tea sets, traditional tankards, exquisite chess sets and handsome desk accessories.
there is also a fine selection of sterling silver by Comyns and fine jewelry
by Selberan. Go with a full wallet - the items are straight from the
factory, prices are good and there's loads you want to buy!!
It is the world's largest and
listed in the Malaysian book of records and the Guinness World Book of
Records. It has travelled around the world to places such as Canada,
Australia, Singapore and China.
Best Way to Visit -
Caves / Royal Pewter & Suburbs Tour
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