Thank you for your inquiry and welcome to the CJCA forums. I waited a few days to reply to your message because I was hoping one of our more learned Cracker Jack collectors would read your message and reply. Here is my take on your knife, although I am far from being an expert. Is your knife a pocket knife? If it looks like the ones I have attached below, then yes, it is most likely a Cracker Jack prize since I believe mine to be. I am curious. Does yours have any markings? As you can see, my red one is marked "Hong Kong" on the handle and the yellow knife is marked "Made in --------" on the blade. I can't read the name of the country. It could also be Hong Kong. You said you thought your knife was probably from the 1950's or earlier. My sources tell me that the knives I have pictured below were prizes in the 60's. According to what I have read, there was also a small pocket knife prize in the 1930's but I have no idea what the dimensions were for that knife and I don't have one in my collection to picture for you. I do believe the blade was marked "Japan." I hope this information will be of some help to you.
Wow, so you have a trunk which belonged to your great-great grandfather! I know you will no doubt find many wonderful treasures in that precious piece of family history. Thank you for sharing one of them with all of us here at the Cracker Jack Collectors Association forums.
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