This is a 1890's set of (6) Matched Ornately Carved Mother of Pearl Handled Knives. This Set of Knives are in Excellent Condition. They are almost 9" long. The Mother of Pearl Shell Handles have a lovely carved pattern. Each Blade is marked ( Meriden Cutlery Co. 1855 12 ). The Ferrule ( the fancy piece in the middle) is Sterling. So finding a Set of these Fancy Carved Handled Knives with the silverplated blades in excellent condition is rare indeed!