Royal Selangor celebrates 135 years with special exhibition

The show features highlights in Royal Selangor’s history, heritage and the awards which it has received.

Vintage pewter pieces depict its journey through time as it grew from a small family pewter business in 1885, to a well-known pewter brand after weathering two world wars (All photos: Royal Selangor)

Royal Selangor has come a long way in Malaysia — from the discovery of tin in 19th century Kuala Lumpur during the time of the British to the arrival of company founder Yong Koon at the mining town to join his brothers in business. The enterprise of pewter expanded via several companies under the family’s business savvy, They were run by the founder’s sons. The third son, Ying Kai, grew the company, then known as Selangor Pewter — its only surviving pewter business — into what it is today.

The mining family’s enduring heritage story is portrayed in Royal Selangor’s 135th anniversary exhibition at its flagship store in Pavilion KL, where archival photographs and vintage pieces of pewter depict its journey from a small family business from 1885 to weathering two World Wars, family feuds, economic turmoil and a pandemic.


Visitors also learn about traditional pewtersmithing and how Royal Selangor modernised the craft and its associate companies

The assemblage also features key highlights such as awards received and how the company modernised the art of traditional pewtersmithing, including silversmithing and creating craft jewellery by its associate companies Comyns and Selberan.

Visitors will be enthralled by Royal Selangor’s collaborative work with designers from around the world and display of bespoke pieces.

The Royal Selangor’s Pavilion KL Flagship store sports a monotone look that harmonises different colours, materials and textures which include a showcase of tiles and coffee table using Royal Selangor’s Metalesce technique.


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