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The Golden Age of Picnic sets



Stepboard and Footrest Sets

Coracle 4 Person Curved Footrest set C.1905
Picture of Coracle Picnic Set

By far the most interesting picnic set variety are the Stepboard and the footrest type. They were initially introduced in 1904 and were made by all the top makers to especially fit either on the running board, or as footrests behind the front seats in the footwell.

Obviously as all veteran and vintage vehicles are constructed differently, the range and styles produced were only limited by the imagination and ingenuity of the craftsmen. Two, Four and Six person sets were made with the running board variety being flat, and the footrest types being angular or curved. They were made in leather, leathercloth and wood, and I have even encountered an example in wicker, lined in wood, and then bound in brass.

The heyday of these types of sets was from 1904-1925, and could be found mostly fitted to Rolls Royce Ghosts and Phantom series cars, where the body styles were expansive enough for the many designs on offer. Virtually all sets are much in demand today, and always find eager buyers.


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6 Person Finnigans   6 Person Coracle   4 Person Coracle
 
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4 Person Coracle   4 Person Vickery   4 Person Coracle
 
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2 Person Asprey   2 Person Coracle   2 Person Drew & Sons


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