|Royal Selangor is the world's largest pewter company. Renowned for innovative designs and craftsmanship, they strive to create objects of desire in precious pewter. Discover the heritage, beauty and versatility of pewter and the rich history of Royal Selangor. A must-see is the Royal Selangor showroom with 3,000 square feet of retail space carrying a dazzling array of exclusive products of Roayal Selangor and those of their sister company, Comyns.
Founded in 1885, the company has a workforce of more than 600 skilled craftsmen. The Royal Selangor factory is reputed to be one of the world's largest. During the 18th century, items were mainly incense burners and candle holders for the oriental market. With the British colonials, the offering expanded to tankards, ashtrays and even tea services. The brand was then known as Selangor Pewter.
In the 1970s, the company started exporting, firstly to Singapore, Hong Kong and then Australia. Towards the 1980s, the market expanded into Europe and then later to Japan.
In 1989 and 1991, Royal Selangor received the Design Plus award at the Frankfurt International Gift Fair.
In 1992, the company changed its name to Royal Selangor to reflect its royal endorsement from His Royal Highness and to reflect its diverse product range, which has extended beyond pewter.
In 1997, Royal Selangor received the Gift of the Year Award in the licensed gifts category, from the Giftware Association of hte United Kingdom.
Pewter is made up of Tin, Antimony and Copper. It melts at 250°C and is carefully ladled into a mould where it is left to cool.
Guided Tour runs through the three sections of the Pewter Centre - The Pewter Gallery, Pewtersmithing Demonstration and Retail Floor. Admission for the Tour Gallery is S$2 per person.
After the tour, at S$30 per person, you may want to enrol in the School of Hard Knocks, located at the Retail Floor. As an apprentice pewtersmith in this half-hour pewtersmithing workshop, you will be taught how to create your very own pewter dish just as it was done by early pewtersmiths over a hundred years ago. Graduates get their very own certificate upon completion of the course.