The other day we wrote about the bespoke offerings from Rolls-Royce, including custom-made picnic cases.

In addition to some of the amazing cars on offer at Bonhams‘ Quail Lodge auction in Carmel, California this week are a number of original picnic cases and trunks from the golden age of motoring.

Vintage leather and wicker picnic cases on offer during Bonhams’ Quail Lodge sale

Our favorite is this leather-cased four-person picnic set by W Thornhill & Co. of New Bond Street, London, made circa 1913.

Estimated at $4,000 – $5,000, it comes fitted with a silver-plated cocktail shaker, two glass spirits flasks with silver caps, a leather-cased set of drinking beakers, two nickel-plated sandwich tins, gilt-edged enamel plates and cutlery, measuring tots and a corkscrew.

Talk about “don’t leave home without it”.

Here are some other highlights:

An Edwardian gentleman’s picnic set by Asprey & Co, London, estimated at $800 – $1,200; click to enlarge


A four-person wicker-cased picnic and cocktail set, by Asprey, 1905, estimated at $4,000 – $5,000; click to enlarge

An Edwardian leather-cased traveling drinks set by H.G. Greaves & Sons, Birmingham, circa 1905, estimated at $1,000 – $1,500; click to enlarge

An impressive six-person ‘En Route’ picnic set, by Drew & Sons, London, circa 1911, estimated at $15,000 – $17,500; click to enlarge