Each knife rest depicts a different stylized animal: elephant, pig, rooster, 2 different pelicans, parrot, duck, rabbit, bird, goose, ram/goat, bird hatching from an egg. I was once told the animals are from a French fairy tale but I have not verified this information.
Material: nickel plate
Size: approx 3 1/2" wide by 1" high (some more, some less)
Condition: normal signs of use and age - small loss of nickel plate (bird hatching from egg shows a bit more)
The original Fitted Presentation Case has a sticker inside the lid - Paris (see photo). The case shows signs of age but still displays the set beautifully.