Saturday, 23 January 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday #88; Camera Critters #94

My Critters have provided my Shadows this week.


My husband frequently travelled to Malaysia on business and brought back these Royal Selangor pewter cats from one trip. They reminded him of the Burmese cats we then had. Royal Selangor pewter is the world's leading manufacturer of pewter. In 1885 a young man called Yong Koon sailed from China to the Malay peninsula. He established a cottage industry employing pewtersmiths from his family and friends. About ten years later the thriving business became known as the Selangor Pewter Company. In the early 1970s Selangor Pewter moved to its present location in Kuala Lumpur and in 1992 became Royal Selangor to mark the bestowing of a Royal Warrant by the Sultan of Selangor.To celebrate its centenary in 1985 it manufactured the world's largest tankard. It stands 6' 6" tall and has a capacity of 4920 pints. 
Today Royal Selangor produces a wide variety of items including jewellery, hallmarked silver and hand-painted collectables as well as pewter.



The second photograph shows the pewter cats in company with some other cats and a couple of human critters.The figurine of the little girl asleep at her desk is called 'Forty Winks'. It was modelled by Peter Holland for the Great Ormond Street Hospital series and was produced in the Queen's Golden Jubilee year, 2002. A percentage of the purchase price went to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
The Royal Doulton sculpture of the little boy was modelled by Adrian Hughes and issued in 1991. It's called 'Welcome Home' and represents the return home of a wartime evacuee in a series called 'Children of the Blitz'.  

Thank you to Tracy from 'Hey Harriet' for hosting Shadow Shot Sunday and to Misty Dawn for 'Camera Critters'
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22 comments:

  1. You definitely have some wonderful pieces!
    Thanks for sharing the info - very interesting.
    Cute pewter cats!

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  2. Oh, I love your critter shadows!! How fun! And an interesting post as always! Hope you're having a great weekend!

    Sylvia

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  3. You have a lovely collection here! Those pewter pussy cats are charming and they make lovely shadows!

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  4. Thank you, my dears - we aim to please!

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  5. HA, yours don't look real either. Thanks for the informative comment on my Shadow Shot. ;)

    This company has quite a history~~so your pieces are truly a treasure.
    Happy SSS to you!

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  6. These are darling figurines!
    The history behind pewter was interesting to read too:)

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  7. Creative shadows and critters ... love your wonderful collection!
    Hugs and blessings,

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  8. Such a lovely post. You have some very beautiful collectibles and I enjoyed the history of them very much. Thank you :)

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  9. Your little pewter cats are delightful and cast great shadows. The info is great too.

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  10. Those are fun shadows! hanks for sharing them.

    My Mugs shadows

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  11. Your critters rar very well behaved and make lovely shadows. :)

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  12. Love the pewter cats. It is interesting to hear about and see what is on one of your shelves too. How big are the cats out of interest?

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  13. The pewter kitties are beautiful, and your other sculptures are, too.

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  14. What wonderful renditions they are too...love cats!

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  15. Those cat figurines are lovely! I enjoyed reading about the background of the Selangor pewter. When I visted Malaysia many years ago I don't remember seeing any of those figurines but do remember seeing a lot of funny looking wild cats. Not so much in KL, but in Penang I think it was. They'd hang around the cafes waiting for scraps. They'd even jump on the tables while people were eating. They were cheeky little things!

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  16. Thank you folks :-)
    Sarah, excluding tails the cats are around 2" long/tall.
    Tracy, I'd probably jump on tables if I were hungry too ;-) I believe Barry said there were a lot of cats in the temples too.

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  17. Cute little critters! We too have some Selangor pewter (we lived in Indonesia for 3 years)

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  18. Love the kittie shadows. Great shots.

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  19. What great pieces - they sure make cute shadows!

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