What could possibly be in this rather tatty faux crocodile skin box? A necklace? No. A carving set perhaps? Closer, but no. Cutlery? Yes, spot on! This is a set of 6 very early Pradel knives, and they are so handsome. The handles seem to be very early bakelite ( but I am no expert ) and have such fabulous rich colouring. Between handle and blade is a silver metal collar ( honestly can't tell you what sort of metal it is or whether it is silver plated or not ).