Royal Selangor North America Trade Catalogue 2023
The story of Royal Selangor goes back to 1885 when a young pewtersmith named Yong Koon sailed from the port of Shantou to Kuala Lumpur, a town then located in the tin rich state of Selangor. The discovery of tin in Malaya had lured him and thousands of other Chinese to the fledgling tin mining town, where he joined his brothers who had established themselves as tinsmiths. In early years, Yong Koon made pewter incense burners, joss stick holders and candlestands for the altars of wealthy tin miners and Chinese temples. When demand for traditional ceremonial pewterware declined, Yong Koon and his sons started making European style products for the British and other expatriates under the brand of Selangor Pewter. This was an important turning point for the business and laid the foundation for an export market. In 1979, the company received a royal warrant from the Sultan of Selangor. To reflect the royal endorsement and diverse nature of the company, Selangor Pewter changed its name to Royal Selangor in 1992.
The tradition of craftsmanship continues through its workforce of 250 craftspeople based at its factory in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.
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