Motoring picnic baskets like this set were standard equipment for Sunday drives in the 1920s. It contains all the equipment needed for a picnic for four and was intended to be strapped to the boot of a car.
The motorist's picnic set belonged to Major A.U. John and was purchased by the Museum at an auction of Motoring Art and Literature, Lot 182, held by Christie's South London, on Tuesday 12 March 1985.
The set has P and O stickers relating to travel from Bombay to London. Major A.U. John (Anthony Ulysses John) may have been associated with the Agra United Mills Ltd which in 1920 acquired in three cotton mills and a flour mill from A. John and Co. a firm which Major A.U. John was involved.