The following description was prepared by William Gross:
While every Jewish home had at the least one mezuzah, there are very few old examples that have survived. Those that have survived, few have artistic merit. This fine wood mezuzah, of an unusually large size, is decorated with carved decoration and an inscription which includes a date, and a very early one for such an object. Since most such objects were of the simplest variety, they were not kept and passed from one generation to the next. There are very few elaborate silver creations and a small number of exceptional carved wooden mezuzah holders in museums.
SHADAI/ SHNAT/ (5)578 [1817/1818] (Jewish and Christian years, respectively)/ UNIDENTIFIED TWO WORDS