ROYAL SELANGOR TEA KNIFE
For loosen compressed tea.
The Royal Selangor story
Begins in 1885 with a young pewtersmith named Yong Koon.
Today, the brand has grown from a cottage industry to a global brand. Managed by the third and fourth generations of the Yong family, Royal Selangor employees today span the globe, from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to Shanghai, London, Toronto, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
With over 250 skilled craftspeople and a 40-strong in-house design team, we have expanded the uses of pewter into new product categories: from children's gifts and wine accessories to personal accessories such as cufflinks and flashdrives. In addition, there are special collections by international designers such as Erik Magnussen from Denmark and Freeman Lau from Hong Kong.
Royal Selangor is also recognised for creating customised designs. Leading luxury company LVMH commissioned Royal Selangor to produce champagne accessories for brands such as Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Dom Perignon and Krug. In the sports arena, we are proud to have created spectacular trophies for the Formula One races in Malaysia, Singapore and China, Shanghai ATP 1000 Masters and the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Golf Tournament.
Today, the Royal Selangor group is a diversified enterprise. Complementing its pewter brand are two luxury names - fine jewellery brand, Selberan, and 350-year-old sterling silver brand, Comyns.
Royal Selangor has grown from a small family-run business to one of the best known pewter brands. It is little wonder that it has played host to several prominent figures, which include former US President Bill Clinton, lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, actor Mel Gibson and Chief Executive of Hong Kong Donald Tsang.
It was 1885, when a young pewtersmith named Yong Koon sailed from the port of Shantou to Kuala Lumpur.
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.
Yong Koon enjoyed brisk business making simple household items of tin, operating from his shop at No. 23 Cross Street.
He later made pewter incense burners, joss stick holders and candlestands for the altars of Chinese temples. Employing a few other craftsmen, he was among the first pewtersmiths in Kuala Lumpur.
Just as silver products are hallmarked, Yong Koon stamped each of his products with the mark "Yu He Zu Xi", where "Yu He" or Jade Peace was the name of the shop, and "Zu Xi" or pure tin reflected the high quality of the material used.
In the 1930s, when demand for traditional ceremonial pewterware was on a decline, Yong Koon and his sons started making European-style products for the British and other expatriates. This was an important turning point for the business.
The 70s was an exciting period for the company as it started exporting to Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, Denmark, Japan, Australia and the UK. It also diversified its business to the design, manufacture and marketing of precious jewellery under the Selberan brand name. Later in 1993, the company acquired Comyns, one of the oldest and most prestigious silversmiths in the world. Both companies continue to be a part of the Royal Selangor group.
In 1979, the company received a royal warrant from the Sultan of Selangor and in 1992, changed its name to Royal Selangor. Today, the third and fourth generations of the Yong family work with a passionate team of managers to build Royal Selangor into a truly global brand.
With a workforce of more than 250 craftspeople, the pewter factory based in Setapak is now part of an award-winning Visitor Centre, which attracts over 200,000 visitors a year from all over the world. It is here that today's generation of consumers learn about Royal Selangor's humble beginnings and how pewter continues to be very much a handcrafted industry.