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85/2502 Picnic set, motorists, leather case / wicker / bone / glass / paper/ porcelain, used by Major A U John (Anthony Ulysses), maker unknown, England, 1910-1930. Click to enlarge.

Motorists picnic set used by Major Anthony Ulysses John

Made
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.

Summary

Object No.

85/2502

Object Statement

Picnic set, motorists, leather case / wicker / bone / glass / paper/ porcelain, used by Major A U John (Anthony Ulysses), maker unknown, England, 1910-1930

Physical Description

Picnic set, motorists, leather case / wicker / bone / glass / paper/ porcelain, used by Major A U John [Anthony Ulysses John], maker unknown, England, 1910-1930

The picnic set is fitted into a brown, rectangular, leather fold-out carrying case fitted with two leather straps, a suitcase latch and carrying handle on the lid. On each end of the case are shipping cabin luggage labels which read Kindly place this label on the END of the package / P and O. S. N. Co / Cabin SS Morea /. Passengers Name Major John Berth 170/171. Labels on the back of the case: Kindly place this label on the END of the package / P and O. S. N. Co / BOMBAY / to / LONDON / Passengers Name Major John A.U. A circular label: Peninsula and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. Baggage and a large "J" in the centre in red. On top of the lid impressed in leather: A.U.JOHN. The sheet inside the case is lined with a green coloured book covering fabric and tin sheets. The case contains the following items in special compartments:

Four butter knives with bone or ivory handles, inscribed: H.G. Long and Co. / Cross Daggen / Sheffield / Best / Shear / Steel. The knives are fitted into special leather slots on the inside lid of the case. Four teaspoons of electroplated silver inscribed: E-J.F. S. E.P. These are also carried in the inside lid in leather slots.

The main compartment of the picnic set is divided internally. On the left hand side are: a spirit burner with pierced fret surround; a spirit holder; a tin metal kettle / tea pot with "billy" style handle covered with wicker. (The spout has a protective stopper attached with a chain. Water is added to the kettle through a pouring screw cap under which is a cork stopper, a metal stopper and a cylindrical tea infuser); four white enamel rectangular-shaped plates fit into a metal bracket; one glass bottle (for milk) with a tin screw cap fits in another bracket in front of the plates; and four white enamel saucers with blue trim which sit in another bracket on the left side of the case.

On the right hand side of the case the space is divided horizontally are on the top shelf:
two small metal plated canisters (for tea and sugar) with ring pull tabs; and one large metal plated canister (for cake / bread / biscuits).

On the bottom shelf are four white enamel tea cups with a blue trim around the rim and wicker covered handles; and two round porcelain pots with tin screw caps featuring the word BUTTER in raised letters.

Also found inside the case were:
Eight small advertising leaflets for Wrights Coal Tar Soap and four Wrights Coal Soap wrappers.

Production

History

Notes

The motorist's picnic set belonged to Major A.U. John and was purchased 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.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1985

Acquisition Date

23 December 1985

Cite this Object

Harvard

Motorists picnic set used by Major Anthony Ulysses John 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 16 January 2021, <https://ma.as/40320>

Wikipedia

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