The Royal Warrant
The Sultan and the pewter company
His Royal Highness Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, the late Sultan of Selangor, had been an occasional customer of Selangor Pewter during the 1970s. The Sultan would often buy a pewter tea set for a visiting head of state or gifts for his trips abroad.
In the late 1970s, the Sultan was travelling in Perth, Australia, when he stepped into a large department store with his entourage and was respectfully asked by the sales assistants where he was from.
“Selangor,” the Sultan answered.
“Ah, Selangor Pewter,” the sales staff intoned. The Sultan was tickled that the Australians had heard of Selangor Pewter but not of the state of Selangor nor the Sultan of Selangor.
On his return, he decided that the pewter company should have royal status.
In 1979, he conferred a royal warrant on Selangor Pewter. After that, he insisted that every piece he bought be engraved with the words:
“By royal appointment to his Royal Highness, The Sultan of Selangor”
In 1992, in recognition of the royal warrant, the company officially changed its name to Royal Selangor.